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Witnesses speak well of deputy

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Witnesses speak well of deputy

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The Alexandra School’s deputy principal Beverley Neblett-Lashley, who has been portrayed as one of the chief opposers of principal Jeff Broomes, will take the witness stand today as the Commission of Inquiry into the school’s industrial dispute goes into its 25th day at the Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Neblett-Lashley, who in recent hearings has been depicted as one of the Alexandra old scholars who “rolled her eyes” and exhibited body language that seemed to be a form of opposition to Broomes during contentious staff meetings, was commended by two witnesses at the inquiry yesterday.
Part-time physical education teacher Roger Broomes, a first cousin of principal Jeff Broomes’, yesterday described Neblett-Lashley as approachable, a good source of advice and one who has been like a mother to him during his eight years at Alexandra.
“I admire her. I don’t see her as a cold person. In my opinion, Mrs Lashley is one of the most professional at the school . . . . I see Mrs Lashley like my mother.  I can only speak to how she reacts to me,” he said. (RJ)