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Danvers school board bypasses vote on superintendent’s fate over hockey allegations

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Danvers School Committee members walked out to an executive meeting last week after a member asked for superintendent Lisa Dana (right) to step down. Matthew J Lee/Globe Staff


DANVERS — Embattled Danvers School Superintendent Lisa Dana will remain on the job after the school board Monday backed away from a proposal to place her on administrative leave over her handling of alleged violent racist and homophobic locker room misconduct by the 2019-20 high school boys’ hockey team.

Dana now faces the challenge of restoring faith in her administration, as some residents continue to call for her to resign and many others, including civil rights groups, elected officials, and the Danvers Teachers’ Association, harshly criticize her and other town officials for concealing the alleged abuse from the public.

The sharply divided school board met for nearly 90 minutes behind closed doors after the committee’s two newest members, Robin Doherty and Alice Campbell, called last week for placing Dana on immediate leave to “ascertain the best path moving forward for the administration and students.”

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