The 16th CNMI Board of Education will hold its last meeting today, Dec. 16, during which they will announce the results of the evaluation they did on Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada.
According to BOE member Andrew Orsini, they will also recognize outgoing board chair Janice Tenorio and member MaryLou Ada for their service to the institution. Ada served the BOE for 12 years, while Tenorio served for eight years. Their terms will end in January 2021.
“We want to thank them for the many years of service and dedication. They have given their all to the Public School System. I appreciate the friendship we have established in the board,” Orsini stated. He also expressed appreciation to former BOE teacher representative Paul Miura and BOE member Philip Mendiola-Long for their services.
It will also be learned in today’s board meeting whether the board will retain or terminate Ada’s services as PSS chief. The board completed its performance evaluation on Ada, who has a four-year contract, last Dec. 9.
Orsini, whose first term with the BOE started in January 2019, said the current board has done “pretty good.”
“Considering all the challenges and obstacles we as a board had to endure, we very much survived in following through the mission and operation in continually educating the children of the CNMI,” Orsini said. He credits this to the “collaborative efforts” of key management, principals, vice principals, teachers, support staff, and parents, and the PTSA.
Next year, Maisie B. Tenorio and Herman Manglona Atalig will join the board.