GDOE to get $110 million in federal funding from latest COVID relief package

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education was recently notified that Guam is about to receive $143 million in USDOE funding from the latest COVID relief package that was enacted in late December.

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez says $33 million is going to go to the governor’s office for educational purposes and $110 million will go to GDOE for their continued COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

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“So now that we have another opportunity with new funds, we’re going to look at ways we can sustain, with all the funding, we can do things that can sustain safety situations at our schools. So now I’m looking very closely at not just continuing to purchase PPEs and safety equipment and supplies, I’m also looking at potential facility upgrades and repairs that would help with the safety concerns in our schools,” Fernandez said.

These facility upgrades could include air conditioning replacements, repairing of roofs, canopies, and other items that will help ensure the safety of students and school staff.

There will be a town hall meeting on Thursday, January 14, at 2 pm with community stakeholders where they will be discussing the vaccination of GDOE employees.

Fernandez says he is in full support of that effort and wants to be able to move the process forward as quickly as possible.