Primo Leung

PRIMO “HOWIE” LEUNG

CONCORD — The school board accepted the resignation of Concord High School principal Tom Sica on Monday night, several days after the school district’s superintendent also stepped down.

The resignations come amid controversy surrounding the administration’s handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against a teacher.

“This will allow the district to move forward under new leadership,” said Jennifer Patterson, chairwoman of the board, at the meeting.

On Friday, the board accepted Terri Forsten’s resignation and voted to hire Franklyn Bass as interim superintendent. Bass is an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University and has served as a superintendent in other New Hampshire districts.

Bass will be paid $750 per day for up to 95 days and work three days a week.

Both Sica and Forsten were placed on leave on Sept. 27 after the school board received an independent investigator’s report into the district’s handling of allegations against former teacher Primo “Howie” Leung.

The board voted Sept. 25 during a non-public session to terminate both Sica and Forsten’s contracts two days after receiving the report.

The board reached agreements with both Sica and Forsten before moving forward with formal termination hearings, a process that could have taken more than a year, Patterson said.

Some parents questioned why Sica was still being paid by the district during his leave.

“By law he had the right to remain in the status while the issues that led to his being placed on leave were being resolved,” Patterson said.

Thursday, December 05, 2019
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