BURLINGTON – After a dramatic mass resignation at HOPE Works sexual assault support center, the board of the organization has swooped in to fill the staffing shortages with the former members of the BHS guidance department. Concerns about a disruption to services provided are unfounded, according to the board, and many are excpecting a seamless transition.
“We’re very excited to have the guidance staff joining us,” said interim operations manager Susan Leonard. “Their experience in crisis management will be invaluable, and when they all publically left BHS in 2017 they complained of erratic behavior, bullying, and general incompetence, so we think they’ll fit right in here at HOPE Works.”
The guidance staff themselves say they are happy to have work again, and are not worried about the potentially choppy waters they are sailing into. “We’ve worked under the Burlington School Board, and specifically Superintendent Yaw Obeng,” said new HOPE Works employee Karen Love. “It obviously can’t be any worse than that.”
Leonard says she is “thrilled to be working with a group of women who are used to not having their voices heard and their concerns dismissed,” and is looking forward to a bright future at HOPE Works up until the day she is quietly replaced by someone who is “better friends with the board.”