Jessie then expressed concerns about Principal Fortunato’s performance and her changes in the honors math program. Helen Pinkus agreed with Jessie and a motion was proposed for the attorney to work out the legal details of denying tenure to Debbie Fortunato, giving her time to resign from the district before the school board formally voted to deny her tenure.
Superintendent Galvin was obviously shaken by the events that had transpired. “Look, I understand you are angry with me but Debbie Fortunato has done nothing but make Rosemont a better high school,” he said. “Test scores have improved. The dropout rate is down. It’s a much better school than it was when she arrived. Her evaluations are extremely positive and won’t support the action the school board in proposing.”
Three board members argued vehemently in Debbie’s favor and the “brief executive session” ended up being two hours long. In the end. Todd Morgan called the question on a 4-3 vote and the motion to deny Debbie Fortunato tenure passed by the same 4-3 vote.
The attorney said even though Debbie’s evaluations were positive and the superintendent was recommending her for tenure the final decision belonged with the school board.
Then Todd Morgan made a motion that the long standing football coach, Kevin Talbot, be informed that he would not be approved as varsity football coach for the upcoming fall season and directing the superintendent to recommend someone else for the position who was not now a member of the existing coaching staff in the district. The three member minority on the school board knew they were outgunned and made no made no objection and the vote passed 4-3.The next morning Tom Galvin met with Debbie Fortunato and gave her the bad news. She would not receive tenure as Rosemont High School principal. The new board majority was already running the show and Tom could not control where they were headed.
Jessie Thomas called the school board clerk and told her to advertise for a new superintendent and a new a new high school principal.
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