Longmeadow residents discuss ways to hold town elected officials more accountable

Hampden County

A thousand people crowded the Longmeadow High School gym Thursday night over an issue that’s raised emotions in town. 

Residents are unhappy with a school committee decision and now, those residents want to establish a way to hold their elected officials more accountable.  

Longmeadow residents want to change the town charter, so they have a process to recall elected officials. 

The gym was filled with registered voters who signed a petition to change the charter. 

The action stems from residents upset over the school committee’s decision not to renew School Superintendent Dr. Martin O’Shea’s contract. 

Many of the residents are in favor of the petition. 

“When I went to the school committee meeting, hundreds of teachers probably 50-100 school children came in support of him,” said John Robbins of Longmeadow. 

Michael Yancu, also of Longmeadow, told 22News, “Clearly the people of Longmeadow feel passionate about this. Not sure which side is more passionate, but I think there is going to be some change tonight involving the school committee and I think we are going to support our superintendent.” 

The town meeting will not change Dr. O’Shea’s Status. His contract expires at the end of this school year in June.  

If it passes, the town clerk will present the petition to the state legislature, to see if the town will be allowed to amend the charter so elected officials could be recalled under a process. 

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