Sharkey Named BOE Chair

Shannen Sharkey, center, was selected as the new chair of the Branford Board of Education. John Prins, right was selected as Vice Chair. Sharkey resigned to focus on her role as a teacher on September 2.

Board of Education chair Shannen Sharkey has resigned her seat n the Board of Education, as her job as a teacher in another district is seeing increased demand.

"Unfortunately I cannot continue in this role and give it the attention that it needs and deserves," she wrote to town officials. "As you know, most schools are beginning the year in a hybrid model; as a third grade teacher, I need to focus all of my efforts there."

The schools reopening has been a source of rising contention in Branford, as communication from the Superintendents office has been a near constant source of complaints from parents. Added to that are actions of some elected officials on the RTM, who have worked to politicize the matter, which has served to further confuse parents. 

It is unclear who will replace Sharkey as chair. John Prins currently serves as vice chair.

Soon after Maria Ehrhardt, a other teacher on the Board, resigned, stating that "politics and egos continue to get in the way of progress to move the district forward." She stated that her optimism for the Board no longer existed with the departure of Sharkey, and that she hoped her replacement could help bring about positive changes. 

More to come. 

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ENPrete

It’s misleading when you generalize; there are other RTM members like Trisha Anderson, Ray Ingraham and myself who are working tirelessly to assist the parents

Guest

The RTM is part of the problem,how an you confirm more money every year for a 50 million dollar budget,no general ledger accounts,no mention of grant money from the state.The rubber stamp club.What are they working hard at,helping the kids,I don't think so.

Gregg Jerolman

Ed,

I’m sure that you and others are working hard to help with latest of many BPS/BOE issues- namely, the need for parents to get relevant information in a timely manner on issues of high importance. And I thank you and others for your efforts in going the extra mile to fill in these information gaps and breakdowns in communication.

But with all due respect, does it occur to you and others that what’s really happening is greater awareness to the fact that we have a MAJOR problem sitting in the Superintendent’s office? It’s not only a problem for today, but has been for quite some time. The BOE and your RTM Education Committee are responsible for overseeing senior District leadership, and in particular our Superintendent. And the truth about that “oversight” is that it’s been woefully substandard. To a point that the notion of anyone (or any town entity) holding our Superintendent ACCOUNTABLE for anything is a running joke.

For every problem, Ed, there’s people who cause the problem, and others who sit by and let the problem happen. There can be little reasonable doubt that the Superintendent is the major cause of these problems, via the things that he does and doesn’t do- it’s incompetent and embarrassing. But surrounding the Superintendent are folks with a lot of tenure (and/or in senior leadership positions) that have sat back, done nothing, and in the process enabled and emboldened dysfunctional District “leadership”. Particularly on the BOE and the RTM Education Committee, as these 2 entities are most devoted to the District. These folks might find it beneficial to take a good long look in the mirror and asking “am I part of the solution, or part of the problem?”

At this point, we need to either make Mr. Hernandez Chairman of the BOE, promote the Assistant Superintendent, or launch a search and hire an EXPERIENCED Superintendent (unlike Mr. Hernandez, who was never a sitting Superintendent prior to being hired by Branford).

Guest

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Guest

Bravo!

Guest

How are you helping parents,be specific.

Gregg Jerolman

Sorry to have to say it as it is, but like many people resigning from their position, she is being diplomatic. In doing so, for whatever reason, it doesn't communicate to the public the real issues. For which Maria Ehrhardt, who also resigned from the BOE shortly after Ms. Sharkey, was at least more direct and candid. There are many major, obvious and well-known problems in our District, and Superintendent Hernandez is at the epicenter of these issues.

Guest

When does Hamlet's contract expire? It is time for him to move on.

Guest

Instability, politics and turnover on the BOE translates to yet another victory for Hernandez. And Ms. Sharkey thought she was going to bring about change lol. Not unless the change is first blessed by Hernandez, who runs the show

Guest

Public Education. Budget always goes up and results always go down.

The only people benefiting are the teachers/principals....work half the year and get bloated salaries for doing teaching same thing every year and can never get fired.

Union Lazy Thugs.

School Vouchers will solve the education issue but unions want to get kids down and keep teachers paid well so they vote democrat and to keep the scam going

Guest

Nonsense. Teachers are heroes. We learn that more and more during this pandemic.

Guest

Everyone is a hero nowadays - ever notice the biggest complainers/whiners are the people who are paid by the taxpayers and can never get fired (thank you teachers unions) MOST TEACHERS ARE THE PROBLEM....THEY HAVE SIGNS IN FRONT LAWNS THANKING THEMSELVES...WHAT A BUNCH OF EGO MANIACS...YOU TEACH...YOU SHOULD BE REPLACED BY VIDEO. ENOUGH OF TREATING THESE OVER PAID LAZY LIBERAL COMMIE ANTI AMERICAN PEOPLE LIKE THEY ARE DOING THE LORDS WORK.

IF YOU DON'T LIKE TEACHING THEN DON'T DO IT. (MOST TEACHERS TEACH FOR THEY GET PAID MORE THAN THEY HAVE SUMMERS OFF AND GET OUT AT 3PM ....WORK HALF THE YEAR AND GET PAID 90K TO 100 PLUS GREAT BENEFITS AND PENSIONS...I HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THESE PEOPLE SUCKING THE TOWN TAXPYER DRY!

ENOUGH....DO YOUR JOB AND SHUT UP LIKE 99% OF THE PEOPLE OUT THERE...JUST BECAUSE YOU TEACH DOES NOT MAKE YOU A HERO....

WE NEED SCHOOL VOUCHERS TO GET THESE LAZY FREE LOADERS BACK TO WORK...AND ENOUGH OF PAYING TEACHERS MORE TO TEACH SPECIAL EDUCATION.

EVERYONE IS A HERO = NO ONE IS A HERO

Guest

You are right...everyone is a hero nowadays and teachers are doing gods work and we can never call teachers out for anything wrong...lets continue to overpay them /benefits/pension and work half the year and lets keep raising taxes to pay then and everyone go bankrupt....lets just raze the schools and teach remotely by video for 1 old bag union lazy person does not want to work in person and -- get video of teachers.

You are right...everyone is a hero...especially - union over paid teachers

Guest

Another great thing about Covid and Schools!

NO MORE SNOW DAYS....NEVER. WE (THE TAXPAYER) NOW KNOW YOU THE TEACHERS/SCHOOLS/KIDS HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY TO KEEP TEACHING REMOTELY.

NO MORE SNOW DAYS. YOU CAN ALL TEACH/LEARN REMOTELY.

THIS IS GREAT....IN THE PAST MY TEACHERS WHO ARE NEIGHBORS USED TO PRAY FOR SNOW DAYS SO THEY HAD OFF TO GOOF OFF...NO MORE!!!!

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