Thursday, September 25, 2014

Southbridge Superintendent Reports On MCAS

Ken O’Brien

So now we have confirmation of what has been reported on this blog for a while. In 2013, 38 out of 105 students failed all or a portion of the MCAS. That’s over 1/3 of this year’s seniors.

Worse than that, these students went the whole of their junior year without being offered the opportunity to retake the test.

The fact is that this has never happened here before. I have to wonder if this has ever happened anywhere before. 

The Superintendent devoted a great deal of effort to emphasizing the administration’s commitment to “transparency”. We could have covered this up, swept it under the rug, she noted. Really?!? Just how would you have done that after it was reported here?

In addition to the startling revelations of incompetence, mismanagement and just plain bungling, there was more. Later in her presentation, the Superintendent asked for a budget meeting to consider the addition of another three teachers. 

Is there any end to this?

Really, now is the time for the State to step in.

66 comments:

  1. Gardner was the one directing everything, as said before, she was the teeth in Buzz's saw. She hired her special friends to take the places of those that were chased away or were fired. The schools were under her direction last year. Wasn't Gardner and company who touted all the programs that were put in place to collect data and inform teaching. With all the data they collected, it does not seem that they ever looked at the data (to include MCAS results) let alone interrupt them.

    On the issue of scheduling, the overcrowded classes were known on the first day of school and it is only now that they have decided to do anything about them. Gardner thought that she could get away with it, hide it under a rug. Well, that didn't work did it.

    Gardner said that there were procedures and protocols in place that were ignored, if this is true, who is being held accountable? Will she rid the system of these laggards? Probably not because she was instrumental in getting her friends into the system by demoralizing and decimating the teaching staff.

    Southbridge was sold a bill of nonexistent goods by Buzz and company and it was accepted by the BobbleHeads because they wanted to settle some old scores. It is time to close the book on this administration and on the BobbleHeads.

    Some are saying: bring in the State. But, if the State should come in and takeover the district there are many things that could happen. The main impact on the community would be that the State sets the budget and it does not usually go with the minimum school spending formula. The state may very well set a budget that will break the backs of the taxpayers of Southbridge.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. Let us not forget that NEASC is coming in to evaluate the accreditation status of the Middle High School. What do you think they will find? This time instead of being put on probation Southbridge may very well be unaccredited. After all the work that was done under BB and his staff to address the deficiencies that he inherited only to be worse off than before.

    However, it is time to call an end to this reign of terror. The French Reign of Terror lasted about a little more than a year however, our's seems to be without end. It is time to hitch up the horses to the execution cart and visit the Bastille on Cole Ave and on it way out of town it should stop by all the schools and pickup all the Springfieldnistas Buzz and Gardner have hired and deliver them back to whence they came.

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  2. "... the Superintendent asked for a budget meeting to consider the addition of another three teachers."

    ? ~ Or else what ?

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  3. Not only did the superintendent ask for three more teachers (even with less students than ever), she also asked for, and was awarded, another Assistant Superintendent.
    Exactly how many administrators does it take to provide students with appropriate MCAS testing opportunities?

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    1. Southbridge's Central Office isSeptember 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      turning into a Mini-Washington, D.C.

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    2. So, no one really understand what happen with the director of learning becoming the assistant Superintendent do they? THINK SHENANIGANS !
      If you were offered a job offer with one position and the board pulled a bait and switch post acceptance of the job offer then you'd work to correct the BS too. Kudos to her for making the SC live up to it's proposed ethics code before it cost us MORE legal fees. .

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  4. Where are all the media pundits who were so fast to feature Lauren when she went on her famous crying jag? Where is Diane Williamson with her “she’s a classy lady” hyperbole? Where are the TV correspondents who castigated O’Brien for a couple of fat jokes?
    Why aren’t any of them reporting on the complete and utter collapse of the Southbridge school district under the rule of this grotesque incompetent and her cronies? That’s the real story here.
    I guess that just doesn’t get the attention a few ill chosen words do, does it?

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    1. Why are you surprised? Look at the ink that has been spent on the recent incident with Jerry.

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    2. Jerry brought that upon himself. Those of you who have sympathy for the man, I get it, but sorry, when you cross the line and threaten to shoot two people in the head and dump them in the river, which he admitted writing, he has no one to blame but himself. The T&G losers who blame the victim, not the victimizer, deserve one another.

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  5. Time To Be Held AccountableSeptember 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    The 1993 Education Reform Act infused billions of dollars into MA schools. South bridge's budget has increased from roughly 8 million dollars to over 25 million this year, more than triple.
    Along with this financial boost the Act also made sweeping governance protocols and demanded leadership accountability.
    Accountability . . . . Who is responsible for this horrific failure to the 39 members of the Class of 2015?
    1. The four members of the school committee in place during the 2013-14 school year. McLoughlin, Donovan, Congdon and Quinney. Nothing short of immediate resignations is acceptable.
    2. Nembirkiw, Gardner, Culligan and Hatch. Nothing shirt of immediate termination is acceptable.
    The State, parents, students and community should demand this.
    14 days of retests were "ignored" by these individuals. The testing dates are always listed in the Student Handbook,; which is written by administrators and approved by school committee members. Feigning ignorance of these dates is disingenuous and fraudulent. You did read what you approved, didn't you?

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    1. If they don't resign...September 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      If these SC clowns don't do the honorable thing and step down then it's time to launch a recall campaign and kick them the hell out. They deserve to be removed before things get any worse.

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  6. Why haven't we seen anything about this in the Worcester T&G? I wonder if there will be anything in tomorrow's Southbridge News?

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  7. I urge these 39 families to contact the ACLU and file civil action against the district and State.

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  8. Where Is The Town Council?September 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Where is the town council? They are responsible for the budget. They circumvented the usual process and gave the school department additional funds from the landfill enterprise account. Now they are going to be hit with a request for another $200K or so for an additional three teachers. Where is the oversight? What is the subcommittee on EHS doing about this mess?

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  9. Watch the whole section of this including the comments by Stanton. The only truly intelligent questions were posed by Dr. Page. He should be running the committee. The bobbleheads (as well as Abrhamson, another lackey) should go.

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    1. You make a very good point. Perhaps the most telling question Dr. Page asked was what grades are these students getting on their report cards who end up failing or barely passing MCAS.

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    2. Dr. Page Shines Brightly!

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    3. He'll need a worthy co-pilot.

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  10. Time for the Girls to LeaveSeptember 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    The 200,000 in more school funding will look like chump change when the families of these students sue the town/school district - and they should.

    I call on the Town Council and the remaining three school committee members to force the four members sitting during the 2013-14 school year to resign immediately.

    Does anyone realize that our new school is on the sixth principal since Bishop was forced to retire in August of 2012. In slightly over two years - 6 PRINCIPALS! And the high school was a Level 1 school at the end of June in 2012.

    It has taken McLoughlin and Donovan, and their sidekicks, Quinney and Congdon just over two years to ruin our district. More troubling is the fact that their failure to assist these 39 struggling students has set these students up for lifelong challenges.

    Exactly what did the school committee do with the 24.5 million dollars they spent during the 2013014 school year? We assume that huge pay raises were doled out, but they refuse to release the teachers contract to the public. They blew up central office with more staff than is used to run a school district twice the size of Southbridge.

    And you forgot to administer 14 days of MCAS retests? You'd think that after the 5 day November retests, when no scores came back, that the Superintendent would have asked how come. Dr. Hanley always reviewed the MCAS retest data with the building principal and the department chairs. What was Buzz doing? Golfing?

    Then comes the 2 day science tests in February. No scores came back? That's right, forgot to give those tests. I guess Buzz didn't review those results either. Oh yea, wasn't he in Hawaii? Then the 5 day March May tests, what did Buzz do? Golf course was open.
    How about the final science 2-day tests? More golf for Buzz.

    The school committee is so impressed with Buzz's performance the gave him a $600.00 a week job to stay home in case Pat Gardner needed to phone-a-friend.

    Enough is enough - time for the girls to resign!

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  11. Let's not forget that there were another 50 or so students in last year's Sophomore class who also failed the MCAS. That's about 90 students in two years. How much worse does it have to get before drastic measures are taken?

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  12. You ask a question that deserves an answer. Has this ever happened anywhere else?

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  13. Perhaps Southbridge is just one of those communities destined for bankruptcy.

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    1. Well the school committee is doing their best to put us in the poor house. What fools we are to allow this to continue.

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    2. peoples’ lives are being adversely affected. “Glitz & Glamour Dressing” won’t cover that up!

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  14. The MCAS retests were given, all of them... It's a fact. The DESE has a record of that and any administrator could log into data warehouse and find that info out.

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    1. Really? So you want us to believe that the school committee, superintendent, director of guidance, building principal, and guidance counselors can't use Data Warehouse?
      They publicly announced Tuesday night that these students DID NOT take these exams. "Fact" says they did. Who are we to believe?
      Regardless, they look totally incompetent either way.

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    2. I believe you are confused, "Fact". In years past (at least thru the spring of 2012), retests WERE given - the Superintendent was referring to last year 2013/2014 - the sophmores who took the MCAS in Spring, 2013 (the MCAS results that count towards a diploma); the results would have come out last Aug/Sept 2013 -to the Superintendant, Guidance, Principal - identifying the students that needed to retake the test; the re-tests NEED to be ordered - it is not the same test - and they are given in November (Math, Eng) - those results are then made available to the administration in winter - and if there are still kids that have not passed - they can retest in Spring, but again the tests NEED to be ordered. The science MCAS is on a slightly different schedule; IF - as "Fact" states - the retests were given - there would be evidence of that and that evidence can be accessed via DESE/Data Warehouse; if there are no results @ DESE - (1) either they did not retest - (2) or DESE 'lost' the results - either way - the result is the same - these students must register a passing MCAS grade (or an alternative) or they will not get a full diploma (regardless if they have completed ALL their credits) - what they receive is a 'Certificate of Attendance' - I believe they can still retest until they pass, at which time they would receive a full diploma.

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  15. Don't let them get away with thisSeptember 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    This issue should not be allowed to die. Too often we take an issue and make a big deal of it for a day or two. This is (at least) evidence of a year and a half of gross ineptitude. Heads have to roll.

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  16. We aren't in Honest town anymoreSeptember 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Pat Gardner said ," Sorry to say someone wasn't being honest they just weren't. " If someone falsely signed there name to a document on behalf of the school, on behalf of this community, we deserve to know who purposely lied to the state. Who cheated our students and why Buzz was allowed to play so much Golf on our dime.

    If the state is now left to confirm everything from Southbridge before being accepted as true then we should be confirming everything from this body before accepting anything they say is true, Anything at all!

    Who lied? Was it principal Allen? Or fill-ins IE. Potter? Buzz? Gardner? or the SC now If retests were really taken? IF so, were these retakes allowed as an exception? If so, why didn't they say we fixed up our mix up and that no students were hurt during the making of this debacle?

    Yet, they didn't go there. They didn't say that about our students did they!!!

    Rebuttal to Chair - "If you can't do anything right at least commit no harm! "

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    1. The first retest is supposed to happen in November. Amy McKinstry (Allen, Magnan ?) was principal and I don't believe she was "sick" yet. She didn't know about MCAS failures? Buzz assigned her to that position. Hasn't it been obvious about the judgement this man is lacking? He needs to get out of town and stop stealing the tax payers money! Buzz OFF!!!

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  17. There's a simple answer to this question - ask the students if they were retested. If they weren't then the problem goes even deeper than we were first asked to believe. If they say they were, what caused this?

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  18. Am I the only one who realizes how bad this is?
    We have had problems with the school system in Southbridge before, but never like this.
    Who do we trust with the data?
    Why are kids getting passing grades on their report cards but failing the MCAS tests?
    Up to 2012 we were making progress. Since then it has all gone to hell.
    I am sympathetic to the ELL students. I am sympathetic to the special needs students. But when are we going to put our primary focus on the kids who don’t fall into either of these categories, you know the regular, normal students. They’re getting screwed over by a school committee and an administration who seem more devoted to process and procedure than results.

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    1. Two Principals NeededSeptember 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      How did those 59% of eighth grade students who failed the MCAS math test move into the eighth grade? This same cohort failed the 7th grade test at a 76% rate.

      Does anyone else think that the decision to have one principal in the 5 acre building make sense? That's the first issue to address. The problems all started with that wrong decision two years ago.

      The committee needs to stop trying to prove they were right, admit it was a bad decision (politically motivated) and "do the right thing" for the STUDENTS. Will returning to two principals help Bishop's law suit? Probably, but the town won't be paying that settlement, the insurance company will.

      "Do the right thing!" Place a real principal at the middle school level and give those students and teachers a chance.

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  19. Sep 15, 2014 · Most Boston public schools would drop the MCAS next spring in favor of a new online testing system the ... “The old MCAS won’t be the assessment ...

    bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/09/15/boston-superintendent...

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    1. Who cares what Boston does. I care about Southbridge, my children and the fact that we are failing them.

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    2. What makes U think that Southbridge won't follow suit.

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    3. The 'NEW' testing requires that ALL students do the tests on-line - hmmm....more computers needed....and we don't have enough plugs for the ones that are there now!! Oh..so the students will share time on the computer - hmmm...how many hours in the day??? How many days will it take to do the test? Will those that have taken the test be secluded from others - so as not to divulge any questions/answers??? And frankly, what makes anyone think the process/results will be any better/different than w/MCAS????

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    4. More Computers, More Outlets, More Administrative Staff + More Teachers.

      Second Story/Level Here We Come !

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  20. All concerned citizens, parents, students, and teachers should call the following number to the DESE 781-338-3000. Another way is to contact the DESE using the following if you want to directly address the DESE: Requests to address the Board, written testimony, and other inquiries may be transmitted by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone to: Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148, Phone: 781-338-3102, Fax: 781-338-3770, E-mail: boe@doe.mass.edu. I personally think that the DESE should conduct an emergency meeting right here in Southbridge and the first thing that they should do is to suspend the licenses of Buzz through Allen and everyone in between.

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    1. If I remember correctly...Ken, in a previous blog you mentioned the failed petition for State takeover a couple years back...I seem to recall that Quinney, Abrahamson and Pate were 3 of the biggest proponents..what do you think changed their minds??? Ahh..power is a heady drug...

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    2. Here are some of LeAnn Pate's comments from then:

      Everything Southbridge (follow on twitter @southbridge411) shared a link.
      November 17, 2012
      We can not stand by any more waiting for the this School District/School Committee to put aside their differences and work together. They say they are here for our kids and their education. The only thing our kids are learner is that the adults in-charge are immature and petty. Time for the State to step in and show those in charge and our kids, how grown-ups are suppose to act. Show our kids that yes you are worth educating, you are smart kids, and you can and will succeed.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-southbridge-students-and-their-education#

      Everything Southbridge (follow on twitter @southbridge411)
      November 19, 2012
      And the debate goes on in #southbridge, the call for MA DESE to take over schools or not. Personally I welcome it, time 2 put the kids 1st

      Everything Southbridge (follow on twitter @southbridge411)
      November 21, 2012
      We have reached 114 signatures Let's keep going and "SAVE THE SOUTHBRIDGE STUDENTS AND THEIR EDUCATION" http://t.co/SjWygF7d via @change

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    3. And from Erin Quinney:

      Erin QuinneyNovember 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM
      Sue,
      The motivation behind the petition was and will continue to be children of Southbridge and the belief that each and every one of them deserves an excellent education. The people who have signed the petition did so because they believe that things need to change in order to ensure every child in our community receives an excellent education and is able to realize their full potential. In addition to signing the petition many supporters voiced their “Reasons for signing” under the petition. Those who signed the petition did not do so in order to attain a certain amount of signatures in a set period of time. The target of 100 signatures was automatically generated by change.org when the petition was posted.

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    4. Mr. Abrahamson has closed access to his blog, but his position at the time was well-known.

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  21. Hi, this is Alex. I'm back from vacation. I understand that this new guidance councelor on the high school side spends more time in central office than her own office at the high school. Whats going here. Kids are complaining she is never there!!

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    1. I hear Ms. Dargie is returning to the High School Guidance office next week. That's the good news. I also understand she is not assigned to become involved with scheduling or the "regular" (for lack of a better term) students. She is going to be running counseling groups for at risk kids. That's the bad news.
      The latest guidance "issues" never happened when she was in charge. She is a leader with experience and many great skills. I just don't understand the people making decisions. This new guidance counselor obviously needs help!!

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    2. Dear Parent - what is sad, is that you would think - with ALL that has come to light regarding guidance - the administration would WELCOME Ms. Dargie's expertise and 'guidance' regarding the history of how/when & why the process 'worked' - and it did; hopefully, that will change and the current leadership team will realize what a tremendous asset they have in her. She has ALWAYS put the kids first. This will not be easy return to duty - I admire her strength, courage - and perseverance.

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  22. Time to Take Control of School DepartmentSeptember 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Time for the four women on the school committee to go back and be PTA moms. They have devastated our students and staff.

    How do you justify the number of central office administrators and staff for 2100 students district-wide; then assign one building principal to a school of over 1000 students?

    I'm very disappointed with Olivio and Page for going along with the latest new position of an assistant superintendent. We have the worst MCAS scores ever, 39 students that were neglected in MCAS retesting, scores of students and staff leaving town, etc. And the bobbleheads, and the silent guys, felt it necessary to create another "worthless" position at central office.

    Where is the Department of Education? They have no credibility allowing our students to be so poorly educated.

    Where is the Town Council? How can you sit back and allow 1.2 million dollars to go to neighboring towns? How can you give this incompetent school committee millions of dollars for unemployment costs, arbitration awards? legal fees, needless new administrative positions, a $27,000 salary for a failed superintendent "mentor?"

    I know there is a lot issues that the Town Council has to address: sign bylaws, stop sign placements, appointing axillary police officers, allowing livestock on less that 5 acres of land, etc. But one would think these 9 wizards would step up to the plate and address the failure of our #1 asset, public education.

    Rome is burning while Commissioner of Education Niro and the 9 local Niros are fiddling.

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  23. Hey Brent, any more snide comments about "the blog"?

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  24. I just reviewed the Southbridge Evening News for this week. They have one "Sound Off" about the disappointing MCAS scores, but no news report. The Worcester T&G still has nothing about any of this despite a story about how Leicester is looking at the improvements there.

    When is somebody in the "mainstream" media going to pick up on this?

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    1. T & G Working on ItSeptember 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Brian Lee is currently working on a story. He had contacted many people, including this poster.

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    2. I anxiously await the results of his investigation.

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    3. Brian is not an investigative reporter. He's a reporter. He reports the news, he's not an opinion writer either.

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  25. Not only has the school committee completely failed to realize past promises. Not only has the school committee sat idly by while turnover among school staff has reached epic proportions. Not only has the school committee allowed Buzz to dismiss staff with no regard for the consequences and the cost. Not only has the school committee failed t stem the tide of parents sending their children out of the district while we pay the bills. Not only has the school committee overseen a mushrooming expansion of administrative office personnel. Now they have the utter audacity to even entertain a request from the Superintendent for more teaching personnel.

    If this insane request even makes it to the Town Council it ought to be rejected out of hand.

    Southbridge is among the leaders in per pupil spending locally. They are bleeding the public with their relentless demands for more money. Just how long are we going to bleed the landfill enterprise account? We already know how short a life it has left. What will we do then?

    Accountability. It gets lip service from this school committee. The fact is that there is none.

    The members of this school committee, especially the leadership, have been there long enough to own this disaster. They should accept it and leave. We can’t afford them any longer. Take your clipboards and go roam somewhere where you won’t do any harm.

    The town council needs to speak out about this. For far too long they have facilitated this chaos. Stop the happy talk and the nice guy posturing and do your damn job. We the people of Southbridge can no longer tolerate this squandering of what few resources we have left.

    Get it together or get out of the way and let someone who has the cajones do the job.

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  26. Who's Worse? School Committee or Town CouncilSeptember 27, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    I wish we had voted for a town meeting format. I would love to see these buffoons come before taxpayers and ask for another $200,000.00 for three more teachers!

    it's a real toss up as to which elected body is more inept, the bobbleheads or the sleeping town council.

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  27. Turn about is fair playSeptember 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Another corner heard from: Reached for comment, Ms. Allen-Magnan said she had seen footage of the Southbridge meeting, and that any references made during the meeting "to prior administration signing off on things that shouldn't have been signed, or any other dereliction of duties that may have been directed personally toward me or my administration, are false," as were other comments and references made Tuesday.

    "These innuendos and potential defamation of character are unprofessional and lack propriety in a district where morale is already low," Ms. Allen-Magnan said in an email. (T&G, 9/27/14)

    Ms. Allen-Magnan's comment on morale is almost laughable. She took her marching orders directly from Buzz, Gabrouy, and Gardner and terrorized teachers for for over two years. She is directly responsible for really good teachers leaving the district. Then as principal she finished the process. The rumor was that she was promised the to be the next Superintendent, but was displaced by Gardner.

    It is time for criminal action to be taken on these people. The very minimum that should happen to them is that they should be stripped of their licences to be administrators and teachers. Also, they should lose all their retirement benefits. They have perpetrated a fraud on the people of Southbridge; ruined the lives of too many teachers and students to allow this to go on. Let them feel some of the pain and anguish that they have caused to others.

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    1. You're overlooking the Property Tax Payer ~ WHY ?

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  28. I am just one of the many teachers that were forced out of SMHS. The comments made above are exactly what occurred. Thank you for finally putting out the truth. I also want to congratulate Ms. Dargie for winning her courageous battle with these people. Maybe she should be made principal.

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  29. To Thank you: I agree that I am excited Ms. Dargie will be back to help the kids tomorrow - they need her! Second, I was shocked when I saw the T&G yesterday so I hopped on here to see what's been happening since I took on a new job to get away from the politics - yikes! Third, glad I forwarded myself a few important emails... They are public record anyway but the proof is out there that the tests did happen... Maybe Amy will need them for the next unfortunate law suit that takes money away from the students.

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    1. I am at a loss that anyone would claim that the tests did not happen if they in fact did. Could you please explain this and provide some form of proof for your claims?

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    2. Sure Mr. O'Brien,
      In November of 2013 the current seniors had 9 take ELA and 30 take math approximately which equated to the number in the T&G. Subsequently in March four of those 9 tried again at the ELA and 20 of the 30 tried again at the math. I do not know how many of those need to take it again this November. As for February Bio, the school tested 18 current seniors in 2/2014, some of them had to take the test again in June of 2014 when bio is given the second time. Bio is not a retest, it is a test scheduled twice a year due to schools on block scheduling. It is always offered in Feb. & June. All student scores are in state data systems, the students & school get a copy of the report for the cumulative record folder too.

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    3. If what you say is the case, why is the superintendent as well as (I believe) Mrs. Culligan saying that the test were never administered?

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    4. Save Our Schools (SOS)September 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      If the tests were given as stated, were the students who needed to be put on the proper "plans" actually put on plans. Also, as said before, the issue with MCAS is just the tip of the problems created by these educational geniuses. Students with not enough credits to graduate in their senior year is strictly a guidance issue.

      The other major issue which is both an administrative and guidance issue is the scheduling of 40+ students in a class. The mantra from the guidance department and the administration has been: we don't have any other place to put them. And, they stack Social Studies and Phys. Ed. classes to overflowing because they refused to hire the needed teachers in those two departments because they are not "MCAS" subjects.

      There is a lot of baggage that must be unpacked before the people, parents, and students of Southbridge can have confidence in a school system that used have pride, spirit, and tradition. Let's just hope that we can find the rug where they stashed all the dirty laundry.

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  30. Frauds and IncompetentsSeptember 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Could these tests have been given? Possible. I doubt Mrs. Earls knows an MCAS retest from a ham sandwich, she's a barely an elementary principal, never mind a high school principal. The principal search committee (a rare event) sent three names to the superintendent (as the superintendent is the final hiring authority). Mrs. Earls was not on that list. From speaking to members of the search committee, she wasn't even close to being a contender. But here she is! Ta-da!

    Why have search committees? Because the Bobbleheads think it's a "best practice?"

    Frauds and Incompetents!

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  31. If the tests were given and we are now being told that they were not then this is even a bigger mess than originally thought.

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  32. Listen this is Alex again. I have a solution to this big problem in ths Southbridge Public School system. Close the system down.Take all the Jr./High school system studens who live east of main st and ship them toTansasqua. Second take those who live west of main st. and ship them to Shepherd Hill. Then take the building and convert it into high end condos. You now have an increase in the tax base. The condos will have central air, cafetorium ,gymnasium , a moive theartre and its own triage center. What more could you ask for.

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