Meanwhile, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez is taking 20 days paid administrative leave.
Guam – The Guam Education Board is going to ask the Attorney General’s Office to assist them in conducting an investigation into the sexual allegations made against the Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez.
Tainatongo why they asked the AG to step in? Tainatongo explains, “What’s happening right now is that the board doesn’t have their own attorney so we’re working on that right now. We just wanted to make sure that another eye comes in and look at it. The police are already looking into it. They started their investigation.”
Fernandez says, “Today I requested the board to convene for a meeting. The reason I requested it is because there’s a continuing investigation into the allegations made against me.”
After completing a week of annual leave, Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez requested for additional leave this morning, this time, for administrative leave. Fernandez requested from the board that he be placed on administrative leave until the investigation into the sexual harassment complaint against him has concluded.
“I believe that with all the questions and issues arising around the allegations towards me, I thought it was in the best interest of the department to be able to have me go on administrative leave, allow the board and GPD to continue and complete their investigations, and then once those are resolved, we’ll be happy to meet with the board and determine the next steps,” says Fernandez.
He says, “I’m satisfied with that. If there is a need to shorten or extend it, I’m sure they’ll let me know and we’ll convene again so they can take their actions in the same public and transparent way they did today.”
As for GDOE’s budget hearing held yesterday where lawmakers scolded the board for Fernandez’s absense, Fernandez says he believed his team was ready to present with or without him. He says, “I took that extra time to prepare the team to be able to understand and ensure that they were ready for questions and answers that came up. I think they were prepared. We have a strong management team here. It’s not about one person in the department. I think they did a great job explaining a complicated budget and I’m open to answering any other questions if that is required of me.”
Fernandez explains that GDOE should now focus on the opening of the school year.