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Kadri's Lawyer Wants Termination Hearing Before Independent Arbitrator

“This is the only way to assure that the hearing will result in a final conclusion to this matter without the necessity of further litigation."

The lawyer for Superintendent Paul Kadri today asked that an independent arbitrator hold the hearing on possibly terminating Kadri's employment, and added that this is the only way the situation can be resolved without further legal action.

In an Oct. 1 letter, Gregg Adler wrote to School Board Chairwoman Kirsten Hoyt that Kadri is formally requesting a hearing regarding the board’s decision to consider terminating his employment, and he would like it before a neutral party.

“The reason for this request is that Mr. Kadri does not feel that you or the other board members would be in a position to act as an objective, unbiased tribunal at this juncture in time,” Adler wrote.

The board notified Kadri on Sept. 10 that it is considering terminating his contract for three reasons: “insubordination against the rules or oder of the board” , “moral misconduct” and “other due and sufficient cause.”

The board made the decision after an investigation was released in which multiple employees accused Kadri of abusive and threatening behavior. Kadri issued a response through his attorney, saying the allegations are untrue.  He has been on paid administrative leave since May 7.

Adler said that based on various statements by the board before and since that time, he believes “. . .the Board does not have a truly ‘open mind’ regarding this issue, as is required by the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

Adler said he would like to know as soon as possible whether the board would accept a neutral decision maker.

The school board meets at 6 p.m. today in the school administrative office to discuss the contract for an interim superintendent.

mystmom October 01, 2012 at 09:10 PM
How long does the board have to respond? The Board needs to end this as soon as possible to work on regaining the communities trust. The negative energy that has been expended on the recent political unrest needs to be refocused on positive student based initiatives that the community as a whole can support.
Deborah Straszheim (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 10:20 PM
The board has 30 days to respond.
B-Mom October 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Kadri took his full 20 days to request the hearing yet he says the Board is costing the taxpayers money? Hopefully the Board moves faster than he did
Jim October 02, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Kadri is within his rights. To me the school board looks like a lynch mob and Kadri the victim.
Joyce Lynch October 02, 2012 at 09:43 AM
Jim, It sounds like you have been threatened and intimidated by Kadri. The employees, tax payers, and most of all the students deserve a leader who is honest and not trying to run a business by breaking people down because they are older, do not agree with his statement of the moment, or any other reason. B-Mom is correct that Kadri is the one holding on for his pay to sit at home as long as he can. He has no interest in Groton taxpayers at all.
William October 02, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Please see my reply to your opinions and comments in the other article about Kadri.
Jim October 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Never been threatened by anyone .. His rights as an American have been denied. the BOE is acting like a lynch mob..
CA October 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The board needs to deal with this soon. I agree with Joyce here. We need a leader who is honest, one with education behind him and knows how to work with staff by respecting them. Also, we need a leader who can work with parents and not bully them either. I had a phone conversation with this person and he wasn't very pleasant on the phone with me especially after I questioned his teaching and business sense in running pilot studies on the terrible middle school fiasco. I believe these people who he intimidated and bullied. Look at the ball field problems and middle school problems last year.

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