The termination hearings for Superintendent Paul Kadri have been extended until Jan. 7 and possibly Jan. 15, Kadri’s lawyer Gregg Adler, said last week.
The hearings are closed to the public.
The termination hearings began Nov. 20 and continued in December, according to an agreement between Kadri and the Groton Board of Education. Arbitrator Timothy Bornstein is overseeing the process and his decision will be binding on the parties.
Under the agreement both sides signed, post hearing briefs would be due two weeks after the last hearing, and no replies would be allowed. The arbitrator would make a decision within 30 days of receiving the briefs.
The hearings were initially expected to be completed Dec. 20, but had to be extended, Adler said.
Kadri was placed on paid administrative leave May 7, after an investigative report was released in which multiple employees accused him of abusive and threatening behavior. Kadri issued a response through his attorney, saying the allegations are untrue.
Kadri and his lawyer also filed a freedom of information complaint with the state, saying the Groton school board was witholding documents they had requested.They filed the initial request for information on Aug. 29, and a complaint with the state Freedom of Information Commission in November.