We spoke with Greater Lowell Tech School Committee member Erik Gitschier, as well as among ourselves, about the incident back in September where the Superintendent of Schools at the Tech allowed a number of teachers to attend a golf tournament for a Lowell charity.
The teachers were granted a paid day off (and subs had to be brought in to fill in for them), while administrators that attended had to take vacation or personal days.
I can find no one that agrees that teachers, on our dime, should be participating in this type of event. It cuts back on valuable education time, and commits taxpayer money to a charity that is supposed to be going to the education of the children.
Of course, Superintendent Mary Jo Santoro will find nothing wrong with this. It seems an ongoing issue with that school that the administration can do what it wants with little accountability.
Face it, she says she works for the Commissioner of Education, not the school committee.