Large Donor Forces Baxter Academy Leader Out

March 7, 2013

PORTLAND – John Jaques, the founder and former executive director of the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, released the following statement today in regards to his termination by the board of directors of the organization.

“I am deeply disappointed by the actions of the board,” Jaques said. “I believe that the board of directors has acted inappropriately and unethically.”

According to Jaques, the board decided to remove him as executive director at the request of a potential donor, who had promised the school $250,000.

“With the help of a lot of people, we were able to create Baxter Academy and get it this far along in the process to accept students this fall,” Jaques said. “The board made a decision that it would rather support a large donor, who promised a lot of money if they would get rid of me. It feels like the board has sold me and the school’s students out.”

According the Portland Press Herald, the board says Jaques was terminated for mismanagement.

“It’s unfortunate that the board would characterize the situation that way. There was no mismanagement. We’ve been working for two weeks to reach an amicable agreement, but I guess at the end of the day their loyalty was to the promise of money.”

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