The plan to pave the Tinian Elementary School’s parking lot has been put on hold following disclosure that funding allocated for the project has been reprogrammed for other purposes.
Board of Education capital improvement project committee chair Marylou Ada said the $261,000 intended for this project is no longer available for the Public School System.
Ada said the project’s funding was supposed to come from the government’s CIP funds, which the Tinian Legislative Delegation has to allocate for the project.
Throughout the months that PSS has been working on the project’s requirements, which included a survey by the Department of Public Lands, Ada said it was only recently that they found out about the funding problem.
Ada added that even the completed request for proposal for the project has to be put on hold until new funding is identified by the delegation.
“We were under the impression that this project is being funded out of CIP that the delegation has to work with the governor’s office to make it happen. We need to clarify with the Executive Branch and the delegation on how they can identify the funds needed for the project,” said Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan, Ed.D.
Sablan disclosed that Tinian Elementary’s existing parking lot is small and unpaved and it has long been the desire of the Tinian community to see some improvements in the area.
BOE chair Herman T. Guerrero instructed Sablan on Tuesday to write both the delegation and Gov. Eloy S. Inos to ask about what happened to the funds.
Board member Lucy Blanco-Maratita said it’s just troubling that PSS was not properly informed about the status of the funds for the project. PSS, it was learned, learned about the funding problem when its CIP coordinator followed up on the project.