Thursday, July 24, 2014

VIDEO: Bamba Is 5th Guahan Academy Board Member to Resign Amidst Questions Over Procurement & Operations

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Guam - Questions about the handling of procurement, and other operational matters at Guahan Academy Charter School are being raised by Former Senator George Bamba, who recently resigned from the School's Board of Trustees after serving for just two months.

Bamba is one of five members to resign from the Board of Trustees since the Guahan Academy was founded a few a years ago. GACS Legal Counsel Daniel Somerfleck has also stepped down recently, and Public Relations Manager Therese Arroyo Matanane is no longer with the school because her contract ended.

Pay disparities, a lack of required clearances, and a lack of documentation on procurement are the main reasons for Bamba's resignation on January 23rd.

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While many former board members site personal reasons for their departure, Monty McDowell says he also stepped because of poor documentation and a lack of book keeping.

“It didn't look right to me,” McDowell told PNC recalling his time on the board before the school opened its doors.

It's because of concerns like these that the Legislature's Oversight Committee on Education called the charter school in for an oversight hearing in November. Since the school was unwilling to discuss procurement with the lawmakers at that time, Speaker Judi Won Pat and Senator Aline Yamashita have introduced bill 237 which would amend the charter school law to require charter school's to follow local procurement regulations.

PNC spoke with current Board of Trustees Chairman Matt Kane today who said that while "There is room for improvement" as far as organization and documentation at the school are concerned but he believes Guahan Academy is "On the path toward improvement."

As for Attorney Somerfleck's withdraw of service to the school, Kane says Somerfleck left on good terms, and left for personal reasons.

During a phone call with PNC Tuesday however Somerfleck said, "I left because I no longer wanted to represent them."

PNC also contacted GACS CEO and Principal Donna Dwiggins for comment but she had not returned our calls as of news time.

 

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