by Krystal Paco
Guam - It appears sending back hundreds of boxes of unused child safeguard seats purchased for the Department of Education Headstart Program is no longer an option. General Services Agency chief procurement officer Claudia Acfalle says she's received more feedback from manufacturers easy way safety services stating doe can't return the items.
860 of these childseats were purchased back in 2005 at a pricetag of $100,000. DOE and the Department of Public Works however confirm such seats are never used on Guam school buses.
Despite early concerns that the seats have reached their six-year life expectancy, manufacturers state the seats are still safe and usable if never opened.
Today, 859 boxes sit at the GSA warehouse in Piti, four of which have been opened.
While DOE continues to explore its options, including helping our neighbors in the FSM who have expressed interest in the seats, Acfalle says manufacturers have offered discounts should DOE purchase from them in the future.