Guam - The list of candidates for the Department of Education superintendent just went down from ten to nine. Ken Chargualaf today withdrew his application from consideration. Chargualaf says he'd rather focus energy on ensuring a smooth relocation of JFK High School students into their new campus, but that's not the only reason why he decided to remove his name from consideration.
"Probably for a selfish reason," he shared. "That, you know, at the end of the month I will be earning $120,000 and the superintendent only offers $125,000 - so if you take $5,000, you divide that by 2,080 [hours] I will only be earning $2.40 more to carry out that very awesome responsibility."
The Guam Education Board meets tomorrow to go over the applications. The nine that have applied are Wil Castro, Albert San Agustin, Vince Leon Guerrero, Begona Flores, Salvador Avilla, Elwin Quitano, Jeanette Yamashita, Michelle Mendiola and Dr. Faye Untalan. The board hopes to hire a new superintendent before Dr. Nerissa Underwood's contract expires on the 22nd.
During tomorrow's meeting the selection committee hopes to come up with a short list of three candidates they will recommend to the entire board for selection.