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Sharon school superintendent alleges discrimination after school board votes to let her contract expire

The superintendent of Sharon Public Schools is alleging discrimination by the school committee after its decision not to renew her contract.


"The Sharon School Committee has voted not to renew the contract of Dr. Victoria Greer as Superintendent of Sharon Public Schools,'' School Committee Chairwoman Judy Crosby said in a statement.

Greer’s contract was scheduled to end June 30, 2021.

Crosby, in a brief telephone interview Wednesday, declined to comment further on the board’s reasons for its vote against Greer’s continued leadership of the schools, historically considered among the high-performing public systems in the state.

In an e-mail to the Globe Wednesday, Greer, who is an African-American,declined to comment but provided a copy of an e-mail she had sent to the School Committee Tuesday.

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“I am in receipt of your letter of non-renewal dated August 27, as well as your letter dated September 14th placing me on administrative leave," Greer wrote the board. "As you know, I am deeply concerned that the actions of the School Committee, including the decisions not to renew my contract and to place me on administrative leave, have been ... motivated by discrimination and retaliation for raising concerns of race discrimination.”

Greer also attached a copy of a discrimination complaint filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The complaint alleged she had been subjected to unlawful conduct, including “being subjected to demeaning and racist comments by members of the School Committee, abusive and disparate treatment, and unjustified and highly subjective attacks regarding my performance.”




The controversy comes as schools were reopening Wednesday in Sharon, after teachers had questioned whether school buildings would provide a safe workplace during the coronavirus pandemic.


John R. Ellement can be reached at john.ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.