GEB stands by decision to separate from IIAAG

Guam Education Board (PNC file photo)
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Local high school sports will have a new look and a new governing body starting in 2020.

As a result of Friday night’s Guam Education Board meeting, GEB will stand by its initial decision to separate from the IIAAG.

Despite a request from Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to stay with the IIAAG, GEB has doubled down and will stand by their decision, spearheaded by board member James Lujan who was off-island but participated in the board meeting via Skype. He voted to continue with separating from the IIAAG.

The vote to continue with the Interscholastic Sports League, or ISA as GDOE will call it, was 4-3 with the board voting to remain separated from the IIAAG, the governing body of local high school sports for the past two decades, and start their own league.

Although the Guam Department of Education’s contract with the IIAAG ended in November, it is required by law to go through a procurement process, which would have put third-quarter sports in jeopardy for all public schools, which was the cause for the revised motion.

The governor had met with GEB Chairman Mark Mendiola and IIAAG President Terry Debold two weeks ago regarding the separation, also sending out a formal letter to Mendiola to state her position on the matter, which was for GDOE to remain unified with the IIAAG.