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Kimo Rosario now with NMHC

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THE Board of Education and the Public School System on Tuesday recognized  outgoing Associate Commissioner of Administration Kimo M. Rosario for his five years of “distinguished service in support of a quality free public education in the CNMI.”

Rosario is leaving PSS on July 31, and will start working for the Northern Marianas Housing Corporation as its Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program manager on Aug. 3.

The BOE and PSS commended Rosario for  leaving “a legacy of personal empowerment, altruism and equitable opportunities for all students.”

Rosario, moreover, “exemplifies a true advocate and supporter of the financial integrity of…PSS.”

According to the BOE and PSS, “Rosario  dedicated five years and eight months of passion, commitment and leadership through various capacities he has held in pursuit of public service to over 10,000 students, school leadership and central staff of the CNMI PSS and the Commonwealth as a whole.”

Rosario started working for PSS as program manager of its Office of Pupil Transportation on Sept. 22, 2014.

He became chief officer for procurement and supply of PSS on Feb. 28, 2017 and its interim director for finance from Nov. 25, 2019 to June 3, 2020.

He served as interim associate commissioner for administrative services from June 6, 2020 to June 15, 2020.

From June 16, 2020 to July 31, 2020, he was the associate commissioner of administration.

BOE member Andrew Orsini thanked Rosario for his service to PSS and his collaboration with  education leaders. “PSS is always here for you. You are always welcome back,” Orsini said.

 

 Outgoing associate commissioner Kimo Rosario, third right, on Tuesday receives the Distinguished Public Education Award from the Board of Education and the Public School System  for his service to public education. From left are PSS financial and budget consultant Ed Tenorio, PSS federal programs manager Tim Thornburgh, PSS human resources director Lucretia Borja, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada, PSS interim finance officer Katherine Regalado, BOE Chairwoman Janice Tenorio, Kimo Rosario, BOE member MaryLou Ada, and BOE vice chairman Herman Atalig. Contributed photo

BOE vice chairman Herman Atalig said Rosario will be a great asset to any agency. “I salute you for your dedication to PSS,” Atalig added.

“Thank you for your perseverance and tenacity and for hanging in there with us to work with us,” BOE member MaryLou Ada said. “On behalf of the more than 1,000 PSS employees and more than 10,000 students, thank you.”

BOE member Philip Mendiola-Long said he will miss Rosario’s “real talk” and no-holds-barred approach in putting the students’ welfare first. “He doesn’t really have…soft words when our kids are at risk. He is always setting the board straight in what we need to do.”

BOE teacher representative Paul Miura expressed appreciation to Rosario for working with the board, especially amid a financial crisis.

PSS legal counsel Tiberius Mocanu, for his part, said, “There are people in PSS that keep the system going and they are its backbone — Kimo is one of them.”

BOE Chairwoman Janice Tenorio thanked Rosario for doing an outstanding job.

“I am really touched and moved by this recognition,” Rosario said. “However, I still feel that I did not do anything extraordinary during my tenure here at PSS. In fact, it is the wonderful PSS staff, many of whom work in the background and with whom I had the honor and privilege to work with that really helped me succeed. They are the true movers and shakers. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the PSS family. I will truly miss working, learning, and growing with this fine group of highly educated, seasoned, and knowledgeable individuals.”

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