BOE standing committee chairs named


The chairpersons for the 14th CNMI State Board of Education standing committees have been named, according to a memo issued to board members by chairman Herman T. Guerrero.

The chair for the Capital Improvement Projects, or CIP, committee is Janice A. Tenorio. Vice chair is Mary S. Ada, and the listed member is Denise Tanya King.

This committee catalogues all PSS real and collateral property and seeks deeds of title for all PSS property, as well as develops school infrastructure plans, among other things.

The Fiscal, Personnel, and Administration, or FPA, committee will be chaired by Ada; Florine M. Hofschneider will serve as vice chair, and the listed member is Herman T. Guerrero, chairman of the board.

The FPA, among other things, reviews and recommends to the full board the fiscal budget for the Public School System.

Hofschneider will in turn chair the Instructional Services and Assessment, or ISA, committee, previously chaired by King. Herman T. Guerrero will serve as vice chair; King is a member.

This committee’s task is to familiarize itself with the latest trends in education with respect to curriculum, instruction and accreditation, and recommend policies related to these, among other things.

Board chair Guerrero will head the Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, or LIA, committee. His vice chair is Ada. Tenorio and board member Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero serve as members of the committee.

This committee familiarizes itself with local, federal, and applicable regional regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to PSS, and reviews and recommends to the full board comments on House or Senate bills and other legislative action as well as propose draft legislation relating to matters that affect education in the CNMI.

King will chair the Student Issues and Community and Parent Programs, or SICPP, committee. Tenorio is the SICPP vice chair. Members are Hofschneider and student representative to the board, Lori Dee Hocog.

This committee learns of the current practices of PSS and innovations in education that lead to student learning gains and reviews and recommends policies to the board in respect to these, among other things.

John S. Blanco will chair the School Attendance Review Committee, or SARC, which aims to curb truancy in public schools. SARC’s vice chair will be Sylvio Ada; members are Julian R. Camacho, Jose Saures, Marianao Fajardo, Zachariah Johnson, and Suzanne Lizama.

Pursuant to BOE bylaws, the chair of the board, Guerrero, names the committee chairpersons.

Tenorio will be the board’s representative to the Head Start Policy Council.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
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