Guam – The Guam Education Board this morning met for the final time before the new board is sworn in Monday morning.
On the agenda for the special board meeting was the evaluation of Superintendent Jon Fernandez who recently completed his sixth month on the job. The evaluation, which is a formality of Fernandez’s contract, wasn’t completed at today’s meeting. Following an executive session board members decided to continue the evaluation with written comments from all board members as Rosie Tainatongo and Dr Paul Pineda were absent from today’s meeting. Board members have been given a template to evaluate Fernandez based on goals and objectives he has set up for the Department.
While the evaluation is a personnel matter and the specifics of it can’t be discussed Board Chairman Francis Santos told PNC that overall the Board is satisfied with his performance.
“Assessment wise you know personally I think its been great working with the Superintendent Fernandez,” Santos said. “The board itself feels very satisfactory with Mr. Fernadez’s work that he’s done to date. Now bear in mind he’s in inherited really a huge department with many overlying issues that he’s faced with.”
The new board will be made up of current elected members Ron Ayuyu, Dr. Jose Cruz, newly elected members Alecxis Ada, Lourdes Benavente, Mary Gutierrez and Albert San Agustin as well as appointed members Santos, Barry Mead and May Camacho. The members will be sworn in during a ceremony at Adacao Elementary School on January 7th at 8:30am. The leadership of the new board will be determined at a meeting scheduled for January 23rd.