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Board member "changes mind" after meeting

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Apparently, board members can change their mind even - after voting on a matter. Whether that decision is official remains to be seen.

Shortly after the Guam Education Policy Board let out of a lengthy meeting Tuesday night, member Joe San Agustin told KUAM News he had rescinded his original vote to have superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood reprimanded. San Agustin had voted in favor of the action after the board had been in executive session for a marathon four hours; but then San Agustin called KUAM News, stating that he wished to take the decision back, citing that there would be no merit to such a reprimand and that the superintendent is doing what she can to keep kids safe in public schools.

It's worth noting that the GEPB needs a vote of five members to pass any motion (San Agustin was one of the five). He said he had informed chairman Ron Ayuyu after the meeting had let out, albeit informally.

San Agustin said he plans to bring his change of mind up at the next meeting on December 29.  During that time, Ayuyu said - noting that the vote had already been cast - he will seek a legal opinion from their legal counsel on the matter and determine what course of action the board should take.

For the time being, the decision to reprimand Dr. Underwood stands.

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