Presenting Alternative Facts seems to be a trait of the Supt.

Salah  Khelfaoui Sun Photo Bob Whitaker
Salah Khelfaoui
Sun Photo Bob Whitaker

You don’t have to travel to Washington to hear someone presenting Alternative Facts, sadly just tune into WCAP 980am anytime Lowell School Supt. Khelfaoui is on.

Once again host Ted Panos asked him if it was a State Law that all Superintendents have a contract and once again he stated that YES they do.

This is despite the Chief of Staff for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education responding to that exact question with the following information:

Hi Gerry, Massachusetts law states that the school committee “shall have the power to select and to terminate the superintendent” (Mass. Gen. Laws c. 71, s. 37) and that the school committee “shall employ a superintendent of schools and fix his compensation” (G.L. c. 71, s. 59). The school committee “may award a contract to a superintendent of schools… for periods not exceeding six years which may provide for the salary, fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment, including but not limited to, severance pay, relocation expenses, reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of duties or office, liability insurance, and leave for said superintendent…” (Mass. Gen. Laws c. 71, s. 41) Typically, the school committee and superintendent enter into a written employment contract, but state law does not mandate a written contract.

Best,
Helene

The Superintendent also stated that the Lowell School Committee’s Policy Manual required a contract for the Superintendent. Again not factual.

What the City of Lowell School Policy states (see below) is:”shall endeavor to secure” … “through an explicit contractual agreement” and “may award a contract to a superintendent of schools for a period not to exceed six years”

No where does it say it is mandatory and the Legal Ref M.G.L 71:41 and 71:42 also states may

The school committee “may award a contract to a superintendent of schools… for periods not exceeding six years which may provide for the salary, fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment, including but not limited to, severance pay, relocation expenses, reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of duties or office, liability insurance, and leave for said superintendent…” (Mass. Gen. Laws c. 71, s. 41)

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The Superintendent isn’t a bad man but for the life of me I cannot understand how or why he insist on going on the radio and spreading misinformation. What’s that about?

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Published by Lowell School Committeeman Gerry Nutter

I've been interested in Schools since I worked at the Greater Lowell Tech and substitute taught in Dracut. I've followed the finances and issues with the Lowell School for the past 8 years while blogging and contributing to Saturday Morning Live! Currently serving my 1st term.

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