Chief education officer disrespected

“She can’t invite me to any meeting.”

That’s how Principal of the Alexandra School Jeff Broomes responded to a letter of invitation from a former chief education officer, claimed his former Secretary today.

Betty Williams, who called the alleged action “disrespectful”, commented on an incident where the principal, according to her, reacted with disgust and threw a letter of invitation from the chief education officer in the garbage bin.

She was speaking this afternoon at the Commission of Enquiry into the Alexandra School.

“When this letter came down from the chief education officer Mr. Broomes took the thing in front of me, balled it up (and said) ‘she can’t invite me to neither meeting’,” she said.

“Even if he wanted to throw it in the bin, he should have waited until I leave and then ball it up and throw it in the bin, but not in front of me.

“I said, ‘I cannot believe that a principal who should be behaving with decency, dignity and decorum this is how he is going to treat his superior’.”

She suggested this was a pattern of behaviour where it appeared Broomes felt the school was his private property to do as he pleased.

“He would have to change considerably for things to work smoothly at the Alexandra School, he would have to change his mannerisms with how he deals with students and staff, parents, everybody and can’t be ‘This is my school, I am the principal’, as though he didn’t understand that he was the principal. I don’t see him changing, he is too old to change now,” she said.

But Williams said this episode was not the first time Broomes had issues relating to correspondence to him.

She noted that there were many instances when, after she gave him letters from teachers and other individuals, he would say he had not received them and this caused friction with the same teachers.

Williams told the commission she got so frustrated about it that she complained to Chairman of the board of management, Keith Simmons.

“There were times that I would send in the mail to him and sometimes a week would pass before he even looked at it,” she said, noting this included correspondence from the Ministry of Education.

She also believed Broomes did not trust her because he did not allow her to type his letters as her job description demanded. (SC)

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