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.

LaChapelle was fired by Wilson in November and has since filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against SPS and the Town of Sudbury.

Donahue was abruptly dismissed by Wilson in May for reasons still unknown and also had a 51A filed against her. DCF screened out the report. Donahue settled out of court for more than $37,500.

The results of Fardig's 51A are unknown.

Anon October 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM
How many more people are we going to lose before someone realizes the problem is WILSON
Sudbury Citizen October 19, 2012 at 07:21 PM
After telling us of the largest pay raises for teachers in the history of Sudbury, and the 14% pay raises for administrators, we will now have to put over $ 250,000 for legal fees and settlements. VOTE NO for override this spring. We need to get rid of Lisa Gutch, the ringleader of all our problems. She hired Wilson and supports all this crap.
Actual Noyes Parent October 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
You are pleased to let us know??? You are disgusting Swifty Wilson! How many more incredible teachers/administrators are we going to lose ? Great now we have what was a useless interim principle returning as an administrator! WAKE UP SPSC CUT YOUR LOSSES AND FIRE THIS HORRIBLE INCOMPETENT WOMAN!!! Good luck Mr Fardig- you were a great administrator! your students and their parents will miss you-
JOELLEN October 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I know that this question has been asked many times BUT are there any lawyers out there that can help us get our schools back? Dr Umbridge has done more damage than she is worth. Can a 51F be filed against her? This insanity must stop!
Rob October 19, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Must be nice to have a job with no accountability
Edward Stark October 19, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Never fear everyone. Everything is under control here. Lisa Gutch posted the following on another thread earlier today. Just e-mail her and ask what's going on. She says herself that she will give us an "accurate" account of whats happening in town. "Thomas Schmidt, I'm the Vice Chair of the Sudbury School Committee. Sudbury is a wonderful town with excellent schools and educators. I can provide you with an accurate account of what has been happening in our town that will contrast what has been reported and commented about. Please don't let the stories and personal attacks on Sudbury Patch dissuade you from moving to Sudbury. And please feel free to contact me at lisa_gutch@sudbury.k12.ma.us."
UserName October 19, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Wilson and SPSC have put taxpayer residents in a horrible position. They imply that children are in danger with the filing of 51As, but refuse to give ANY details or reassurance to worried parents. There is so little trust with school management that God forbid an actual threat does arise, who would believe these jokers? The fact that Wilson would be so UTTERLY CLUELESS as to mention "Dancing with the Staff" in an email this serious is shocking. Fardig's reputation is ruined forever with anyone capable of a google search, and Wilson is giddy with joy as she announces his replacement and how he judged a staff dance event?!?! Are you kidding me!?!?!?
Just Saying October 19, 2012 at 08:40 PM
What did he do? If he called a student a name, can we sign Her Royal Highness up for "dancing with the staff" and vote her off?
Sudburytoo October 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Lisa, Why don't you share with the rest of the class. What are you going to tell this ficticious person you invented? You should resigen immediately. You have gone way to far over the edge.
Rob October 19, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Leave Lisa alone! I have it on good authority that she is the bestest. If you would take time to go to Latte's with Lisa you would understand. How could anyone that opens their own website that praises them selves be bad? http://www.lisagutch.com
Debbie October 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I cannot tolerate this woman for another year. WILSON MUST GO. She is condescending and very user UN friendly. Are we NOT the voice of the people. Who's going to start the petition?
Actual Noyes Parent October 19, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I'm happy to start one- these are our children- The SPSC could not care less about the children- All they care about is votes! Anyone else in?
Actual Noyes Parent October 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
We all know Miss Gultch is on this site- its sad to believe that she is so ignorant that she cannot see the writing on the wall- Not only are the parents upset - but the kids are as well-
Ariel October 23, 2012 at 06:30 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.
Tw@ipifini.com October 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Mr. Lamoureaux is a wonderful man, and was a highly respected interim principal. This was made clear by the huge positive response given to him by the students, teachers and parents after he finished the year as interim principal. He also is tremendous at leading the middle school ballroom dancing, single-handedly keeping >100 students in step, by force of the respect the kids have for him.
LS student January 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM
I don't know about all this. I just graduated Curtis last year and Mr. Fardig made it a lot more enjoyable. My friends and I all think its really depressing that he was let go, he made 8th grade a lot more fun.
Curtis 8th Grader April 25, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Mr. L is a terrible grade administrater. He doesn't know what he's doing and is more concerned that we clean a lunch table them someone swearing at the top of there lungs. Mr Fardig was one of my favorite teachers/administrators at Curtis and he made 8th grade much better ever since Mr Fardig was fired Mr Lamoreaux has blamed the 8th grade boys for every issue. Honestly there's 20 teachers I could name off that I would get rid of before even considering Mr Fardig


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