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A COURIER made an unsuccessful attempt at delivering a letter to Alexandra School principal Jeff Broomes at his residence yesterday evening. There was no answer to the doorbell. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)

By YVETTE BEST | Sat, December 29, 2012 - 12:10 AM

SWEEPING CHANGES in teaching staff are coming to the Alexandra School that will affect the wider educational system.

Embattled principal Jeff Broomes is to be separated from the St Peter school and is being reassigned to Parkinson Memorial Secondary School from January, well-informed sources told the SATURDAY SUN.

It is also understood that Parkinson principal Orson Alleyne will replace Broomes at Alexandra School.

The sources said that close to 20 teachers at Alexandra are also switching schools.

Efforts to get confirmation from Alleyne and Broomes proved futile up to Press time.

Please read the full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN, or in the eNATION edition.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 10 months ago
Except for the fact that SEPARATING Jeff Broomes from Alexandra School is really what Mary Redman and THE BSTU Wanted from day One, The Government could have saved themselves a load of Cash, by listening to me, as the rest of the solution (Transfers) is what i suggested at the Start of this episode, it is still my HUMBLE OPINION that acceding to their wish of SEPARATING Jeff Broomes from Alexandra School is a SLIPPERY SLOPE, and WILL come back to bite somebody you know where SOME DAY.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
This just goes to show that all secondary schools in Barbados are not equal and a segregated school system is what we have.Parkinson is look down upon,so too are the former named Garrison and St.Leonard's schools.
The good thing about this shake up is that it gets rid of the myth that a Principal at one of the newer secondary schools is not good enough for one of the older secondary schools.
There should be much more moving around in our school system. What is the difference if one teaching at Princess Margaret or St. George Secondary?

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 10 months ago
An Inquiry that cost taxpayers $600,000 just to transfer a few people. That could have been done long ago based on the findings in the Report on the Alexandra School that was on the Minister of Education's desk for months. The only purpose the Inquiry served was to air the schools "dirty linen" in the public domain.

It is clear that the government took the middle ground on this matter by transferring both principal and teaching staff. Had Broomes been the only "sacrificial lamb," such industrial action on the part of the BSTU (or BUT) could set a serious precedence in future for the administration of all schools.

Government's decision was first and foremost to restore a state of normalcy at the controversial school, in the interest of the students. It is now left to see the students' reaction to the changes.

Even with the decision to separate Jeff Broomes from Alexandra, can the BSTU really say that they have scored a victory when 20 teachers from the school will be scattered all across the island, and others sent to Alexandra?

While teachers may be transferred to any school across the island as the Ministry sees fit, those at schools where the Alexandra teachers will be sent, may see their own tranfers to the St Peter school as a "punishment" due to the actions of others. In other words, why must they go to Alexandra even if they are doing a "good" job at their own school?

In addition, what about the terms of Mr Broomes' contract that supposedly states that he is appointed principal at Alexandra and therefore cannot be transferred to another school? If this is in fact so, we could have another standoff and possible crisis on our hands at the start of the new school term, if Mr Broomes decides he's not going to Parkinson.

I suspect there will be a lot of legal wrangling over this matter, and therefore await how it will be played out in the coming weeks.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 10 months ago
So the Redman & Frost team have been granted their wish; Jeff Broomes is being separated from the Alexandra school. While their team did not request it, the authorities will also be moving 20 teachers. Please tell me that Amaida Greaves has not been left unscathed. I hope that all concerned will note the potential for dangerous precedents here. I would have moved many teachers, but would never have touched Broomes in this scenario. May the students and parents all benefit from the changes being implemented and may we soon get back to the business of educating our children in these schools.Nigel D.

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Posted by Tony Trotman 1 year, 10 months ago
Mr Broomes’ managerial style leaves a lot to be desired, e.g. ignoring trade union correspondence and not involving the head of the relevant department when recruiting a teacher.

If his managerial style continues to prevail at Parkinson Memorial Secondary School (PMSS) – I wouldn’t be surprised if a similar dispute arose at PMSS in the future.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
OUR PRE'JUDGE,S are so evident here it's a shame. even after all this, those die hard Broomes supporters refuse to look at his unprofessional behaviour that warranted this action, and it would serve us all better especially the pupils if Mr. Broomes be grateful that his transfer be a chance at redemption and learn from his shortcomings in "effective communication and conflict resolution" @carl harper, here you are pushing wood in the fire, even after $600 000 a period of disruption in our children's education, and whatever else. you are here insinuating that Broomes should take further legal action, who stand to lose ..our children. but then again you are a supporter of the elitist in our country, and your focus is with a select few... I hope that the Barbadian masses. see where and how this come from and where it can go ,if we follow the ideology of the fortunate few.

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 10 months ago

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Posted by june skeete 1 year, 10 months ago
Redman/Frost and others = backfired! Betcha they thought Broomes would have been fired. Tek dat! He's still got a job. LOL. It's Parkinson's gain.

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Posted by SANDREA BUTCHER 1 year, 10 months ago
Now that there will be transfers we have to see the kind of climate that will pervade at Parkinson Memorial School as well as Alexandra School. Mr Broomes will encounter a staff at Parkinson that will be a mixture of both new and experienced teachers. It would be a good idea to put his 'ear to the ground' and learn about the school culture and see which aspects could be changed for the better. Maybe the majority of the teachers at Parkinson are members of BUT and hence there will be no more locking of horns between the BSTU and Mr Broomes. Everyone realised that there was a distinct silence from the BUT during the whole industrial action prior to the Commission of Enquiry. Mr Alleyne will also have his work cut out as the students of Alexandra School are pro-Mr Broomes. He also has to garner the support of the staff. He should be okay as he has done workshops on Teamwork before when he was at the former Garrison Secondary School.

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Posted by nesta marley 1 year, 10 months ago
@june skeete. maybe you have some psychic powers that supports your statement, but I can recall that the BSTU requested that broomes be transfered , at no time was was there a call for dismissal.its normal to disagree.

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Posted by june skeete 1 year, 10 months ago
Dear Nesta Marley, I said 'they THOUGHT' I never said that they REQUESTED.......READ! READ!! READ!!!

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 10 months ago
@ Nesta Marley: Where is the hate? What has this to do with Walmart? You will recall that Redman & Co. never asked for the "separation" of the teacher who chose not to teach for an entire term. You will also recall that they also did not ask for the separation of those teachers who took up arms against the principal from day one, just because their friend was not appointed principal. Broomes has his problems but we must recognise that he has faced a hostile environment from the start and those teachers must be punished. The charge led by Redman was biased because she was representing the teachers and chose to close her eyes to their disreputable behaviour. All I am asking is that, since we are punishing Broomes, we should also punish the teachers who started and perpetuated this mess. Suggest you drop words like "hate" and "Walmart" and stick to the facts. Nigel D.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 10 months ago
@ june skeete ,are you implying that you read their minds? maybe you do have psychic powers

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