The longtime superintendent of the Everett public schools has been placed on paid administrative leave amid allegations of sexual harassment, a city official said.

The Everett School Committee voted Monday to place Frederick F. Foresteire on leave, according to Tom Philbin, the city’s communications director. The committee also voted to allocate $50,000 to investigate the allegations against him, Philbin said.

In a statement, Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria said “I believe the school committee took the appropriate action tonight by voting to place the superintendent on administrative leave pending a thorough investigation of these allegations.”

Janice Gauthier, the district’s curriculum director, has been named as interim superintendent.


Foresteire has been the superintendent in Everett since 1989, according to state documents.

Foresteire has denied the allegations, according to WBZ. Foresteire did not immediately respond to a message late Monday night.

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