WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The chairman of the Williamstown elementary school committee has responded to a Massachusetts Open Records Act request for public documents and says the school administration is working to comply. The request, filed by local resident (and GreylockNews.com blogger) Bill Densmore, seeks information about whether the school board entered into an agreement in 2009 with a former school employee that ended a complaint the employee had brought.
Town resident Fred Leber, who is running for Town Moderator in Tuesday's annual town election against Mark Gold, said he had raised the issue in discussions and emails with town officials. Leber says he is concerned that the cost of the alleged settlement agreement -- he says he has heard from school sources it was $50,000 -- might not have been reflected in budget or other financial documents seen by Williamstown Finance Committee. The FinCom is appointed by the town moderator.
For source email exchanges, and a link to the open-records act request submitted by this blogger, click on this link.