Haverhill Education Assoc. and Haverhill Sch. Comm., AAA# 11 390 01025 12 Page 2
On many factual issues, some collateral and others more central, the grievant’s testimony was at marked
variance with the testimony offered by several different witnesses. For the reasons discussed at length in the“Discussion” section of this opinion, in these areas of evidentiary conflict, I have almost exclusively credited thetestimony of the Employer’s witnesses, over the conflicting testimony offered by the grievant.
Appearances:Thomas G. Guiney, Esq., counsel for the Haverhill Education AssociationDavid F. Grunebaum, Esq. & William D. Cox, Esq., counsel for theHaverhill School Committee
Did the Haverhill Public Schools have just cause within themeaning of M.G.L. c. 71, §42 to terminate the employment of Daniel Francescone? If not, what shall the remedy be?
SUMMARY OF PROVEN FACTS
Prior to the termination of his employment in April 2012, the grievant, DanielFrancescone, had served as a science teacher at the J.G. Whittier Middle School in the HaverhillPublic Schools for over 13 years. He had received positive evaluations over the years. He hadnever been disciplined for anything, prior to the events that occurred after the start of the 2010-2011 school year. He had taught at the Whittier under the direction of several different principals, including Principals Powers, Beth Kitsos (fall 2006 to spring 2010), and finally ToniDonais from and after August 2010.In addition to his regular teaching duties, the grievant over the years (and under various principals) also performed a number of advisory and extra-curricular functions. One suchfunction was the organization of student dances that would occur at the Whittier Schoolthroughout the school year. Another was serving as the faculty advisor to the Junior NationalHonor Society. He also supervised the student-run “School Store,” and he further served as one