Than to follow written Policy and Procedures only to be told there is a gag order in place by someone who has no more power or rights than I do to put one in effect and to realize an Administrator you had faith in caves to that political pressure and ignores the written policy!
Than to have to ask Union Officials and rank and file teachers and staff to keep me informed about teachers being placed on leave, removed or transferred ( against their will) and in what clearly to me seems in violation of the Union contract and that we on the Committee are NOT made aware of this but have to hear it from a media source (could be worse I suppose, could have heard it from a blogger!).
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Than to watch an appointment NOT ELECTED but appointed position have undo influence over Elected and School Dept. business for what appears to be nothing more than a power grab…jealousy..or ego. Frustrating when you originally thought highly of that person but seeing them in action up close you realize they are screwing or attempting to damage the reputation of a decent family and someone in the same profession.
Than a very good employee being pressured into silence and not ALLOWED to speak freely when they disagree with biased reporting /or talking about situations that are being manipulated and unfairly dealt with. Why would they want to stay?
Then the slanted reporting in the SUN against the School Committee while the City Financial state is as bad has the Schools.
Than the misleading story by WCAP that DR. K got a lump sum $63K… Dr. K dragged out the hearing process in his contract that was agreed to by ED Kennedy – Bob Hoey – Andy Decouteaux – Bob Gignac and Steve Gendron and collected his salary the same way every employee is paid until he called off a hearing. This current Committee had no choice but to follow the law / contract. Those who granted that contract all bear much of the responsibility for the current financial state of the school system.
Than the SUN giving Rodney Elliott a “Mulligan” for hiring DR. K..I don’t and the voters / taxpayers / Parents shouldn’t either and should remember he along with DAVE CONWAY – Kim Scott and KRS who hired him even after he drained the reserve accounts in Winchendon and cost them $1,000,000. Don’t forget they drove out Jean Franco and Jay Lang in the process.
Than elected / appointed officials who want to kick another $500,000 down the road…let’s start next fiscal year with that $500,000 deficit, the $500,000 we can’t charge to the revolving Food Service Account, the expected $3,000,000 in salary increases and the expected increase in transportation cost before the budget even starts getting formulated. How does that make ANY SENSE?
Than Councilors preaching to me about the School Dept. getting their fiscal house in order and living within their means while LYING AND WILLFULLY MISLEADING THE PUBLIC ON THE CASH CONTRIBUTION THE CITY PROVIDES TO THE SCHOOL. THEY FORCE THE SCHOOL DEPT. TO PAY FOR TRANSPORTATION WHICH IS LEGALLY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CITY AND ADULT EDUCATION that COST $500,000 THAT RIGHTFULLY AND LEGALLY SHOULD GO TO THE STUDENTS BETWEEN GRADES k -12!