Few candidates apply for GLTHS post

Few candidates apply for GLTHS post

There are 6 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Mar 30, 2010, titled Few candidates apply for GLTHS post. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

With few people applying to replace retiring Superintendent James Cassin, officials at Greater Lowell Technical High School say they could pick Cassin's successor sooner than expected.

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Hold the line

Framingham, MA

#1 Mar 30, 2010
Let's not give the town(s) away when negotiating a salary.
Outraged Taxpayer

Winchendon, MA

#2 Mar 30, 2010
So, one applicant (was it Mary Jo Santoro) said no to a public hearing and now it’s a closed meeting. Am I the only one that finds something wrong about that quote from George O’ Hare. Let me tell you the solution to this problem, it’s to not hire Mary Jo Santoro as the next Superintendant; this would just be a lot of the same tactics and less thinking outside of the box. You need a person in that Superintendant position who can manage and Mary Jo Santoro is not it! This would be another political appointment by the Greater Lowell Tech School Committee and the wrong person for the job. Mary Jo Santoro the Principal is the major supporter of Robert Hobbs the un-qualified Technology Chairperson at Greater Lowell. Mary Jo has defender her decision to hire Robert Hobbs without qualifications because it was a mistake in the first place. Even thought Mary Jo has been in her position for the past seven years, she has trouble understanding, and applying the state’s education policies, procedures, and laws. Because of her poor performance and poor management style she single handily causes turmoil within the teaching staff. The students in the school don’t even know she the principal because of her low-key profile within the school. The students think Tim Fallon; one of the Dean’s at the school is the principal. Because of her lack of classroom experience she does not understand the demand of a classroom of twenty or more student. She does not understand the demand on the teachers to keep the students engaged and controlled. Mary Jo’s past interaction with students were with a sped class the size of five or less. Because of her lack of knowledge with class management; Mary Jo has imposed or forced student behavior policies on the Greater Lowell teaching staff without training or input from the Deans or Teaching Staff. The result was a repeal of her behavior policy. In the past seven years Mary Jo has hired her sister, niece, cousin, and friends to positions at Greater Lowell which is a violation of Chapter 71 Sec 67 of the State’s Education Laws; she’s no better than the School Committee Members George O’Hare, Tully, Mike Leniz and Ex-member Mike Hayden who ALL have family members hired during their time on the Committee again violation Chapter 71 Sec 67 of the State’s Education Laws and they ALL support Mary Jo Santoro for Superintendant. It’s time for taxpayers to start calling the school committee DEMANDING change! It might even be better for the taxpayers if Mary Jo Santoro would just think about retirement.
Tyngsborough

Londonderry, NH

#6 Mar 30, 2010
According to the GLTHS website, there are 8 committee members. Here's how to contact them:

Chairman: David E. Tully (Dunstable)
[email protected]

Vice Chairman: David C. Laferriere (Lowell)
[email protected]

Fred Bahou (Lowell)
[email protected]

Michael J. Lenzi (Lowell)
[email protected]

Paul E. Morin (Dracut)
[email protected]

George W. O’Hare (Lowell)
[email protected]

Steven P. O’Neill (Tyngsboro)
[email protected]

Victor A. Olson (Dracut)
[email protected]

What concern do you have? Pick one or more:

- Only 5 candidates applied for the superintendent position out of 20 inquiries, making all 5 finalists unless disqualified. Seach should be re-opened and re-advertised.
- Post all GLTHS staff names, positions and salaries on the website.
- Hire an outside auditing firm to review all hiring to determine compliance with all laws, regulations and policies. And to determine links to committee members and administrative staff.
- Review the budget to cut unnecessary expenses and overpaid/unqualified personnel.
- Add you own concern.
This is Easy

AOL

#7 Mar 30, 2010
How about hiring Jimmy Cassin eyes,ear and mouth (like a rat)Mark Burns who could then hire his buddy Ned Tarmey as his personal assistant.

What a team those two would make together and then they could hire Beau Jaynes as their personal driver/bodyguard.

This is an easy one for the board.
Worried

Lowell, MA

#9 Mar 30, 2010
Some of this think that the job posting should be readvertised because it is going to be politics as usual with no change at all if Mary Jo Santoro gets the job. Tax payers need to voice their oppostion to the process and get in touch with school committee member right away!
Deli-Llama

Lowell, MA

#10 Mar 30, 2010
You have to remember the school committee members who cast their votes for Ms. Santoro and vote them out when they come up for re-election.Olson,Laferriere,L enzi are the first ones up for re-election followed by Tully and O'hare.This whole process has been a SHAM from the beginning as Santoro has had the 5 votes necessary from the beginning thanks to Cash-In The Lame Duck. Quack--Quack

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