GDOE reassigns principal in light of employee investigation

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Guam – An investigation into an alleged misconduct of a George Washington High School instructor against a student has prompted the Guam Department of Education to temporarily reassign the principal of the school pending completion of the investigation.

After the complaint was received by GDOE, the employee was immediately reassigned away from the school site to allow the department to initiate the investigation, according to a statement from GDOE Spokeswoman Isa Baza.

“We are conducting this investigation with great urgency, gathering the relevant facts and speaking with all individuals who might be able to add information. Once the investigation is complete, we will take any and all appropriate administrative action,” Baza said.

She said that depending on the type of complaint received, GDOE has specific rules and regulations regarding the proper notification of parents, law enforcement, and any other relevant agencies.

“Based on our investigation, we can confirm that the deputy superintendent, superintendent, and Guam Police Department were made aware of the complaint. However, preliminary findings from our investigation have led the department to review the school administration’s handling of its responsibilities under the GDOE rules and regulations,” Baza said.

In addition to the removal of the employee, Baza confirmed that the school’s principal was also temporarily reassigned. GDOE also clarified that there are no allegations of misconduct against the GWHS principal.

“The superintendent deemed the reassignment necessary to ensure the efficiency and integrity of the investigation,” said Baza.

“Our scope of inquiry may widen as we continue to receive information and interview more witnesses. However, our effort is to complete the investigation as soon as possible. At this time, no further details are available,” she said.

Baza added: “Student safety is our top priority.”

Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez said, “Our job right now is to provide a complete and thorough administrative investigation into the complaint, which will then allow us to decide on the appropriate action. While we cannot release details at this time, please know that we are working hard to ensure that our campuses are safe places for all stakeholders.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.