Just when we thought that it was safe to say that dysfunction was leaving the traditionally dysfunctional Peabody School Committee, along comes this news in what is a lame duck year for some of that board’s longer term members:
According to our sources, the School Committee is firing Superintendent Joe Mastrocola. Immediately, the Eye has learned.
Why? Well, it appears that the school chief wasn’t always willing to be a go along to get along with the mercurial members of the board. I mean, what a nerve! After all, who cares about all of the man’s degrees in education? Pastry chefs, salesmen and a pre-school babysitters know best.
Who cares that dropout rates are down and test scores are up since Mr. Mastocola took over the system? There are more important issues out there that he should focus on, like inconveniencing seniors by forcing voting to be moved from schools for no good reason, or forcing homeowners near schools to shovel their sidewalks to the Canadian border.
If there was a problem with Mr. Mastrocola’s performance, then why did this same group of elected officials give this guy a raise last year? And now … we’re going to have to pay Mastrocola the remaining year of his contract.
Joe can sit by the pool and relax while he earns $83 an hour of taxpayer money through next June. Meanwhile, Peabody will have to pay a similar salary to hire an interim superintendent. Real great use of taxpayer money. And you want to look after our hard-earned tax dollars as a city councilor? More to come on this, I’m sure.