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Mr. Jerome F. Burke

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Web References - Norton Mirror: Southeastern board deadlocked in superintendent sear, 9 Oct 2006 [cached]
The decision comes after the board split 5-5 twice between the two finalists - Jerome Burke, Southeastern's assistant superintendent and principal, and Luis Lopes, vocational principal at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Voting for Burke on both dates were Wayne McAllister (Brockton), Mindy Kempner (Sharon), Robert Girardin (Foxboro), George Eichorn (Stoughton), and William Flannery (Mansfield).
The other side praised Burke for his performance at Southeastern, citing the difficult task of dealing with a school that has a 30 percent special education population and praising him for his innovative programs, including a freshman academy and an attendance policy that has been modeled by other schools in the state.
School committee members pointed to two problems at Southeastern they considered to be linked with Burke, including a high teacher turnover and an MCAS failure rate which is one of the highest in the states.
Kempner, one of the most vocal defenders of Burke, told committee members that up to 12 teachers are getting ready to leave Lopes' schools (Lopes had said that his school had lost only one teacher in the last 10 years, to go to another vocational high school).
Eichorn end up voting for Burke, which resulted in the deadlock, and expressed dismay at the pressure placed upon him.
"I'm the swing vote, and it's not a pleasant place to be," he said.
AAIM Press Release November 6, 2001, 6 Nov 2001 [cached]
Jerome Burke, Southeastern Tech's principal, agreed. - Norton Mirror: SE board grills superintendent finalists, 29 Sept 2006 [cached]
The two candidates interviewed, Jerome Burke, assistant superintendent and principal of Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, and Luis Lopes, principal of career and technical education at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, were given a series of questions, including how they handled pressure, how they would deal with the school,s finances and how they would juggle the tasks of the job.
But the most grueling questions were addressed to Burke, who had his contract extended for only one year in the last two negotiations with the board.
Burke replied he had never said those exact words about the school committee, and that he was referring to the chain of command in his comments.
When Petkunas asked if the staff member was lying, by misquoting him, Burke replied, "I told you what I said."
Armstead later said the failure to extend his contract for more years resulted from a disagreement between Burke, the school committee, and current superintendent James Hager, about Burke,s job performance evaluation.
Armstead later said the failure to extend his contract for more years resulted from a disagreement between Burke, the school committee, and current superintendent James Hager, about Burke,s job performance evaluation.
Burke was also challenged on teacher turnover, with school committee members saying they lost about 34 teachers last year (those numbers were not able to be confirmed by current superintendent James Hager by press deadline).
Burke said some teachers left because they found a job with another school that was closer to their homes, and that some teachers left because their contracts were not renewed.He added, however, that some of the reasons for the turnover were the school,s fault.
The school committee also questioned Burke about bargaining with the school committee concerning teachers, contracts, media, MCAS results, budget planning, and handling mistakes made by the school,s business manager (who accidentally overpaid 19 employees by about ,600 last year, and has since corrected it by reducing their paychecks).
He said he was very comfortable working with the school committee, and that he has had "positive negotiations."He also added that for MCAS, he had success by strengthening "related" subjects, or academic subjects that relate to vocational courses, and in changing the structure of students, schedules to include two periods of English and math each day.
"We are meeting the needs of the MCAS," he said.
Burke started the interview by saying he wanted to make Southeastern a "world class school" by raising student achievement and by improving teachers.Though he reiterated those statements at the end, he admitted that the administration had made some errors in the past.
"We,ve made a lot of mistakes in the last five years, but we,ve tried a lot of different things.So I think we,ve moved on to being a better school," he said.He added that the school supports its teachers and students as much as any other school in the state.
Many supporters of Burke and Lopes attended the interview, including teachers and parents.
Another supporter approached Burke after his interview to give him words of encouragement.
"I,m proud of you," she told him.
Burke has been assistant superintendent and principal of Southeastern since 2000, and served as the special administrator and head guidance counselor from 1985 - 2000.
Lopes has been one of two principals at his school since 2003.Before that he served as information and engineering technology coordinator, computer/grants coordinator, and scheduling/computer coordinator at his school.
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Worcester Telegram & Gazette APN, 9 May 2005 [cached]
Jerome Burke, principal at Southeastern, told the newspaper he had been informed that one student there was involved in the crash, but he did not have any other information.
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