Fernandez & GEB granted additional time to pursue settlement

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Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The parties both announced plans for a settlement instead of pursuing litigation at the last hearing.

Guam – Attorneys in the Fernandez v Guam Education Board received more time to sort out the settlement talks.

The parties both announced plans for a settlement instead of pursuing litigation at the last hearing.

The lawsuit initially stemmed from a controversial vote made by the education board last year to terminate Superintendent Jon Fernandez.

Fernandez subsequently sued the board and the individual members who voted to fire him for a total of $7 million in damages.

In February of this year, the board agreed to pay $60k in attorney’s fees racked up by the superintendent.

GDOE’s legal representation argued that the settlement is pending approval from the legislature.

Present at the hearing today was GEB board member Mark Mendiola and Gary Gumataotao as well as Fernandez’s legal counsel Delia Lujan Wolf.

Both parties have been granted an additional two weeks to resolve the settlement discussion.