Today’s Worcester Telegram contains an article titled “Southbridge superintendent interviews planned Wednesday”.
In that article Southbridge School Committee Chairman Scott Lazo lashes out at the State DESE, local legislators and the previous school committee.
We have criticized Mr. Lazo and others in the past for overlooking the fact that in 2010 as members of the school committee they dissolved the search committee and went ahead without them. The “process” resulted in the selection of Eric Ely as Superintendent whose troubled term ended with his dismissal.
In today’s article it is reported, “He [Mr. Lazo] went on to accuse the state of meddling in the 2010 superintendent search that led to the hiring of Eric D. Ely, whose two-year tenure was troubled.
Reminded that he voted for Mr. Ely's hiring, Mr. Lazo said he only did so to show unity, after it was apparent Mr. Ely had the votes.”
This is in interesting contrast to reporting at the time.
In the Worcester Telegram of July 1, 2010, in an article titled “Southbridge picks new school boss”, it is reported:
Mr. Lazo was the most laudatory, saying he was impressed with how Mr. Ely and his staff handled the shooting death of an 11-year-old student, not on school grounds.
“In my time in government as a councilor and a School Committee member I have never seen an administrator deal with minorities the way this guy does,” Mr. Lazo said.
He said he and Mr. Jovan, after their site visit to Schenectady, looked at each other and said, “Whoa. He's too good to be true.”
Mr. Lazo noted that Mr. Ely's former colleagues praised him.
He said Southbridge doesn't do well in its outreach with its Hispanic population, but Mr. Ely got clergy involved in a mentoring program in Schenectady.
“They have tough demographics, tough neighborhoods,” he said.
Does that really sound like someone who voted for Mr. Ely just to keep the peace?