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Sharon Superintendent Alleges Racial Discrimination After Being Placed On Leave

The superintendent of Sharon Public Schools is alleging racial discrimination after school committee members voted to not renew her contract.

In a statement, the chair of the committee says members have voted not to renew Victoria Greer's contract, which is set to expire next June.

The committee has not said why they will not renew Greer's contract.

Greer said she was notified Monday that she is  being put on paid administrative leave. She has filed a formal charge of discrimination against the committee and declined to comment further under the advisement of her lawyer.

When asked about those details, Sharon School Committee member Julie Rowe told WBUR she could not comment further.

Greer's complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is filed against the school committee, committee chair Judy Crosby and board member Heather Zelevinsky.

Greer, who is the first person of color to serve as Sharon's superintendent, alleges the committee, Zelevinsky and Crosby racially discriminated against her. The complaint said that discrimination includes "being subjected to demeaning and racist comments by members of the School Committee, abusive and disparate treatment, and unjustified and highly subjective attacks regarding my performance."

According to the complaint, the school committee's vote to not renew Greer's contract was a "discriminatory decision ... championed by Ms. Zelevinsky and Ms. Crosby with the support of Mr. Shain," referencing school committee vice chair Adam Shain.

As a result of the alleged discrimination, Greer states in her complaint that she suffers from "significant emotional distress and economic harm."

This article was originally published on September 16, 2020.

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