Last night the Region 14 Board of Education voted to rescind their contract with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Olzacki.
Olzacki came under fire from educators, parents, and community members this winter after a vaccine clinic he organized prioritized Board of Education members, Central Office employees, and spouses who don’t work in the district ahead of teachers with underlying health conditions who were working in-person with students every day. Only a handful of teachers received the vaccine at the clinic before the supply ran out.
After the debacle, Nonnewaug Teachers Association members (pictured above wearing “stronger together” pins) and other Board of Education unions took part in job actions including a walk-in as a show of solidarity and protest and a vote of no confidence. At the elementary school, parents decorated cars and honked their horns in support of teachers. Middle school families showed support by ringing cowbells.
Last night the Board of Education voted in favor of rescinding its next contract with Olzacki that was to have begun July 1, 2021, and considering termination of his current contract.