EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


June 20, 2013

Editorial: A classless exit by school administrator

Glenn Fratto is leaving as Methuen schools business administrator to become finance director of Lincoln-Sudbury High School, boosting his salary by about $25,000.

More power to him. But on his way out the door, Fratto took an uncalled for potshot at Methuen.

“I currently work in a district that doesn’t appear to value education as much as L-S,” he was quoted saying in the MetroWest Daily News “I’m looking forward to working with two communities that put their money where there (sic) mouth is.”

Methuen Superintendent Judith Scannell said Fratto told her his words were taken out of context. So what was the context of Fratto’s trash talk?

“He was talking about how in Methuen, we really never get more money than what is allotted to us with the (state) Chapter 70 formula and how frustrating it is for a business manager,” Scannell said.

Sounds like the same whine to us.

Fratto is right. Methuen spends less: Lincoln-Sudbury spent $16,375 per pupil in 2011, compared to Methuen’s $11,722.

The even bigger gap in home values and household income between Methuen and Lincoln-Sudbury might have something to do with that.

If Fratto thinks dollars signs are the measure of good schools, Lincoln-Sudbury can have him.

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