by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The jobs of the superintendent of public education and her deputies are on the line as the bullying situation at island campuses has gotten to the point where the Guam Education Policy Board feels somebody has to be held accountable. Wednesday night the board met with superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood for nearly three and a half hours in executive session.
Board chair Ronald Ayuyu wouldn't say much about what was discussed behind closed doors, only saying that members are discussing disciplinary action but will first wait for Underwood to respond to several of their inquiries. "We are concerned with accountabilities with the Department of Education," Ayuyu told KUAM News. "When we say accountability meaning health and safety for each and every one in the department."
He added, "We feel that we need to take action not just for the bullying, but other types of issues...the board's always on top. The board is always asking that the bullying issues gotta be addressed."
On Wednesday F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle School principal Ulric Mark and assistant principal Millaflor Quitugua were removed pending DOE's investigation into their mishandling of bullying and harassment complaints at the school. The board will hold a special meeting in executive session on December 1 to discuss personnel matters related to the bullying concerns.