Brian Lee, writing in a Telegram article titled Southbridge school board probe's [sic] superintendent's behavior, reports that the School Committee met behind closed doors Wednesday for more than two hours "to receive, consider and act on an investigative report" pertaining to complaints made by employees about Superintendent Patricia Gardner.
After the meeting, Chairwoman Lauren C. McLoughlin told a reporter: "The committee has recessed the matter and will continue to meet regarding the matter."
Asked if Ms. Gardner remained the superintendent, the chairwoman said, "We are continuing to meet on that."
Asked who is currently in charge of the district, Ms. McLoughlin said, "Pat is in charge."
Last month, the committee hired lawyer John M. Flick of Gardner to investigate complaints by unnamed employees against Ms. Gardner, who is in her first year as superintendent after serving last year as director of teaching and learning.
The employees had leveled what a school board member described as "a serious account of unprofessional behavior" by Ms. Gardner. It was connected to her attempt to assess blame for mistakes made administering the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests at the middle-high school last year.