BOE to hold special meeting at MHS today

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Posted on Mar 11 2020

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The Board of Education is set to meet for a special board meeting this afternoon at Marianas High School to discuss the filing of an injunction against the CNMI government.

All members of the BOE, including those who oppose the injunction, will meet with Public School System staff at 4:30pm this afternoon to address the matter.

PSS personnel will be given the chance to comment on the injunction and air their concerns on the fiscal year 2020 budget.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada earlier opposed the injunction, but has since changed his mind and has promised to authorize it.

Board chair Janice Tenorio earlier said she intends to revisit the idea of filing the injunction while members who agreed to it will reaffirm the decision.

Tenorio said she still disagrees with her colleagues. “From the beginning, I didn’t agree with the injunction. I feel there are other alternatives, other avenues we can go by. We’ve been working closely with the government, the Executive Branch, and the secretary of Finance regarding the transfer of funds. I want to go back and work with our government. It’s a war we’re getting into when we should all be one,” she said.

Three of the five members of BOE voted to file the injunction against the government to enforce the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in favor of PSS.

Tenorio and BOE vice chair Herman Atalig voted no, while Marylou Ada, Andrew Orsini, and Phillip Mendiola-Long voted yes.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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