Guam - Schools will not be closed next week, and the Department of Education will have enough money to get through this fiscal year. Bureau of Budget Management & Research Director Bertha Duenas says the agency has enough money to certify payroll for the next two pay periods.
She adds that BBMR will also release $2 million in appropriations and another $840,000 to pay prior year obligations. DOE Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood says the department also eliminated a 3.5% pay increase for teachers, which helped reduce costs. That raise will take effect in October, when the new fiscal year starts.