I watched the latest joint meeting of the Everett City Council and School Committee on Tuesday, October 4, and was struck by what I consider the hypocrisy of School Committee member Samantha Lambert, who asserted that she is interested primarily in school overcrowding and student safety.
This is the same school committee member whose landlord, a well-known former chairman of the committee, has at least three grandchildren enrolled in the Everett public schools who do NOT reside in Everett. To quote her, “I have heard a number of times about students who don’t live in Everett and encourage anybody who knows somebody, please call me. I have not received a call yet.”
As for safety, I would point out that the son of Ms. Lambert’s landlord is a teacher in the public schools who has apparently had some problems with the law, if reports in our local newspapers are to be believed.
This landlord’s son’s actions were investigated by the law firm of Clifford and Kennedy at the behest of the school committee, which recommended that the son’s school-issued computer be turned over to the Middlesex County District Attorney, and that he be suspended without pay from his teaching job. Instead, this teacher collected full pay for a year while at home on suspension.
That situation seemed to have clear safety implications, did it not?
If Ms. Lambert and her school committee colleagues did anything about that situation, they should tell the public what they did. And if they did nothing about it, they should tell the public why.
A concerned parent,
Name withheld due to fear of retaliation.