PHILIPSBURG–Windward Islands Teachers Union (WITU) President Claire Elshot visited teachers at St. Maarten Academy Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education (PSVE) Section on Monday and spoke to them about their wish for the removal of Principal Lavern Amanda Nelson for creating a hostile and tense working environment at the school.
Elshot said on Monday evening that she had met with Nelson on Friday and wanted to give the details of that meeting to her members. She added that she had not yet had a meeting with the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) board.
In a descriptive letter outlining their grievances to the board on May 26, teachers requested intervention by the board, which manages both Academy schools.
Elshot said that after meeting the teachers, they stuck by the things that were put forward in their letter to the board, especially as the issues at hand were being manipulated by Nelson.
“Their main concern was that her management style, especially after a meeting of May 18, 2018, became very vindictive, manipulative, intimidating and threatening to the teachers and not conducive to a pleasant working environment where teamwork and team-building was being encouraged, said Elshot.
The union will continue its meetings at the school campus in Ebenezer today, Tuesday, at 12:00pm.
The Daily Herald attempted to contact board chairman Roland Duncan on Monday, but he did not respond to emails or telephone calls requesting the board’s position.