On Sunday morning we posted a column titled “More Confusion”.
In that article we reported on credible claims that students who had failed the 10th Grade MCAS in 2013 had in fact been retested. If true, such claims directly contradict the announcement made at Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting by the District’s Superintendent.
In addition we reported on rumors that the consultant’s contract with former schools’ Superintendent, Basan Nembirkow, had been terminated.
It’s now been two business days since these reports. It’s been a week since the Superintendent’s announcement.
So far we have heard nothing from the Superintendent or the School Committee.
These are not matters of some small consequence. These are not unfounded claims without substance. Either they are true or they are not.
They deserve a response. What is not needed is another week’s delay while the District leadership engages in damage control and attempts to concoct a plausible explanation. If the retests were given then we need an explanation as to what monumental breakdown in communications led to the initial announcement. If they were not given, then the public should be assured of that fact and that the District is working to rectify the matter. We are, after all, paying the bills for this ongoing disaster.
We are also paying for the sweetheart contract with a former Superintendent whose failures have only been amplified by these most recent developments.
This School Committee has a well-earned reputation for lacking transparency.
They have ample tools at their disposal, not the least of which are the town’s and the department’s own websites.
Confirm or deny. Don’t perpetuate further rumors. That is the least that you can do – the very least.