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A Letter from Coaches to Board of Ed & Town Council

To the members of the Board of Education and Berlin Town Council - 

This letter is intended to formally announce that the individuals who coach within the Berlin school system have organized themselves and developed the Berlin Interscholastic Coaches Association or BICA. We are an association, comprised of 75 coaches at the high school and middle school levels, organized as a means of having a unified voice to represent coaches' concerns and to support each other in times of need. A seven-member council, who will act as the voice of the association, represents the coaching collective.

We feel it is important to give a brief rationale for why we have chosen to take the step of forming an association. There is a protocol that has been in place concerning the lines of communication between parents, athletes and coaches. This protocol has, overall, been adhered to by all parties and has been very successful.  Unfortunately, many times over the past several years, a common theme has presented itself, a theme that has made the already difficult task of coaching interscholastic athletics even more challenging. The theme to which we are referring is the consistent and constant abuse of power that has occurred by the President of the Board of Education. Unfortunately, the President has, on far too many occasions, used his position to harass, bully and-intimidate coaches, side-stepping the protocols when it suits him. This unfortunate harassment has led to the entire Athletic Department running under pressures that counter a healthy instructional and educational atmosphere. 

To that end, we are aware of a letter that was written by a group of athletes to the President of the Board of Education passionately describing the feelings they share on the unfortunate effects of this abuse of power. We would like to take a moment to formally support these athletes and commend them on their bravery in taking the daunting but necessary step of presenting their concerns to the source of the problem in the hopes that others would protect them. We understand that the letter may lack specifics in terms of the many incidents that have occurred over the years.  We feel it is appropriate to offer the members of the Board of Education and the Town Council the opportunity to contact us if they, at any time, require any specifics in order to satisfy any concerns on this topic. 

Our current intent is to keep all of these issues 'in house' out of concern for the athletes, coaches, administrators, and the overall black eye that this town would receive should many of these concerns be brought to the general public. Our desire is that everyone, regardless of position, adhere to the chain of command as constituted in the Athletic Handbook, and that an investigation into the events surrounding the abuse of power that has consistently occurred over a period of years take place and that the appropriate actions be taken. To this end, we have actively searched for the Board of Education Code of Ethics, but as of this time we have been unable to procure a copy despite looking in several places for it. 

Thank you for your time and we look forward to being a part of the solution in this current  situation and to working in the future to ensure that Berlin maintains its reputation as a place where people love to live, work and coach. 

Respectfully, 

BICA Council

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Jim Day January 28, 2014 at 06:42 PM
I would hope the concern expressed is not politically motivated, our student-athletes deserve our support, their concerns should not be manipulated to achieve a political agenda. Jim Day
Jenna Gaffney February 03, 2014 at 09:35 AM
"Lifelong Berlinite", you and "Town of Berlin" fool no one. We know your comments are motivated by vendettas for long standing political animosities. I was stopped in the grocery store yesterday by another parent who concurred with my assessment and disgusted with the venom the two of you constantly spew here and view you as annoying cowards. This from a parent of two student athletes who have a son currently in the high school. He kept repeating over and over that guy Lifelong Berlinite is so obnoxious!
Jenna Gaffney February 07, 2014 at 10:18 PM
I guess when you don't have a real life and you are the Mayor of the imaginary town in your own mind you spend hours and hours manipulating a blogs... I repeat get a real life loser.
Jenna Gaffney February 08, 2014 at 10:55 AM
The only "abuse of power" is by you on this site. You are a cyber bully to me and everyone else who tries to tell you we are tired of your "know it all" diatribes here. You accuse others of being bullies yet your behavior on this Patch leads me and others to conclude that you are the worst kind of bully...the one that hides behind a fake name.
jsturgent February 08, 2014 at 09:49 PM
@The Lifelong Berlinite - Are you expressing criticism of the members of the BOE and its President? The President gives so generously of his time on the BOE. Just because the BOE has paid the law firm where he is a partner hundreds of thousands of dollars since he began serving as President of the BOE, technically from a legal standpoint that is no conflict of interest. And I am certain that those who appreciate his service on the BOE, as I do, do not feel that there is even the least bit of an appearance of a conflict of interest. We only see the most selflessness of motives for his serving on the BOE. He is a pillar of our community!
Jenna Gaffney February 08, 2014 at 11:33 PM
After reading all of the attacks on Mr. Brochu again, it appears Lifelong Berlinite has a case of "pillar" envy.

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