Thursday, May 29, 2014
FARMINGTON — For the second week in a row, the SAU 61 Board has canceled the meeting to discuss the evaluation of Superintendent Steven Welford, who received a vote of no confidence by a majority of School District employees last month.
The SAU Board was scheduled to meet in a nonpublic session during tonight’s meeting to discuss Welford’s evaluation, as teachers and paraprofessionals were expected to gather outside the meeting doors to give board members support, in hopes that Welford’s employment would be terminated. In March, the N.H. Public Employees Labor Relations Board ruled Welford violated the state’s labor law on four occasions in 2012 and 2013.
Welford’s three-year employment contract with the district ends next year, but members of the teachers’ and paraprofessionals’ association, who also cite low morale among employees across the district, say the SAU board may vote to fire him in light of the labor law violations.
The nonpublic session to discuss Welford’s evaluation was originally scheduled for May 22, and then rescheduled for tonight.
On Wednesday, however, the board again decided to cancel the meeting, and no new meeting date has yet been set, according to School District officials.