Aging building threatens North Middlesex High School accreditation

Full story: Lowell Sun

Oscar Hills calls the 10-inch-long, reddish-brown pipes that he keeps in a little cardboard box "the souvenirs." Hills, director of buildings and grounds for the North Middlesex Regional School District, still remembers swinging a jackhammer at the concrete floor in the high school to remove corroded heating pipes two winters ago.
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Baloney

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Jul 4, 2010
 
Janet Allison is NOT an engineer!!! She is, like Maureen Marshall, an ADMINISTRATOR!

With the advent of Ed Reform, universal curriculum throughout the state and MCAS testing, the role of NEASC has essentially been diminished to that of amateur building inspectors.
If one checks the area, or throughout Massachusetts, one will find that all of their warnings and threats are based upon the condition of buildings and NOT upon the quality of the education!

To remain in business, NEASC has become a shill for superintendents who want additions to their existing buildings, or new schools, or larger budgets.

Their is not a single college in the United States that will reject or accept a child based upon an NEASC report. That's pure fear mongering.

NMHS does need work, much of it obviously cosmetic. The heating unit is obviously in need of either replacement or heavy duty updating. That's NOT a new school!!!
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Pepperell, MA

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Jul 4, 2010
 

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"Hills, director of buildings and grounds for the North Middlesex Regional School District, still remembers swinging a jackhammer at the concrete floor in the high school..."

I was wondering why Oscar makes $100k. Anyone who can "swing" a jackhammer deserves it. Does he also pound nails with a microscope?
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Jul 4, 2010
 
Baloney wrote:
Janet Allison is NOT an engineer!!! She is, like Maureen Marshall, an ADMINISTRATOR!
With the advent of Ed Reform, universal curriculum throughout the state and MCAS testing, the role of NEASC has essentially been diminished to that of amateur building inspectors.
If one checks the area, or throughout Massachusetts, one will find that all of their warnings and threats are based upon the condition of buildings and NOT upon the quality of the education!
To remain in business, NEASC has become a shill for superintendents who want additions to their existing buildings, or new schools, or larger budgets.
Their is not a single college in the United States that will reject or accept a child based upon an NEASC report. That's pure fear mongering.
NMHS does need work, much of it obviously cosmetic. The heating unit is obviously in need of either replacement or heavy duty updating. That's NOT a new school!!!
Hey Baloney, Right on ! Time for NEASC to go!
Districts spend up to $30,000 to get accredited by these thieves who are simply teachers and administrators from other school districts in N.E. writing reports. Those dollars can be better spent fixing those cosmetic issues. Maureen is great at "pure fear mongering" remember she specifically targeted the middle schools parents for the Prop 2 1/2 a few years ago. Unfortunately Maureen is still envious of another local school district that has completely updated it's facilities and technology.
Already regionalized

Hollis, NH

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Jul 4, 2010
 
NMRSD is already regionalized and what has that gotten us for attention from the state? How long has NM been on a list for state support to fund the necessary repairs?

A new high school wasn't even on the SC agenda until Maureen Marshall encouraged a discussion with Lunenburg regarding the potential for "consolidated services" with the district. The meeting was SUPPOSED to allow school officials to determine whether or not there were commonalities between the districts to establish any relationship. Less than an hour into that meeting, she was talking a new high school and regionalization. Can you say "hidden agenda"?

"We don't know where we are in terms of what the state will do for the funding," Silva said. Hey Arnie, remember what Jeff Wulfson of the DESE said to school officials who toured both NM and Lunenburg high schools? According to Wulfson, the state couldn't even guarantee the construction of a new high school even if a merger was formed (to which MM said the merger was only about a new high school.) Feel better about what the state will fund whether a merger takes place or NM residents decide to go it alone?

"We have to investigate it because we don't know the answer," Silva said. This sentence could have been written: "We have to investigate it because Maureen wants us to, and we wouldn't know the answer or any questions to ask if we didn't get instruction from Maureen." And, what the heck were you people on the SC doing for the last couple of years that NM was on the MSBA list for repairs, etc.?

Forget all those pesky details about more unfunded mandates with expanding the district--increased regional transportation, increased teachers' compensation due to the equalization of compensation paid by the districts, increased administrative costs due to the increase in students and regional territory, increases in pensions, maybe increases to administration as well? Never mind that fiscal nightmare to come...Maureen will be long gone before that comes home to roost.

Hmm...and what are we doing with those two closed elementary schools? Oh, I forgot...one serves as the home for Maureen's new office...a building all to herself.

Maureen: Hey, it was high time I upgraded that trailer park...oops! I mean "white house"..for an office building, anyways.
Sorry No Sale

Worcester, MA

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Jul 4, 2010
 
Thank God we had Maureen's leadership to address cleaning the Physics Lab closet.

These items, including a new heating system and electrical upgrades (suspended ceilings!) if really needed, are repairable at much less expense than building a new high school.

Some real gems
"outdated blackboards" - really?
"limited opportunities to apply their knowledge" - how about more homework?
"poor air quality" - open a window?

Here's some thoughts

- use simulation software for science experiments. Many selections available for AP courses. Safer. No chemical storage, no gas jets. Invest in some laptops and wireless network.
- as stated when MM wanted to cut band a couple of months ago, a band is not needed for certification, so those comment are odd coming from NEASC

My house was built in 1951. The heating system and electrical panel were upgraded in the 90's. I did not build a new house.
Baloney

Gardner, MA

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Jul 4, 2010
 
Let us also not forget that NM went to NEASC looking to be put on warning...NEASC did not come to NM first.

The report NMHS submitted was voluntary and out of sync with required reporting. This was another of Doctor Marshall's clever (or so she thinks) ploys to panic parents and the public into thinking the sky is falling and that they HAVE to and WILL build her a new high school...one way or the other.

And, frankly, it isn't Oscar's job to be banging around wildly looking for pipes. There are plans. The school was built using plans 50 years ago, not during the Civil War. The school committee, it was on TV, had an engineering firm that Dr Marshall recommended come in when she arrived and they worked with him. So he should know where things are and what shape they are in. His predecessor still lives in Townsend as a resource, and many of his staff have worked the building for years. It's not his job to be a shill for a new school.

This is all so sad
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Pepperell, MA

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Jul 4, 2010
 
Baloney wrote:
Let us also not forget that NM went to NEASC looking to be put on warning...NEASC did not come to NM first.
The report NMHS submitted was voluntary and out of sync with required reporting. This was another of Doctor Marshall's clever (or so she thinks) ploys to panic parents and the public into thinking the sky is falling and that they HAVE to and WILL build her a new high school...one way or the other.
And, frankly, it isn't Oscar's job to be banging around wildly looking for pipes. There are plans. The school was built using plans 50 years ago, not during the Civil War. The school committee, it was on TV, had an engineering firm that Dr Marshall recommended come in when she arrived and they worked with him. So he should know where things are and what shape they are in. His predecessor still lives in Townsend as a resource, and many of his staff have worked the building for years. It's not his job to be a shill for a new school.
This is all so sad
At what point would the North Middlesex Dunce Committee rein in this dangerous charlatan. Just try look at Quabbin without vomiting and ask yourself if that's what you want her to do to North Middlesex as well? She built that gargantuan new school (as a monument to herself), but acedemically if the state had to take an enema that's where they'd stick the tube.
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Jul 5, 2010
 
you might also want to check into how many times she's had to have that roof fixed. she went back again this year. by the way using her the state's going to force us to do it otherwise argument and that the school building authority, which she's a member of...the same board she claims is "making" lunenburg come to NM again and again...was forcing her to do it.
there is no word shame or honesty in copy of the dictionary.
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Jul 5, 2010
 
Baloney wrote:
Janet Allison is NOT an engineer!!! She is, like Maureen Marshall, an ADMINISTRATOR!
With the advent of Ed Reform, universal curriculum throughout the state and MCAS testing, the role of NEASC has essentially been diminished to that of amateur building inspectors.
If one checks the area, or throughout Massachusetts, one will find that all of their warnings and threats are based upon the condition of buildings and NOT upon the quality of the education!
To remain in business, NEASC has become a shill for superintendents who want additions to their existing buildings, or new schools, or larger budgets.
Their is not a single college in the United States that will reject or accept a child based upon an NEASC report. That's pure fear mongering.
NMHS does need work, much of it obviously cosmetic. The heating unit is obviously in need of either replacement or heavy duty updating. That's NOT a new school!!!
Yes, let's check out Janet's "credentials"...

http://cpss.neasc.org/about_us/staff

Great information. We all need to be informed.
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Jul 6, 2010
 
chuckle... former Sociology teacher and former assist principal. LOL what do you want? dat's almost a hengineer ain't it?
Frustrated

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Jul 18, 2012
 
So these Commission Staff - all retired and enjoying the retirement checks and compensation from NEASC? Got to love the ability to collect double compensations. sounds like MECA to me!
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Jul 18, 2012
 
Come prepared on THURSDAY! Put the Doctor on her heels. Who is the Asst. Superintendent, she said all of 5 words. Our MCAS scores are up. Then went back to sleep on her six figured income?
Housecleaning needed

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Jul 18, 2012
 
Come prepared on wrote:
Come prepared on THURSDAY! Put the Doctor on her heels. Who is the Asst. Superintendent, she said all of 5 words. Our MCAS scores are up. Then went back to sleep on her six figured income?
Exactly. Dr. Marshall's contract was intended to expire June 30th. So, why is she still around? The school board extended Dr. M's contract until August 30th because the members claimed they "couldn't ask" the assistant superintendent to serve in the interim (until the new supt. came on board). If the assistant superintendent can't serve as acting superintendent in the absence of the superintendent for two months during the summer, no less--either because she isn't competent or doesn't feel confident--then, why is she here? Neither Groton-Dunstable nor Lunenburg have assistant superintendents. It is possible that the new superintendent may want to assess staffing, so, with a declining student enrollment in NM, it may be time to cut the assistant superintendent loose. Proper evaluations of staff and a good housecleaning in this district is long overdue.

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