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Groton School Board Denies Paul Kadri’s Request for an Independent Arbitrator

Termination hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Town Hall Annex.

The Groton Board of Education has denied Superintendent Paul Kadri’s request to have his termination hearing before a neutral arbitrator.

Floyd Dugas, the lawyer for the school board, wrote on Oct. 16, Gregg Adler, Kadri’s lawyer, that Kadri agreed in his contract that any hearing would be held before the school board.

“It seems opportunistic to be complaining about the very process he has contractually agreed to,” Dugas wrote.

Kadri’s hearing has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 30 in the Town Hall Annex.

Adler replied in a letter today that he does not believe Kadri can receive a fair hearing before the board.

“He is entitled to an opportunity to defend himself before unbiased decision-makers,” Adler wrote. “By refusing to afford Mr. Kadri that opportunity, the board runs afoul of the Constitution and assures that the hearing will not constitute a final resolution of this matter.”

Kadri has been on paid administrative leave since May, pending the outcome of an investigation of his conduct with employees. The investigation was released in August and in it, multiple employees accused him of abusive and threatening behavior. Kadri later issued a response through his attorney, and has said the allegations are untrue.

Mostly Befuddled October 18, 2012 at 02:37 AM
"Adler wrote. 'By refusing the afford Mr. Kadri that opportunity, the board runs afoul of the Constitution and assures that he hearing will not constitute a final resolution of this matter.'" Heck, I don't have a law degree-type education, but I sure know that this sentence needs some proofreading!
Deborah Straszheim October 18, 2012 at 02:58 AM
The quote had a typo, which was my error. Thank you for pointing that out!
CA October 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Yes, but even Adler/Kadri's letter starts out with typing errors as well as a few sentences that don't make sense in the middle.

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