Sunday, July 27, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Agenda – July 29, 2014

LOCATION: Robert G. MacKinnon Council Chambers, 41 Elm Street

DATE: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TIME: 7:00 PM

I. Pledge of Allegiance
II. Public Input
III. Meeting Called to Order

IV. Roll Call
V. Approval of Minutes
     A. Reorganizational Meeting—July 1, 2014
     B. Regular School Committee—July 1, 2014
VI. Chairperson’s Announcements
VII. Reports
     A. None.
VIII. School Committee Reports – FY’15
    A. Curriculum Subcommittee-Mrs. Donovan
    B. Policy Subcommittee-Mrs. McLoughlin
    C. Negotiations Subcommittee-Mrs. Quinney
    D. Family & Community Engagement Subcommittee-Mrs. Congdon
     E. Sped PAC Liaison-Mrs. Quinney
IX. Presentations
     A. None.
X. Report of the Finance Director
XI. Report of the Superintendent
XII. Vote School Committee Actions
     A to change the last regularly scheduled meeting for the 2014-2015 school year
         to June 23, 2015.
     B. Vote to rescind the previous vote from July 1, 2014 "to accept the donation
          from Savers Bank in the amount of $500.00 to be deposited into the West 
          Street School’s student activities account to then be allocated to the West 
          Street School Playground Committee.”
      C. Vote to add a .5 Literacy/.5 ELL IRS-District Wide position.
XIII. Unfinished Business
XIV. New Business
     A. The next regular School Committee meeting will be held on August 12, 
          2014, in Council Chambers.
      B. Member Forum
XV. Executive Session
      A. Vote to go into executive session to:
        1. Discuss strategy with respect to collective bargaining for union and 
            nonunion personnel or litigation to the extent that an open meeting may 
            have a detrimental effect on the bargaining or litigation position of the 
            governmental body pursuant to Chapter 30A, Section 21(a), Part 3.
       B. Roll Call
       C. Vote to conclude executive session and return to open session
       D. Roll Call
XVI. Open Session
        A. Adjournment


  1. More Needless Central Office $100,000.00 JobsJuly 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Item XII - C: Vote to add another central office, $100,000.00 position. When is enough, enough? How many hundred thousand positions does it take to ruin a school system? When will the taxpayers say enough is enough?

    We're paying Buzz $600.00 per week to stay home and ne "A consultant." The State provides FREE mentors for new superintendents. Not Southbridge, our wealthy community can pay $27,000.00 for Buzz for another year. More waste.

    We have a hundred thousand dollar Director of Operations, who by several reports, spends most of his days sitting in the new middle/high school principal's office, chatting.

    We have directors of every possible subject matter, program, department. When will the taxpayers say enough is enough? It's not like things are improving in our schools.

    Students are trying to leave in alarming numbers; but neighboring districts have become too crowded to handle any more Southbridge students. Teachers are leaving even faster. The middle/high school is down to one guidance counselor, with Mrs. Charon leaving for the Millbury Public Schools (her departure was a direct result of the public humiliation she was put through by Mrs. Donovan and Mrs. Quinney earlier this spring - more on that latter).

    Bottom line - McLoughlin and Donovan have killed our school district and will continue to do so until the other five embers step up and take control of the district.

    1. Maybe it needed to be killed? The schools have been aweful for more years than I care to remember. The administration blames the teachers. The teachers blame the administration. No one will step up and take responsibility. The town is just not capable of solving this problem. Shut down the district and bus the kids to places that know what they're doing.

    2. From your mouth to God's ears. Let's offer the new school Dudley Charlton so many of the Administrator jobs will evaporate. And keep only our primary system.
      Hopefully they can legally dismiss many of the teachers that could not survive as teachers elsewhere.

    3. Good idea! Our kids can't get into good districts because they're at capacity due to the exodus from Southbridge. We can turn the new school into a money maker by leasing it to another district. Tantasqua East anyone? Dismiss the malcontents and the incompetents, disolve the school committee and watch our property values grow!

  2. Buzz has done nothing for this school district but add administrators around him.
    Assistant Superintendent, Assistant Principals at West St. and Charlton St. schools. His administrative assistant is now the Human Resource Manager and now she has an assistant. Of course we have to have a Director of Operations, a Special Education Supervisor, a Director of Teaching and Learning as well as a Supervisor of Instruction. (Aren't they the same?) We also can't live without an Academic Dean at both the middle school and high school. What the hell is going on!!! Every one of these new positions have come with a pay raise above a regular teacher salary.
    Pat Gardner, time to "Trim the Fat" in more ways than one!!!

    1. He wants more people around him to point the finger at when something goes wrong.

    2. So.......This must be why the new superintendent has started to flip. I've heard she is saying "Not so nice things" about Buzz these days. When will this school committee wake up!

  3. More District DisfunctionJuly 29, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    And the revolving door keeps spinin" . . .
    Recently hired school business manager - gone to another district
    Middle/high school science department head - gone
    High school chemistry teacher - gone

    And wait until the flood of resignations arrive on August 1 ! (if personnel wait until August 1, Southbridge pays their medical insurance for the month of August, thus allowing the departing personnel to pay a "Cobra" cost totaling the full monthly premium + a 2% town administrative fee. (Can't blame the personnel; if we treated them like humans they might actually stick around.)

    And then there's the news that the new superintendent is not allowed to have control over the district budget; rather, it is being controlled by the "district consultant." This can't possibly be legal, can it?

    Why do I want my children in another district? Why doesn't everyone!


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