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Everett “Bill” Olsen will remain the superintendent of the Westford school district for at least another year now that the School Committee has approved the short-term contract.
Chair Avery Adam announced the news on April 21. The committee’s vote reverses a previous 6 to 1 vote to deny the contract.
Adam made her announcement about an hour into the April 21 meeting.
“I know we’re all experiencing difficult and uncertain times and the School Committee wanted to share some positive news with the Westford community,” she said. “The School Committee and the superintendent have reached a one-year contract agreement and we look forward to continuing to work together to implement the goals of the district and to keep Westford moving toward the future…”
Adam said the committee had voted on the new one-year contract in executive session on March 6. Details will be made public as soon as all parties have signed the contract, she added.
When the original vote was taken, all but School Committee member Sean Kelly voted to deny another contract to Olsen.
But on Feb. 10 the committee members held a meeting that attracted hundreds to the Stony Brook School auditorium. Their purpose was to explain why Olsen was denied another year of employment. Member Chris Sanders listed a number of reasons. But his list did not appear to sway the meeting’s attendees who were mostly there to support Olsen.
“…what rises to the level of concern of some, does not rise to the level of concern of others,” Olsen said.
The matter landed in the hands of attorneys. Olsen expressed gratitude for the outcome.
“May i just say thank you…I look forward to continuing to work for a school system and a town that I have so deeply loved and tried to commit some hard work to…” said Olsen.