Thursday, August 2, 2012

Breaking News: Perreault To Be Named Principal Of Southbridge Middle/High School


Updated with new material from the Office of the Southbridge Superintendent of Schools after the page break (8/3/12 - 8:30 am).


The O’Zone has learned from reliable sources that Tammy Perreault, M,Ed, currently Director of Mathematics, K-12, within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the school district, will be named Principal of the new Southbridge Middle/High School.

A formal announcement is expected to be forthcoming imminently.




UPDATE: The Worcester Telegram is reporting (8/3/12, 4:30 am) Superintendent announces two new principals Tammy Perreault at the Southbridge Middle/High School and Dana Labb at West Street Elementary School. The article also elaborates upon what appears to be a bitter conflict between school committee members Scott Lazo and Mary Ellen Prencipe.





Releases from the Southbridge School Department


Tammy Perreault



Southbridge Public Schools Superintendent Eric Ely has hired Tammy Perreault, current district Director of Mathematics (K-12), as the Principal of the new Southbridge Middle/High School.

Ms. Perreault will begin her new duties immediately.

Ms. Perreault is a proven instructional leader at the building and district level with a clear vision for a new educational environment for all Southbridge secondary school students according to Ely.  Ely said “Ms. Perreault was fundamentally critical to the dramatic improvement in achievement of students in Chicopee’s most challenging middle school in her role as a mathematics teacher and Instructional Specialist for Mathematics.  In Southbridge, Ms. Perreault has been able to create a strong team in our district’s math department which is dedicated to aligning the district’s math curriculum, instructional resources and strategies with the new Massachusetts State Frameworks.”  Her experience and her dedicated focus on meeting the needs of ALL children in the middle/high school will serve the students and community well, Ely said.  

Ms. Perreault holds a Masters of Arts in Education, in the Teaching of Mathematics, an interdisciplinary Bachelors of Arts degree, with concentration in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Spanish, giving her a breadth of knowledge and experience that will serve her well in the new middle/high school.  “We must create a culture in our school system of high expectations and rigorous accountability,” Ms. Perreault stated “I am eager to meet this challenge. We have a dedicated group of teachers and a strong team of administrative leaders both who are willing to do what it takes to help all students succeed.  Together, we will open a whole new world for our students. 


Dana Labb



Southbridge Public Schools Superintendent Eric Ely has hired current assistant principal at Tantasqua Junior High School Dana Labb as the Principal of West Street Elementary School.  Mr. Labb will begin his new duties on August 10.  Mr. Labb replaces John Riley who resigned from the district after accepting the position of Principal at the Abbey Kelly Charter Middle School in Worcester.

Mr. Labb has a varied background in the military, and as a special education teacher in Ashland, Massachusetts and Los Angeles, California.  He also previously served as a behavior specialist in Northboro, Massachusetts.  Mr. Labb is also an accomplished performing musician and songwriter.  Superintendent Ely said he sees Mr. Labb’s diverse background as critical to his success as a leader and his ability to relate to staff, parents and students from all backgrounds.  Ely also said “Mr. Labb was outstanding every step of the way in the interview process and in the staff and parent forum.  I believe his energy and his commitment to ensuring the learning of every child, regardless of the challenges they face will enable West Street School to reach unprecedented heights of student achievement for the Southbridge community.”

Mr. Labb is looking forward to leading West Street School and creating a welcoming environment for students, parents and the community at large.  He says his “top priority will be to work with the newly formed Grade 1-5 staff to create a cohesive unit with a shared vision for high expectations for student achievement and a high degree of accountability on everybody’s part.”  He also indicated he “will use a targeted data focus to identify areas of the curriculum that warrant close attention and a new way of looking at things.”

Mr. Labb has Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UMass Amherst, a Master’s in Special Education from Cambridge College and also attended the Commonwealth Leadership Academy.

28 comments:

  1. Who is Tammy Perreault? How long has she been in the system? Where did she come from? Why did she leave? Does she have her Principal certification? Has she ever been a Principal before? If not why would he hire someone with no experience for such an important position?

    Pluto

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    1. I'm sure nooooobody asked her ANY questions at all. They probably just hired the first peson who walked in.

      Anyhow, it's about time we flushed that old turd from SHS. It was really starting to make me sick.

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  2. Good....I am glad it is someone already in our district who can start immediately. I do not know much about her but I am putting trust in the superintendent that he knows what he is doing. I would have liked more staff/parental involvement in the choice but I also know we are very time constricted. Regardless, one leader is the way to go and I think we all need to support our district leaders so that we can FINALLY be moving forward!

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  3. No kidding ken....didn't someone post that last week and you didn't beleive it?

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    1. I have a different standard than Fox News - anonymous assertions without evidence are not enough.

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    2. Give Kenny a break. "Once fooled, shame on you; twice fooled shame on me." Ken has more integrity than to personally add to the perpetual rumor mill that is in this town.

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  4. Again this proves "Deals" were made. Who would hire a woman for this new project with no adminstrative experience. Here we go again....

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    1. How does what "prove" that deals were made? You make no sense, and you're probably on the losing side of the last election.

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    2. If you want to talk about back door deals, then why don't you look at how Bishop even rose to principal in the first place. Back door deals indeed.

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  5. Ken, please do some digging and let us know what the process was for the hiring of the Ms. Perrault, no doubt she may be a good person, but what was the process. Were are the BEST PRACTICES that Ms. Donovan touted when she was running. Was a search committee put in place like all other jobs or was this position handed to a chosen one based on a personal relationship. I understand she was interested in the West Street position and the Superintendent said to some that she did not have enough experience, so what changed in the month that she is now experienced to lead a 1000+ student body and staff but not an elemnetary staff. BTW, this has nothing to do with whether BB should have stayed or not, it is my concern for the students and staff in this district and in seeking the most highly qualified staff available.

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    1. School committee has no power in who the superintendent chooses. SC is charged with policy and budget....NOT hiring. I wish everyone would give this lady the benefit of the doubt and support her. She certainly cannot be as bad as what we have had in the past. Let's move ahead and FINALLY be proud of what is happening in this district. We have much to be proud about. Good things ARE beginning to happen.

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    2. You are right about the SC and their power. However, we need the very best administration to move this district forward. What experience does she have in managing a middle school-high school. Given that the person they hired for West Street had experience in a regional school district as a building assistant principal, on the face it it seems like he has more experience than who the superintendent appointed.

      We will have to see how this goes and hopefully the best will come out of it. I for one will be watching as my kids are in the high school and I want the very best for them.

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    3. Dear Anonymous 11:50 AM

      There have been a lot of good things that have happened over the past seven years. Enough of the bashing of the old school committee, get over it!!

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    4. Miti, why don't you go right to the source and ask Mr. Ely what process he used for the hiring of Ms. Perrault? Why should Ken do the "digging"? Perhaps you should also ask Mr. Ely about the "personal relationship" your're alluding to. It seems to me that you are nothing more than a gossip monger who thrives on negativity.

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    5. Patti B

      One only has to watch Mr. Ely and know that he is the master of double speak. I asked Ken to dig into this issue and comment as he has been the one to bring things to the forefront. God knows we dont have any newspapers that will actually research an print things. Plus I do not see what is being said that is negative. I am simply asking if the appointee is truly qualified for the position, has she had the necessary experience to lead a school of 1000 of our children. No doubt that she has curriculm experience, but given the many issues that a principal deals with, what experience does she bring to the position, or is this going to be learn as you go.

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    6. Miti:
      I appreciate your confidence in my investigative abilities.

      However, as I’ve said, based upon my experience, I believe we are past the point of second-guessing.

      I do object to references about “personal relationships”. In my experience a number of men have mentored women who they perceived as talented. I have done this myself. And others, as well as myself, have had this used as an implication of something inappropriate.

      Unless there is something concrete to back up this vicious rumor, I suggest that it not only be dropped, but called out for what it is. It is a vicious canard that constitutes one of the principle roadblocks to the advancement of women in the professional world.

      The resort to this subliminal message is not merely a throwback to the era of “Mad-Men”, it has to be called out for what it is – one more example of the level to which local power-seekers will stoop to destroy good people for personal gain.

      Let Mr. Ely do his job. At this point, realistically, there is no viable alternative. If he screws up, you can rest assured there will be hell to pay. But, at the same time, keep a realistic outlook on legitimate criticisms as opposed to efforts designed to gain a political advantage as well as engage in a cover-up of potentially damaging past activities.

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  6. Tomorrow will mark one month before the opening of Southbridge public schools.

    As the article in today’s Worcester Telegram makes abundantly clear, there are some very deep-seated animosities within the school committee. There can be very little doubt that these have had their impact upon the latitude afforded the Superintendent to operate freely.

    My inquiries, about which I have written previously, have indicated a high level of micro-management on the part of the prior school committee majority. While this appears to have been reduced, there does seem to be some tendency to want to move in this direction even within the current majority.

    Whatever the case, and for whatever reason, one cannot lose sight of the short time available for the Superintendent to fill a number of critical vacancies as well as adapt to the opening of a new and major facility.

    Under such circumstances I believe that reality dictates that the necessary latitude be given the Superintendent to act expeditiously and as he sees fit. While I am a firm believer in transparency, this is a circumstance that requires action rather than delay, no matter how desirable that may be under more normal circumstances.

    Ultimately the Superintendent will be held accountable for the results of his actions. Let us hope for the welfare of the students and the community that the latitude that, of necessity, he has been granted will be vindicated.

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  7. Read Scott's accusations in the T and G. Sore loser. He'll be out next June anyway!!

    Alex

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  8. Lets not be fooled.We must be honest. New school or not unfortunately nothing will change in this district until the demographics do!

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    1. Is that backdoor racism? I hope not. Unless your're talking about all the white people, but I doubt it.

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    2. Furthermore, if you want to be a racist, just say what you mean and be out with it!

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    3. No I am pretty sure she is pointing out the many many lazy, entitled, uneducated, free loaders who have IPhones, new cars but no job, and wear pajamas at 2:00 pm, that call themselves "parents". Demographics is more than race, unless you're narrow minded

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  9. Poverty is a demographic that hurts the advancement of students like no other. Southbridge has high poverty levels based on the amount using the free lunch program. Single parents are also at a high level in town and the two generally go hand in hand. Statistics prove that special ed students generally don't pass MCAS and yes Southbridge has a high percentage of special ed students

    The term demographics has many subcategories as it is the statistical data of a population, especially those showing average age, income, education, how people live, work, get marry, study, succeed, fall in love, migrate, etc. I find it very interesting that iq (insulting quagmire?) immediately jumped on the offensive race card accusation without qualifing Anon 1:46 truthful comment.

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  10. It's not backdoor racism. Its called the truth! As we know many people can't handle the truth.

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  11. Looks like the Southbridge News is reporting the new assistant principals for the new school on their homepage. Does anyone know anything about the 2 new ones? Where were they before or any other info?

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  12. As the parent of a student entering the HS, I am pleased with the changes that are taking place. New school, new School Committee, new principal....I think things are looking up. Change can be good. Let's give the new administration an opportunity to do their job without acting as wet blankets before they even have a chance to lead. Lead really is the operative word. A leader embraces all members of the community. While we learn from our past, we can't remain there. Life becomes stagnant. Successful people - especially administration - have foresight.

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  13. Does anybody know if it is true that Mike Montigny has been hired as the electronic media teacher at the new school?

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  14. WHAT? Is he qualified? Is he certified? Let's see his C.V.

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