Longmeadow to decide on renewal of school superintendent’s contract

Hampden County

There was a lot of support for Longmeadow Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Marty O’Shea at a meeting discussing contract terms Wednesday night.

Every seat was filled for the Longmeadow School Committee meeting, and students occupied the standing room in the back.

Several people spoke on O’Shea’s behalf. School Committee Chair Beth Baron said they were deciding whether to extend O’Shea’s contract beyond next June.

“I worked with Marty O’Shea in his first year and he was nothing but professional and engaging,” said Elizabeth Bone of Longmeadow.

Baron told 22News that Superintendent O’Shea had been requesting a meeting for this discussion, and a vote was to decide whether to extend his contract.

“The Police Chief, Fire Chief, Administration, teachers, especially students because they have faith in Marty O’Shea,” said State Representative Brian Ashe. “They believe he’s doing a great job.”

Baron said O’Shea’s contract expires June 30 of next year. O’Shea has been the head of the Longmeadow schools for more than two years.  

Last winter, 22News had reported that Superintendent O’Shea had offered to resign.

As of Wednesday night, O’Shea remains on the job, but it’s unclear if he’ll stay on after this contract expires at the end of June.

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