Senate panel to ‘move forward’ with trade school board nomination

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THE Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Government Investigations is moving forward with the confirmation of one of two nominees to the Northern Marianas Technical Institute board of trustees, the committee chairman, Sen. Frank Q. Cruz, said.

Last week, NMTI Chief Executive Officer Agnes McPhetres brought to the senators’ attention the urgency of confirming two board nominations.

She said NMTI needs to be officially declared a public technical institute so that it can obtain a $10 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The federal government, she added, also wants to know if the NMTI board is already “complete.”

The board already has five trustees — Irene Holl, Rick Kautz, Marion Valentino, Ray Pangelinan, and Carmelita Faisao — but two seats remain vacant.

Last week, the Senate committee heard public comments expressing support for a Saipan nominee, Catherine Attao, but the Senate has yet to hold a session to confirm her nomination.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ other board nominee is from Rota.

In his letter to Senate President Victor B. Hocog on Dec. 13, 2019, the governor said he was nominating Deron T. Mendiola to serve on the NMTI board of trustees.

In an interview, Sen. Cruz said his committee has received the required documents from Mendiola and is ready to schedule a public hearing on his nomination.


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