Tewksbury's student exodus

Tewksbury's student exodus

There are 30 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Oct 12, 2008, titled Tewksbury's student exodus. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

They are already facing a structural budget deficit and now an economic crisis of national proportions.

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Mom

Tewksbury, MA

#1 Oct 12, 2008
By trying to cut ties with Shawsheen Tech, Tewksbury is doing a great disservice to it's students.
O'Neill mentions a new high school and opening a vocational program in the new school, that will take many years to do and much money that the town just can not afford. He talks like Shawsheen is targeting Tewksbury, they are not. The same rules apply for all 5 towns enrolling in Shawsheen Tech.

. Tewksbury should focus more on fixing their own schools than placing the blame on Shawsheen Tech.
re Mom

Chelmsford, MA

#2 Oct 12, 2008
The towns just can't keep up with quality education the way the state is returning the funding, nor can the community keep up with the taxes to pay more for the schools. Something needs to be done now across the board with the schools, the way they are funded, the hours of operation, everything needs to be changed so that we can provide the education our children deserve. That does not come with blanket raises and overpaid administrators.
Hangem High

Chelmsford, MA

#3 Oct 12, 2008
The people of Tewksbury elected O'Neil, I hope they are happy with his position on the Tech. Why would he talk about building a new school? Tewksbury cannot afford a hew high school, never mind the cost of a vocational school. The building costs would be double. Why we vote these people in, I will never understand it. The Tech works, Teksbury HS doesn't work, so lets break the Tech. Also, if Tewksbury HS offered a descent academic education, the Tech wouldn't have to. It is just filling a community need.
Tech Mom

West Newton, MA

#4 Oct 12, 2008
I guess I learned about O'neil, and I am a voter that will remember that name. I feel bad for Tewksbury School Committee...it is 2008, not 1950 anymore...even a girl in Cosmo...just might decide to own her own business, and continueing her education would benefit her. So kids are supposed to decide in 8th grade whether they are going off to college. Wake up Tewksbury...fix it. Thank you Tech.
private school parent

Chelmsford, MA

#5 Oct 12, 2008
We elected to send our kids to private high school. It has been a huge financial sacrifice but has been worth every penny spent. The quality and dedication of teaching,guidance, and administration support, extracurriculars offered, first rate academic and athletic facilites, school spirit, current state of the art technology/computers,and a supportive learning environment where education comes FIRST at all costs was a no brainer when it came down to decide whether or not to attend Tewksbury High, especially with the warning accredidation status.(very scary) The Tewksbury high school physical building and academic curriculum has been declining for years and an embarrassment to this town, but nothing ever gets done. It is no surprise to me the HS enrollments are down.
Tewksbury Citizen

Avon, MA

#6 Oct 12, 2008
Point of correction. O'Neill was NOT elected, he was appointed by the BOS to finish the remainder of Keith Rauseo's term when he left the position this summer.
Tewskbury Parent

Chelmsford, MA

#7 Oct 12, 2008
I took my children out of the Tewksbury schools 10 years ago - saw the writing on the wall.

Mr. O'Neill will never get a vote from me - wanting to cut ties with Shawsheen Tech - what an idiot!

When can we vote him OUT???
Tewksbury Citizen

Avon, MA

#8 Oct 12, 2008
I "believe" there will be three positions open on the school committee come April 2009, O'Neill's being one of them. The other two are members whose terms are up but remains to be seen if they will run for re-election. We'll see who pulls papers come Feb. 2009.
Private School Parent

Tewksbury, MA

#9 Oct 12, 2008
private school parent wrote:
We elected to send our kids to private high school. It has been a huge financial sacrifice but has been worth every penny spent. The quality and dedication of teaching,guidance, and administration support, extracurriculars offered, first rate academic and athletic facilites, school spirit, current state of the art technology/computers,and a supportive learning environment where education comes FIRST at all costs was a no brainer when it came down to decide whether or not to attend Tewksbury High, especially with the warning accredidation status.(very scary) The Tewksbury high school physical building and academic curriculum has been declining for years and an embarrassment to this town, but nothing ever gets done. It is no surprise to me the HS enrollments are down.
I agree. We send our daughter to a private high school and are delighted with the results we are seeing. The staff and teachers are dedicated and care about the individual child.
If Tewks cuts ties with the Shawsheen it would be a slap in the face tothe students and parents of Tewks. The statemnt portrayed and attitude of stupidity. It says a lot about his character. He comes off as a little boy with hurt feelings for being pick last for the team in gym class.
Snoop

Framingham, MA

#10 Oct 12, 2008
School Committee member Richard O'Neill should get his act together and stop trying to be a snake oil salesman. If students are leaving for better educational opportunities the schools they are going to are not the problem you Mr.O'Neill and your collegues are. Look in the mirror! You sound like a GM car salesman wondering why peple buy Hondas and Toyotas!
Tewksbury Parent

Taunton, MA

#11 Oct 13, 2008
Let me just say if Tewksbury cuts ties with Shawsheen Tech I will put my house on the market and pull my child out of this town, I don't think I will be the only parent to do it either. The market maybe in tough position right now but if it means taking a loss on my home so my child gets a good education then I will. I am sorry but I will not allow my child to go to Tewksbury High, I am sure that it is a fine school but it isn't one that my child is going to. When the decision makers of this town finally decide to put the money into the schools that are needed instead of into the pensions then maybe my opinion will change but until that time.....
ZanG

Herndon, VA

#12 Oct 14, 2008
I went into the Tewksbury school system reading at a 3rd grade level. I left the Tewksbury school system after the 8th grade reading at a 7th grade level. Thank goodness my parents put me in private school for high school. I graduated, obtained a double major in college and am quite successful.
We used to share buses with the high school and certain teachers and administrators would yell out demeaning comments toward us when we were continuing on to our private school. That was their only solution for their failures. It seems nothing has changed. I feel badly for Tewksbury families that cannot afford to send their children to private schools.
Joey

Maynard, MA

#13 Oct 14, 2008
This is sad for Tewksbury schools. Instead of trying to be better than the next school, let's talk bad about it instead of fixing problems. Is this why public schools are afraid of "school vouchers" where people can choose where to send their kids.

On the other hand, great job Tech. Once a school looked down at, but now a school kids fight to get into.
Sad

Lowell, MA

#14 Oct 14, 2008
I went to Harvard from Tewksbury High not even ten years ago. It's a shame we can't all come together. Have you seen the school lately? We obviously do need a new one; it's in such a bad state that it may strip away our accredidation within a few years. And yes, it is accredited. But, the honors and AP and many level one classes, such as those taught by the greats, Doolan, Awlyward, and Early, are among the most challenging in the area; surely as competitive as those in private schools. And I should know; I felt up to par with all of my college peers, and it's all due to the wonderful teachers at TMHS.
I also have known of students as recent as last year admitted to Ivies such as University of Pennslyvania and Cornell, along with other pretigious universities such as Vassar, Boston College, and GW.

Please stop being so high and mighty about sending your kids to private schools; it may be worth the money, it may not be.

There's nothing wrong with TMHS except that it does not have an adequate budget, which results in higher class size and low elective choice. But not every class is large, and students still have a top-notch education.
Come On

Boston, MA

#15 Oct 14, 2008
Sad wrote:
I went to Harvard from Tewksbury High not even ten years ago. It's a shame we can't all come together. Have you seen the school lately? We obviously do need a new one; it's in such a bad state that it may strip away our accredidation within a few years. And yes, it is accredited. But, the honors and AP and many level one classes, such as those taught by the greats, Doolan, Awlyward, and Early, are among the most challenging in the area; surely as competitive as those in private schools. And I should know; I felt up to par with all of my college peers, and it's all due to the wonderful teachers at TMHS.
I also have known of students as recent as last year admitted to Ivies such as University of Pennslyvania and Cornell, along with other pretigious universities such as Vassar, Boston College, and GW.
Please stop being so high and mighty about sending your kids to private schools; it may be worth the money, it may not be.
There's nothing wrong with TMHS except that it does not have an adequate budget, which results in higher class size and low elective choice. But not every class is large, and students still have a top-notch education.
Come on???

Your statement looks very much like that of someone employed by the school system and I highly doubt you attended Harvard or there would be many fewer spelling and grammatical errors in your post. Do I need point them out or do you think you can find them Mr./Ms. Ivy Leaguer?

I call - LIAR!
All of the Schools

Chelmsford, MA

#16 Oct 15, 2008
All of the schools are underfunded, both in Tewksbury and the surrounding communities. We can not continue to bleed the funding from an already over taxed housing community through real estate tax. We need all these schools directly funded equally by the state or we need the state to fork over the funds we have paid through taxes. It is out %*%$ rageous that my house taxes are so high. Realty tax for homeowners needs to be REDUCED, not this 2 1/2 increase, but REDUCED and the schools need to be funded and efficient. If the state just waived the prevailing pay rate for school construction we would be so much further ahead as communities.
Tewksbury Resident

Watertown, MA

#17 Oct 15, 2008
This towns school system is so messed up. O'Neil and the school committe have plans for another overide next april or so. IT AINT GONNA HAPPEN. If someone wants to send their child to another school its none of Richard O'Neils business. Every child/parent has a right to a good education. The high school is a dump lets face it, the condition of the school is not good. I was just at the high school a bit ago for something and there were buckets in the hall from leaks. Sorry but this is not safe nor is it healthy. I think if they are going to not allow kids from Tewksbury to go to the Tech then they are in for more issues. This I find is just another one of those threats... keep threatining us so we will vote....not gonna happen. This town needs to get things together. How come other towns are not like this??? I know there are budget problems everywhere, but this is crazy. I would never have picked this town to live in if I had known this was going to be a issue year after year. Enough is enough. I think instead of getting rid of the tech access we need to get rid of the town manager, the superintendent and these school committee people that do nothing for us. And start fixing the schools. To have let these schools and town buildings get this bad is a disgrace. Most towns have 3 schools, elementary, middle school and high school this business of a sep school for 5-6, 7-8 was unecessary, should have built on to the schools and fixed them up with that money.
The Guy From Tewksbury

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Oct 15, 2008
Tewksbury Citizen wrote:
Point of correction. O'Neill was NOT elected, he was appointed by the BOS to finish the remainder of Keith Rauseo's term when he left the position this summer.
Do you know why the town didn't have a special election in this case? Why do they appoint someone instead of elect them? I like Rick O'Neil as a person but I feels he is out of line in this case.
Tewksbury Citizen

Cambridge, MA

#19 Oct 15, 2008
Not sure, I guess it is the protocol to appoint in this case re. school committee as opposed to an abandoned Selectmen's position. Not to mention it costs the town MORE money every time a special election is held and we certainly had a few of them in the recent past with the former selectmen quitting. FYI, there were actually three OTHER candidates who applied for the appointed position at that time, why O'Neill (who was a former SC member in the PAST) was chosen is anyone's guess but they may be regretting that decision of late. In any case, he can be voted out come April so there's your chance to get someone better in there.

“Are you SERIOUS!”

Since: Sep 08

The Ric

#20 Oct 16, 2008
Tewskbury Parent wrote:
I took my children out of the Tewksbury schools 10 years ago - saw the writing on the wall.
Mr. O'Neill will never get a vote from me - wanting to cut ties with Shawsheen Tech - what an idiot!
When can we vote him OUT???
I agree the Shawsheen Tech has come a long way over the years, and many people leave there owning their own business and being able to work in their trade while going to college.... There are many new guidelines for being accepted in the the Tech not just anyone can go... Mr. O'Neill is a moron!

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