The highest paid employee funded by Branford taxpayers just got a raise.

The Branford Board of Education, with a 5-2 vote, chose to give superintendent Hamlet Hernandez a 1% raise midyear, stating that his added work on the new Walsh School project warranted the extra monies.

“I’d like to make a motion in recognition of the superintendent’s additional work on the Walsh building project, that his salary be raised by 1%, effective February 1, until the end of the school year,” moved BOE member John O’Connor, after a lengthy executive session by the Board.

Two members, Shannen Sharkey and Betsy Regan, voted against the motion.

The move adds about $800 to Hernandez’ salary, according to BOE chairman Mike Krause. Currently, the salary for Hernandez is $193,260, according to Krause.

The move is unusual as it comes midyear, and specifically for a project Hernandez requested take place. Others in town who are working on the project are either volunteers serving on boards or staff, but none have seen any monies for working on the Walsh project outside of Hernandez.

Krause thanked Hernandez for helping move the Walsh project forward. The raise ends at the end of the school year, the Board did not say if they intend to continue the raise beyond that deadline as the project continues.

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Guest

Really!!! Give me a break!!! Town employees take on new projects and responsibilities and don't receive or get a dime more in their paycheck!!! Why mid year is this happening?? Should have been in this years budget process as everyone knew of that the school project!!! Disgraceful that he would receive and take this increase!!!So every new project will merit a raise!!!! Not kosher people!!!!!

Guest

Posting as a guest, as the fear of retribution for posting negative comments towards the Superintendent and others is REAL! This is a disgrace. A raise for taking on a project that is requested by him??? First, god forbid you bring items to the BoE as no one does anything or follows up. Aren't they the people who we elected to work for us? They allow the Super to run the show- he is accountable to them!!! Our teachers and administrators are scared to speak up, do the board members reach out to get any feedback from them or parents when deciding to reward the Super with raises and contract extensions?? Do they try to gauge the community and staff support behind the current Dictatorship? Well they should- they need honest feedback from all groups (not the ones handpicked) and need to protect the identities of staff who can be held responsible. Hey Steve, maybe a poll from your site to help them get a clue of the opinion of the community??? Please be sure to let people know it would be anonymous.

Guest

A poll of Branford residents would be interesting. I'd love to see his approval rate. Steve...how bout it?

Guest

An anonymous poll is a great idea. Unfortunately there is a justified fear of retribution from many in the community . I imagine it would be quite an eye opener to those who supported this absurd raise. His position should be voted upon by the community or at the very least by the teachers he bullies into silence.

Guest

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Guest

Finally a way for people to vent anonymously. How sad that there is such fear of retribution from not only Hamlet, but his henchmen..... Krause, Buono, Cicarella and Neel. They should be fired, not rewarded

Guest

There is no place in today's world for fear of reprisal in the workplace. Many powerful, " untouchable" men have resigned of late for similar behavior...... if this teacher intimidation proves true, Krause, Hernandez, Neel, Buono and Cicarella should resign.

Guest

And let's not forget Ms. Lauren Skultety.... you want to stand with the big boys, you are going to fall with the big boys

Guest

Yes! Thank god someone finally brought up her name! She could very well be the worst of them all. Rude, disrespectful, and unqualified...of and overpaid! Teacher in Branford watch the BOE meetings on the website and laugh! She feeds those board members lie after lie! BOE member Prins just soaks it all up. No wonder he almost lost the election. For intelligent people, some of those boe members are incredibly gullible. Can’t belirvd one word that Lauren says. She bold face lies right to the board and Hernandez and Buono nod right along with her. Branford teachers are horrified. Branford parents are horrified..yet the Branford Board of Education hands out raises. Time for that yes-man Krause to resign. Such an unbelievable embarrassment.

Guest

How could we forget her? She is definitely a member of the Hamlet Club. God forbid you speak your mind to her or there goes your evaluation. Rude, condescending, unqualified, and is so disconnected from the elementary students - sure makes sense that she is the elementary curriculum coordinator!

Guest

An anonymous poll is a great idea. Unfortunately the fear of retribution is a legitamite concern. Teachers have been bullied into silence. I imagine it would prove to be quite an eye opener to those who were in favor of such an idiotic idea. Wasn't he just doing his job? How does that warrant extra money? He should be ashamed of himself for accepting it. For those who actually voted in favor of this you're not doing your job representing "the people". To the two who actually had the courage to stand up and vote for the people, THANK YOU!

Guest

I'm sorry but WHY does he deserve a raise????

Guest

It's absurd to me that some members of the board believe that he deserves a raise. It's abundantly clear that those boe members that voted "yes" are completely out of touch with the community.

Pat Santoro

Why not use a bonus program?He now makes more than the First Selectman.This makes no sense.This is a multi million dollar project,wouldn't his input be part of his job responsibities?

Guest

Hernandez is so full of himself. He should be ashamed. He should have spoke up and said “thank you for the motion but a raise won’t be necessary. I’m just fulfilling my duties”.
Shameful, just shameful!

Guest

A little confused as to the $ amount of the raise as stated . The base pay of the super is $193,260, so 1% is $1932.60. Where does the $800 amount noted in the article come from????

Steve Mazzacane Staff
Steve Mazzacane

As stated, the raise begins Feb. 1 and continues until the end of the school year. Thus its not a full year.

Guest

my guess is it's pro-rated and we're just past the half way point of the year

Sailsalot

It is so easy to spend other people's money.

Guest

I think Branford has officially become the Bizarro World.

Gregg Jerolman

This is just another "day at the office" for Chairman Krause and his BOE. This latest decision simply involves finding new ways to give the most highly compensated town employee even more money, all while budgets are tight, and enrollments in BPS keep trending more and more downward. That would be like continuing to raise the compensation of a CEO whose company is losing more and more money each and every year, Thus rewarding inefficiency instead of discouraging it... not good!

Guest

Well, on the bright side..at least there were two smart BOE members voted no

Guest

With all the budget issues , he should have said thanks but no thanks , I’m doing my job.
Disgusting - put the students first.
Get our schools to the level they used to be !!!!

Guest

School vouchers will end the union thugs that control education strangle hold on kids....with competition you will see reform....give the parents the 18k per year the town spends on overpaid teachers/principals/supers and you will see a drastic increase in kids that learn. until then...expect the boe just to give raises to lazy supers/principals/teachers that like keeping kids down and keeping their big fat paychecks to do nothing....have a nice day dummies (boe and people who vote for them)

Guest

You’re a fool if you think a voucher system is going to give families $18,000 each.

gobballfan

Really? Someone on that Board thought "Hey let's give the highest paid town employee an extra $800 for doing work on a project that doesn't even have a shovel in the ground yet" ? And for $193,000/ yr wouldn't this fall under his responsibility anyways? And if going forward things go wrong with the project, will he get a pay decrease? Of course not. The only 2 people in that room with a brain and sense of responsibility and reality are the 2 who voted against it. This guy must have something on an awful lot of people. Teachers have their hands tied and mouths taped shut. No communications skills with parents that have concerns. Doesn't answer to anybody, because no one on the board questions him. Thank god my kids are out of the system, but unfortunately I still pay his salary, now an extra $6/day.

Guest

Nice to see after leaving town/state, nothing has changed. Keep up the good work B7, you maybe the only left to turn out the lights

Guest

That is ridiculous-so he gets a "bonus" of sorts for doing what he is suppose to do?? Waste more of our money!! The board should be more concerned with whst parents, students, staff within our schools really think of Mr. Hernandez & how he uses his position of power-he likes to intimate people. Board members should get out in the community, the schools etc & really get educated about how people feel about Mr. Hernandez as our Superintendent!!

Guest

Posting anonymously because I have to work with these men - but I echo the sentiment that the highest paid town employee does NOT need a raise.
It's enfuriating that Hamlet basically runs this town: he controls the largest portion of our budget, he is unaccountable - has consistently demonstrated disregard for parents, children, community, and is a total politician kissing babies and shaking hands.
Someone with a backbone needs to reign this "employee" back in. The school district should not be run as a freaking Fortress.
It's time.

Guest

Teacher evaluations are weighted by the feedback of students and parents. Mr. Hernandez certainly would not be getting a raise if the district took teacher and citizen feedback into account.

Guest

Reprehensible. The BOE members voting in favor of such ought be as ashamed of their vote as Mr. Hernandez should be of accepting it. Absolutely inexcusable behavior on both sides.

Guest

So 2 of the sheep that support Hamlet and Mike in most everything they do actually voted NO? Things must be very bad behind the scenes

Guest

Less students each year = Less Teachers = Less subordinates
The equation should = Less $$$

Guest

Mr Krause,
by your logic, we hereby urge you to consider that the entire teaching staff at WIS should get a raise for the duration of the construction as their job will certainly be more difficult, will have more students, will be impacted by noise, dust, reduced use of the school facilities, raised stressed levels, etc.
In fact, as parents and students: we all need a small reward from the school district for the extra logistics, sacrifices, stress level, and overall disruption that the project has and will entail.

Please send the check to each parents' address.
Sincerely,
Branford parent


Personally Hamlet and Krause are nice to me, but they've done a truly terrible job: running our reputation, performance, grades, and morale into the ground while raising the cost per student at the expense of special education, quality programs, teacher benefits, and services.
I need their collaboration since we have to work together as a community; that's why I'm posting anonymously. Vindictive territorial intolerant of dissent; the way Mr Hernandez runs this town is shameful.
Krause is completely under his thumb. Pretty much the entire board is useless as long as he and O'Connor "run" the place for first selectman Hernandez. This guy holds the real power in Branford.
Parents should write to the print media and contact the tv stations. This is the only effective way to have any influence over these leeches.

Guest

Strong but true!

Guest

Yet, the man who made the public request for the raise was a former employee of our school system. Hamlet sure know who the 'yes men' are.

Guest

Every tyrant needs minions. Krause and O'Conner serve that purpose for King Hamlet.

Guest

So what is the next step? At the next BOE, heads better roll...... beginning with Krause

guest

How dare they give him a raise! So undeserved it's not even funny. He is a bully and should be removed from his position, as well as Neel & Buono. Three men at the helm is a disgrace! This town is in a downward spiral and I can only say I'm happy my children are done with their education here (which they did not receive under his administration) and my grandchildren don't live here. They have cut teaching staff last year and will continue again this year, as well as other support staff coming for 18-19 school year. This is a disgrace and shame on the board members who voted to give him a raise. This is part of his duties, and he should have refused it. He was the one who pushed for the building project and now gets a raise when other jobs are being cut! Shame on you BOE, you all should go as well. Listen to your community.. They all need to go. You are now paying the top 3 men over a half million dollars in salaries alone (not to mention perks!). Get them out of here!

Guest

Getting rid of teachering positions and hiring more " Coaches", a position with little or no pupil contact.

Guest

Given a broad overview of the comments posted here in response to this article, as well as their overall reputations, Hernandez's latest raise in pay could be nothing more than Krause following Hamlet's marching orders.

Guest

Krause has lost all credibility. Time to resign your position as Chairman, the townspeople, the people you are suppose to be representing, have lost all respect for you.

Guest

How the heck do you "lose" what you never had in the first place?

Guest

Bull Bull Bull, he does NOTHING absolutely Nothing, he does not help the kids, it all about how good he tries to be! He is a smoother with families, oh yes I will look into it and never does. We need someone in that position who cares about kids and not himself!

Guest

You folks crack me up. Didn't we just have an election with the BOE on the ballot? That's where the change will come. You are now stuck for the next 2 years. Replacements need to be found ASAP to run in the next election.

Guest

BoE are 6 year seats. With 2 coming up for election every two years. Next up in 2019 are Krause and O'Conner , whomever replaces Hotz and Marslands replacement Michaels so a chance at whole sale change.

Guest

Thank you, Shannen Sharkey and Betsy Regan, for voting against the motion. It is time for John O'Conner to be replaced. Bread gets stale when it sits around too long. John is starting to get moldy.

Guest

We can bring in others on the BOE, but they quickly turn into sheep, as the large flock of people on the BOE who say and do nothing shows. Basically, HAMLET DIRECTS, AND MIKE GENUFLECTS!

Guest

Boy is that the truth! You cannot get an answer from Chairman Krause...I thought the BOE's job was to look into matters brought before them in regard to BPS. Nope...Chairman Krause answers (on behalf of all members) and says it's not their place to become involved. You cannot question any decision made by the Superintendent. No wonder King Hernandez continues to reign! Wake up parents of Branford...you need to get more involved and ask more questions. Educators and even principals are bullied into silence.

Guest

If you listen to Krause, it is not the Board's place to get involved in anything. So why is there a Board? Hamlet and Krause are teying yo silence the few on the Board that think for themselves...... stand strong

Guest

Mr. Mazzacane, remember Superintendent Alida Begina, Hamden Public Schools, circa 2007? Mr. Mazzacane, can you through FOI get the complete current employment contract of Mr. Hernandez, including perks beyond weekly salary? Remember Alida had dry-cleaning, etc. She taught at SCSU during the day...but...according to her she worked at night to make up for it? I would like to see his entire compensation package, not bits and pieces. Let's look at it in totality.

Guest

Mr. Mark Rabinowitz for Superintendent. Problem solved. Builds a team culture and teachers and administration all loved him. Thank you Mark for all you did!

Guest

The problem starts at the very top in the person of Chairman Krause. All that Hernandez is, and how he conducts himself, is because of Krause. Ask yourself a question: if we still had Frank Carrano running the BOE, would all this stuff be happening?

Guest

$800, Really? I can not believe Mr. Hernandez or Mr. Krause would even come to the table for that, especially when Branford Residents' property taxes are due. Remember those taxes pay your salary. You work for us! That is embarrassing!

gobballfan

And even worse is that future increases and an eventual buyout, will now be based on this new salary level. And I say buyout because that is the only way this guy is leaving. Does anyone really think he is leaving a job where he can do so little and get paid so much, on his own? The way the current board is made up, there is no way they just don't renew his contract some year. I just don't get it. Less kids in system, jobs being eliminated, parent satisfaction level at an all time low, and his salary continues to increase. Somebody on the board who voted for this really needs to step forward and explain what the impetus behind it was. Unfortunately it will take several years to clear this board.

Guest

Then it takes years...lets do it for the children. Also, can we pay attention so Hernandez doesn't leave with another crazy package at his end?

Guest

Next month's budget meetings should be interesting. All of you people complaining, how bout you fill the meeting!

Guest

we the people need to flood the meeting and stand-up for ourselves...otherwise everyone should quiet down and stop complaining.

Guest

Everything about this is disheartening and sad! As a taxpayer, parent and an employee of this district I promise this was not warranted. The board of ed members who voted to extend his contract should be ashamed of themselves. Have you even bothered to talk to the people in the town and get their feelings on the direction of the schools? Posting an agenda on a website saying there is a public comment time is not adequate- get out and ask- you were voted by us to do what is right for our kids. This school district is going downhill and fast- scores are dropping, teachers are being let go because of reduced enrollment but more administration and "coaches" are being hired costing the district a fortune. Wouldn't you rather put the money into the actual students, get technology or bring in more electives for kids!! Teachers will never speak up and be named without promise of safety because this district is run by bullies- I know- I have experienced and seen it everyday. The kids of Branford deserve better- I hope the Board of Ed get their heads on straight fast!

Guest

They should dock his pay for doctorate he never completed.

Guest

I am not calling anyone a doctor unless they can prescribe medication...enough with highly educated morons

Gregg Jerolman

To my way of thinking, here's another key thing to possibly consider, as many don't really critically evaluate something until it rocks their proverbial boat (candidly, myself included far too often). The last time our town had a Board that showed it was getting more and more out of control over time, it was the IWC doing what they wanted with little regard for morals, ethics and Branford's best interests, as this publication provided ample and meaningful insight into. The net result turned out to be a loss of Costco, and almost a million dollars of tax revenues per year, at a time when it is sorely needed, Superintendent raises notwithstanding. All that said, are we looking at another ticking time bomb for the town?

Guest

So very sad state of affairs in BPS! The worst leadership of the superintendent ever in our town! He's never visible and he is the farthest thing from trustworthy. Is a big bully! Shame on the BOE for granting him any increase you should be working to get rid of him just ask teachers and administrators. How about all the parents that he ignores? How did all the lies that he says every day? In Branford we reward this behavior? Thank you Shannon Sharkey and Betsy Regan for having a backbone.

Guest

A word of wisdom to the BOE don't be fooled by the ridiculous advisory Council that the superintendent has hand-picked to hear what he wants to hear. The district is governed on the most unethical principles possible.

Guest

Word to the wise don't be fooled by the advisory Council that the superintendent was handpicked . Simply to hear what he wants to hear.

Guest

1% raise may seem like nothing he doesn't deserve one penny more for doing his job! The project itself is a bonus. Krause you need to start looking beyond his word for answers talk to stakeholders they are not happy. You allow him to do whatever he wants changing principals... letting curriculum coordinators present complete lies to the BOE about things that are not happening in the schools.

Guest

In researching the role of the board of education for my own edification, one item continually crops up and that is that they are to act as a communication link between residents and the Superintendent. I see no evidence of this communication occurring in Branford. In fact, it is my understanding that BOE members have been explicitly told by the reigning Superintendent that they may not engage in personal conversation with either teachers or principals in the district. In fact, it is also my understanding that a former BOE member received a formal reprimand for crossing that line. Since the evaluation of the superintendent falls under the auspices of the BOE, should they not be speaking with residents and teachers? It might interest the BOE to know that concerned parents have approached the superintendent only to be told he would not speak with them. Here's my suggestion: dramatically reduce his power and let the principals the BOE has hired, who have proven track records in leadership, run their respective buildings. I think if that were to be the case we would see dramatic changes that would effect the education and well being of students and teachers, as well as administrators.

Guest

That's disappointing. A highly compensated town employee gets extra money for doing his job. Meanwhile, bullying and racism run rampant in BPS

Guest

Its tough to understand what falls under ignorance, what falls under cronyism and what falls under inefficiency at one's job. Cudos to the 2 members that voted against the motion

Guest

Sad sad state of affairs for BPS! How long until HH leaves the time is now. He is ruining our district.

Guest

I am part of BPS, and find it more comfortable to post anonymously due to certain retaliation if my name were attached to any posting. Hernandez is a control freak, and does not take kindly to anyone who stands up to him. Just ask Kate Marsland or Robin Goeler.

Guest

Add Peter Strauss to that list

Guest

What we're witnessing here is a dangerous group of people.

gobballfan

I think it is eye opening that the only people who think this is a good idea are the 5 yes voters and Hamlet. I don't recall an issue that has had this much overall one sided reaction. The disdain for Hamlet should be apparent to everyone now. It is a shame that we need to wait 2, 4 or 6 years to disband this board. It's time for the elected board (well most of them) to step up and do their job, which is to represent the taxpayers who voted them in. They answer to us, not Hamlet. Suck it up, bite the bullet, admit your mistake and rescind the raise. Anyone who runs against these 5 in the future simply needs to use this issue as a campaign ad to show just how far from reality and common sense they really are.

Guest

Hear! Hear!

Guest

Don't know Kate Marsland But, Robin Goeler and Peter Strauss are and were totally incompetent and should have been fired

Guest

The if that's the case, Fire Goeler and Strauss. Instead, Goeler was "transferred" to another school amid a lot of questions that were asked of Kraus and Hernandez, and got answers that were less than honest when the questions weren't ignored altogether. Goeler also got "transferred" because of the bullying issue at Walsh, even though Krause and Hernandez make the problems worst

Guest

"Leaders" who refuse to listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say

Guest

Take a good long look at this picture of HH, then consider this question: Would you buy a used car from this man?

Guest

This man does NOT have the best interest of the students of Branford Public Schools! Shame on him and shame on the BoE members who are in his pocket!

Guest

The question is...what are Branford parents and taxpayers going to do about this situation? It's apparent there is a problem. Are you willing to allow this group of individuals to bully educators into silence? Bullying isn't condoned in BPS...or is it?

gobballfan

There is a BOE Supt budget meeting next Weds 2/7/18 7:00 at BHS. Attend meetings, be heard, question authority. Good luck getting answers. Just remember the 5 when it comes time for their re-election in coming years.

Guest

Prins and Krause should have been voted out a long time ago! They never ask tough questions of the superintendent. The citizens of Branford had the opportunity in November. In the future these 5 Board of Ed members must be voted out. This raise is ridiculous because he is now getting more money for doing what he is all ready paid for. Meanwhile, paraprofessionals receive little pay and poor working conditions. Good idea to get a copy of this man's contract to see all the perks he is receiving. The public deserves to know!

Guest

Here's the bigger question in terms of the obvious need for oversight of this "Board": where's Cosgrove??!!??!! Does ignoring a problem make it better???

Guest

The Selectmen can approve or reject a budget,they don't control it.The Finance Board and the RTM also has input,they can't add to the budget but they can work on lowering the numbers.Call your representatives and state your opinions.

Peter Black

The BoE is a separate entity from the town. Cosgrove can influence things, but has zero authority to oversee or dictate to the Board. The town's role, played by the Board of Finance and RTM at budget time, is to decide how much, if any, more money the BoE should get. State law prohibits us from giving less. We have no authority to tell the BoE how to spend its money once we give it to them.

Guest

Go watch the "special BOE" meeting dated 10/18/17. About 52 second into the meeting board member Dr. Kate Marsland asks a question. She asks When someone sends a letter to the Superintendent what is the expected turnaround time? Chairman Krause says that wouldn't be an appropriate question. When Dr. Marsland tries to follow up stating this is a communication meeting...she is cutoff by Chairman Krause and told this is not a discussion time. It was a simple question...why could it not be asked or answered? When is an appropriate time to ask such a question?

Guest

^^^ And shortly after asking that question and getting the brush off from Commander Krause and General Hernandez, Marsland became an "ex Board member" Coincidence I'm sure

Guest

It is never the time to ask a question if said question does not conform to Hamlet's and Krause's agenda. Given the above scenario with Dr Marsland, you can see how the Board members have also been silenced. Hamlet and Krause are bullys and quite frightening..... they need to be ousted, ASAP

Guest

What they welcome mostly are opportunities to bring a bunch of kids to the BOE meetings, pin medals on them and shake their hands while the press goes along and takes pictures of the smiling kids and BOE members. Concerned parents coming to meetings to express meaningful concerns, and looking to solve problems? Nah, that gets the good ol' SS (Superintendant Shuffle)

Guest

I just watched the BOE meeting mentioned in one of the comments above. When Dr. Marsland asked her question pertaining to the Superintendents answering correspondence, Mr. Hernandez did not even look up from his papers. Further he began looking very uncomfortable as his sidekick Mr. Krause stammered on and pushed to move ahead and avoid the question. Hmmm...very interesting!

Guest

In reading the above comments, I am struck the overwhelming number of comments posted as "guest" (myself included) because of a very real fear of retaliation. What a frightening thought when we are talking about the leaders of our public school system. The board has made it very clear that there is only one avenue where they will receive information and that is Hamlet. I have yet to figure out if information he relays is from pure ignorance, personal gain, or misguidance from the Buono and Skultety. It seems the whole of central office must have missed the memo regarding "growth mindset".

Guest

YES! I have wondered the same thing. As a BPS employee, i have questioned which one of these administrators is the Dictator, The Enforcer, and The Messenger. One thing for sure...all three (5 of you include Don and Charles) need to go. What will it take for the board to see this? And I can’t wait to see what this budget presentation looks like. There’s already talk of laying off teachers but hiring more “coaches”. Coaches who have no contact with students. Really? Please tell me how that is “best practice”? I also hope that all of the 85 wools sho commented on this article show up on February 7 to publicly air their concerns.

Guest

This is disgusting. How could people who oversee kids have such a bad reputation? One or two bad comments is one thing and kinda normal, but this is crazy. May be some truth here. Still, do not like everyone being lumped in here. Don is new to the school system. Charles is in a different role altogether and my husband and I really have never heard anything bad about him. I have friends who work in the system and they are often saying bad things about others inleadership though.

Guest

Sadly, didn't take long for Neel to come under the rule of Hamlet, and he now needs to resign. And, Charles, who use to be a good guy, is now playing by Hamlet's rules , and Charles, too, needs to get his resume in order and move on.

Guest

Hamlet, Krause, Buono, Neel, Ciarella, Skeltety..... need to resign

Guest

Who is Neel, Ciarella, Skeltety? And what are their functions within BPS/BOE?

Guest

These comments should be compelling and make the BOE take a look at the disaster of bps. Askto see the elementary survey that was never addressed but completed by 94% of the elementary staff.

Guest

In reading these comments, I’m struck by the amount of guest comments as well. Bravo. You’ve posted anonymously. Now what are you going to do about it? Waiting for the next election is pathetic. The last election raised NONE of these BPS issues. Waiting doesn’t help us NOW.

I’m also struck by the lack of a grassroots effort. Are you at least talking to each other and joining forces?

Guest

WTNH needs to begin an investigation of how he bullies his employees. The entire Board of Education Main Office needs to get out of dodge and take the BOE members with them. It's time for a revolt! We need to become the Tea Party and get these people out.

Guest

Ahhhh but we have tried and been squashed time and time again. Please see the above comment regarding the survey completed by a majority of the staff. The questions focused on leadership in the district. As you can imagine, the results did not shine a positive light on our leaders. Where is that survey you ask? DISREGARDED and swept under the rug. Our voices have been silenced.

Guest

Reading all of this makes me think the Super & the most of the BOE should have the good grace to resign now, not wait to be thrown out at the next election. This is disgraceful.

Guest

I also watched the Special BOE meeting from this past October. When Kate had the audacity to ask a question, she was completely stifled by Krause. It looked like Krause and Hernandez may have known this question was coming, and rehearsed the response

Guest

Staged and rehearsed for certain..... ready and waiting for possible dessent.....do not dare to cross Hamlet and his band of intimidators...

Guest

But in this particular case against Marsland, that was Krause doing Hernandez's dirty work for him, other times the reverse. They work well together, much to the detriment of our teachers and students

gobballfan

She got the same response from Hamlet that parents get when they ask him a question or try to get something done. If these board members are voted in by public, why is there such a fear to confront either Hamlet or the chairman? Can BOE members be kicked off for asking simple questions in public? I would hope not. If so, then we have bullying at the highest form. Which wouldn't surprise me as bullying is hardly even acknowledged as being an issue in our schools.

Guest

That makes a lot of sense regarding the bullying in BPS. And don't forget, this is the same Superintendent who, in reference to a Jewish kid getting bullied by a black kid, said "No, he didn't say "kill" the Jew, he only said "kick" the Jew" in an effort to minimize and dismiss the incident. That's what the parents and citizens are paying for

Guest

Its more than BPS. Chief Holloran dismissed the schwastica painted on the bridge in fall 2016 as “just kids”. Off topic but WTH Branford?

Guest

In today's world, that's a dangerous way to handle stuff like that, although in Branford its commonplace. Let's also not forget that Art Ferris was the Chief Youth Officer for the BPD, then when one of the major bullying cases gathered some steam, Ferris got transferred. At the same time, Goeller got "transferred" from Walsh, where the bullying took place. A day in the life of 06405

Guest

Take a look at these 100 plus comments. Forget about the large number for a moment, and look at the grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., and compare it to comments on other articles. Chances are, you might notice much better written expression in the comments on this article. Wonder why that is? Quite likely because others commenting are teachers at BPS, just like me. Please think about that for a moment when you send your child off to school tomorrow morning.

Guest

Also proves it aint Steve writing the comments

Guest

My guess is that a majority or these "Guest posts" are from the same angry person.

Guest

Your guess is dead wrong, My guess is, you wish it was.

Guest

My thoughts are twofold. That you are either currently on the BOE or, with that kind of mindset, you are most certainly qualified to be on it.

Guest

That’s what Krause’s Response will be, just u watch. My guess? This will never ever ever be brought up by the board. A see a broom and a carpet......

Guest

Wrong. There are parents here as well.

Guest

Your guess is quite wrong.

Guest

What does your gut tell you from coffee talk in the teacher's room? In general, everyone loving Krause and Hernandez? Or not? Mine gut tells me that we need to change course, respectfully!

Guest

Can we all remember this is about the students? That includes you Hamlet! And you Mr Krause. What benefit is derived by creating the culture you have? Surely no benefit to the student relative to before your time. How have you made it a better place for students, faculty and principals? Ask yourself that. Why have so many GOOD teachers left? Good principals? Why do all your hires come from Hamden? Is Hamden doing such a stellar job that you are recruiting from there? Or is it that they are your cronies and will do whatever you say? Steve, why don't you investigate the stats of the most recent Hamden hires? Mr Hernandez and Mr Krause...I think everyone can agree that you have you way of skinning the cat. That said, surely seems no one is loving your way. Why don't you do everyone a favor and go back to Hamden. Maybe Krause can go to? Let us start the necessary work here in Branford to re-establish a "team" culture and teach the kids the best we can!

Guest

People of Branford need to attend the BOE MEETINGS!! There is one Feb 7th, next Wednesday!! Our community needs our voices heard!! Posting here is just the start!! Enough with the good old boys club of the Branford School System & that club doesn't just include Board members!!

Guest

They're very clever. Bad people, but very clever.

Guest

I wouldn't use the word clever...perhaps deceptive or manipulative but I agree with you...bad people. The kind of people you don't want making decisions that affect your kids.

gobballfan

I just hope Public Comments is not conveniently left off the agenda of the next meeting. And I hope someone asks the question that Kate Marsland asked when she was just brushed off by the chairman. She asked what the expected time frame is for Hamlet to answer a letter from someone. It should have been a 10 second answer. And hopefully the answer would have been a more than reasonable 5 business day window. But as anyone who has tried to contact Hamlet with a real concern can attest to, that ain't happening.

Guest

As someone stated earlier, letters to the Superintendent receive the typical "Superintendent Shuffle." Employees and even parents' letters are typically "swept under the rug" with hopes there will be no follow up. HH only answers if you force your hand. Answers generally are not in writing, thus leaving no paper trail.

Guest

Word around the schools this week is these responses are being written by one person. Let's prove the "word" wrong and all show up to next week's BOE meeting.

Guest

“Word around schools”...? Who is polling the schools? Is this Hamlet? If you want to know how the teachers feel, the BOE should request a copy of the survey that’s been hidden away. Teachers can’t show for the meeting. If you haven’t figured it out yet, they are afraid. The board and parents need to take a stand.

Guest

Teachers need to speak out. He can’t fire all of you. Unless you speak up, it’s all heresay. He will win without proof. Pull up your big girl/boy pants and stand up for yourselves! Where is your union?? Dontbyou teach the children in Branford to stand up for what they believe in? Lead by example.

Guest

No...can’t fire, but can shift positions...and has!

Guest

Its probably Krause taking a poll of the schools under orders from Hernandez. Hamlet knows how to give orders. And Mike sure follows them

Guest

Mr. Hernandez, you and most of the BOE members must be soooooo proud of yourselves! How do you look at yourselves in a mirror?

Pat Santoro

Instead of this endless whining,why not do something constructive. When the new budget is presented,compare it to last year's budget.Specifically,check State grant money allocated to Branford,see if you can find it.Do a comparative regarding student population.Call for an audit by school department.Are best practices used in forming the budget?Is conglomerate purchasing used to lower costs on supplies?And on and on,do your homework.

Guest

To the comment earlier about the Union. Yes, where are they for their teachers, they need to step up get teachers input with protection for them. The teachers would stand up if they could, but many need their jobs and retribution is real in this dynasty. They rely on parents to help,, but we get brushed aside. they need Teacher stories of reality!! Union reps-earn your money!! How about a Vote of no confidence???

Guest

Who are the Union Reps for the teachers and school administrators?

Guest

Rest of sure that Hampton didn't feel any different about Hernandez or Sckulty. they feel our pain and don't miss either!

Guest

What does that comment even mean??

Guest

Hamden... Get it right!

Guest

Hernandez is a bigger egomaniac than Trump. Impeach him too!

Guest

Hamden Schools do not miss Hernandez & Skultely! Each was a disaster in their own way in Hamden as well! Tomorrow begins this charade of the superintendents advisory board it is such a joke particularly the people he hand selected to be on the committee. It is a sad state of affairs. We deserve better

Guest

Agreed! Superintendent’s “advisory” is just an attempt to pacify teachers that have been abused for so long. We all know it’s a rouse, Hernandez! You’re not fooling anyone.

Guest

Unfortunately, I meant the opposite of rouse... it's a ruze!

Guest

Hernandez directs, Krause genuflects

Guest

Let's face it, the man is not liked at all by students, parents, and staff. The only people who appear to like him are the clueless, detached Board of Ed members. Who keeps reappointing him? When does his term end? Can we get a replacement?

Guest

We own him. Hamden's gain is most assuredly our loss.

Guest

I mean, who else gets a raise for redesigning their own office space into a massive costly complex?? Branford is a sad heap.

gobballfan

The only way to replace him is to replace most of the current BOE. The current BOE just gave him a raise he supposedly didn't ask for, so they will be in no hurry to not renew his contract. And let's hope they don't continue to give him stuff that will make it even more prohibitive to get him out.

Guest

They two who voted against the raise will need our support. They, too, are in the crosshairs of these awful people. Let’s help protect them.

Guest

Yeah, lets not forget the last person to go against Krause, That would be Kate Marsland who is now an ex BOE member.

Guest

A loss for BPS. It's a shame to lose someone like Dr. Marsland. She had the spine to ask an important question; a question that has yet to be answered. HH has it made in Branford. He's accountable to nobody and doesn't have to answer questions.

Guest

Where is Reed, Kennedy, Cosgrove or State of CT Board of Education as this problem gets worst and worst?

Guest

Complaining to the State Board of Education is a total waste of time,their stock answer is "They are in charge and you are not".The State Reps and Selectman can't do anything about this situation,their only responsibility is to fund it.You could look into class action or Federal intervention if you have a few extra 100,000 dollars.

Guest

Why doesn't Krause just fire Hernandez? Wouldn't that solve the problem?

Guest

Parents, Teachers and administrators should proceed with a vote of no confidence
Moral is abysmal and a vote of no confidence could result in a resurgence of teacher confidence.

Guest

My understanding is only teachers and staff can do a vote of no confidence through the Union? Again, where is the Union

Make Branford Great Again

The superintendent makes $800 for taking on a task. In addition to a very nice salary, folks. He "earned" this by dealing with a project he needs to deal with. The project is just going out to bid. Estimators are working to propose a fair cost to earn this work from our town. The project is not even awarded yet. Cart before the horse much?? And,, our super gets a tip. Geez, the poor lady at Dunkin Donuts doesn't even get a tip. Yet, you, BOE folks, use some of her hard earned money toward this $800. And, you don't even have the nerve to make this an agenda item and call an executive meeting to pat yourselves on the back and throw money at a job done, well started, to be honest. Bravo, Branford BOE. I wonder how the little folk in town feel about this. One only needs to read a small sampling of comments here to catch the sentiment. Now, Superintendent Hernandez, can just say thanks, but no thanks, but he chooses not to. What I find most appalling, disrespectful and tyrannical is that the BOE Chair, Michael Krause, had the audacity to state that he had the wiggle room with this super tight budget to allow for this stipend. The amount may seem like a drop in the ocean compared to his salary. But, the process by which this stipend was approved was a slap in the face to the people the BOE serves. Yes, us folks, the common folks who pay for the taxes used in our town budget. You serve us, lest you forget. We pay taxes to the state who is unable to send us money back and we pay for our cars, boats, homes and businesses all of which collectively make Branford a town I am so proud to call home. But, you Michael Krause and Hamlet Hernandez, and other BOE members who dis not have the guts to look the TV camera in the eye at your meeting to vote for this egregious use of power, not money, are shameful and are a dark stain on our beloved town.

Pat Santoro

Many of these Guest comments are by the same person,especially those against Mike Krause.Not fair.It is a Board comprised of more than one person,you will be heard if you speak at audience of citizens segment of the meeting.If enough of you come out,you can make your point

gobballfan

Pat....The only person who knows if it's one person is Steve and hopefully he is not passing this info on to others. And if you speak with teachers, or parents who have had to try to deal with Hamlet, you would know that most of these comments are spot on. Mr. Krause is the chairman of this Board, so yes, most of the blame does fall on him. And if you don't think he runs it protect and serve Hamlet, just ask Kate Marsland. Have you watched the video? And if a citizens speaking segment is not on the posted agenda, it won't happen. And if you look at tonight's Budget meeting agenda, Public Comments are not on it. How convenient.

Pat Santoro

Steve would never reveal a guest poster,ever.No names on these posts certainly make them less effective.My opinion of Hamlet is consistent with the complaints already stated,great con artist.The Branford BOE has been this way for atleast 20 years,so glad my children are no longer part of this system.Too much power with no accountability.

Guest

One would think that dealing with school infrastructure was kinda in the job description of the Superintendent of Schools, no? What's next, the Fire Marshall gets a raise for making sure that the schools have adequate fire extinguishers?

Guest

I would be very interested to see how the board evaluates the superintendent. However, I’m sure it’s a farce.

Guest

The means of "evaluating" our Superintendent always start with the same 5 words: "pay to the order of". We find new ways to pay him on top of an already way too generous salary.

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