DOE deadline expires
Written by Oyaol Ngirairikl


The search for a new superintendent to lead more than 5,000 employees, 31,000 students and 41 schools is coming to a head.

Yesterday afternoon, the deadline for applicants expired with a total of 10 applications submitted, according to Guam Education Board Vice Chairman Paul Pineda.

Pineda who is chairman for the board’s superintendent search committee said he’s expecting to meet with the members of his committee to review applicants and begin the selection process on Wednesday.

“Between now and Wednesday, we’ll be going over applications and resumes to make sure everyone meets the requirements,” Pineda said, noting that in two weeks they hope to have a list of applicants for the board as a whole to consider.

Superintendent Nerissa Bretania Underwood has said she’ll stay on to ensure a smooth transition. Her contract expires July 22.

Pineda said Underwood’s willingness to stay on board until the new superintendent is ready has helped ease some of the pressure timewise.

Several months ago, Underwood announced that she would not be seeking to renew her contract when it expires this summer. Board members initially opened the application process with a May 26 deadline. They extended that deadline to June 30, however, when no applications were turned in within a week of the original deadline.

He noted that he’s pleased with the number of applicants and added he was expecting between 8 and 12 applicants.

“I think the extension really helped,” Pineda said.

Public school parent and Dededo resident Tony Concepcion said board members need to look “beyond the degrees.”

“DOE is a monster, it’s a huge agency and they need to get someone who is seriously strict with the employees to make sure everyone is focused on the mission,” Concepcion said.

The department has been rushing to make repairs at Simon Sanchez High School, which public health officials closed about four weeks ago because of failures to meet health standards. Education officials also are trying to find money to buy new desks and chairs for the Yigo school and trying to confirm needed repairs to the school roof.

They’re also trying to address crowded conditions at George Washington High School and other public schools across the island. Crowded conditions impact health, education, and safety at the schools — drawing the concern of parents and teachers.

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