Guam DOE Requests $2.8 Million From Compact Funding

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Money would provide for school supplies, facility improvements

By Louella Losinio

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, July 6, 2012) – At least $2.8 million in Compact Impact funds has been requested by the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) for necessary investments for school year 2012-2013.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Anthony M. Babauta, requesting the utilization of Compact funds to help provide a "more welcoming environment to students" in the Guam Public School System.

The fund will directly benefit the 31,000 students in 40 schools by providing additional classroom and student resources and funding school and classroom improvements and upgrades.

At least $1.2 million will be allocated to "teachers, counselors, nurses and librarians to fund school equipment and supplies." Specifically, a total of $315,000 will be allocated to the high schools, $312,000 for middle schools, $567,000 for elementary schools, and $6,000 for alternative schools.

Around $1.3 million from the total amount will be used to "fund school upgrades and improvements in 35 public schools." The proposed improvements are set to be completed in concurrence with the start of the new school year and additional support will be sourced out from donations and in-kind services to complete the project.

The rest of the amount requested, around $300,000, will go into "specific eligible school improvement priorities identified by the superintendent and will also help fund one procurement attorney position and related administrative expenses," Fernandez stated in the letter.

"The additional Compact Impact funding provided by Congress and the Obama administration for educational purposes is greatly needed and appreciated," Fernandez continued.

"With the start of the 2012-2013 school year quickly approaching, it is my priority to find additional resources that we can place directly into our schools and classrooms in ways that will directly benefit the 31,000 children that we serve," he added.

"In my conversation with teachers, students and administrators, it is clear that we need to invest in some of the basic, direct needs of our students," Fernandez concluded.

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