DOE: WNESU still has work to do on special ed

There are 14 comments on the Apr 24, 2010, Brattleboro Reformer story titled DOE: WNESU still has work to do on special ed. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Windham Northeast Supervisory Union has made some strides in addressing its high special education costs, but there is still some work to do, according to a report recently issued by the Vermont Department of Education.

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Hilton Holland

Montpelier, VT

#1 Apr 26, 2010
Guess in teacher lingo this grade is a big FFFFFFFFFFFFF for the entire supervisory team.
Time to use the Center Falls option and fire them all.

Amazes me not 1 comment on this story till Monday.
I Vote Vermont

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Apr 26, 2010
"What we are trying to do is to get the students before they get to the special education level." This statement alone demonstrates just how profound the districts misunderstanding of students with LD is. I am equally appalled at their lack of understanding of the purpose for providing an Individualized Education for those with learning differences. Stop playing games and get to work theaching your non-typical students how apply their style of learning. Step one is to further identify the distinction between your Titte One students and IEP / 504 students.
Joe

Chester, VT

#3 Apr 26, 2010
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/galvin4.1.1...

public schools fail most students and turns out many people that can barely function as adults, see mortgage crises as an example of how well educated americans are, they can't even make a simple smart choice when it comes to buying a house they can afford.
I Vote Vermont

Swanzey, NH

#4 Apr 26, 2010
Joe wrote:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/ori g10/galvin4.1.1.html
public schools fail most students and turns out many people that can barely function as adults, see mortgage crises as an example of how well educated americans are, they can't even make a simple smart choice when it comes to buying a house they can afford.
Over 40% of Americans don't pay taxes Joe, they must be doing something better than me.
Joe Shlabotnik

White River Junction, VT

#5 Apr 26, 2010
Funny that this reporter would gush over a school that failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress and hence is now identified as one officially in need of improvement. But then again I believe his wife works there, although I could be mistaken.
Hilton Holland

Montpelier, VT

#6 Apr 26, 2010
Joe that school has been on a state watch list with intervention for 6 ? years now.
whitey

Walpole, NH

#7 Apr 26, 2010
Hilton Holland wrote:
Joe that school has been on a state watch list with intervention for 6 ? years now.
I think you are thinking of someone else. They are in "year #1" of improvement. BFMS maybe?? But the big shots are busy trying to fix the messed up financials in a few places. Rockingham has had a few years of deficits and now the golden boys and girls in Grafton appear to have big financial issues, including a couple of years of deficits. I guess they are having a bunch of legal problems too so don't be looking for a lot of better test scores anytime soon.
Unbelievable

Walpole, NH

#8 Apr 26, 2010
Honestly Howard why are you wasting your time with a story about special ed. As far as I can tell WNESU has bigger problems as evidenced by the agenda on the SU website for Wednesday night which states they are hiring a new business manager. What happened to Ms. Allbee? That sounds like a better story to cover.
whitey

Walpole, NH

#9 Apr 26, 2010
Unbelievable wrote:
What happened to Ms. Allbee? That sounds like a better story to cover.
Rumor has it she is already gone. Maybe she will hire the same lawyer as a former employee that was tossed aside by her.
Joe Shlabotnik

Claremont, NH

#10 Apr 26, 2010
Unbelievable wrote:
Honestly Howard why are you wasting your time with a story about special ed. As far as I can tell WNESU has bigger problems as evidenced by the agenda on the SU website for Wednesday night which states they are hiring a new business manager. What happened to Ms. Allbee? That sounds like a better story to cover.
That would be a great one, especially if "Whitey" is correct. He could start with that ex-teamster stooge and his wife-beatin' board buddy for interviews. As I recall when the Bus. Mgr was hired they were all gleeful about how they finally had someone who was going to fix things. Now its worse than back in the 90's when the surprise half million deficit appeared.Where are those two clowns now??? This reporter lacks the cajones to do anything with this though......he ain't no Woodward or Bernstein.
Hilton Holland

Montpelier, VT

#11 Apr 27, 2010
That school has major problems and its all lack of leadership right from the top HARPSTER.

Excuse, well that is all she offers not solutions and to have kids suffer for life is to great a price.

She has failed to even get a D+

Charter schools are the only option now.
Hilton Holland

Montpelier, VT

#12 Apr 27, 2010
Board suspends business manager

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By Susan Smallheer STAFF WRITER - Published: April 27, 2010

BELLOWS FALLS — The Windham Northeast Supervisory Union has placed its business manager on paid leave effective immediately, until the end of June, when her resignation takes effect.

The board, which covers schools in the towns of Rockingham, Westminster, Grafton and Athens, voted unanimously last Wednesday to accept Andrea Allbee's resignation, which she had submitted in January. While the school district was already interviewing candidates to replace Allbee, they hadn't accepted her resignation, according to Chairman Jim McAuliffe of Bellows Falls.

McAuliffe said board members unanimously agreed it was time for a fresh start, for the school district and for Allbee, and decided to "excuse" her from her duties.

"She doesn't need to come to work," McAuliffe said, noting that Allbee will be paid through June 30 and will receive her normal benefits.

McAuliffe confirmed that Allbee had filed a "harassment complaint" against the school district, naming both him and Superintendent Johanna Harpster.

Harpster said Allbee had filed the employment complaint on March 23, but she declined to comment on it.

But McAuliffe said while board members were aware of Allbee's harassment complaint, he said he didn't think it was the main reason behind removing Allbee from her office, effective immediately.

Allbee came to work last Wednesday, but didn't return on Thursday, he said.

McAuliffe said there had been complaints about Allbee's job performance. Harpster said she had recommended that the board accept Allbee's resignation. Allbee has been business manager for the past 2 1/2 years.

McAuliffe said Bellows Falls Union High School board chairman David Clark of Westminster, who knew Allbee, tried to reach an agreement regarding her leaving the supervisory union, but was unable to come to an agreement. Clark is not a member of the supervisory board.

Clark said the union high school board didn't have any complaints about Allbee's performance, but he said he knew that Rockingham did. Clark attended last Wednesday's session as a private citizen, since he is not a board member. He noted that no board members from Westminster attended the session.

McAuliffe said while the three motions to remove Allbee were made in open session, the discussion was in closed session and he declined to go into any detail about the board's complaints with Allbee's job performance.

"There have been concerns and issues about performance. The board felt we'd be better off moving on, sooner rather than later," he said. "Obviously, I don't feel comfortable getting into specifics."

He said last Wednesday's supervisory board meeting was an emergency meeting. McAuliffe has been chairman of the supervisory board since March.

He said one problem that has been previously made public dealt with Allbee's failure to file the proper paperwork with the Department of Education so that the towns would receive their quarterly tax funds in a timely manner.

susan.smallheer@rutlandherald. com

PS: Do the same for Harpster but dont pay her.
She has failed our students.
Hilton Holland

Montpelier, VT

#13 Apr 27, 2010
Angst as teachers reapply for jobs

At underperforming schools, dismissal deadline tomorrow

7 schools underperforming and 350 teachers fired in Boston 73 teachers fired in Center Falls RI

BFUHS fails its students year after year and the teachers just keep getting raises
Joe Shlabotnik

White River Junction, VT

#14 Apr 27, 2010
Unbelievable wrote:
Honestly Howard why are you wasting your time with a story about special ed. As far as I can tell WNESU has bigger problems as evidenced by the agenda on the SU website for Wednesday night which states they are hiring a new business manager. What happened to Ms. Allbee? That sounds like a better story to cover.
He's too busy covering the farmers market wars. Thats big news, and now that another statewide publication has it covered no point in the Reformer coming in so late.It's going to take a tritium leak in that office for the two bit paper to cover it.

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