WORCESTER - A pair of petitions are going around with the same goal in mind: asking the Worcester School Committee to reconsider their nationwide search for a new superintendent and instead extend the contract for current Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda for at least one more year.
An online petition on Change.org has received more than 1,000 signatures as of October 7.
Multiple sources within Worcester Public Schools tell ThisWeekinWorcester.com a second hard-copy petition has been going around the school system since early September and as of mid-September had already received more than 3,000 signatures from teachers, staff members and parents.
Binienda's contract expires on June 30, 2022.
The Worcester School Committee voted early last month to end Binienda's tenure as Superintendent at the completion of the current academic year and to begin a nationwide search for a new WPS Superintendent.
Binienda has worked within WPS for over 45 years and became superintendent in 2016.
The school committee meets Thursday at 6 PM.
Lead image: Durkin Administration Building in Worcester