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GDOE holds training to manage $37 million grant

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In total, nine projects were approved to be funded through a $37 million consolidated grant to enhance Guam education.

And to ensure it’s spent correctly, the Guam Department of Education held training on how to properly manage the funds.

Those funds will go to improving STEM, career, technical, GATE programs, and to help at risk students graduate.

The money is available for both public and non-public private institutions.

Ike Santos, GDOE federal program administrator says training helps prevent the misuse of funds.

“We explain to everyone the dos and the don'ts to ensure that federal dollars are spent appropriately and accordingly so they can avoid the waste fraud and abuse that other jurisdictions have been faced with,” he said.  

Superintendent Jon Fernandez says accountability of federal money is critical now more than ever, as momentum is growing to remove special conditions placed on GDOE.

“With regard to the training and everything else we're doing, we're saying this is an important chapter we all have to be on the same page, even if we have to remind ourselves, we remind ourselves of all the things we need to do and abide by,” Fernandez. “This is an important stage to prove we are accountable for the use of federal funds.

Fernandez confirms that USDOE is moving forward with their request. Both parties are working out the details of what the removal process will entail.

 

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