Guam – The Guam Education Board is seeking clarification on its policy for off-island travel.
The issue was brought up at last nights board meeting with member Mary Gutierrez questioning Barry Mead’s recent travel to Washington DC as the Guam representative for the National Association of State Boards of Education or (NASBE.)
Gutierrez claims Mead did not have permission from the board to travel but Mead says he had approval from board chairman Dr Jose Cruz.
Gutierrez and Mead both defended their stand-points on the K57 Breakfast Show with Ray Gibson this morning.
“I’m not questioning his travel I’m questioning why did he go without an approval why was he allowed to go without the approval of the board?” Gutierrez questioned. “We had a meeting in Talofofo February 27 why wasn’t it brought up that he needed board approval?”
Mead was absent from the February meeting due to scheduling conflicts but told says he followed up with the Board Security after the meeting and was told to go ahead and book the trip.
Board Chairman Dr Jose Cruz also confirmed to PNC today that he authorized Mead’s travel. Dr Cruz says the board policy on travel is confusing because while it says board approval is required it also states that it must be authorized with the board chairman’s signature.
“We may need further legal advise,” Cruz told PNC on the phone this morning. “Is it full board or chairman?”
Mead says most of the trip including the airline ticket was paid for by NASBE and claims that he even used his own money for some of the expenses.
“I paid two nights of the hotel personally, NASBE paid two nights of the hotel,” Mead said on the Breakfast Show.
During the trip Mead says he met with officials from the US Department of Education and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to discuss federal grants and the impact of sequestration on DOE.