Eagle Tribune: Oliver School Principal Beth Gannon is "emotionally fragile" and will be on leave while the School Department investigates whether she improperly promoted her steamy romance novel during faculty meetings, Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy said yesterday.
Laboy said he reached an agreement with Gannon yesterday allowing her to take the rest of the week off while "fact-finding" is underway.
The teachers union alleges Gannon urged other teachers to buy her self-published $13.95 paperback, "Crazy Fortunes," during faculty meetings and is considering a no-confidence vote against her as a result.
And at least one School Committee member called for Gannon to be fired.
Yesterday, Laboy described Gannon as "emotionally fragile" and under "a lot of duress" as a result of the allegations. He said Gannon penned "Crazy Fortunes" prior to her employment with the Lawrence schools.
Removing her from the school environment reduces the pressure on her and gives the School Department an opportunity to sift through the issue, said Laboy. He noted the process is used with other employees when issues arise.
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