Lawmakers hold confirmation hearing for final education board vacancy

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Dr. Ron McNinch is the second nominee to the Guam Education Board.

Guam – Lawmakers questioned the governor’s second appointed nominee for the Guam education board, Dr. Ron McNinch, on a variety of topics ranging from his advocacy of title 9 law to his outspoken nature.

Dr. Ron McNinch is the second person to accept Gov. Eddie Calvo’s nomination to the Guam Education Board. Monday, at a confirmation hearing, Dr. McNinch fielded questions from lawmakers about how he would handle the ongoing issues facing the Guam Education Board, specifically those dealing with alleged Title IX violations.

Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz says, “I have read everything you sent me so I know you do know what the law is. and so im hoping that despite the fact that the governor removed people for doing things they thought was the correct thing to do. That you will, if confirmed to this board, do the same thing despite what appointing authority feels, you will do what the law demands.“

In response, Dr. McNinch said,, “If we don’t speak up when there are bad things what does that really say about us. And if we are real leaders, what does that say about us?”

Vice Speaker Cruz added that he worked with Dr. McNinch on pushing for a non fraternization policy at the university of Guam and said he hoped McNinch would provide the same degree of help if he is confirmed to the board.

Yesterday’s hearing marked a stark difference from the first Gov. Calvo first GEB member nominee Mark Mendiola’s confirmation hearing where lawmakers grilled Mendiola on his perceived lack of knowledge with Title IX laws.

The Simon Sanchez $100 million RFP also came up in discussion when Senator Tom Ada asked Dr. McNinch if he would work to try and solve the issue should he be confirmed to the board.

“Is addressing the issue on the Simon Sanchez high school one of those [issues]? Asked Senator Tom Ada.

“No sir it’s not. Because the board has a professional staff to deal with things like that and when it comes time for the board to really deal with it or if we are asked as a board to deal with it that would be my role,” said McNinch. “The key thing is the board doesn’t act individually, it acts as a collective body and that’s the key to the board.”