The only thing the School Committee members must do now is to admit they failed to protect children. They need to resign.
With the exception of the two new members. Ed Oconnel and Liz Deselm. The jury is still out as to whether they will do right by the students and parents of Melrose.
The verdict is in on the rest of the SC members: They were complicit in permitting this to happen and by supporting the McCarthyist Norms that are in direct conflict with School Committee member responsibilities, their oath of office and fiduciary responsibilities to the Melrose community.
No way will any of them will resign. They're all too arrogant.
Overheard Driscoll talking recently. On their planet, they are the victims here.
Yes, RD, MD, CC, JD all by rights should resign. All were complicit in the superintendent's shameful and illegal actions. The city solicitor should be brought before the Board of Bar Overseers for his shameful and failed legal advice that led to such serious findings against the district for, among other things, running a sham investigation that caused more harm to children, further victimized the boy who was humiliated by the 8th grade teacher, and helping the committee craft and defend the indefensible Norms, and disgraceful conduct of this committee. Their actions now to railroad a quickie shotgun swearing-in of their handpicked replacement only prove their willingness to do whatever is expedient. Given the severity of the findings against all of them (and they were a da#ning indictment of ALL of them), you would think they'd want to be extremely careful to do everything since then in the most proper way. Nope. Not this crew. They have total contempt for what's right, even when they know they are in the wrong and it has been determined and proven by United States attorneys in the Office of civil rights. Shame on them and shame on all who support them.
It's important to understand that the issues described in the OCR Findings document of January 2016 are not about one isolated incident. The district has been found guilty of cultural/racial incompetence, with a pattern of ignorant and willfully wrong actions, including purposeful obstruction of investigations. This isn't a matter of hyper-sensitivity around racial issues. This is about an administration that has been operating in an abusive and backwards manner comprehensively. That is still occurring.
Unfortunately the "Resolution" is only skin-deep in what is now required of the district, although it will irritate those in charge for a long time with all the hoops that must be navigated. There are worse consequences that these arrogant types have failed to acknowledge as a real possibility for failure to comply with the very reasonable and mild Resolution.
What happened in Melrose in April of 2014 is shocking. What has happened since is many times more disturbing in its long-term implications. The silver lining is that finally there might be a real conversation in the community about what needs to happen for there to be real and meaningful cultural proficiency, not just the fake PC kind that too many of our local organizations pretend at.
I agree that reading the Findings should be required of all Melrose citizens:
From the sounds of it, Melrose has already forgotten that their panties were in a knot a couple of days ago and moved onto the next sports event or drinking party.
Melrose Student Lives Matter (all Melrose students, not just Farrell's or Conway's pets), however, and some of us are not going to let the real issues disappear.
I agree the school committee members need to resign and let new people in.
Under the sc, the superintendent violated federal laws and fought any accountability or remedy with district funds. The sc members are the direct supervisors of the superintendent.The school committee allowed the violations and the cover-up and so is also responsible. Please don't victimize the children again by dragging this out. Resign NOW. Thank you.
My family stands in solidarity with Mrs. Kourkoumelis and all those now calling not only for Superintendent Taymore, but also the standing members (not the 2 new ones) of the School Committee to resign. They have all been part of the flagrant disregard for federal and local laws. They have been found guilty of a disgraceful abuse of power. They are also guilty of obvious misspending of public tax dollars to defend what has been proven to be indefensible violation of laws. Their "budget" is a sham, as is their entire agenda of actions. The real actions have been taking place in secret. These individuals are all complicit in unethical conduct that is clearly in violation of their oath of office.
Of course they should all resign. In any company if this happened management would be terminated. But where are all the citizens that voted "no" on the override? Seemed like there were hordes of them. They sent a serious vote of no faith in the SC and the superintendent and the government. Everyone seems to agree that how the OCR investigation was handled was shameful. But is there a petition to sign to make these resignations happen? What are the steps? Carrie took the first one. Most likely all people will do is complain on this site, complain to their friends, maybe write a letter to the paper and then go back to their coffee.
So why don't all you outraged and concerned parents organize and march on city hall? You don't even show up for SC meetings.
Keep your eye on the web page with SC info. The tab for "meet the school committee" is not there, so I am sure they are adding the new member.
Its a difficult situation where many Melrose citizens actually know the SC members personally, work together, children are in school together, play on sports teams. It's hard to march and call for your neighbors resignation. Most citizens clearly prefer to do it in private, in the voting booth. That's why the SC and the Mayor (who sits on the SCO) should have done the right thing and called for the superintendent's resignation. Make a statement that the City of Melrose will not support discrimination and cover-ups and legal fees and gross mismanagement. Carrie resigned because she was the single voice pushing for consequences and was disgusted that not one other SC member would do the right thing. I applaud her refusing to compromise her principles.
Someone out there must know: is Taymore getting close to any kind of mandatory retirement age? I believe she is about 67 years old at this point. I wholeheartedly agree with posters calling for her resignation - she is utterly despicable and incompetent - but I am wondering if the passage of time will soon provide new leadership. If and when that time comes, we the public cannot permit this type of hiring mistake to be made again.
Should have listened to CK. She did her homework and knew of the shenanigans going on in Bedford and Malden. The current SC members need to do their jobs.
Time to reboot the schools. They won't turn around until administration and school committee turn over.
I applaud all of the sitting members of the SC for honoring the commitments they all made to the voters of Melrose. They all ran honest campaigns and are serving the students and citizens of Melrose to the best of their abilities as they promised they would when they were sworn in.
So when are we scheduled to get rid of Taymore? Is she appointed for life, as Supreme Court Justices are, or is there end in sight to her disgraceful tenure as Superintendent? Anyone know the answer?
Of course she should resign, and of course the School Committee should fire her. But we all know that won't happen.