Mayor Charged Again In MCAD Discrimination Complaint

Charges include: racial, gender, color, national origin and retaliation

By Josh Resnek

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the school committee have been charged in yet another complaint to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

The complaint filed by Assistant Superintendent of the public schools Kim Tsai last week alleges racial, gender, color, national origin and retaliation, according to a report that appeared in the Boston Globe over the weekend.

Tsai, who identifies herself in her complaint as one of the only Asian and Pacific Islander deputy superintendents in the state, was recruited in 2019 by Superintendent Priya Tahiliani, according to the Globe report.

“Despite Tsai excelling in her work performance during her tenure as Deputy Superintendent, she has been subjected to unlawful discrimination based upon her race and gender, and her affiliation with Tahiliani in the form of intimidating, hostile, and/or offensive conduct,” states her complaint, which was obtained by the Globe. It accuses four school committee members, including Mayor Carlo DeMaria, of interfering with her work and cultivating a hostile work environment.

Tahiliani had filed a similar complaint with the MCAD about seven months ago. She claimed DeMaria and several school committee members were trying to get rid of her despite stellar performance reviews, as reported in the Everett Leader Herald and the Boston Globe.

She said the mayor and the school committee were trying to oust her because she is a woman of color.

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A Blatant Example of Racism and Discrimination

The efforts by the administration and its mouthpieces on the School Committee to deny Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani an extension of her contract reeks of racism and discrimination.

At a time when the city has just had to ante up $500,000 for legal fees regarding the US Attorney’s investigation into racism and discrimination in Everett for the past five years, it seems so out of the orbit of good government to be playing games with the superintendent’s contract extension.

A vote taken at Monday evening’s School Committee to allow a discussion about the possible extension does little to change the deal.

Does anyone in government, or at least the four members of the School Committee who voted against the Monday measure feel that maybe, just maybe, the US Attorney’s office is watching such shenanigans?

We don’t think so.

Yet it is impossible to properly convey the feeling that the administration’s anti-Tahiliani stance is part and parcel of the racist tendencies of this administration and of its followers on the School Committee.

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School Committee votes to discuss extension of superintendent’s contract

Four members continue their anti-Tahiliani stance

By Josh Resnek

The School Committee membership decided Monday night to notify as to whether or not they will be inclined to discuss the possibility of a contract extension for Superintendent Priya Tahiliani by December 1st as required by her contract.

The vote was 6-4, and frankly, came as a bit of a surprise.

The wording for the measure is taken from the November 21 School Committee agenda: That the Everett School Committee notify the Superintendent of Schools in writing no later than December 1, 2022, whether or not it wishes to commence negotiations for a successor agreement.

School Committee member Millie Cardello voted for the measure, an unusual move for the senior committeewoman who has shown a propensity to vote as the mayor votes.

The mayor voted against the measure, as did committeemen Jason Marcus, Joe LaMonica and Mike McLaughlin.

The mayor is opposed to Tahiliani and has been for quite some time.

It is no wonder.

Tahiliani filed a complaint against him to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination claiming racism and sexist behavior.

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Crimson Tide Offense Runs Dry In Playoff Loss

Central Catholic High School’s offense ran away with the win in the MIAA Division 1 Quarterfinals. (Photo by Joseph Presciozo)

By Lorenzo Recupero

The Crimson Tide ran into their playoff nemesis Friday night, dropping yet another postseason matchup to Central Catholic High School.

The 21-0 loss in the MIAA Division 1 Quarterfinals is the only time Everett was held scoreless all season long.

The meeting was the seventh playoff battle in 10 years between the Tide (8-2) and Central Catholic (8-2), who now lead the overall series 6-2.

The game was ultimately as competitive as expected, but turnovers and untimely penalties were the Crimson Tide’s undoing.

“We had our chances,” said Everett head coach Robert DiLoreto. “But we committed a few bad penalties, a fumble; you do those things against Central Catholic, you’re probably in trouble,” he said.

In the end, it was back-breaking big plays that led to victory for Central Catholic.

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The Superintendent Is Right

There comes a time during important public debates when everyone involved has to agree to do something.

Doing something is a not a crime.

Doing nothing is the crime.

With regard to using Pope John as a middle school, the time has arrived.

Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani said so last week to the city council.

“At some point, we must make a decision to begin,” she said after listening to City Councilor Richard Dell Isola go on an about how confusing everything seems to be.

“It get more complex each time we meet,” he said.

Dell Isola appears to be in favor of Pope John being used to mitigate overcrowding in the Everett Public Schools.

However, he becomes paralyzed when thinking about a new high school or the old high school or trailers and on and on.

He gets bogged down in the new high school rhetoric offered by the mayor.

The mayor believes the chances for the new high school he’d like to build, which will cost $500 million, might conceivably be impacted by renovating Pope John, and he is right.

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