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March 22, 2013

Gov. Patrick Pitches His Budget on LTC

by at 8:46 pm.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the Governor’s proposal by MassBudget.org.


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March 4, 2013

Bubble Heads: Flashback - Who Hires, Who Cares

by at 11:36 pm.

Obviously, the GLTHS’s Supt. Santoro wants to go out in a hail of rhetorical barbs:

To imply that I somehow want to influence this hire is not only ludicrous but reflects the level of paranoia and need for control on the part of those who have been critical of this administration (me, in particular) and is a clear indication of the lack of understanding for how the process works as well as the importance of maximizing the potential for the BEST person we can get by staying competitive with other districts.

I’d like to thank the Supt for her service. Wishing her the warmest Arrivederci. Also, maybe a suggestion that she doesn’t embarrass those that have had her back, all this time, by being ‘untoward.’

That said, let’s not lose perspective on the whole, who hires during a transition period? We’ve been down this road before.
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February 10, 2013

Lowell’s Schools: Mumbles, Grumbles, & Jumbles

by at 12:20 pm.

Let me start with the glad chatter. I’ve pulled out some key phrases from Wallace’s nudge, regarding the departure of Headmaster Rozmairek and the selection of the next.

But for whatever reason, he and Superintendent of Schools Jean Franco decided a change was in order.

People had confidence their youngsters could get a great education and experience a slice of what the real America is like with the incredible mix of minorities in the Kirk Street school.

With all that as a backdrop, the decision on who becomes the next headmaster of this historic facility is one of those watershed issues that will impact the future of Lowell for a long time.

This will be the biggest decision of Franco’s career thus far, and it will be part of her legacy as head of the city’s school system.

It is, basically, her call.

It’s critical that key positions are filled with proven dedicated people who will fight for the best for their students.

I’ve had a chance to work with Franco, and I’m sure she will guide the process to the best possible conclusion.

The first line I selected, floors me. Wallace’s has been actively lobbying for Rozmairek’s ouster since the errant Headmaster started screwing with the Distinguished Alumni cadre. Wallace is an activist. Who just so happens to have the loudest voice in the City, at his disposal. I refer to it as the ‘Blog of Record.’ So deft at wielding this instrument is Wallace, that pols tremble and kowtow; while the current Editor in Chief convulses in an effort to try to make a puny facsimile of Wallace’s prowess with the pen.

Suffice to say, Wallace’s fingerprints, via whisper campaign, helped spell the end of Rozmairek tenure. Just ask the Headmaster. What does he have to lose?

My second selection is only intended to make note of Wallace’s reminder of the High School’s current address. This point will echo.

Next, we start to get to the meat of Wallace’s enterprise: “It is, basically, her call.” By a show of hands, who believes Wallace means this? I cannot fathom the breadth of latitude that Wallace is implying by the use of the word, “basically.” I am convinced it means that the decision is clear, that there is only one plausible selection. That Wallace and his acolytes need only gather to consult Supt. Franco, steering her to the proper conclusion.

Please note the echo: “.. this historic facility ..

Last, the closer. The fulcrum of Wallace’s assertion are the words “.. proven dedicated .. .” By this, I take Wallace to mean - vetted insider. And by that, I mean Brian Martin.
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January 11, 2013

Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Mixed Bag

by at 9:16 pm.

Take a gander:

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It should go without saying, I’m nervous about this School Committee meeting behind closed doors with that Superintendent. If it makes you nervous too, make yourself feel better and give the School Committee members a call. Their contact info is here. While you’re chatting with Ray Boutin, please be sure to give him mad props for the motion above. (When I texted him, he said the Agenda was going to be amended, as it should be a co-motion with Erik Gitschier.)
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December 15, 2012

Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - We’ve Been “Queeg’d.”

by at 10:10 am.

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(h/t Gerry Nutter)

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December 13, 2012

Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Contract Shenanigans

by at 11:23 pm.

#notrustinthetech

So, Gerry Nutter is all jerked off because Erik Gitschier did his homework and opted to address the issue in public session, as opposed to doing the preferred Santoro work around, over the phone.

It’s not like the warning signs weren’t glaring:

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December 12, 2012

Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Pin The Tail On The Donkey

by at 12:10 am.

The title says it all:

Member of connected Dracut family now on Tech payroll
Posted by sunthecolumn on December 11th, 2012

A member of a politically-connected Dracut family is now employed at the Greater Lowell Technical High School.

Andrew Blatus, son of former Dracut Selectman Michael Blatus Sr. and brother of former Dracut School Committee member Michael C. Blatus, was hired as a guidance counselor.

Superintendent-Director Mary Jo Santoro said Blatus’s family connections had nothing to do with his hiring. “I know the history. I’m not really connected to the family in any way. It wasn’t a consideration in my decision,” said Santoro.

Sadly enough, I believe Santoro in this case. The Blog of the Blog of Record, for some reason, opts to frame this story around partisan politics and release it during the Dracut vote on approving the funding for the GLTHS renovations. (Btw, Dracut approved their part of the funding.) Those pesky Democrats, huh?

What’s really interesting is the cynicism that made this story ’shine’ in the first place. Charges of nepotism hang so heavy out there, at GLTHS, it’s hard to believe the Superintendant, anymore.
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December 6, 2012

The Gall of Dave Conway

by at 11:18 pm.

Gall:
1a : bile; especially : bile obtained from an animal and used in the arts or medicine
b : something bitter to endure
c : bitterness of spirit : rancor
2: brazen boldness coupled with impudent assurance and insolence

Case in point:

* The School Committee passed Conway’s motion requesting a report from the superintendent on hiring practices in the district for administrators, supervisors and districtwide positions.

He said teachers have approached him with concerns over the consistency and transparency when it comes to hiring. While some positions use a search committee and interviews are held in public, others are not, he said.

“I certainly can understand the frustration that some jobs are out in the open and some are not. I’d like to know why,” he said.

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December 2, 2012

Mary Jo Has Got To Go! - Morass in Morale

by at 8:28 pm.

We have ‘rumor,” and we have data:

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But, not all data is created equal.
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November 28, 2012

Friends of GLTHS

by at 10:21 am.

Our frugal neighbors in Dracut will need some convincing.

Update:Thank you for the support! As a graduate of Greater Lowell Class of 1984 I took special interest in this project. I was recently elected to the school committee and I have a son that is a sophomore in Auto Tech. This is a great school and after forty years it needs a face lift. We are having an information session Saturday December 1st from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Dracut Library. Please stop by and say hello. Again thank you for your support.
Rene (Butch) Dion
Chairman - Friends of GLTHS

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If interested in buying or distributing tickets, you can contact Butch Dion, Chairman Friends of GLTHS at 508-735-5150 cell. Or e-mail: redionjr@comcast.net

All are invited to come. You can show up at door if you don’t have a ticket. You can mail a donation if you can’t make it that night.

Friends of GLTHS
52 Concord Road
Dracut MA 01826

Please make checks out to “Friends of GLTHS.” Any amount certainly would be appreciated.

Check out the website: Friends of GLTHS

PS. Please don’t let my recent series of diaries cast an overwhelming shadow on the good occuring out there at GLTHS. We should be mindful of the future, at all times. My focus on the past is intended to help set a proper course, forward. Improving the “physical plant” at the school will help foster better education and burnish the potential of the young adults that attend. - Jack

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