The Boston School Department has placed three administrators at Boston Latin Academy on paid administrative leave, just two weeks before the new school year begins, as the department investigates allegations of harassment, discrimination, and intimidation.
School officials did not identify the individuals, but said they were program directors, who typically oversee academic departments and evaluate teachers. Other staff members will fill the roles temporarily.
A “leadership coach” will be assigned to work with headmaster Emilia Pastor and the rest of the school team to resolve a variety of issues, according to a letter Interim Superintendent John McDonough e-mailed to staff Wednesday night. Copies are also being sent to parents.
“I view these efforts as collaborative and productive, not administrative or prescriptive,” McDonough wrote. “We share the same goal of ensuring that Boston Latin Academy continues to be a school that reflects [the Boston public schools] at our very best. We share your sense of urgency that requires us to make changes to position all students for success in a wide range of higher education opportunities.”
Latin Academy, located on Townsend Street in Dorchester, is one of the city’s exam schools, where admission hinges on passing an entrance exam. The school, which currently has an enrollment of 1,700 students, originally opened in 1878 as an all-girls college-preparatory school and is often confused with the better known Boston Latin School, which initially taught only boys. Both schools went coeducational in the 1970s.
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