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Last Post: Oct 23, 2015 4:48pm
by Citizen
Election
It's no secret that the pro-override people will be out in force on election day. It's crucial that those of us opposed to the override not abdicate our responsibility. We cannot assume that opposition to the override is strong enough that we, each and every one of u...
Views: 456   Replies: 16
Last Post: Oct 22, 2015 8:41pm
by Answer
Full Text of CMurphy Article Re Super Evals, Indictment of School Administrative Failures
Full Text of Free Press Article by Colleen Murphy Oct 18, 2015 - 8:16PM Re: CKourkoumelis 2015 Evaluation of Superintendent Taymore I read with interest Paul Lang’s September 3rd letter to the Editor (“Questions for Kourkoumelis”). In his lette...
Views: 694   Replies: 18
Last Post: Oct 22, 2015 12:10pm
by Answer
Another Scare Tactic from the "Say YES to Melrose" Crowd
Since I'm not allowed to post on that site I still read it. Here's a letter to the editor from a parent. I've deleted her name, but feel free to check it out and comment. Down size her desk so she can fit additional seats in the classroom"??? How big is her desk?...
Views: 380   Replies: 11
Last Post: Oct 22, 2015 10:39am
by I Want to Be an ...
Wasn't There a Meeting Last Weds about the Override?
I thought there was some kind of information session last week about the override. Since it was presented by people who favor the override complete with prepped answers to any questions, it didn't seem to be the best use of my time. Was it last week? Did anyone go...
Views: 344   Replies: 5
Last Post: Oct 21, 2015 9:20am
by tm
Banned from Melrose Community Facebook Page
Yup folks. I was busy over the weekend and the weekend prior. There's a community face book page that's really not a community facebook page. More like a feel good...lets discuss the importance of all the nail and pizza shops we have (and we have a ton of good one...
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Last Post: Oct 20, 2015 4:43pm
by True colors
CKourkoumelis 2015 Evaluation of Superintendent Taymore
Carrie Kourkoumelis 2015 ckourkoumelis@CityofMelrose.org Melrose School Committee Superintendent Evaluation [Rubric is listed below] DESE Standard I/Goal 1, Instructional Leadership Indicator I-B. Instruction: Ensures that practices in all settings reflec...
Views: 1049   Replies: 25
Last Post: Oct 18, 2015 10:31pm
by Dirty secrets
School district dysfunction exemplified
https://vimeo.com/142334938 School Comm Oct 13 Don Constantine: 1:20 re MCAS... (incomprehensible blather), 2:32 "Those colored-in yellow boxes going away...." WTF? Margaret Adams: 58:00 "You see the number of students in Warning and Failure, which is concern...
Views: 491   Replies: 4
Last Post: Oct 15, 2015 10:54am
by HM
Dolan
I recently stumbled upon this board and see nothing but slamming of Mayor Dolan. I really don't get it. He's done a lot for the community. During the time of Guerrero, nothing was done. He used the post to try to launch a failed national career. Yet we constantly...
Views: 673   Replies: 17
Last Post: Oct 11, 2015 12:58pm
by Real Facts
Birthday
I'm usually one to be humble, but my birthday is coming up and as I'm sure you all know I have done a lot for our community. It would be nice if the members of the board chipped in and showed me their appreciation for my contributions in a form of a gift. Please d...
Views: 384   Replies: 2
Last Post: Oct 10, 2015 4:42pm
by MFD
Sec'y of State's Office Backs Kourkoumelis Appeal after School Committee Denies Access to Member
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/AppealsWeb/AppealsStatus.aspx Apri 14, 2015 C Kourkoumelis Appeal Read the whole decision and see how brazen the administration with its idiotic lawyers really is! Finally some truth about the investigation into a "racially hostile...
Views: 7666   Replies: 132
Last Post: Oct 9, 2015 7:17pm
by Melrose Taxpayer
Times They are a Changin!
I have to admit I’ve been very sad and disheartened by all the recent ugly events that are destroying this City, but yesterday the Universe threw me bone. Actually it was more along the lines of a ray of hope. Help is coming. The outside world is looking i...
Views: 483   Replies: 4
Last Post: Oct 9, 2015 10:19am
by Hassan Ben Sober
Another Boston Globe Piece: Melrose faces second civil rights violation allegation
Melrose faces second civil rights violation allegation By Steven A. Rosenberg Globe Staff September 18, 2015 A former Melrose teacher has filed a federal complaint against the Melrose public schools, alleging that she was fired in June for refusing a superviso...
Views: 1896   Replies: 39
Last Post: Oct 8, 2015 9:52pm
by Clown out..
Discriminatory National Honor Society 8:30 a.m. Induction Ceremony
from another string: "Anybody else count all the ways of Wrong for that latest picture of the National Honor Society induction that is now on the high school website? Why didn't they just "induct" the whole school, for starters?" Most importantly, from my family's...
Views: 1051   Replies: 35
Last Post: Oct 8, 2015 12:34pm
by Wondering
Porn Link to Melrose Minors Banned
This morning I removed a post from a purported “outraged parent” providing a link to a site that in fact did have nude pictures of Melrose teens. I have banned this person’s IP address from posting. If you are truly an “outraged parent”...
Views: 511   Replies: 13
Last Post: Oct 7, 2015 5:26pm
by RATT
Public Commentary: Citizens Speaking Nail It
https://vimeo.com/139418547 School Committee meeting September 15, starting around 2:15 with Mr. Kenney, then Mr. Kaynor and Mr. Mroz. This is the meeting where Thorp bullies TK and tries to tell him where his eyes can go when he's speaking, since apparently Marg...
Views: 742   Replies: 12
Last Post: Oct 3, 2015 11:14am
by agree
FreePress re Override Essential Issues Not Understood
By Aaron Leibowitz aleibowitz@wickedlocal.com October 02. 2015 12:01AM Pro- and anti-override camps have their say On its surface, the proposed $2.25 million property tax override on which Melrosians will vote Nov. 3 is simple. Do you agree with Mayor Rob D...
Views: 459   Replies: 21
Last Post: Oct 2, 2015 7:51pm
by parent of 3
Margaret Driscoll Claims District Took "Corrective Actions" to Civil Rights Investigation.
I encourage all the readers of this board to visit School Committee member Margaret Driscoll’s Blog “Taking Notes in Melrose” and read her response to the Office of Civil Rights’ ongoing investigation of racism in our district. It is a pathet...
Views: 1397   Replies: 35
Last Post: Sep 28, 2015 12:09am
by Here We Go
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...
Views: 774   Replies: 8
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...
Views: 237   Replies: 0
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...
Views: 370   Replies: 2
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...
Views: 292   Replies: 3
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...
Views: 215   Replies: 2
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...
Views: 820   Replies: 15
Last Post: Sep 13, 2015 11:02am
by MFD
Taymore
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....
Views: 1049   Replies: 26
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!...
Views: 1207   Replies: 32
Last Post: Sep 12, 2015 11:32am
by Victims
Teacher’s actions under examination
http://melrose.wickedlocal.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140416955 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...
Linguist
WICKED: the LOCAL superintendent, the LOCAL mayor, and the LOCAL school committee.
Views: 284   Replies: 9
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...
Views: 498   Replies: 10
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 http://wp.localheadlinenews.com/?page_id=132 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...
Views: 844   Replies: 27
Last Post: Sep 1, 2015 8:17pm
by Dad
ALeibowitz/MFPress: Taymore's evaluation
By Aaron Leibowitz aleibowitz@wickedlocal.com 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...
Views: 224   Replies: 3
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.
Views: 1186   Replies: 6
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...
Views: 358   Replies: 10
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?
Views: 296   Replies: 3
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...
Views: 334   Replies: 5
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: 406   Replies: 8
Last Post: Aug 20, 2015 2:25pm
by Vote No
MFD
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...
Views: 232   Replies: 2
Last Post: Aug 20, 2015 1:28pm
by How?
Hottest zip code in America
Something to make us all happy! http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/top-10-hottest-zip-codes-in-america/ 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.
Views: 149   Replies: 1
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?
Views: 348   Replies: 7
Last Post: Aug 19, 2015 12:44pm
by MFD
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...
Views: 321   Replies: 5
Last Post: Aug 16, 2015 9:27pm
by Accountability
Override
"Melrose Public Schools Administrative Offices 360 LYNN FELLS PARKWAY, MELROSE, MA 02176 CYNDY S. TAYMORE Superintendent of Schools Email: ctaymore@melroseschools.com To: Melrose School Committee From: Jay Picone, Director of Finance and Administrative Affairs...
Views: 737   Replies: 16
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...
Views: 432   Replies: 6
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...
Views: 239   Replies: 7
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.
Views: 321   Replies: 0
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...
Views: 221   Replies: 2
Last Post: Aug 13, 2015 8:38am
by Step up and file
MFD
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...
Views: 230   Replies: 2
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 aleibowitz@wickedlocal.com August 06. 2015 2:41PM Superintendent Taymore clarifies why records are 'protec...
Views: 496   Replies: 19
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...
Views: 392   Replies: 2
Last Post: Aug 7, 2015 7:50am
by Also agree
MFD
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...
Views: 274   Replies: 4
Last Post: Aug 5, 2015 5:52pm
by Getting worse
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