Jeffco teacher union: Sentance a ‘dismal failure,’ should be fired

Jeffco teacher union: Sentance a ‘dismal failure,’ should be fired

A Jefferson County teacher union is calling for Alabama superintendent Michael Sentance to be fired.

“Sentance has been on the job for a year now and his tenure has been a dismal failure,” said Marrianne Hayward, Jefferson County AFT president. 

The 2,000-member group, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, passed a vote of no confidence on Tuesday, according to a press release.

Hayward said Sentance’s lack of experience as an educator is one reason the group gave for firing him. “This is like asking someone to do open heart surgery who never went to medical school,” Hayward said.

Sentance’s contract is on the state board of education agenda for Thursday, Sept. 14 where state board member Jeff Newman, R-Millport, said he expects a vote to fire Sentance will be taken

Sentance received poor marks on his first annual evaluation in August

Sentance, originally from Massachusetts, was appointed state superintendent in a 5-4 vote in August 2016.

If his contract, which runs through December 2018, is terminated before Dec. 31, 2017, he will paid the balance of what he is owed only through the end of the year. His contract calls for an annual salary of $198,000 plus $1,750 each month, or $21,000 annually, for a housing allowance.

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Published at Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:46:40 +0000