Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Olivo Announces Resignation From School Committee

Citing changes in his personal life as well as needs related to his military commitments, school committee member Christopher Olivo announced his resignation from that body. He stated his ongoing support for the committee and its ongoing efforts.

As with prior recent resignations, his successor will be appointed by a joint meeting of the school committee and the town council.

Also, during the Chairman's Announcements segment of the meeting, Mr. Lazo announced that a public hearing on whether the state should exercise its authority to place Southbridge schools into receivership would be held in the old high school auditorium on January 25th.

He also announced that the Commissioner would hold a meeting on the 15th of January where he would announce whether or not he will recommend receivership for the town. Given that a public hearing is already scheduled for the 25th, I would speculate that there will be such a recommendation with a vote by the Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled meeting on the 26th.

Finally, superintendent finalist has withdrawn prior to this week's site visits.

In an email to Mrs. Congdon, who chaired the search committee, Mr. King expressed an affinity for Southbridge and he said he was impressed by the committee's dedication.

But since being chosen as a finalist, he said, he continued to reflect on the opportunity, further researched the situation and concluded that he's uncomfortable continuing in the process.

“At the time of the interview, though we did discuss the potential of receivership looming, I was unaware that the (state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) had requested the District curtail the search process,” Mr. King wrote.

“Given their stated objections to the search and the very real possibility that the DESE will not allow the new superintendent to be seated, I do not think it is in my professional interest at this time to participate further. The amount of personal and professional time and energy it takes to participate fully is hard to garner in light of the huge uncertainty.”

More from The Worcester Telegram HERE.

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