According to the Post-Journal, the no confidence vote was held last week and followed an incident on Nov. 6 when the school was placed in lock-down following reported fight. The Jamestown Teachers Association says the lock-down incident is described as the “tipping point” for school staff, with 86% of JTA members supporting the vote. Three other unions — including paraprofessionals, secretaries and custodial staff at the high school — also held similar votes.
The no confidence vote is a symbolic, non-binding vote taken by the membership of a union as a way to express their concerns to the school board and district leadership.
JTA members say staff had concerns with Bradly prior to the Nov. 6 lock down incident and they first tried to work with her taking the no confidence vote. But they opted to hold the no confidence vote this past Thursday, citing a lack of trust and support for teachers, a lack of consistency in dealing with student behavior, as well as poor interpersonal relationships between Bradley and her staff, and poor decision-making in general.
Bradley has over 23 years experience as an educator. Prior to coming to Jamestown at the start of the new school year, she was an Assistant Principal for Alternative Education Program and Special Education Program at the Sullivan County BOCES. She had also worked as a science teacher for 19 years in the Rochester City School District.
JTA members are expected to present additional concerns during the school board’s next public meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.