Friday, May 8, 2015

Southbridge School Committee Agenda - May 12, 2015

Southbridge School Committee Meeting

MacKinnon Council Chambers

May 12, 2015

7 PM


AGENDA



19 comments:

  1. How is the Teacher ?May 8, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Exactly how many fights happened at the middle/high school today?
    Does anyone know the poor teacher is the sent to hospital by ambulance?

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    1. I'm told it was Ms. Curry. I have no information on her condition.

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    2. Hmmm...I heard it was Sean Baxter - taken by ambulance complaining of chest pains.....

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  2. I wonder what is the restructure at SMHS in new business. So much for stability.

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  3. It looks as though they are doing the right thing --- Two Principals at SMHS to do the wrong thing to even the score with Ms. Earls. When they change the job positions Earls will have to reapply... Sound familiar? Isn't that what they did to Bill Bishop... Same people in charge who made the decision that one Principal was enough to man the new school. Also, isn't that a flip--flop?

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    1. When the structure of the SMHS was changed from 2 schools w/2 principals (the way it was designed and laid out) to 1 school w/1 principal - a month before the start of school - ALL administrators from the 2 schools SHOULD have been required to reapply for their jobs, since, in essence, their jobs no longer existed - but that did not happen; and positions were created and a new principal were put in place w/o the proper vetting and in some cases questionable if they even applied properly -yes - the newbies on the SC -currently the chair/vice chair -were party to this.

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  4. OK..so what's with the 'supplemental' legal counsel?????; Geez...soooo much legal hassles one firm can't handle it????? By the way....this firm is out of Braintree - hey, what's a few more miles of 'travel expenses' ....man, you can't make this stuff up....

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  5. More Legal CostsMay 11, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Check out the website for the "supplemental law firm" on this agenda. $$$$$$ The girls haven't spent enough of our tax dollars on their ineptness!

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  6. So what brought this on???? Who? What? Why? do we need ANOTHER law firm?!?!?! and not - in place of - but SUPPLEMENTAL???? Is the word out that Southbridge is a cash cow for attorneys?!?!?!?! 2 of the attorneys represent the Town of Whitman - do we know how the Town of Whitman feels about their representation/advice/fees???? Couldn't find a firm any closer than Braintree??? Did we miss something from previous meetings? NAH....that would be too transparent - might as well do like they always do - put in on the agenda for a sure vote because it's a done deal. Pathetic...

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  7. Save our Schools --SOSMay 12, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    It is funny that no one has commented on the rumor that a vice principal has been put on paid administrative leave... If true, could this be one more reason that they need additional legal support....

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  8. What a Conundrum!May 12, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Yes - interesting that no one has commented on the rumored VP on PAL - and for a rather serious offense - one that could and maybe should cost him his job - ah..but we'll never know - what a conundrum since I bet he was planning on 'applying' for the new Principal position - which may have been a reward for the 'let's get Ms Earls back for standing up to Gardner - gosh Quinney & Abrahamson must really be squirming about this glitch in their plan!

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  9. Time to Recall QuinneyMay 12, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    It is definitely time to recall Quinney. How do we do this?

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    1. Support Recall of QuinneyMay 13, 2015 at 9:06 AM

      After watching last night's meeting it is abundantly clear that Quinney is out of controal and should be recalled. I wish I had thought of that. You have my support at a recall election.

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    2. Recalls will never work in this town and your call for one based on this meeting is grossly out of order. I watched this meeting looking for the abundantly clear moment of her being out of "Controal" and didn't see it. Please elaborate on this abundantly clear moment but I won't hold my breath waiting.

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  10. More Political RetributionMay 13, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    What an absolute outrage! The four members of the school committee majority want to take another 14 months to hire a permanent superintendent. It has been well over two years since our schools had a permanent superintendent, now they want to add another 14 months. That brings us close to 3 1/2 years to hire a permanent superintendent. How inept and incompetent are these dolts?

    Yet minutes later the majority entertains a proposal from the "interim" superintendent to change the middle/high school to a high school and a middle school. (that was the way the building was planned and built, but McLoughlin and Donovan voted to restructure the building 30 days before it opened. A move they did for pure political reasons only three weeks after being elected to the school committee)

    This poorly presented plan by "interim" superintendent Stanton was yet another political ploy. By restructuring the school from one principal to two, the contract with current principal Melissa Earls with be voided. They will certainly not hire her to one of the newly created principal positions, as this entire restructuring plan is aimed at retribution for Earls' filling of charges against the last superintendent Patricia Gardner. Gardner and committee member Quinney are close pals, too close according to many in the know.

    To make matters worse, the ever-inept "interim" superintendent Stanton presented a major restructuring proposal without any sort of financial overview. What will this plan cost the taxpayers? Stanton had no idea.

    This is the same "interim" superintendent that stated at the school department budget presentation to the town council that if the town only approved 25.3 million dollars for the next school year then 10 to 15 teachers would have to be eliminated. Well the town approved the "meager" 25.3 million dollars and Stanton is throwing out an obviously VERY expensive, poorly throughout, politically motivated plot.

    Kara Donovan and Lauren McLoughlin voted to go to one principal, now they're wanting to go back to two. Three years of their stupidity will soon end. But what will not end is the legal costs and settlement payouts that the taxpayers of Southbridge will get stung with. Mrs. Earls will most certainly file suit - and win. This change back to two principals will also most certainly help Bishop's case, which is coming to court shortly. (I understand that McLoughlin and Donovan are going to be called to testify)

    But aside from the political paybacks and the financial gaffs, do these fools ever think about the students or staff? The most needing of our assistance are totally ignored by McLoughlin, Donovan, Quinney and Abrahamson.

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    1. Question: Can Bill Bishop be on the School Committee if he has a case against the School Committee?

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    2. Dear Watcher, You ask an interesting question. Does Bill Bishop have a legal case filed with the courts and against whom?
      Is it with the School committee, The Southbridge School District or against individuals of the same?
      Ethics and morals probably play a bigger role here for the voters to decide upon then any legal case participation qualification. Do voters want to put someone in charge of our floundering education system who has a legal beef with the same? I would hope the answer would be no unless all legal claims were publicly and completely dropped. Personally, that is the only way I would ever consider this candidate going forward. , I could not in good faith vote for someone who has a personal financial interest which would take money away from our student's education.

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  11. It's RetributionMay 13, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Much of this restructuring appears to be a way to remove staff that have chosen to speak up against central office. I am proud to work for a principal and assistant principal that truly care about the students. Pushing them out of their jobs is a disservice to staff and students. Reconfiguring ISS will cause more negative behaviors to arise with no way of controlling it. Our problem in the school system isn't with the principals, assistant principals or those individuals running ISS... Our problem lies with Central Office and the School Committee making decisions based on vengeance and retribution.

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  12. It is sad state of affairs when School Committee members and an Acting Superintendent can restructure jobs without any notice and with little concern about the consequences of doing so. Working in the school district, I see first hand the dedication the principal, assistant principals and ISS staff show to our students on a daily basis. Our administrators, teachers and ISS staff wear many hats everyday. We are the enforcers of rules holding the students accountable, mediators, counselors and responsible for providing a safe environment where our students can learn. However, at every turn Central Office and school Committee members tie are hands, dispose of essential staff and make it difficult to be consistent. Our school is failing not because of the staff but instead because Central Office and School
    Committee members make decisions based on vengeance.

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