A particular Board of Training assembly is being held in Middletown on Monday night time as a number of college unions are calling on metropolis officers to analyze accusations of harassment and intimidation amongst college directors.
Union representatives directed their assertion in direction of Board of Training and council members throughout a standard council assembly final Thursday night time.
“Quite a few previous and current members have come to us with critical considerations about repeated harassment, intimidation and retaliation by members of Central Workplace Senior Administration. Our members now not really feel secure expressing these considerations by way of the channels offered by way of the Board of Training and Metropolis of Middletown,” UPSEU Native 6457 President Ann Gregg mentioned throughout the assembly.
Gregg went on to say that union representatives acquired statements from 15 former staff previous to the assembly final Thursday. She additionally mentioned that previous members who’ve introduced up points up to now have been ignored.
“The outcomes of exit interviews have been dismissed, ignored and have been discontinued altogether,” Gregg mentioned to the council.
“We have now misplaced many valued staff with devoted years of service who’ve gone to different districts and in some circumstances for much less pay. This exodus finally places our college students’ studying alternatives in danger and threatens actual long-term penalties to our metropolis’s high quality of life,” Gregg mentioned throughout the assembly.
Because of these allegations, Gregg and different union representatives are asking the Board of Training and Widespread Council for what they describe as an unbiased, honest and neutral investigation.
Mayor Benjamin Florsheim, Majority Chief Councilman Eugene P. Nocera and Minority Chief Councilman Philip J. Pessina collectively issued an announcement concerning the allegations.
“The allegations we acquired about conduct at Middletown Public Colleges are deeply upsetting and completely inconsistent with Middletown’s values—as a metropolis and as a faculty system. They warrant a full, honest, and unbiased investigation as to their veracity,” the assertion reads.
“We urge the Board of Training to take quick steps to make sure such an investigation is initiated and anticipate full cooperation by all events concerned in order that our excellent educators can proceed their essential mission of offering a top quality schooling to all Middletown college students,” the assertion continues.
The union representatives that attended final Thursday’s assembly mentioned they characterize “over 1,000 devoted public servants together with lecturers, paraeducators, supervisors, secretaries, nurses, custodians, tradesmen and so many extra.”
The Board of Training mentioned they’ve acquired nameless allegations.
“The Board takes severely its accountability to overview and reply to those allegations and the Board might be assembly on Monday night to debate the matter additional,” Chairperson Deborah V. Cain mentioned in an announcement.
The particular Board of Training assembly begins on Monday at 6:30 p.m. They’ve scheduled an Government Session after which doable motion to be taken on the personnel criticism.