Why don’t you look into how many school department employees are on paid administrative leave and why?
Enquiring minds want to know. Please enlighten us.
MS guidance counselor on PAL since last yearMS/HS Math dept head on PAL The newly-created "Director of Operations" position was awarded, without any selection process to Roland Gaboury. He was on PAL last year when he was math coordinator. Of course Gaboury has bigger problems resulting from his arrest on Aug 31 in Spencer.Great job girls! You and Buzz are just what the doctor ordered.Southbridge elected McLaughlin, Donovan and Wood riff - you got what you deserved.Not one decision has been in the best interest of the students; they have been ease-of-management & political paybacks.Not only should the DESE not take the district off Level 4, they should take district over - NOW! But they won't because they are ass sorry as the leadership of the schools.School choice your kids while you can!
Any publishable info on why they're on PAL?
The rumor is that it has to do with last years mcas results.
Did anyone really expect better schools with the chaos that was allowed to take place all year at our new school?Watch the school committee meetings of the past 14 months. One would think that the schools were on their way to Ivy League status. McLaughlin, the self- appointed "know-it-all" and "Crocodile-tears" Donovan followed Principe and Woodriff like good little middle school girls.What date shall I select for the day they resign? Remember Laliberte and Tarantino? History repeating itself.
Woodruff is not the problem. A palace coup is in the works by the four newbies to depose her and let her take the blame.
Watch a meeting, Woodruff couldn't run a one room school house, never mind a declining school district.The real problems are McLaughlin & Donovan. Time for recall elections!
The author of this blog is a culpable as the girls on the committee
As always, the trolls blame the messenger.How did SHS jump to level I and suddenly fall back to this?I am culpable for reporting facts. If you don't like them that's hardly my fault.
Bring back Jovan!
Oh GOD NO!!!! Reputations come and go so swiftly.Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.
McLaughlin & Donovan voted to extend Ely's contract after being school committee members for less than 72 hours - brilliant. Oh that's right, he resigned after an extended PAL, an expensive investigation by Quincy Attorney Edward Doocey (report never released to public). Bishop forced out for political payback and in came Tammy Perreault - terminated after extended PAL and another costly Doocey investigation.
I don't recall seeing much on this site regarding the Ely & Perrault issues. Is that because the blogger is pals (not PAL - lol) with then-school committee member Principe?Selective blog postings?
That's just plain untrue. This blog was the first to publish Goulet's criticism of Perreault as well as repeated material on Ely. Selective memory?
"Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
The truth is we have allowed fools to take charge of our children's future!
75 million dollars and failure rates double? 1 million more in this year's school budget?Who's to blame for this disastrous MCAS testing? 81 students at graduation?DONOVAN - MCLAUGHLIN - WOODRIFF. Please, please, please, pretty please - Resign and save us the problems of recall electionsBRING BACK JACK JOVAN!
Last year Grade 6 had a 49% failure rate in Math. This year Grade 7 (last year's Grade 6) had a 60% failure rate. I think there is a more fundamental issue than who is on the school committee - unless prior results were not truly reflective of reality for political reasons.
SHS lost every math teacher this summer, nearly every science teacher and many, many more fine educators. Who would want to work in Southbridge? Who would want to send their children there?With these losses in teachers and staff should we feel confident in improved MCAS results this year? The new principal ead the "Director of Instruction" for the district last year. OMG!
If all this is true then the school committee should let the tax payers of this town know everything that is going on including PAL payments.If nothing happens then remember who to vote for in next election
How about it Girls? Why not tell the taxpayers exactly how much $$$ has been paid, and continues to be paid for the endless PALs.Should you opt to do the right thing and come clean you should also open the Doocey reports to the taxpayers who funded these investigations.And while you're at it, how much have the taxpayers paid in law suits by people who have brought current and firmer school workers?As a previous responder noted. " three things can not remain hidden . . . #3-the TRUTH!
the Truth - legal fees have long been and are currently 60K over budget.Yet another HS teacher put on pal in punishment for speaking out against the #2 guy who was: formerly put on PAL for sexual misconduct against the very same teacher speaking the truth and came forward, the guy is banned from the stock exchange but put in charge of our School finances. Considering the old business manager resignation how frightening is that! #2 recently oversaw getting the new math books three weeks late into the school year and with not enough copies to go around, who also just had a DUI in Spencer, but everything is just Hunky dory right BUZZ, right Girls! Way to protect the guilty and attack the VICTIM. Except for the double standards of pal-ing yet another teacher for unacceptable language this year but protecting an administrator for his sexual touching of multiple staff last year! Buzz is a hypocrite for doing this. He is on record nationally for suspended a 1st grader for touching another student years ago but he continues to protect his own GOLF PARTNER ongoing . (Rotary club golf tournament last Wednesday among many other school day outings for the curious.)Why are some SC meetings being held at the old HS and NOT BEING TELEVISED !!!! Things are being kept out of the public eye!So much for ABC's Accountability,best practices and COMMUNICATION! Want to see this power hungry group in action attend Tuesday 6 pm meeting in the George Parent room called by vice chair MCLAUGHLIN against SC policy rules to oust the chair and take over. What new crony do they have in mind to get politically appointed to change the dynamics of this hen house? We haven't had a truthful School district in decades. This current one is NO BETTER than the previous ones. Buckle up tax payers its going to be another bumpy ride.God help our children and our wallets. These elected Newbies who think they know all are just as if not more dangerous than the Jack Jovan misled years.
Sounds like a town that is PAY-"PAL"-POOR but STREET SWEEPER RICH!
Street sweepers and backhoes rich!
Sorry, Correction: STREET SWEEPER & BACKHOES ULTRA RICH!!
Hey Southbridge, Watch Tues night's school committee meeting as McLaughlin & Donovan throw Woodriff under the bus. How dumb do they think we are? These two weasels are as responsible for the collapse of the school dept as Ely is.
Come one, come all to the new school committee circus on Tuesday, 9/24/13 at 6 pm. in the George Parent Room of Town Hall. Starring - the 4 Newbies in the Oust the Chair Act.
Often is the case in theater that "the second act failed to live up to the promise of the first.". This show may be another case of this.
If they (the newbies) plan to depose Woodruff, they are going to have a hard time of it. Unlike the Town Council, the School Committee has no provisions that allow for the removal of the chairman.Lacking that, they have to revert to Robert’s Rules. The only provisions in Robert’s Rules for the permanent replacement of the chairman fall under the heading, “Remedies Against Misconduct Or Dereliction Of Duty In Office”. For those means of removal to be employed there must be a specific charge or charges of “misconduct or neglect of duty in office”. I fail to see any such claims that might be trumped up holding any legal validity.
Is it true that the district's #2 was arrested for a DUI on August 31?Why hasn't The News reported this? They ran the Charlton Street all over the front page when he was arrested for DUI.
As an addendum to the note about Robert's Rules above:RONR 11th edition has a new section in the chapter of “Discipline.” It is called “Removal of Presiding officer from Chair for all or part of a session.” It gives a way to temporarily replace the chair when he is not fulfilling his role when conducting a meeting. If the person presiding is a chairman pro tem, he can be removed by a motion to “declare the chair vacant and proceed to elect a new chairman.” RONR states that this is a “question of privilege affecting the assembly and is an incidental main motion requiring a majority vote for adoption.” The procedure is in the first footnote at the bottom of page 652. If the presiding officer is the official officer, then the procedure is different. A member must make the motion to Suspend the Rules to take away his authority to preside during part or all of the meeting. A motion to suspend the rules can’t be made for future meetings at the present meeting. It would have to be made at each meeting the assembly wanted someone else to preside.
To the person asking about the truthfulness of the Districts number two being arrested for DUI on AUG 31 - Unequivocally YES ! See Spencer New Leader newspaper of 9/13 page 18 - Operating motor vehicle under influence of liquor, operating motor vehiclenegligently to endanger, driving with open container of alcohol while operating vehicle, town road stop sign violation.While anyone can be arrested lets see him wiggle out of this charge being held in a very different type of court, judge and jury.
To the commenter who submitted a comment about the change from Level I standing at SHS to the current situation: Without verification of the claim that you make regarding the reason an individual was put on PAL I am unable to post the comment without fear of legal consequences – even though I know that you are right.
Are we heading for this? GRAND JURY INDICTS 35 IN CONNECTION WITH ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHEATING SCANDAL
It's way past time for somebody in the district administration or the DESE to comment on what so many people know. Where is all the transparency we have been promised?
The locals and the state have been tossing responsibility for this hot potato back and forth for ages. Neither wants to give themselves a black eye. It’s really up to the Worcester County DA, The Mass. AG or the State Inspector General to step in. I doubt that this is the only place where such a situation is widely suspected.
Suspense Galore ... Reminds me of the T.V. show “The Dating Game”.
Or Breaking Bad!
Looking back it's a good thing that Southbridge passed those bylaws that allow the keeping of chickens. Now they'll have a place to stay when they come home to roost.
Really clever comment.Unfortunately those chickens won’t come home to roost until someone has the courage to stand up and do something.If there is anything to these speculations (and I believe that there is) then, as I understand the RICO statutes, we could recoup some of what this may have cost us.We could also clean out the chicken coop and start with a clean slate – something this town desperately needs.But I think courage in politics is something that JFK wrote about as history, not something we’ll ever see again in the near future, especially in this town.
If Lauren McLaughlin says that the Chair can be removed it is to be. She is such a know-it-all she makes Scott Lazo seem clueless.
I hope that was written in sarcasm because right about now Scott Lazo seems to be the stabler option.
All of these comments are about politics. Who is up, who is down, who is to blame.WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?
I agree that they are getting lost in the midst of the politics.However, I have to ask, would you put foster children in a home that exhibited these kinds of issues if you truly cared about their welfare?If the school system has these issues, should you put your own children there for six or more hours a day?And if that's the case, will anybody move to a town that exhibits this kind of turmoil?
The dept of child welfare service is just as dysfunctional as our school district. However there are still good CWS workers and good foster homes amongst all the dysfunction. The very same can be said about our school district. It all depends on placement and the willingness to shut out the power brokers and dysfunctional administrators and help your kid succeed. The real question is why we get stuck with such dysfunction in the first place? The best of the best already know not to come here and we are lucky to scrape the bottom and hope for the best. Would you come to work for a town that has such a bad reputation in its leadership? In its in pay? In it's school committee and administration being the cause of level 4 status?
PAL (Buddy) is becoming a Union’s Worker Best Friend. Welcome to the World of Financial Survival! Let’s just call it the Hidden Career within a Career.
Vice Chair, Lauren McLoughlin, posted a meeting for Tuesday at 6 p.m. to discuss School Committee Organization. Pat Woodruff is the chair, and knows nothing about this meeting. How the hell does she chair this? This is crazy! This is the meeting to oust the chair, or at least prepare for the ousting which will take place at the regular meeting at 7 pm. What is Pat supposed to say? "I call this meeting to order, but I don't know why?”
Woodriff has been calling sc meetings to order for 15 months and hasn't known why. So why would tonight be any different?
There has actually been a request from one member of the gang of four to the chair that the next meeting (not tonight's but in two weeks) not be broadcast. Why don't they just meet in a former town councilor's basement?
What? More secret meetings? Time for the Attorney General to step in!Looks like we have a severe case of voters remorse - 1450 people voted for McLaughlin & her patsy, Donovan. ( I hoped I spelled everything right, as that's about all Donovan is good for.)
The last "TELEVISED" school committee meeting was evidence of all this drama. The true Chair, Woodrith properly wouldn't approve a motion to add an item to the agenda per MA open meeting laws. When the newbies insisted, a motion to ignore ma open meeting laws and add a agenda item that wasn't voted on in subcommittee was then made by Woodrith. She also said she would have no part of it and turned the gavel over to Mc-LAUGH-lin. to oversee this meeting violation. Tom O'Leary a known member of the flab four, but around meetings long enough to know the law, indirectly supported Woodrith by abstaining on the illegally added agenda item. THIS SPEAKS VOLUMES to whats really going on - Out of control, novice, power grabbing thats gone straight to their heads. The PTA will suffer long term because of their current actions and past/present association.
The Southbridge School Committee website is announcing that the special meeting scheduled for 6 pm tonight has been cancelled.
They had no choice. The know it alls behind it didn't post it officially until Monday morning. Since the open meeting law requires a 48 hour posting it would have been an illegal meeting.
It's time to put the, as they are now labeled, Fab 4 on UPAL (unpaid leave of absence).Will there be a coronation for McLoughlin?Have you ever seen anything like this? And I suspect the best is yet to,come.
Do you think the Newbies will discuss the pathetic MCAS scores? Come on girls, I'm dying to see you out a positive spin on those numbers.Ely and the girls brought the district to new lows. Where is the union president? Oh, that's right, he was in bed with Ely. Teachers, wake up! What has Williams done for those of you on PAL? NOTHING. How much are our dues?
Just watched the SC meeting. . . Time for McLaughable to go.
I just watched the school committee meeting. The Supt. stated he spent the last two weeks with"drama.". Not happy - get out!
What happened to the special school meeting? How much did the taxpayers pay for lawyers this week?
Man, would I love to be the sc lawyer - what a job $$$$$$$$$$
Bumper sticker: Driver carries no cash - we have children in the public school system.
McLaughable, Dodovan and Wood head need to be gone from the school committee - NOW!The disgraceful MCAS results are directly their fault. Grade 10 failures doubled from '12 to '13. Come on girls, who else is to blame?You allowed Ely to remove the high school principal and replace him with %#$/?.How did that work for the students? She made it to Christmas - terminated after $$$$ PAL. So what happens to the students who failed any part of the tests? THEY DON'T GET a DIPLOMA UNTIL THEY PASS EACH TEST.Will the guidance counselor Mrs Hatch rembrr to provide these students with the do-over tests offered by the state? She "forgot" to do so last November 1 until mid-dsy - limiting the students' time. There's a candidate for a PAL.
Watched the school vommitt meeting last night. They're starting to look for a new superintendent. Gonna use the same search consultant group ($$$$$$) that brought us Ely. (Why did he resign so quickly, via text, when the Doocey invest report was done?)This consultant, along with this Stella School Committee should bring us a real winner!Start the pool for how long this person lasts.More consultants, more investigators, more PALs, more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
And people wonder why we homeschool.
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