DCF: 51A Filed Against Curtis Middle School Administrator
Peter Fardig is the second person this year employed at Sudbury Public Schools to face accusations against a student.
Peter Fardig, the Curtis Middle School administrator who was put on leave Thursday by Superintendent Anne Wilson, is facing a possibly similar fate former Noyes Elementary School teacher Janice Donahue suffered through earlier this year after it was learned he is facing a 51A report.
Cayenne Isaksen of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families confirmed in an email on Saturday that a 51A report has been filed against Fardig, but did not go into further details about the case.
When DCF receives a report of abuse and/or neglect, called a 51A report, from either a mandated reporter or another concerned citizen, DCF is required to evaluate the allegations and determine the safety of the children.
Fardig is being forced to stay quiet on the matter, he told Sudbury Patch when reached at his home Friday afternoon.
"I'm not supposed to comment," he said.
According to an email sent to parents by Wilson late Thursday, Fardig was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into "certain allegations."
When asked if he was told what those allegations were, Fardig replied: "I can’t tell you anything. It's still an ongoing investigation."
Wilson's secretary said she was out of her office and in meetings the rest of the business day Friday.
In her email, Wilson said the law prevents her from discussing the matter, but did say it did not involve "any threatened harm to students."
"Because the investigation is ongoing, we have made no final determination as to the merits of the allegations," she said in the email.
According to Fardig's LinkedIn page, he's been an assistant principal, grade level administrator at Curtis since July 2011, when he was hired by then Superintendent John Brackett.
Before that, he was a K-8 science curriculum coordinator for SPS beginning in September 2010.
His other experience includes positions with Nantucket Public Schools, Brighton Public Schools and Caledonia-Mumford Elementary School in New York.
This is the third personnel-related matter Wilson has been embroiled in since joining SPS in 2011.
In November 2011, she fired secretary Diane LaChapelle, who has since sued SPS and the Town of Sudbury in a wrongful termination suit. That case is still pending.
And earlier this year, Donahue was dismissed by Wilson for reasons that were never made clear. Donahue and SPS ultimately came to a financial settlement over the matter.