29 Aug 2009

Guam schools may remain closed while power bills are owed by DOE

9:22 am on 29 August 2009

33 schools on Guam may remain closed because of a shortfall of between 8 and 10 million US dollars needed for operations to reach the end of the fiscal year.

The Marianas Variety newspaper reports that Department of Education officials have this week met with Speaker Judi Won Pat's staff to discuss the additional budget request.

The schools were initially closed because of school lunch programme violations but the Department's immediate concern is the oustanding bill of over US$1 million it owes to the Guam Power Authority.

Classes are likely to be cancelled again if the Department doesn't receive a supplemental budget to pay their power bill, meaning power will be cut throughout the schools.

DOE officials are to soon meet with Governor Felix Camacho to discuss the shortfall.