Curtis Middle School Administrator Put on Leave Pending Investigation

Peter Färdig has been put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into 'certain allegations.'

The following is an email sent to Curtis Middle School parents from Superintendent Anne Wilson:

I am writing to inform you that Mr. Fardig, 8th Grade House Administrator, has been placed on paid administrative leave beginning today, October 11, 2012, pending an investigation into certain allegations. Please understand that state law prevents me from commenting further at this time due to the ongoing investigation of this personnel matter, but we can assure you that these allegations do 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.

As always, the education, safety and well-being of students is our top priority and we will provide temporary administrative assistance for the school as needed. If you are the parent of an eighth grader, please contact Mr. Lambert with any questions or concerns regarding your student.


Anne S. Wilson

SueChap October 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM
sad thing is, don't know whether or not to trust her. Is this valid or another one of her witch hunts.
Sudbury Citizen October 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Dr. Wilson should be put on UNPAID leave.
noname October 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Could not agree with both of the above. Witch hunt most likely. Seems like all of the $%&* has been hititng the fan since she has taken the realm.... she has GOT to go.....
noname October 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM
sorry. could not agree more
joanne October 12, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Peter Fardig is a great guy! He cares about the kids- and is responsive and respectful to parents! Unlike the previous Curtis counselor who is at LS now- who was completely inappropiate with students and a liar! Here we go again- Anne Swifty WIlson cleaning house! Swifty needs to go-
joanne October 12, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Swifty will put a wonderful administrator on leave but Annette Doyle still has her job- let the affairs continue. SICK & TWISTED!!!
joanne October 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I think we all know how Swifty's "investigation" will turn out. I think we also know that Bob Mealy will stand by and do nothing. Swifty must have another friend in Brookline who needs a job- When is the SPSC going to wake up and see Anne Wilson for what she really is?
Rob October 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
People. please remain calm. This is for the Children. If you really care you would vote in the affirmative for an override that is sure to come. The School Committee and Dr Wilson only have the best of intentions and motives. However I would like to remind some of the towns folks on the etiquette rule (reading the comments above I can only assume you are not smart enough to remember them).
Rob October 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
DON’T speak unless spoken to You may be familiar with the phrase "little children should be seen and not heard”. For the School com and Dr Wilson this applies to all ages. The School com and Dr Wilson do not want to hear your incomprehensible prattle or whacked-out political theories. DON’T touch the School com or Dr. Wilson Touching the School com or Dr. Wilson is illegal. And while we’re at it, don’t pat the corgis either. DO use the highest applicable official address The first time you meet the School com or Dr Wilson the correct form of address is “Doctor or Highly distinguished member of the board”, not “Yahoo email girl”, “doc”, or “Luv”. After that you may refer to her as “Ma’am” or “Sir” however this must very strictly be pronounced to rhyme with “jam” rather than “calm”. DON’T offer a handshake The School com or Dr. Wilson will always offer their hand first. Just as one should not speak unless spoken to, one should not shake unless shoken to.
Rob October 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
DO keep handshakes short etiquette guides warn “don’t pump the royal hand DON’T go to the loo I can’t believe it’s even necessary to say this, but for the love of God, if you’re heading out to Lavendars with the School com or Dr. Wilson make sure you go before you leave the house. However if it’s a genuine emergency, wait until the table is being cleared between courses, then make subtle eye contact with a footman, then discretely ask for the lavatory, then quietly excuse yourself from any conversation you’re in and then
joanne October 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Thank you Rob- I have not laughed that much in quite awhile.
SkimThreePercent October 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Good stuff, but you would never catch me in that Lavender joint. I might use the wrong spoon. I'm not even sure if proper etiquette allows for the use of a spoon on a noodle. Certainly, the "do you know who I am" line in the presence of royalty would be considered faux pas.
Just Saying October 12, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Ann Wilson... isn't she the self indulgent above the law school administrator who thinks it is OK to park her black Mercedes in handicap spots, and her staff are too scared for their jobs to tell her to move her car? Or is the staff hired by her and know how quick she is to fire someone. If you all think we aren't watching, think again. This is an unacceptable letter. Parents could get more details while sticking to the law. Go back to your counsel and ask them to re-write the letter. This one is garbage. Or have you spent all the legal funds in the budget already this year?
JJoseph October 12, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Rob, Thanks for the entertainment! It was great (unfortunately not that untrue)!!!
Anonymous October 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
exactly how I feel. will this be the 3rd person to sue Wilson and/or the Town? wow that will be a lot of money spent by the town defending her. Seems like quite a liability! Um unless this guy actually DID so something wrong, in which case - off with his head! or maybe just fire him.
Fed Up in Sudbury October 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Unfortunately, this hardly comes as a surprise at all. Anyone paying attention in the Noyes community could predict that this nonsense would spread to the other schools. Stories are already circulating about why Wilson suspended Fardig and if it's true - it is absolutely beyond ridiculous. What makes me sick is that Wilson has no regard for the fact that yet another well-liked professional is having their professional reputation driven into the ground. "Just Saying" is right, that statement is idiotic. Noyes is still a mess and and other than Wilson sitting outside waving to parents at drop-off, there is no reassurance that anything is being doing to truly resolve matters.
noname October 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM
The only counselor to leave Curtis was a sincerely kind, wonderful human being and to call him anything other than that demonstrates your ignorance for ECMS. Peter Fardig has angered a lot of the Curtis staff, is unresponsive to teachers needs or requests, but there is no way he would EVER do anything, at all to hurt a child. He cares about the kids and is appropriate. Since there are only 2 joanne's at ECMS, we can narrow it down easily.
joanne October 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM
@ no name- can can narrow it down all you like- be sure to look at middle names. I have nothing but good things to say about ECMS. Other than the counselor. He was inappropiate- and was caught in more than one lie. Mr Fardig may have angered staff- give us some instances- please! What requests or needs has he ignored? You obviously are an "insider " and can shed some light on this? We are listening help us out!
joanne October 13, 2012 at 11:39 PM
@ noname- I want to make something perfectly clear- If he did behave in a manner unbecoming of a teacher in any way , shape or form- he needs to go. If he harmed a student in any way- he needs to go to jail- However if this man is innocent- Anne Wilson has dragged his name through the mud and ruined his reputaion. Just like she did to Janice Donahue-
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ October 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Ooooh all this juicy school administration conspiracy drama is so exciting!!! ... not. Y'all need to leave this for the school to deal with, move on with your lives, find some culture or something. Thank me later.
No Name October 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Well said, Fed Up. How this woman continues to have a job is beyond me. What disgusts me the most is her need to publicly tear people down. Good people. Caring teachers. Administrators trying to do their job. She's on the hunt for careers to ruin, and wants to make sure people's names are completely smeared in the process. The good news, if there is any, is that she's made such a reputation for herself in how she treats "personnel issues" that her future smear campaigns hopefully won't be taken too seriously when people look elsewhere for employment. The bad news....serious issues that do come up won't be taken serious either. Who loses then? Way to go, Wilson.
No Name October 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM
So true, Joanne. It's more her handling of the issues than of the issues themselves. There is no discretion or care for a person's career. Boggles my mind that the school committee continues to stand behind her.
No Name October 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
May be true,TRU! But when you're a member of this community, and people you know have been directly affected by this woman, then it becomes a matter close to the heart.
Ariel October 23, 2012 at 06:36 PM
As a parent who worked closely with Peter Fardig for a year regarding a student having significant difficulties I can say that he is thoughtful, patient, and professional. He worked tirelessly to improve a program for students with behavioral issues that had been poorly run and poorly staffed. He put the needs of the students above all else and It is almost impossible for me to believe that he would do anything to put a student at risk in any way. He was one of the most dedicated and talented people at the school and it is a loss to the district at a time when they need the best and the brightest.
Patch Reader October 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Obviously, there has to be yet another lawsuit headed for Sudbury. You know things are bad when as a resident, you can't help but root for the people suing the town. At this rate, there will be enough angry former SPS employees to launch a class action suit against Wilson/SPS Committee.
joanne October 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I agree Ariel- Peter Fardig was a fantastic administrator- Sudbury has lost yet another talented educator- Thank you Anne Wilson! We should all prepare ourselves for an override, SPSC will need one to pay for legal bills and settlements


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