Wiggins offers his resignation

Lawrence Academy head done June 30

SCOTT WIGGINS ISL sanctions created tumult SCOTT WIGGINS
ISL sanctions created tumult
By Mike Carraggi
Globe Correspondent / April 28, 2011

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Lawrence Academy headmaster Scott Wiggins announced his resignation yesterday, effective June 30, one year before his contract expires.

The announcement came after the Independent School League hit Lawrence Academy with six sanctions last week in response to violations regarding the football team.

“Today Scott Wiggins turned in his resignation to the [board of trustees],’’ said David Casanave, Lawrence Academy’s director of communications and marketing. “He made this decision now because he felt it was in the best interest of the school and the community given the tumult that has resulted from the sanctions handed down by the ISL.’’

Wiggins and athletic director Kathy Noble were targeted by Lawrence Academy students and their parents after football coach Mike Taylor resigned in early February. Concerned parents wrote letters to the Board of Trustees in February and March requesting that both be relieved of their duties. Noble is not expected to return in the fall.

The football program had been at the center of a controversy since it in essence became too good for its own good, resulting in national attention. Playing six athletes who will be attending Division 1 schools also created safety concerns from opponents, one of which forfeited a game because of it.

Along with stripping Lawrence Academy of its past two ISL championships and banning it from any New England Prep School Athletic Council bowl game for the next three years to coincide with a probationary period, the league demanded accountability regarding how it handles financial aid, particularly to student-athletes.

Friday, the school released a statement admitting that the punishments were in part because of “issues surrounding need-based financial aid practices,’’ and a student source revealed that the administration would solicit donations from Taylor to supplement financial aid for incoming student-athletes.

The board of trustees already has started a search for an interim headmaster, according to Casanave.