$230K released to Guam's public school libraries

By Sunny Babauta
Variety News Staff

HAGÅTÑA — Students at all the public schools on Guam will soon be able to receive long awaited books and educational materials.

Gov. Felix P. Camacho announced yesterday that he had released $238,470 to the Department of Education for the purchase of educational resources for school libraries. The money comes from half of the proceeds generated by fees paid to the Guam Passport Office. Education Superintendent Juan P. Flores said the funds would help make up for the deficiency in the department’s budget.

"The deficiency in the budget restrained us from purchasing much needed educational materials," he said. "These funds will help us purchase books and reference materials for our school libraries and also help support our reading programs."

Public Law 27-05, enacted earlier this year, established the Public School Library Resource Fund that is made up of 50 percent of fees generated from the Guam Passport Office.

The fund will be used exclusively for purchasing learning resources and technologies for public school libraries, according to a release from the Office of the Governor.

The chief passport officer for Guam, Antonita Bamba, said half of the funds generated from her office will go to the libraries and the other half will be for the Department of Revenue and Taxation.

"I think it’s good that half of the funds are being released to DOE for the libraries," she said. "The legislators are the ones that really put this together when they passed the bill."

The governor said Guam’s school children would benefit from the cash infusion and that providing education materials, such as books to the school libraries, complement efforts to improve the quality of education. "We stand committed to raising educational standards and we have now given our schools the resources to do that," he said.


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