Perry Must Step Down!
Andover School Committee Chairman Al Perry needs to step
general incompetence on the School Committee, Perry is a
perpetual elitist insider who opposes reform, defends the
status quo and is more concerned with being a member of
the Good Old Boy insiders club than he is in making
our school system cost effective and educationally sound.
As if that wasnt enough, Perry shamelessly voted
with former committee Chairman Dan Murphy to hire Harry
Harutunian less than one week before Dr. Charles
Ormsbys election, rushing to get a new
superintendent on board before Ormsby, a well known
conservative, could take office and have a say in the
Perry ignored warnings from parents and the media to move
more slowly and investigate Harutunians background
in Reading and Beverly, charging ahead to hire Harutunian
despite public revelations by parents in Reading who
started their own Web site chronicling Harutunians
antics there. ( www.iror.org )
Perry also supported and lobbied for Harutunian to get a
four year rolling contract, complete with
mandatory arbitration (meaning, if they ever fire him
they will have to pay him, no matter what). Perry then
added insult to injury by voting each year to extend
Harutunians contract by one year, meaning that no
matter what, Harutunian would always have a four-year
contract buyout deal coming if he was caught behaving
Al Perry supported Harutunians budgets, dismissed
parents concerns about Harutunians
creative funding and then, as if all this
wasnt enough, when it was learned that Harutunian
had an affair with his secretary (a secretary he gave
hefty raises to, and abused taxpayer-funded cell phones
to chat with during the school day), Al Perry then
continued to defend Harutunian and negotiated a $187,000
buy-out offer (thanks to the provisions HE supported in
Harutunians contract). And, as part of the deal
with Harutunian, Perry agreed to keep the details of
Harutunians bad behavior (and the committees
complicity) sealed and confidential. How convenient!
While the Harutunian controversy was
going on, Perry and the School Committee were so bold as
to bring on former committee Chairman Dan Murphy as a
consultant so that he could stay in the loop
after leaving office. And if that isnt bad enough,
now we learn that Perry is recommending Murphy to lead
the new committee being assembled to actually select our
next school superintendent. Huh?
But, heres the best scam of all: If the details of
the Harutunian pay-off (oops, I mean buy-out)
become public now, the town could be on the hook for yet
ANOTHER payout to Harutunian because Perry made sure
Harutunians legal deal with the town included
confidentiality, so that the details of all that may have
happened would never be released to the public.
What a joke!
If the parents of North Andover do not demand the
resignation of Al Perry before a new superintendent is
chosen, the town will be stuck with Perry making the
decision on who the next superintendent will be. Another
superintendent like Harutunian?
And then the process starts all over again, with Perry
and the School Committee approving rolling contracts,
$10,000 bonuses, blindly voting for the new guys
pet projects, vilifying anyone who asks for
accountability and a school system where teachers have to
buy their own copy paper.
And how can anyone forget the famous Perry Plan? It
called for shutting down the Stevens Library to
help fund the out-of-control abyss called the school
budget. Even the local newspapers have ridiculed such a
plan, now referred to as Perrys Folly.
Do the right thing Al ... Step down for the good of the
Tom Duggan is the president
of Valley Patriot, Inc., and is a former member of the
Lawrence School Committee. He hosts the Paying Attention
Radio Program on 980AM every Saturday afternoon from
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