Declaration of No Confidence in Superintendent Dr. Judy Benson-Clarke by the Parents & Citizens of The Town of Sprague, CT
We, the Parents of Sayles School and the citizens of Sprague, CT hereby declare we have no confidence in the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Judy Benson-Clarke and request for her contract with the Town of Sprague to be terminated immediately by the elected Board of Education for the following reasons:
I. There is a widespread dissatisfaction with the Superintendent's leadership. Dr. Benson-Clarke has brought turmoil within the district. Since she has been hired her decision-making abilities have been questionable.
II. The limits of Superintendent Benson-Clarke's employment have been marked by irresponsible fiscal management and failed policy compliance. For example; after cutting programs from the children including field trips, Project Oceanology & Bowling club due to lack of money, she hired a Building Administrator to do duties listed in her contract at $90,000 a year without consulting the BOE. At this time a finance director, assistant to special education from Eastconn and 2 secretaries have been hired after Superintendent and BOE stated the budget was too emcumbered to give back to educational programs. Additionally, health insurance stipends have been cut from non-certified classroom aides while Superintendent Benson-Clarke received a $6,000 salary raise.
III. The Superintendent's behaviors have directly resulted in a reduction in the school's parent involvement and created obstacles in the lines of communication between the BOE, it's staff, and parents/community members. There has been a history of intimidating behavior from the Superintendent towards parents and teachers since the beginning of her contract. Staff members and teachers at Sayles School are afraid to come forward with concerns for fear of termination from their employment.
IV. The Superintendent has complete disregard of parents' and teachers' legitimate concerns about numerous issues within the district and has ineffective public relations; the Superintendent refused to answer parent questions at recent BOF and BOE town meetings.
We call upon the Town of Sprague Board of Education to immediately terminate Superintendent Dr. Judy Benson-Clarke for these listed reasons.