State Board of Education chair Marylou S. Ada filed her petition yesterday at the Commonwealth Election Commission seeking a new term on the education board.
Ada's term will expire in January and was one of the two posts up for grabs in November. She will be running against board aspirants Angel Hocog and Vic Cepeda for the available seats on Saipan.
In the five years she served BOE, Ada has been elected twice as its chairperson. With the full backing of family and supporters, Ada is convinced that she will continue to be an asset on the education board.
Ada is the proud daughter of late former lieutenant governor Francisco Ada whom she said has been a great inspiration. “My father always reminded us that the greatest gift that we can give to our community is to be a public servant.and I want to continue his legacy as a dedicated one,” she said yesterday.
Ada has a degree in political science from Oregon State University and later pursued law school at the University of New Mexico. Prior to her position at the board, she served as corporate director of the Northern Marianas Housing Corp. and executive director of the Commonwealth Development Authority.
The chairwoman believes that each board member at present has greatly contributed to the many success and improvements of the islands' Public School System.
If reelected, Ada vowed to continue the “momentum” of the PSS' growth by pushing sound policy decisions for students. Describing herself as a dedicated and committed person, Ada is convinced that she can offer more ideas to further the schools' progress.
Ada specifically cited her goal to make everybody on island take pride on its school system. She said it is the board's vision to make PSS the best place where one can get excellent free education.
Ada commended her colleagues for their team effort in bringing the system to where it is now. In acknowledging PSS finances as the board's greatest challenge, Ada said the establishment of the PSS Foundation will help address this aspect.
Board member Galvin Deleon Guerrero also announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection to concentrate on his new duties as president of Mt. Carmel School.