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DOE won't spend funding by deadline

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Former senator Francis Santos, who is now the chairperson of the Guam Education Board, applauded Governor Eddie Calvo and Senator Ben Pangelinan for their efforts in moving Bill 131 forward, saying it's a fact they would lose the ARRA grant money because DOE would not be able to expend the cash by the September deadline.

On the topic of the delay in the purchase of laptops because of the USDOE's concerns about the recent rash of break-ins at public schools they are working aggressively to remedy the problem. "The operative statement that they're not saying, which we should be aware of is that if we lose this stuff we need to replace it tat's coming out of our money. We're not in any position to be reimbursing laptops and so forth. We will be remiss on our part as the governing body and say lets go out and get these laptops and computers and we can walk into a school and help ourselves to them that's not gonna happen."

Santos added that he was informed that DOE has the best infrastructure for wireless and Internet capability, which could provide for 24-hour security surveillance. Santos says all that's needed is the procurement of cameras. He told lawmakers the board plans on pursuing the idea.

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