In it they addressed the resignation of assistant principal Sharon Goulet. The article reported the circumstances surrounding her departure as follows:
School officials dispute the anonymous claim of a recently submitted Southbridge Evening News “Sound Off” entry ….
Regarding Goulet’s departure, Perreault said the Sound Off claim is true, but had nothing to do with the discipline issues.
“She got a big job offer in another district,” the principal said. “People don’t always leave for bad reasons. We’re happy for her; I wish we could have kept her here.”
She said she’d have Goulet call, but that did not happen before deadline.
Ely described the change as “a really good move” for Goulet, although “it hurts our team-building.” Perreault said she believes the other staff members will be able to bridge the gap until a new person gets adequately trained to take her place, possibly by tapping Frank Koumanelis or Brian Davis for some assistance. The remaining principals (Perreault, Greg Leach and Doug Daponde) were planning to interview three people Thursday, but she said before then she didn’t expect the newcomer to start this week.
Goulet had been waiting to hear from that district, Ludlow, and had applied for the same job here — Special Education Director (now being called Pupil Personnel Services Director here). She had expected to be interviewed here Oct. 3, but the meeting got postponed and she “couldn’t wait” until the new date to give Ludlow her response, Perreault said.
“It hurts her to go, but it’s what’s best for her and her family,” Perreault said, noting the Ludlow job pays notably more than her current one. “It’s a huge loss for Southbridge. Her skill set is bigger than an assistant principal.”
Based upon a letter in the possession of The O’Zone, Ms. Goulet did, indeed, notify Ms. Woodruff as well as the rest of the school committee and the superintendent of her reasoning.
While there can be no doubt that the position in Ludlow offered substantial advantages, the letter also indicates substantial dissatisfaction with the administration at the new Southbridge Middle/High School. In particular, Ms. Goulet singled out principal Tammy Perreault for a scathing critique in the second page of her letter.
According to an article in today’s Worcester Telegram Southbridge Schools Superintendent Eric Ely has retained an attorney to investigate Goulet’s allegations.
The article quotes Southbridge School Committee Chairman Patricia Woodruff as noting, “We are confident that by referring the matter to an independent investigator, we will obtain an unbiased opinion about the allegation,” she said. “The School Committee emphasizes that these are allegations only, and that it has no evidence to support them at this time. The administrator continues to perform the duties of the position, and we ask everyone to reserve judgment until further information is obtained in this matter.”