Aberdeen Education Association teachers and other educators delivered a resounding vote of “no confidence” Monday evening, calling for the resignation or termination of Aberdeen School District Supt. Alicia Henderson.
At a video General Membership Meeting, Aberdeen Education Association members (by an overwhelming 99 percent yes vote) passed the following statement no confidence:
Vote of No Confidence and call for the immediate resignation or termination
of Aberdeen Superintendent of Schools Alicia Henderson
We, the members of the Aberdeen Education Association, are forced to deliver a vote of no confidence and a call for the resignation or for the Aberdeen School Board to take action for the immediate termination, of Superintendent Alicia Henderson for gross mismanagement, deceit, and reckless disregard for the interests of the students, community, and staff. Henderson’s actions have clearly and irrevocably rendered her unfit to continue to act in any role associated with the Aberdeen School District.
“We can no longer stand by while this superintendent drives our students, our schools and our morale into the ground,” Aberdeen EA President Cathleen Wilder says. “We have lost faith and simply don’t have the time nor the wherewithal to continue trying to work with someone who has a complete lack of regard for students, staff, our schools and our community.”
AEA members did not take the “no confidence” vote lightly. Leaders say it was past time to take this step because of issues including Henderson’s complete lack of transparency, needless lay-offs resulting in the loss of valuable veteran teachers who have left the district, and upending teaching teams creating unnecessary chaos around the district due to irrational and unreasonable transfers in addition to numerous lay-offs.
“Our school community deserves a strong and trusted leader during these uncertain times,” Wilder says, “We expect the School Board to take action at their July meeting so we can focus on our students.”
An online petition expressing dissatisfaction with the Superintendent and also voting “No Confidence” has gathered over 1,000 signatures.
The school board meeting agenda for tonight includes a draft budget for the coming year, as well as a Superintendent Evaluation. The meeting begins at 5 PM, you can find links to watch via zoom at the district’s website asd5.org