Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Southbridge School Committee Meeting - October 28, 2014

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

DATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TIME: 7:00 PM

I. Pledge of Allegiance
II. Public Input
III. Call to Order
IV. Roll Call

V. Approval of Minutes
            A. Regular School Committee—October 14, 2014
VI. Chairperson’s Announcements
VII. Reports
            A. Representative of the Student Advisory Committee
                1. Cameron Boisvert
VIII. School Committee Reports – FY’15
            A. Curriculum Subcommittee-Mrs. Donovan
            B. Ad-Hoc Committee-Superintendent Evaluation-Mrs. Donovan
             C. Negotiations Subcommittee-Mrs. Quinney
            D. Sped PAC Liaison-Mrs. Quinney
            E. Family & Community Engagement Subcommittee-Mrs. Congdon
            F. School Committee/Student Advisory Committee – Mrs. Congdon
            G. Policy Subcommittee-Mrs. McLoughlin
IX. Presentations
            A. Accelerated Improvement Plan Quarterly Progress Report
               Massachusetts’ Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
            1. Ms. Laura Richane-District Planning, Implementation, and
               Monitoring Lead
            2. Ms. Patricia Williams-Plan Monitor
            3. Ms. Brooke Clenchy – Senior Associate Commissioner
X. Report of the Finance Director
XI. Report of the Superintendent
            A. Donations from the Southbridge Sped PAC
XII. School Committee Actions
            A. Third reading and adoption of policy File EFC: Food Services
            B. Southern Worcester County Educational Collaborative First Quarter Report
               July 1, 2014-September 30, 2014
            C. McMahon Field Bonfire-November 26, 2014
            D. Memorandum of Agreement between the Southbridge School Committee
               and the Southbridge Education Association #2 (Parent-Teacher Conferences)
            E. Memorandum of Agreement between the Southbridge School Committee
               and the Southbridge Education Association #3 (Teacher Planning)
XIII. Unfinished Business
            A. Second Reading of policy File BEDBA: Consent Agenda
            B. Second Reading of Policy File BEDB: Meeting Agenda
            C. Second Reading of policy File BEDB-E: Agenda Format
XIV. New Business
            A. The next regular School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday,
               November 12, 2014, at 7:30p.m. in Council Chambers.
            B. Member Forum
XV. Executive Session
            1) Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, Sec. 21(a)(1), to discuss a complaint about
               an employee
            2) Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 30A, Section 21(a)(3), to discuss strategy with
               respect to collective bargaining (Service Employees’ International Union,
               Local 888)
XVI. Open Session             A. Adjournment


  1. Word gas it Pat Gardner getting the heave hoe tonight.

    1. They are letting Gardner stay in her position while they investigate her? This makes absolutely no sense. She should be put on leave while the "investigation" is ongoing so she can't bully anyone else. It's amazing how they bring in these Springfield people consistently and they are terrible. No wonder why Springfield is in the situation that it is in. There was a comment some time ago about Southbridge becoming Springfield East. It is clear that the downward tend is rolling east along with the recruits.

  2. Another massive lawsuit unfolds tonight. BigcMac and Dodovan want Gardner gone. Didn't they just hire her? The fourth superintendent in two years.
    More wasted time and $$$$$.
    Are they the "Do the right thing gang?"
    They have no idea what "the right thing" is.

    1. And the beat goes onOctober 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Lots of interesting (and some comical) moments last nite -

      Several SC members seemed geniunely surprised by the complaint - including Mrs Donovan (especially after she went on and on about how 'stable' the leadership was etc etc etc;
      Seems Quinney, Congdon, Abrahamson were just learning of this for the first time...and of course, immediately believe there to be a conspiracy - Brent blames the 'bloggers' - hahahahahahaha
      Quinney concerned that the proper process was not followed - HAHAHAHAHAHA...when in fact, it appears that it has - poor thing, she has no idea what the 'proper' process is...NO proper processes have been followed w/this SC, including their own.
      It would appear that the complaint was filed by a building principal because of a situation between the Super and a subordinate - let's review the process: principals are in charge of their buildings - if a staff member has an issue, they are to bring it to their superior - ie - the principal who is then responsible for attempting to resolve the issue; in listening to Dr Page's report of the complaint, it appears that the subordinate did in fact go to their principal regarding comments/threats made by the superintendant - the principal then attempted to reach out to the superintendant and was likewise threatened; so, the only recourse is to then take it the SC - as they are the Superintendant's 'boss'.
      It would be difficult for any complaints against the Superintendant to be handled fairly - would be difficult to take that complaint first to the 'Asst' Superintendant - since we all know there is a connection there.
      Interesting that Ms Gardner wanted this part of the Exec Session to be 'open' - and the SC decision to have an independant investigation (to be completed in 30 days) - as part of their 'transparency' program!! That gave me the biggest chuckle of all.

    2. Stand up to bulliesOctober 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Listen to Dr Page's report of what supposedly transpired - incident between the Superintendant and a 'subordinate' (who was there last year) involving the MCAS debaucle - 'subordinate' was bullied and brought the incident to the attention of the 'employee' (who filed the complaint) who was subsequently bullied by the Superintendant - since 'the union' does not appear to involved - I would suspect that the parties involved are certain members of the 'administrative' team as they are not part of the union....gee...what's the surprise here - the bullying???? there has been more than enough bullying to go around - on the part of the SC (certain members), Buzz, Ms Gardner and various & sundry other players in epic...pathetic

  3. Good for the Goose, not for the GanderOctober 29, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Well, well. This school committee put Ely on "paid administrative leave" when he was accused of employee misconduct. Now they allow Gardner to continue on without any oversight.
    Bishop's suit is gender biased. He's right. And we're going to pay.

  4. Stop Employee BullyingOctober 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    It is so sad to see more employees filling complaints about their treatment in our schools. With so much talk of bullying by students towards each other, it's no wonder with what they see from the adults in their lives.
    It was also disturbing to listen to Mr. Abrahamsen claim that this employee's charges are "political.". Very disturbing.

  5. Geez - Thursday nite's 'joint' meeting should be like an episode of "Dancing w/the Stars' - lots of tap dancing & jive w/your host 'Ricky (LUCY! you got a lotta 'splainin' to do!) Ricardo...sure hope it's televised.

  6. I thought his suit was age biased or has it morphed like this sad and unprovable accusation?
    When the names associated are revealed, if ever, then we shall see how they are connected to the gleeful man in the audience observing how his destructive plan is working.
    This accusation stinks of political revenge and I doubt it will hold up.
    I hope those "Directing" the smear campaign are outed.


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