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Lexington Man Behind AD Ouster Petition Explains His Position

John Igoe, the man who initiated an online petition calling for the immediate removal of Lexington’s athletic director, told Patch he won't necessarily push for her ouster.

After news broke that Lexington’s athletic director admitted to doctoring an email and suggesting a lawsuit would be imminent if the Middlesex League did not change its basketball schedule, there was outage among some in the Lexington community.

One resident, John Igoe, a father whose children are all in or out of college, started , the athletic director at Lexington High.

By creating the petition, Igoe said his intention was to establish a position more than it was to actively mount an opposition.

“It’s all about accountability, ethics and the violation of a code of conduct that we can explain to our children,” Igoe said. “For this particular issue, I was motivated by the fact that this is not only a statement about our ethical values in our town among our schools, but it’s a leadership statement about the schools.”

Last week, the Lexington Public Schools confirmed Martin had been placed on a week of unpaid leave after she admitted to fabricating information attributed to a Lexington parent that she included in a group email to Middlesex League ADs. Previously, on Jan. 19, Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash sent an email to those same ADs to correct the record, and Martin has emailed an apology to the parent who was misrepresented.

Speaking with Patch on Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before the School Committee would meet, Igoe said he would not necessarily present the petition as a call to action. Rather, he hoped to gauge the community’s interest in an issue that he felt strongly about. The petition had 101 signatures as of 6:30 p.m. last night.

The School Committee’s agenda for its Jan. 30 meeting did not include an item expressly dealing with the LHS athletic director, the petition or basketball scheduling. Igoe said he planned to attend the meeting, but was not certain he’d speak during the public comment period.

“I don’t have an organization that’s building out a proposal,” Igoe said. “I’m an individual citizen who saw something that’s wrong in the community and the School Committee and administration is not dealing with it.”

READ MORE ON THIS ISSUE

  • About the High School Hoops Scheduling Situation
  • Lexington AD Martin Suspended Over Doctored Email
  • More On the Title IX/Hoops Schedule Situation
  • Petition Seeks Ouster of Lexington AD Over Email Imbroglio
LEXMINMAN January 31, 2013 at 12:19 PM
VERY WELL SAID
john igoe February 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM
A lot of folks have contacted me about what they can do related to this issue and where is the petition located. Here is a link: http://www.change.org/petitions/lexington-school-committee-lexington-massachusetts-remove-ms-martin-as-athletic-director-at-lhs The petition is only a small example of what citizens can do to affect change in the way the school administration is handling this issue. I suggest you contact your school committee members, contact Dr Ash's office and be visible in the various social media forums such as patch, the minuteman(letters to the editor), etc. Continuing appearances at the School Committee meetings to comment in the public statement area such as this past weds meeting where this issue was raised; is also a way to influence our elected and paid officials to address concerns. I have heard from hundreds of individuals; citizens, students, staff members and appreciate your support. Thanks. John
Rick Jackson February 02, 2013 at 01:39 PM
"A father whose children are all in or out of college." Okay, but do we mention that his son played for Farias, that the father attended Farias' tribute party, and that the father was a critic of Martin's decision to replace Farias? Eric did you even ask him if his motivation was in any way a result of her decision to fire Faris and to not hire Brinklow? Please....you just gave the man a platform to appear to have totally pure motives. Nothing could be further from the truth. A retributional act is what this petition is. Plain and simple.
Carl Eric Easton February 02, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Rick - it's about accountability - and there's a life lesson in there as well - if your going to make big waves be prepared when you slip up and the current turns against you.

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