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Move him!

Move him! PARENTS, STUDENTS, teachers and others at yesterday’s prayer session in the Alexandra School’s auditorium. (Ricardo Leacock)

Sat, January 21, 2012 - 12:09 AM

MORE THAN 1 200 past Alexandra School students are adding their voices to the call for principal Jeff Broomes to be removed from the school.

And the Alexandra Alumni Association, which represents students across several generations, has urged that the impasse to be resolved for the children’s sake.

In a statement issued yesterday after consultation with members, the alumni declared that it fully supported the teachers.

“Our major concerns . . . are as follows: the interest and welfare of the students. We believe that it is important and necessary that our students strive and do well in a stable environment. Our second concern is that of the welfare of the teachers of the Alexandra School. We believe that the teachers also deserve to be in a work environment conducive to teaching,” it said.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 2 years, 9 months ago
An when this concession is made to the BSTU and Mary Redman, Who will be the next person to have to go that she and her group dislikes? There are still 22 or so more teachers who have not joined this strike and have been vocal in letting everyone knows that the BSTU does not represent will the removal of Jeff Broomes Lead to them being CASTIGATED and Haranged by the BSTU membership , and them then having something to strike for also??? what about SEPARATING the BSTU and it's Membership from the Alexandra School and distributing them between Other High Schools. Jeff Broomes STILL Has a lot of Support at the Alexandra School. PLEASE PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAPS Mr.Minister & Company

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Posted by Leah Bunsum 2 years, 9 months ago
"Past student"are you kidding me? This is about present and future. The Alexandra School has improve 100% since these "pass" student" went through the doors.(I wish twenty five of these parents were at P.T.A meeting in the "past"). Don't want to go back to the "past". We must continue the success and progress that exist by the hard work of Mr. Jeff Broomes,students and some Teachers. I can't remember mentioning the Deputy.

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Posted by J. McDonald Goddard 2 years, 9 months ago
If the BSTU and 30 members of staff are wrong, 1200 alumni can't be wrong.

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Posted by En Dee 2 years, 9 months ago
Would someone be so kind as to share with the public all of the facts surrounding the calls for removal of Mr. Broomes. I have not yet seen the facts which would support or justify such drastic action. Is it that he is a strict boss? Or has this situation become a political can of worms? I am hoping that potential political fall-out will not be the deciding factor when action is finally taken. Nor should the decision be made in favour of who can amass the largest number of supporters in their quarter. Lets hope that fairness is upheld and that the decision made will be in the best interest of students, education and the country. Nigel D.

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Posted by Tanya Forde 2 years, 9 months ago
All now, I don't get What the Issues Are at Alexandra School? Is it a secret? Must the issues remain confidential? Can someone please enlighten the public as to what the issues are with the principal Jeff Broomes, the teachers and the parents?

It was noted that the students would have to 'make up' the lost time. So are they going to go to Broomley in August?!

Would greatly appreciate the feedback.

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Posted by Monica Wilkinson 2 years, 9 months ago
There certainly will not be any winners in this case. They are all tainted. There are so many twists and turns in this saga that it is almost impossible to keep up. My solution would be to offer Mr Broomes early retirement, transfer some of the teachers to other schools ( weaken that group for the benefit of the new Principal and those teachers who did not go out on strike). As for the Deputy, who allegedly refused to teach she would be disciplined and also be transferred. As for the Ministry of Education a thorough investigation would be undertaken by a group from outside the Ministry. The purpose would be to provide recommendations on how future complaints should be handled in future, along with timelines.

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Posted by Leah Bunsum 2 years, 9 months ago
Shame on the Alumni......first of all i am a past student and i dont agree....the majority of the persons in the alumni were not at school when Jeff Broomes was principal...all they can speak about would be how good o bad the teachers were so their opinion is biased and based on emotion....Alexandra School has developed phenomenally since Mr.Broomes came.....mainly because he is a disciplinarian and his emphasis on extra curricular activities. The Alumni should pray for the school and pray for resolution not put support behind any side...i am sure the majority of pass students who were at school when Jeff Broomes became principal dont share this opinion...this article is very subjective and quite shameful

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Posted by J. McDonald Goddard 2 years, 9 months ago
The problems at The Alexandra School started with Mr. Jeff Broomes and will end when he is separated from the school. If half of what we are seeing from the little snippets released from the "Alexandra Report" are true; locking out of the Chairman of the Board of Management, relegating the Deputy Principal to being a mere messenger, forbidding the PTA from entering on the school's compound, et cetera, et cetera, then it is clear that the principal is behaving like dictator and there is no place for such a person in the educational system of any progressive country.

To respond to Tony Waterman, the BSTU did not pick a fight with Mr. Broomes. It is clear that Mr. Broomes believes that none of his subordinates/super-ordinates should hold or express opinions contrary to his and if they do he must muzzle and belittle them. The BSTU is merely representing the interests of its members at that school and it will represent any of its members, at any school, if they are wronged.

One needs to check the status of the non-BSTU members at the school to see whether (i) they are members of another union, to which they have the right and (ii) have permanent or acting appointments. The outcome of this check will let us see if there are underlying reasons for their lack of support for the BSTU members at the school and their apparent support for the embattled principal.

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Posted by Daniel Burton 2 years, 9 months ago
Move him because he spoke the truth?
HA! Not in my world!

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Posted by wayne husbands 2 years, 9 months ago
@tony waterman... if you take a minute to let go of the personalities here.its not about a concession being made to mary redman, its about the way that matters are being handled.. we are not tribal
therefore we are not subjected to rulership.we welcome leadership. its not about dislike. its about treating people with respect.its about having the right to do your job in a dignified way.all these things are not absolutes , they can be taught ,learnt and praticed. when a crisis has been resolved . an agreement is signed in good faith and both parties will agree to work together towards fullfilling that agreement.this pettiness that embodies the body of statements has no place in conflict resolution.WHEN WE ARE SO CLOSEDMINDED THERES NO WAY THAT WE WILL COMPROMISE.That was the way of the ministry and what lead to all this, now that we have a resolve we need to commit to healing and prevention to avoid repetition

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Posted by c holder 2 years, 9 months ago
Past alumni and teachers logically cannot know the current, day-to-day state of affairs at Alexandra in terms of classroom dynamics etc.
So their position is flawed.
One thing that we do know is that a senior teacher was accused of refusal to teach her class. This would be a serious act of dereliction of duty and insubordination.
The Ministry needs to address this issue and either exonerate or discipline her,without prejudice.
This was brought into the public domain and their actions must be transparent to the public.Why?
The public taxpayers pay her salary.
Also her name and reputation have been brought under public scrutiny which is unfair to her.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 years, 9 months ago
1: I have to agree with EN DEE that information is being withheld for whatever reason and by whom. I hope it is not the press, acting out of fear of litigation.

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