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 chairperson Ms. Driscoll. We all thought former chairperson Thorp, was a dictator, Ms. Driscoll has her beat - hands down. The Tuesday, March 9th version is just an example of what I mean.
One of the main sessions is "public input" at the beginning of each meeting - but it is clearly something that they are compelled to do by procedure rather than to be used for valuable input and feedback from the community about their efforts. Typically only one person speakes during the public session, Gerry Mroz, an educational activist who clearly and with great reasoning provides his expertise and rationale for pursuing educational initiatives. But as you can see from Tuesday's tape of the meeting, Ms. Driscoll is watching her clock to be sure that he doesn't speak for more than 5 minutes - after all - that is the requirement for each speaker even though only one person typically speaks during the public session - and following procedures is more important than content - according to Ms. Driscoll.
She had to shout down Gerry to show him who is boss at Tuesday's meeting! Great job, Ms. Driscoll - you showed him who is boss! The soon to be formed "Commission on Women" would be so proud of you!
Mroz took his message directly to the voters of Melrose when he ran for the
School Committee. He finished dead last. He was very effective in getting his message across as he speaks at every single SC meeting. However,the voters of Melrose very clearly rejected his message. As a member of the public he has every right to speak for his 5 minutes at every meeting. However, the SC should represent the will of the voters and the voters clearly do not want to follow the paths that Mroz would like to take. Driscoll is doing exactly the right thing when she ignores his ideas.
I beg to differ. If you asked a random sampling of Melrose voters exactly what Mr. Mroz's message is or ideas are, not one in fifty could tell you. I watch every SC meeting, and honestly, I have to really pay attention to get an idea what he is talking about. His delivery is mind-numbing, and the average voter won't spend the time it takes listening to him to figure out what he's actually saying. When you do make the effort, it's clear he has his facts straight, and most of his ideas make a lot of sense. He gets ignored because what he says is contrary to what the SC wants to hear.
Driscoll? That's another story. Her incoherent ramblings make my head spin, and that insipid grin make me want to vomit. Every time I try to follow what she says, I end up wondering on what planet she spends most of her time, and being thankful I gave up Glenfiddich years ago.
I was a Johhny Walker Black man myself, 27yrs 3 months 9 days ago, but this current fiasco makes me want to start again! [:)]
Don't bother Geezer - even after 2 glasses of wine - Driscoll still seems incoherent!
He wants to make the Melrose schools an experimental lab for his crazy ideas. Melrose residents got that. If his message failed to resonate with voters it is his failure, not the failure of the voters. You may not like the process of voting in members of the SC, but it is as fair a process as there is. He tried, he lost, his ideas are rejected by voters. He gets his 5 minutes each week but the SC isabsolutely right to disregard his views. They were all elected by the voters and should move forward with their own perspective. As is popular to say these days, elections have consequences. The consequence for GM is that he does not get to force his mind-numbing ideas on the voters of Melrose.
I've watched and listened. His experimental ideas are not being used in any of the great school districts across this state. They aren't a good fit for Melrose and the voters have made that clear.
I agree that the election of the SC does not mean they don't have to listen to concerned citizens. My argument is that they ARE LISTENING to their concerned citizens by ignoring the ideas of a candidate that lost by a large margin despite having ample time to present his ideas to the voters.
He has every right to come forward each week and present his ideas to the SC. They are obligated to listen, but have no obligation to implement any of his ideas. This can, and should, continue.
Both MFD and GM suffer from sever cases of OCD. MFD with Melrose Messages, Rob Dolan, and the buffet line, and GM with the SC and Melrose Public School system. Being married to either one of these fools must be a marital bliss. These guys need therapy in a bad, bad way.
Wasn't me, but c'mon...give credit to a funny post even when you don't agree with it.
What's funny about it? And why is Mroz an issue at all? I thought we were discussing the abysmal performance of the SC.
The school committee is still as abysmal as ever. The new members aren't making any difference, but did anyone really expect they would?
You are dead wrong. He has a daughter in the system now and had two others in the system prior. He is a citizen who is paying taxes here. Why he cares is his business. That he cares is a benefit to all of us, whether ignorant posters like "and yet" recognize or respect that or not.
Anyone who would conflate the words "mind-numbing" with the sophistication and intelligence of Mr. M demonstrates his or her own limitations. These limited types have the attention span of a gnat and prefer the pre-chewed soundbytes of Taymore, Picone, Driscoll, Dolan, and the lockstep MEF types. It's quite pathetic. In communities all around us there are intelligent and in-depth discussions that take place routinely about education issues. Not in Melrose. Not allowed or "appropriate"! Here we are confined to what is "allowed" by the spin-nazis who are controlling the flow of information or the kinds of discourse that can take place. Anyone who doesn't think Taymore ("I will tell you...."), Dolan (Mr. "Incredible") or Driscoll's (Ms. "Appropriate") blatherings are "mind-numbing" is far beyond an effective reality check.
What Mr. M conveys is only "mind-numbing" to those who have purposely closed their minds in favor of their Disney version of Melrose. These types love their Trivia Bees and other silly and provincial little socials where they can all pat themselves on their collective backs and reassure each other about how great they all are, even if the blatant and ugly reality of a grossly failed system that is hurting real children and their teachers (and all of us taxpayers) is staring them in the faces. Those calling Mr. M "mind-numbing" are the epitome of sanctimonious hypocrites. They will just have a few more drinks and carry on because they really couldn't care less about what's real, let alone intelligent considerations that could make real improvements for everyone's kids and that any decent community would be grateful to learn about.
I have to laugh at this - I didn't say his message was mind-numbing. I said his delivery was mind-numbing, and that I have to really pay attention to understand what he's trying to say. When you cut through the really bad delivery and get to the facts, he makes a lot of sense. Go back and read my post again, and if you can't understand the difference, perhaps it's you who have a tiny mind.
Hey "Disagree," you were not the only one to use that phrase "mind-numbing":
"Voters have spoken
Feb 16, 2016 - 8:42AM
Re: School Committee - Tuesday, March 9th
He wants to make the Melrose schools an experimental lab for his crazy ideas. Melrose residents got that. If his message failed to resonate with voters it is his failure, not the failure of the voters. You may not like the process of voting in members of the SC, but it is as fair a process as there is. He tried, he lost, his ideas are rejected by voters. He gets his 5 minutes each week but the SC isabsolutely right to disregard his views. They were all elected by the voters and should move forward with their own perspective. As is popular to say these days, elections have consequences. The consequence for GM is that he does not get to force his mind-numbing ideas on the voters of Melrose."
Discrediting this incredibly generous and knowledgeable volunteer (and parent of Melrose Public School students) in our community is a favorite hobby for the Vuvu/ClownPatrol/Dolan/MEF types. To them nothing, absolutely nothing is sacred.
Maybe you did not mean any harm or disrespect, but certainly the other poster(s) did.
I happen to agree with "tiny minds" in the overall assessment of the lousy mentality of too many in the school community.
FYI: What is the meaning of this March 9 reference? It is a mystery! MFD, perhaps you could elucidate? Are you referring to March 9 of 2014? If so, could you please include a link to the video and where in the video you would like us to watch?