by Mindy Aguon
Guam - As she prepares to close out her time as the Department of Education superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood is providing some advice to the Guam Education Board as they begin the search for her replacement. Underwood has suggested that doe revamp the current management structure.
As it stands now, there are currently three deputies with one of those overseeing 41 schools. Underwood believes more support is necessary at the school level, saying, "The superintendent should have a direct line to the supervisors for the schools. So my suggestion is to divide the schools, if you have 41 divide them up into 4 and one of those schools is an alternative school so it can fall under one of the other supervisors."
The superintendent isn't sure whether that would mean additional deputies but she has informed the board that additional positions would increase the efficiency. Underwood's contract expires on July 22.
The board meanwhile is accepting applications from interested individuals wanting to lead doe until May 16.