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Burning Question Of The Week: Should The School Board Try To Settle With Paul Kadri?

Settlement with Kadri may still be an option. Should the school board take it?

Even with an investigation in public and an expected request for an arbitrator to handle the termination hearing of Superintendent Paul Kadri, his lawyer says settlement is still an option.

The Groton Board of Education notified Kadri on Sept. 10 that it is considering terminating his contract for three reasons, including “insubordination against the rules or oder of the board” and “moral misconduct.”

Kadri , according to an investigative report released last month.

Kadri has denied any wrongdoing.

His lawyer, Gregg Adler, said he will likely ask for indepedent arbitrator.

When asked on Friday if settlement was still a possibility, he said, "Yes, there's always the possibility of settlement."

Should the school board try to take this option, even if it's expensive?

Or should the board proceed with what may be a lengthly and potentially expensive legal process and let the chips fall where they may?

Bartlett September 16, 2012 at 09:33 AM
No!! To buy out his contract is about $450,000.00 of our tax dollars
Franky Camper September 16, 2012 at 09:44 AM
The board should consider which option will be more expensive. Ask Kadri what he wants first, then have their lawyers compare that to the cost of fighting him in court. Either way it's going to be a lot of money. He has been booted out of every one of the 3 jobs he has had and his future in education is poor, so he will be looking for big money.
CA September 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I put "other" here because think we have already seen comments in other articles that are going to pop up here now. Why do a poll anyway? Are we trying to sway the decision. Alot of us have already put our words down and the BOE knows how we feel.
Mobile 1 September 16, 2012 at 01:07 PM
What!! Negotiate with a bully? C'mon man.......
augie42 September 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM
The BOE needs to expidite the process. If they choose to fight Kadri, I believe they have the evidence to recoup some of the monies owed to him. I understand we have to pay the lawyers too, but NOT challenging him would set a BAD presidence.
Molly B September 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
This whole mess has been going on for far too long. If the BOE made a mistake in hiring this guy, then they should do what's right to rectify the problem and make him go away as quickly and as painlessly as possible. I wish JUST ONCE the BOE would develop a backbone and think of the repercussions of their actions when it comes to hiring personnell--forget the politics and focus on what's good for the community..
B-Mom September 16, 2012 at 03:25 PM
While I don't think Kadri should be allowed to exact his vengence on his accusers - as we all know this is what he wants to do and has done to anyone who crosses him - I also do not believe he should receive a dime from Groton. The number one charge is insubordination which he admitted to in the investigation (he kept in contact with 2 district employees, friends or not he was directed to not contact ANY employee and he contacted Ms. Butler's future employer). His actions there prove that he cannot take direction. The immoral and unethical way he treated the employees of not only central office but the entire district justifies firing him with no buy out. the district is teaching anti-bullying yet it seems Mr. Kadri didn't get the lesson --- yet.
B-Mom September 16, 2012 at 03:27 PM
By exact his revenge - I mean publically humilate; thereby continuing his bullying behavior. He has already tried to intimidate through the press by using his statements and his "poor me" statements. He should be ashamed! He has a child - what would he do if someone treated his daughter the way he treated the employees?
Franky Camper September 16, 2012 at 06:39 PM
His comments in the press have been laced with threats and unprofessional language that show what kind of person he is.
Rick McDonald September 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
If the BOE settles with him vice terminating him it will just make it easier for him to get a superintendent job elsewhere since other districts may believe him when he says he was railroaded out like he says the other two districts did
Dan Tompkins September 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Cut our losses. Settle with him and move on.
Rick Cady September 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Let this all be over with soon! Do what is necessary to cut our losses. Then address the problem with the BOE.

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