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The interim principal of David Prouty High School, disgraced former Jacob Hiatt Elementary School principal Patricia Jordan, has arbitrarily suspended math teacher and former DP athletic director Chuck Fahey for 30 school days without pay. This is all part of their “investigation,” which has cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, to find out what happened to some money in the “student activities fund,” which the district is in charge of .
We have been following this story for a while and the longer it goes the more insane it gets. The School Committee, headed by a man (Kevin Hayes) who has been fined by the State Ethics Committee for trying to use his position as a selectman to break the law, has specifically gone after Mr. Fahey because he would not hire Chairman Hayes’ wife to coach the field hockey team. Since putting Fahey “under investigation,” meant he could no longer by the AD (but yet was still allowed to teach math, which makes TONS of sense) Hayes brought in an
interim scab AD who immediately hired his wife to coach not only field hockey but indoor track. Neither team won a single game and they finished in dead last at the Southern Worcester County League Championship meet.
If you’re keeping score at home, the Hayes family made out quite well from this financially, despite the fact that Kevin’s wife is an unqualified loser who has no idea how to coach sports. The kids, who the SC is supposed to be working in the best interests of, got shafted with an incompetent coach that nobody wanted.
Anyway, we’ve looked over all the documents regarding this particular suspension and it is insane. Not only is he being suspended for 30 days WITHOUT PAY, this father and husband is also being forced to write a check to the school for $2,700, AND must give a public apology or he will be terminated.
And for what? Well, according to the documents we saw, Mr. Fahey met with the district’s high priced lawyers at Merrick O’Connell, and he was asked the following question,
“Did you use student activities funds to buy a teammate member’s mother, who was dying of cancer, an edible arrangement?”
Wait….what?? This is the best they could find? He’s using this fund, whose disbursements are all approved by the district, to help brighten the day of a student’s mother who is dying of cancer? You can’t invent a bigger grinch than Kevin Hayes, Tracy Crowe, and Vinny Cloutier.
Oh yea, and did we mention THERE IS NO MISSING MONEY??!! After an exhaustive witch hunt to prove that Mr. Fahey was stealing money from the fund to buy himself lavish things, these high priced law firms found nothing. So instead they focused on a vending machine in the gym that Mr. Fahey had the keys to. They PROJECTED that he stole $2,700 from the machine, because this is the number they arbitrarily determined the machine should be made. Sure, they have no proof or evidence that this happened, but it’s the best they could come up with on short notice. Sounds like enough for a 30 day unpaid suspension.
Anyway, there’s a lot of anti-teacher people out there who think that teachers have some sort of unlimited protection because of the union. LOL. These people are dumb. Please laugh at them because the only way they will learn is to be mocked and humiliated. Meanwhile this guy is losing 1/6 of his paycheck, being forced to give an emasculating fake apology, and has to pay $2,700 for something he did not do. Did I mention that he’s been the AD since the beginning of time and is highly respected in the Southern Worcester County League? But none of that matters.
How this works is that Mr. Fahey does get to appeal to an arbitrator. Now the union pays for an MTA lawyer who will probably have the easiest day’s work they’ve ever had in winning this case. The district will be forced to repay him his withheld salary and then he will sue them for a whole bunch of other stuff and it could cost them a LOT more. But apparently they have money to burn in Spencer so this is no big deal.
Why did the district’s lawyers agree to they will lose it in arbitration? Simple – they’re running up the bill. They don’t care if they win or lose because they get paid either way.
I know some of you are probably saying, there has to be more to the story. No one can possibly be this corrupt and incompetent. But you’d be wrong. This is a SC with a man (Vinny Cloutier) who recently got up at a meeting and accused three teachers of “assaulting” the principal so badly that she was forced to go on unpaid leave. Anyone with a brain would realize that, a) she would’ve filed a police report, and b) she wouldn’t be on UNPAID leave if she was really assaulted. But Cloutier said it anyway because he thinks people are dumb enough to believe. And in Spencer, there are PLENTY of morons. After all, they elected this school board.
I’m not kidding either. Here’s a quote from some local moron named Leann Lund, when she first found out that he tax dollars are being used to investigate innocent teachers so that Kevin Hayes wife could coach field hockey:
“You really wonder what’s going on and who’s doing what,” she said, adding that she thinks the students are the victims of the situation.
Yes Leann Lund, students are the victims. They’re the victims of selfish administrators looking to line their own pockets. And they’ve convinced you that the TEACHERS are the real reason your kids are suffering, because they know you’re not a very smart person. And they know that there are lots of other people like you in Spencer who will believe the bullshit and easily disprovable lies that they are spewing. Leann, you deserve what is happening to your town right now. You did this. You are just as bad as they are.
Here’s the worst part. Fahey teaches math, which is an MCAS tested subject. As a result of this suspension he will miss not only the test itself, but the days leading up to it. This is the most critical time of year for kids. They need their teacher. But today, on the first day of his suspension, they don’t even have a sub in his classroom. Ya got that? NO SUB!!! There is no plan to bring in a qualifed math teacher in his absence. The kids continue to suffer at David Prouty because of selfish, awful “human beings” like Patricia Jordan, Kevin Hayes, Tracy Crowe, Bob Cirba, and Vinny Cloutier. And when the MCAS scores drop in math because of this, the teachers will be blamed for it.
We spoke with one parent who was pretty upset about this. She has called the superintendent’s office ten times in the past week, but has not received a return call. Despite the fact that her taxes pay the superintendent and SC. They work for her. They are screwing over her kid. But they don’t feel like they owe her anything.
Spencer continues to be the most insane town on Earth.
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