The Worcester Telegram is reporting on former Southbridge High School Principal William Bishop’s candidacy for the School Committee in an article entitled “Fired principal running for school board in Southbridge” by Brian Lee.
The article states, “One month before opening the middle-high school on Torrey Road in 2012, then-high school Principal William K. Bishop was shown the exit, in a controversial, last-minute job elimination.
“Mr. Bishop, who had a year left on his contract and had expressed a desire to retire after fulfilling it, is now running for School Committee of the underperforming district in the June 30 election.
“At the same time, the 60-year-old has a lawsuit against the district alleging age discrimination was then-superintendent Eric D. Ely's motive when he eliminated Mr. Bishop's job in favor of a dual principal post for the middle-high school. The job was given to a since terminated administrator who was 36 at the time.
“If elected, Mr. Bishop said he would recuse himself from matters related to his complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, which has a three-year backlog on cases.”
Regarding the current situation “Mr. Bishop said he can no longer sit and watch the district's downslide.
“He said he has counted six middle-high school principals since the school was built, a ‘ghastly’ rate of turnover.
“’I’m surprised a principal can know the staff, let alone the kids,’ Mr. Bishop remarked.”
Addressing the proposal to restructure the Middle/High School, “Mr. Bishop criticized acting Superintendent Sheryl Stanton's proposed restructuring of the middle-high school, which calls for putting a principal and two instructional resource specialists in each building.
‘Mr. Bishop asserted that the proposal has the ‘appearance of being done for the wrong reasons’ and that seven staff members who have been asked to reapply for jobs were possibly being targeted, in the same manner that he was targeted.
‘He predicted that district legal and unemployment costs, which during the last three years were more than $400,000 and $700,000, respectively, would continue to soar if the restructuring comes to fruition.
“Asked about the candidate's assertions, Ms. Stanton said that her administration does not make decisions with political motives in mind.”