Concerns over safety and administration dominate Bristol School Board meeting

Concerns from parents and teachers of Bristol School dominated Wednesday’s School Board meeting.

Anticipating a large crowd, the meeting was moved to the school cafeteria. Over 100 people were in attendance.

Staff and parents have been upset of late over safety concerns raised by a September incident in which one student attacked another with a sharp object and scheduling and morale issues at the school.

Concerning safety, board President Kathy LeFebve read a statement saying the district needs to review emergency policies, review the student handbook, review times and areas where students are supervised, review times and areas where people have access to the school building, conduct a debriefing on the cut attack, have training with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, update the crisis plan and present all of this to the School Board.

LeFebve proposed and the board approved creating a Parent Advisory Committee to conduct some of the above work. How the committee would be formed, including who would serve on it and how they would be selected, was not discussed.

Here is a recording of LeFebve’s statement:

For over an hour, parents and staff members commented on troubles at the school, including safety, the cutting attack and staff concerns. In all, 19 individuals spoke along with a group of teachers representing the sixth through eighth grade staff. Several parents read statements from anonymous teachers who said they feared for their jobs if they spoke for themselves. Some speakers related positive experiences with the current administration and the need for patience in working out problems. Though speakers expressed a variety of opinions, all comments were met with applause afterwards

Here is a recording of all of the public comments:

One of the speakers presented a petition with 183 signatures expressing no confidence in district administrator Michael Juech and associate principal Sarah Lindh.

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