Guam – The Guam Education Board met at Inarajan Elementary School Wednesday evening. Although the Collective Bargaining Agreement for teachers was not on the agenda, Guam Federation of Teachers Union President Matt Rector asked teachers and parents concerned about the lack of progress for a new contract to go to the meeting. He passed out t-shirts at the meeting.
GEB Chairman Frances Santos said no action is being taken on the contract since negotiations have been stalled until the Board hears back from the Attorney General’s Office on providing a mediator for the discussions.
Board members were expected to take action on a policy for selecting a new superintendent at tonight’s meeting. Santos says the policy will also useful for future boards.
The Department of Education has been under the direction of Interim Superintendent Taling Taitano since former Superintendent Dr. Nerissa Underwood retired in July. The board was expected to select a new superintendent in September but decided instead to start the process over again after the selection policy is in place.
According to Santos the policy will allow the board to move forward with the selection process and solicit for applicants.