Before tonight’s meeting Supt. Santoro read her letter to the entire committee and public.
Here is the text of that letter.
February 8, 2013
Mr. Victor Olson
Chairman, Greater Lowell Technical High School
Dear Mr. Olson,
It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you that I will not be seeking an extension to my current contract with Greater Lowell Technical High School expiring June 30, 2013,
For reasons that are obvious to anyone who viewed the January 2013 School Committee meeting it is clearly time for me to move on and spend the next chapter of my life with professionals who not only appreciate the experience and skill I have to bring to the educational community but more importantly will treat me with the dignity and respect I have earned through 35 years of tireless effort and dedication to my work.
The last thirteen months have been personally difficult dealing with the constant barrage in what I believe has been an effort to undermine my leadership, However, what disheartens me more is the negative impact this divisive agenda has had on the incredible reputation of Greater Lowell Technical High School.
Disagreements based on what is best for students, I can live with, decisions based purely on political motives,I cannot.
The school committee is at the top of the pyramid and they should set the example. In a time when we constantly speak to students about bullying, I hope members of this committee reflect on their behavior and think about the example they are setting for our future leaders.
It is my hope that my decision will redirect those committee members whose activities reflect negatively on the school’s reputation. I trust that my absence will motivate those members to assume a more responsible role in support of programs and policy reflecting excellence in education that this school and the Greater Lowell community deserves.
I am proud of my accomplishments and the accomplishments of those I have had the honor and privilege to work with; the leadership team, faculty, support staff and most of all the students.
I would like to thank the Greater Lowell Community, staff, students and families for 35 years of support, cooperation, collaboration and teamwork.
We all know “it takes a village” and Greater Lowell Technical High School is truly the most remarkable “village” in the Commonwealth.
Mary Jo Santoro