March 9, 2013

Baxter Academy leadership dispute moves online

By Noel K. Gallagher
Staff Writer

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John Jaques, founder of the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, has been removed as executive director of the fledgling charter school by the school's board of directors.

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PDF: Screenshot of message on Baxter Academy website
A screenshot of the website as it appeared Thursday around 11 p.m.

"That has been our sole working purpose: the good of the school. It would be unreasonable to expect that you can yet trust that, but it is our fervent desire to prove it to you -- by working with you to create the school all of us have believed in all along," she wrote.

Jaques said Thursday that he personally registered and owned the domain name when he founded the school. He never turned it over to Baxter Academies, the nonprofit organization that runs the school.

"I feel the ownership of the ideas, the intellectual property, is mine and I'll use it if I go on to found another charter school in Maine or in another state," he said.

According to whois, an online registry of URL owners, was set up through DreamHost, a web-hosting service and domain name registrar.

Jaques said he was unpaid when he founded the school, but became the sole paid employee of Baxter Academies. According to IRS documents, Jaques was paid $36,783 in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available. He said his annual salary was $63,000.

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