Official: 'Feedback is critical' - Se...

Official: 'Feedback is critical' - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 8 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Sep 9, 2010, titled Official: 'Feedback is critical' - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Administrators from Lunenburg and North Middlesex have completed work on an initial financial and educational model for a joint regional school district and planners from both communities are now seeking feedback from residents.

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JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#1 Sep 9, 2010
Plenty of feedback has been provided, but because the Power Players do not like that the input has been negative about the plan, they have ignored it.
lunenburg - mom

Berlin, MA

#4 Sep 9, 2010
I haven't met anyone in my town who wants this.
Guess What

Leominster, MA

#5 Sep 9, 2010
If they are reading this and have listined when they explored Shirley/Ayer, they would know that people in Lunenburg will not support a merger in a town wide vote. Parents do not want it.
First Leominster Resident

Shirley, MA

#7 Sep 9, 2010
Just say NO!!
townie

Sterling, MA

#8 Sep 9, 2010
I certainly do not want to merge with Middlesex, we have already told them this, we are being forced to look at it again and they are using Federal/State money as hostage. We do not need four towns in a regional system. I like my grandchildren going to school with children in their community.
tone deaf

Pepperell, MA

#9 Sep 9, 2010
JIm wrote:
Plenty of feedback has been provided, but because the Power Players do not like that the input has been negative about the plan, they have ignored it.
Exactly. As a resident and parent of NM, my advice to Lunenburg is to stay as far away from this merger as possible. The superintendent is not well-liked in our community, and she, along with those on the school committee, who "rubber stamp" her every proposal (they're either too ignorant or stupid to question her or demand accountability), are tone deaf.

Lunenburg's residents would have been interested to hear Ashby rep., Ken Brown, state (at the most recent NMRSD SC meeting) that he "could care less about Lunenburg" (after which one can hear the laughter of other NMRSD SC members.) His statement wasn't even grammatically correct-he meant to say "COULDN'T care less," but, the point is...is this an example of the partnership Lunenburg's rep's would have with NM?

NM has parents trying to choice their students out (or send them to parochial or private schools) in droves because of the absence in leadership in this district. Do yourselves a favor, Lunenburg--retain your autonomy and academic standing, and vote NO (if it ever comes to a vote.)

A very notable administrator, who recently departed from the NMRSD commented, "if you knew how decisions were made in this district, you'd be sick." That might explain the recent mass exodus of key staff members from this district.
You cant handle the truth

Proctorsville, VT

#11 Sep 10, 2010
They (the School Committee and Superintendent) have had no interest in feedback or public discussion.

As we have seen no answers are forthcoming to any of our questions and concerns. Like the premature two school closing, there is no focus on improving education, no logical need, no implementation plan, no cost analysis. At most we get occasional lame excuse, that information will be provided first. At worst, we get misinformation or outright lies such as who started this merger study and the alleged problems with the current high school. We are expected to support Maureen's decision without the benefit of facts or consideration of students and taxpayers. No accountability. No leadership.

NMRSD is a model example of why regionalization fails - no education focus, mediocre curriculum, low MCAS scores, high admin costs, high student to teacher ratio (warehousing), turnover, high transportation costs. Add another unfortunate town to the mix and the failure becomes bigger and more expensive. Meanwhile, students continue to leave the district along with their school choice tuition.
Lunenburg Parent

Ayer, MA

#12 Sep 10, 2010
So let's finish "fully exploring" this option and get on with the business of deciding it's not a good idea. Enough is enough. My child's school has an open house the same time as this meeting where I'm supposed to give my input!

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