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No Decision Yet On Superintendent Paul Kadri

The school board ends its executive session without a resolution, but it may still happen before school starts.

The Groton Board of Education ended an executive session Monday without making a decision about the investigation of Superintendent Paul Kadri or the extension of Interim Superintendent Randall Collins’ contract.

Kadri was though the board has not discussed details.

That investigation is complete but has not been released to the board, so it is not a public document. Floyd Dugas, the lawyer for the school board, has been speaking to Kadri’s attorney, board members have said.

School Board Chairwoman Kirsten Hoyt said Monday she could not comment on what was discussed in executive session. In response to a question, she said it’s not safe to say a decision won’t be made before school begins.

“It’s not safe to say that because I don’t know that,” she said.

Collins, the former superintendent in Waterford, was hired in May to run the Groton school system in the interim. His contract ends Aug. 31.

Part of the school board discussion Monday focused on leaks to the media about confidential information.

The New London Day reported last month that Dugas warned board members in an e-mail that Kadri might try to retaliate or seek a large settlement once the investigative report becomes public.

“I strongly suspect that once the report becomes public Paul will … sue the board and look for a large settlement to reflect the fat that he will have difficulty finding work. I also think he is more likely to engage in retaliation against certain witnesses,” the paper quoted the e-mail as saying.

Board Member Chaz Zezulka said he wanted to “censure” the board member who leaked the information; he said he wouldn't name the person because he didn’t have proof.

A censure is a public reprimand by the board.

“I will not vote to go into executive session,” Zezulka said.  “I’m never going to vote again while I sit on this board because one person has destroyed this trust.”

CA August 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I'm really saddened by how Chaz is acting right now. I read his article when it came out. People need to know what is happening to understand the BOE better and what they are doing about this situation. I felt that Dugas and the BOE should have told the people of Groton what was happening about Kadri after every executive session. Remember we are the parents of these students, as well as, the taxpayers of the town. I don't feel that it was a leak by another board member, but information that the public needed to know. Especially, since we are currently paying for two superintendents right now. Hiding information in an executive session is wrong too. I'm glad it came out.
Family_Man August 14, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Perhaps if Mr. Zezulka refuses to vote, and in doing so refuses to do his job, he should be "censured" in the same manner as those that he wants to witch hunt. I believe that leaking harmless news that affects the taxpayers he represents, is not as harmful as those that refuse to do the job they are getting paid. Mr. Zezulka seems to place more value in the fear he harbors for Mr. Kadri, rather than the fear that his represented population has for their well-being and livelihoods.
Family_Man August 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
If Mr. Zezulka refuses to vote, in essence refusing to do his job, then he should be refused his pay as well. As a servant of the taxpaying citizens, he should be held accountable for this failure to perform. If I refused to do my job because "...one person has destroyed [my] trust", then my bosses would refuses my pay. This is just another shining example of how the School Board's fails to back-up the educators/parents they represent, and how they would fight to protect their own jobs/backs before all else.
William August 14, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Betrayed. That, Chaz, is exactly how your constituents, Groton's taxpayers, parents, children, and educators, have felt since you and The Board brought Paul Kadri to town "as an agent of change". Time for you to be an agent of change and step out of the public eye you so relish and let Groton straighten out your mess.
Robert Welt August 14, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Members of the Board of Education are not paid.
augie42 August 15, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Instead of pointing fingers and the 'he said, she-said' games, can anyone on the BOE show some much need leadership? We would not be in this situation if some of the BOE had done a better job.
CA August 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Agree with the Family Man. Totally believe if Mr. Chaz Zezulka refuses to vote, he should be replaced. Especially if he doesn't tell the people of the community what is happening about issues in the school system.
jay103 August 16, 2012 at 05:26 AM
After all of this they cannot simply fire him. The boe is wasting OUR money and time. Kadri needs to go. But he's allowed to sit at home and keep being paid because the Board cannot make a decision.This really isn't that hard. There is no way he can be allowed to come back at this point. So just fire him!!!!!!
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