Support for former
BF library director
Editor of the Reformer:
As a resident of Rockingham and frequent user of the library, I attended the public hearing on Oct. 17 about the dismissal of the library director. I was dismayed by what I heard. She received an excellent evaluation with input from the entire Board of Trustees for the year ending June 2013.
That evaluation seemed to have been created in secret without containing input from all the trustees. It ignored/discounted specific directives outlined in her previous year evaluation. For her alleged inadequacies, no evidence was presented of interim counseling, plans for improvement or ongoing monitoring. Based on this questionable evaluation she was fired as library director.
In this time of severe budget strain due to contracting difficulties and financial losses during the library renovation, I am dismayed my tax dollars are being wasted paying for a lawyer to defend the questionable actions of the library trustees. I emplore the Rockingham Selectboard to not allow town funds be spent defending their actions.
Return the library director. Finish the renovation and the relocation back to the renovated library building.
If the trustees have a problem with the director’s performance, they need to discuss it with her, develop a performance improvement plan with measureable milestones and have ongoing evaluations. A dismissal is only appropriate after a open, fair and ongoing period of evaluation with opportunity for improvement that does not happen.
Rockingham, Oct. 18
The importance of attending local meetings
Editor of the Reformer:
It is clear from the most recent special Brattleboro Town School District Board meeting that the board is keenly interested in engaging the public. As an op-ed columnist in this paper, as someone working on workforce development issues, as a former teacher, and as a parent of a kindergartener, I have spoken with scores of townspeople, parents, teachers and school staff about their concerns for and their support of the local schools.
We are all incredibly busy -- indeed, my spouse and I were not both home for a single night last week -- but we must make time to directly communicate with the school board. It is vitally important for our town, region and for our children. Please consider attending the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Conference Room.
Or, if like me, you can’t attend due to other obligations, take the time to reach out to our hardworking and dedicated school board members: Margaret Atkinson, David Schoales, Jill Stahl Tyler, Mark Truhan and Peter Yost. I’m writing my email to them now.
Brattleboro, Oct. 18