Duxbury educational institutions superintendent to leave for North Attleborough amid turmoil

John Antonucci.Duxbury Clipper

Inside of two weeks arrived an unrelated disaster of even better proportions: A Duxbury loved ones accused John Blake — a bodily training trainer who also coached the Duxbury boys hockey staff since 2003 — of consistently sexually assaulting their son in the mid-2000s, building a everyday living of dependancy and torment that finished in his loss of life by overdose at age 27. The mom and dad notified Antonucci of the alleged rape previous November, and Blake was put on paid administrative go away pending an investigation. The public did not find out the reason for his departure right up until the spouse and children filed a lawsuit in early March, a thirty day period right after the investigation concluded.

Both of those controversies upended the affluent coastal group and led a number of people, especially those people enmeshed in the public faculty method, to raise issues about the administration’s lack of transparency and motion. That stress most lately arrived to a head throughout a hostile College Committee hearing in late May perhaps where Duxbury faculty officers and mother and father sparred more than the managing of the two episodes.

“Tragically, both of those difficulties we are working with here relate to the most basic requirement of our college method: the physical and psychological safety of our kids. But as an alternative, the administrators, I imagine, are additional fearful about their image and popularity in its place of becoming targeted on the security of our little ones. The college leadership’s complete, continued silence and lack of evident leadership on these troubles is deafening and terribly disappointing. The local community set their believe in in you,” said a single Duxbury father or mother in the discussion board, which was done virtually.

“Please never set text in anybody’s mouth,” stated Antonucci in reaction. “I’m not going to sit listed here and have my integrity questioned with misinformation.”

Around the course of the additional than hour-very long interview for the North Attleborough superintendent’s posture, which was broadcast on a neighborhood obtain television station, Antonucci was in no way immediately questioned about the Duxbury scandals.

Requested by a North Attleborough school board member to explain “a time when you experienced to call on every resource and in your particular and intellectual software chest to aid take care of a disaster,” Antonucci referenced each individual controversy as “very emotional” and “distressing” episodes.

“I believe there are some folks who would probably disagree that we did a fantastic job of communicating. I would basically disagree with that. I actually consider pride in that we gave as considerably information as we could,” he mentioned in the job interview.

Antonucci leaves Duxbury with two several years remaining in his agreement, which School Committee users voted unanimously to extend to 2023 in the fall of 2019.

Although nominating Antonucci for the career, North Attleborough university board member James McKenna praised his “courage” and claimed aspect of the attractiveness of Antonucci was that he’d been “battle-analyzed.”

Antonucci was just one of 3 finalists decided on from a subject of 29 candidates for the North Attleborough situation now held by Scott Holcomb, who announced that he will action down in August from the publish he has held since 2017. Antonucci has been a superintendent of universities for 16 years, initially in Westwood and, considering the fact that 2017, in Duxbury.

He declined a ask for from the World to comment on the new position, citing ongoing agreement negotiations, but sent a letter to Duxbury mother and father Friday afternoon with the news.

“My conclusion to request new work was built with combined thoughts, as I have completely relished the previous 4 a long time doing work in the Duxbury community. The Duxbury Public Educational facilities, in individual, are very first-rate, and are loaded with incredible pupils, and talented and focused college and personnel,” he wrote.

It was not instantly very clear when Antonucci would officially step down from his job at the helm of the Duxbury colleges, but a non-public investigation purchased by his administration into the soccer group and its use of Holocaust-associated language concluded final 7 days. The results of that investigation have not been built general public. The lawsuit towards Blake and the Duxbury Community Schools remains ongoing in US District Court docket.

Hanna Krueger can be reached at hanna.krueger@world.com. Abide by her on Twitter @hannaskrueger.