Klitzkie gives education board leeway in determining possible privatization of privatize DOE custodial services

by Marissa Eusebio, KUAM News
Thursday, July 22, 2004

It appears that the lack of movement in the Department of Education's ability to decide whether to privatize custodial services recently got a jumpstart from Republican Senator Bob Klitzkie. The issue was put on hold as the legality of privatizing custodial services was brought to the table between the Guam Education Policy Board and DOE superintendent Juan Flores.

Board members contended that they could not move forward in outsourcing until a feasibility, impact and cost-analysis study is conducted. However, the deadline within which to conduct the study expired on July 1, 2004. Senator Klitzkie recently amended Public Law 27-32 by voiding the deadline and instead, giving the board continued authority to provide the study in order to objectively weigh the pros and cons of privatization.

DOE spokesperson Gerry Cruz could not confirm whether the analyses have been initiated, only saying that he would have to further discuss the issue with the department's business office.



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