Saturday, October 17, 2015

Southbridge School Committee Agenda - October 20, 2015

School Committee Meeting

MacKinnon Council Chambers

October 20, 2015

7:30 PM


Southbridge Town Council Agenda - October 19, 2015

Town Council Meeting

MacKinnon Council Chambers

October 19, 2015

7 PM


Troubling Questions About Bliss Departure

Ken O’Brien

Like so many things in Southbridge, recent events in the school system have brought out the usual trolls.

 Rancid comments from those who have, and will apparently never stop having, a stake in sanitizing past failures fill the prior article announcing the Superintendent’s resignation.

But there are confusing issues raised by the recent departure of Superintendent of Schools Steven Bliss. In fact, a careful consideration of the available information raises more questions than it provides answers.

Let us start with the premise that Mr. Bliss had decided that he wished to leave his position for whatever reason.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Southbridge Superintendent Resigns

Southbridge School Superintendent Steven Bliss resigned his position last night.

Mr. Bliss cited health reaons as well as concerns that the post was not the right fit for him.

Reporting on the departure of Superintendent Bliss, The Worcester Telegram noted:

Mr. Bliss, in an email to the Telegram & Gazette, said that in addition to the health matter, he also found that the job was not the right fit for him.

Mr. Bliss said he had not completed contract negotiations with the School Committee as of a couple weeks ago.

After a couple of medical issues spanning the past two weeks and, “much soul searching, I decided that the work of the Superintendent is simply not a good fit for me in that the work for the most part had little to do with teaching and learning and causes one to be further removed from working with students and teachers in a meaningful way,” he said.

“I have decided to pursue other professional opportunities in the field of education, be it in the form of educational consulting work or in a private school setting,” Mr. Bliss said.