by Krystal Paco
Guam - The Guam Education Board's search committee will meet this Wednesday to go over the ten applications for the Department of Education's superintendent position. The board is hoping to fill the vacancy as soon as possible as current superintendent Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood's contract expires on the 22nd.
KUAM News spoke with two of the candidates, Wil Castro and Albert San Agustin, who told us why they applied for the job. Castro said, "I believe DOE at this time needs a superintendent who's unafraid to introduce and act of new and innovative ideas even if that means making the tough decisions, ultimately though I believe the department needs a leader who's able to move the school system and the community forward without having to sacrifice everything."
San Agustin added, "I feel I have the full training, education and tremendous experience in government and private and I feel I can and will make a significant difference in the department of education."
Governor's education liaison Vincent Leon Guerrero and current JFK High School principal Ken Chargualaf declined to make any comments until the process is completed. GW High School principal Begona Flores is currently off-island. The other applicants are Salvador Avilla, Elwin Quitano, Jeanette Yamashita and off-island applicants Michelle Mendiola and Dr. Faye Untalan.
The search committee will meet on Wednesday morning to select three individuals that they will recommend to the entire board for selection.