Carver: Teacher seeks additional paid leave to be with wounded soldier son

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A Carver math teacher whose son was wounded in Afghanistan is being given a hard time for wanting more time off so she can visit him.

In late October, Sonya Lomax found out her 23-year-old son, Todd, was seriously wounded by shrapnel in a grenade explosion and was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

His parents traveled there to visit him, with his mother using the nine paid leave days she gets each year.

Now she wants three more days off so that she can visit her son again when he returns to Fort Drum, New York.

But Lomax says when she asked the school superintendent about coverting unused sick days to personal days, she was essentially told “no” because of language in the teachers’ contract.

Lomax is now making her appeal to the Carver School Committee, which plans to announce its decision at a January 9th meeting.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.