Long Lots principal placed on leave
Published 11:51 am, Thursday, February 16, 2017
Officials say Golubchick was removed from his position as of Feb. 10 while Westport Public Schools review letters his attorney allegedly sent to subordinates making legal claims against them.
An attorney for the principal sent the letters to a “select group of teachers and subordinate administrators,” according to a Feb. 11 email Superintendent Colleen Palmer sent to Long Lots families. The letters allegedly assert legal claims against and personal liability of the school employees, upsetting some staff.
“In order for the district to properly review the impact of these letters on the operation of the school, Mr. Golubchick has been placed on paid administrative leave, without prejudice,” continued the email, provided by Palmer.
School officials would not provide specific details on the claims the letters made and Golubchick did not respond to requests for comment.
Golubchick’s leave was announced to parents of students at the elementary school in an email sent Feb. 10.
Golubchick, currently in his third year of employment in Westport schools, will be replaced by interim principal Michael Cicchetti during his absence. Golubchick has served as Long Lots principal since July 2015.
Cicchetti began in the role on Monday, Palmer said in the interview. Palmer’s second message to Long Lots families highlighted Cicchetti’s past experience as an elementary school principal, superintendent and interim principal since his retirement.
She recruited Cicchetti as interim principal at Hurlbutt Elementary School in Weston when she previously served as the neighboring district’s superintendent, Palmer noted.
“I have witnessed first-hand his dedication and love of the elementary school environment during that assignment,” she wrote Feb. 11. “Within a very short time, he earned the trust, respect, and smiles of the entire school community. I am confident he will care for our Long Lots Elementary School community with the same level of professionalism and devotion.”
Palmer wrote in her original letter that Director of Elementary Education Julie Droller and Long Lots Assistant Principals Megan Clarke and Molly Farrell would also provide support in the transition to interim leadership.
Palmer said Wednesday the district is following through with its review as a “personnel matter,” but she had no further comment beyond her emails.