Morant Bay High principal sacked
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The Principal of Morant Bay High School in St Thomas, Dr Dalton Shaw, has reportedly been fired, weeks after the staff filed a litany of complaints about him.
A source at the institution told our news centre that Shaw was sent packing last week, following a meeting with the school board.
Contacted last night, the president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Doran Dixon, said the union was aware of the development but would not comment further.
It is understood that the school board, chaired by Reverend Everald Galbraith, decided to fire Shaw after considering a report into complaints about the principal's performance.
The report was produced by the school board.
Since Thursday’s meeting, Reverend Galbraith has declined to comment on the outcome, noting that key persons first have to be informed.
On the weekend, the Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, said while he was aware of the board meeting last week, he had not yet been informed of the outcome.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre had obtained a copy of the October 16 letter penned by teachers, detailing serious allegations against the principal.
Teachers have accused Shaw of making unilateral decisions, disregarding the input of senior members of the teaching staff, and threatening to erode the profile of Morant Bay High as a traditional school.
Shaw, who became principal during the last school year, previously served at the Mineral Heights Primary School in Clarendon.
The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre has not been able to reach Shaw.
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