Parent complaint had been filed against Jaffrey-Rindge curriculum director

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

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/3/2018 1:28:14 PM

The Jaffrey-Rindge School Board board has accepted the resignation of the district’s director of curriculum and instruction.

Little was said during Monday’s school board meeting about Misty McBriety’s resignation, but Superintendent Reuben Duncan said in an interview Wednesday morning that there was no immediate plan to replace her as she has agreed to stay on for the remainder of the school year. 

“Having Misty stay on is a huge help to our system,”  Duncan said. “… we haven’t thought at this point about finding a replacement, though we have started to brainstorm about the structure of the position and perhaps how to even enhance our curriculum and instruction efforts in the district.”

Duncan also confirmed that a formal complaint was lodged against McBrierty by a Jaffrey parent, who was personally named in an email sent by McBrierty via her school email account.

The email in question was sent to teachers in the district, requesting that they show up to an informational meeting about new grading protocols to voice their support for the grading changes taking place at the middle/high school. 

“As a parent, I was labeled, targeted, and told I needed to be stopped,” Jaffrey parent Erin Chamberlain said.

Chamberlain told the Ledger-Transcript she filed the complaint against McBrierty.

Chamberlain said after the school board meeting on Monday that she felt McBrierty was attempting to prevent her and other taxpayers from voicing their opinions about the new grading system, which separates work habits like timeliness and preparedness from a student’s academic grade. 

In her complaint to Duncan, Chamberlain said McBrierty’s email was evidence of misconduct in trying “to rally teachers against other teachers and parents creating a toxic environment at our school district.”

Duncan said he has met with Chamberlain since the complaint was filed and that things have been handled internally. Duncan said he couldn’t discuss the matter further, as it was an internal personnel matter. 

McBriety, in her resignation letter, said she came to the district to support the educational redesign currently taking place – the district is moving to a proficiency-based model – and thinks the district has the tools to continue the work moving beyond her tenure with the district. 

“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.”

Duncan also gave an update on the search for an interim assistant principal of culture and safety for the middle and high school. 

Richard Nannicelli, a former principal in the state of New Hampshire, is currently serving in the position while the district interviews for the interim position. Nannicelli previously worked at Great Brook School in Antrim. 

Several candidates have been interviewed by an interview team, with Duncan hoping to interview some of those  candidates before the end of the week .

The position became vacant after Richard Simoneau resigned at the beginning of the school year. 

In total, all four principals previously at the middle and high school have resigned within the past seven months. 

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