Wednesday, May 19, 2010

School committee meeting nullified

Word on the street is that the Friday, April 30th meeting of the Sandwich school committee is null and void due to lack of proper posting of the meeting time and place. No meeting, no contract extension for the superintendent.

99 comments:

  1. Lets be clear, please. A decision that there was no valid meeting means that no vote to extend the current contract, which expires in one year, has occured. There is of course a contract. And, there is a contractual obligation in the contract to act on an extension or not prior to June 30 of this year.

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  2. So interesting that you place the topic of the School Super's contract under category label "politics" on your blog.
    It’s clear to me that this is one town job, and probably the only one, that's subject to political hard ball 24/7.
    Good luck to whomever the next super is.
    And, good luck finding a qualified someone to take that job.
    Good luck too to a district soon to be without a special ed director, assistant super or super.

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  3. I think that Susko telling Linehan she did not know about open meeting law was a dumb statement seeing that it was she that did not understand it. Chalk one up for the good guys.

    Rmember what was screwed up was last year's committee that tossed everything down our throats and not those who did not. The reason other employees don't get the "political attention" is that they do things in the best interests of people rather than their ideas.

    Enough Said

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  4. As far as the comment that "there is no valid meeting means that no vote to extend the current contract" That is good because it gives the committee a year to turn Dr. Johnson around a bit on her thinking that she runs the show, she does, but only day to day, not policy wise. Once she learns that, she will be an outstanding superintendent something that she is not at this time.

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  5. Agree with Enough Said. The lesson here is obvious: Dont rock the boat, Dont question the status quo and do every thing you can to preserve jobs and the old ways of doing things. Everybody gets it at this point.

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  6. Ever wonder why the school’s under the prior Superintendents stopped buying textbooks and funneled the money saved to the salary line item? It was a policy decision – jobs not books.
    Ever wonder why the school’s under the prior Superintendents stopped buying software and hardware and funneled the money saved to the salary line item? It was a policy decision – jobs not technology.
    Ever wonder why the school’s under the prior Superintendents stopped buying supplies and funneled the money saved to the salary line item? It was a policy decision – jobs not supplies.
    Ever wonder why the school’s under the prior Superintendents stopped investing in teacher training and funneled the money saved to the salary line item? It was a policy decision – jobs not training.
    Watch the current budget and policy discussions carefully and you’ll see two sides arguing passionately about some very familiar spending themes – its always jobs or books; jobs or technology; jobs or supplies; and jobs or training.
    Once there’s nothing left at all for technology, supplies, books and training then its time to ramp up the override machine and repeat the process.

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  7. Bud definitely knows how to play the politics better, but I think that Dr. Johnson has worked very hard to deal with some really tough budgets and maintain programs. In the past, at the first sign of a cut, we'd hear about new fees, cuts to athletics and music, etc... Dr. Johnson has spared the parents that drama. One of her biggest problems appears to be the unwillingness of the teacher's union to take a couple of years without a raise. Bud was successful on his side and was rewarded with a larger budget increase this year and likely support (from BOS) for an override next year. Of course, Bud has not had to make the tough decisions or make any cuts. So, while he gets accolades, the superintendent is vilified for making those tough decisions. I'm not saying that I agree with everything that she has done, but I do think that she has been getting more than her fair share of criticism.

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  8. I can't believe the post about Bud Dunham. Give me a break. Dunham has more ability in little toe nail than most people have altogther. The reason that the selectmen gave him more money was that the "townside" employees gave up a pay raise to save jobs and there was no way to save the jobs so, like a true leader, he stepped up to the plate to support the people who work under his guidance. Bud has not had to make tough decisions? Are you a moron?

    Disgusted in Forestdale

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  9. Disgusted in Forestdale is half right .
    More interesting than what’s in Bud’s toe nails or not (see last post above), might be for someone to identify for this taxpayer what Bud or the Schools have done in the last 5 or 10 years to improve the structural deficit.
    Sure, Bud gets employees to forego raises while the schools just fire folks, but neither has done anything to systematically and permanently reduce operating expenses. No outsourcing. No privatizing. No regionalization. No job sharing. No departments eliminated. No contracts re negotiated downward. Nothing.
    The typical Town employees’ paycheck grows at 5% or more annually, employees pay just 25% towards their health care and the town’s retirement plan is a so-called Cadillac plan.
    Now we’re hearing about overrides. Give me a break! The Devil will be shoveling snow and ice fishing before I vote one dime in overrides. .

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  10. Johnson vs. Dunham -- it's not the same as Coke vs. Pepsi. They need to work together without the political BS that folks keep throwing between them.

    The Town has cut nothing -- no elimination of jobs or services. The employees did take a freeze -- but no jobs have been eliminated so there has been no real reduction in future operating costs.

    The Schools have eliminated numerous jobs and changed the way many programs are run. They have begun to change a very entrenched status quo --- OF COURSE there will be political outfall.

    The union is off the wall at the idea of change or increased accountability. Linehan is just a union shill -- her husband is one of the three stooges who runs the union. She can't work without a script -- did you see the last meeting? She couldn't even follow the discussion until Cahill gave her a dope slap. Marshall has been on board since "The Olde Days". Do we really want to go back to the "Cut everything Except Payroll" style of operations? Kangas has no idea what she's talking about -- she has no experience or education.

    With this flea circus -- who would want to be Superintendent? Or who would want to move to Sandwich? After 5 minutes of research on Google, I'd just keep on travelling on Route 6 -- either North or South!

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  11. Though I substantially agree with it, here are a couple of clarifications to the anonymous post of May 21 at 7:42:

    1. The town did eliminate a service: Sunday library hours are not going to continue.

    2. Route 6 runs east-west. (apologies if I'm missing a joke there)

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  12. Assume that the last post is 100% accurate. Assume that the schools have modestly changed the way they are run. It's clear that managements reshuffling the schools and school budget annoyed the Unions and brought new pro-union members to the Committee....and, yes, some of the members are dumber than dirt (Marshal, Kangas, Susko and Linehan)....but, why no public outcry?
    Here's why: as the Schools were restructured the saved dollars should have meant a lower education budget request of the Town. That would have impressed this taxpayer!
    Instead what happened is that any savings simply got spent elsewhere.
    Whether the schools get more aid or not, get grants or not, raise fees or not, never, ever, ever do the schools turn back a penny to the Towns taxpayers.
    And so the schools and school boards get no real taxpayer and parent support.
    Its fair to say that Bud's team is no better. Skipping a pay raise is just a stupid and transparent gimmick. It solves nothing! Taxpayers are disgusted and no override is going to pass anytime soon. Believe me, when taxes get on the ballot you'll see a lot more than 15% of the town at the polls and they will all be mad as hell. I am.
    Want to spoil your weekend? Go next door to Barnstable to a realtor open house (make sure its a really impressive home) and then ask about taxes and tax rates.

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  13. The schools changed programs and came in with a budget that is a 1% reduction from last year. They will also likely have to figure out how to handle a 4% cut in Chapter 70. So, they in fact will have a lower education budget than they did in the previous year.

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  14. I realize the budget was 1% negative. But thats really not my point. Here's just one example of what ticks me: The schools got Obama stimulus moneys and spent those. Anyone ever think to give taxpayers back an amount equal to the Federal windfall? Nope. Found money and spent it. State aid goes up - do taxpayers get a break? Nope. price of gas goes down. Do taxpayers get a break? Nope. Sorry - said one example and gave more. Enough said. This applies equally to Bud's world too.

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  15. The Schools don't turn money back to the Town each year because any "savings" are applied to Out of District SPED Tuitions for the coming year which the State allows to be paid in June -- the balance is paid out of the next fiscal year. I hear somebody say that every year.

    You are right about the taxes -- but that's the fault of the prior Town Fathers who relied solely on the Power Plant to fund the Town and drove out any other potential commercial development.

    To look at the actual money spent on the schools, take a look at the Mass DOE website (good for hours of mathmatical fun). In FY '09, the average dollars spent on each Sandwich student (including Administration, heat, lights, teachers, busses, supplies, etc.) was $11,165. In Barnstable, that number was $13,162.

    Since everybody loves to beat up the Superintendent -- the cost of running the Sandwich Administration was $412/student vs. $596 in Barnstable -- the state average was $439.

    If you want to jump on the "Let's beat Professional Development Expense" bandwagon -- Barnstable spent $1,047/student for Instructional Leadership, Sandwich spent $642 and the State average was $823. That's the expense that seems to have the union in an uproar -- they would rather have MORE teachers than better-trained teachers.

    Maybe they think the new District motto should be: "Nos may non exsisto valde Bonus Tamen illic certus es multus nostrum" (My public school Latin may be old and rusty -- but that should approximate "We may not be very Good -- But there sure are a lot of us!"

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  16. And ... the District did give back $137,000 last Fall when the Chapter 70 budget was cut mid-year. In order to fund that give back, they eliminated an Assistant Superintendent -- which seems like a better alternative than 2-3 teachers?

    Sandwich is now the only Town on the Cape without an Assistant Supt (except maybe P-Town which has 200 kids in their district).

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  17. Most of the stimulus money went to replace funding that was cut out of the State circuit breaker funding -- which was cut IN ADDITION to Chapter 70 funding cuts. Barack giveth and Deval tooketh away -- it's all a BS shell game. There was never a windfall. Any other stimulus money was used to prevent the elimination of other programs.

    Gas did go down -- but gas has also gone up and I don't recall the schools ever asking for anything additional.

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  18. Gosh, I never knew that the schools are on top of the budget issue. I hope they keep saving so they can be for legal costs when the former assistant goes to court!

    Braless 32A

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  19. To the person who posted about four committee members who are dumber than dirt, if that were possible then I would say it is not true of Marshal, Kangas, and Linehan. If you think dirt is smart or dumb than you must have taken earth science at Sandwich High. The hoodwinked committee people were Guerin, Simmons, Cahill, Susko and Killion who kept Dr. Johnson in power, overpaid her, and always answered for her. One has been been not elected twice, one has quit, and the other two will quit. This town is in real trouble. It needs to come to together, it needs to catch its breath. People with sarcastic comments should be out and if they are not out, people should call them to task.

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  20. To the last poster, REALLY, REALLY???? Marie Kangas actually could win an award for the worst answer during a political debate ever -- or maybe the most honest. When asked what experience she had to manage a multimillion dollar budget, she succinctly and proudly announced, "I GOT NOTHING!" She recently stated to the superintendant, Dr. MaryEllen Johnson, "well, you don't even have your doctorate!". If you don't mind watching train wrecks and have an unusual sense of dark humor, this year should be "must-see" tv on Wednesday nights! :)

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  21. Oh, and I almost left out the last part to Mrs. Kangas' "going for the gold" trifecta, at her swearing in ceremony at Town Hall, in front of the Town Clerk, she readily announced that her and her 3 pals on SC had already met and selected the new Chair, Sherry Marshall. Can you say "OPEN MEETING LAW VIOLATION". Of course, when Mr. White explained to the newbie that this was an OML violation, she quickly explained that it was ok because her and Nancy hadn't been elected when they actually met. Oh, that should make all the taxpayors in town feel better. The appearance of inpropriety may take a little longer for some of our new members to get their hands around. Someone should keep track of this nonsense -- it would be amusing if it weren't our kids that will be taking the hit. Save jobs (teachers union only) that represent the only union in our town who have refused to take a 0% during this financial crisis. Police, fire and municipal take 0% two yrs in a row but to heck with them. Save teachers jobs, cut programs --- hmmm, isn't this how it all started some years ago when test scores dropped and two of our schools were not mtg AYP. No one likes change - especially our teachers union, but sometimes fiscal responsibility means even our teacher's union has to step up. Except for this year, they're too busy serving on our school committee.

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  22. I bet the next news will be that the new union negotiating team will be Kangas and Linehan.

    The fact that neither has any experience or education ("I got nuthin!") and that both were heavily supported by the union and that one is actually married to a union leader (one of the SEA's Three Stooges) shouldn't matter --- since we don't seem to be concerned about the ethics regs anymore.

    What the heck, if you can get a paycheck from a program you were elected to supervise -- you should be able to sign your husband's contract.

    I question the Supt's sanity --- Who would WANT to work in Sandwich?

    Maybe we should make Kathy Heras Superintendent?

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  23. Let me see, if committee people are dumb and get elected by the electorate, and smart people lose elections or quit, then what does that say about the electorate. Maybe we should go back to colonial times when our founding fathers thought they knew more about who should be elected than the people. I guess the people are too dumb to know what they want.
    God Bless America.

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  24. OK So she hasn't had any experience managing multi-million dollar budgets. However, there is no purer budget management than a household budget. Mismanage a homebudget,you are on the streets. Mismanage a school budget.........oh well.

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  25. To the person who commented on appearance of impropriety when Kangas discussed nominating someone.
    Am I to understand that if someone is not elected, is running for a position and states what she will do is not good? I wish Guerin and Simmons, the losers would have done so. Lets stop calling people, elected by citizens dumb and foolish. Let us get on with the business of government. DUMB postings on blogs don't help us to get more people involved, let alone vote. You are all losers.

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  26. Hopefully this will motivate the 85% of the voters who don't bother to show up to take responsibility for their town.

    If not --- they get what they deserve. Unfortunately, so doesn't everybody else.

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  27. TO ALL:

    Someone reminded me that criticism directed toward a non-elected, non-employee shouldn't have gotten through my "net." I agree and have deleted two posts.

    I've always maintained that elected officials and public figures (Johnson, Dunham and me included) are subject to public scrutiny, some of it not being too flattering. It comes with the job. But we should keep our comments away from unelected volunteers and otherwise private citizens.

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  28. I am really glad that we have school committee members asking detailed questions of the superintendent. I have a lot of respect for those committee members being a little more cautious with my tax dollars. After we saw the poor judgement that the super made when hiring the asst super, the tax payers better demand a lttle more caution when creating new positions. I was shocked that anyone would complain at public forum that school committee members were asking too many questions. Those questions insure that we are making the correct decisions and not just rubber stamping the whims of the superintendent. Those are our tax dollars that will pay for the lawsuit the town will have to pay for if there is another asst. superintendent hring srew-up. Thank you to the school comm members who are looking out for the taxpayers!

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  29. I recall a sarcastic &$#%@&* comment made by Susko regarding the open meeting law. I believe it was directed towards a new member suggesting that member bone up on the open meeting law. After Susko was involved in the Friday Night Super Contract meeting fiasco, maybe Susko ought to apologize to that member and apologize to the Sandwich community for allowing a flagrant violation of the open meeting law to occur. What is the saying; "people in glass houses shouldn't.....

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  30. Just a question Randy, do people who participate on committees within the schools attain the status of "public person"?

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  31. For the record, Mrs. Marshall seconded the motion to continue the meeting to Friday and then the entire Committee (including Linehan & Marshall)voted unanimously to do so.

    The vote was taken very publically, shown on TV, and reported in the paper before the Friday meeting was held.

    The Committee met last Saturday morning --- did anybody know they were going to have a Saturday morning meeting? (I assume there was a little piece of paper hanging in the Clerk's office -- like anybody could see that!)

    I think (unpublished) Saturday morning meetings are far less transparent than very publicized Friday evening meetings.

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  32. I'm not an attorney and I don't even play one on TV. Not too sure what the legal definition of "public personality" is. For purposes of this blog, I try to keep derogatory comments about Joe Q. Citizen out of the posts. Railing at volunteer, unelected committee members is just not necessary.

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  33. As for the transparency of posting meetings, I do agree that posting on a bulliten board does not constitute transparency, but however unfortunate it is our process. Maybe we could as a town pass a by-law that it be posted online, that would help. It does not matter who seconded the motion, it was still illegal, thank the Lord, so we could give the anti-Johnson people another chance to get rid of her.

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  34. What this blog shows me is that this town is broken, politically and socially. In my opinion, the problem is that there are those who believe that we must cut government costs even if it means giving less money to teachers. Dr. Johnson fits that need. She is able to cut, but I do not feel that she has properly conveyed many of the changes she has or will impement. In the end, she may be right, but she is the one who can get the board together. I feel that if she explains herself, she will get almost all she wants, the board members will all support her, and we can go on and do "good work" from that point. Why don't we blog on programs and changes she has or will impement, it would be far more productive. And, how about the school committee not crossing arms in discust and making snide remarks.

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  35. Isn’t it now incumbent upon the current School Committee to change the tone or not? There is clearly a majority of sorts on the Board. They can and will set the tone and the direction for the schools moving forward. IF this community is divided then they can choose to unite it; or, they can radicalize and further disenfranchise.

    Leadership requires acting in the best interest of all. It falls to Kangas, Crossman, Marshal and Linehan to communicate a clear vision and a direction. It’s their job to lead. It’s no longer acceptable for this majority to simply reject and object. It’s not enough to just vote No. Whatever their alternative is, they must offer it and defend it. And, they must be responsible for it.

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  36. "if she explains herself......" pppssstttt
    pass it along

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  37. It probably does fall to Kangas, Crossman, Marshall and Linehan to communicate a clear vision, but these are just words. It also requires that they listen and be polite. Did you not think it was refreshing to see Mrs. Marshall let speakers, WHO OPPOSED HER, speak over their alloted minutes. She was always polite and not sarcastic as has been in the past when Mr. Simmons brow beat those agaisnt him and answered questions for the superintendent. Remeber that I am writing this; Crossman is not on the majority, but is a swing vote. She is a leader who listens and does vote in the best interests of the District. What is good about this board is that there in no majority; its split and this might be a good thing if the split is even, three for one vision, three for another, and Crossman's swing vote.

    Kelly Lake

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  38. I agree with an earlier poster who said "What this blog shows me is that this town is broken, politically and socially." I think the essence of that comment is correct. I think I wouldn't say "broken" as much as at a stalemate. It seems as if there are at least two visions of what Sandwich is and at the moment a consensus has been formed around neither. I can't quite clearly identify the dividing lines but I think it is partially a conservative vs. liberal conversation...but it also might be a young family vs. retiree divide. It makes sense that this inability to decide on who we are gets fought over in the schools. It's our largest budget item, and a service that many have emotional beliefs about. It will be interesting to see as time goes on, and people come and go, will we become a place to build a life or slowly wind down a life? How the majority of residents answer that question will determine how these political battles are ultimately finished.

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  39. There is one thing that I have noticed that has bugged me all along at the SC meetings. The decorum (or lack therof). I came into this year as a parent new to this system. I was shocked at the argumentative, dismissive and sarcastic tone of the meetings. It was clear to me, as a NEWCOMER, that there was a divide within the board on a personal level. That saddened me as a parent as I understood the goals of the committee to be working toward the good of our children. Yes, this means getting into the dirt of budgets and personnel issues. Not an easy task. However, the lack of professionalism was sad. I had the occasion to have a couple of friends and family members from other communities watch portions of the meetings. They were all educators or professionals. They were all horrified. Lets hope that this board can get back to civility and put our children first, regardless of their position on the issue.

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  40. Remember the late '80s and early '90s when people where flocking to this town because of the schools...........remember all that? This stopped happening well before the downturn of the economy for the very reasons the above poster noted

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  41. Old Enough to Know BetterMay 26, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    A close observer of School Committee meetings, Selectman Meetings and even Town Meetings would have to acknowledge that being “civil” is apparently a matter of personal opinion and taste.
    Board members and public forum participants ALL have at times discarded even the pretense there is an acceptable standard of behavior or decorum.
    Even Town Meeting is subject to the very worst of bad behavior displays. This year a police officer actually had to separate speakers. And, as has become customary, speakers’ remarks were often very personal and very derogatory.
    I am not sure there is a cure or a fix because most of us tend to believe that it’s “everybody but me who is behaving badly.”

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  42. Good Afternnon Mr. Hunt The recent developments of the recent process failure has given every one a black eye. Those that managed to file an unknown person report in regards to public meeting did the town a service, but on the other hand,because of the way they did it also cast a black eye on the motivation of the very folks who did not have the courage to put there name on the complaint. It goes with out saying that it is important that the process is followed no matter who it may involve. Dr Johnson now gets brushed with an error that was no fault of hers.
    The retaking of the contract extendtion will take place and it should in the publics eyes when it is done. I am sure that Dr. Johnson would have it no other way.
    Since we now have two new members who were elected as members of the school committee and they have absolutly no clue as to what has transpired behind closed doors over the past severel years they should both excuse them selves from the voting of this contract, purely from an ethical approach.
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    Understanding that one member managed to have a negitive article printed on a freguent basis for six months prior to the election it goes with out saying that this person would not evalute Dr. Johnson from an unbiased point of veiw, rather her opinion would be taken from her personal attacks that were motivated by her ties to the present Union representative and in my opinion lacked common sense in most cases.

    Finaly last night three teachers spoke to the revolutionary progress that Dr. Johnson is making within the Sandwich School district that is focused on the children of Sandwich and that is where it should be. If the union representatives were doing there jobs with more dilligance and support instead of spreading false and untrue statements a common goal of learning could occur within the town of Sandwich.

    In my opinion, if the two newley elected members to the present school committee vote on this matter, with out every bit of what has transpired behind closed doors over the past severel years it should constitute a practice of malignancy and a recall should be instituted to have them removed from this position.

    To the three teacher who showed great courage by speaking up I say thank you, because hopefully now othere will also have the same courage to speak about all the positive things that are going on with in the Sandwich School district, all for the children who need new ideas on how to succeed in life rather then stay on the same track that lead no where.

    Carl Johansen

    A concerned citizen in the great town of Sandwich

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  43. I have read a "bleepload" about this Open Meeting Law violation and I have a question that has not been asked in ANYTHING I have read. Yes, it is quite possible I have missed this but who is responsible for posting these meetings at the Town Clerks Office which have been succesfully been posted week after week after week in any other circumstance?

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  44. Mr. Johanson, with due respect, I think that there are many more concerned citizens than just you. You ought to drop it, unless of course, you want people to think you are more than they are.

    I voted for both Ms. Crossman and Ms. Kangas, and did so because I wanted Dr. Johnson out. That is important to you, just as important as you would like to see her stay.

    Your statments, to me, do not make any sense. On one hand you state that the meeting on her contract should be out in the open and that Dr. Johnson would not have it any other way, and on the other hand state that the new members would not know what happened behind closed doors. It seems to me that it could all be stated im public, and, if you think not, then maybe the old timers could clue in the newcomers in executive session on the personnel matter of the extension of the contract. Once they are brought up to speed, you can hold the open meeting.

    Clearly, the superintendent was the biggest issue and I believe the reason that the newcomers ran. The people spoke, they voted them in and voted out the incumbent and the former chairman because they wanted to see change. Doesn't the voice of the people stand for anything?

    As for courage. Who are you to judge who is courage? If people did not write in these forums, the AVERAGE person in this town would know nothing about what is going on. As it is there is too little they know.

    Do you have the courage to say that maybe your wrong or that you are prejudice because the superintent cuts and you like cutting.

    By the way, I am known in my circles as I sign off.



    Braless 32A

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  45. As Chairman, I was responsible for posting the meeting.

    But the issue isn't who did or didn't post the meeting. The issue is the belief that it was not neccesary to post a new meeting if an existing meeting was being continued to a date certain for the resolution of a specific agenda item -- AND said continuation was announced during the originally posted meeting AND subsequently televised and reported in the press. This opinion was apparently shared by all members of the School Committee, because the motion was made by Mr. Cahill, seconded by Mrs. Marshall and passed unanimously.

    In reality, the continued meeting actually received more advance publicity than any regular meeting ever did.

    In Massachusetts, the law does not address the issue of continuances. There is a DA's interpretation of the law --- but that's not the same. (Anybody reading the actual law would not neccesarily see the interpretation.).

    In some other states, a continuance can be announced during an existing meeting without additional posting.

    It's too bad all these concerned folks couldn't have spoken up sooner. Unfortunately, the issue wasn't raised for a week -- until the day before the election when it couldn't be resolved.

    The Bottom Line is there was no effort to hide the meeting or rush it. There were sufficient votes to pass the contract but the meeting was actually continued to resolve a question raised by Mrs. Marshall.

    Under the existing contract, a decision was required by June 30 of THIS year in order to renew at June 30 of NEXT year. To be blunt, I think the idea that somebody who has had absolutely no experience with the Superintendent or any detailed knowledge of the District (reading the local papers should never be confused with detailed knowledge!)should walk in and choose the Superintendent is ridiculous, irresponsible and politically motivated.

    The entire Town is facing huge budgetary problems next year, it's time to stop the distractions and start dealing with those problems.

    Bob Simmons

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  46. There you go again, Mr. Simmons. The law is the law, and if the law is the law, then it should be followed. You are the one that messed up. Because you did, then the new people should vote.

    You are the political one. You did not let people who opposed you speak, Mrs. Marshall did, you openly knocked people for not voting, but sometimes 85% of the people in Sandwich don't vote. Mrs. Barton and Mr. Guerin should have blown out the field with their base. They did not work to get them to vote, they just thought they could rest on teir laurels. People like Mrs. Susko tell people that they don't understand the law, but it is she who does not, Mr. Guerin was sarcastic with people, you certainly were that way, Miss Killion is certainly a political person and motivated as such to think that a ban on peanut butter is going to far...her rights were more important than a child's life!

    Yes, you and the former majority and present minority are just as scarred as the current majority may be. Instead of keeping this fight going, why don't you folks talk to the powers that be and see if you can convince them. Most of them a pretty damn willing to listen, unlike you.

    As you will see, when this plays out, Dr. Johnson will get the extension, but it will come with the oversight the previous board did not do, at least they did not do it in public.

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  47. To be blunt, I voted for Kangas and Crossman because I did not trust those who had experience with the Superintendent, obviously they did not understand what was wrong with her performance.

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  48. Mr. Simmons once again you get to see the folks who lack the courage to put there name at the end of what they post. I wonder if they are afraid to expose themselves to public comments? I also believe that in some cases they are plants to insite the community that they claim to respect. Perhaps they do and perhaps they do not? Many with out a doubt are true blue staunch teacher union represenatives that fail to have the conviction of there faith. These are the same folks who are still living in the dark ages and would not understand or see progress if it hit them in the face. They speak about accountability, but when it comes to themselves, it is a whole another Matter.
    They need the union to protect the lack of professionalism in there life and will do any thing to discredit some one whom is holding them accountable for the job they are ]or are supposed to be doing.

    Where is the sacrifice from the teachers to take a zero for next year, Where is the sacrifice from the same teachers who at the end of the day simply walk out and go home while many of there counter parts stay behind to assist a student do a better job of understanding the days home work?

    By the way how many teachers actually are union dues paying members? Does any one know that in fact we have many teachers that are not influenced by the union and are non paying teachers. 265 teachers in the whole system, how many really are dues paying members ? do you know? The unuin is there to protect the workers, especially those that do not perform and given all the false and inaccurate malic information being spread around town in regards to Dr.Johnson , I would not blame her one bit should she decide to let the present school committee wallow in its own backlash to the truth.

    Carl Johansen\
    A concerned citizen in the great town of Sandwich

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  49. Carl,

    You raise an important distinction. Not all teachers are union members and I have even heard from many who are members but are just now beginning to publically express their discontent with union leadership -- as they have done at the past two school committee meetings. These teachers should be applauded for standing up for what they believe is right.

    I have also heard from many teachers who would take a freeze, if their union would give them the opportunity to do so. These teachers recognize the horrendous political consequences associated with their union doing nothing as municipal unions enter their second year of a freeze.

    It's important to recognize that there are many, many hard working, enthusiastic teachers who appreciate the investment the taxpayers are making in professional development and want to use the most effective teaching methods.

    Hopefully, as this group gains more control, we will see some positive change.

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  50. Carl, when I posted a few posts back about the man who tried to change the system of public forum with Roberts Rules, I had not seen the Union President speak. She did so without notes and with heart and conviction. How do I know she had heart and conviction? Because she spoke without reading, her tone was positive as it related to what she was talking about (dedication of teachers). I am not sure if you have children in our schools, but I do, and every day I see and hear what they do on the behalf of children. The problem with people like you as the you cowardly attack the Union and nothing else. How about lies on the other side? How about sarcasm of Guerin, Simmons, and Susko?
    You bashed Mrs. Kangas, but not Mr. Simmons, you bash and accuse writers of being in the union, but I know some are not. I find you to be the pot calling the kettle black. You are a bully as shown by your performance at the last school board meeting. You knew that Mrs. Kangas could not speak back to you, but you did trash her. Yes, you did not use her name, but we all knew who you were talking about. I think that empty barrels who make much noise, but then don't run for office ought to quiet down. And, by the way, how do you know what has been said is a lie? Tell the truth, how do you know? And while we are at it, what are the untruths. If I am to change my mind about running Mrs. Johnson out of town, I need to know what lies have been told. You cowardly make accusations without any substance. Try it, it then might change my mind.

    I will sign off as people know me.

    Braless 32A

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  51. Nice going Braless 32A. Poor grammer, but I get the idea. You are correct. Its the same crowd that has all the answers. Many of us know who Braless 32A is and we support you.

    Love,

    Anonymous

    PS If you knew who I was, would it make a difference?

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  52. Well there, what do you folks think about Dr. Johnson getting extended on her contract. Will she get it or not. Don't answer as to wether she should but rather wether she will.

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  53. She will get a new contract, and, for that I am glad.

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  54. Marshall, Linehan,Crossman and Kangas have been clear they are opposed to extending Dr. Johnson's contract. We all want to know exactly what the four have planned for our children's future education? The teachers have every right to get an answer from these 4 members before they throw Dr. Johnson out. Good luck finding a outstanding super to come put up with this dysfunction. Google Sandwich schools, the Sandwich papers have destroyed two supers reputations thus far, who would want to come to this broke town, have to do three jobs at once and have no pay raises in two years. and still be unappreciated.
    They do have a few legal hurdles to jump over first though, 1. The D.A.'s opinion is just that an opinion, it's not an decision by a judge re: contract laws. Plus there was a prior vote in early April that was 5 to 2 to extend the her contract 3 years. Whats the legal ramifications of that vote? 2. How do you give a great evaluation of the super then refuse to give her a contract for no cause? They need to give some valid reasons for their obvious disdain. 3. Why do they dislike the super so much is very puzzling to many? Shari Hasn't gotten over the fact, the old board found out about her scheme and she broke her promise to have a totally random search comm. Simply Dr. Johnson is not a puppet super and they wanted Puppet Bradshaw at the helm to protect all their interests and keep the status quo. Why wouldn't CCT and Enterprise print that story about the bag job Shari's random comm shoved at the S.C board? 85% that didn't vote better step up and email the board if you support Dr. Johnson before it's too late.
    Trish Lubold

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  55. Re: The post from the woman from Bourne. I found it very difficult to follow, but do want to comment on one thing. The reason she is not liked is that she has this thing about "its my way or the highway" She has pushed out many many administrators. She has screwed special needs children by not having anyone get back to teachers, lawyers, advocates and schools. She gave the job to the High School principal who failed to return calls many many many many times; this is documented and will come out. She, making over $150,000 a year failed on many many many many ocassions to answer questions posed to her, but rather let Bob Simmons do it for her. She rudely treated JJ, went over his head without first calling JJ's superior. She rented tables, chairs and drapes when people are hurting let alone the district. She does not answer emails from the public, she does not answer phone calls or delegate such to be done. She hires and fires an assistant even though the average citizen knew there was no money to pay for that assistant. Her lame excuse that the assistant was told that the job would be cut holds little water. She wasted the money she paid to that person and the town will have to pay half a million when the fired woman sues. We have documented her inability to deal with people, including parents, teachers and administraters. She fired people without first letting the school board know so that they could answer their constituency. Of course, Mr. Cahill did not mind this, but when the newspapers got wind of the DAs decision on Dr. Johnson's firing, he gets pissed. Dr. Johnson does not connect with people. She roams around town meeting looking for a friend becuase she has few if any. Lastly, to the woman from Bourne, people like Mrs. Marshall, Mrs. Linehan, Mrs. Crossman have class and will vote to the benefit of the District and the Children, that I know. Watch the meetings and then watch some of lasts year and you will see where the problem lies. Just like Dr. Johansen, you do not get it.

    Sylvia DePaulina

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  56. DAY 3--Mr. Johansen, I am still looking to find your posts as to what the lies are that are being told. I want to separate fact from fiction, whether it be yours or mine.

    Thank you for your anticipated response.

    Braless 32A

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  57. Sylvia DePaulina,
    Well atleast you had the courage to post your name. FYI I have two homes one in Sandwich and in Sagamore Beach, last I checked still paying taxes on both, so that gives me the right to chime in especially since the Sandwich Schools are falling back about 15 years with the Shari's way or the highway approach. Shari couldn't have a new thought if it hit her over the head. It's always we always did things this way with her, that's the huge problem people. She came unglued when we cut thru her scheme and appointment Dr. Johnson to cut thru the B.S. entrenchment in Sandwich. Ok keep the old ways and let me know how that goes for your children ok? I do still have two foster son's in Sandwich so i am still invested, keep drinking that cool aid your drinking I hope your children get a decent education after they run Dr. Johnson out of town, you are so mis informed I just don't know where to start with you. Just sit back and watch how Sandwich schools regress again to 15 years ago, hire more teachers have them bump into each other like the old days and don't get a darn thing done other than failing schools again and fail to educate our children everyday. Let me know how your children's education is upon graduation. Keep reading the CCT George Brennan and Dave Fonseca articles to keep you brainwashed. Have you listened at all to all the wonderful motivated teachers, not the dead wood teachers who hide behind the SEA Union lady Laura Carlisle. Trish Lubold

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  58. P.S. Ms.Depaulina
    there is a group in town who are planning a recall of atleast 3 members of the S.C. based on all their conflicts and inabilities to perform their jobs for the Sake of the children, Shari is set on hiring Bradshaw from Mashpee, best of luck for your children if that happens. I am pulling my foster sons and sending them to Bourne if that happend. Just watch the past years video will prove their biases for the SEA Union and the protecting the wreckless spending on the past community school budgets and hiring excess teachers.It's obvious you have not been paying attention to lots of issues over the years. None of your comments had any validity, just the typical negative rumors that are perpetuated by the Shari Marshall regime, which protects the comm. school admin. pool, field usage groups even if it costs our children's education. Like I say Can't fix S Or C so don't bother wasting your energy trying.

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  59. If three school committee people are recalled, I will strip naked in front of the grist mill and give everyone 24 hours notice. Once again, Lubold, you lie.

    Braless 32A

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  60. With a logon like that, I'm not sure I would be that impressed!

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  61. GOOD AFTERNOON MRS LUBOLD apparently some folk need to be exhibitioners in order to stand out in the crowd as some of the above statements by those that do not have the courage, nor the conviction to sign there misguided comments.It is called the shadow crowd whom find a way to pass on the untruths of what is happening within the Sandwich school district by the leadership of the union representative over the past severel years is nothing short of laughable. Not only can they not compute calculations correctly, but even give an accurate number in regards to what the results of a bogus survey actually tells any one.
    We all know that the past superintendent put in place by the present Chairperson also had similar defecencies in calculations. One would think that in this day and age that the use of a computorized calculations would be a very simple task to perform, but as the old saying goes figures do not lie, but those who figure them get, to have them say any thing they want true or not. Now you can see why they are against Dr Johnson She is using modern day science to calculate the figures while the union represenstive is still using fingers and toes to do the calculation. The most grievous error that the present Chairperson made was hiriung a superintendent that not only was bought out once by the district she was employed under, but rather on two occassions the past super was bought out because she was unable to do the job she was hired for, now that would have told me those that brought this reject here to Sandwich lacked the wisdom of leadership to engage a person with known flaws in a district where the progress of our children is more important then petty vandetta's.

    As you know severel within the community are looking at a possible recall of some school committee members. The burdan is great on those that are looking at such a measure, but it is achievable. If the ethical behavor of this committee is not focased on the health and welfare of the young people in our community, then it may be possible to translate this to a recall of some members. The future of this debate will encumber more Sandwich taxpayers to be involved in the community.
    We all understand that some folks have no shame when it comes to exposing themselves in pubic. It is a good thing that Sandwich has a nudity bylaw in place for those that need extra attention in there life.
    Dont you like it when those that have been spreading false stories around town get to have there eyes and ears open as well as the Sandwich community. The truth shall set them free in the end, that is, if they do not have a closed mind and are able to comprehand and process the reality within the problems the present School district faces in order to educate the children of our community.

    Carl Johansen

    A concerned citizen in the wonderful town of Sandwich

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  62. Simply, Dr. Johnson is not the puppet Super Shari Marshall and the gang wanted to hire. The search comm was a bag job for Bradshaw. The papers should prove that in the next few weeks. Why is a puppet super their goal? Puppet supers will help guard the good old boy network, the shell games with the school budget and community school budget. Using educational dollars of $150,000 a year to keep the pool going regardless of the fact our books were over 25 years old and our computers were old props. Puppet supers work well to help the SEA union cover for the uncertified teachers, deadwood teachers and drunk teachers in our schools. Puppet supers just want to collect their pay checks and do the bare minimum for the sake of themselves, not the children. Send emails to the S.C. that you demand answers why they want Dr. Johnson out? Wake up Sandwich parents and teachers before they oust Dr. Johnson and they hire a puppet super that doesn't care about leading our schools. Shari Marshall loves the power and micromanaging the super, that's why she turned on Dr. Young after she hired her! Dr. Young told her she wasn't on the board to take orders from Shari, but from the whole board........From that day forward Shari couldn't see straight, same thing with Dr. Johnson's tenure. People, It's not about the children it's all about Shari running the schools.

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  63. DAY 5--Still no answers from Johansen. He hasn't the answers, thats why.

    Braless 32A

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  64. Since the 4 school board members have such disdain for Dr. Johnson and can't explain their reasoning, Why don't they just buy her out of her contract $152,000. X 3 = $450,000. They can just add that figure to the 1.5 million projected override the schools will be asking for this year. The School budget increases atleast 6% a year due to union contractual agreements, why is Shari always so surprised by the compounding budget each year, after 20 years she should be able to tell us how it all works to the penny. I'm sure Dr. Johnson would be happy to be bought out, her reputation wouldn't continue to be slandered by these members and the newspapers. Who would want to stay and work with these incompetant board members? We would demand to hear what their reasons are for not hiring her for 5 years and/or buying her out for $450,000.

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  65. Hey Braless – forget looking for lies, how about some truth? Why is Dr. Johnson so unpopular with the Union and their mouth pieces? Here’s why: Prior Superintendents stopped buying textbooks and funneled the money saved to the salary line item – jobs not books. Prior Superintendents stopped buying software and hardware and funneled the money saved to the salary line item – jobs not technology. Prior Superintendents stopped buying supplies and funneled the money saved to the salary line item – jobs not supplies. Prior Superintendents stopped investing in teacher training and funneled the money saved to the salary line item – jobs not training. This isn’t about giving our kids and our community better schools; this is only about preserving jobs. Once there’s nothing left at all for technology, supplies, books and training then its time to ramp up the override machine. And, that’s the TRUTH.

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  66. Are we still waiting on the exposure of the "lies"? As I read "concerned" posts, I often start wondering about Huey Long.

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  67. More Truth for Braless (since she asked):
    Marshal and Crossman served on the Community School Executive Council for years.
    Marshal and Crossman knew or should have known that the Community School was not paying any electric bills.
    Marshal and Crossman knew or should have known that the Community School was not paying any gas/heating bills.
    Marshal and Crossman knew or should have known that the Community School was not pricing all of its programs to cover actual operating expenses.
    Marshal and Crossman knew or should have known that the Community School was artificially inflating pre-school and drivers’ education prices to subsidize the operation of the pool.
    Marshal and Crossman knew or should have known that the Community School‘s book keeping/accounting did not conform to generally accepted accounting standards.
    Marshal and Crossman knew or should have known that the Community School was not fiscally sound and should not have attempted to request funds to build a building – a building everyone now knows it could not afford.
    Marshal and Crossman knew or should have known that the Community School was signing contracts binding the town to leases and purchases that the Community School had no authority to sign.
    ALL TRUE AND ALL A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD.

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  68. Good Morning citizens of Sandwich once again the truth is being revealed to uninformed folks whom would rather disenfranchise the children of our school district to continue with the ways of the past. The records in public display are there for every one to see and only those that refuse to comprehend the innovative and progressive teaching methods of today are reflective of past history where they would rather go backwards then forward. Those whom find fault with the present Superintendent have also supported only the numbers of teachers in the system at the expense of the young folks under there care. The present Superintendent has found the proper balance of teachers , while providing the innovative tools needed to provide the best educational experience it can afford under the present financial difficulities. She has not wavered to the dictates of the present union represenative and that is why she has been slandered for the past six months by many that have have been exposed in not doing due diligance over proper billing procedures , because of a few power based folks whom did not do the proper thing on behalf of the children of our community.

    Perhaps more citizens of Sandwich will take an interest once they understand this long time practice within the School Committee to allow these events to occur at the expense of the children The charge of the school district itself to provide a good educational system first, with the money available only for educational purposes, that was not being done.Money was being diverted to other then educational puposes and that my friends is why the union representative has taken this attack to a new level of untruths as the present superintendent has exposed the flaws in the protected lack of proper billings within the School system itself.Well at least in my opinion that is how I see it.

    Carl Johansen

    A concerned citizen in the wonderful town of Sandwich

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  69. Who is this Lubold person?

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  70. Who are you first Anonymous? Credible Bloggers have a rule that you don't respond to Anonymous posters. You must ignore and don't even read their posts, regardless of how stupid or uninformed they might be. So, we can't tell ya who anyone is until you post your name. Hope to see you disclose your name and then we can all chat. K?

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  71. Awesome Post Record Keeper! But you need to list your name so we know who the smart informed person is!

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  72. who is this Lubold person?

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  73. I just came back from a long road trip and decided to re-read some of the blogs on this website. Randy, I am not sure I understand the rules or your posting policies. I saw someone mentioned, not by name, but by being married to a public person as being a "shill". Is someone who is married to a public figure subject to this sort of post. One post indicated that posts made anonymously should not be answered. What do you think about that.

    Broless 52 Long

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  74. For those of you who have trouble connecting dots, here’s the point of RecordKeeper and TaxMan’s posts:
    Marshal has been on the Community School Council AND the School Committee for years.
    She knew or should have known that the Community School was being subsidized by the High School operating budget to the tune of $50,000 perhaps as much as $100,000 a year. And, yet she said nothing - ever!
    Meanwhile, high school courses, critical supplies, ESP positions, custodial positions and even teaching positions at the High School were being cut due to budget issues.
    Marshal remained silent. Well, not really; sometimes while voting to cut high school resources she did actually say “I hate to do this but we have no other choice.”
    She never once spoke up and asked: “but what about the High School budget money we’re using to support the Community School?” “Should we still be paying all these Community School bills with High School budget dollars?”
    This too is the TRUTH and a matter of public record.

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  75. Who are you Trish Lubold?

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  76. Broless 52 Long: For the sake of open and honest debate, I post just about anything people write. Public figures (including myself) are open to criticism, even harsh criticism.

    I try to limit critical comments about private citizens. If anyone considers him/herself a private citizen and feels they've been attacked, then I'll certainly look into it and delete the offensive post if it makes sense.

    My point in making this forum available is to bring out ideas from every side of an issue. Forcing everyone to identify themselves doesn't work because we'd end up with three or four people waging all of the arguments. Instead, I've chosen to loosely monitor the comments, which generally keeps the ugliness to a minimum.

    One thing that would be helpful would be if posters would select the Name/URL option in the dropdown menu next to "Comment as." There, you can type in a handle (screen name), which makes it easier for people to respond to you. No registration is necessary to use this option.

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  77. Mr. Johansen, it has been over a week and you still can not come up with answers to my questions. You are unbelievable.

    Braless 32A

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  78. Could you all believe that Ms. Kangas interuppted a student and Ellen Boras presentation re: bullying in the schools and went on and on re: new bully laws and how the social workers are needed. Of course a social worker is needed in the schools but if you have your choice of a saving a teacher or social worker. Teachers are on the front line and are required by law now to report any and all bully situations, or else now they can be held personally and criminally liable for not reporting to administrators and School Resource officer so that they can stop the bullying in the schools. Social workers don't have the law enforcement tools or the legal knowledge of the proper charges. Extra training has started with the teachers. What the schools really need is more SRO (officers) in each schools, SRO's prevent, educate all and know when it rises to the level of prosecution in the court system. Hiring an SRO for every school is what truly is needed. Take the Social worker's salary and put an SRO in place. Remember under the new law all it requires is 3 separate incidences of bullying against a child and a Harrassment Prevention order is to be filed in the courts. These new laws are so needed in our schools, but what a burden it is putting on our already strained public school systems. SEA Union President Carlise better get up to speed on these laws as well.

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  79. Who is this Lubold woman. Does she think that we should put more resource officers in schools. Maybe we should get some troops to help out. If the schools are so good, as Mrs Johnson tells people when she makes speeches in public, then why do we have so much trouble with drugs (as told by Susko, although please note that died down as it is not good for political purposes), so much bullying (remember the kid who beat another over a guy). These are but a few of the problems. Funny, one never hears about this (save for Susko's attempt where some board people did not think it was a great problem). You never hear of the less than good things that happen. How can we pay for more SROs when we don't have enough beat cops out there or even a fire station for more than a third of the town.

    I am not sure who you are Lubold, but mabe you should run for school committee so that I can vote against you.

    Bernard Lippincott

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  80. Mr. TaxManCommeth, I am looking for the truth, but can't get it out of the accuser, Mr. Johansen. He says that there were lies and rumors, but can't tell me what the lies or rumors were. Empyt barrels make the most noise is what my mum would have said. Still no answers. He ignores any post in which he has to prove himself, talks through Mr. Hunt, and contradicts in his words what he does at open meetings. Hypocracy at its best.

    Braless 32A

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  81. Mr. Lippencott, you can't hear all the issues going on in our schools because they are juvenile and all info is confidential. I work in the juvenile court and see all issues facing all the towns. Sandwich schools are not immune to drugs, bullying or anything else that could be bad for our kids. Sandwich has more involved parents and thus our rate of violence and drug issues are not as dire as the surrounding towns. Our Oxi issue is huge, bullying by texts and internet is also huge, but parents don't want to accept that their own children could be involved in such issues. Sandwich does have a problem with many parents working 70 hr a week giving their kids lots of spending money and don't know what actually going on with their kids cause their too busy trying to pay their high taxes. If any parent think their is no drugs in any schools then they have their heads in the sand still. Sandwich Schools are far better than surrounding school systems, why because dual parents are involved with their children. Sandwich is the best school system on Cape Cod, but not perfect. SRO are much more effective than a social worker ever would be. SRO in every school is needed with the new bully laws. Your foolish if you think Social Workers will be able to handle all these case. Parents take the computers out of your childs bedroom and limit their cell phone use is a great start.

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  82. Lubold Woman, I never thought that the social workers could handle this problem, but I also don't think putting on more police in our school buildings will either. As for Sandwich being far better than any other system on the cape, how do you come to the conclusion? Stats? Also, if the system is so good then why did we need all the changes? You yourself posted you might have to send your kid to Bourne??? There may be a problem with drugs you think and partially attribute it to parents working 70 hours a week, but we have good schools becuse parents are involved. I may be foolish, but I ain't dumb.

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  83. Majority of Sandwich parents are very involved with their children, which results in 96% going on to college. Plus outstanding MCAS scores for the low net school spending amount Sandwich has. This all reflecks back onto to parents involvement with their children. But their is a fraction of student's whose parents are so busy working 70 hrs a week for large amounts of money and leaving their children unsupervised. You would be shocked at what these kids are up to with oxi drugs. Accountability in our schools was desparately needed, we had plenty of uncertified teachers in our classroom, 30 yr old books, computers that basically were props, leaking roofs. Why?it was all about protecting teaching jobs regardless of how it impacted the children's classroom materials. Why hadn't the focus been on keeping our classrooms and teachers updated? SEA union protecting deadwood and drunk teachers, Ed. dollars of 150,000. going to maintain the pool for private groups. 6% pay increases a year is killing our school budget. This is all public record and you would be shocked at other stuff you find. Let me do my prediction this current board will not renew Dr. Johnson's contract. Puppet super will be hired and the return to status quo of rehiring uncertified teachers, protecting drunk teachers and no money for professional development books computers etc. Sandwich will return to the good old days with Shari Marshall at the helm..... They better have reasons for them not voting to extend Dr. Johnson Contract Wed. Night........Too bad the Broadsider article of Shari's Random Search corruption team isn't gonna be out by Wed. My goal and others will be to unseat Shari Marshall in the next election if she votes not to extend Dr. Johnson contract......It's gonna be fun to uncover all the dirty behind the scenes politics going on in the schools... Hope the board isn't thinking they could possibly pass an override with all their antics. You have to be able to read a budget to be able to convince people to pass an override in these economic times. After 20 years Shari still can't figure which end is up on the budget, just the same mantra "oh this is so awful I hate to cut anything and we can't lose teachers" it's the same speech every year with her....... She wants a puppet super she can micromanage and control.....just sit back and watch......

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  84. Good morning MRs Lubold One could say that was the case in regards to the past superintendent that was hired before Dr Johnson. They told her to jump and she simply said [how high] They used the power of intiminadation very well and provided the Sandwich school district with less materials to preform the job of teaching the young students under there care. It was all about counting by using toes and fingers instesd of being progress and inovative with computor technology. Where else could you hire a person that was unable to count three numbers and always come up with a different answer. One would think that that a better job during the interveiw process would have shown all the negative reason she should have never been hired in the first place. On the positive side she followed the leader of the School Committee and Union represenative's every wish and was never unable to dismantle all the back door deals they were made to protect the system and not the students.

    Carl Johansen
    A concerned citizen of Sandwich

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  85. Your just a bad as Mr. Johansen, full of empty statements. Our MCAS ARE NOT outstanding. A fraction of the parents casuses all our MAJOR drug problems, I think not. The Superintendent WILL BE extended, but may not take it. Mrs. Marshall is a dedicated servant of the people who only cares first for Sandwich kids and not for the callousness of the former majority and now minority. Give up your hate of the woman. Let us move on whether or not the Superintendent gets an extension. Let's not blame anymore, let's work together NOW.

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  86. Blogger etiquette is that you don't respond to anonymous post. Funny i wouldn't put my name on that unfactual post either.
    MCASscores are outstanding, go look it up.
    Your denial of parents not being involved with the kids is puzzling, how would you know what all parents are doing in Sandwich? I see it everyday at work.
    This board has personal agendas against this super and will not be keeping her, they need a puppet to restore the old commun. school money shell games protect the union. Shari is on the board for all her friends in town and protecting their interests. I watched her for 4 years her agenda is to protect everyone else but the children. Stay tuned will prove it to ya soon. Keep in mind Shari is not the educational leader of the Schools, the super is suppose to be,but Shari has always micromanaged the supers. She can't with this one thus she has to get rid of Dr.Johnson.

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  87. Mr. Johanson,

    I believe it was the prior Superintendent who started the technology lease/purchase plan. It was the prior Superintendent who initiated new book adoptions. It was the prior Superintendent who hired Dr. Johnson. I am not opposed to extending Dr. Johnson's contract, but I have to disagree with your portrayal of Dr. Young and the fact that you are attributing some of Dr. Young's initiatives to Dr. Johnson.

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  88. How do I know what all the parents in Sandwich are doing. If this annonymous Lubold person could read, I was wondering the same about her. I guess I know now. She has just put together an argument that all the parents, or at least the children are in juvenille court. We do need a new superintendent as you know "a fish rots from the top" (Mike Dukakis). Now, there's dome amo.

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  89. HUH? Anonymous I don't understand why you so angry about my comment about some parents who are too busy working 70 hrs a week and have no clue what their children are up to sexting, drugs, drinking etc. I don't even know what your arguing with me about? By the way Im not anonymous I declare my name everytime? Going back to my policy of not responding to anonymous bloggers thanks for your input.

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  90. Sandwich Broadsider
    March 19, 2010 2:00 AM
    "EAST SANDWICH — The superintendent of schools turned down a $5,500 pay raise this year, but took home nearly double that using another provision of her contract.

    Supt. Mary Ellen Johnson sold back 15 vacation days in July, with the approval of the school committee, at a cost of $10,363 above and beyond her salary, according to town records. Her contract with the school department allows her to either roll over unused vacation time or get paid for it. Johnson gets 30 vacation days per year, plus legal holidays and up to four personal days.

    Johnson, who is in the second year of her contract as superintendent and her fourth year as a school employee, earns $152,000 and is the town's highest salaried employee, topping Town Manager George "Bud" Dunham by $20,000."

    This and the tables rented for the teacher meeting is all the Sandwich voters will remember when they chose whether to vote for an override or not.

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  91. Amazing how so many can't move beyond those linens and table rentals. Fact: Vacation pay was taken over a year ago by the way. Newspapers left that fact out. Why are people so hateful and concerned with everything but improving our children's education? As i say often can't fix s or c so don't bother trying. Witch hunt and slander campaign will be complete tomorrow nights vote. Then it will be Shari's gang and new puppet super asking for an override. When pigs fly comes to mind. Dr. Johnson deserves a smarter, nicer and more affluent town. Sandwich is broke and broken.

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  92. I support Dr. Johnson, but I believe that she or any other superintendent will be asking the town for an override in the near term or risk seriously degrading the quality of Sandwich schools. It seems silly to me to suggest that keeping Dr. Johnson will mean we avoid a school override! It does make me wonder if some of her supporters will still be on her side when that happens...

    I will say that if the school unions do not make some concessions, an override will not pass. The union leadership needs to consider that a lot of the voters/taxpayers have taken pay cuts or been laid off over the past year or so. Why would these same voters turn around and vote for an override to fund raises for them?

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  93. I support the Superintendent. I do not support an Override.

    She has done a good job of making do with what she has had to work with. the teachers union has gone out of their way to throw obstacles in front of her -- or anybody who supported her (including their own members!).

    There are many other school unions (maintenance, cafeteria, administrators, etc.) that have taken a freeze -- it's the SEA's turn.

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  94. The Fat Lady Has Sung

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  95. The Wicked Witch is Dead and good bye to her flying monkey literacy supports

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  96. Sandwich School system is dead! Sandwich is not the affluent educated town it used to be! Voters or lack of voters (85%) deserve the next puppet superintendant! Literacy is really dead in this town now! Good Luck with that! Broke and Broken Sandwich!

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  97. I am tired of non residents commenting on our Town politics. Why don't you go to the non resident forum and cry there. So now you can send your kids to the Bourne School system if the Sandwich system is dead.

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  98. What a Revoltin' Development This IsJune 16, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    I’ve lived here long enough to know that sometimes stupid (or politics) trumps common sense, but I’m stunned by the vote to not extend Mary Ellen Johnson’s contract. No explanation – Jessica’s usual incoherence, Marie’s clichéd, generic afterthought, however nicely read, (Good job!) and Sherry’s predictable twisted syntax non-withstanding, I had hoped that Nancy Crossman would have risen above the agenda-driven rabble and done the right thing, or at least brokered some kind of compromise. But when I started hearing her defend those poor, bullet-proof, tenure-protected, anonymous souls quaking in fear of retaliation (puh-leeze), I knew it was a bad day for the Sandwich Schools and this town.
    My children went thru this system when every year, the mantra was (thank you Ms Lubold) “we hate to do this, but we have to cut ”. There were no computers, no coordinated curriculum, no books, no goals, no plan. . .Special Ed was a pathetic, bad joke, but nobody was laughing. To paraphrase Marie, we had nuthin’.
    And now a new generation can look forward to “nuthin.”
    You think I’m exaggerating?
    Wake up, Sandwich parents. While the haters foam at the mouth at the soccer field and bus stop about tablecloths and “communication issues”, a $2million budget shortfall is the big, bad wolf at the door, and your school budget is going to get whacked down to foundation level quicker than you can say “philosophical differences”. They’re not going to cut fire or police, they’re going to go after the weak, leaderless link in the chain with the biggest budget and the clear lack of focus, or goals or political support. There will be no override for schools; this past election alone was so mired in mud and ugly that only 16% of people (the haters and the duped) came out to vote. And frankly, after the performance tonight, I wouldn’t trust these self-interested, petty people with a $20 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card.
    So if you’ve got kids in the K-8s, get ready for 35 kids in a class, broken computers we can’t afford to fix, textbooks we can’t afford to replace, eventually a new, mealy-mouthed pushover (bendover) superintendant who’ll run out the clock on your kids, obediently taking marching orders from the politicos who’ve sucked up to the unions all these years, and many déjà-vu moments of handwringing about there being no money. And a nice warm pool, manicured fields, a “thriving” community school back to it’s old shell-game budgets, and a smaller, but no longer fearful cadre of anonymous, fat and happy whisperers. Good job.

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  99. Reading Lubold's comments is like peeing in a dark suit, you get a warm wet feeling and nobody knows.

    Sandwich affluent, ever? I don't think so. Outstanding MCAS. I don't think so. A superintnedent who does not get along with the rest of the town. I think so.

    I voted to get her out. I was rewarded. Thank you so much, especially Jessica and Shari, they will have to take most of the crap that comes there way this year. Watch Susko's eyes roll at the next meeting. I can't believe some of the hate that comes out of her mouth.

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