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Another Jaffrey-Rindge school employee resigns

  • An aerial view of Jaffrey from Conant High School. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 01, 2018 4:12PM

Another Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District administrator has announced their resignation from the district.

Misty McBrierty, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, submitted her resignation letter on Sept. 24. In the letter, McBrierty said she intends to stay with the district until the end of the 2018-19 school year.

“I came to this district with excitement and hope that I could support the redesign of public school for kids,” McBrierty wrote. “I still believe this is possible and know that the staff and community of Jaffrey and Rindge have all the seed material to do it.”

McBrierty joins former Conant High School Principal Larry Pimental, Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School Principal Rob Clark, Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School Assistant Principal Lisa Wilkinson, and Conant High School Assistant Principal Richard Simoneau, who have all resigned from the district within the past seven months.

David Beauchamp, the district’s former assistant superintendent and director of student services, also announced his retirement from the district in February.

In her letter, McBrierty thanked students, staff, community members, and the school board for supporting her and the district’s efforts to “make meaningful changes for our kids.”

“It is a great passion I have, to change the way public schools do business. I don’t want to see this work derailed,” McBrierty said. “That isn’t fair to the learners in this district and so I would rather take the high road than allow our kids or their teachers to lose out on something that will be so wonderful for them in the end.”

The Jaffrey-Rindge School District is in the midst of transitioning to a competency-based model – a more personalized educational structure that creates flexibility for students by allowing them to demonstrate proficiency in academic content at their own pace.

This year, the district implemented a new grading model – one that separates work habits like timeliness and preparedness from a students academic grade – something that has drawn the ire of some parents and community members.

“We need to back off, we need to step back and say this is not working right now… the school is in chaos and we need to hold off,” Jaffrey parent Erin Chamberlain said during a school board meeting on Sept. 10.

Some parents asked the school board and district administration to delay or outright cancel the new grading system as they don’t feel the district was properly prepared to implement it.

McBrierty’s resignation was placed on the agenda for Monday’s school board meeting, which occurred after the Ledger-Transcript’s print deadline.

Her letter was placed under the consent agenda portion of the agenda, a section the board typically approves in full with little to no discussion.

One parent told the Ledger-Transcript that she planned to attend the meeting to ask the board some questions about the resignation.

Neither McBrierty or Superintendent Reuben Duncan returned requests for comment by the Ledger-Transcript’s print deadline Monday.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.