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Goncalves shown the door

Region 1 board agrees to give school official an early out

BY RUTH EPSTEIN Republican-American

FALLS VILLAGE — Today is Region 1 Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves’ last day on the job.

The Board of Education agreed to an early retirement and separation agreement following an hourlong executive session Thursday that was attended by members of the All Board Chairmen Committee and Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain.

Reading from a written statement after the vote, board Chairman Andrea L. Downs said, “Unfortunately, over the past few years, events have often competed for the attention of board members and educators that provided a distraction from our primary purpose of ensuring a quality educational experience for all of our students. It is our hope that we can return to this essential work on behalf of our children.”

The motion gave no indication of the financial implications of the package nor who would take on Goncalves’ responsibilities. No public comment was permitted. Downs indicated the financial information would become public once an agreement between Goncalves and the board is signed.

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