SALEM — The School Committee will meet in open session Monday night at 7 p.m., but it’s unlikely there will be any further discussion of the controversy swirling around Superintendent Margarita Ruiz at that meeting.
The meeting will come a week after a closed-door meeting where complaints about Ruiz were discussed, following her announcement of a sudden turnover in leadership last month at Salem High School. In addition to the seven committee members, it was attended by Paul Dakin, a retired Revere superintendent who has been leading a “360-degree performance review” of Ruiz.
The meeting lasted more than three hours and ended without any action taken. A second meeting was planned for Friday afternoon, but was later canceled, according to Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll.
Previously, Driscoll said the 360 review of Ruiz would likely be completed and available by the School Committee’s regular meeting on Monday, April 22, meeting date. That was independent of an investigation the committee is also running into how Ruiz selected and later appointed Vittoria Pacifico as interim principal of Salem High School for 18 months. The appointment came hours after the abrupt resignation of Jennifer DeStefano, who was still in her first year as principal.
With both reviews yet to go public, however, Driscoll said Friday that she didn’t “have anything new to report.”
The School Committee will meet as a Committee of the Whole at 5:30 p.m. to review and discuss interviews with former Nathaniel Bowditch School students and families, and to get an update on school shooter training drills. At 7 p.m., the regular School Committee meeting will begin. By Friday afternoon, the agenda included nothing relating to the concerns surrounding Ruiz.
To read the agenda and review supplemental materials, visit salem.com/calendar.