Some parents who have organized a group called “Save Our Schools” plan to rally first and have their say Monday night at the Cheatham County Board of Education about a large number of teacher resignations within the last year.
Nashville's New 2 reported on Friday that 25% of teachers have resigned system-wide, and at Cheatham County High School, half the teaching positions are vacant.
“A lot of good teachers have left, many of them taught my son Shane, and he's devastated. We have teachers resigning at a rate that is beyond fathomable,” parent Tracy O'Neill said.
O'Neill said she worries about her son's classes, but also his outside activities as a college-bound football player.
“We don't have a football coach, and practice was supposed to begin today,” she added while noting that former head football coach Cody Finley left after the school's best season ever.
O'Neill, like a sizeable number of parents, is pointing the finger squarely at administrators, including Schools Director Dr. Stan Curtis.
“We really feel the Board of Education has not listened to us,” said O'Neill, adding, “It's time for our voice to be heard.”
She says that teachers who have resigned have told her “they are afraid” to speak up about school issues because of “being threatened with termination, demotions and re-shuffling.”
On Friday, the schools director told Nashville's News 2 in a statement that, “teachers need to enjoy their profession. If they choose to resign, we hope they find a place of employment where they can be fulfilled.”
The Cheatham County Board of Education meets at 7 p.m.
The Save Our Schools parents plan to rally first at the county courthouse at 6 p.m.
- May 31, 2013: 25 percent of Cheatham County teachers have resigned