Superintendent placed on leave after harassment claims
EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — A longtime Massachusetts school superintendent is being investigated for multiple complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination by former employees.
WBZ-TV reports Everett School Superintendent Frederick Foresteire was placed on paid administrative leave by the city’s school committee Monday night.
Janice Gauthier, the district’s director of curriculum, was named interim superintendent. The committee also voted to allocate $50,000 to an independent investigation into the claims.
The panel announced the decisions following an executive session.
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is investigating two complaints against Foresteire, who has been superintendent since 1989.
One of the complaints is from former Everett Public Schools Clerk Andrea Garay, who says Foresteire made sexual comments and touched her inappropriately.
Foresteire has denied the allegations.
Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said the school committee “took the appropriate action.”