The one thing that has united residents, parents, naysayers and supporters of the Perkins Schools for many months has been the almost across-the-board belief that it was time for Sherry Buccieri to be removed as district superintendent.
The school board acted on that last week, and the deal to "accept" Buccieri's resignation was likely the best financial resolution that could have been made. Making arrangements to pay Buccieri $27,000 to leave is a bargain compared to what it might have cost to get rid of her, and it gives the district a new opportunity to heal wounds left in her wake.
Forcing Buccieri out without an agreement could have cost the district much more in legal fees and salary while a legal battle was waged.
Those now serving as board members made the best of a bad situation, and most of them were not on the board when Buccieri was hired, nor when her contract was extended before it was up for renewal.
Both of those decisions were disasters for the district.
While the financial arrangement to rid the district the Buccieri disaster was perhaps the best deal the board could have made, the decision to give her a glowing letter of recommendation is the part where we all have to hold our noses.
We find it unfortunate the board consented, or was forced to consent, to provide Buccieri a strong letter of recommendation.
Buccieri was effectively fired by the district, and rightly so, because she proved to be divisive to labor and incapable of generating community support for education.