Fardig 'Resigns' From Curtis Middle School (Updated)
The administrator who was on paid leave and had a 51A report filed against him resigns, according to Superintendent Anne Wilson.
(UPDATED: 3:31 P.M.)
Diane LaChapelle, Janice Donahue and now Peter Fardig.
In an email sent to Curtis Middle School parents, Superintendent Anne Wilson announced the return of Paul Lamoureaux, who served as interim principal at Curtis in 2008-09, who will replace Fardig, who apparently resigned.
"We are pleased to inform you that Mr. Paul Lamoureaux will be joining us as the Interim 8th Grade House Administrator at Curtis Middle School beginning on Wednesday, October 24, 2012," Wilson said in the email.
"It is terrific to be welcoming Mr. Lamoureaux back to Curtis where he served as Interim Principal during the 2008-2009 school year after 29 years as a principal in Arlington, Massachusetts. Mr. Lamoureaux is familiar with the staff and many students at Curtis and has stayed connected with our community since his tenure as Interim Principal. As many of you know, Mr. Lamoureaux has served as a judge for our successful Dancing with the Staff annual event. We are fortunate to have someone with Mr. Lamoureaux's skill and experience to join our team. We know he is excited to rejoin the Curtis community."
The email ended with the announcement of the resignation of Fardig as a house administrator.
"We will inform you of the process to identify a permanent 8th Grade House Administrator in the future," Wilson said in the email.
An attempt to reach Fardig for comment was unsuccessful.
Wilson said in the original announcement of Fardig's paid leave she couldn't comment further but did say it did not involve "any threatened harm to students."
According to masslegalhelp.com, someone reports a 51A to DCF when they think a child is being abused or neglected.
According to Cayenne Isaksen, a spokesperson for DCF, just because a 51A is screened out doesn't mean a school administration can't find some fault.
"The school could say, 'We don’t think it’s OK to behave that way.'" They make decisions separate from us," she said. "(DCF) can say a child is OK, that person is no longer in classroom, but the school can say that behavior is not something they condone."
Fardig is the third person employed at Sudbury Public Schools to lose their job since last November.
The results of Fardig's 51A are unknown.