Senator Elect Yamashita Calls On U.S. DOE to Give Guam DOE More Time to Spend ARRA Funds

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Guam – Senator-elect Aline A. Yamashita, Ph.D. is calling on Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to help convince U.S> DOE to give Guam’s Department of Education more time so they can properly plan on how to use nearly $75 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Yamashita penned letters to Department of Interior Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta and Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, after speaking recently with Guam Department of Education Superintendent Nerissa Bretania Underwood who noted concern about the time Guam has to obligate and liquidate the ARRA funds.

Read a copy of Yamashita’s letter to U.S. DOE

The grant period ends September 2011. A timeframe of December 2012 is being requested to obligate and liquidate the ARRA funds. A detailed plan has to be developed to ensure that the funds are used to further the success of Guam students and for the betterment of the community, Yamashita says.

“The $75,742,784.00 awarded to Guam DOE is greatly needed and appreciated, and as there are many current, critical junctures facing our island community, the opportunities afforded our public school system by the ARRA shine brightly,” Yamashita writes. “There is, however, great ground to cover. The discussion points about who should be doing what is crucial, and as those decisions are carried out, the
when must be addressed.