Arrogance and ego apparently still prevail on the Southbridge School Committee.
Over the weekend interim Superintendent Connors announced his plan to treat the middle/high school as two separate facilities in one building. He stated that he intended to present the proposal to tonight's meeting of the school committee.
During the interview he specifically used the phrase “as originally planned” in reference to having two principals and two separate schools in one building.
The fact is clear that he is parroting one of the favorite refrains of current committee Chair Scott Lazo. Anyone who has followed the matter will recognize not only the phraseology but the vehemence with which it was presented.
But it is clear that this is not a matter that is open to discussion. A look at the school website shows the building is already listed as two separate facilities – a middle school and a high school. It shows not one but two principals – Ms. Earls and Ms. Sweetman (the second a position never approved by the school committee).
The fact is that we got rid of one martinet (McLoughlin) merely to have her replaced by another (Lazo).
It will be interesting to see if the School Committee expects any explanation as to how this plan will have any meaningful impact during tonight’s session.