Letter: Keep Jerry O'Connor in Benn El
Once again our community is in a situation where the administration and a school board have made a hugely unpopular decision. The process is suspicious, AGAIN, the reasons for their decision are extremely unclear, AGAIN, the vote was messy and uncomfortable, AGAIN, and the community is outraged, AGAIN!
I don't believe for one minute that Jerry O'Connor has done anything that would warrant his dismissal as assistant principal of Bennington Elementary School. I have read a letter of recommendation written last month by the current Principal of Benn El and I have seen an evaluation done by his former boss from February 2017. Both of these documents speak of an administrator who is performing well and is a huge asset to Benn El. No red flags. Nothing. This makes absolutely no sense.
The BSD board needs to re-evaluate their decision. They must listen to and respect the opinion of Principal Dunn . They must be objective in their analysis of the information presented to them, they should be asking questions of the superintendent and they must not ignore the overwhelming sentiment of the community.
Removing a beloved staff member is no way to "move a school forward," whatever that means. Benn El needs Jerry.
Keep Jerry O'Connor in Benn El where he belongs.
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