Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Meeting - August 12, 2014


  1. Sign the Athletic WaiversAugust 13, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Can one of these talking buffos explain why the district personnel responsible for signing athletic waivers for Southbridge students opting to school choice into neighboring districts are refusing to sign them?
    It's neither the student, nor the accepting district that are at fault with the horrible district performance; rather the leadership of the Southbridge district.
    In this era of childhood obesity shouldn't we all want children participating in athletics? Wat thing last night's meeting was a perfect display of lack of physical activity.
    Stop punishing the students for the school committee's ineptness - the the dam waivers.

    1. What? The aristocrats sitting at the dais are refusing to have athletic waivers signed for departing students?
      Remember when Southbridge was part of the democracy call the United States of America?
      Shame on this despicable school system leadership team.

  2. Just one question: Does the law firm that the S/C retain have, or need, any other clients?

    1. $$$ to Mirik & O'ConnellAugust 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      With the billing hours they get from McLoughlin and Company they don't need any other clients. Atty Kim Rosack makes more from Southbridge than anyone can imagine.
      Just request the legal bills from the town account, under the Freedom of Information Act.

  3. Is anyone else as UNimpressed with the new administration as I am? Good Luck!

  4. VERY UNimpressed!

  5. More Departing Teachers & StaffAugust 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Well here we are 10 days before the start of school and our high school posts ads for 1 chemistry teacher and 1 science teacher. Love to see the applicant pool for those positions. The line won't be mistaken for the line at Walmart on Black Friday!
    Our students continue to get short changed due to the inept district leadership. The revolving door started when McLoughlin and Donovan took office.
    Rich Logan asked how many teachers/administration/staff have left since these two took over - the number at the high school level is over 90%. The school now has its 6th principal in less than two years; that has caused irreparable damage to our school.
    And make no mistake about it, poor Mrs. Earls has been set up to fail. We will be looking for principal #7 by mid-year.
    Someone on this blog projected that there would be a sizable teacher exodus from the district after August 1 - right again!

  6. Not the only ones looking for teachersAugust 18, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Boston public schools vow to fill 120 open teacher slots in three weeks

    1. We Ain't No BostonAugust 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Boston Proper 1.5 million people v. Southbridge 16,900 - I like Boston's odds more.

      The chemistry teacher notified the school two days before the last day of school in June. They're just getting around to searching now? Don't they have chemistry teachers in Springfield?

      It's time to pull the heads out of the sand and face reality. It's time to stop deflecting the issues in OUR schools by bringing up districts and issues that don't have anything to do with our SOUTHBRIDGE students. I don't care about Boston. OUR students are once again going to walk into classrooms with a stream of substitute teachers. Did they ever find a French teacher last year? Not one that stayed for more than two weeks.

      Shame on the district for the continued dysfunction.

    2. OUR students are once again going to walk into classrooms with a stream of substitute teachers. -

      perhaps but, only if they were on the books or hired more than three weeks ago. This new hiring policy/mandate prevents filling open positions in time for the new year of school unless they have already been hired three weeks ago or more and have passed the new screening..
      Nothing like highlighting the leadership dysfunction than setting up a new supt to fail by passing a restrictive policy just before the school year starts. Very poor timing and don't even give me that we couldn't be negligent in our duties line. This was either a set up or providing the supt. an excuse - you decide. Either way there are still too many open positions to be filled and an ever increasing dysfunctional, bash and berate, system of leadership causing all the voids that need to be filled.

  7. And more resignations to come on Friday and Monday....English, History, and other departments.

  8. Two more English teachers exit yesterday. Who will be teaching the students? No one for three weeks, per the new hiring policy. Way to go girls!

  9. Two+ Years of DistructionAugust 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    It's time for the "Team Transparency" to inform the public AT THE NEXT MEETING, how many classrooms started the new year without a permanent teacher in place. Of course, they won't; or if they do, it will be a fabricated number.
    This crew has had two+ years to get it right. McLoughlin, Donovan and crew have ruined the district. How much longer before the parents of these students stand up and through them out!


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