The ground breaking for the new Department of Defense school – located on the U.S. Naval Hospital compound in HagÅtÃ±a – is scheduled to take place early April.
Susan E. Burdick deputy superintendent of the school told the Journal "The date has not been confirmed yet but the groundbreaking will be April 4 or 5."
The school will be a replacement for the current Guam High School which is converted office space. Like the current school the new school will be able to accommodate about 470 students. Burdick said that the average class size would be 23 to 24 students but that number can vary depending on the subject material.
The building will be approximately 75 000 square feet. According to the school plans it will have a main office football/soccer field with a track surrounding it. The sports field will also feature a broadcast booth.
There will be 16 general-purpose class rooms a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps area gymnasium general science rooms a biology classroom a physics room a chemistry classroom a business education class room compensatory education classrooms a talented and gifted classroom a home ecology laboratory an industrial technology area computer labs a technology service center an occupational/physical therapy classroom a case study committee office a cooperative work experience office a school psychologist office learning impaired classrooms one for moderately to severely disabled students and one for mildly to moderately disabled students an information center/library a multipurpose room/cafeteria with kitchen and stage a health/nurse room teacher workrooms a school counseling center a supply/storage area a janitorial staff break room and a handyman room and support rooms.
"The cafeteria will be a multipurpose room that will function as a cafeteria and an auditorium for plays and performances. We also have enough land to build a baseball field but that may come later " Burdick said.
A covered walkway will connect the main entrance to the visitor drop-off and parking area. Site improvements include two additional parking areas and a separate bus drop-off drive.
Burdick said "I know our DODEA students take pride in the Guam High School. Even at the older facility you don’t see graffiti. You see they respect their facility. We are very pleased that the kids have been so positive about the fact that we have a building that was not meant to be a school." She said "We truly are appreciative of the teachers and students and we are thrilled that they are going to be able to walk in soon to a new school – that was built to be a school and will be able to accommodate them and their needs."
Erwin Cham senior project engineer at Dick Pacific Construction Co. Ltd. for the Guam High School project; told the Journal "Dick Pacific was awarded the notice to proceed on Sept. 14 2005. The lump sum contract for the construction of the school is worth $29 195 001 and it was designed by Danilo D. Lopez Associates Inc. of Honolulu." MBJ