Madison schools chief admits error in elementary school shake-up

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

And she’s working to rebuild trust with staff at Falk Elementary School in the aftermath, Cheatham says. “We’re working hard at creating a more collaborative and trusting structure” between school staff and central administration, she said Friday.

A plan to remove instructional resource teacher Pamela Ferrill from her leadership post and put her back into a classroom, at the same time the search was on to replace the departing principal of Falk Elementary, left teachers feeling “dejected, disrespected and distrustful,” Ferrill told school board members March 31.

Ferrill and other Falk School teachers turned to school board members to express their anger and distrust, not only at unanticipated staff changes, but also at the lack of recognition for what they say are noteworthy improvements in student achievement this school year.

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