Jeff Broomes to retire next year

Principal of the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School Jeff Broomes will retire from the teaching service on May 1, next year.

Broomes made this announcement today while speaking to reporters at his office at the Pinelands, St Michael learning institution.

Principal of the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School Jeff Broomes.
Principal of the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School Jeff Broomes.

“My plan was always that I would go on long leave this term and return to school and retire sometime in February. That was a plan. Unfortunately the ministry wrote me and told me yes, I can get long leave but I have to retire immediately after long leave. I ignored that because no one can tell me when to retire. What is this new negotiation that as soon as one gets long leave one has to retire? Long leave does not mean much to me because one just stays at home and gets paid.”

Broomes told reporters he discussed his retirement with his family and has informed the powers that be of his decision.

Dismissing claims that there were problems at Parkinson Memorial Secondary School, Broomes, a former trade unionist, contended that he was aware unions would flex their muscles from time to time.

“I always work within the rules and regulations of the law. I think we have some good teachers at the Parkinson School but some were misled. I saw a lot of unfortunate things happening that had no bearing on the truth. People will always have a problem with me in education,” Broomes said.

Commenting on charges that there was a problem with his management style, Broomes asked: “ Does everybody like Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s management style? Doe’s everybody like Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s management style? Does everybody like President Obama management style? They do not have to like my management style. My management style will always be consistent with the rules and regulations. I do not have to be your friend. I will always be like a headlight charting a vision.”

The controversial educator argued that school was not only about academics, but must entail producing a more rounded individual.

Broomes expressed grave concern that many secondary schools were not giving some students a second year in fifth form and disclosed that he was introducing a mentorship programme in the school where a fifth former will serve as big brother or sister to two first formers.

“I will have these fifth formers who are given a second chance sign a contract. They have to make sure that they pay all the fees for books, petty fees as well as all outstanding fees before being re-admitted to the school. They have to do the studies, attend class regularly, and do work. However, I have built in a component of service because they must serve as big brother or sister for two first formers. They have to make the connection with the parents of the children. They must check on their homework and ensure that they are properly dressed.”

Strong disagreement with his senior staff over his management style led to industrial action by teachers at Alexandra School in 2010 and again in 2012, where Broomes was the principal. Following an investigation into administration and management of the school, 18 Alexandra teachers were among 40 islandwide who were reassignment, with Broomes transferred to Parkinson.

However, controversy followed him there as tensions rose between Broomes and the teachers, who protested against what they claimed were his management style and attitude to the staff. (NC)

7 Responses to Jeff Broomes to retire next year

  1. harry turnover August 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Yes Jeff…tell them that they CANNOT tell you when to retire.Some of those people at the Ministry simply DO NOT know the rules and regulations.
    Someone should tell them that long leave is not some sort of special leave that one gets when he/she is retiring.,and that this so called long leave is just leave that has been accumulated over the years.
    ….and if you are entitled to an NIS pension as well,take it early.

  2. dwayne jordan August 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Harry Turnover,, all for the sake of what? The kids?

    If I had spent 40 years and had had a problem with many staff under me,,i would retire for the sake of the kids and institutiin not drag the school and ministry through a lot of halla ballo because of personalities and feelings.

    Seeing that he will retire soon means he could have retired a year ago, he has spent his 33& 3rd years already.

    Managers step aside when they do not have the blessing of their staff and not take it so personal.

  3. Donna August 19, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I believe that Mr. Broomes had the interests of the children at heart but had difficulty in relating to staff under him. This is usually the case when someone wishes to institute changes and wishes to do it quickly. I hope he volunteers still in some capacity to help those children who responded well to him.

  4. bobo August 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Ref Broomes Retirement–After forty years working in education development — finally common senses took it course –an ignorant narcissist– what are his achievements.

  5. angela fergusson August 19, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Jeff Broomes has given much to the many school children placed under his charge. As he sets out with his retirement, I hope to see him positively continue to inspire students who are looking at the big picture of life.
    There are areas in the educational system, where through volunteer service, or a method of his choice, many forward-thinking, and sincere Barbadians can benefit from his involvement.
    The many skills, ideas, and critical thinking shared by Principal Jeff Broomes are worth far more than the negative judgements listed against him.

  6. Haneef Daya
    Haneef Daya August 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Truly passionate education stalwart.

  7. Princess Neferua
    Princess Neferua August 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    ….A lot of unruly teachers must be smiling they faces off…..


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