Monday, February 11, 2013
A recent Lexington High grad says Naomi Martin 'was one of the most professional and enthusiastic members of the faculty I encountered at LHS.'
Monday, February 11
Editor's Note: John Bernstein, a recent Lexington High graduate, wrote this letter to Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash in support of Athletic Director Naomi Martin, who was recently suspended for a week for doctoring an email sent to Middlesex League athletic directors. Bernstein asked that his letter be posted to Patch. Dear Superintendent Ash, I am a recent Lexington High alumnus, former track and cross-country runner and current collegiate athlete at the University of Rochester. I wanted to provide a word of support for Naomi Martin on behalf of the many athletes she has helped and supported throughout their high school careers. As a captain for several teams and sports editor for the high school paper, I had the pleasure of meeting …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
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 a petition calling for, among other things, the immediate termination of Naomi Martin, 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…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A Change(.org) gonna come?
An online petition is calling for, among other things, the dismissal of Lexington’s athletic director, who admitted last week to doctoring an email that immediately preceded the Middlesex League’s Title IX-driven decision to abandon its doubleheader basketball schedule. Last week, Naomi Martin, the athletic director at Lexington High, was given a week of unpaid leave after it came to light that she had fabricated information attributed to a Lexington parent in a November email to athletic directors across the Middlesex League. On Jan. 19, Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash sent an email to that same audience attempting to “correct the record” and calling Martin’s actions “unacceptable.” Earlier this week, a petition hit the interwebs …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A Lexington parent caught most of the blame, but it was a now-suspended AD’s doctored emails that spurred the Middlesex League’s Title IX-driven decision to discontinue its doubleheader scheduling format for boys and girls basketball.
The story went something like this: A Lexington parent was threatening to sue, so the Middlesex League deep-sixed its doubleheader scheduling format, which had been in place since the mid-1990s. That was the yarn spun at the start of the 2012-2013 basketball season. It was fodder for players, parents, fans and bystanders alike, and got picked up by multiple local media outlets, including Patch. Most likely, it was reported that way because that’s how the coaches and athletic directors told it to reporters and editors. And most likely that’s how they told the story because that’s how they heard it themselves. Except only that’s not how it went down. It’s true that Lexington resident Kathryn Robb is at the bottom of it. For two years Robb …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A school department spokesperson confirmed today, Jan. 23, Naomi Martin will be suspended without pay, beginning tomorrow for fabricating information in an email to Middlesex League athletic directors.
Lexington Athletic Director Naomi Martin has been suspended without pay for one week after admitting she doctored portions of an email from a parent, which she included in her own communication with Middlesex League athletic directors. The suspension begins tomorrow, Jan. 24, as the Globe has reported and a spokesperson for the Lexington Public Schools confirmed. In the group email, sent on Nov. 15, Martin requests permission from her colleagues to allow Lexington to play a single-gender basketball schedule in order to bring the program into compliance with Title IX. She also states in the email that a Lexington parent had informed school officials threatened a lawsuit and was “prepared to file her complaint against the entire Middlesex …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Shortly before the basketball season began, the Middlesex League changed its schedule so that boys and girls teams play at opposite venues. Previously, the boys and girls varsity teams played doubleheaders at the same site.
Looks like Lexington had a hand in igniting another revolution, only this one has to do with high school basketball. Shortly before the basketball season began, the Middlesex League changed its schedule so that boys and girls teams play at opposite venues. Previously, the boys and girls varsity teams played doubleheaders at the same site. It’s been reported that the last-minute schedule swapping was prompted when a Lexington parent threatened to sue over noncompliance with Title IX. But Kathryn Robb, the woman who triggered the change, claims she’s been beating the gender equity drum for more than a year – and never threatened legal action. Passed in 1972, Title IX requires gender equity for boys and girls in all educational programs …