Letter: School staff show support for O'Connor

To the Editor:

We are writing to offer our support for Jerry O'Connor, the assistant principal of Bennington Elementary School.

The Bennington School District Board of Directors made the decision not to renew his contract on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

As a staff, our hearts are heavy and we are concerned for the future and safety of our school going forward. Jerry O'Connor has dedicated his life to children, as a parent, teacher, coach, and for the last six years, as assistant principal. He is one of the most dedicated educators and community members.

He has spent tireless hours acclimating our new principal to the school and community. We have made great strides this year because Principal Edie Dunn and Jerry complement each other perfectly. To bring a new assistant principal in at this time will be a setback and a huge burden on Principal Dunn.

Benn El has a very challenging population that includes significant poverty, homelessness and trauma. We don't need change, we need consistency.

We are asking the BSD Board of Directors to reconsider their decision and to renew Assistant Principal Jerry O'Connor's contract.

Mary Chambers

Jessica Prendergast

Joselyn Walk

Cara DeAngelo

Cathy Harwood

Ian Davis

Pamela Brownell-Gulley

K. Wasilenko

Chantel Bink

Angela Gaudreau

Becky Farrington

Mike Casilinova

Morgan RobinsonTricia Haldane

Lisa Flynn

Leigh Jelley

Stephanie Parascandolo

Deb Guiden

Heidi Woodall

Catherine Perkins

Christy Pringle

Christina Croff

Nancy Carista

Lexi Dunham

Carol Morin

Alexandra Sharpe

Dena Anderson

Tonya Loftus

Amanda Hayes

Paige McMinn

Charlene Adams

Tom Maldonado

Paula DeLaurentis

Marianne Campbell

Jillian Petry

Chris Sherman

Kristin Mirocki

Eileen Jewett

Keira Mclenithan

Andrea Ferrucci

Nicole Forest

Kathleen Lacasse

Nancy Haynes

Patricia Buck

Deborah Burke

Carol Shumans

Valerie Hope


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