When you have NOTHING to lose, you can make the choice to stand and fight instead of keeping silent and running away. Superintendent Mary Jo Santoro has made that choice.
SHE HAS NOTHING TO LOSE, SHE IS ELIGIBLE TO RETIRE AND CAN DECIDE WHETHER SHE WANTS A CONTRACT OR NOT (AND MY BET IS IF SHE SO CHOOSES SHE HAS THE 5 VOTES REQUIRED TO GET ONE).
This harassment Charge is NOT ABOUT A CONTRACT ! I was WRONG when I claimed that but unlike others I admit when I am wrong.
What it is about, is a Woman who has risen through the ranks into a Management position who feels that a particular school committee member since being elected has chosen to harass her for the purpose of getting her either non renewed or forced her into retirement and because she is a female, treats her differently than he treats men in her administration and his fellow committee members.
She has chosen to take a stand and fight this. She had watched the only other female Superintendent of that school be harassed to a point it affected her health and drove her into retirement. She has chosen not to go that route and has taken a stand to fight against this type of behavior.
Is she right? I don’t think so but I have to admit that I don’t know what has gone on off camera or when the camera isn’t on this person and what he has said to her in private . I do know I have disagreed with some comments he has made on City Life about the school but I don’t think he intentionally tried to harass her. At least I am hoping this isn’t the case but I am willing to give Supt. Santoro the chance to present her case and let people far more qualified than I make that determination.
We will not know that until a formal charge is made and she has presented evidence to support her claim and his rebuttal
I do find it somewhat funny / ironic that Left In Lowell who carried Liz Warrens mantra that Scott Brown was against women seem to have already before any evidence is presented chosen to defend a Male Politician over a female Superintendent.
I also know a number of politicians, people associate with fundraising for a particular charity and some media people who are smiling from ear to ear over the negative publicity Left In Lowell and their leader is facing. The Superintendent wants everyone to know that she will not be bullied or accept personal attacks from anyone.
Again when you are in the position that you don’t have to worry about your job but are more interested in saving your reputation and legacy you are empowered to fight back regardless.
I also think it ironic that Left in Lowell was a large part of the attack from Move Lowell Forward on the Tech School yet they never attack the Lowell School Committee or City Council as a whole or institution. They attack individuals they disagree with on occasions like Rodney and Rita but never the group as a whole or question why they can’t provide the same information the Tech Board/School supplies. Instead they aim at a group of people who aren’t really that politically connected.
Look at all the information on the Tech School Websites dealing with contracts for everyone,try to find that on the City of Lowell or Lowell School Depts. Website…they aren’t there. No Manager’s Contract or Supt. contracts available easily for the public. No Teachers contract or Custodian contracts to look at.
Here’s what you find when you search the word contracts on the Lowell School Dept.Site: Copies of respective contracts are available from authorized union representatives. YOU HAVE TO ASK A UNION REP WHERE/HOW YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT.
Where is the cry from this site about open government and transparency from the City Council and City Schools? Oh wait THEIR GOBs and binkies are in fact elected to those boards.
Again I ask everyone to step back and let the process take place without continuing attacks against the Superintendent. Let us give her the same right to due process that we would want for our wives, daughters, sisters, husbands, brothers and friends.