Mendiola, Gutierrez reverse roles on education board

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The Guam Education Board last night voted to reverse the roles of board members Mark Mendiola and Maria Gutierrez.

For the past two years, Mendiola served as chairman, with Gutierrez serving as vice chairwoman.

By a vote of 5 to 3, Gutierrez was elected chairwoman and Mendiola vice chairman. Each will serve a one-year term in those positions.

“The Guam Education Board is nonpartisan,” said the new chairwoman in a release issued this morning by Guam DOE.

“I am committed to working together as a team and as one family to support our superintendent, the best interests of our students and employees, and the mission and vision of our public schools,” said Gutierrez.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” she said, “especially with our State Strategic Plan.”

Mendiola said this would be his last year on the board, noting that he has a major commitment to his family, with five children in the public school system.

“I will do my best to carry our mission forward,” said Mendiola in the release. “I am also committed to serving our island and I appreciate the opportunity to serve.”

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