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Carrie Resigns!
http://melrose.wickedlocal.com/news/20160308/kourkoumelis-resigns-from-school-committee?platform=hootsuite
Views: 1592   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: 344   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: 331   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: 750   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: 245   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: 455   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: 364   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: 665   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: 280   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: 591   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: 276   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: 622   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: 1662   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: 1160   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: 469   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: 502   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: 301   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: 416   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: 276   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: 710   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: 413   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: 774   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: 825   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: 350   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: 778   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: 484   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: 1049   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: 1083   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: 396   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: 965   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: 602   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: 1070   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: 1414   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: 587   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: 293   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: 205   Replies: 1
Last Post: Jan 6, 2016 10:37pm
by CT's team
MEF thinks it is the arbiter of what parents need to know
Prepare to lose your meal when you read the nauseating garbage put forth during the recent MEF "Parent University": http://d1868cr0a5jrv6.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/11/Parent-University-Presentation-November-14-2015.pdf Presentors ❖...
Views: 669   Replies: 13
Last Post: Jan 6, 2016 11:42am
by Parent
National Websites Discussing Melrose Schools Racism/Administration Problem
excerpts Great term: "Skilled incompetence" Great quote: "Fancy footwork is the fourth level. Fancy footwork happens when individuals try to deny the behavioral inconsistencies they exhibit, or else they place blame on other people, which results in distancing th...
Views: 218   Replies: 3
Last Post: Jan 3, 2016 7:56pm
by Malicious intent
Gay-Straight Alliance in the Middle School
Did you read in Thursday Free Press about the new club at the Middle School called “Gay-Straight Alliance”? Yes – these are students in our Middle School. To celebrate this type of diversity, the club has hung posters up at certain locations in the...
Views: 2098   Replies: 56
Last Post: Jan 1, 2016 12:09pm
by Jane Murray
Coalition Forming for a Better Melrose
There are some community members joining with a couple of our civic leaders to call for action in returning Melrose to a more civil and decent community, where our elected and paid officials will be held accountable. The recent direct abuses of two of our elected off...
Views: 1283   Replies: 42
Last Post: Dec 24, 2015 6:30pm
by LOL
Stop
Hurt people hurt people.......STOP IT!
Views: 254   Replies: 1
Last Post: Dec 22, 2015 9:20pm
by Observer
Great work
Very proud of the MHS kids again this year. After last years stellar work leading to great college opportunities, this years class if off to a fantastic start. Melrose has 2 Brown early decision admits, 1 Tufts and 1 Harvard...those are early decision choices, I am...
Views: 373   Replies: 11
Last Post: Dec 18, 2015 11:13pm
by Clownster
College Board recognizes Melrose Students
Nice article in the Free Press about MHS students ramping up their AP courses and test scores from 2013 through 2015. The College Board also recognized 8 outstanding teachers (out of 54 across the State)who have worked hard to help these students succeed. There are...
Views: 217   Replies: 0
Last Post: Dec 18, 2015 4:12pm
by AP Recognition
Aldermen Meeting
anyone see the change between city officials at the meeting. looks like someone is a little sensitive.
Views: 870   Replies: 21
Last Post: Dec 18, 2015 10:33am
by Hassan Ben Sober
School Committees Independence
In 1647m the Massachusetts Bay Colony mandated that every town within its jurisdiction establish a public school. Committees sprang up to run the institutions, and in the 1820s the state of Massachusetts made the committees independent of local governments, establish...
Views: 269   Replies: 3
Last Post: Dec 13, 2015 11:02pm
by Zzzzz ...
Let the public know
I think a great way to get the public more involved and informed on what's happening at the SC meetings is to publish the weekly agenda in The Mayor's Blog, PTO's the Melrose MA Community Group FB page, Free Press, Melrose Weekly News and other social and print media...
Views: 579   Replies: 9
Last Post: Dec 13, 2015 8:31am
by MFD
Bullying
Today's front page article in the FP regarding MVMMS was interesting. In light of how much bullying goes on at the middle school, (often around sexual identity issues) this is positive news. The school is in deep trouble regarding bullying and at least some action...
Views: 386   Replies: 8
Last Post: Dec 11, 2015 2:21pm
by Oh yes
Ginger Day
So what so think about Kick a Ginger Day? Seems several middle school kids were injured today because they have ewd hair.
Views: 2099   Replies: 44
Last Post: Dec 10, 2015 1:20pm
by Yep
Melrose Alliance Against Violence Response to "Kick a Ginger Day"
Here is Rebecca Mooney's response to my email and my follow up response: Dear Ms. Wright, Thank you for your email. The message I read on the “Real Moms” Facebook page was the first I’d heard of the “Kick a Ginger Day” incident...
Views: 1312   Replies: 38
Last Post: Dec 10, 2015 7:15am
by Shiva
Happy Thanksgiving!
We have so much to be grateful for! Family...friends....and a beautiful day. [:)]
Views: 238   Replies: 2
Last Post: Nov 27, 2015 9:21am
by Cornucopia
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