Melrose School Committee Public Inquiry Session May 31, 2016 has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 11, 2016 @ 9 AM. location to be determined.
If you have a child in the Melrose public schools you should attend. I don't so you won't see me there but if I did, I would not miss it. It's too important.
Calling it "The Configuration of Instructional Programs" should be a red flag. A more descriptive and accurate title could have been used but this shows what you're up against.
You should make your voice heard.
"Great, Saturday following Graduation at 9:00am. I'm sure all of Melrose is available to attend. They couldn't have selected a date and time more impossible for residents to attend. "
The school committee does this on purpose. According to Dolan bloviating at the last SC mtg, Saturdays are when he has seen "incredible" turnout. Right. Check. Just like that last fake "budget" forum at 8 a.m. on a Saturday supposedly "for the public" at which exactly one person came forward to speak: his very own shrillest shill and city employee (!), Grover, giving homage and slinging BS as per usual, and not a shred of anything credible. What the mayor is thinking of is that foolish Ed Foundation thing when about 65 of his shrillest fans showed up at Mt Hood for that exclusive, not-open-to-the-public BS session that was supposedly the "info" session pre-override. Sure, those mommies are only too happy to park their brats with the nannies and hobnob with each other on a Saturday at the country club, making them all feel terribly important and influential and giving them extra reasons to get their mani-pedi's the day before so that they can drink with their hero and escape soccer practice.
This thing, though, is just another fake charade to fulfill the SC's insincere and pathetic attempt at "public engagement." And it happens to be about something direly important to many if not most parents, with the proposed scrambling (chaotic reorg) of the entire district's kids, moving 4th-grade students into the middle school and 8th-graders into the high school. (The SC is already done talking about the devastation it has already wreaked on the secondary academics with its catastrophic elimination of several department chair positions, a computer teacher at the middle school, and several others. There was no Saturday session for that. Just a quickie rubber-stamp vote and a few frowny pretend-regretful faces--especially by Chris who just lost her beloved arts chair position (the idiot CT hired) with nary a fight--absolutely no dialogue with the public at all.) But Melrose doesn't really need department chairs as academic leaders after all, does it? (It most certainly does!) Based on most of those that JC and CT hired, they haven't done a lot of good (have you ever looked at the science and math scores for the district?), so perhaps it's natural for CT and SC to think it's entirely feasible to eliminate those positions in their slash-and-burn taking-marching-orders-from-Robby approach.
Of course when this Saturday meeting was proposed, there was only one member of the public there to speak, Mr. Mroz, naturally. Noted that Mrs. K was in attendance as well, as she's been at most since she resigned. So much for Robbie's slander trying to discredit her by passing rumors everyone that "something must be wrong in her family for her to resign because the reason she gave couldn't possibly be the real reason" (unethical a$$hat creep that he is, and dead wrong besides).
It's all just a big charade now and will be until enough parents wake up and start storming the meetings, flooding the papers with letters, and sending copious emails to administration, along with demanding (in groups) public dialogue with administration--real dialogue, not the scripted kind. Didn't you hear Robbie ranting 2 meetings ago in terror at the thought of "parents asking questions we don't have answers to"?! Oh no, can't have that! He might have to flank himself with Patrick and Vanny (but they won't be happy about doing that on a Saturday morning!). What a $hitshow.
Call his bluff. Show up and be heard. The only way you take back the city is by speaking out. Otherwise, the changes will be made without your voice being heard. Really, set your alarm clock and get yourself there.
MPS parents deserve what they get unless they question and demand accountability. They need to remember that the OVERRIDE failed by a dramatic margin in part because of the leadership in this city. More taxes aren't an option and that message was sent loud and clear. Saving whatever good remains in the school system is the responsibility of the parents. They need to show up and speak out!
Mark your calendars. Set your alarms. Participate publicly.
I'm sure these guys will disclose the location of the meeting at the very last minute. Amazing that citizens put up with this mayor and school committee.
The meeting will take place on Saturday, June 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Lincoln School Cafeteria located at 80 West Wyoming Avenue.
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Go Go Go
If you don't go then you can't complain.
MFD kindly & helpfully posted the meeting agenda for Saturday's meeting.
Reposting here to expand the exposure.
Don't let this be like the class rank/no valedictorian situation flying under the radar until someone notices but then it's too late. Regardless of your feelings on both situations, stand up & be counted.
From reading through the document the cons are highlighted against every idea EXCEPT the 5th & 8th grade moves. Those are sneakily touted as positive so you see where this is going ...
The module space truly doesn't have too many negatives because they had to search for some.
Interesting that they do not mention any examples for modules in Mass. but claim 33 HS in the state are 8-12th grade? 33? I would like them to name those cities. I just read on facebook that they lied about some cities not having valedictorians when the cities do have them so it would look like not having a valedictorian was common.
Research everything they say for "facts" before you buy in.
If you don't go then you can't complain
Why was Winthrop the only elementary school highlighted for an addition? Horace Mann and Hoover both have extensive grounds and flat lots. Either could easily accommodate an addition while keeping their sports fields and ample parking.
Please DO NOT be persuaded to thinking this only affects parents of school children. The state of our Melrose Public School system affects everyone who lives and works here. MPS is to Melrose as the Auto Industry is to Detroit. The city is our largest employer in town with MPS the "largest factory". Sure, the streets and houses are beautiful, but a quality, healthy and thriving education system is our greatest advertisement for being the "Most Desirable City in the US". MPS shapes our city and culture, attracting people, which in turn drives real estate and improves our overall living experience. Every commercial and residential tax payer in Melrose, as well as anyone who works here MUST support a viable MPS. Each one of us has a livelihood that greatly depends on it! If MPS goes downhill, the rest of us, our property and our belongings will as well.
Our real estate values will decline unless they deal with the Rat Infestation all over Melrose.
Meeting tonight in the Mayor's Conference Room 2nd at 7pm.
Agree that Everyone is Affected. But this: "If MPS goes downhill, the rest of us, our property and our belongings will as well." Should read, "With the deplorable state of the Melrose Public Schools, including the unprecedented multiple federal civil rights cases against the district, the entire community and our property values are affected."
GO to the Meeting. Verify independently every piece of info presented as fact. They are seeking an outcome. If it's not the outcome that you're comfortable with, fight it.
Thank you Mr. Mayor for rescheduling the space meeting at the most inopportune time and at a location (Lincoln School) that only has 38 parking spots with literally no off street parking available in the neighborhood. Meanwhile 700-800 households will be affected by a change. Come on, you really couldn't find a better time and larger venue with parking?[:-?]
Word is out that the MEF mommies and other Dolan lemmings have been told to show up very early to tie up the 38 parking slots at he Lincoln School. There is in fact little or no off street parking in this area so if you intend to go and find parking, go EARLY!