Guam Education Board Drafts Letter To Reprimand DOE Superintendent


Guam – Guam Education Policy Board Chair Ron Ayuyu says the board drafted their letter to reprimand Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood. Ayuyu says, “ The letter is drafted and we just sent it to Assistant Attorney General David Highsmith to review it.”


Tuesday night, at the DOE conference room in Hagåtña, Chairman Ronald Ayuyu, vice-chairwoman Rosie Tainatongo, and board members Vangie Cepeda, Jose Cruz, Maria Gutierrez, Anita Manibusan, Teresa Pereda and Joe S. San Agustin held a special board meeting with Underwood to discuss issues that centered around bullying and harassment taking place inside the public schools. The closed-door meeting lasted for nearly 4 hours, afterwards, Tainatongo recommended that the board issue a written reprimand to Underwood.

The board members who voted in favor of the motion were Ayuyu, Cepeda, Cruz , San Agustin and Tainatongo. Gutierrez, Pereda and Manibusan voted no.

Ayuyu says, “Accountability, health and safety of our children is very important to the board. We take it very seriously whether its with the board, superintendent and down to the management.”