by Krystal Paco
Guam - While officials try to figure out where they can find money to continue the lease with CoreTech, the Department of Education is still trying to figure out how it's going to cut costs in light of a mandate to reserve $30 million. Interim Superintendent Taling Taitano announced in October that the agency will run out of money for payroll by June of next year if the reserve isn't restored.
She says DOE continues to look at ways to cut costs at the largest agency in the government, noting, "We continue to work with the Governor's Office on getting the reserve released and we'll be issuing a formal request to BBMR this week. We continue to look at cost-cutting measures; in fact, we have on our website suggestions that we've received and those we think that we can get out of the box."
Cost-cutting suggestions have included cutting teacher hours and prep time pay, imposing a hiring freeze and having teachers and students clean their own classrooms. To submit a cost cutting suggestion or view the list, visit www.gdoe.net.