Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Stanton Appointed Superintendent

Ken O'Brien

Updated: Just a note for those who might have missed it. During last night's meeting of the Southbridge School Committee, items VIII and IX were moved on the agenda. They were taken up after the Executive Session. When the committee returned to the dais the item labelled " Superintendent of Schools Update/Discussion" became a motion by Erin Quinney to appoint Sheryl Stanton as Acting Superintendent of Schools through June 30, 2015, pending contract negotiations. The vote was 6 to 1 in favor with the sole negative vote being cast by School Committee member Dr. Raymond Page.

Dr. Page stated that he would be voting against the motion feeling that it should have been part of a more complete package. Presumably this would include the naming of a search committee. However this was not explicitly stated.

Note: This article initially omitted the term "acting" from the terms of Ms. Stanton's appointment.


  1. Correct me if I'm wrong - but would not the correct/proper procedure be to make her 'acting' superintendant and then begin a search committee - and she, of course, would be welcome to be one of the applicants - did not watch the meeting (it gives me agita!) - but this seems like NOTHING has changed and she is a new super - until something else goes wrong - she is no more qualified than Gardner. God, it's pathetic.

    1. Wht Are We Surprised?January 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Who voted for McLoughlin & Donovan & Quinney & Abrahamson? No one I know will admit it!

    2. Where's The Search?January 15, 2015 at 10:50 AM

      Two years since the Ely debacle and there has yet to be a search for a permanent superintendent. Why not? What are the leaders of our school committee afraid of? Wasn't at least one of them on the last search, 5 years ago?
      Sheer arrogance or ignorance.

  2. What the hell is there to negotiate...

  3. Newly posted Negotiations Subcommittee meeting tonight at 6:30 PM. Do you think they will discuss Pat Gardner's go-away money? Or perhaps the deal they are giving to MS. Stanton.
    Either way, more wasted time and money.


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