I think that Commenter Jack Mitchell, over at Left-in-Lowell captured it in this comment, posted on 19 January 2011.
The School Committee seems to have felt that the School Superintendent was operating outside of her charter from them. She was free-lancing and not doing a credible job of reporting back. It seems to me, at this point that she violated the concept of "It is easier to get forgiveness than permission" by being careless with the facts. This has emerged only recently, and it gave the School Committee pause. Then it gave the School Committee purpose. My sense of that purpose was embodied in Mayor Milinazzo last evening, who was very serious and all business. It seemed to me that he and most of his fellow School Committee members were there to accomplish one thing and one thing only. To start the search for a new Superintendent.
Has this been a case of a failure to communicate? It may well have been and the solution might have been an all cards face up meeting behind closed doors. That did not happen and now we are left with this situation.
I am not of a mind to blame the School Committee for this. I believe, like in most things, there is some blame to share, but the majority belongs with Dr Chris Scott. At the end of the day it is her job to keep her boss(es) informed and to make them look good. That did not happen.
This is, frankly a vote of "No Confidence". If the School Committee loses confidence in the Superintendent, it is time to move on.
Regards — Cliff