Greater Lowell Tech School Committee Chairman Victor Olson has NOT held any meeting of the board nor emailed his fellow Committee members to inform them of ANY Investigation into the harassment charges leveled at Committeeman Erik Gitschier and Mr. Gitschier has NOT been contacted by anyone from the schools HR dept or Law firm to answer any questions about these allegations.
It has been over a month since Supt. Santoro at a School Committee meeting on October 11th, said she felt as though she was being harassed and discriminated against because she is a woman by School Committee member Erik Gitschier.
In an October 23rd article in the Lowell Sun Chairman Victor Olson stated the school’s attorneys and Human Resources Department will jointly conduct a fact-finding investigation.
Two School Committee members I communicated with yesterday informed me that neither had received any notification of an investigation and on City Life Committeeman George O’Hare sounded like he was surprised and critical of Fred Bahou’s motion on tonight’s agenda stating after a month with nothing happening why bring it up?
In addition Erik Gitschier confirmed to me yesterday that while he did receive an email from the chair stating these charges would be investigated, no one from the schools Hr dept. or law firm has contacted him about these allegations.
He did ask that if an investigation take place it be conducted by an independent third party.
Mr. Gitschier added the reason he has not asked the full committee for an outside their party is “because I believe that would require a committee vote. I believe that would be a violation of the open meeting law if I sent a letter. I did send an email to the Chairman asking for an outside third party investigation.”
Can the Chairman conduct an investigation on his own? Is it fair to ask the schools Law firm whom Erik questioned about their billing and hourly rate increase to conduct this investigation?
Fred Bahou deserve props for making the motion and the entire School Committee needs to wake up and take this matter serious.
The Superintendent has made charges that affect ALL MALE members and could have lasting effects on Mr. Gitschiers personal and professional life and this needs to be investigated 100% without any involvement of any party or group that could be seen as being partial to one side or another.
It has been noted to be by ‘outsiders” that these allegations came at Mr. Lenzi’s last meeting shortly after a mystery person sent out copies of his License and registration showing his Cape Cod address.
Are these allegations the latest in a series of political infighting and highlights the great divide that exist at that school.
With rumors circulating of Asst. Supt. / Principal Dave Lussier retiring at years end and the Supt. contract expiring the Committee as a whole needs to address this matter and resolve it before they find themselves unable to act on rehiring or hiring the Supt. and Asst. Supt. due to ongoing legal matters.
The Superintendent has drawn a line and now either Mr. Gitschier must be cleared or found in the wrong or Supt. Santoro must be removed for gross insubordination.
Right now all that we see is the Chairman’s ineptness in dealing with these charges.