No vendetta against principal

A former secretary to Principal of the Alexandra School Jeff Broomes today denied she had sided with striking teachers and was on a vendetta against her former boss.

Betty Williams, who was Broomes’ secretary for the past seven years, was the latest witness to give evidence at the Commission of Enquiry into Alexandra today at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Refuting assertions from the principals counsel that she was “not a truthful witness”, Williams admitted being present at the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union headquarters in January this year when teachers were on strike.

But she said she was merely there in solidarity, having retired late last year.

She conceded that the school had improved in sports and academically under Broomes’ leadership, but said this was partly due to the work of the teachers and other staff as well.

Williams, who worked at the school between 1977 and 2011, said she was friends with a number of the striking teachers, including Amaida Greaves, and that they were interested in the children and overall school’s welfare.

“They are very dedicated and committed to the task,” she said. (SC)

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