WESTFORD -- After meeting for longer than an hour in executive session, the School Committee said they reviewed all relevant documents and determined no one forced a Blanchard Middle School music teacher to resign Monday night.
Much controversy has been generated in the town after news of longtime music teacher David Lussier announcing his resignation. He's held his position as a music director for more than a decade. He also leads the school's West St. Serenaders choral group. Lussier declined comment to The Sun earlier this month and did not attend the executive session meeting he was invited to Monday night.
Superintendent of Schools Everett "Bill" Olsen said he wished to respond to parents' concern Monday. He said he met with the union leader at the middle school, as well as Principal Robin Whitney, and determined all proper protocols were followed in Lussier's case. In an April 7 meeting, Olsen said Lussier's position was shifted from a full-time position to two part-time positions. A couple of parents spoke at against this administrative call at that time.
"I've determined that Mr. Lussier was not dismissed," Olsen said. "He was not forced to resign. Mr. Lussier resigned from his employment, effective at the end of the school year, and based on all the information I've obtained, I've accepted his resignation and I will be filling his position according to the normal procedures."
School Committee Chairman David Keele said he could not comment further on the issue, noting it is a personnel matter.
About a dozen parents sat in the meeting room at the Millennium Building Monday night and waited for more than an hour to hear from officials. Resident Sherry Hasche sat with two of her students who had Lussier at Blanchard, including her 13-year-old daughter currently taking chorus with Lussier. Hasche said it was "a shame" for the district to lose such a talented employee.
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