GDOE bracing for upcoming shortened work week

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Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

Guam – The Guam Department of Education is bracing for the upcoming shortened work week, as directed by Governor Eddie Calvo.

Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez has asked that the department be given the flexibility in managing the budget reductions at GDOE.

Since the beginning of the budget bill discussions, Fernandez has been asking for this flexibility and consideration, saying they need to protect the classrooms as much as possible.

According to the Governor’s Office, GDOE is doing everything they can not to cut into instructional hours. A Guam Education Board work session is planned for tomorrow at 9 a.m. to discuss the shortened work week.

Read the release from GDOE below:

Our elected leaders need to know that we need their help.

The Guam Department of Education has thousands of dedicated students, staff and employees that may be impacted without a solution to the revenue shortfall facing the Government of Guam.

On Wednesday, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo issued Executive Order 2018-03. The executive order reduces the workweek for executive branch employees from 40 hours to 32 hours.

Based on this latest announcement, GDOE is reviewing its department personnel rules and regulations as well as all applicable laws, to determine the breadth of the impact to schools and divisions.

The Superintendent of Education will also meet with the Guam Education Board during a work session Thursday morning, where the executive order will be discussed with board members and school administrators.

“We are reviewing the Governor’s announcement, and are working hard to try to protect and limit the impacts to students and employees,” said GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez. “We are still hopeful that the Governor and Legislature will reach an agreement and ultimately a solution that will provide relief and help us avoid difficult reductions that will have an impact to our educational mission.”

“Tomorrow marks the first day of March, which means we are closer to having to make difficult decisions that will ultimately impact our personnel,” Fernandez said. “We are aware that some employees may be experiencing heightened anxiety levels as a result of the 32-hour work week announcement. We will work hard to ensure our employees are informed as we work through these decisions, and will ensure decisions are provided to our employees in a timely manner,” he said.