E-P1 Public Complaints Regarding Personnel

  • E-P1 Public Complaints regarding Personnel

    It is the responsibility of the Essex Westford School District Superintendent to see that complaints are considered in a timely manner that is fair to all parties. The District places trust in its employees and desires to support their actions in such a manner that employees are freed from unnecessary, spiteful, or unjustified criticism or complaints.

    Steps to follow:

    The complainant shall be encouraged first to bring a complaint to the individual concerned.

    The complaint should be in writing stating the issues and supporting facts. Submit complaint on the attached form. The individual employee involved shall be given every opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts as he/she sees them. 

    If the problem can not be resolved with the individual concerned, it should be brought to the attention of the principal or immediate supervisor.

    If the issue is not resolved by the involvement of the principal or immediate supervisor, the complainant may refer the issue to the superintendent for their review and decision.

    In the event the principal’s or immediate supervisor’s review does not lead to a satisfactory resolution, the complainant may submit the issue to the superintendent for review and decision.

    In cases of alleged discrimination, the complainant should follow the procedures accompanying the anti-discrimination policy.


    Appeal to the Board

    If the above steps do not resolve the concern of the complainant, he/she may request a session of the Board for the purpose of reviewing the superintendent's decision. If the School Board decides to hear the request of the complainant, it shall invite all parties involved, including the appropriate school and District administrators to attend a meeting for purposes of presenting facts, making further explanations, and clarifying the issue. The Board shall conduct such meetings in a fair and just manner and shall render a decision.

    The rights of employees under collective bargaining agreements and Vermont law are protected through the administration of this procedure.


    1. Complainant:  ______________________________________
    2. Brief description of complaint including dates if applicable. You may use back of this form as well.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 

    1. Person who complaint is about:_____________________________________________ 

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    1. Please check one: 

    ______ I have discussed this complaint with the individual named in #3. 

    ______ I have not discussed this complaint with the individual named in #3. 


    1. Person bringing complaint:  ________________________________________________

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    __________________________________                                _________________________

    Signature of person bringing complainant                                  Date

    1. Person receiving this written complaint:


    1. a) Principal or Immediate Supervisor:____________________________  Date: _____________


    1. b) Superintendent:_________________________________ Date:_____________ 


    1. c) Board of School Members:_________________________ Date:_____________


    Mailing and contact information below:

    EWSD Superintendent

    Email:  bcobb@ewsd.org

    58 Founders Road 

    Essex Junction, VT  05452

    Phone number:  802-857-2002