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Former BOE member urges lawmakers to prioritize education

FORMER Board of Education member Herman T. Guerrero  urged  lawmakers to be proactive in prioritizing the needs of the school system.

Guerrero was recognized by the House of Representatives and the Senate  last week for his 17 years of service as member of the Board of Education and for his  education advocacy.

His fourth and last term on the BOE ended Monday.

Herman Tenorio Guerrero, the longest serving elected member of the Board of Education, receives a framed copy of a commemorative resolution from outgoing Speaker Ralph Demapan last week. Also in photo are other lawmakers and Guerrero’s family members.Herman Tenorio Guerrero, the longest serving elected member of the Board of Education, receives a framed copy of a commemorative resolution from outgoing Speaker Ralph Demapan last week. Also in photo are other lawmakers and Guerrero’s family members.

In his remarks after receiving a framed copy of a House commemorative resolution, Guerrero apologized to lawmakers if he sometimes sounded like he was scolding them  whenever he sought funding for the Public School System.

But he also reminded the lawmakers that “the central government still owes PSS some $7 million.”

In an interview, Guerrero said: “It’s an honor to receive this House resolution, but it is not so much for myself but for every child in the Commonwealth and for those who have served the school system in the past.”

He added, “I don’t do things for personal reasons. I do things because I believe in them and because it’s the right thing to do. I am an action person but I tend to do things ‘behind the scenes’ so we can accomplish things quietly and efficiently. After all, that’s our goal — how to be efficient in the Public School System.”

Former Board of Education member Herman T. Guerrero poses with educators Dr. Bobby Cruz, Dr. Rizalina Liwag and Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan in the lobby of the House of Representatives after receiving framed copies of commemorative resolutions honoring their achievements and contributions to the CNMI.  Photos by Cherrie Anne VillahermosaFormer Board of Education member Herman T. Guerrero poses with educators Dr. Bobby Cruz, Dr. Rizalina Liwag and Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan in the lobby of the House of Representatives after receiving framed copies of commemorative resolutions honoring their achievements and contributions to the CNMI. Photos by Cherrie Anne Villahermosa

Guerrero said the children are the CNMI’s future “but we should also preserve our culture and local language, and that is something that I strongly support. There is still so much to be done and I hope, in whatever capacity, I can still work and help the school system. Even though I am no longer a member of the board, I will still advocate on behalf of PSS and the students. I will not stop.”

He hopes that the BOE will continue working closely with the governor and the Legislature.

“We need funds, much more now, because of the typhoon and the board needs to figure out what to do with Hopwood school [which was destroyed by the typhoon]. We need  new and permanent structures.”