Reporting that the “Town Council said it will send letters about the vote to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and acting school Superintendent Sheryl Stanton.” Brian Lee recounted last evening’s stunning turn of events.
He noted that, “The no confidence vote was approved 8-1. The council cited as its rationale a dissatisfaction with the school board’s decision last week to again delay the search for a superintendent, and a proposal by the schools to restructure the middle-high school with two principals, among other reasons. The middle-high school on Torrey Road now has a lone principal, and the restructuring will have budget implications late in the process, councilors said.”
The article recounted the School Committee Chairman’s response as follows: “Reached Tuesday, School Committee Chairwoman Lauren C. McLoughlin said the council’s no-confidence vote was out of order because the panel lacked jurisdiction. ‘Out of respect for the jurisdiction of the School Committee, the Town Council ought to respect the decisions of the School Committee – just as the School Committee would be expected to respect decisions by the Town Council over matters in which they have exclusive legal jurisdiction,’ Mrs. McLoughlin said.”
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