• December 21 2018,  Everett

    School committee places Superintendent on paid leave, pending investigation

    Janice Gauthier unanimously appointed Interim Superintendent By Brendan Clogston   The Everett School Committee voted Monday night to place Superintendent Frederick Foresteire on paid administrative leave while the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) conducts its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by the superintendent. The school committee will also conduct an internal investigation of its own into the allegations, allocating $50,000 for the inquiry. Curriculum Director Janice Gauthier was unanimously approved to serve as the interim superintendent. The city was rocked earlier this month when it was reported that former payroll clerk Andrea Garay had filed a complaint with (MCAD) in November, alleging sexual harassment by Foresteire while she worked…

  • December 14 2018,  Everett

    School Committee expected to discuss Foresteire allegations Monday

    By The Advocate   The School Committee is expected to hold an executive session during their meeting Monday to discuss the sexual harassment allegations filed with the state against Superintendent Fred Foresteire. Whether the School Committee will publicly address the allegations next week is not yet known. It was revealed last week that former payroll clerk Andrea Garay filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) last month alleging sexual harassment by Foresteire while she worked for the School Department. Foresteire had denied the allegations, but has declined to comment further while the investigation is ongoing. “It will have to run its course,” he said last week. “It’s…

  • Everett,  February 9 2018

    Everett Public Schools brace for layoffs

    Funding shortages creating serious short- and long-term concerns Attempts to erase a nearly $9 million gap in the current School Department budget will likely require massive layoffs later this month, with another round of cuts being prepared for March, as fears grow that the Everett Public Schools (EPS) will not be able to sustain the programs and services that are essential to its success. Superintendent of Schools Frederick F. Foresteire announced at Monday’s School Committee meeting that 110 employees have been notified they will be laid off effective Friday, February 16, resulting in $2 million in savings. Teachers (58), paraprofessionals (18), clerks (12) and custodians and houseworkers (19) make up…

  • Everett,  January 12 2018

    Commentary: Millie won on merit

    The election of Millie Cardello to the School Committee is a very good thing for the city, for the school children, and for politics in this city.   Cardello, after all, was the most qualified candidate. And in the end, despite some major efforts to derail her candidacy by people who chose the lesser-qualified candidate, Millie prevailed. Again, she won on merit.   She deserved the seat and she got it. Cardello’s service as a school committeewoman, a councillor and an alderman should have counted for something – but most of all – she lives in this city and votes in this city and represents the taxpayers and schoolchildren of…

  • Everett,  January 12 2018

    Cardello returns to School Committee

    Patterson one vote short of appointment By Brendan Clogston   Millie Cardello is going “full circle,” in her own words, returning to the School Committee to fill the seat left vacant by the passing of her friend, Richard Baniewicz. Cardello, a former councillor, alderman, and School Committee member, was appointed at a joint meeting of the City Council and School Committee on Monday. “I will do the best that I can do on the School Committee. I am so proud. I feel like my life just went full circle, and this means so much to me,” said Cardello. “We’re all from Everett. We all live here. We all love our…

  • Everett,  January 5, 2018

    A New Year’s Vision

    Mayor lays out 2018 agenda in Inaugural Address By The Advocate   As Wynn Boston Harbor towers higher by the day, and scores of new development appear throughout the city, the work of 2018 will be to ensure that “Everett remains a diverse and welcoming city,” said Mayor Carlo DeMaria in his inaugural address in the EHS auditorium Tuesday night. The ceremony also saw the swearing-in of Richard Dell Isola, John Hanlon, Michael Marchese, Wayne Matewsky, Peter Napolitano, Fred Capone, Stephen Simonelli, Anthony DiPierro, John Leo McKinnon, Rosa DiFlorio, and Michael McLaughlin as the 2018/2019 city council, of Beradino D’Onofrio, Robert Carreiro, Richard Baniewicz, Lester MacLaughlin, and Allen Panarese, Joseph…

  • December 8, 2017,  Everett

    City mourns sudden loss of School Committee Member Baniewicz

    The city lost another longtime public servant this week, as current and longtime member of the Everett School Committee Richard Baniewicz unexpectedly passed away on Saturday. The 15-year School Committee member and former three-term member of the Common Council was 67. He was a past chairman and vice chairman of the School Committee. There will be no special election to fill his at-Large seat. A joint convention of the City Council and School Committee will convene to appoint a replacement to serve the full term Baniewicz was elected for only last month. The appointment will be the second of its kind this year, after Robert Carreiro’s sudden passing in October…