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.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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