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Complete Joke
What is going on with the "Not" Melrose Free Press. It's not even a news paper. Its 30 pages of garbage stories, ads, and articles about schools and kids outside of Melrose with 1 or 2 local stories sprinkled in. Who cares about a kid from Saugus playing for MC, o...
Views: 1027   Replies: 37
Last Post: Apr 3, 2016 7:20pm
by patricia wright
Middle school is a nightmare
This issue is just the latest in a school that has no direction, no supervision and absolutely no accountability. Every week we parents, receive a new email about different concerns, intimidations, rumors, sexual exploits of minors that we are to be made aware only...
Views: 673   Replies: 8
Last Post: Apr 1, 2016 7:24pm
by Concerned
Current Job Postings, Erosion and Eventual Destruction of Fine and Performing Arts Department
Public Postings Date Job Title School/Site Mar 17 Paraprofessionals - long term substitute (2) Melrose High School Mar 8 World History Grade 8 Long Term Substitute Teacher Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Mar 8 Nurse - CAMPUS KIDS -- Various -- Ma...
Views: 734   Replies: 14
Last Post: Apr 1, 2016 10:56am
by parent
METCO
Honest question. What deems the METCO program a success or not?
Views: 1079   Replies: 31
Last Post: Mar 31, 2016 11:42am
by Reality
Please explain for the rest of us
As a long time Melrose resident, I'd like to understand the issues being discussed in these threads, but it seems I've come late enough to the conversations here that it's hard to figure out what the underlying issues and facts actually are. So I'd like to ask...
Views: 832   Replies: 16
Last Post: Mar 29, 2016 12:08am
by Guessing Here
Budget Farce Being Perpetrated by Administration
From the this week's Free Press: "Among the tools available to the School Committee is the option to raise fees. On Tuesday, the committee voted to increase tuition at the Franklin Early Childhood Center by 8 percent, a move projected to bring in roughly $112,000...
Views: 550   Replies: 11
Last Post: Mar 28, 2016 5:06pm
by Good Question
Lack of Communication Examples
During the recent SC meeting the topic of communication was discussed yet again. I just don't understand how this school system can be so inept at simple communication. As a parent, I have received several emails regarding the career fair tonight at the Middle Scho...
Views: 1312   Replies: 21
Last Post: Mar 26, 2016 4:17pm
by Mom
MFD
Chairperson Driscoll Doesn't Believe the Pubic Has a Right to Know!
School Committee Chair, Margaret Driscoll, has informed this author, in a recent email, that the public has no right to know the details of any school senior staff decision or to question them since she claims by law, prevents the public from knowing the intimate det...
Views: 511   Replies: 14
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 1:43pm
by Duggan is Inappr...
Craziest Yet: SC re Taymore Award
School Committee meeting last night: https://vimeo.com/160040052 @ 2:45:00 Absolutely nuts Complete with choking up and tears. You'd think this woman should receive a Nobel instead of the door! This is the School Committee response to Mrs. Kourkoumelis' c...
Views: 846   Replies: 28
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 1:40pm
by Over-compensatin...
Campaign Finances re Failed Yes Campaign
http://d3gog7eahb0dp.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/CFR-Pre-Election-2015-YFM.pdf So Linda O gave $1,000 Dolan's campaign gave "in-kind" printing etc. etc. No mystery about who is connected to whom and this link is just for the pre-election report
Views: 294   Replies: 4
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 1:32pm
by Frank
Taymore Award
Cyndy Taymore got an award from her "Super" Colleagues. Now, I have heard everything! NUTS! Political agenda behind this action is multifaceted and questionable.
Views: 1113   Replies: 46
Last Post: Mar 25, 2016 10:30am
by Nah
Budget
Watched the Mayor pontificate endlessly (again) about the school budget at last night's SC meeting. Especially interesting to me was his contention that health care costs will rise by 9% this year. Is he pulling numbers out of his butt again? According to GIC, the...
Views: 783   Replies: 8
Last Post: Mar 24, 2016 3:26pm
by MFD
Superintendent Taymore for her resignation due to her illegal actions in the OCR case.
Superintendent Taymore for her resignation due to her illegal actions in the OCR as example .School Committee meeting last night: https://vimeo.com/160040052 @ 2:45:00
Views: 282   Replies: 2
Last Post: Mar 23, 2016 10:40pm
by Department
Warehousing our Students
I would like to make the community aware of a terrible situation at the high school. There is a lot of absenteeism among the teachers and not enough substitute teachers for whatever reason. They take a large number of classes and put them all simultaneously in the...
Views: 857   Replies: 19
Last Post: Mar 23, 2016 5:48am
by The Truth
Carrie Resigns!
http://melrose.wickedlocal.com/news/20160308/kourkoumelis-resigns-from-school-committee?platform=hootsuite
Views: 1611   Replies: 38
Last Post: Mar 18, 2016 11:13am
by Beyond Absurd
Public Hearing on SC budget in violation of Mass State Laws...Again
For the second year in a row, the Melrose School Committee is in violation of MGL Ch 71, Section 38N, which requires "A PUBLIC HEARING in which ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE REQUIRED TO BE HEARD FOR OR AGAINST THE WHOLE OR ANY PART OF THE PROPOSED BUDGET". Being require...
Views: 375   Replies: 11
Last Post: Mar 17, 2016 5:45am
by ???
Newton North and Catholic Memorial
Newton North and Catholic Memorial administrators responded appropriately and well to the incidents at the playoff game. They didn't blame only the Catholic Memorial students for their slurs. They acknowledged Newton North students were also to blame and shared respo...
Views: 356   Replies: 7
Last Post: Mar 15, 2016 3:43pm
by sausagefest
School Committee Must Resign
The only thing the School Committee members must do now is to admit they failed to protect children. They need to resign.
Views: 783   Replies: 22
Last Post: Mar 15, 2016 10:14am
by MFD
MFD
Boston Sunday Globe Article - March 13th
Did you read the article in today's Boston Globe - North Section - on CKK's resignation? Taymore was quoted and of course our illustrious, "I hear voices", Chairwoman, Margaret Driscoll, was also quoted - She said that she wanted to see "constructive dialogue" and we...
Views: 276   Replies: 0
Last Post: Mar 13, 2016 8:35am
by MFD
Kraunelis Appeals to Secretary of State Galvin
After attempting to contact the Mayor and the City Solicitor and being stonewalled (gee there's a surprise), Jason Kraunelis has appealed to the Secretary of State Van Campen's ruling that Jaime McCallister Grande should be sworn in as CKK's replacement. I would o...
Views: 484   Replies: 18
Last Post: Mar 13, 2016 12:13am
by Leather couch
Thanks, Melrose!
I happened to watch a rerun of the Saturday SC meeting, mostly because I was bored out of my mind and had literally nothing else to do. The Mayor made a comment at one point about the changing demographic in Melrose, in that it now reflects major increases in the 35...
Views: 389   Replies: 10
Last Post: Mar 8, 2016 6:50pm
by RATT
Bull$hit
Is anyone else watchung the school committee meeting on TV right now?? Pure bullshi+. Trying to make themselves look good, competent. HA. What a joke. What a disgrace.
Views: 693   Replies: 20
Last Post: Mar 7, 2016 2:49pm
by Next crisis
High School Girls Win First Tournament Game
The Melrose Girls High School basketball team has won its first game of the tournament. The girls are playing awesome ball and the coaches are doing a wonderful job. This is a real team playing together and getting superb instruction from the coach. Come out and chee...
Views: 308   Replies: 12
Last Post: Mar 4, 2016 11:40pm
by Melrose High Gir...
A Glimmer of Hope Perhaps?
I have to give credit where credit is due. Seeing EOC step up in opposition to closing public participation after that lunatic chair shut down GM was somewhat encouraging.
Views: 613   Replies: 10
Last Post: Mar 2, 2016 7:04pm
by Please explain
MFD
Proposed new date for School Committee Meetng
We've been getting feedback that the March date is not good for a lot of people. We are currently working towards February 27. Nothing is set in stone yet but please keep your schedules clear.
Views: 299   Replies: 2
Last Post: Mar 2, 2016 6:43pm
by MFD
Ugh
Middle School lunchroom fight
I understand that yet another ugly incident occurred at the middle school on Friday. Punches were thrown, lunch people were caught in the middle tying to break it up and the school day was disrupted. The girls involved in the fight were in classes the rest of the day...
Views: 643   Replies: 9
Last Post: Feb 29, 2016 10:07pm
by The law
OVERTLY DEROGATORY
The Super of the MPS is quoted in the Boston Globe article (OCR Resolution Response) that the remarks at the center of the Justice Department investigation were not "Overtly Derogatory". The Boston Globe article is an embarrassment to Melrose. Taymore's statement a...
Views: 1695   Replies: 28
Last Post: Feb 28, 2016 9:14am
by Bottom Line
School Committee and Super Fail at Defending Themselves
https://vimeo.com/138697244 September 8 School Committee meeting Apparently they go by the playbook that a good defense is a strong offense. These people succeed at being offensive. They fail when it comes to what's legal, ethical and moral. These administrativ...
Views: 1178   Replies: 24
Last Post: Feb 27, 2016 10:33am
by To Bob Snow
SC Chair Thorpe back to bullying again
More nastiness from the queen of anti-transparency and bullying at the school committee meeting on September 15th. Once again, Ms. Thorpe takes to bullying a fellow Melrosian who oddly enough, was requesting of the the school committee to stop bullying and be polit...
Views: 493   Replies: 6
Last Post: Feb 27, 2016 8:06am
by LM
Point to 1/2 days?
I'm confused, what is the point of the 1/2 days once per month? Today, it's my understanding that on-team teachers at the middle school were out all day. I thought the purpose of the 1/2 days once per month was to provide team planning and collaboration. This...
Views: 532   Replies: 12
Last Post: Feb 26, 2016 2:19pm
by bob snow
Budget
I listened to the School Comittee meeting last night and heard part of what the Mayor was saying about GIC increases because of budget restraints due to override fail. Did anyone listen to entire meeting? I may have heard wrong. Thank you
Views: 328   Replies: 6
Last Post: Feb 24, 2016 7:41pm
by Willie
Melrose handles almost every potentially litigious situation badly
Costly to every citizen in Melrose! From a posting today: Famous Feb 17, 2016 - 10:20AM Re: What kind of school system Does Melrose want. Apparently, Melrose wants the kind of school system that is famous across the state. I had dinner with some lawyer fri...
Views: 436   Replies: 7
Last Post: Feb 24, 2016 5:17pm
by yup
Mom
Juxtapose Boston events w/ Melrose Events and the Path to a Just Resolution Should Be Clear
Substitute what has happened in Melrose and it's easy to see what should happen and what must happen if anything is going to start getting better here. portions of an article from today's Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/02/21/naacp-branch-calls-fo...
Views: 301   Replies: 3
Last Post: Feb 22, 2016 2:31pm
by ugh
Excellent Letters to Editor Calling for Resignation of Superintendent
Was so glad to see the articulate letters in both papers calling for the immediate resignation of the superintendent as a result of the grotesque mismanagement of civil rights cases in the schools. Along with her should go the city solicitor, the asst. superintendent...
Views: 728   Replies: 14
Last Post: Feb 21, 2016 3:30pm
by MFD
MHS
Superintendent Hired PR Firm/Spinmaster for 10K without School Committee Authorization
Just another administrative outrage. CT hired Guilfoil (police department spinmaster with former MFP journalist Sacco) without ever going to her boss (the SC) first, as was made clear in Tuesday's School Committee meeting. So while the budget hysteria is getting whip...
Views: 434   Replies: 10
Last Post: Feb 21, 2016 3:21pm
by Bob Snow
MFD
School Committee - Tuesday, March 9th
Every resident should take the the time to view school committee meetings at MMTV if they can't make the meetings in person. It is an absolute "educational" experience to see just how dysfunctional our school committee is and how undemocratic it is run by the current...
Views: 801   Replies: 20
Last Post: Feb 21, 2016 8:57am
by Disagree
Crazy Legal Bills & Deflection
School Comm Feb 9th https://vimeo.com/154811649 Check this out, starting page 69 from last night's School Committee meeting: http://melrosecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=2543&Inline=True $75,767.38 NUTTALL, MACAVOY & JOYCE legal bills...
Views: 855   Replies: 26
Last Post: Feb 18, 2016 2:12pm
by Truly
Taymore, Not Trained in the Art of Communication, Uses 10K of Tax Dollars to Communicate
Thank you to Mr. Leibowitz for once again providing a clear window. This man deserves a Pulitzer for his coverage of our homegrown Watergate otherwise known as MPS. This is more of the beyond-the-pale agita-making bullpucky from a rogue administration that thinks...
Views: 379   Replies: 4
Last Post: Feb 17, 2016 12:37pm
by This
Fed Office of Civil Rights Condemns Melrose Administration
Today Aaron Leibowitz of the Melrose Free Press reports on the OCR Letter of Findings, and it is a da#ning scenario, outlining the comprehensive failures of the Melrose administration (schools and city since the city solicitor was primary in advising the district, wh...
Views: 799   Replies: 10
Last Post: Feb 14, 2016 2:27pm
by Just the beginni...
NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
Interesting "DATA" about the evaluation results of the teachers and administrators on the front page of the Free Press on Thursday. "Needs Improvement". The MPS has needed improvement for a long time, although the school committee has continued to describe the "lead...
Views: 510   Replies: 4
Last Post: Feb 9, 2016 7:54am
by Disgusted
Commission on Women
It will be interesting to see the appointments to the new Women's Commission. Diversity is assumed but it remains to be seen. With the OCR investigations about the MPS and how the city has responded, it is crucial that this new program on women is representative of...
Views: 1074   Replies: 26
Last Post: Feb 4, 2016 2:03pm
by El Presidente
OCR Findings and Documents Now Online
http://melroseschools.com/administration/presentations/ocr/ Thanks to the diligent efforts of Mr. Leibowitz, Ms. Wright, Mr. Dittmar, and several others, the full Findings document has now been posted, along with the resolution, etc.
Views: 1134   Replies: 32
Last Post: Feb 3, 2016 11:05pm
by MFD
ugh
MPS stuck with Asst Super who didn't get Tewks job
And this is the person CT "chose" (again) to be civil rights/harassment officer (because obviously she did such an excellent job all these years and made sure our district always followed the law!) after the administration was found to have grossly violated the laws....
Views: 418   Replies: 3
Last Post: Jan 22, 2016 8:40pm
by MFD
Says It All
Saw this on the What Melrose Wants post. Says it all. All Angles - Something's seems to be missing in your thinking unless you believe the principal and superintendent should have passed the whole investigation on to metco to conduct in a proper way. Since they di...
Views: 987   Replies: 9
Last Post: Jan 22, 2016 2:35pm
by Confirmed
Boston Globe
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/01/16/melrose-teacher-made-plantation-reference-black-student-civil-rights-office-says/nFsgzS9N4F5gqQeoZiicPM/story.html Interestingly, the comments section thinks it's not a big deal. The comments seem to blame t...
Views: 626   Replies: 5
Last Post: Jan 18, 2016 2:11pm
by skinner
Cyndy's OCR BULL
CT's statement regarding the OCR investigation released today is pure "Trump B...SH.." Jessica Sacco, former Free Press shrill for Dolan/SC now works for a PR firm...her trumpeting the MPS line on this subject today is disappointing at best and suspect for many rea...
Views: 1091   Replies: 26
Last Post: Jan 10, 2016 9:16pm
by HM madness
PARCC
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/10/how-did-your-school-district-parcc/4BYDuEAfDsAO1e1a9Ouf9J/story.html?p1=Article_Recommended_ArticleText Melrose killed it on the English portion of the PARCC, scoring an 82, in line with Andover and Concord. Math was a...
Views: 1436   Replies: 35
Last Post: Jan 7, 2016 7:46pm
by Nice Spin
please !
Ed and Liz, please don't just be rubbers stampers and do something to change the SC and MPS...Both have been in deep trouble for a very long time....our kids, schools and city's reputation all have been deeply harmed...I had hope for Jessica D. the last time around b...
Views: 607   Replies: 9
Last Post: Jan 7, 2016 10:52am
by good riddance ma...
# 92 out of 100
Check out niche.com Things are not going well in the MPS...no matter how the SC, Mayor's office, BOA, MEF and hired PR firm attempts to spin things...we were rated a 92 out of 100...Shameful !!!!!
Views: 323   Replies: 1
Last Post: Jan 7, 2016 8:52am
by STATMAN
Once again Melrose Schools doesn't rank at all in top districts on niche.com
https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-school-districts/best-overall/m/boston-metro-area/ #92 in Greater Boston area out of 100, near the absolute bottom With a super who's managed to take us down to and keep us at a Level 3 district, have us found guilty of civ...
Views: 225   Replies: 1
Last Post: Jan 6, 2016 10:37pm
by CT's team
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