(PSS) — The Public School System and the Board of Education honored the school district’s administrative personnel on Friday in an activity that gathered all of PSS’s frontline office personnel in one celebration.

Facilitated by the PSS Human Resources Office led by Director Lucretia B. Deleon Guerrero and the Finance and Budget Office led by Director Arlene Lizama, the 2021 Administrative Professionals professional development activity was held at Fiesta Resort & Spa on Saipan.

Each year, Administrative Professionals Day is usually celebrated  at each school. This year, a CNMI-wide event was held to honor the “backbone” of the school district.

“It is your organizational skills and commitment that are critical to the day-to-day operations of our 20 elementary, middle and high schools on Saipan, Tinian and Rota, and our PSS Central Office — you ensure that they are running efficiently and effectively,” Commissioner of Education Dr. Alfred B. Ada said in his  remarks honoring the more than 80 administrative personnel in attendance.

“You all are a key part in the overall success of our school district,” Dr. Ada added.

Chairman of the Board of Education Andrew L. Orsini said the administrative personnel see to it that all the children who attend public schools receive the quality of education that they deserve.

‘You are all incredible and hard working professionals that we couldn’t thank enough for your service to the children of this Commonwealth,” Orsini added.

The professional development program served as a “refresher” for PSS’s administrative professionals.

Among the topics discussed: time and attendance, policy and procedures on certification, overtime and compensation time.

The PSS Human Resources and Finance and Budget offices conducted presentations while PSS legal counsel Tiberius Mocanu fielded questions.

2021 State Support Staff of the Year Donald San Nicolas delivered the closing remarks.

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