$2M in DOI Funding to Support Guam DOE Schools and Classrooms

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Guam – Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez says that $2-million dollars that Guam DOE has received from the U.S. Department of Interior will be used to pay for school equipment, teacher supplies and classroom materials needed in the island’s schools.

 A release from Guam DOE quotes Superintendent Fernandez as saying “I want these funds to be used to help our principals cover their school’s priorities, whether they be awnings, school benches, playground equipment or other long-ignored repairs.”

READ the release from Guam DOE Superintendent Fernandez in FULL below:

Nov. 8, 2012
NEWS RELEASE

GDOE Superintendent Directs $2 Million in DOI Funds to Support Schools and Classrooms

Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez announced today that he is directing $2 million in Department of Interior monies to fund school equipment, teacher supplies and classroom materials across the school district.

Earlier this year, GDOE received $2.8 million in one-time education funding from the U.S. Department of Interior.  Of this amount, Fernandez announced that he is allocating $1 million to be divided amongst the island’s 40 public schools based roughly on student population.  These funds will be used to support school-wide priorities, including equipment and supplies, as determined by school administrators.   

“In my visits to all of our schools this summer, principals discussed a number of unmet needs at their schools – needs that have sometimes gone years without being addressed,” said Fernandez. “I want these funds to be used to help our principals cover their school’s priorities, whether they be awnings, school benches, playground equipment or other long-ignored repairs.”

The remaining $1 million will be dedicated to purchasing classroom supplies and materials on behalf of teachers, counselors and nurses. Each school will receive an amount equivalent to $500 per teacher, counselor or nurse at their site.  School principals will be directed to set up a mechanism to solicit orders for supplies and materials and to account for the amount that is approved for each employee.

“No matter where I go, teachers tell me how they have to pay out of pocket to meet the needs of our students,” said Fernandez. “That’s not right.  I want to use these funds to help provide some of the basic resources needed by our students.”

GDOE is working to ensure a smooth procurement process for the equipment, supplies and materials that will be ordered. Fernandez is also working with principals and central office staff to provide sufficient oversight and monitoring of these funds in order to ensure their proper use.

“Nothing pleases me more than having an opportunity to send resources where they are needed most — our schools and classrooms,” Fernandez said.  “We are thankful for the support of the U.S. Department of Interior and Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta.”

Funding will be available to schools and teachers by the end of the month and will need to be spent by September 30, 2013, the end of the fiscal year. The remaining $800,000 in DOI funds will be reserved until later in the fiscal year.