10 Jan 2019
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
â€œLISTEN.â€� This was the advice given by outgoing Board of Education member Herman T. Guerrero to his successor, Andrew Orsini.
â€œIf you are a new board member, you need to listen to what is going on. Try to get the idea of what is happening within the school system. You cannot expect to know everything. Even if you think you know it from the outside, you really wonâ€™t know until you are in,â€� Guerrero said.
He reiterated the importance of supporting the education commissioner, Glenn Muna. â€œDonâ€™t try to underestimate the commissioner because the commissioner is authorized under the Constitution to run the Public School System.â€�
He reminded his colleagues that BOEâ€™s primary responsibility is to develop policies. â€œThey should not interfere too much with PSS and try to run it because that is not their role. They need to respect the commissioner. They need to work together. Whatever differences they might have, they still need to consult the commissioner because he is the one running the system.â€�
When proposing policy, Guerrero advised Orsini to ask first if it will benefit the students. â€œDo not pass frivolous policies or those that do not make sense.â€�
He said the commissionerâ€™s contract is reviewed annually, along with his goals and objectives. â€œSo you should not put a stumbling block. When you interfere with PSS, then you are making sure that the commissioner will fail and not meet his goals and objectives.â€�
Guerrero said he is leaving behind a good school system. â€œWe have been recognized by federal officials who are looking at us as role models for other territories and insular areas. I think these are among the major accomplishments of PSS.â€�
But some students are still â€œfalling through the cracks,â€� he said, â€œand that is why we have an alternative education program,â€� referring to Daâ€™ok Academy.
He said the BOE should continue to look for more ways to help at-risk students. â€œThey also deserve the best,â€� he added.
First elected in 2001, Guerreroâ€™s fourth and last four-year term on the BOE ends next week.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109918-new-boe-member-should-listen