Survey: Majority of Bainbridge-Guilford teachers disapprove of superintendent

By Kerry Longobucco

August 28, 2014 Updated Aug 30, 2014 at 1:10 PM EDT

Bainbridge, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The vast majority of teachers in the Bainbridge-Guilford School District no longer support their superintendent.

A survey taken this spring has stirred controversy in the district ever since, and it popped back up Thursday night during a board meeting.

Paul Davis, president of the teachers union, initiated the survey. According to Davis, he was asked by the board president to turn in the results of the survey.

The survey asked staff to assess their feelings about Superintendent Don Wheeler.

When the results were handed over to the Board of Education, 89 percent of the distributed surveys had been completed.

The results were overwhelmingly negative about Wheeler, according to survey results supplied by a member of the teachers union. More than 84 percent said they do not feel the superintendent is a credible leader of the school community, and nearly 89 percent said they do not feel he demonstrates ethical, trustworthy and professional behavior.

Davis says that since the completion of the surveys, there has been no response from Board of Education President Jason Fleming. Thursday night, Davis attended the meeting to find answers.

"I did this because the people I represent were feeling stressed, concerned, worried, afraid.
That's what the survey was about,” Davis said. “And you said you would respond to it. And it's been 120 days."

Meeting minutes show that at two meetings in June and July, questions were raised by attendees about the survey, but Davis says their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.

Tonight the board president declined comment, citing a need to go over the issue with district attorneys. It is not known whether the survey will have any impact as the district heads back to school next week.

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