State Board of Education


The State Board of Education was created by Article XV of the CNMI Constitution. There are five members elected at large on a non-partisan basis to a term of four years* (1 from the First Senatorial District – Rota, 1 from the Second Senatorial District – Tinian and Aguiguan, and 3 from the Third Senatorial District – Saipan and the Northern Islands). There are also three non-voting ex-officio members to the Board who are appointed by the Governor: one student representative, one non-public school representative, and one teacher representative.

Article XV of the CNMI Constitution guarantees a right to a free and compulsory elementary and secondary education for all persons in the CNMI between the ages of 6 to 16 years old. It also provides that the Board of Education formulate policy, administer public elementary and secondary education, and exercise control over the public school system through the Commissioner of Education.

The Constitution also delineates the responsibilities of the educational system, as follows: “provide maximum educational and training opportunities and be sensitive and responsive to the needs and desires of the community as it pursues its central objective of developing human potential. The educational system shall also provide support and guidance for students in assessing areas of interest and ability, in clarifying values and goals, and in providing students with clear and accurate information so they may gain the most from their educational experience. The educational system shall recognize the distinct and unique cultural heritage and indigenous way of life of the people and shall be committed to provide for the language needs of the people and the preservation of their cultural integrity within a global community.“

Other matters pertaining to the operations and duties of the public school system shall be provided by law, i.e. Public Law 6-10 (The Education Act of 1988), codified at 3 CMC § 1101, et al.

The Board also has adopted bylaws, policies, and regulations which govern how it meets its mandates.

The CNMI State Board of Education is comprised of five (5) members elected by the people serving four (4) year terms and three (3) appointed by the Governor. The following link will direct you to the Commonwealth Election Commission website.  Members annually elect their Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary/Treasurer.

 

15th State Board of Education Members

MaryLou S. Ada

MaryLou S. Ada, J.D., Chairwoman

Janice A. Tenorio

Janice A. Tenorio, Vice Chairwoman

Herman M. Atalig

Herman M. Atalig, Secretary/ Treasurer

Herman T. Guerrero

Herman T. Guerrero, Member

Florine M. Hofschneider

Florine M. Hofschneider, Member

Paul Miura

Paul T. Miura, Teacher Representative

Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero

Galvin S. Deleon Guerrero, Non-Public School Representative

Mariah Manuel Cruz

Mariah Manuel Cruz, Student Representative

Committee on Fiscal, Personnel and Administration (FPA)

  • To review and recommend to the full Board the fiscal budget for the Public School System.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board all audit reports of the Public School System.
  • To review a range of revenue generating opportunities for the Public School System through user fees, donations, federal grants and local legislation that designate certain revenue streams exclusively for the PSS and to make recommendations to the full Board.
  •  To review procurement and cost thresholds and make recommendations to the full Board.
  • To review staffing levels of the PSS and make recommendations to the full Board.
  • To review wage and compensation of PSS staff for external and internal worth and make recommendations to the full Board.
  •  To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practices, and procedures regarding personnel and financial issues.
  • To review and recommend to the Board applicants for certification and licensure based on the recommendations of the Certification and Licensure Officer.

Committee on Instructional Services and Assessment (ISA)

  • To familiarize itself with the latest trends in education with respect to curriculum, instruction and accreditation.
  • To familiarize itself with current federal requirements and guidelines for educational programs.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practices, and procedures which assist our schools to retain/achieve full accreditation.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practices, and procedures regarding curriculum and instruction.
  • To familiarize itself with current federal requirements and guidelines for special education and early intervention programs.
  • To familiarize itself with current practices of the PSS and innovations in special education and early intervention programs.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practice, and procedures that facilitate educational reforms which result in demonstrated student learning gains.
  • To act as a facilitator, catalyst, and advocate on issues that affect special education and early intervention programs.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practices and procedures that affect special education and early intervention programs.

Committee on Capital Improvement and PSS Property (CIP)

  • To identify and catalogue all PSS real and collateral property and seek deeds of title for all PSS property.
  • To develop school infrastructure plans and designate fund allocations per school as ascertained by the Board and PSS seven-year capital improvement plan.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practices, and procedures regarding capital improvement and property issues.

Committee on Student Issues and Community and Parent Programs (SICPP)

  • To familiarize itself with current practices of the PSS and innovations in education that lead to demonstrated student learning gains and greater community control of schools.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practice, and procedures that facilitate real educational reforms which result in demonstrated student learning gains.
  • To act as a facilitator, catalyst, and advocate on issues that affect student, teachers and community relations.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board policies, practices and procedures that affect students and teachers.
  • The Student Representative to the Board shall report to this Committee
  • To recommend to the full Board policies, practices, and procedures which support school‑based management while maximizing community input and participation in this process.

 Committee on Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs (LIA)

  • To become familiar with local, federal, and applicable regional regulations, policies, and procedures as they apply to PSS.
  • To review and recommend to the full Board comments on House and/or Senate bills and other legislative action as well as propose draft legislation relating to matters that affect education in the CNMI.
  • To keep the Board informed regarding all current and pending legislation and all other action that may affect PSS or the Board that are proposed or taken by the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch or any government agencies or corporations.

 

Special Committees may be established from time to time by the Board.  The Board shall designate the duties and tenure of the Committees.  The Chairperson of the Board shall appoint the Chairperson of the Special Committees.  Special Committees will be assigned specific tasks to be performed and a specific time frame within which to accomplish such tasks.  Upon completion of such tasks or upon the expiration of the time allotted, the committee will be dissolved unless extended by a majority of the Board.

2017 Election of BOE Officers & Committee Assignments (01/10/17)

2016 Election of BOE Officers & Committee Assignments (01/14/16)

2015 Election of BOE Officers & Committee Assignments (01/12/15)

2014 Election of BOE Officers & Committee Assignments (04/03/14)

Created by Public Law 16-47, also known as the Juvenile Justice Act, the State Board of Education shall establish a School Attendance Review Committee whose intent is to provide intervention for juveniles and their families to address truancy, irregular attendance or insubordinate or disorderly behavior in school at the community level before referral to the juvenile justice system.

Committee Members

  • Robert L. Coldeen III: SARC Coordinator (BOE)

  • Chair: John Blanco: Coalition of Private Schools(Mt.Carmel)

  • Vice Chair: Syl Ada: Juvenile Probation Unit(DYS)

  • Francis Ulloa: Counseling Program Manager(PSS)

  • Julian R. Camacho: Child Protection Unit(DYS)

  • Joe Saures: Department of Public Safety

  • Suzanne W. Lizama: Special Education(PSS)

  • Tiberius Mocanu: Legal Counsel

  • Yvonne Pangelinan: Associate Commissioner for Student and Support Services

  • Melanie Sablan: Family Engagement and Outreach Coordinator

Important Documents

SARC Standard Operating Procedures

Juvenile Justice Act

 

For more info contact:

State Board of Education (SBOE)

CNMI Public School System
PO Box 501370 CK
Saipan MP, 96950

Tel: (670) 237-3027