VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE FOR NEWMARKET SUPERINTENDENT SUSAN GIVENS

VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE FOR NEWMARKET SUPERINTENDENT SUSAN GIVENS

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Concerned Citizen #1 started this petition to NEWMARKET SCHOOL BOARD

Mr. Kenison,

 

We, the undersigned Parents of children who are attending or have attended The Newmarket School System, have composed this letter to express our dissatisfaction with the current Superintendent, Susan Givens.

This letter is an expression of our “Vote of No Confidence” in Susan Givens and her ability to run our school.  We understand the severity of this decision and did not arrive at it hastily.    

Newmarket has always been a district to be proud of, one of where decisions were made on a collaborative basis with the best interest of our students in mind.  Newmarket Schools have always been a district that experienced great vision from our leaders, and teachers were given the respect and support to achieve our goals.

Throughout the past couple of months we have had concerns regarding Dr. Givens' leadership, specifically regarding trust, collaboration, decision making, vision, lack of respect for parents and staff, and lack of communication.  We also believe that Dr. Givens has failed to provide a viable reason for Principal Mazzone's absence.  Her inability to provide a "plan" has caused much strife within the community and in the School itself.    

She has not created a safer school environment, but instead has created a toxic environment for both students and staff.  Without the recognition of mistakes or the willingness to listen to parents or her own trained competent teachers, there is no hope for learning or improvement and thus no way forward.

We feel she has a lack of attention to, preparation for, or appropriate prioritizing of, the budgetary issues and or tasks associated with her job description.  As well as a failure to recognize and respect what Mr. Mazzone has done for our school and kids, continues to do for our school and kids and will continue to do for our school and kids.

We feel she has inconsistency in application of rules and an ongoing lack of respect toward many of the parents and current staff.  A school cannot be run successfully with a one-way avenue of communication.  Even when input is sought, there is a failure to follow through or a total disregard for the ideas of many; when communication occurs, it is too often delayed and incomplete. There's just an overall feeling that we as parents are losing ground all the time. We need different, more solid leadership. The morale is too low and we feel a change is both necessary and warranted.

For these reasons stated, we the undersigned are voting “No Confidence” in Susan Givens and hope and believe that you as The Chairman of the School Board will make the right decision and choose what is in the best interest for the children and community.​

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