• December 21 2018,  Everett

    EXTRA EXTRA! Superintendent Foresteire retires

    Superintendent Foresteire retires Late Thursday evening, the Advocate received a copy of a letter submitted by Superintendent Fred Foresteire to Everett School Committee Chair Beradino D’Onofrio announcing that he was returning by the end of that day. The two line letter, dated for Tuesday, December 18, reads in full: “This letter is to inform you I am retiring at the end of the day, Tuesday, December 18, 2018. It has been a wonderful fifty-two and one half years!”

  • 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 16 2018

    There’s no peace in the valley, yet

    Mayor, Supt. continue battle over school-funding shortfall, council votes for $5M appropriation, Supt. wants schools fully funded and no layoffs By Brendan Clogston   Teachers, students speak out against layoffs The announcement that the budget shortfall would lead to 110 layoffs, including 58 teachers and 18 paraprofessionals, sent shockwaves through the school district. Students and teachers have been picketing in the streets, urging the city and schools to find a solution to prevent the layoffs. These activists took City Hall by storm Monday night, filling the City Council Chambers to capacity and filling the streets outside Broadway. Twenty people delivered testimony to the City Council on Monday, all in support…

  • 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…