The following is a timeline of events leading up to the Superintendent John Buckey’s departure on August 2.
School Committee hires Dr. John Buckey as superintendent, following Maryann Perry and interim Bill McAlduff.
School Committee gives Buckey a “proficient” rating on his performance review and extends his contract for another two years, until 2025. The vote is 4-1 with Sarah Fox dissenting. (Fox is now the committee chair.)
Buckey receives raise
School Committee approves 2.5% raise for Buckey following a “proficient” performance review rating. Vote is 4-1, with Fox the lone dissenter.
Spring / summer 2022
Ota leaves Glover
Brian Ota’s contract as Glover School principal is not renewed.
Ota files discrimination complaint
Ota files a complaint against Buckey with Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
June 6, 2023
Buckey rated “proficient”
School Committee votes 5-0 to give Buckey a “proficient” rating on his performance review.
June 20, 2023
Ota and Schaeffner elected
Ota and Jenn Schaeffner are elected to the School Committee.
June 22, 2023
Ota files possible conflict of interest report
Ota files “possible appearance of conflict of interest” report with town clerk immediately after being sworn in.
June 29, 2023
School Committee meeting
New School Committee meets for the first time.
July 24, 2023
Public meeting scheduled
The School Committee scheduled a Zoom meeting for Wednesday evening, July 26, with the agenda item “Superintendent Contract – Early Termination Clause”.
July 26, 2023
July 26, 2023
Police respond to report of balloon
Police respond to a report of a balloon (with eyes and a mustache drawn on it) tied to the residence of a School Committee member. Police Chief King says the incident is not necessarily related to the recent events.
July 27, 2023
Cresta announced as supt. designee
School Committee Chair Sarah Fox sends an email to district directors stating that Assistant Superintendent of Finance Michelle Cresta has been named the superintendent designee.
July 31, 2023
Second executive session held
The School Committee held another executive session (closed to the public) to discuss Buckey’s contract. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the meeting was adjourned to executive session about a minute later, with Ota again recusing himself.
Aug. 2, 2023
Buckey/School Committee announce his departure
School Committee Chair Sarah Fox releases a joint statement with John Buckey announcing his departure. The SC will pay Buckey nearly $175K.
Aug. 11, 2023
Separation agreement ratified
“Out of an abundance of caution” and to ensure it was complying with the state’s Open Meeting Law, the School Committee votes to ratify its separation agreement with Buckey. The vote comes after the board is subjected to an hour of largely critical public comments during its first public meeting since the superintendent controversy began.
Sept. 1, 2023
School Committee, acting super hand over some texts, emails
Prompted by a Current public records request, School Committee members and acting Superintendent Michelle Cresta released 250+ pages of texts and emails related to Buckey’s departure. However, some texts are missing. Cresta, Fox, Schaeffner and Taylor say they (or, in Fox’s case, her child) deleted additional texts.
Sept. 19, 2023
State orders super, SC members to try and find deleted texts
Respnding to an appeal filed by the Current, the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth orders Cresta, Fox, Schaeffner and Taylor to try and retrieve their deleteted texts, giving them 10 business days to do so.