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Tonight the Greater Lowell Technical School Committee (GLTSC) will be holding another special meeting to discuss the contract of the school’s newly-elected superintendent, Mary Jo Santoro.
On this blog as well as other on other ones, the GLTSC lack of transparency and antagonistic attitude towards tax payers who are requesting accountability and the right to be heard has been discussed a number of times.
Erin Smith of the Sun has been aggressively following the story and the paper has editorialized on a number occasion, including this past Saturday when they called to “End era of secrecy at Greater Lowell Tech.”
We urge the committee to hold a public meeting and to release the details of Santoro’s contract. Residents of the schools’ sending communities who are funding the institution, have a right to know how their money is being spent.
The contract with [retiring Superintendent Jim] Cassin has received considerable criticism in recent years, and justifiably so. The superintendent was first hired at an annual salary of $112,000 in 2003 and saw his yearly pay skyrocket to its current level of nearly $190,000. Cassin’s contract had such outrageous inclusions as automatic annual raises of more than 5 percent and merit bonuses of up to 4 percent.
So tonight, this School Committee has an opportunity to reverse their direction: have an open meeting, allow and encourage the public to speak and vote for a contract that is fair and reasonable. If the obstructionist on this Board thinks that the media and the public will go away, they are not only politically tone deaf but this behavior and attitude will be the catalyst for major changes come next fall.
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