School Committee, remove Dr. Pope as Superintendent of Marlborough Schools
  • Petitioned Mayor Vigeant

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Mayor Vigeant
Michelle Bodin-Hettinger
Mark Hediger
Heidi Matthews
Katherine Hennessy

School Committee, remove Dr. Pope as Superintendent of Marlborough Schools

    1. Petition by

      Cairo Mendes

      Marlborough, MA

TIME TO PUT AN END TO THIS MESS. TIME TO SAVE OUR DISTRICT AND OUR SCHOOLS. TIME FOR CHANGE--CHANGE WITHOUT INTIMIDATION.


Marlborough embraces change--but not by way of a leader who BULLIES, LIES, AND BLAMES! Superintendent Anthony Pope has:
• Bullied and exploited students and staff, resulting in a toxic culture that continues to spread—even being told by students and the School Committee—NOT TO ATTEND GRADUATION because he is so strongly disliked and has caused so much harm to the school community
• Provoked confrontations with students and has used scare tactics to silence student voices
• Publicly lied about these tactics and has slandered a student to numerous media outlets 
• Received a vote of no confidence from the Marlborough Educators Association
• Deliberately mishandled our High School’s accreditation…and continues to lie about it!!!
• Been deceptive with the budget, repeatedly disregarding school committee and city council’s demand for a line-item budget…resulting in significant cuts because of a lack of trust
• Caused a number of costly lawsuits by unions and employees who have been wronged 
• Neglected to provide a number of legally required resources to Special Education students, low-income students and students who are still learning the English language 
• Disrupted a school by inexplicably putting a well-respected high school administrator on a 20 week paid administrative leave before firing him and triggering a wrongful termination lawsuit 
• Repeatedly intimidated, disrespected, deceived, and disregarded students, staff, school committee members, parents, the press, and the Marlborough Community, displaying an appalling arrogance and defiance.

The Superintendent does not know how to work with students or his employees. His actions have lead to a climate where teachers are afraid of speaking out due his intimidating behavior. 

Bullying should, and is not tolerated in Massachusetts, and it  won't be tolerated in this community. Sign this petition!

Here are some articles, from newest to oldest:

6-7-12: http://msjnews.com/ash-further-delay-means-more-damage-p3819-102.htm

4-14-12 ---http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1830130725/Marlborough-assistant-principal-no-longer-working-for-district?zc_p=1

4-12-12---http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1082436006/Marlborough-teachers-union-calls-Pope-rude-intimidating

4-10-12---http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/top_stories/x122729746/Staffer-accuses-Marlborough-superintendent-of-pushing-her

3-28-12---http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x777658421/Marlborough-teachers-show-support-for-students-at-meeting

2-19-12--http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-19/west/31070078_1_students-committee-members-facebook-page

2-15-12---http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x1085187223/Marlborough-students-question-administrators-absence

1-26-12--http://www.myfoxboston.com/dpp/news/local/marlborough-high-school-students-want-assistant-principal-back-20120126

 

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    • Ellen Bousquet EAST LONGMEADOW, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I grew up in Marlboro and now my nieces and nephews are in the school system. I have been following this sad situation for some time now and find it unbelievable that this man is running the school system. The whole school committee should be fired as well.Please do the right thing and fire this man.

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    • Samantha Maurice FRAMINHGHAM, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Dr Pope has soiled the school system and traumatized the students of Marlborough High. He terminated an administrator who deserved his job more than Dr Pope

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    • lynda bakr MARLBOROUGH, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Our school district deserves a superintendent who always puts the children's best interests first-- through their actions-- not words, and is willing to work with everyone involved to help accomplish this very important goal.

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    • david o'connell BRAINTREE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      as a parent and MHS alum, this type of behavior is disturbing on many levels. He has no pricey early termination clause in his contract, so cut him loose and start with a clean slate.

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    • nancy mcelman MARLBOROUGH, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      some of these people on the school committee need to wake up and stop protecting this man or they should be relived from the school committee. Trust me they wont get voted in again.

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