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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.

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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.


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.