New London school superintendent not held accountable
The recent article regarding New London Public Schools’ failure to respond to sexual harassment complaints was disturbing on many levels, yet the most concerning part was the lack of accountability for the district superintendent’s role in all of this. The Board Chair Elaine Maynard-Adams says, “The district cleaned house . . . not a single person who was guilty of failing our students and staff is still employed here.” This statement is highly misleading. The superintendent was hired in 2018, and the findings are up to and including 2020, and she is still employed by the district. The board is charged with doing what is right for children, not protecting the superintendent, and The Day should have done a deeper dive into why the superintendent got a pass on this horrific situation. No, the superintendent wasn’t there when the actions occurred, but according to this federal violation of Title IX, she didn’t act nearly fast enough to address the root of the problem, which likely allowed some behaviors to continue unchecked. It’s beyond time for a change in leadership.
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