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Education board keys in on budget

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by Michele Catahay

Budget issues were the focus of discussions during today's Guam Education Policy Board work session. Department of Education Deputy Superintendent in Charge of Finance and Administrative Services Taling Taitano says she's currently looking at projections to get through the rest of this fiscal year.

While DOE is looking for an additional $25 million just for operations, they may need more than that.  "The $25 million is just the amount that is related to the operational budget. All in all, my list comes up to about $48 million," said Taitano.  "Again, that includes things like the GPA note, what we owe to the Retirement Fund, the vendors, legal judgments that have been made to the department."

In addition, she says she's hoping DOE will be reimbursed approximately $4.6 million, which was taken from the bond money to cover operations.  

As for next fiscal year, Taitano says she's working on putting together a packet outlining the needs for each school.

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