Monday, January 25, 2016

A Couple Of Notable Quotes From Tonight's Hearing

Lisa Rousseau, Southbridge central office worker, "We need a huge, huge change in the business office…a lot of our staff have been hired because of WHO THEY KNOW and not because they're qualified"


Paul Sagan, Board member,  "I have to say that this is an unusual meeting for us...I don't know what else to say."

Mitchell Chester, I have recommended that "we do vote to take receivership"

5 comments:

  1. Save our Schools --SOSJanuary 26, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Jonathan Kozol once said that the only way to fix a struggling school is to fly over it in a helicopter full of money and dump it out. The problems in the Southbridge Public schools have always been the lack of money the town is willing to pay for a decent educaiton for the Southbridge students.

    The present school committee should welcome the receivership with open arms... The receiver will mandate what needs to be spent and the Town Council will have to fund the lion's share of it.

    The receivership will also give the Town Council the cover to raise taxes and then point the finger at the state....

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    1. I believe that you are mistaken. I don't think that a receiver has any such authority related to taxes. I think that they have no power if the district is meeting the requirements of net school spending.

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  2. Money is not the answer to our problems. We spent $1M about 10 years ago to upgrade the "technology" we had in the schools. I don't think we got a measurable benefit from that investment. The schools can't be the answer to all the problems we have in town. If it's true that 70% of our kids are high needs, then the state needs to make investing in Southbridge attractive to businesses so that parents can start meeting the needs of their kids. They can start by admitting people live outside of 128 and that economic development here is just as important as economic development in Boston.

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  3. I hope you're right ken, because no amount of taxpayer money is going to fix the flood of immigrants hitting our school district.

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    1. Throwing $$ at the problems is not the answer - how funds have been allocated is the solution; top heavy administration & ancillary personnel w/multi year contracts /exhorbitant legal fees / unemployment costs; as long as the Town is meeting the requirements of net school spending, they are not obligated to increase that spending - but there may be cause to request additonal funds to 'adjust' the financials after they go thru the budget - as much as everyone would like for this to turn around quickly, it won't; there are issues on many levels and a complete turnaround will take some time.

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