Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DESE Board Votes Receivership For Southbridge Schools

Mitchell Chester
At its meeting this morning the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education voted with only one abstention to classify the Southbridge school system as Level 5.

This designation as a chronically underperforming district will result in the appointment of a receiver by Commissioner Mitchell Chester. In the meantime Chester will serve as interim receiver until a permanent choice is made, effective immediately.

The receiver will assume the responsibilities of the superintendent as well as the school committee.


DESE Board Of Directors




Twitter Feed of events as they happened
erin quinney ‏@ErinQuinney 
Sbg folks present: Councilors Carrasco & Clemence, interim sup Connors, TM San'Angelo,  SC member Bishop, Sbg educator Michael Montigny

erin quinney ‏@ErinQuinney 
CC: recapped info board has received

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Chester says that he has asked @usedgov to reconsider #MAEdu's "high risk" designation (under #NCLB)

Brian Lee ‏@BLeeTG 
BESE chair at this morning's mtg: No public input on Southbridge today, as there was a 3-hr opportunity for comment last night in S’bridge.

Mary Ann Stewart ‏@MAStewartMA 
BESE hearing public comment as draft motion to declare #Southbridge PS chronically underperforming distributed to members #MAEdu

Amelia Peloquin ‏@AmeliaPeloquin 
No matter what happens today, I plan on being a part of public service in #Southbridge for a long time. (1/2)

Amelia Peloquin ‏@AmeliaPeloquin 
I'm hoping @MASchoolsK12 or @MASCSchoolComm will provide SC with opportunities to help develop a plan for solid local governance. (2/2)

Brian Lee ‏@BLeeTG 
Commissioner’s recommendation of Level 5 for Southbridge now on table at state ed bd mtg.

Peter Balonon-Rosen ‏@pbalonon_rosen 
Commissioner Chester says he "has little to no confidence" that #Southbridge could turn itself around w/o state intervention #MAEdu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Chester: do believe very strongly that where we have institutions who are not getting the job done, we need to be decisive about that #MAEdu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Chester: recommending that you vote receivership; would take effect immediately

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Sagan: "once we take it over, we cannot fail" #Southbridge #MAEdu

Amelia Peloquin ‏@AmeliaPeloquin 
.@BLeeTG I am curious as to what will happen at #Southbridge SC meeting tonight.  Our agenda calls for a superintendent vote!

Brian Lee ‏@BLeeTG 
Chester to board: @ this point there's no ambiguity abt need 4 receivership. I see no reason 2 delay. There r a no. of interested receivers

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Chester notes that receiver could be a non-profit (or an individual). Expect to announce in mid-February #Southbridge #MAedu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Chester would be interim receiver, immediately #Southbridge #MAEdu

Amelia Peloquin ‏@AmeliaPeloquin 
I am hoping #Southbridge SC and @MASchoolsK12 can have an amicable relationship during the turnaround process.  We all want the same thing.

Brian Lee ‏@BLeeTG
In visits to Southbridge schools, Chester said he's astonished at how little guidance teachers are receiving.

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
#Southbridge "astonishing how little guidance teachers are receiving" in curriculum development #MAEdu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Chester speaks of #Southbridge "parade of non-continuity" #MAEdu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Sagan will call the question (vote) today #Southbridge #MAEdu

Brian Lee ‏@BLeeTG 
Bd member Donald Willyard said he'll vote in favor of commissioner's recommendation. Would rather the receiver be an indy rather than org

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
.@DonnieWillyard says Twitter helped him decide to vote today #Southbridge #MAEdu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
.@MAStewartMA We kept hearing "we need your help" #Southbridge #MAEdu

Brian Lee ‏@BLeeTG 
Mary Ann Stewart will also vote yes. Said she kept hearing 'we need your help' from citizenry

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Two recommendations from Board members that Chester NOT appoint a non-profit as a receiver #Southbridge #MAEdu

Amelia Peloquin ‏@AmeliaPeloquin 
@BLeeTG #Southbridge has a lot of great teachers, they are not getting the supports they need for the students they have.

erin quinney ‏@ErinQuinney 
McKenna: painful to listen to the concerns of speakers in sbg.  Community of Sbg very different than any we've ever heard about b4

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
McKenna: "usually reluctant to do this in many instances, but not at all" in this case #southbridge #MAEdu

Amelia Peloquin ‏@AmeliaPeloquin 
I hope this receivership calls attention to the gross level of unmet needs of the #Southbridge community.

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Noyce hopes that this will be a short receivership #MAEdu #Southbridge

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
.@pbalonon_rosen They may go unanimous. #Southbridge

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Ed Doherty will abstain from vote. Opposes section of law that allows drop of collective bargaining rights #Southbridge #MAEdu

Peter Balonon-Rosen ‏@pbalonon_rosen 
So far at least 6 education board members in support of #Southbridge receivership. Two want individual rather than company. #MAEdu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Craven unique situation in #Southbridge: this has never been a resource issue, but has been a resources issue #MAEdu
                                                                                                
Amelia Peloquin ‏@AmeliaPeloquin 
This district has one social worker.  No ELL director in a 45% Hispanic district

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
Craven: "once we are successful...what is the road map to make sure these tools are sticky?" that change stays #Southbridge #MAedu

Mass Teachers Assn ‏@massteacher 
BESE poised to place #Southbridge into receivership.  Votes in place. Tipping hand to favor nonprofit VS individual

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
not a shock: Sec'ty Peyser not opposed to an organization rather than person being receiver #Southbridge #MAedu

Tracy Novick ‏@TracyNovick 
#Southbridge in receivership on a 9-0-1 vote #MAEdu

Brian Lee ‏@BLeeTG 
It's official. Southbridge schools are run by state. 9 yes, one abstention










7 comments:

  1. I wonder what will happen with tonight's school committtee meeting.

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  2. Does that mean there will no longer be a school committee after tonight? will they be disbanded?

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    1. The Telegram reports, "In an interview after the meeting, Southbridge School Committee Chairman Scott S. Lazo said the board would still hold its regular meeting Tuesday night to explain to the community how the district will move forward, as the community is owed as much. He said the committee will not vote on the two superintendent candidates, as the issue is now moot."

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  3. Why is Erin Quinney tweeting about this?? It is partly her fault! I am glad for the take over! Save us!

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    1. Yes, it has been Ms Quinney's mission since BEFORE she was elected to the School Committee to have the State takeover (and her buddy Abrahamson as well);so one has to wonder how vigorously she acted, as a SC member to prevent it - NOT.


      School Committee is an elected body and can not be 'disbanded' - they will just not have all the power they have had; meetings should be very short; seriously, they will required to work w/the Receiver - part of the process provides for an education of the SC as well as to what their duties/responsibiities - and are not.

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    2. Actually you're wrong. The school committee now has precisely ZERO power.

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      "In a Level 5 district, the commissioner appoints a new leader, called a receiver, who can be granted authority up to and including the powers of the superintendent and school committee. The receiver reports directly to the commissioner and is held accountable for improving the education in every school in the district for the benefit of the students."

      http://www.mass.gov/edu/government/departments-and-boards/ese/programs/accountability/support-for-level-3-4-and-5-districts-and-schools/school-and-district-turnaround/level-5-districts/level-5-districts-frequently-asked-questions.html

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  4. I am very curious how, or if, a School.Committee could or would function under recievership.

    People are still blaming various SC members past and present, but the Town Council should share whatever blame is due, but they are getting off as if they are blameless. If this is the case, it is time to stop blaming each other, and watch the State put Humpty back together If they do it eithout more money, they are miracle workers.We need text books, a dizen social workers, and more Spanish speaking teachers OR translators.

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