BOE, PSS recognize Rachel Fusco for her service

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THE Board of Education and the Public School System on Wednesday recognized Rachel Fusco for serving PSS for the past nine years.

Rachel Fusco

Fusco’s service as facilities development and management director of the school system ends today, Friday.

“It has been very rewarding for me to work at PSS,” she said in an interview. “I really felt like my time here has served the community and the students.”

She said among the highlights of her service include the PSS American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA projects, the Pupil Transportation Facility, the new Marianas High School cafeteria, and typhoon recovery projects.

She considered the recovery efforts following Typhoon Soudelor in 2015 and Super Typhoon Yutu in 2018 as the biggest challenges her office had to deal with.

“I had the opportunity to do lots of different things — 20 campuses with different funding sources, federal funding and working hand in hand with the Legislature, the PTAs, and also with the students,” she added.

Fusco noted that PSS is still recovering from Yutu, which devastated Saipan and Tinian in Oct. 2018.

“I have tried my best to [tie up] any loose ends. I feel confident that the PSS / FEMA project worksheets are in order for the Yutu recovery,” she said.

During the BOE’s Capital Improvement Projects Committee meeting on Wednesday, Fusco offered Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada her help “if there are any urgent things or any questions — let me know.”

BOE vice chairman Herman Atalig thanked Fusco “for a great job” she has done for PSS.

“I will go crazy if I were in your shoes,” Atalig said, referring to the recovery projects that Fusco’s office oversees.

“Thank you so much for all the years that you have served PSS,” BOE member MaryLou S. Ada said. “I really admire your sense of professionalism. You don’t let things get [in] your way. You are always on top of things.”

BOE Chairwoman Janice Tenorio likewise thanked Fusco. “I always appreciate your patience and cooperation.”

“I am going to take a break and then explore other options,” Fusco said when asked about her plans after PSS.

Starting in October 2010, Fusco served PSS as its CIP planner, and facilities development and management program coordinator.

On Sept. 13, 2018, she became the facilities development and management director of PSS.

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