ROCKPORT — A recently retired Rockport Middle and High School educator of 35 years will serve as the middle school’s guidance counselor when classes open to students on Aug. 28.
David Curley will return on an interim basis, according to an announcement letter sent to parents Thursday from Superintendent Robert Liebow.
The move comes in the wake of an investigation regarding recent allegations of misconduct made against Howard Kasper, the middle school guidance counselor. The allegations were made by two former students of the Landmark School in Beverly and date back to 1979 and 1984, respectively, when Kasper worked there.
Kasper was put on paid leave pending the investigation.
“Since the leave that is in effect will more than likely continue beyond the start of the new school year, we would like to announce that Mr. David Curley has agreed to step forward and fill this position for us on a temporary basis,” wrote Liebow. “(Curley) will certainly provide the entire school community with the stability and professional expertise we need in our counseling department at this time.”
Curley, a Gloucester native, served in a number of positions in Rockport, from teacher to dean to counselor. Although he was primarily a high school varsity soccer and hockey coach, he also coached middle school soccer.
Phillip Conrad, the middle and high school principal, is arranging for counseling services during the opening days of school for students or staff members who may want assistance.
“Our investigation into this matter is continuing ... At this time, no conclusions have been reached in this difficult matter and no determination has yet been made regarding the person’s long-term employment status with the Rockport Public Schools,” wrote Liebow.
The superintendent further noted that no individuals have come forward to date with any claims of misconduct involving Kasper during the 12 years he has been working in Rockport schools.
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