Groton-Dunstable schools able to reca...

Groton-Dunstable schools able to recall some laid-off teachers

There are 17 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Aug 28, 2010, titled Groton-Dunstable schools able to recall some laid-off teachers. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Three and half months after voters rejected a $1.23 million tax override to pay for education, Groton-Dunstable schools will welcome back its students Sept.

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Groton taxpayer

Bristol, NH

#1 Aug 28, 2010
This shows why the override was and is never needed. The school committee did a good job on hiring theis new superintendent. The last one was useless.
Just Passing Thru

Brookline, NH

#2 Aug 28, 2010
Groton taxpayer wrote:
This shows why the override was and is never needed. The school committee did a good job on hiring theis new superintendent. The last one was useless.
Exactly. Give em a dollar and they want to spend two. Hooray for the voters that rejected the override, and good luck to the town folk in Hillsboro, NH.
Cautiously Optimistic

Groton, MA

#3 Aug 28, 2010
Looks like G-D is off to a decent start with this new Supt. Work within the budget and spend it where it's needed most, in the classroom.
interesting

Tyngsboro, MA

#4 Aug 28, 2010
Not filling a position still means high class sizes. It is deceptive reporting to say look we saved all these teachers by not filling these retiring positions, position were still lost. Your kids education will suffer!!

In 20s for elementary school and higher in the middle school and High school that is crazy. Hope the students like lectures. Can't do too many creative lessons with class sizes that high. Students suffer. At least at the high school they are old enough to handle it. No elementary school should have big classes.
Ted

Brookline, NH

#5 Aug 28, 2010
I voted for the override - I am deeply sad it did not pass. We are in a terrible mess and no one seems to care anymore. Go ahead hire one or two teachers yeah everything is better again. What happened to all the others that were going to pay more in taxes then they had to to cover these expenses? Where'd you go?
Leadership

Groton, MA

#6 Aug 28, 2010
Ted, do you work for the union?

The unions need to be removed. Let's not protect the weak.

7% raises are over.

The last superintendent was the worst manager I have seen. This new guy is already turning heads. Hopfully some positive turnover and we will get the district back in the right direction.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#7 Aug 29, 2010
interesting wrote:
Not filling a position still means high class sizes. It is deceptive reporting to say look we saved all these teachers by not filling these retiring positions, position were still lost. Your kids education will suffer!!
In 20s for elementary school and higher in the middle school and High school that is crazy. Hope the students like lectures. Can't do too many creative lessons with class sizes that high. Students suffer. At least at the high school they are old enough to handle it. No elementary school should have big classes.
Groton Dunstable Regional High
Student/Teacher Ratio 15.4 to 1

Groton Dunstable Reg Middle
Student/Teacher Ratio 16.5 to 1

Florence Roche School
Student/Teacher Ratio 17.9 to 1

Boutwell School
Student/Teacher Ratio 21.7 to 1

Looks lower in high and middle schools.
Spicy Cajun

Groton, MA

#8 Aug 29, 2010
Leadership wrote:
Ted, do you work for the union?
The unions need to be removed. Let's not protect the weak.
7% raises are over.
The last superintendent was the worst manager I have seen. This new guy is already turning heads. Hopfully some positive turnover and we will get the district back in the right direction.
Do your homework (tee-hee). Clarify your statements. There are no ANNUAL 7% raises. The contract is for 3 years. Do the math.

I agree with your assessment of the two Superintendents. The last one touted his finacial managerial skills and was a bust. He killed the district that way, and educationally.
Leadership

Groton, MA

#9 Aug 29, 2010
Math is very easy. You can not just look at one section of the puzzle. Look at step increases, cola, longevity bonuses and health insurance increases. I do not know the contract, but can assume it is double that of 2.5 percent.

Layoff, class size increases, student fees or cut in services. Take your pick.

Concerned Citizen

Tyngsboro, MA

#10 Aug 29, 2010
Wait a minute here. We owe all our thanks to the Dunstable and Groton Selectmen and Fincoms. These guys exposed Genovese and the school committee for the shysters they are. Finally, the voters listened and did not believe the 31 teachers would be laid off; and they were not. It was all a lie. Yes, 31 teachers was the threat, not 13.
Joan B

Brookline, NH

#11 Aug 29, 2010
Hey Teddy boy - I sent in some extra loot with my bill and it got returned. Obviously you didn't or you would no that.
Leadership

Groton, MA

#12 Sep 1, 2010
Get rid of the Unions. They are destroying the system.
real leadership

Pepperell, MA

#13 Sep 5, 2010
In the North Middlesex Regional School District, the majority of the school committee was sold on sharing the services of their superintendent with a district 40 miles away for a mere $100,000 (.02% of the school budget) to hire back three teachers. Motion from SC member Anne Buchholz to review the budget and find some line-item deductions to avoid this sell-out: DENIED--courtesy of superintendent Marshall and her select group of sycophants on the committee.

Thanks, but no thanks, Arnie Silva, for one of your "greatest achievements" in life...hiring supt. Marshall.

Just goes to show you what REAL leadership can do...$294,423 worth of line items eliminated. Let's start with NM's Central Office, I say. G-D has leadership we in NM can only dream of...
please

East Hartford, CT

#14 Sep 8, 2010
If you want smaller classrooms , the parents can pick-up the extra, we the people are broke and what part of that do you not understand!!!!!!!!People are loosing their jobs and homes. A larger classroom has no impact on how your kid learns, they either got it or they do not, only kids with learning problems need special small classes
interesting wrote:
Not filling a position still means high class sizes. It is deceptive reporting to say look we saved all these teachers by not filling these retiring positions, position were still lost. Your kids education will suffer!!
In 20s for elementary school and higher in the middle school and High school that is crazy. Hope the students like lectures. Can't do too many creative lessons with class sizes that high. Students suffer. At least at the high school they are old enough to handle it. No elementary school should have big classes.
Dumb and Dumber

Pepperell, MA

#15 Sep 8, 2010
real leadership wrote:
Thanks, but no thanks, Arnie Silva, for one of your "greatest achievements" in life...hiring supt. Marshall.
think Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi
Texas Tea

Tewksbury, MA

#16 Sep 8, 2010
Hey

"Just goes to show you what REAL leadership can do...$294,423 worth of line items eliminated. Let's start with NM's Central Office, I say. G-D has leadership we in NM can only dream of... "

Not really, they took nearly all $294,423 from much needed Capital Improvements, this new leader should have let the Flo Ro principal go and save $95,000 + just in her salary let along benefits. He cave to parent pressures before he officially became Supt. He has no experience running a $32M business, and was hire according to one School Committtee member because he "does stuff". Just wondering how long this honeymoon will last.
Worry

Hollis, NH

#17 Sep 8, 2010
Texas Tea wrote:
Not really, they took nearly all $294,423 from much needed Capital Improvements, this new leader should have let the Flo Ro principal go and save $95,000 + just in her salary let along benefits.

Eliminating any principal position with a building of 90 staff members does not make any sense. Who holds that position and choosing the best leader is certainly up to Mastracola but the building (with over 550 students) will NOT safely or efficiently run itself. The plan was to have an assistant principal instead of a principal (a 20K savings). Lost time for an assistant and a principal to drive back and forth would certainly cancel out any small salary differential between the 2 salaries.

Keep in mind that even with reductions the HS has 3 administrators and the MS has 2.5. Shouldn't the elementary school have 1 each?
The best kept secret is that building budgets were cut in half. We'll need to supply everything from copy paper to toilet paper by mid-January.

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