Underfunded and under performing is how some parents in Bloomfield are describing the town’s schools.
They’re calling on the superintendent to resign because of it.
The superintendent here was just named Superintendent of the Year in the state of Connecticut.
There’s a segment of parents that don’t buy that and they say they have the facts to prove it.
Tension between a group of parents and the Bloomfield school district has been mounting for months.
Just days ago, things boiled over when parents brought a slideshow before the town council, as they made their case for Superintendent James Thompson to resign.
“How can a superintendent become superintendent of the year when his entire district is failing,” said Angelique Croasdale-Mills.
Croasdale-Mills is the parent leading the charge to get Thompson out.
She alleges the administration is paying itself first before the kids.
“We’ve watched the central office budgets increase while the school district school budgets decreased over the last couple of years,” said Croasdale-Mills.
At the same time, she says student performance is struggling.
“Most of our kids are performing below grade level expectations and the data we cite always comes from their books,” Croasdale-Mills said.
The slideshow used Metacomet Elementary as an example.
In 2016, it shows 47 percent of third-graders were not meeting grade-level expectations in English.
In 2017, 69 percent of third-graders were falling behind.
The schools have accused parents of not interpreting the data correctly.
“The data can be found on the state department of education website as well. We chose to use their data because we were worried about this exact question coming about,” said Croadsale-Mills.
While a segment of parents are calling for Thompson’s resignation, his peers across the state disagree.
Just this year, he was awarded Superintendent of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents.
The school district fired back saying the parent’s presentation at the town council meeting was a serious breach of town governance protocol.
Spokesperson Stan Simpson went on to write, “district administration and principals have met with these same group of parents on four separate occasions to discuss the potential of additional resources to improve student performance.”
Some in town have also said if these parents are so upset, they should run for a seat on the BOE.
Croasdale-Mills said she plans on it to do just so.
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