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So, Gerry Nutter is all jerked off because Erik Gitschier did his homework and opted to address the issue in public session, as opposed to doing the preferred Santoro work around, over the phone.
It’s not like the warning signs weren’t glaring:
You’d think the highly paid GLTHS Attorneys would have beat Gitschier to the punch on this? Maybe they are too busy trying to protect Supt. Santoro’s prerogatives? Whatever! The facts are simple enough to find.
State finds Lexington School Committee improperly extended superintendent’s contract
The Boston Globe, Brock Parker (8/5/12)
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office has found that Lexington’s School Committee violated state open meeting laws when it approved a contract extension for Superintendent Paul Ash in a closed-door meeting last year.
In a determination issued July 26, Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Sclarsic said the School Committee “improperly voted to extend the superintendent’s contract'’ during an executive session on June 1, 2011.
However, the attorney general’s office has decided it will not nullify the extension, Sclarsic said, because at the time of the vote the School Committee had not been made aware of a then-recent interpretation of the open meeting laws that found contracts involving nonunion personnel must be voted upon in public sessions.
The attorney general’s office did order the School Committee to immediately comply with the state’s open meeting laws. Sclarsic cautioned that if violations occur in the future, the state may nullify the committee’s votes.
At the time, Ash was under fire from a number of Lexington parents who were concerned about low morale in the school district after the departure of several popular teachers. Those concerns prompted the school district to hire consultant Bruce Wellman, a codirector of MiraVia LLC, to survey school employees. His report in March found several morale issues, including some employees who said they do not speak out about problems in the system for fear of retribution.
Ash’s contract was set to expire next year, but the School Committee’s vote in the closed-door meeting extended it until June 30, 2015.
The attorney general’s office noted that there was some disagreement among School Committee members, including Jessie Steigerwald, about whether the vote on the contract extension needed to be ratified in public. But the report noted that the committee’s chairwoman at the time, Mary Ann Stewart, said in a public meeting on June 7 that the vote taken on June 1 had already triggered a legally binding contract extension.
The attorney general’s office also found that the School Committee failed to provide sufficient information in meeting notices for executive sessions on May 25 and June 1, 2011. In each instance, the School Committee issued notices that contract negotiations would be discussed with nonunion personnel, but did not specify it was the superintendent’s contract, according to Sclarsic.
Did you get creeped out by how eerie the similaries are?
The MJHGTG Series:
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