Unfinished Paperwork Delays SRO Program at Guam’s Public High Schools

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Guam – While the School Resource Officers Program was expected to begin with the start of the New Year, no officers were stationed at Guam’s five public high schools today.

Department of Education Interim Superintendent Taling Taitano explains that paperwork establishing a management plan between DOE and the Guam Judiciary has not been completed. The SRO program is paid for through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education but the SRO’s are employed through the Judiciary.

Taitano says DOE’s Student Support Division and the Judiciary plan to complete the management plan outlining their duties and responsibilities by the end of this week.

“My understanding was that the management plan is pretty much done it just needs to be formally transmitted,” said Taitano. There are some tweaks i believe that we wanted the court to make to the budget and once that’s done the assurances are a template we would take just right out of our grant application.”

Taitano hopes to see the SRO’s stationed at high schools by next week.