Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Former Southbridge School Committee Chairman Speaks Out

Patricia Woodruff


Former Chairman of the Southbridge School Committee Patricia Woodruff has spoken out regarding Tuesday night’s meeting of the committee. In a statement issued exclusively to The O’Zone, Ms. Woodruff said, “I am very disturbed that the School Committee members and the Superintendent would publicly humiliate the Guidance Staff over a presentation.”

It should be emphasized that this statement was totally unsolicited.

This only goes to further illustrate the integrity that Ms. Woodruff exemplified by the dignity with which she announced her departure from the Southbridge School Committee.

The O’Zone is honored by her decision to use our forum as the vehicle to make this statement. The full text of her remarks follows.

After hearing so much about this meeting last night, I decided to watch it here on the Ozone. I am not one for writing on these blogs but today is my turn to speak.

 I am very disturbed that the School Committee members and the Superintendent would publicly humiliate the Guidance Staff over a presentation. The guidance staff was not given enough time (fault of the person who sprung it on them last minute) to do a well put together presentation. Therefore questions asked by School Committee members could not be answered due to lack of preparation time. If the Committee and the Superintendent are angry at how guidance is running they should fix the problem and not take it out on the staff to prove a point that our system doesn't have good leadership. So whose fault is it? Well in my opinion it is the top leader which is the Superintendent. He is the KING of the court and if his court cannot do the job the way he wants it then he better fix it. Put the blame where blame is due, not on the working class with limited tools to do the job right!!

If the School Committee thinks they can do a better job, then I challenge them to work a week in the Guidance Staff's shoes and really see what it is like. Then come back and apologize to the hard working individuals you just slammed in a public forum.

I hope the School Committee learns something when they meet with MASC because they certainly have no clue what their roles and responsibilities are (even though we went over it before) and realize they are only members when on the dais, at sub-committee meetings and when INVITED into buildings. I hope for the children of Southbridge this kind of behavior stops and the District finds a way to move forward without any more public displays of humiliation like last night!

Patricia Woodruff

18 comments:

  1. KUDO'S WOODWITCH!!!!

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  2. This blog is disgusting. All that it does is engage in fraud bashing.
    Southbridge has been built on frauds for the last twenty years. How dare you try to make a name for yourself by bashing those who have made us what we are today.
    What's next? Agreeing with that "Slow-Towny" blog that's smearing our wonderful bilk trail?
    Both of you suck.

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  3. Funny how the T&G and AlmostEverythingSouthbridge have totally ignored this story.
    And that "I hate O'Brien" troll Abrahumpson thinks Buzz is the greatest thing since a post-prostate dump.
    In a week, maybe, we'll hear from the Southbridge Evening Snooze.
    Keep it up Ken. You're doing something right.

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  4. Check out the smoking gun at the 1.45.05 mark - and all of their kids are in the school system. Gee, Guess that rumor was true TOO!
    Patricia Woodruff good of you to speak up but it will be for not. He also said unemployment is going to go up. It won't matter if it is for cause or more likely if you simply ask a question about what the heck he is doing and who he is surrounding himself with.
    Survival tip - paint a smile on your face and laugh at his stupid jokes like the brown nose sitting next to him at he table. He is a newbie buzz hire - the Stepford hires.

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    1. There is so much going on in Southbridge and the way they disrespect their employees. Trust me it will all come out soon.

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  5. Mrs. Woodruff is right on referring to Buzz as the KING. And he is ruling through a reign of terror that will brook no disagreement. How appropriate for him to bring up Machiavelli!

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  6. According to an article published today by Go Local Worcester , Southbridge ranks 14th in central Massachusetts for per pupil school spending.

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    1. Bay Path ranks 3rd, Tantasqua 13th and Webster 15th.

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  7. I was searching onlne to see what educational degrees that Buzz holds. The problem is that I can find none listed and I don't ever remember this even being mentioned. Aside from that, every time Buzz mentions Brockton it kills me. If he is so proud of the job that he did there why don't they come to his defense. Also notice that he has hired no one from Brockton.

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    1. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and Social Studies from Rowan University, a Master's Degree in Intercultural Education from Rutgers University, and was reportedly working on a doctorate in Educational Administration at Columbia University.

      Source: http://www.grimesreadinginstitute.com/bio_pages/buzz_bio.html

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  8. While the guidance bashing on Tuesday night was disturbing, mean and not the right place for such actions; Patricia Woodruff is the last person who should be running her mouth. She was one of the key architects for ruining the new schools, and the district overall. Then when the going got tough, she got going. Stay Gone!

    She doesn't even send your children to our schools. her opinion is worthless.

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    1. I have to agree. If you want to see sad leadership of our schools, go back and look at her trying to run a school committee meeting. You can find all the old meetings on YouTube.
      She had Prencipe whispering in her ear with what to do every second of every meeting. Lazo was right to call them Charley McCarthy and Edgar Bergen (you have to be Ken O'Brien's age and older to know of them).

      When Prencipe slipped off the panel after doing her part to destroy the schools, Woodruff looked like a deer in the headlights at every meeting. She lasted less than three months before the bobble heads puller their coup.

      Woodruff voted to extend Ely's contract, then fire him a few months later. She voted to change the administrative format at the new school from two principals to one, with less than 30 days to go before opening (we all know how that worked out - Tammy Perreault).

      Mt point? Pat Woodruff was a disaster on the school committee. She has no dog in the fight, and her opinion is not warrented.

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    2. To the Pat Woodruff basher - are your taxpayer rights somehow more important then hers? You don't have to like her but you don't get to be superior taxpayer either.
      There are plenty of legitimate reasons for an official or a teacher household to not send their kids to the same district. Why does everyone readily accept school choice in this town but hold this personal decision of whats best for ones child in conflict ? Why was it deemed ok for the preceeding chairman Jovan but not her ?
      The Hypocrisy of mudslinging!

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  9. I have to agree that Pat Woodruff was embarrassing on stage.

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  10. Yes my kids went to TCA for a period of time and I never hid the fact...but also check your facts two have graduated from SHS and the last one graduating this year. TELL THE WHOLE STORY if you want to criticize me, and I dont hide behind an anonymous name.

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    1. I agree with Jack. Since when is it a litmus test to have your kids in Southbridge Public Schools to be able to participate in the policy that relates to them? All taxpayers have a stake in how their money is spent. If you choose to send your child to a private school so that they get religious education in addition to the ABC's does that indicate a lack of commitment to the welfare of all children?

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    2. That was exactly the point I was trying to make. It doesn't matter to anyone but BUZZ and these girls. Buzz said so as was previously pointed out.
      Patty wasn't the first to make that choice and once these members are gone perhaps not the last .

      Jack - Examples aren't always criticism.
      Sometimes examples are just examples to make a point.Thats the whole story.

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  11. Woody wants her gavel back! That's what we need, the quitter to come back.

    I don't care where her kids go to school, I just don't want her have have any impact on my children.

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