Friday, December 7, 2012
Noyes Principal Annette Doyle tells the Sudbury Public Schools Committee that the school is still thriving and doing well, following a period of controversy earlier this year.
Noyes Elementary School enjoys a school culture of warmth, according to school officials and Parent-Teacher Organization members who presented the Sudbury Public Schools Committee with a “State Of The School” address at its Wednesday night meeting, which was held at Noyes. “I would argue that Noyes in one of the most warm and welcoming places. You always get a smile, even if the person doesn’t know you. To us, that is really special,” said Lisa Valensi, co-chair of the Noyes PTO. While not mentioning the subject directly, Noyes Principal Annette Doyle made subtle references to a controversy that erupted at the school this spring, when longtime first-grade teacher Janice Donahue was dismissed. The abrupt dismissal of the well-known teacher …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Lisa Gutch is up for re-election, but she hasn't made public whether she plans on running again.
There's no doubt the angst between Sudbury parents and the Sudbury Public Schools Committee after the Janice Donahue saga, and most recently the Peter Fardig resignation. For months parents have pleaded with Superintendent Anne Wilson and Committee members for clarity: The questions go on and on. And despite an online No Confidence petition against Wilson that has garnered more than 180 signatures, the Committee not only has given her its full support, but it also recently extended her contract and awarded her with a raise. In just a few short months, Sudbury parents and other residents will have the final say when Annual Town Election takes place. Vice Chair Lisa Gutch is up for re-election, although she hasn't publicly committed to …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Resident Scott Nassa cited the No Confidence vote against Anne Wilson from earlier this.
The Sudbury Public Schools Committee faced an intense line of questioning at its Wednesday night meeting at Loring Elementary School from resident Scott Nassa, a frequent critic of the Committee, in regards to a recent decision at a previous meeting to extend Superintendent Anne Wilson's contract and offer her a 3 percent raise. "This Superintendent was the subject of a No Confidence petition signed by 200 people. That's a lot. That's 200 people who are parents, who are taxpayers," said Nassa, who questioned why the School Committee seemed quick to extend Wilson's contract before it was even due to expire. "Have you ever seen a petition of No Confidence before?" Nassa inquired of Chair Richard Robison, who has been a member of the School …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
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 …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The Curtis Middle School administrator was put on paid leave yesterday .
Peter Fardig, the Curtis Middle School administrator who was put on leave Thursday by Superintendent Anne Wilson, 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…
Friday, September 7, 2012
Attorney John Foskett tries to explain why the school committee can't comment on the issue. Things get testy as one parent tries to break down Anne Wilson's first year as superintendent.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The teachers' union president, a Framingham resident, pleads with Sudbury parents in attendance at Wednesday night's committee meeting to understand his situation.
The School Committee chairman tells parents at Wednesday night's meeting 'corporal punishment is not tolerated,' even if the Department of Children and Families deems it didn't happen.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The former Noyes first-grade teacher was also paid for the remainder of the full 2011-12 school year.
Sudbury Patch has learned former Noyes first-grade teacher Janice Donahue received $37,500, plus what she was owed for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year, in a settlement with Sudbury Public Schools over her dismissal last May. According to the pdf that was forwarded to Sudbury Patch, Donahue waived her right to bring any claim for age discrimination and that she received compensation that she would not otherwise be entitled to receive. The agreement also states that Donahue voluntarily signed off on the settlement. Donahue was dismissed from her job in May for reasons she says haven't been discussed. Superintendent Anne Wilson filed a 51A report to the Department of Children and Services regarding a scuffle between two students that…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Former Noyes Elementary School teacher Janice Donahue releases documentation backing her side of her dismissal, countering statements from Superintendent Anne Wilson and Sudbury Education Association President Robert Mealey.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
There are two events that have prompted me to write this letter to the editor: I am one person against the large, well-funded machine of those in control of SPS. They have taken my career, my dignity, my reputation and hurt me financially. I refuse to sit by and continue to take their abuse. I believe the facts speak for themselves. In the attached documents you will see the following timeline documented: I cannot speak of the investigation that Annette and Dr. Wilson conducted. I can only say that Annette met with me as documented May 8, and at no time after did anyone from the SPS or any person contact me regarding the events of May 4. According to her own letter to me May 9, Dr. Wilson stated it was my right to meet with her to …