Marlborough High School Assistant Principal Adam Bakr, whose firing sparked a controversy that eventually led to the departure of Superintendent Anthony Pope, has been reinstated to his position.
Acting Superintendent Maureen Greulich announced the decision in a statement Monday. Bakr will officially be back on the job on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
“Upon a thorough review of the details surrounding this matter, Acting Superintendent Maureen Greulich and the District have determined that Mr. Bakr should be reinstated to his position without further delay,” the district said in the statement.
“The District and Mr. Bakr are looking forward to putting this behind us and to his return to the High School.”
Bakr was suspended by Pope in December, a move that prompted MHS students to rally in support of his return. It was during a visit to the high school to discuss the situation with students that the former superintendent was accused of behaving unprofessionally, allegedly pushing a staffer who he mistook for a student.
Bakr was later fired by Pope, for what the superintendent called only a "human resources issue."
Students, parents, teachers and staffers staged months of silent protest of the move, with throngs showing up at School Committee meetings donning "Bring Bakr Back" T-shirts.
Pope resigned on July 2. The district has offered the position of interim superintendent to former Westborough schools leader Steven Dlott.