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Crazy Massachusetts school board loses out on another superintendent candidate who isn't woke enough
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Crazy Massachusetts school board loses out on another superintendent candidate who isn't woke enough

A school board in Massachusetts has struggled to fill its impending superintendent vacancy after a second qualified candidate has proven to be insufficiently woke.

On April 10, the Easthampton School Committee offered the job to Erica Faginski-Stark. However, within days, Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle received an email from a student member of the local high school's Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club. The student had apparently combed through Faginski-Stark's social media history and become concerned about a few Facebook messages posted more than two years ago. "Under the belief that this is her Facebook account," the unnamed student wrote to the mayor, "she has posted conservative transphobic rhetoric a multitude of times."

Though the allegedly controversial posts have since been deleted, screenshots of the posts in question indicate only that Faginski-Stark believes in the sex binary and wants to protect women's sports from male infiltration. "Defend Title IX," said one post. "Only girls should play girls’ sports!"

Another post shared a PragerU video regarding women's sports and expressed concern that female athletes would soon be crowded out of their own leagues by male participants. "For EVERY female athlete out there, it’s time to speak up. As a former Div. 1 scholarship athlete and academic & athletic ALL American," Faginski-Stark reportedly wrote, "our young women just got stripped of their equal rights and equal opportunity."

The Easthampton High School student implied that the deleted posts would give rise to "anti-trans" activism in the community. "With the recent anti-trans picketing, many youth in the school are concerned and angry," the student told the mayor.

Whether the mayor found the posts equally concerning remains unclear. However, Faginski-Stark must have believed they would tarnish her professional reputation or her ability to lead the district, because she subsequently withdrew her application from consideration.

Faginski-Stark is now the second Easthampton superintendent candidate to be offered the job this spring, only to have that job offer fall through. Late last month, the school committee voted 4-3 to extend the job to Vito Perrone. However, the committee later rescinded his job offer before it was finalized because he had addressed two women associated with the committee as "ladies."

Committee Chair Cynthia Kwiecinski claimed she was offended by the "microaggression" and considered Perrone's ignorance about such microaggressions "a problem." Suzanne Colby, the other woman involved, was not offended by the term but still stands by Kwiecinski's right to be offended. "I am respectful to those who may be offended by the word or term," Colby said. "Those of you who know me know how important it is to me to be respectful of all individuals."

Kwiecinski later denied that she was solely responsible for the chaos in the superintendent selection process. "It’s been stated that I’ve driven this whole mess," the lady said. "Although I am the chair, I do not make the decisions for this body. This body has to make these decisions together."

With Perrone and Faginski-Stark both out of the running, the board must now consider other options. A third candidate, Jonathan Bruno, also interviewed for the position, though it's unclear whether he is still in contention or whether the board intends to continue a search for yet another candidate. Allison LeClair, the current superintendent of Easthampton, is set to retire at the end of the school year.

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Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil

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Cortney Weil is a senior editor for Blaze News.
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