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Richard Lynch April 17, 2014 at 07:55 PM
The meeting was illegal. Your not chair, yet. Your playing real fast and loose with the rules now,Read Morea ren't you? I think your going to find out what's good for the goose, is good for ... well you get it, the critic! Your lack of vision is going to be quickly apparent! What goes around....well, Stoughton will be able to untie this Gordian knot next year, if not sooner!
David Lurie April 17, 2014 at 09:08 PM
Congratulations Dr. Ural, Mr. Soares and Ms. Enokian. Looking forward to a new direction based onRead Moref irm goals and accountability from Stoughton's School District. Keep up the good work.
mom2qts April 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM
I am terrified for the schools now. While I do agree that we need change for the SC and SchoolRead MoreAdmi nistration, I fear after witnessing that train wreck of a reorganization meeting last night, Stoughton Schools are in for a world of hurt. I admit that I have not been a fan of Ural as of late. He ignores pleas from people asking what his ideas are for a better board. But last night instead of seeing a good new board I feel we saw an egotistical power trip. I pray it was a one time thing but I did call my real estate agent to begin looking.
Robin April 07, 2014 at 05:44 AM
Walk to Read and Walk to Math are fancy names given to something that I did over 30 yrs ago inRead Moreschoo l, but the SC praises Rizzi for these programs and that's bull! I agree with Pat. As a parents of a child who has an extensive IEP, I am so sick of these kids getting blamed for this situation. My son has made huge strides this year with new SPED teachers, but last year made little progress because at least one if his SPED teachers was not very good (she no longer works at the Gibbons), and that's being kind. All of the other SPED, classroom teachers and support staff have been great, and they work with what they have, which is not much thanks to Rizzi and the SC. I'm appalled to learn that the SC has sought no advice from SSPEC!
michelle April 07, 2014 at 08:32 AM
My understanding is that both Walk to Read and Walk to Math are just catch phrases used to describe Read Morethe reading groups. These are leveled reading and math groups based on the ability of the child. A child who is not reading at the level of their peers, with or without an IEP, would be placed on the lower level. If this group is being taught by a member of the Special Ed staff, then this does qualify as direct service time. Again, if the guidance staff comes in and does a group lesson, this can also count as direct service time. I believe this is why we as parents have difficulty figuring out if our kids are getting the services they are supposed to be getting. If our definitions are not consistent and our children do not recognize the time they are being given, then it makes it harder for us to notice when the schools are actually being compliant. As far as blaming any one subgroup for our low scores, have you really watched the kids who are coming into our schools. We have kids who come to school over tired, stressed, under nourished, and ill prepared. How many of our children come into school at the last moment? How many of them have not learned the appropriate behaviors of respect, tolerance, and kindness? How many of our parents have come into the schools, offered to help, donated to a cause, gotten to know the teachers? We are giving the schools our most precious and expect the teachers to perform miracles. It takes a village to raise a child, but before we send our kids into the village, we need to make sure we have provided them with the tools from home to succeed. As an educator with over thirty years of experience, please get to know your school, the teachers, the other students. Take your child to museums, parks, and plays. Expose your child to as much of the world as you can, talk to them at dinner time if you are together, if not talk in the car as you go from place to place. Set a positive example of respect to others, importance of education, and place value on the things that are important to you. Our children are on loan to the schools for more than six hours a day, let's make the time they are there meaningful. BE WELL INFORMED SO YOU CAN READ THROUGH THE LIES, VOTE TOMORROW. CHANGE STARTS WITH YOUR VOTE.
Concerned April 07, 2014 at 06:19 PM
Well said Michelle!
Pat April 08, 2014 at 08:19 AM
I urge everyone to watch the April 1, 2014 SC meeting. This whole evaluation was ridiculous. WhyRead Morew asn't Rizzi evaluated for a whole year. I suppose with this committee it really would not have mattered. It is sad to think that this SC would not give a true evaluation whatever the time frame. Please watch.
David Lurie April 08, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Congratulations to the newly elected SC members Mari-Kate Pina-Enokian and Joaquin Soares Jr. Read MoreHopef ully, we'll see the Calvary ride into Stoughton and hold Superintendent Rizzi accountable for the first time! Based on what I've heard from new SC members, I am confident we will also see respect for Superintendents office.
Stoughton Parent April 04, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Sounds like the teachers, students, and parents are not doing their job. I thought South school was Read Morelevel 1.
hollie April 06, 2014 at 08:56 PM
we are at the gibbons school... my son only got 1.3 hours of the 4.3 he was supposed to get in theRead Moref irst 3 weeks of his new services! they blamed it on mcas and then they "screwed up" and told me that he got a day that he didn't even get! the gibbons school will remain a level 3 if the higher ups don't start doing their jobs! my son will not do well on his mcas in a few years if he is continued to be deprived of the services in which he NEEDS! And FOR your information "stoughton MORON" i am an amazing parent and would do anything for my children! shame on you for saying that I am not doing my job!
Stoughton Parent April 06, 2014 at 11:51 PM
These are the name calling hate mongers that the schools have to deal with. Good luck to them.
Heather March 31, 2014 at 08:37 AM
The Special Education Dept in this school system is so broken. It is horrible to think that everyRead Morep enny that this Dept was entitled to was not used. For every parents that has struggled to get their child on an IEP or have that IEP actually followed this is a slap in the face. The best part is that the Administration blames the Special Ed children for the demotion of the Gibbons to a Level 3 school. It is time to wake up Stoughton and put some fresh blood on the SC. The incumbents have had their chance with very little to show for it. Let's give somebody else a chance.
Melvin Frankel April 03, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Again more distortions and undermining of the school committee. The money that was returned was for Read Moreexpenses that did not occur and the school committee is obligated to return that money to the town and not spend it on whatever they want. I think one member of that committee likes to hear himself talk.
Dr. Erdem A. Ural April 04, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Melvin, it sounds like you did not read my post carefully and you did not watch the video clips.
Lori March 26, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Who drives thru the center??? that Barber Shop there is a disgrace, they not only park there, butRead Moreta ke up half of Wyman St, when I try to get to the bakery!!!!
DJ April 02, 2014 at 10:05 AM
I have to dissagree with the comments above. I am completely dejected by the trash dumped on ourRead Morero ads all year through. I am constantly picking up trash and garbage in my "nice" neighborhood and rarely return from walking the dog withougt my hands full. I've even filled my pick up truck with tires and other debris that are regularly dumped in large piles in town owned empty lots and land including school property. It's very discouraging and depressing. With Earthday around the corner, I hope more parents and teachers take the opportunity to engage cleaning and environmental conscienceness to their kids and students.
Jane Doe April 03, 2014 at 07:01 AM
It isn't kids, it's adults in cars. This is apparently the generation that was never taught this.Read MoreI live near a school, and the trash is almost never juice boxes and fruit snack wrappers. It's coffee cups, fast food wrappers, and alcohol containers. And it's disgusting. Throw your trash in the barrel when you get home!
Realist March 24, 2014 at 06:18 PM
3 rules of school committee, budget, policy and superintendent evaluation . On supt eval....aRead Moresubcom mittee or chair meets with supt. to discuss and accept the tool/document to be used for evaluation. All members then fill out eval and post any additional comments/ goals for the upcoming year. The supt beforehand supplies a copy of their self evaluation using the same tool/document for committee members to refer to or not when filling out their supt. evaluation.
Vicki March 25, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Didn't Dr. Rizzi just admit to "raiding" the special needs budget? What right does sheRead Morehav e to do that to their budget? Is that fair to the students that need the extra help? I hope that the school committee takes that into account when they do her evalution of her and her job. She just hurt those students with her actions.
hollie March 29, 2014 at 09:08 PM
vikki so true
cindy pazyra March 17, 2014 at 05:24 PM
knock it off, already . . . you certainly do not shrink from making it clear whom you support . . . Read Moreany resident of this town has a right to show his/her support for a candidate, and so does any member of any board, chairperson or not . . . i am finding all of these antics annoying and a complete turn-off . . . i knew when i saw you heading toward the square with your camera on Saturday that nothing good would come of it . . . please find a more constructive use for your energy and time . . . this is getting real old.
Richard Lynch March 18, 2014 at 05:44 PM
By the way, Erdum, referencing your statement "those who passed through Stoughton centerRead MoreSaturd ay were extremely surprised", I was in the square for three hours Saturday, and you never asked me how surprised I was! I didn't see you canvassing folks as to how surprised they were; ie. (extremely, moderately, not very, not at all). Do you have a supernatural sense for these kind of surveys, or is it just more of the demonstrative BS you sling so freely these days before the election? Curious minds want to know...
cindy pazyra March 18, 2014 at 05:57 PM
I was in the square Saturday and saw joyce holding the sign . . . I saw nothing wrong with it . . . Read Moresince when can't a board member support a fellow board member and show it in public? I also saw erdam heading on foot into the square with his camera and I knew exactly what he was up to . . . he is rapidly losing the support of people who at one time supported his right to dissent and expose, if he felt there were things to expose . . . he has become a troublemaker or huge proportions and I don't think very many take him seriously anymore . . . I, for one, was glad to see the crowds of people out that day holding signs and showing their enthusiasm for their respective candidates . . . I wish he had stayed away.
mom2qts March 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I love how if we are not on the Dr Ural bandwagon, we have blinders on. He has been asked manyRead Moretime s what his plan is to help the SC, any plans or ideas, and each and every request has gone unanswered. Maybe I did have blinders on when I originally voted for him, trust me when I say, I do not have them on. Which is why I can see very clearly that all Dr Ural wants is to have his name in the spot light. I will most certainly make another choice when he is up for reelection.
Robert Bunker March 16, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Concerned citizen How outrageous of you, Dr. Ural, to besmirch the good names of some of our school Read Morecommittee members with unfounded innuendo with respect to your baseless corruption charges regarding their husbands' work. You must have attended the Ted Cruz School of Smear.
George Dyroff March 17, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Erdem Ural's implication that my employer and, by extension, my wife Deborah Sovinee and I couldRead Moreben efit from her appointment to the School Building Committee is just plain wrong. Chapman Construction/Design has never done and does not intend to do public work. Its education clients are private schools that do not engage in the open bid process that our town will follow when hiring a contractor for a new or renovated high school. Ural's attempt to smear my reputation can only be seen as a deliberate effort to undermine my wife's campaign to return to the School Committee. The voters of Stoughton should reject such political manipulation and decide the election on the basis of fact, and the facts are that my wife regularly works more than 30 hours a week for no pay on behalf of the schools and because of her leadership, dedication, and 3-1/2 years of hard work our town is now eligible for tens of millions of dollars of state money toward a new or renovated high school. George Dyroff Deborah Sovinee's husband of 38 years
Deborah J. Sovinee March 31, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Don't forget this deadline coming up soon!
Stephen Prone April 07, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Debra, I would be remiss if I didn't mention your work in moving the new High School forward. In my Read Moreshort 16 years in the town it is by far the most important single event that has occurred. The outcome of which will determine whether the town for the next 30 years will attract a higher tax base and if our real estate values and revenue stream will follow towards Sharon, Easton (up), or towards Brockton, Randolph (down). I have in my own small way tried to help the schools and town, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. It has always surprised me the amount of invective directed at so many of our both elected and volunteer community members. I can personally attest to that. The end result of all this effort is I'll just say, well done is better than well said.
Dr. Erdem A. Ural March 29, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Ms. Sovinee falsely alleges “Last year, several other Open Meeting Law complaints wereRead Moredismiss ed by the Attorney General’s office but not before it cost Stoughton taxpayers $6,000 in legal fees.” Ms. Sovinee must stop bearing false witness against her neighbors. Those interested in the facts, should refer to the Attorney General’s website at: **************** http://www.mass.gov/ago/government-resources/open-meeting-law/ **************************** All determinations of the Attorney General’s Office can be browsed by year, or searched by town. This database includes all complaints received by AGO including those AGO has determined that there was no violation.
DJ March 29, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Mr. Erdem, Your small minded and insulated thinking may have hit an all time low; This twistedRead Morepl ea to love thy neighbor while sqaushing outsiders is certainly consitant with your effort to degrade and demoralize the Stougton School leaderhip, but your prejudice has never surfaced so clearly. Clearly your inclination and focus is far from serving our schools and providing for our children. Instead your fixated on manipulating power and changing leadership for no reason then to lift your own self worth and justify your position. No doubt your also aware, but hoping your following does not realize it is common practice for Superintendents to entice talanted co-workers to fill positions of need. It happens in virtually every community and often in numbers that far exceed Stoughtons. Its not a take over or a back slap as you attempt to portray and If you weren't so paranoid or intent in destroying all things Stoughton Schools, you'd see it's acutally a perc. Possibly your own employment situation denies you the experience of understanding this concept, but surely, there is nothing evil, unique, shameful or illegal about hiring or soliciting candidates one is familiar with. If that were the case, Judge Crimmins solicitation and hiring as Town Manager would have also been illegal, which of course, it was not, but Mr. Ural, you know this. You simply want others to believe your fabrication is the truth, because that would empower you even though it does nothing for our children or our schools.
Stoughton Parent March 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM
crude and vulgar, never a good word about anyone but himself.