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Broomes on leave

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Broomes on leave

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The teachers of Parkinson Memorial Secondary School were there yesterday as the term started, but newly assigned principal Jeff Broomes was a no-show.
Broomes, shifted from the troubled Alexandra Secondary, had been earmarked by the Ministry of Education to take up his assignment there from yesterday, but was reported to have sent in a sickness certificate.
School resumed for teachers yesterday after the Christmas break, but there was low-keyed activity at The Pine, St Michael Parkinson. One member of the teaching staff told the DAILY NATION that upon his arrival he had been informed that the principal was on sick leave.
Chief Education Officer Laurie King and several other officials from the ministry were seen leaving the school premises shortly after 9 a.m.
It was reported that deputy principal Maxine Mayers, would assume the role of acting principal. When contacted, she said she was not informed that Broomes was on leave, or that she would be acting as principal in the interim.
“Nobody has told me anything as yet, so I do not know,” she said.
Two guards manning the gates said the media were not allowed on the premises.  
Meanwhile, Alexandra School resembled a ghost town yesterday. Few vehicles were in the car park of the Speightstown school and new principal Orson Alleyne was nowhere to be seen.
Alleyne and Alexandra teachers were reported to be attending a meeting in Wildey, St Michael.
The school’s front gate was open, with a lone security guard and a police officer on the premises.
Alexandra students are expected to report for classes tomorrow. (LK)