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Hull School Committee Votes to Put Superintendent on Paid Leave

Michael Devine has served as superintendent of schools in Hull since 2017

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The school committee in Hull, Massachusetts, has voted unanimously to put the district's superintendent on paid administrative leave.

Michael Devine, who had served in his current role since 2017 following eight years as principal at Hull High School, is the subject of allegations of personal misconduct brought forth by the Hull School Committee.

Judith Kuehn has taken over as acting superintendent in place of Devine. Kuehn has worked within the Hull school system for 12 years.

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The school committee met Wednesday for an executive session to address Devine's status.

An independent outside investigator has been retained by the committee to conduct an administrative review, which will look into any possible policy violations.

Parents say they're most frustrated with the fact that they don't know much about what actually happened.

"That's the problem, is there's zero explanation, it's just for personal reasons," parent Adrian Mahan said.

A letter was sent to teachers, staff and parents notifying them of Devine's pending termination, without delving into the nature of his alleged violations.

"As a superintendent, he's fabulous, he's terrific, he is taking Hull Schools where they haven't been before and so I don't understand any of it," grandparent Rick Gudmand said.

Hull Police have been notified and the school committee is retaining an independent outside investigator to conduct an administrative review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the "personal matter" which will look at any possible policy violations.

"I think that anything that might be appearing that way, I think there's explanations and I don't believe it. I don't believe it. I know Mike," Gudmand said.

The Hull Teacher's Association said in a statement that it "expects an investigation that is transparent, objective and one that places the concerns and safety of all of our students front and center."

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