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Newly elected BOE member to focus on equipping students with skills

BOARD of Education member-elect Andrew Orsini wants to equip students with skills needed by the CNMI.

 “I truly believe that a better education creates a better economy and I want to equip all students with the knowledge and skills that can withstand typhoons and labor shortages,” he added.

Orsini has a solid background in education — in the classroom and policy-making.

Andrew Orsini

“I was a teacher in high school and middle school in Guam. Based on that, I have a very good idea of what the Public School System is all about. I have also a very good perspective of the system at the higher education level,” he added.

He served as member of the Board of Regents of the University of Guam in the 1980s and the  Northern Marianas College board in 2009. He was also PTA president for Oleia Elementary School for over 10 years.

“What I want to do [now as BOE member] is to assist our students so they can be more effective and efficient for their learning capacity,” he said.

On Guam, he worked with lawmakers who served on committees that oversaw education issues.

He was also executive director for the Guam State Council on Vocational Education, overseeing $60 million in federal funds distributed to educational institutions.

In the CNMI, he said, “we have this 10-year period with the CW situation. Time is of the essence for us to address this matter. I will work with all the stakeholders — the private sectors, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, the trade institute, the Department of Labor — so we can really try to give our students the best possible chance to secure their livelihood and their future.”

He added, “This is where I want to help. Hopefully, PSS will have very effective programs for students. As soon as they graduate, they will know what they want in their life, and to be prepared for it.”

Orsini thanked his families and all the voters for their support. He said he is also grateful to James Rayphand for being a great and worthy opponent. “He loves and cares for our children and their future just as much as I do.”

Orsini narrowly defeated Rayphand. He received 5,220 votes against his opponent’s 4,987.