Guam - With the school year just around the corner, the Department of Education is hoping to receive $10 million to keep the agency running. Because the Bureau of Budget and Management Research withheld 5% of funds for all Government of Guam agencies, DOE says it remains short until the next fiscal year begins.
Committee chair on Education Speaker Judi Won Pat says the biggest question is whether the government has the cash to release those funds, telling KUAM News, "The chairman on Ways and Means has actually been working very closely with him. My staff has been sitting down with them, going through exactly what it is that can be done. Back in September, we found they weren't really short as they thought they would be - literally millions of dollars, but we were actually short for only one pay period."
DOE had threatened to shut down schools as a result of the shortfall. Won Pat says a similar situation occurred sometime last year, but at the last minute those issues were resolved.