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Knockalva school board to boot Principal Berlyn Roper

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, August 19, 2010    

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KNOCKALVA, Hanover — Berlyn Roper, the acting principal of the Knockalva Technical High School has been booted.

"We are demanding her immediate resignation and failure to do so will result in her immediate dismissal," chairman of the Knockalva Technical High School board, Moncrieffe Leslie told the Observer West.

The unanimous decision followed a marathon meeting on Tuesday.

In the interim, one of the school's two vice-principals will be asked to act as soon as Roper is removed.

Chairman of the school board, Moncrieffe Leslie explained that the board's decision to sever ties with Roper who has been acting in the top post at the school for the past 17 months was triggered by a raft of concerns.

He disclosed that already the school board has submitted a letter to the Ministry of Education demanding an audit of financial activities at the institution.

Among other concerns listed by the head of the school board are:

* that board members have lost their trust in Roper;

* closure of school's library;

* Roper's alleged total disrespect for chairman; and

* Roper's alleged failure to log gifts and cash.

The school board was unable to communicate their intentions to Roper who did not show for Tuesday's scheduled meeting where she was expected to present a projection for the new school year.

"We are trying to find where she is. She was scheduled to be here today (Tuesday) at this meeting to evaluate for the new school year and look at her performance. We are yet to receive her development plan," said Leslie

When the Observer West attempted to reach Roper by telephone, the calls to went straight to voicemail.

The Observer West was informed that she is off the island.

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