As noted in today's story by Deidre Williams, Timekia Jones, a teacher's aide and former parent representative at Harvey Austin School 97, has alleged that the principal of the school, Brigette Gillespie, forged Jones' signature on multiple documents, including the state-mandated School Comprehensive Education Plan and other Title I documents.
These documents require a parent-representative's signature because each school is supposed to prove that they involved all school stakeholders, including parents, in certain school-based decision-making and planning. Jones states in an affidavit that her school principal forged her name on documents and never involved her in any decisionmaking process, contrary to what is required of School Leadership Teams that are supposed to collaborate in every school building.
Jones' affidavit is part of a larger complaint to the state by the District Parent Coordinating Council that parents are routinely shut out of school-level and district-level decision making.
So is it true? Did a Buffalo school principal repeatedly forge a parent's signature just because she didn't want to endure the inconvenience of actually involving parents in school improvement planning? You be the judge.
Below is Jones' affidavit, which attests to her version of events and includes a copy of her signature and the signatures she contends were forged by Principal Gillespie. Note her actual signature on the fourth page of the affidavit, then compare that signature to the ones that are supposedly hers on exhibits A and B.
PS: The Buffalo school board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Room 801 of City Hall. We will be live blogging the meeting so return to the School Zone later today and join us.