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PSS budget request: $28M

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THE Public School System has reduced its fiscal year 2021 budget request to $28 million from $40 million, but it is still $8 million more than what the administration proposed.

On Tuesday, Education Commissioner Alfred B. Ada, Board of Education Chairwoman Janice Tenorio and other PSS officials presented their new budget request to the Senate Committee on Fiscal Affairs.

Tenorio and Ada told the committee that PSS has reduced the salaries of its staff resulting in a savings of $6 million.

“Furthermore, we will carry forward almost $6 million from our Education Stabilization Fund into FY21, thus .reducing our request…to $28 million. This is the minimal funding that we require for FY2021,” Tenorio and Ada told the Fiscal Affairs committee chairman, Senate Vice President Jude U. Hofschneider, in a joint letter the education officials submitted prior to the budget hearing, which was attended by Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig and Special Assistant for Management and Budget Vicky Villagomez.

The education officials said PSS received a $23.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to assist the schools with the cost of addressing the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, PSS moved 152 locally funded teachers, principals and support staff to federal programs in April. All other locally funded staffers were moved to positions funded by the federal Education Stabilization Fund until Aug. 27 when new teacher and teacher aide contracts are to be established for the new school year.

Tenorio and Ada told the senators that PSS furloughed a total of 751 employees from April 15 to Aug. 14.

The furloughed employees have been recalled, they added.

In an interview, Finance Secretary David DLG Atalig said the administration is proposing a $20 million budget for PSS, adding that this amount reflects the constitutionally mandated 25% of available government general revenue.

Under the original FY 2020 budget law, PSS was allotted $37.7 million.

 

 

 

 

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