GDOE tries to find savings amid over $15 million in budget cuts

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education is trying to find savings and solutions while working with over $15 million in budget cuts

GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said he understands the difficulties the massive budget cuts made, especially during the pandemic.

Fernandez presented possible solutions to the Board of Education at the GEB budget and finance work meeting. He enumerated the possible savings that GDOE could make while still being able to provide services and its core mission.

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“One of the things we’re hoping for in October is for GEDA to complete its refinancing of the JFK certificates related to the JFK lease. The owners of the school are looking to refinance their current arrangement and that’s expected to yield at least $2 1/2 million that the legislature is sending back to GDOE. So hopefully, if that target is met or exceeded, those funds will come back to our budget,” Fernandez said.

Further anticipated savings include reduction of power and water, the renegotiation of contracts as there are no students on school campuses, the freeze hiring of central and admin workers at the central GDOE office and more.