Saturday, November 29, 2014

Progress? Really?

Ken O'Brien

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."

So said John Lennon.

Recently the Town Council discussed the state of affairs in Southbridge schools.

Members of the School Committee present at the meeting protested that the latest report on the schools’ Accelerated Improvement Plan (AIP) offered hope of making progress in escaping from the town’s Level IV status. 

Frankly, I think that the latest report is just a continuation of the same “smoke and mirrors” that has been blown up our collective butts for almost 20 years.

However, I am more than willing to leave it to others to make their own assessment.

Herewith, therefore, the three most recent reports to the School Committee on Southbridge’s AIP’s.


  1. Leave it to others decide? The students and parents have voted with their feet, and left for other districts. Enrollment 2013 = 2239 students; 2014 = 1859 students. Roughly 20% reduction. A few more years of this crew and we'll be able to return to a one-room school house for our K-12 student population.

    At the same time, the town council, the group currently asking for answers, has funded huge increases in the school department budget.

    Good for the councilors asking questions about accountability. Brent Abrahamson stated that he is going to hold EVERYONE accountable, yet he protests the town council's desire to hold the school committee accountable. What's up with that?

    Abrahamson's ranting is such an obvious attempt to deflect attention from McLoughlin/Donovan regime's "death spiral."

    As for the newbies from the DESE . . . Seriously . . . DESE is less credible and more incompetent than our school committee. (Ah, maybe a tie)

    They are the folks responsible for anointing Ms. Gardner to the superintendent of schools without any search for a real superintendent. Just like they did with Nembirkow, and so many other "leaders" in the district.

  2. When are the results of the investigation due in? Will any action be taken? Will the public ever be able to know the results?

    1. The results are due Wednesday, Dec. 3. We'll most likely never know the contents of the report. As for any action, we'll wait and see.

    2. More Chance of Hell Freezing OverDecember 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Just Askin' wants to know the results of this investigation. Good luck with that!
      Maybe the "transparency" gang will release them at the same time they release the Ely and Perreault investigations - the day day Hell freezes over!


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