Professional Educators Of Norman Take A Vote Of No Confidence Against Norman's Superintendent

Tuesday, October 20th 2020, 5:19 pm
By: Tevis Hillis

The Professional Educators of Norman (PEN) is using their voice as 68% of eligible voters in the organization said they have no confidence in Norman Public School’s Superintendent Nick Migliorino.

“A no-confidence vote, as far as our PEN policies are concerned, is just a public statement of unrest. It is just a very public way of saying that we are not happy right now,” said Cari Elledge, the president of the Professional Educators of Norman.

There have been mixed reactions to the vote, with some district leaders saying it was not needed.

“They used the word 'disappointed' and that this action was unnecessary,” said Elledge. 

But PEN stands by their no-confidence vote against Migliorino.

“Our teachers really, really, want to know that they are safe and valued and supported by their district and by their leaders,” said Elledge. 

Some of the issues at the forefront of this fight include:

  1. Leadership
  2. Teacher inclusion
  3. Integrity
  4. Consistency and transparency
  5. Sanitation, safety, PPE
  6. Use of questionable data sources

“There is a lack of transparency that’s occurring. People are concerned with what is being shared publicly with our parents, our students, and our families,” said Elledge. 

PEN is now calling on the Norman school district to hold a town hall for everyone to attend.

“I know that we can work with Nick, and I think that is pretty much the goal of why we have done all of these things,” said Elledge. 

News 9 reached out to NPS asking for the superintendent’s comment and what the district plans to do next, but have not heard back as of the 5 p.m. newscast.