Pepperell mulls going it alone - Sentinel & Enterprise

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These days, Jonna Clermont's chance meetings with local residents often turn into instant summits about the potential merger between the North Middlesex Regional and Lunenburg school districts.
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1 - 17 of 17 Comments Last updated Jan 4, 2011
crocker

Avon, MA

#1 Dec 28, 2010
NMRSD is an unwieldy giant. Pepperell would benefit from having its own school-especially serving grades 9-12. Too many impotent administrators at the regional level.
JIm

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Dec 28, 2010
Pretty much impossible to escape the mis-management, this is one of the downfalls of Regionalization. Best of Luck Pepperell, you could do much better but the state will probably never let you free
Lunenburg

Leominster, MA

#3 Dec 28, 2010
My kids will opt out for school choose if this ever gets off the ground. The towns are to different. I attended grades 1 thru 12 at NMRS.

Sorry, no thanks........
incompetence unlimited

Pepperell, MA

#4 Dec 28, 2010
crocker wrote:
NMRSD is an unwieldy giant. Pepperell would benefit from having its own school-especially serving grades 9-12. Too many impotent administrators at the regional level.
Maybe "incompetent," even more than "impotent"--starting at the top with Supt Marshall. At almost $200K in salary, she has yet to affect any real improvements in education quality in the district.

My kids will be leaving this district either through school choice or through other options. The supt is more concerned with preserving her compensation (and the positions and compensation of the cronies she brought over from Quabbin), than saving student programs and teachers. Look for her to put NMRSD's music program and world language on the chopping block (AGAIN) during upcoming budget discussions. Add to that her usual scare tactic of fewer teachers. Is anyone in the district still buying her self-proclaimed claims of "leadership"?

Please...school committee...WAKE UP ALREADY! Send this supt packing!!!
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#5 Dec 28, 2010
incompetence unlimited wrote:
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Maybe "incompetent," even more than "impotent"--starting at the top with Supt Marshall. At almost $200K in salary, she has yet to affect any real improvements in education quality in the district.
My kids will be leaving this district either through school choice or through other options. The supt is more concerned with preserving her compensation (and the positions and compensation of the cronies she brought over from Quabbin), than saving student programs and teachers. Look for her to put NMRSD's music program and world language on the chopping block (AGAIN) during upcoming budget discussions. Add to that her usual scare tactic of fewer teachers. Is anyone in the district still buying her self-proclaimed claims of "leadership"?
Please...school committee...WAKE UP ALREADY! Send this supt packing!!!
Marshall has teamed with the Lunenburg in-town league of liberal dems that are pushing this without what I believe is any legal authority to do it. Lunenburg voted a regional planning committee to study and recommend or not recommend a region with Ayer-Shirley. Once they brought a recommendation to our selectmen their job was over, thats per Mass General Law.
Then they got in bed with Marshall and the State, obviously for dubious reasons and this band kept going. Yet Lunenburg Town meeting never authorized it. I believe they let the Chair of the SC play lawyer and declare the Regional Planning Committee still solvent.
All Pepperell has to do is have their Town Council look into it and have they whole process declared illigit.
Eric

Pepperell, MA

#6 Dec 28, 2010
Please take the time to read Walter Williams column:

http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliam...

Think about his last two statements and about our free-falling regional system. Let's give serious consideration to "Pepperell going it alone." Don't fall for charlatans telling us it will cost more. First, determined what is best for our children and then work on how to fund it.
Huh

Leominster, MA

#7 Dec 28, 2010
Groton has great schools and it's one town over. Why not go with them?
crocker

Avon, MA

#8 Dec 29, 2010
If Pepperell goes it alone, the quality of education will improve. NMRHS is a ridiculous assortment of incompetent administrators, costly department heads and some incompetent teachers. The building is an unhealthy dinosaur.Groton is better, Westford is better, Shirley/Ayer is better.Littleton, Concord/Carlysle-any district out performs NMRSD repeatedly.
anon

Oakham, MA

#9 Dec 29, 2010
Huh wrote:
Groton has great schools and it's one town over. Why not go with them?
What? You do know that Groton-Dunstable Regional HS was on probation, right?
call BS

AOL

#10 Dec 29, 2010
Blogenburgian wrote:
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Marshall has teamed with the Lunenburg in-town league of liberal dems that are pushing this without what I believe is any legal authority to do it. Lunenburg voted a regional planning committee to study and recommend or not recommend a region with Ayer-Shirley. Once they brought a recommendation to our selectmen their job was over, thats per Mass General Law.
Then they got in bed with Marshall and the State, obviously for dubious reasons and this band kept going. Yet Lunenburg Town meeting never authorized it. I believe they let the Chair of the SC play lawyer and declare the Regional Planning Committee still solvent.
All Pepperell has to do is have their Town Council look into it and have they whole process declared illigit.
Blahgo, Blahgo, Blahgo...I am starting to worry about your tenuous grasp on reality. It appears to be slipping. If only any of your statements were fact and not your preferred opinion, unless of course your personal take nowcarries the weight of Mass General Law...
I will say the new added feature of the grand liberal democrat conspiracy is a nice touch, especially given the Lunenburg SC chair is about as republican as you can get.
Finally, you claim this cabal killed regionalizing with Ayer and Shirley. Then you claim this same group is trying to keep regionalization alive with NHRS? Which is it?
I realize from your posts that you are both for and against at the same time, not so sure everyone else is.
Pro-ed

Pepperell, MA

#11 Dec 29, 2010
anon wrote:
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What? You do know that Groton-Dunstable Regional HS was on probation, right?
The Groton-Dunstable Regional HS that leaves North Middlesex Regional HS in the dust? Oh yeah? Well our brand new middle school (the $$$multi-million school we didn't need) is on probabition also. That's right, the one that just had NM's highest paid principal (not counting his extra stipend for PR chief) retire. I know,a nice guy but, too bad the MCAS results didn't come out until after the parade honors.
Eric

Pepperell, MA

#12 Dec 29, 2010
crocker wrote:
If Pepperell goes it alone, the quality of education will improve. NMRHS is a ridiculous assortment of incompetent administrators, costly department heads and some incompetent teachers. The building is an unhealthy dinosaur.Groton is better, Westford is better, Shirley/Ayer is better.Littleton, Concord/Carlysle-any district out performs NMRSD repeatedly.
"If Pepperell goes it alone, the quality of education will improve." There it is. "crocker" gets it. Nice to see that some people are not sleeping.
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#13 Jan 1, 2011
call BS wrote:
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Blahgo, Blahgo, Blahgo...I am starting to worry about your tenuous grasp on reality. It appears to be slipping. If only any of your statements were fact and not your preferred opinion, unless of course your personal take nowcarries the weight of Mass General Law...
I will say the new added feature of the grand liberal democrat conspiracy is a nice touch, especially given the Lunenburg SC chair is about as republican as you can get.
Finally, you claim this cabal killed regionalizing with Ayer and Shirley. Then you claim this same group is trying to keep regionalization alive with NHRS? Which is it?
I realize from your posts that you are both for and against at the same time, not so sure everyone else is.
Someone should research this from the beginning and write a book. It would expose some allfully interesting inter personnel dynamics, politics, ethics and what a twisted web was woven.
call BS

AOL

#14 Jan 1, 2011
Blogenburgian wrote:
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Someone should research this from the beginning and write a book. It would expose some allfully interesting inter personnel dynamics, politics, ethics and what a twisted web was woven.
You should write it Blahgo-it would be fiction, maybe science fiction with a psychological twist, but an interesting read, no doubt.
Westminster Senior

Fitchburg, MA

#15 Jan 1, 2011
Wish the Westminster Board Of Selectmen had the guts to at least look at going it alone or finding another town to go with.
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#16 Jan 3, 2011
call BS wrote:
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You should write it Blahgo-it would be fiction, maybe science fiction with a psychological twist, but an interesting read, no doubt.
Yes, it would be another study for young inspiring liberal dems who want to make their way around the LBurg in-town political league.
call BS

Dayton, OH

#17 Jan 4, 2011
Blogenburgian wrote:
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Yes, it would be another study for young inspiring liberal dems who want to make their way around the LBurg in-town political league.
Hey don't leave out the old "fill my and my friends pockets, while we pretend to be conservative" concerned citizens political league...

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