Tinian delegation urges PSS to screen contractors


The Tinian and Aguiguan Legislative Delegation urged the Public School System last week to look carefully at its bidders to balance cost with quality of service.

In a letter signed by delegation chair Sen. Jude Hofschneider (R-Tinian) addressed to PSS Education Commissioner Cynthia Deleon Guerrero, he urged the PSS chief to “carefully review” bid submissions for the paving of the road and parking lot of the Tinian Elementary School.

Currently, the head of the PSS Capital Improvement Projects Office is Glenn Muña. Muña would be overlooking all projects pertaining to PSS campuses throughout the CNMI.

“Oftentimes, our procurement regulations that limit projects to the lowest qualified bidders ultimately result in change orders that delay projects and increase costs,” said Hofschneider in the letter.

“Carefully review each bidding contractor’s background to include the past projects completed, the quality of work produced, their overall financial statues, etc.”

The delegation urged PSS to do so in the belief that “forthcoming improvements will reflect the desired results that will not only benefit PSS but, most especially, the students and parents.”

Deleon Guerrero has been looking to resolve many issues at the TES campus.

After PSS received a hefty $10 million in additional appropriations from Public Law 19-75 in late 2016, PSS, under the leadership of Deleon Guerrero has been looking to address issues that face Tinian and Rota, which has earned the praise of Board of Education members Florine Hofschneider representing Tinian and Herman Atalig representing Rota.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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