Meagher was later terminated for encouraging teachers to refrain from carrying out required duties, the legality of which became the heart of the Andover Education Association’s challenge to the state board last October.
The labor board ultimately determined that abstaining in the voting process was allowed because school administrators didn’t make it abundantly clear that it was against the law. Because Meagher’s termination was based on that abstention option, her firing was deemed unlawful.
Forgue and Colby-Clements said what happens next rests with Meagher. As far as they are concerned, she’s returning to Andover High for the coming school year unless she indicates otherwise.
— Staff writer Sonya Vartabedian contributed to this report.