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New Fairfield Education Association calls for School Superintendent resignation

70-percent of New Fairfield public school teachers cast a vote of no confidence in the Superintendent.


New Fairfield Education Association President Keith Conway announced the results of last week's vote at Thursday's Board of Education meeting.  160 teachers voted no-confidence against Superintendent Dr. Alicia Roy.  25 teachers voted in favor of Roy, and 42 did not vote.  Conway called for Roy's resignation.  An online petition by parents has 530 signatures, also expressing no-confidence in Roy.


Conway says they took such a drastic measure because teachers and parents have been coming to Board meetings for months to talk about specific performance issues, with little to no response from the Board.


Conway called Roy tone-deaf.  He said she doesn't have the respect for her staff to come to a faculty meeting to have an open and honest discussion.  The Association stopped meeting with Roy.  He says that's because while she may listen, she doesn't hear.


During the Superintendent's report time of the meeting, Roy addressed the crowd.  Roy said the teachers are truly remarkable, which is why this action is so devastating to her personally.


She pledged to work harder to regain the trust of the teachers, and said she knows improving their relationship will require increased communication, flexibility and listening on her part.  Roy also said she felt bullied these past few months by people's relentless negativity.


One of the items on the Board of Education's agenda was the Superintendent's evaluation.  The Board approved Roy's evaluation, but didn't discuss it.

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