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SPS Committee Approves Raise for Superintendent Wilson

Anne Wilson's contract was changed as she will receive a 3 percent raise.

The Sudbury Public Schools Committee approved changes in the contract for Superintendent Anne Wilson during Wednesday night's meeting at the Sudbury Senior Center.

Wilson's contract now includes a 3 percent raise in compensation. The contract was previously negotiated in a private executive session and was approved during Wednesday night's regular meeting with very little discussion.

Wilson has been under scrutiny from parents and other residents this year after she was involved in the dismissal of longtime Noyes Elementary School teacher Janice Donahue back in May, which ended in a financial settlement. 

She also fired secretary Diane LaChapelle a year ago, which resulted in LaChapelle slapping a wrongful termination lawsuit against SPS and the Town of Sudbury. That case is still pending

And most recently, Curtis Middle School Administrator Peter Fardig resigned after he was put on paid leave and then had a 51A report filed against him.

LFM November 08, 2012 at 02:22 PM
What a joke.
Rick Johnson November 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Just a slap in the face of SPS parents.
monkeys uncle November 08, 2012 at 02:28 PM
This is a joke right? Just proves how out of touch the SPSC really is. I have never in my life seen such blantant ignorance. Ms Gutch & Robison need to be shown the door-
monkeys uncle November 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I have to ask were these ego maniac SPSC members even listening to the parents who asked for help? Did they even read the petition that was presented to them? Will their over inflated egos not allow them admit they made a bad hire? Talk about making a bad situation worse! Will they be giving Annette Doyle a raise too?
UserName November 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Anyone recall what her salary is? Also, I don't believe the teachers got this high of a raise either, right?
Pat Brown November 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The article states that the Committee "approved changes in the contract for Superintendent Anne Wilson" and that the Superintendent received "a 3% raise in compensation." Does anyone know what changes were approved?
monkeys uncle November 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I'm sure if we asked for details Pat- we would be told " we cannot comment "
Rob F November 08, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Sounds like it's time for a change in the SPSC. According to http://sudbury.ma.us/departments/SchComm/#members, Lisa Gutch's term ends this spring, Ellen Winer and Richard Robison are in until 2014, and Robert Armour and Lucie St. George are in until 2015. If we can find someone willing to step up and run for Lisa Gutch's position as Vice Chair this spring, that will be a good start. Then next spring, perhaps someone can challenge Richard Robison for the Chair.
SudburyMom November 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Unbelievable. Most private sector employees have not received a pay raise in quite some time in this economy. I would like to know how much the taxpayers have paid in legal fees on her behalf, if any. What has she done to deserve a raise in pay so quickly after being hired? I don't know how she can walk around this town after showing such blatant disrespect for the parents of children she supposedly cares for. She should be ashamed of herself.
Elka November 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
In corporate America employee job performance is reviewed annually and raises/ bonuses are awarded accordingly. Does the SPSC really believe Ms. Wilson has done a wonderful job, warrenting a raise? I guess so. It's a shame the SPSC didn't pay any attention to the petition our taxpayers signed or the comments made at any of the SPSC meetings. Talk about town representatives being disconnected!
monkeys uncle November 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Every member of the SPSC should also be ashamed of themselves! They were handed a no confidence petition , signed by 200 parents/taxpayers, yet they give her a raise.
Ann November 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
This is ridiculous. I do not feel the SPSC has any understanding of the opinion of the parents in the community. Why are we rewarding what I consider bad performance by Supt Wilson over the past year. There has been no transparency or open communication with the community, just legal double speak.
Pat Brown November 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I do understand "we cannot comment" is a charged phrase in this discussion. However, I thought a signed contract (not one under negotiation) was a public document under the Open Records Law. So the SPS School Committee could address this question pro actively or Sudbury Patch could look into it. The 3% raise was granted in compensation for something. I think "For what?" is a relevant question.
monkeys uncle November 08, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I completely agree Pat- however whenever parents have asked questions ( we are not allowed to address Anne Wilson) we have been stonewalled- I will be making some phone calls today to see how exactly I go about getting a copy of her contract
sudburymom12 November 08, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I've bee in town for one year and moved here for the excellent school system. Although it's been rated top notch, this blatant disrespect is incredibly concerning. May be time to move to one of the other high rated school districts. I'm not paying taxes like this to support someone that is obviously not listening to parents. I do not want to raise my children in a town like that. I feel for the teachers that truly care about the children that have to put up with this bull.
Ed George November 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Hi Robert, I am unsubscribing from your Breaking News Alerts. I have always treated them as "Amber alerts " and dropped everything to read them. I will miss them for some items such as schools are evacuated or burglars are in town, keep an eye out. I will not miss them for a teacher took a new job or someone got a raise. Perhaps you could separate the lists into a "911 type of list" and a "FYI list" I can wait until the end of the day for the FYI stuff but would drop what I am doing for a 911. Keep up the good work, I will keep an eye on the lists going forward to see if it looks like something I want to re-subscribe to.
concerned2 November 08, 2012 at 05:01 PM
This is unbelievable and completely undeserved! What angers me most is that there seems there is nothing we can do about it?! How is it that the school committee has so much power to grant a raise? Besides which, doesn't she have a contract? Shouldn't any pay raises coincide with the end of her contract? I agree - if our only recourse is to vote out the current SPS, then we must do that. Does anyone know if there is anything else that can be done?
Connie Marotta November 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I agree. This is totally unbelievable. This superintendant should be fired not given a raise. Is there anyone that is listening?
siobhan hullinger November 08, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I'm not sure what to make of this - was the contract opened early? Was this the only change? Was a new contract with a new expiration date issued? The articles says changes - what other changes were there? Was a benchmark reached, thus the raise? Was this a reduction from what was in the original document? On face value, based on the article, I think we can expect a renewal if it didn't already occur. Does anyone have the original contract?
oldsole November 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Mr. Nassa, What was her original raise expected to be? Is it possible that her raise was adjusted downward? Since no one has addressed the starting point, it is hard to draw conclusions.
furious November 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
She certainly has not done a thing to fix the tense atmosphere at Peter Noyes. The music teacher still refuses to use assigned seating. The teachers still walk around in fear of losing their jobs , if they dont follow Annettes "rules". The boy who caused the incident in music class, which led to Mrs J leaving is STILL exhibits horrible behavior. Parents & teachers are rudely dismissed when going to Annette for help and assistance.
JJoseph November 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Sudbury, Wake up! YOU elected Gutch, O'Brien, Drobinski, Robison, and then you are totally surprised that they are acting like themselves. If you don't like it, don't vote them in next time. The Sudbury deomocratic machine has just beat you once again. Wake up. Time for change in Sudbury. The elected people in Sudbury really don't care what you have to say once they are elected.
Christine Hogan November 08, 2012 at 09:09 PM
This is disappointing to say the least. Perhaps, since Ms. Gutch was willing to speak with someone presumably from out of town several weeks ago (Thomas Schmidt) regarding what is going on in Sudbury, perhaps she will answer the following: what goal(s) did Dr. Wilson meet and exceed this year to warrant a raise? What are the terms of her new contract?
speechless November 08, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I would also like Ms Gutch to answer why , if the contract is not under negotiation, it should be public record. Why is it that "the public" has been trying a get a copy of said contact, but simply cannot find it??
Sudburytoo November 08, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Speechless, Gutch is O'Briens girl. If she doesn't want to give it to you it doesn't matter what the laws say. The entrenched MOBRINSKI/ Gutch / Ryan / Collins etc... do not have to follow rules. Just look at Lavendergate as an example.
Sudburytoo November 08, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Beeler and Iuliano are still high fiving each other on what a great hire Wilson was. She was barely in the seat when they gave her a glowing review and declared what a wonderful job they did. Remember this when Iuliano runs for Selectman next year.
speechless November 08, 2012 at 09:57 PM
This just seems to worse everyday!
speechless November 08, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Correct if I'm wrong but was'nt the fearless leader at Noyes Annette Doyle on the hiring squad as well?
Baffled November 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Lisa and the rest of the lackies of SPSC. The arrogance that you have displayed has been both overwhelming and sickening. Are you living in a cacoon? What is Mrs. Wilson holding over you? In the real world performance and actions taken buy a supervisor would be questioned by his/her supervisor. The parents and taxpayers are her supervisors, but you as elected officials have neglected to listen to hers and your superiors. From all accounts Dr. Wilson is managing by fear. Teachers know that they can be accused by anyone. She doen't even seek out the explaination from the teacher or administrator, in Mr. Fardig case. She just files a 51A, and forces them to resign under the threat of immediate dismissal. In this country you are innocent until proven guilty, but not in the SPS. Dr. Wilson you have taken a page out of Josef Stalin's guide of management. For this you deserve a raise?? Shame on you SPSC !!!
MominTown November 14, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I am incredibly frustrated with this news. Not only have we had the unexplained forced resignations of experienced teachers, I happen to know that extremely qualified, experienced teachers are being passed over for brand new, fresh out of college teachers for open positions at Curtis Middle School. The only explanation is to save money, and we're giving a RAISE to Anne Wilson. The quality of schools is becoming more and more comprimised, which affects our children and will ultimately affect the reputation of Sudbury and our property values. SPSC please listen to the residents!!

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