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Time to Reflect
Recent revelations on this board have had a profound impact on me spiritually, intellectually and even physically to the point where I actually feel weary. Melrose is indeed in a battle for its very soul. I don’t know how all of you are processing what ha...
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Last Post: Sep 26, 2015 7:36pm
by Occupied
School Committee Votes
Surprise, Surprise. The School Comlmittee voted in favor of the override. That’s like thinking the Boston 2014 Committee would ever have voted against the Olympics. Fortunately, the Mayor of Boston and the Governor saw it was a house of cards and blew the whi...
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Last Post: Sep 19, 2015 12:01am
by The Critic
The enemy of truth in Melrose
from today's Boston Globe, Joan Vennochi: "As visitors enter the John F. Kennedy Library, the first stop is a biographical film that includes the late president speaking at Yale University’s commencement in June 1962: “The great enemy of truth is very oft...
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Last Post: Sep 18, 2015 9:43am
by Action in the Vo...
Better Choice for Mayor
I am all in for a write-in mayoral campaign, but my choice will be Don Conn who I will also be supporting as Alderman-at-Large. I will support Monica for the aldermanic race but feel Don has far more experience in municipal budgets. We need a mature leader who know...
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Last Post: Sep 16, 2015 10:52pm
by disgusted
Write in Campaign
This has also been cross posted in the alderman section: Since the mayor is unopposed in the upcoming election and given the OCR finding amongst all the other bad decisions and vicious behavior, I cannot stomach Dolan feeling that he is loved by all because he is...
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Last Post: Sep 15, 2015 8:20pm
by Need change
Fine Arts Chair has got to go
You think the Science Chair was bad. She looks like Darwin compared to the Fine Arts Chair. I will ask all of you your opinion. Do you think telling and writing in evaluations to teachers that students of color need to be separated is a racist remark? Well, the Off...
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Last Post: Sep 13, 2015 11:02am
by MFD
Free Press Headline promotes Paymore. What a great job she does!!!!!!.... Threatre of the Absurd equals No on The Override.....! I didn't know Brigid was still writing for the Free Press....
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Last Post: Sep 12, 2015 11:48pm
by MFD
Boston Globe: Melrose student found to be harassed based on race
Globe finally has it! Gee, does this say anything? "Taymore did not return a call from the Globe seeking comment. Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan, who is a member of the School Committee, declined to comment." Where is the ever-blogging Brigid now? What a zip code!...
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Last Post: Sep 12, 2015 11:32am
by Victims
Teacher’s actions under examination Teacher’s actions under examination By Jessica Sacco Posted Apr. 16, 2014 @ 4:32 pm Updated at 6:47 PM A Title IX investigation is underway at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle Schoo...
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Last Post: Sep 6, 2015 10:11pm
by 15 months ago...
WICKED: the LOCAL superintendent, the LOCAL mayor, and the LOCAL school committee.
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Last Post: Sep 4, 2015 6:51pm
by MFD
SC Candidates
This just boggles my mind. Are you kidding me? Weekly News - "O’Connell, Incumbent Driscoll Jump Into SC Election Fray With the September 11 deadline approaching to obtain nomination papers for seats up for election November 3, recent political action...
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Last Post: Sep 2, 2015 9:18am
by To Pretend-Carer...
Feds Find Melrose Schools Guilty of Racist Conduct: Schools in Violation of Federal Civil Rights Act
Melrose Weekly News | Local Headline News Schools in Violation of Federal Civil Rights Act Published in the August 28, 2015 edition Following is a press release from Supt. of Schools Cyndy Taymore. Officials would...
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Last Post: Sep 1, 2015 8:17pm
by Dad
ALeibowitz/MFPress: Taymore's evaluation
By Aaron Leibowitz August 28. 2015 8:12AM Taymore receives mostly high marks in evaluations Members of the School Committee submitted their annual evaluations of Superintendent of Schools Cyndy Taymore at a meeting on Aug. 18. All b...
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Last Post: Aug 28, 2015 3:49pm
by MFD
4 Lawsuits against Taymore
4 lawsuits against Taymore. Words directly from her mouth. One for sexual harassment of an employee. Lots of grievances within the school and complaints from within and out. This ones a bute. Then she'll move on and leave Melrose with the mess just like Casey.
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Last Post: Aug 23, 2015 9:20pm
by No
Patch: MHS now not even on the list of Newsweek and other rankings
Massachusetts High Schools Ranked Among Nation's Top 500 Nineteen schools in the commonwealth made the list, and Dover-Sherborn cracks the top 20 in the country, according to Newsweek's rankings. By Patch Staff (Patch Staff) August 19, 2015 By PATRICK LUCE (Patc...
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Last Post: Aug 23, 2015 7:10pm
by Real Facts
special needs
My child has special needs and we are thinking of moving into Melrose. What are parents experiences with the SPED department in the high school?
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Last Post: Aug 22, 2015 1:57pm
by Sad to say
PPS useless
Any other parents out there who are not receiving back the calls, emails, and letters you've written about the needs in your child's IEP or 504 not been met? I don't want to hear she is away. This has been going on the entire year. I am not the only one. Friends w...
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Last Post: Aug 20, 2015 2:32pm
by SPED dysfunction
Science Chair Leaving
Heard the SCience chair leaving. Interesting. These people come here a few years, take lots of money, make lots of promises, claim they're doing great things for students. They take off before you can say boo. Lots of talk. Not much improvement. Not saying scienc...
Views: 372   Replies: 8
Last Post: Aug 20, 2015 2:25pm
by Vote No
School Superintendent Taymore Gets Poor Evaluation from School Committee Member
Did you see the school committee meeting on Tuesday, August 18th when members presented their evaluation of Ms, Taymore? As usual, most members gave a "thumbs up” to Taymore with little documentation to support their results. We see this event play out several...
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Last Post: Aug 20, 2015 1:28pm
by How?
Hottest zip code in America
Something to make us all happy! The Hottest of the Hot: What Are the Top 10 ZIP Codes in America? 1. 02176 – Melrose, MA Welcome to the hottest ZIP code in the U.S.! Close to bo...
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Last Post: Aug 20, 2015 12:28am
by Tori
Learning Commons Project MIS-management
With all the planning years and money spent they didn't perform a competent hazardous materials and abatement survey prior to beginning the work.
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Last Post: Aug 19, 2015 7:41pm
by High School
Hottest Zip Code Bonanza
With the Melrose housing market allegedly going through the roof, shouldn't the increased assessments on inflated purchase prices be filling the city coffers to overflowing? Why would we need an override?
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Last Post: Aug 19, 2015 12:44pm
by MFD
Sunday Boston Globe Article on Melrose Override - Globe North Section
Did anyone see the article in today's Sunday Globe - Globe North section on the Melrose Override? They quoted among others, Jennifer McAndrews, chairwoman of "Yes for Melrose", on how this added money is needed for investments for parks and playgrounds - does this wo...
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Last Post: Aug 16, 2015 9:27pm
by Accountability
"Melrose Public Schools Administrative Offices 360 LYNN FELLS PARKWAY, MELROSE, MA 02176 CYNDY S. TAYMORE Superintendent of Schools Email: To: Melrose School Committee From: Jay Picone, Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs...
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Last Post: Aug 15, 2015 3:41pm
by MFD
MFP: Melrosians recently participated in a five-week crash course on racism
Sad that this is so necessary here, but glad to see that this happened. Wish the school administration were doing this! With federal civil rights investigations going on, they ought to have been spearheading this kind of cultural awareness instead of fostering the ho...
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Last Post: Aug 15, 2015 9:58am
by melrosian
Globe article re Override
"JAG4908/14/15 05:42 AM "We're one crisis away from having to make really tough decisions?" Isn't that what city leaders are suppose to do?" Melrose voters to weigh $2.25m override By Brenda J. Buote Globe Correspondent August 12, 2015 Mayor Robert J. Do...
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Last Post: Aug 14, 2015 11:11am
by The Village Voic...
FB Page with interesting thread on schools
If you haven't seen the Melrose MA Community Group FB page it's worth taking a look at it. There is an interesting thread on it about the schools.
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Last Post: Aug 14, 2015 9:02am
by Damian
Melrose City Hall and MEF Ethics issues
This is a direct quote from the State Ethics Commission guidance on improper activity: Example of violation : An employee of the Massachusetts Cultural Council is also the director of a non-profit corporation dedicated to increasing art in public spaces. The non-p...
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Last Post: Aug 13, 2015 8:38am
by Step up and file
School Committe Performance Evaluation of Superintendent Taymore - August 18th
Well – it’s that time of year when our school committee submit their performance evaluation of our school superintendent at their August 18th meeting. Talk about a useless piece of business! We all know from the past 3 years, all these clowns do, with...
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Last Post: Aug 12, 2015 7:06pm
by Dad
ALeibowitz/MFPress: Taymore won't provide documents unless Kourkoumelis pays $7,638.75
"Taymore wrote that the district would begin gathering those documents if and when Kourkoumelis paid the district a fee of $7,638.75" By Aaron Leibowitz August 06. 2015 2:41PM Superintendent Taymore clarifies why records are 'protec...
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Last Post: Aug 11, 2015 10:15pm
by Sick irony
Time for all to step up for the truth, for the kids!
Glad to see that more are seeing the truth. Where are the letters to the editor or more people showing up at Public Participation? Plenty of adults in the community know about this corrupt administration and don't have any children in the schools to worry about retal...
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Last Post: Aug 7, 2015 7:50am
by Also agree
New Report Shows that Billions Spent on Professional Development is Largely a Waste of Money!
If you have listened to our School Superintendent at Committee meetings, you would think that the the hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent in our school district for professional development of our teachers was the answer to improving our schools. These effor...
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Last Post: Aug 5, 2015 5:52pm
by Getting worse
Pure Unadulterated Bilge Please let's hope this one does not run for reelection! Enough!!!!
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Last Post: Aug 2, 2015 9:54pm
by Parent
Thorp's Public "Apology" for Breaking Law
Here it is from the district IQM2: Statement of School Committee Chairperson Kristin Thorp April 14, 2015 Meeting of the Melrose School Committee The Melrose School Committee held a special meeting on Thursday, February 12, 2015. One of the agenda items liste...
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Last Post: Aug 1, 2015 9:30pm
by La Cosa
Attempted Cover Up of Federal Investigation
Saw Kristin Thorpe's 'apology' from Tuesday night. Looks like the school committee and the superintendent believed they could keep a federal investigation secret from the rest of the city.
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Last Post: Aug 1, 2015 9:12pm
by Shameful
Aaron Leibowitz: Subcontractor reportedly violated wage laws at MHS
No vetting by Grover and her Energy Commission or city solicitor Van Campen, and of course they deny any responsibility though they must have seen the labor contracts. July 31. 2015 9:54AM Subcontractor reportedly violated wage laws at MHS By Aaron Leibowitz al...
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Last Post: Aug 1, 2015 8:06am
by citizen
Spring 2014 State MCAS Data Now Available On-Line
Well folks, the spring 2014 MCAS data is now available on-line at and it ain't pretty! The school committee meeting of Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, will discuss the results...
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Last Post: Jul 29, 2015 8:54pm
by Parent
Here are 10 signs that your child is in a failing school district:
This from the Huffington Post. Melrose satisfies all ten. Including the last one where we have a convicted felon volunteering to help with civics here in our hamlet! 1. The large majority of your teachers have less than five years of experience- The best sch...
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Last Post: Jul 27, 2015 2:38pm
by Geezer
New Comer in the Race for School Committee
Looks like someone new to Melrose recently pulled papers for a seat on the school committee, Jaime McAllister-Grande. But please, don't hold your breath thinking that this person will be an "impartial" member given her connections with senior city and school official...
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Last Post: Jul 22, 2015 3:03pm
by chem
Another MHS Success Story
The suspect in the death of an elderly Chinatown woman is a 2011 graduate of Melrose High School via the METCO program.
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Last Post: Jul 21, 2015 12:49pm
by Incorrect
Class/Student Supplies Requested by Principals, Continuous Fleecing of Melrose Parents
So in addition to ever-increasing Property Taxes, Trash fees (which are actually added taxes but cannot be claimed as such thanks to the manner--probably illegal--these fees were constructed by mayor), outlandish and unreasonable Water/Sewer bills, PTO dues, Athletic...
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Last Post: Jul 17, 2015 3:39pm
by MFD
String Shut Down
This is the second time I've had to shut a string down in this forum. The person who continually posts other peoples posts was at it again and I had to shut the string "What Kind of School System Does Melrose Want" down because that same poster (trying to be cleaver...
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Last Post: Jul 11, 2015 5:59pm
by District Freefal...
Horace Mann Playground Reopens Tomorrow
The hard work of Horace Mann PTO, HM Parents,and other generous benefactors has finally come to fruition as the new park opens tomorrow at 6 PM. See you there!
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Last Post: Jul 11, 2015 10:16am
by Hey Donna
School Committee Meeting
Watching the school committee meeting right now with my husband. What is it with Driscoll? She believes she's saying some insightful thing praising the schools while saying nothing at all! My mother always warned that people who are over the top in lavishing comp...
Views: 150   Replies: 2
Last Post: Jul 11, 2015 10:03am
by mvmms
Best Wishes
Effective immediately, Mr. Ireton has decided to retire from operating and maintaining the Melrose Messages Board. As with all things in life, we move on to seek new opportunities. Richie has decided that after seven years, it’s time for him to pursue other...
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Last Post: Jul 10, 2015 11:54am
by Title examiner
Truth be told - RACISM
June 9's SC meeting should be an eye opener. The art teacher who spoke during public comment and was brutally shut down by Thorpe had refused to comply with the Fine Arts Chair's suggestion to separate students of color. This is the true reason for the termination o...
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Last Post: Jun 23, 2015 9:00pm
by Oops!
SC to Vote to Approve a Pot of Money for Superintendent to Give Administrative Raises, Tuesday
Show up and write letters to protest this travesty: The administration wrings its hands complaining that it doesn't have enough money to fund basics, like enough kindergarten teachers, and while it has known all along it has $48,...
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Last Post: Jun 22, 2015 9:26pm
by IRS violation?
Show up tonight to advocate for the Music Program @ 7 p.m.
The Music program is at risk with the plan to change A Block, eliminate prerequisites for Orchestra and Band, and lump all the band and orchestra instruments & equipment into the orchestra room during the next year. Come help, please! The chair is not competently adv...
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Last Post: Jun 19, 2015 1:59pm
by The Numbers Don...
The Exodus Begins Anew
from today's SchoolSpring on the district website: Public Postings Date Job Title School/Site Jun 8 Director of Science, Technology and Business -- Various -- Jun 4 School Social Worker - Anticipated (split position) Originally posted Apr 27, 2015 -- Var...
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Last Post: Jun 18, 2015 10:39am
by ???
teacher appreciation should be EVERY DAY!!!
Our Teachers are amazing!! Our kids are so fortunate!!! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!
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Last Post: Jun 13, 2015 7:55am
by Melrosian
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