GDOE still hiring teachers despite budget cuts

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GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education is still hiring teachers despite suffering significant cuts to its budget.

With over $15 million taken from the education department’s budget, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said that as much as possible he doesn’t want the effects of the budget cuts to touch the school staff directly.

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“I would say about 80% of our budget is our personnel costs so when you do look at savings, you have to look at the personnel side as much as possible because that’s where the money is. But of course, we have to balance that by the fact that our core mission is classroom instruction, so our teachers, and our school, our key support staff at the schools will be among those priority positions that we will want to fill and at this point will continue to fill unless we are unable to meet our budget cut projections to get through the year. So for now, we are continuing to hire school-based positions, most of the burden of the hiring freeze will be at the central office,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez also states that even though there is a hiring freeze for positions at the central office and administrator positions, they may open them on a case to case basis.

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