Friday, November 15, 2013

Southbridge School Committee Agenda, November 19, 2013

Southbridge School Committee Meeting

: Robert G. MacKinnon Council Chambers, 41 Elm Street

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

                                                                  Time: 7:00 PM


  1. Has there been a posted meeting of the Policy subcommittee since October 16? If not, where did Agenda items XIII B, C and D come from?

    1. Not just that, but whats in them and how do they differ from current policies?

    2. I've been advised that there was a Policy Subcommittee meeting on Nov. 12. It was mentioned at the last SC meeting, but it wasn't listed on the SC website.

  2. I've also noticed that the town's cable channel is still requesting applicants to fill only one vacancy on the School Committee. What has happened regarding Dr. O'Leary's statement that he was going to resign? Has he? Is this going to be able to be dealt with on the same schedule as the vacancy created by Mrs. Woodruff's departure?

  3. I see that the agenda finally got posted on the town website today and they corrected the spelling of bonfire. Oh, but none of them read The O'Zone, right?

  4. It would be nice if the minutes to meetings were posted somewhere on the School Committee Website. I would love to see what the qualifications are to be on the school committee, How was this policy drafted, is it a model policy from somewhere else.

    Where oh where is the ABC's that were touted when the new regime was campaigning, always easier to say how things are to be done and then once you get there forget about it...

    1. Where are Kara and McLoughlin's communication? Where are their best practices? Ignoring the rules of order to seize control is that a "best practice?"

      Deplorable MCAS scores, endless PALs, spates of terminations (including two last Friday at the new school), chaos - chaos -chaos! Accountability?

      I hope the dopes that voted for these two hold them accountable and throw them out when their terms are up. I only hope we're not in the poor house by then. They have positioned the district to be in the red at year's end.

      But at least our spelling and grammar have been improved!

      Good work girls.

    2. Just watched tonight's version of The Lollipop Girls. Is it me or do each of these girls care only about their child? Quinney drones on about sped this and sped that. Donovan consistently tells us about the middle school this or that.

      When will the girls start working on behalf of all the students? When will they recognize that it's not about them - it's about the students.

    3. I agree you are on to something. The last SC focused solely on the high school because that is where their kids were too.
      Let me ask this. If the gifted program is small (and arguably reduced in rigor and selection) and all the remaining classes are inclusion classrooms with Sped students, does that make the SC really a SPECIAL SC ?

    4. Well if you listened to Donovan, she brought everyone up to date on her sub-committee meeting. They're still working on them, there goals for this school year. They had a "brain-storming session." How nice. Were tea and cucumber sandwiches served?
      I digress . . . . Dame Kara informed the public that the session of brain power decided that a "game night" was what was needed. MCAS scores in the dumper, so games?
      Sped Spokesman Quinney brought us up to date on the changes in the policy manual. Why? McLaughlin and the girls don't follow it anyway. And we're still waiting to see policy implemented for selection of key district positions.
      The Finance Director told us that she was "closely monitoring" the budget. Dur . . . really? Isn't that like her job?
      She also brought up an alarming issue with summer education costs that were not included in the budget. Isn't the budget Mr. Nembirkow's responsibility to prepare, with final approval by the school committee. Additionally, Mr. Nembirkow brought in his son as a "consultant" to help prepare the 2013/14 budget.

      I could go on and on, but why? I project lower test scores for the next MCAS testing cycle, high dropout rates, lower graduation rates, and funding shortfalls by year's end.

      I know the blog moderator doesn't wish to travel beaten pathways, but it certainly appears that the taxpayers are going to be asked to foot the bill again.


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