Waterloo teachers are standing behind School Superintendent Terri Bavis.
Bavis in an email this week announced she is looking at employment in another district because she is not getting support for a new contract from the Waterloo Board of Education.
Teachers yesterday released a video showing their support.
Bavis said in an email to staff that she was seeking other opportunities, and was expected to be announced as a finalist for one of those opportunities on Friday. “My primary interest is to remain in Waterloo long term,” she said in that email – obtained from a teacher who voiced their frustration with the lack of progress on a new contract. “I was notified today that the names of the finalists will be released on Friday, May 25th. At that point, my candidacy will not be confidential. I hope that we can come to an agreement on my contract before then so I am not faced with the difficult decision of leaving Waterloo,” Bavis continues in that email to the district. “I would not want the staff to hear this news from someone else. It is important to me that the staff hear the message from me, but I wanted to let you know,” she concluded.
Bavis is the first woman to become the Waterloo School Superintendent. She was hired in April 2016 and given a 3-year contract with a starting salary of $151,000.
Before taking the Waterloo job, Bavis spent 11-years as principal of Indian Landing Elementary School in the Penfield school district.
Bavis grew up in Henrietta and received her degrees from Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport. She was an elementary and middle school teacher for 13 years in the Pavilion, Livonia and Fairport school districts.
In 2001, she left Fairport to become a curriculum specialist for the Genesee Valley BOCES, served as director of curriculum and instruction for the Perry school district.