Many students welcomed yesterday not only the beginning of a new school year but also new administrators, many of whom are their former classroom teachers.
Saipan Tribune confirmed with the Public School System that it appointed four new principals and six new vice principals for this new school year.
The new principals were assigned in three high schools and one in the elementary. They include Leila Staffler, who was named the new principal of Kagman High School, where she used to be its vice principal. Former principal Alfred Ada has been transferred to the PSS central office to be the Career and Technological Education program coordinator.
Saipan Southern High School has new school administrators too, following the designation of Jonathan Cabrera as principal. He was the school’s Teacher of the Year awardee last year. He succeeds Lyn Mendiola, the former SSHS principal, who is now with another school.
Another new principal, Jennifer San Nicolas, now heads the Tinian Jr./Sr. High School, replacing Eric San Nicolas after the latter left PSS at the end of last school year.
Connielou Manglona, meantime, replaced Dionne Santos as principal at Tinian Elementary School effective this new school year.
Six others were named vice principals. They are assigned in one high school, two middle schools, and three elementary campuses.
Hopwood principal Jonas Barcinas confirmed that former SSHS principal Mendiola is now one of his vice principals, effective this year. Hopwood now has three vice principals: Mendiola, Epi Cabrera, and Jocelyn Manibusan.
A new vice principal was also named for SSHS, Glen Smith. The position has been vacant at the school after the departure of Jocelyn Manibusan, who is now vice principal at Hopwood since last school year.
Koblerville Elementary School, which hasn’t had any vice principal for several years, has named a new one to the post: Jeremiah Benavente.
San Vicente Elementary School also found a new vice principal in Ana Guerrero while Kagman Elementary got Peter Arriola.
Also on the list of fortunate schools that were able to get their much needed vice principal is the new Chacha Oceanview Middle School following the designation of Elisa Muña to the post. Chacha is home to 300-plus students this school year.
Schools with no VP’s
Hiring at PSS has been hobbled for many years due to scarce resources and budget constraints. Among the positions that have been adversely affected are the vice principal, counselor, and classroom teacher posts.
Saipan Tribune learned that PSS currently limits its hiring of vice principals and counselors, among others, particularly in small schools.
At present, seven public schools have no vice principals: Tanapag, Oleai, Gregorio T. Camacho, San Antonio, Tinian, and Sinapalo elementary schools; and Tinian Jr./Sr. High School.
Hopwood’s Barcinas, the principals’ representative for secondary schools, confirmed with Saipan Tribune that these small schools were given the option to hire either a vice principal or a counselor. A school is considered small if it has a population of only 300-plus students.
Meantime, 13 schools now have their much-needed vice principals this school year: six in elementary; two in middle school; and four in high school.
At Marianas High School, principal Cherlyn Cabrera confirmed that she has two vice principals—John Davis and Hazel Tudela—and need one more to replace former vice principal Martin Dalsaso. MHS is home to 1,466 students as of yesterday.
At Kagman High School, vice principal Eric Magofna assist principal Staffler.
SSHS has Glen Smith, Chacha Oceanview Middle School has Elisa Muña; Hopwood has Jocelyn Manibusan, Epi Cabrera, and Lyn Mendiola; and Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Jr./Sr. High School has Annette Calvo.
Elementary schools that have vice principals include KagES (Peter Arriola); SVES (Ana Guerrero); Koblerville (Jeremiah Benavante); WSR (Marjie Ann Pangelinan); Dandan Elementary (Reo Arriola); and Garapan Elementary (Leila Yumul).
Barcinas said that school administrators play an important role in the desired success on student achievements. Despite the continuing challenges of public education as a result of its limited budget, he said administrators have remained committed and dedicated in their work—all for the love of bringing quality education to students.