What went down?
An issue that was WIDELY KNOWN for YEARS.
Parents at Sharon High School told the Boston Globe they’ve had concerns about Lengas that also went ignored:
In 2017, after she reported that Lengas had used sexually inappropriate language with her daughter, the mother said Libano switched the girl out of Lengas’s chemistry class.
When she followed up by e-mail about the school’s response to the allegation, she said, Libano told her it was a union matter and he could not comment about it.
In November 2018, Lengas appeared in the girl’s math class as a substitute,the mother said.
“I was really upset. How could they let Mr. Lengas substitute in [her daughter’s] class?” She said she complained again to Libano. “He said to me, ‘I can’t guarantee it won’t happen again.’ Twice. He said it twice.”
“I will not rest until this whole thing is aired and until the administration takes responsibility,” she said.
It’s a “union matter” so, of course, we’re looking for a response from the Sharon Educators Association.
So far, here’s what we’re received:
Meantime, Principal Libano is now OUT for his handling of the situation:
Jonathan Hitter, chairman of the Sharon School Committee, declined to detail why Libano was put on leave.
“Dr. Libano has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into matters related to the recent removal of Mr. Lengas,” Hitter said in a statement. “Because this is a personnel matter, on advice of counsel, I have no further comment at this time.”
What actually forced the school committee’s hand?
Parents and students in the building refusing to back down — plastering school hallways with a letter demanding Libano take action — and not taking too kindly to being blown off by school administration:
So to be clear: As parents, we are LEGALLY REQUIRED to send our children to these schools. Kids are LEGALLY REQUIRED to attend.
At the same time, we are not LEGALLY REQUIRED to be provided with the information regarding the conduct of teachers that could impact our children because it’s a private “union matter.”
Maybe the superintendent of the Sharon Public Schools should hire a consultant who can suggest a workgroup to develop a report on building a parent academy to “educate parents” about why this is actually all just fine.
Or maybe we can get the local PTO to host a bake sale to pay for self defense lessons for incoming freshmen at Sharon High.