‘First decision of its type’ made allowing arbitrator to fire superintendent, not school board

An independent arbitrator has decided to fire the superintendent of Groton, the “first decision of its type” says a law firm that represents several school boards in the state.

In a 43-page report released last week, the arbitrator found the superintedent “is a strong, committed administrator, but also he has been an abusive, insensitive supervisor.”

The education lawyers representing school boards write on thir blog that this decision skipped the provisions provided in the Teacher Tenured Act after the school board and superintendent allowed for an independent arbitrator to decide his fate.