Wednesday, June 24, 2015

School Committee Fails To Approve Superintendent’s Contract

Ken O’Brien

Last night the existing School Committee met, presumably for the last time, prior to next Tuesday’s town election.

Following a predictably tearful farewell from the current Chair following a period of turmoil and failure unseen in recent memory, the Committee went into Executive Session.

According to the agenda for the meeting the Committee was to reconvene to vote on four items.

However, when the committee returned from Executive Session, it voted on only one item – item D, the ratification of the memorandum of agreement with SEIU local 888.

This leaves open to question what the plan is for dealing with the future of acting Superintendent of Schools Sheryl Stanton.

The Committee failed to either affirm the vote to extend her contract or to approve a contract for an additional year of service.

Also, the Committee failed to approve the presentation requesting new athletic positions for the 2015-16 school year.

Barring an unexpected meeting of the Committee prior to July 1st, it looks as though Ms. Stanton’s future is up in the air pending the election of a new School Committee.

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