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BOE vice chair: Take care of PSS employees

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DURING the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday morning, vice chair Herman Atalig expressed deep concern over the failure of the Public School System to pay its employees for the past two paydays.

“If we cannot take care of our employees, our students will not survive,” said the retired sergeant major.

He added that funding is “a driving force that is connected to all items” that were on the board agenda Wednesday morning.

Following a motion to table other items on the agenda, Atalig noted the importance of providing Commissioner of Education Alfred Ada and key management the “needed time to make well-informed decisions based on data, and how funding will look like.”

Atalig asked, “How are we going to provide immediate relief for employees for their survival today?”

He said the Marianas Public Land Trust loan that PSS has applied for “to assist our employees is ready to be awarded” as he stressed the importance of working with the government’s executive and legislative branches.

PSS management, he added, has worked day and night to find a solution that will allow PSS employees to get paid this week and avoid another “payless payday.”

Atalig said the priority of the board “is to solve the issue of how we are going to provide the immediate relief for our employees’ survival today, not tomorrow. My main focus is to get that money and pay our employees, so that we can continue to also focus on our students first, for their safety and learning.”

 

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