While Jon Fernandez has been placed on administrative leave Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Improvement Joe Sanchez will be acting Superintendent.
The Guam Department of Education has named Joe Sanchez as it’s Acting Superintendent while Jon Fernandez is on administrative leave.
Sanchez is the Deputy Superintendent of curriculum and instructional improvement. A J.P. Torres student has filed a sexual harassment complaint against Fernandez and last Friday Fernandez asked the Guam education board to place him on administrative leave until the investigation into the sexual harassment complaint has concluded. Fernandez has maintained his innocence and has said that the female student who made the complaint was only doing so in order to extort money out of him. In fact Fernandez filed a complaint of his own with local police and the FBI against the student and the principal of J.P. Torres, Eleuterio Mesa. Fernandez is accusing both the student and Mesa of blackmail and extortion. According to a release from GDOE the department management and staff will work to support the ongoing investigations and “cooperate with all federal and local officials.” Acting Superintendent Sanchez issued a statement saying in part that both the accuser and the accused are a part of the GDOE so “what we are essentially dealing with here is one member of the family accusing another member of the family of sexual harassment and misconduct. How would that make any family feel?”
Sanchez has already begun meeting with the GDOE deputies and other members of the management team to “clarify the priorities over the next few weeks and months.” Meetings with division heads and school principals are also being planned this week.
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