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DOE Must Tighten the Belt

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Enrollment is up at the Department of Education. According to numbers released today students attending public schools have increased by 1.7 percent. According to DOE the growth in enrollment comes at a time when the agency has to figure out how it will reduce spending to meet a $1.8 million reduction in general fund appropriations as well as $6.2 million in added costs to cover the federally mandated third-party receiver, insurance and maintenance costs for the new JFK High School and to pay for a new charter school. As we reported DOE requested $272 million for Fiscal Year 2013, but was approved $214 million. Superintendent Jon Fernandez states "This just means that we are going to have to work that much harder to manage our resources and make decisions that ultimately protect our kids, their classrooms, and their education."

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