Today is the last day of the Supt. Chris Scott era and she can’t seem to leave without someone causing controversy on her behalf. What should have been a few days of pleasant Thank You’s turned into a few days of ripping open old wounds.
The Sun has a glowing tribute of their favorite Supt.titled Going out with high honors but can’t let it be just a kiss on the cheek send off, instead they bring up the whole contract issue and Fantacanti issue along with her accomplishments. I am not surprised thye didn’t interview any current school committee members but instead quote the former Mayor Bud Caulfield who was a vote to hire her but hasn’t worked with her in two years. Not exactly someone up on all the facts.
They also feature comments he made on WCAP yesterday . When the outgoing City Councilor /former Mayor called into WCAP to give the Supt his own kiss good-bye and took shots at the current School Committee which are repeated in today’s story.
She was a breath of fresh air who brought leadership and a sense of bringing the entire community together,” said City Councilor Edward “Bud” Caulfield, who served as mayor when Scott was hired. “The classiest thing about her is that she never was negative toward any one of the School Committee members, even though they were showing her the door.”
Caulfield added that in his estimation the reasons behind Scott’s departure were simply “politics, personality clashes and maybe some jealousy. And in the end, the people who are going to pay the price are the students.”
Teddy Panos or Jen Myers should have asked Mayor McBud what exactly was the “POLITICS” involved? He nor anyone else has made that clear. They make the accusation but never expand on it. Bud is not going out into retirement has an elder statesman but has a bitter man. It is to bad because he has done a lot of good over 24 years and should be basking in his accomplishments instead of spewing venom about his fellow Councilors and the Lowell School Committee.
Speaking of WCAP, Teddy Panos had a nice goodby segment with Dr. Scott yesterday and mentioned again this morning that current School Committeeman John Leahy said they were ready to present her with an offer. If you listen here you can tell John was frustrated at Bud and called out of anger, which isn’t the time to call.
John didn’t help himself with not knowing exact dates and times but the bottom line was that the School Committee DID NOT vote on any formal offer has he stated. There was talk about working on a 1 year deal and they might have agreed to present a 1 year offer the week of January 19th but that didn’t occur because the Supt. informed the Mayor and Solicitor she was leaving and then told the Sun.
The committee was upset by her not telling each member directly but then they NEVER sat down face to face with her about the contract so fair is fair.
The Dr. Scott era ends today and the Jean Franco era begins tomorrow. It’s to bad Dr. Scott could not have left on a high note without the controversies included.
She deserved a nice farewell and Thank You for what she was able to accomplish.
GN: School Committeeman Jim Leary will be on City Life tomorrow morning and I have the pleasure to be guest-hosting so I expect we will discuss this issue among many others Live on Ch. 8 beginning at 6:00 am.