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That five-word text message from City Hall

The School Board met behind closed doors for an hour and a half last week to make its final decision on which candidate to hire as the city's next superintendent.

Moments before the board emerged back into public session to unveil its decision to hire Pamela Brown, board President Lou Petrucci let Amber Dixon know what the board had decided.

By text.

"It's going to be Brown," he texted her.

As word of the notification-by-text has trickled out, many Dixon supporters say her 21 years in the district and nine months at the helm of it should have warranted the courtesy of a personal visit -- or at least a phone call -- to deliver the news.

"He ought to be ashamed of himself," one City Hall insider said about Petrucci.

- Mary Pasciak

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