by Krystal Paco
Guam - $2 million in Department of Interior money is set for use on school equipment, teacher supplies, and classroom materials across the school district.
It was earlier this year the Department of Education received $2.8 million in one-time education funding from U.S. DOI. According to a press release, Department of Education superintendent Jon Fernandez will be allocating $1-million to be divided among the island's 40 public schools based on student population. He says, "In my visits to all of our schools this summer, principals discussed a number of unmet needs at their schools -- needs that have sometimes gone years without being addressed. I want these funds to be used to help our principals cover their school's priorities, whether they be awnings, school benches, playground equipment or long-ignored repairs."
The remaining $1-million will be used towards classroom supplies and materials on behalf of teachers, counselors, and nurses. This means each teacher, counselor, and nurse will receive an amount equivalent to $500.
The above funding will be available to teachers by the end of the month and must be expended by September 30, 2013.
The remaining $800,000 will be reserved until later in the fiscal year.