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PSS may tap federal funds

BOARD of Education Chairwoman Janice Tenorio is looking at the possibility of tapping federal funds to bridge the Public School System’s over $3 million budget shortfall for the rest of the fiscal year.

In a recent board meeting, Tenorio asked PSS federal programs manager Tim Thornburg if the salary of an individual overseeing a federal program can be paid by the program.

“Like JROTC, for example, (associate commissioner) Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan is overseeing that. I am not sure if she is given a certain percent in regards to federal money. If possible, a portion of her salary should be covered by the federal program because she oversees the JROTC program,” Tenorio told the board.

Thornburg said the salaries of individuals who oversee the federal program can be covered by the federal program, but not the salaries of the commissioner or the associate commissioners.

In a report to the BOE members, Association Commissioner Lynette Villagomez said PSS needs $22.45 million for the rest of the fiscal year which ends on Sept. 30, 2019.

She said PSS expenses include $17.5 million for payroll; $2.2 million for the employees’ group health insurance; $750,000 for CUC payments for May to September; and $2 million for other expenses.

As of April 26, Villagomez said the central government had transferred a total of $15.3 million to PSS which expected $19.3 million.

In an earlier interview, Tenorio said they have a contingency plan to address the PSS budget shortfall.

She said Education Commissioner Glenn Muna and Thornburg are set to leave for Washington, D.C. to talk to federal grantees and see if PSS can apply for additional grants that can be used to cover personnel payroll.

She said PSS will also seek permission from the grantors to fund a certain percentage of the federal program managers’ salary. “I believe all of our associate commissioners are overseeing federally funded programs,” she added.