School Committee Sets Khelfaoui Meeting
LOWELL -- After months of drama and postponed hearings, it appears the much-anticipated School Committee public meeting to discuss Superintendent of Schools Salah Khelfaoui’s possible termination may finally be held this week.
The School Committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday “to hear grounds and responses regarding the contemplated termination of Dr. Khelfaoui’s employment with the city of Lowell School Department,” according to an agenda posted on the city website late Monday afternoon.
Khelfaoui has been on paid administrative leave since July 18, when the School Committee voted 4-3 to start the process of terminating him. An Aug. 24 letter from the committee outlined a number of complaints against him. The hearing has been postponed a few times over the last couple months as Khelfaoui has sought to have a public meeting rather than executive session, as allowed under the terms of his contract.
In the meantime, the School Committee has also held executive sessions to discuss a possible settlement with Khelfaoui. Negotiations with the city thus far have resulted in a settlement offer and counter-proposal.
Following the hearing, the committee is expected to issue a written statement and decide whether to fire the superintendent. Khelfaoui has said he will likely sue if terminated.
The special meeting will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the City Council chamber. According to the agenda, the meeting will continue Thursday at 10 a.m., if needed.