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Concord parent urges others to speak up on school leadership tonight

Posted by Leslie Anderson  October 29, 2013 11:27 AM

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A Concord parent unhappy about the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee’s decision to negotiate a new contract for Superintendent Diana Rigby is encouraging residents to speak up.

The committee voted last week to negotiate a contract extension for Rigby, who has come under fire in recent years by some parents and teachers over her leadership style, alleged lack of communication, and handling of the high school construction project.

Rigby’s contract was set to expire in June 2014.

Valerie Tratnyek said many parents are discouraged by the vote but hopes they will attend a “listening session’’ tonight at 7 p.m. at the Alcott School.

The meeting is not a formal committee meeting but part of an ongoing effort by the district to improve communication with the community, said Committee Chairman Louis Salemy. Rigby and two committee members are expected to attend.

Tratnyek said it’s important for residents to show up so committee members can see that their concerns are not isolated to a small group. She said it’s also an opportunity to have a say about what goes into the contract, which is still being negotiated.

“This is not a formal school committee meeting: it is an opportunity for you to hear what others are feeling in this community,’’ Tratnyek said in an email to friends and neighbors. “You do not have to speak, you only have to be present to count.’’

In voting in support of the extension, members praised her for her leadership skills, fiscal management and dedication to the children in Concord.

Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com.

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