MERIDEN – Three teachers at Thomas Edison Middle School have “not been in school” since the start of the month due to a personnel matter.
In a Nov. 9 letter, Principal Karen Habegger notified parents of a situation involving three sixth-grade teachers, who were not named. Edison is an inter-district magnet school with students from Meriden, Wallingford and surroundin
The letter also says the “matter does not involve students,” but provided no additional details. It doesn’t elaborate on what action was taken, including whether the teachers were suspended, placed on leave, or re-assigned to another school.
Habegger referred a request for comment to Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan, spokeswoman for Area Cooperative Educational Services, or ACES. ACES is a regional education collaborative, and Meriden, Wallingford, and Cheshire are all among its 26 member towns.
Rossetti-Ryan said ACES doesn’t comment on personnel matters. She also declined to respond to questions seeking confirmation of the teachers’ name or updates on their statuses.
The Record-Journal filed a request Friday, under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, for records related to the issue.
The letter doesn’t say if or when the teachers might return to Thomas Edison.
“Our Human Resources department is working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible,” Habegger wrote in the letter.
She also said in the letter that “our school math and language arts coaches, as well as other sixth grade content teachers” are working to cover the absence of the teachers, but she provided no other details about what steps the school had taken.
“I expect team teachers will be in place as quickly as possible, and I will keep you updated,” Habegger wrote. It’s unclear from the letter if that means the teachers will be returned to their positions or if ACES will transfer or hire others.
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