Fernandez, board move to expunge controversial Title IX report

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GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez (file photo)

Guam – The controversial papers that led to the termination of Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez could be expunged.

Fernandez and the Guam Education Board filed a joint stipulated motion for expungement after the parties reached a settlement agreement late last year in the civil rights case Fernandez filed against the board a year earlier.

The case stems from allegations by a student who accused Fernandez of sending her inappropriate text messages. An investigation was conducted and a Title IX report was finalized but was never made public. That report led to the board’s decision to fire Fernandez.

A criminal investigation was also launched but because the student refused to participate, the case never moved forward.

Fernandez later sued the board and its individual members for $1 million each for a grand total of $7 million. Upon the superintendent’s return to GDOE, the board agreed to pay for Fernandez’s attorney’s fees not to exceed $60,000.