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School Officials Express Concern About "Lack of Professionalism"

"We express our concern with the lack of professionalism on the part of the chairman of the School Committee in working with the members of the Portsmouth Leadership Team," the statement read.

Members of the Portsmouth Leadership Team issued a statement today expressing disappointment with "the recent treatment of a member of the Portsmouth Leadership Team" during the search for a new school superintendent.

"We express our concern with the lack of professionalism on the part of the chairman of the School Committee in working with the members of the Portsmouth Leadership Team," the statement read. "The recent misconduct during the search misrepresents the true spirit of community, respect, and integrity that the Portsmouth community holds true. We ask that the members of the Portsmouth School Committee reflect on the current situation and adhere to the School Committee Policy number 2010 Professional Relationship Between School Committee and Administration, particularly with respect to '...the free exchange during meeting or meetings, in an effort to reach mutual understanding and agreement.'”

The statement was sparked in part by a report on Portsmouth Patch on Monday about the resignation of six members of the 15-member superintendent search committee after apparent friction between School Committee Chairman David Croston.

"In the spirit of moving forward we have confidence that the Portsmouth Leadership Team will be able to meet together, as professionals, with the School Committee to work towards advancing the great work of the Portsmouth School Department," the statement concluded.

The statement was signed by the following members of the Portsmouth administration team:

  • Barbara McGann 
  • Jeffrey Schoonover 
  • Chris DiIuro
  • Skip Uhl
  • Robert Littlefield 
  • Joe Amaral
  • Lisa Little 
  • Elizabeth Viveiros 
  • Colleen Larson 
  • Chris Ashley 
  • Michael Monahan 
  • Michelle Michno 
  • Chad Smith
  • Rose Muller 
FYI May 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM
All I know about this Dave Croston guy is that he failed to pay his town taxes a few years ago, that he TOOK over $2 million dollars of the school budget to redo the track, field to turf (Not as go as grass for our kids to play on), and tennis courts (destroyed all 30+ arborvitae trees) WITHOUT a town vote!! Anyone who was living in this town about 10 yrs ago voted on these issues when it was 1st done. Those trees were a wind barrier and for shade!!! I think Mr. Croston should pay the town back for those trees!! We could have used them as a natural barrier out on rt 24 too, if no one really wanted them. Such a SHAME!!!
Narragansett Warrior May 22, 2014 at 05:22 PM
We the people of Narragansett and Patriots bought a broken turbine and you deniers blame town officials for trying to work in the best interest of us taxpayers.We have a interest free debt and more development grants to supply us with a none of the above solution for a clean revenue stream
Paul Shaw May 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM
Portsmouth has a broken turbine. You have too many Chiefs and the Indians (taxpayers)are paying the bills. The town has no control of the various departments. It looks like Town Planner Gary Crosby owns the wind turbine and Dave Croston owns the entire school system ! OUTTA Control ? Yes
FYI May 23, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Here's a suggestion if the town still wants to go "green energy"; scrap the turbine for $$ & go geothermal (heating & cooling systems that come from the ground) for all our school buildings. It's less abrasive too. No need to worry about flying ice or flickers from the blades.
FYI May 23, 2014 at 02:15 PM
PS And make Dave Croston pay back what he took from our taxes WITHOUT a vote!! We voted not that long ago on the high school's track, field, & tennis courts that HE ruined! I am NOT a happy tax payer for him doing this!! Especially when our 4th & 5th graders do not have a playground!! That $2 million + he spent on something that was fine really tics me off!! Oh and when our beloved teachers get a pink slip, thank Dave Croston!!

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