Friday, August 24, 2012

Southbridge Superintendent Announces Rumor Control Plan


Southbridge School Superintendent Eric Ely has launched an effort to keep the public informed regarding the truth about rumors relating to the school system. In addition, it is his desire to provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions in a concise forum.

He informed The O’Zone as well as Brent Abrahamson of his plan in an email this morning. The email read as follows:

Dear sirs,

I am hoping you can help me. I am planning on posting on our district website a list of rumors and Frequently Asked Questions with the truth, answers and additional information to help dispel misconceptions.  I understand that not everyone in the community will see them but at least it is one way to provide accurate information.

I am hoping you can send me anything you would like to see me address and then help me get the word out [as] I post the information on our district website.

Eric Ely

In an effort to cooperate with this attempt to improve communication within the community, The O’Zone requests that you submit any such questions and or rumors to this site to be brought to the Superintendent’s attention.

17 comments:

  1. I want to ask about a rumor I’ve heard. Is it true that the preliminary results for MCAS scores at SHS have raise concerns about their legitimacy?

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  2. Kudos to Eric for using social media, locally, to get the word out and clarify things. That is not only positive and forward thinking, but goes to what I've been pushing for years: use technology to better communicate in this town. Even with the election of two new councilors, we haven't created a Technology Subcommittee, nor, done anything to make government transparent, which was promised during the campaign. Mere words or delayed actions? We'll see, but Eric is leading the way.

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  3. Please put to rest the rumor that 8 of the HS teachers resigned, because Ms. Perreault was given the Principle position. I met her the other day as well as Mrs. Goulet and I have to say they are both very nice, very approachable and very down to earth. Kudos Mr. Ely on your chooses for the new Administration Team at the HS.

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  4. I would like to know why some kids at the new SMHS have received their schedules and MOST have not. The kids who already received them are the kids with parents in influential positions. Not right. Now they have the opportunity at classes before other students. AND why is the guidance secretary "fixing" the schedules?? It should be the guidance counselors not the secretary. She plays favorites to these kids and their parents too! As a parent, I am so tired of these select kids getting special priviledges. I thought with the new administration this would stop but I guess I was wrong.

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  5. I want to know why Mr Ely thinks the old Charlton St school is better than West St School and why he is perpetuating the myth with his recent comment about "the Silos" at West St.

    It is a Classic set up of preferred competition and setting one school up to succeed and one to suffer a black eye all under the same leadership. If he is so concerned about communication maybe he ought to hire a PR person because clearly he isn't very good at it himself.

    If the superintendent of schools is saying one school (even in it's former format) is better perhaps parents should insist on a transfer to Charlton St.? Equal neighborhood schools don't really seem to be equal if in the eyes and words of the supt. he favors one over the other in resources and especially in positive and negative press.

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  6. This is truly needed. Former school committee member likes spreading false rumors, especially about there being no show choir this year. The superintendent clearly said at the last s.c. meeting, that filling the chorus position at the High School was priority.

    How long will it take for replies? And will he answer them hear on the O'Zone?

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    1. I can’t speak for what Mr. Ely’s plans are for responding to the questions raised. He is aware of this posting because I notified him of it and he responded with a note of thanks. I am compiling these remarks and will send him a copy of those I have as of Monday morning.

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    2. elys a pro con man you will all find out soon enough and you are going to be suprised and dont say you all werent warned.

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    3. I have posted responses on the district website front page today. I will add to them as more questions come. I will not address specific personnel questions or personal attacks on any individual. I am not a fan of anonymity, nor do I prefer to respond to comments from those purporting to know what I am thinking. I do, however, appreciate honest dialogue minus the vitriolic nature that some choose to express. The school district is embarking on an exciting new era in local education and we will embrace those who support our new approach. Our previous results are not good enough and change is necessary to move us forward. I'm an optimist by nature and I look forward to September 4 when our students step foot into four schools that are new by construction, configuration, philosophy and attitude.

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    4. Thank you Mr. Ely. Readers can go to the school website by clicking here: Southbridge School Department.

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    5. NEW YORK RESIDENT:

      How about giving your name, address and phone number so we can verify your claim.

      I don't expect an answer because I know with what I'm dealing.

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    6. Good for you, Eric! If they're scared to post their names, ignore them!

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    7. Anonymous.

      I am the former school committee person that you speak of as well as a parent of a student in this system and as such have a stake in my child's education. I did not spread a rumor that that the show choir was eliminated. I provided information that was given to me by the staff at the school on that date.

      Here are the facts:

      I was at the school for a tour with my child on her given tour day. My child had a question about taking the new pre-engineering course and I met with her guidance councilor Mrs. Hatch and asked her about my child's schedule and the possibility of her taking this course. During our conversation she pulled up the schedule and showed that my child was enrolled in an accounting course and this was not a class she had picked. I asked her what happened with lyrics (show choir class) and was informed that the class had been eliminated and that the teacher was not being replaced. She further stated that my child had to be placed in a class and they just placed her in an accounting class. A class that she neither needs nor wants to take. I then asked about what other classes she could take and was amazed to find out that two other courses that she had not picked were also on her schedule. I was working with guidance to make sure that her schedule is correct.

      I am not getting preferential treatment. It is my duty as a parent to make sure my child gets the very best. That is what this system needs, parents that have a vested interest in their child's education and to be involved.

      My child's schedule was not changed nor did the guidance secretary make any changes to the schedule that I am aware of. I was given a solution to have my child take a virtual high school class to replace the accounting class and that was done by a very helpful Ms. Prisco.

      As of this date and time I have no idea what my child's schedule will look like. But rest assured, that as a parent, I will do everything to advocate for the very best for her as I would for any child in this system. I would urge every parent to take a interest in their child's education and to advocate for them. I like anyone else can to to the guidance office and ask what their child's schedule is and what classes they will be enrolled in and work together with the administration to come up with solutions to the problem.

      I have remained very quiet on this site and have seen allegations be made about me that are just not true but rest assured I will respond when necessary and will not hide behind an anonymous post.

      Jack Jovan

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  7. I would like to know if there are late buses for SMHS students who may want to stay late or have other school activities? Where will the drop off points be? Also how are kids getting to practice fields (Dresser St., West St) after school?

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  8. The mentor for the new principals is Eric's former Assistant Superintendent from Schenectady who was pretty much ousted as well. What do you think?

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  9. WAKE UP SMELL THE COFFEEAugust 29, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    THERE ARE NEW FIELDS AT THE NEW SCHOOL TAKE A TOUR ITS FREE!

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    1. If you knew anything, no one can use the fields for until atleast spring or next fall. You have to let the grass grow in strong!! And yes, I have been on the tour. More than one time too.

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