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November 6, 2012

Concerns mark school meeting

Holaday questioned on Kerble statements

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“I was completely disappointed with the way this went down,” Reffett said. “You asked for our trust. How you are going to rebuild that trust is going to be interesting to watch from the sidelines.”

Others like Dominique Dear and Ralph Orlando stepped forward to seek more communication on the issue.

“You wouldn’t believe the number of people who were astonished by this,” Dear said.

School Committee member Bruce Menin requested a rescheduling of a retreat planned for last week to discuss the issue in more detail.

“There were a number of issues raised for me by the way things occurred over the last two weeks,” Menin said. “I’ve had a great deal of feedback from the community to go over that.”

The committee has tentatively rescheduled the retreat for next Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m., with the location of the meeting to be determined.

Last night’s discussion also included Kerble’s plan to hire an interim administrative finance director to absorb Farrell’s duties on budget issues, and perhaps another person to look after the two school building projects currently under Farrell’s care.

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