Council Chair Moriarty has released a statement by local community and business leader Terri Colognesi calling for a halt to the School Committee’s reorganization plan.
“A local leader — not an elected official but someone whose spirit and actions truly live up to the definition of a leader — has put out a call to action through a social media post. I was going to directly share that post, but wanted to ensure that privacy settings wouldn't prohibit any and all interested parties from seeing the posting. So, after consulting with her, I am posting a screen shot of the post and providing the copy of the text in the post.
I encourage any and all to rally to the cause.” Moriarty said in posting the statement.
Here is Ms. Colognesi’s post.
I am appealing to friends, family and acquaintances who are residents of Southbridge. The Southbridge School Committee is contemplating restructuring the High School/Middle School at next week's meeting, which will be held next Wednesday, May 27th at 7 pm in the Town Council Chambers. They gave the Acting Superintendent a 1 year contract to provide "stability" while they hopefully conduct a search for an Experienced Superintendent. Today, the Assistant Principals were told that if the restructuring was to occur that they would lose their jobs as of June 30th and would need to reapply for the "restructured " positions. The principal was told that if the restructuring was passed that she would be immediately laid off.
There has been no stability at that school since they moved to the new building. A Number of you have moved your kids to other systems. It is time to take back the school system and to have the School Committee listen to the citizens of this town.
I am asking all of you to consider speaking at the Committee 's public forum which happens at the beginning of the meeting. You could say as little as "please vote against the restructuring. Our system needs stability." Or you could say more. It is time to show our dissatisfaction with the underperformance of the system, and the people who run it.
As taxpayers it hits us where it hurts. Lower values, harder to sell homes because people don't want to come here.
I love this town. I see lots of potential, but the schools have to get this right. It is all about the KIDS, not political agendas.
Please join me there next Wednesday. Large numbers will get the message across. And please Dress for Success!