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Education commissioner resigns

GLENN Muna on Thursday resigned as education commissioner of the Public School System.

“I have tendered my resignation,” he told Variety. “As per my contract, I must provide a 60-day notice.”

Glenn Muna

Board of Education Chairwoman Janice Tenorio said Muna, who was appointed commissioner on Nov. 8, 2018, had informed the BOE about his resignation.

“But he will still be the PSS commissioner for 60 days, which will allow us to look for his replacement. But if before 60 days he changes his mind, then that is okay too,” Tenorio said.

Asked why he resigned, Muna said: “Personal reasons.”

The BOE held its monthly regular meeting on Thursday morning and heard comments from House Minority Leader Edwin Propst, Rep. Tina Sablan, teacher representative Paul Miura and Francisco M. Sablan Middle School teacher Alex Borja.

The board then held an executive or closed-door meeting from 10:30 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

Tenorio said one of the things discussed during the executive session was Muna’s resignation.

“When people want to resign, what are we going to do? We cannot stop them,” she added.

Muna was appointed as interim education commissioner after the BOE fired his predecessor, Cynthia Deleon Guerrero, in November 2017. After a year, he was offered the education commissioner’s position. When he accepted it, in Nov. 2018, Muna also signed a four-year contract.

Had he not submitted his resignation, Muna was supposed to undergo his first annual evaluation this October or November.

Muna’s leadership was tested by Typhoon Yutu which caused severe damage to most schools on Saipan and Tinian; and the budget shortfall that have affected the schools’ operations and resulted in a salary cut for 660 employees of PSS.

Glenn Muna, M.Ed. was the principal of Oleai Elementary School when he was appointed associate education commissioner for administration in 2012.