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December 13, 2012

Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Contract Shenanigans

by at 11:23 pm.

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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:

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According to Gerry’s Facebook page, Gitschier produced “several cases from the Ethics commission” which put the kibosh on the committee giving Santoro a raise.

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.
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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.
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Did you get creeped out by how eerie the similaries are?

The MJHGTG Series:
11/18/12) Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Cassin’s Kingdom
11/20/12) Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Payback’s a Snit
12/02/12) Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Morass in Morale
12/12/12) Mary Jo Has Got To Go! – Pin The Tail On The Donkey

12 Responses to “Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Contract Shenanigans”

  1. gerry nutter Says:

    Jack,I applauded ERIk I just pointed out he speaks from BOTH sides of his mouth.

    One side talks about these cases then 2 seconds later he says “He only opened the School Committee Package “Last Night” (The night before the meeeting) and didn’t have time to call the Chair to inform him of his concern but had time to reserach specific cases and bring them.

    Again if Dave Conway pulled this BS you would be all over his case but since you support Gitschier and Bahou you ignore their missteps.

    I may lean one way but I show BOTH sides and if I think the supt. is wrong (as I do in the Harassment issue) I say so.

  2. Mr. Lynne Says:

    Low Brodersim I guess.

  3. Jack Says:

    Gerry,
    You said “This place needs an enema.” Didn’t you expect it to be messy?

    The nitwits are trying to simplify this as the Admin vs. the Teachers or Santoro vs. Fallon. The more I talk to the various players in this charade, the more convinced I become that this is about petty politics, the machinations of obstinate minds of adults who are thinking more about themselves and their egos, than the students.

    That place is fucked.

    Time to flush!

  4. Gerry Nutter Says:

    It needs to be flushed but contractually it cannot be. Fallon can’t retire, the Union Leaders aren’t retiring none of them are leaving so why dump Santoro?

    Will bringing in an “outsider” guarantee that Fallon and the Union won’t treat them the same way they are treating the current Supt? What’s to stop the current Santoro supporters from becoming the new Anti-Supt. group that exist now.

    How about starting with getting the School Committee all on the same page? Why don’t you kick the crap out of the stupidity of Bahou like you do Dave Conway?

    How about someone showing ERIK that when you keep acting like you’re the smartest kid in the class and showing up and embarrassing your fellow members you don’t get much accomplished?

    Being a bull in the China Shop more often than not ends up with you looking more like a Jack-Ass than a bull.

    Tatseos, Morin, Boutin, Gitschier and to a degree I’ll include Olson can work together to do things properly and more importantly lawfully with some proper information and guidance from the State. Olson should spearhead this and if he doesn’t Boutin, Morin and Tatseos need to step up and request this.

    The evaluation process is a joke and as set up useless. The Supt. sets the goals. It should be the entire School Committee WITH the Supt. They need to set the tone and commit to improving the relationship among the Committee, then that can spread.

    It also seems disingenuous to cry Shenanigans over her evaluation simply because you disagree with the outcome. It demeans good people like Tatseos and Morin who seem to want what is best for the school

  5. Jack Says:

    It needs to be flushed but contractually it cannot be. Fallon can’t retire, the Union Leaders aren’t retiring none of them are leaving so why dump Santoro?

    Because this isn’t about settling scores. It is about moving the school forward. We aren’t dumping Santoro. We are letting her contract expire. Next!

    Will bringing in an “outsider” guarantee that Fallon and the Union won’t treat them the same way they are treating the current Supt? What’s to stop the current Santoro supporters from becoming the new Anti-Supt. group that exist now.

    I follow you on this. Questions cause paralysis. Best to stick with the toxic status quo, as opposed to venturing forward. Do you need a teddy bear when you blog? It’s scary! All these unknowns.

    But, just maybe, we can expect the SC to oversee this transition? WOW! Novel idea, huh. Could we put the SC in “the front seat?” As for the next Supt., the paycheck ain’t chicken scratch. We should get a Supt. that can handle all of these challenges, plus several that we aren’t aware of.

  6. Jack Says:

    How about starting with getting the School Committee all on the same page?

    Silly goose! Did you forget the 2009 election? 2011? The voters made there choices. I guess we’ll find out in 2013, if they want to double down.

    Why don’t you kick the crap out of the stupidity of Bahou like you do Dave Conway?

    I’ll pick my own battles, thank you. I am not failing at something because you set the goal posts. When Bahou catches my eye, I’ll follow my muse. Fred knows that, as do you.

  7. Jack Says:

    How about someone showing ERIK that when you keep acting like you’re the smartest kid in the class and showing up and embarrassing your fellow members you don’t get much accomplished.

    Gitschier is a jock. You think he play baseball at half speed to make his opponents feel good about themselves? Would the students at GLTHS and the staff benefit from Erik halfstepping? Why do we elect these folks? To jerk each other off in the 19th hole, over Bud Lites?

    Let’s compel the GLTHS SC to read, “I’m OK - You’re OK.

    What an asshole thing to suggest, Gerry.

  8. Jack Says:

    Being a bull in the China Shop more often than not ends up with you looking more like a Jack-Ass than a bull.

    I agree, in general. At GLTHS, the status quo was so cozy, it took an earthquake. We sent signals, but they were slow on the uptake.

    Tatseos, Morin, Boutin, Gitschier and to a degree I’ll include Olson can work together to do things properly and more importantly lawfully with some proper information and guidance from the State. Olson should spearhead this and if he doesn’t Boutin, Morin and Tatseos need to step up and request this.

    I mostly agree. The newest members of the SC are the most likely to bring the preferred form of change. They should look outside, e.g. MA Dept. of Ed for professional guidance. The incest in the woods has brought havoc.

  9. Jack Says:

    The evaluation process is a joke and as set up useless.

    Maybe. Did the participants actually ever really TRY to make it work as intended. I doubt it.

    The Supt. sets the goals. It should be the entire School Committee WITH the Supt.

    Collaboration is a word I hear used a lot in education circles. Who’dda thought?

    They need to set the tone and commit to improving the relationship among the Committee, then that can spread.

    I fully agree. I’ll up the ante by saying they should start with a new Supt.

  10. Jack Says:

    It also seems disingenuous to cry Shenanigans over her evaluation simply because you disagree with the outcome.

    How can I disagree? I haven’t digested it, yet.

    My concerns were that it was running late and that the Supt’s contract was waiting for this piece to be finished. Then, they don’t put the Eval in the packet. Then, well, you know the rest. It was a farce.

    It demeans good people like Tatseos and Morin who seem to want what is best for the school.

    I don’t demean anyone. They demean themselves by not aggressively selfpolicing the conduct of that board and its charges.

    If by me calling shenanigans, folks get embarrassed, GOOD. They need to get their ship in shape.

    This is no secret. By them denying the problems or trying to point fingers, it will only fester.

    Enema time!

  11. C R Krieger Says:

    That first sentence seems strange to me.  When I was young the word was torqued off.

    I thought Mr G cleared up his remarks, over at the Nutter Blog.

    With rolling elections it is possible for the Board to be out of Synch, and that may make it difficult for the Superintendent, but it is the way the system works.  Ms Santoro should be flexible enough to work with and for the Board as it exists.  As for the high priced help, I mean attorneys, they should have caught this and shame on them for not doing so.

    I think Gerry Nutter is a little over the top here, but he does make a solid point about the evaluation process:  “The evaluation process is a joke and as set up useless.  The Supt. sets the goals.  It should be the entire School Committee WITH the Supt.  They need to set the tone and commit to improving the relationship among the Committee, then that can spread.”  I like the “Management by Objectives” approach and the School Committee must set the objectives, in coordination with the Superintendent, as Gerry says.  If the Superintendent and the Board can not agree on the Objectives it is time to part ways.  But, I would find that strange.  How far apart can they be in objectives?

    Regards  —  Cliff

  12. C R Krieger Says:

    “do” should read “does”.  I am going to whinge and say we need a “Print Preview” on this blog, and so does the Richard Howe blog.

    Regards  —  Cliff

    Note: Fixed it for you, Cliff. - Jack

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