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richard boroff April 20, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Out near the Patton farm on Asbury St toward Topsfield!!!
richard boroff April 20, 2014 at 04:03 PM
And by the way, roses need manure and elbow grease before they smell like a rose!!!
Monique Monet April 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM
If you need manure, go to Town Hall, there's plenty of that inside.
Mary April 20, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Town Administrator Mark Andrews said he was not aware of the rule preventing appointed officialsRead Morefro m using their titles on endorsements, but observed that it seemed to be a fairly common practice in many cities and towns. Really Mr. Andrews? This is ethics 101.
Michelle Bailey April 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM
For anyone interested, here is the ethics bulletin referenced in theRead Morearticle. http://www.mass.gov/et hics/education-and-training-resources/educational-materials/advisories/advisory-11-1.html All town officials, from the Town Administrator to the Library Trustees to the Cemetery Commission and the Cultural Council must complete an on-line training. If interested, you can take this training too if you would like to learn more. http://www.muniprog.eth.state.ma.us
William Dery April 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Charles, The present system whatever it is, produces student in the 66 percentile. That isRead Moreunaccept able. You can pat yourself on the back all day long –the numbers don’t lie. Accepting the status quo may be comfortable but I don’t see any way to bring us up in the leading numbers. Personally I would strive to be #1 and if perchance I was 3 in the state I don’t think I would complain. 300 smiting out of 900 ----NO We should be aspiring to a higher standard. Since we cannot higher and fire to get the very best teachers and we do have some very best, but not enough, than this alternate method that seems to get drastic results seems to be the path. Most people don’t like chance including me. That does not make it an insult in fact it is quit normal. If I had not seen the chart I would have been very skeptical, but it speaks for itself. I speak only for my self.
Michelle Bailey April 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM
I agree, Mr. Peppler! Dozens expressed concerns and the SC went on to vote on the proposal without Read Morehesitation anyways. What's the point in attending another meeting?!? A better plan is for parents to deny purchasing the iPads. (We do not buy the textbooks, and these are textbook replacements, right?) Here are some things you may want to consider. 1. Will better data collection and staff evaluations solve the problem that the larger class-sizes mean each student gets less direct explicit instruction the #1 evidenced-based method for addressing struggling students? Reference page 6 of this report. http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/rti_math_pg_042109.pdf#page=27 2. Two years ago, the leadership team asked for math aids (similar to the literacy aids in each elementary school). One of the teachers said this is the kind of help she needed to help students. Why wasn't this considered? Clearly it was thought as needed. 3. If the role of this middle level administrator is to do evaluations, what is the role of the principal? If it were to chair the SPED meetings, I could maybe see that, but no, the SC voted to add a person to do that. 4. While on the topic of the SPED person, how is 1 person going to do the job of 1.5 FTE PLUS the job of evaluations done by principals. There is no way that person can chair nearly 100 annual special education meeting (plus possibly that many more for addressing mid-year concerns) AND do all the other work asked. Impossible!
Charles Peppler April 21, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Mr. Dery, No one is patting themselves on the back, and everyone wants to improve our kidsRead Moreeducatio n in the most efficient manner possible. However, myself and several others left the last sc meeting scratching our heads wondering how replacing teachers with data collection administrators would improve student performance in any way. Several of the teachers asked for TAs to help share the load (at reasonable cost). With the superindendents help, perhaps LOWER the amount of evaluation busy work that teachers are burdened with (and stress out the kids), and help them get back to teaching...just back to the basics. All of this "No kid left behind, while racing to some nebulous top so politicians can move taxpayer money around" stuff just gets away from teaching kids, and helping them grow in knowledge. I'm still scratching my head how it came out that more data collection overhead and fewer teachers is better. I spoke with a teacher in another district close by that went down the extra evaluation data collector route. It has NOT helped with student performance, and they're trying to figure out how to undo it. Perhaps HWRSD can learn from them, and reorient back to helping teachers challenge students with the BEST curriculum, not the lowest common denominator materials and evaluation overhead coming from the feds.
William Dery April 14, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Are you one of those people who would limit the 1st amendment to only things YOU consider OK? IfRead Moreyo u don’t like what is being said here than I suggest you don't read it and read the Boston globe. The world is not just about good it contains the bad and the ugly. People who ignore the negative that processes around them loose their freedom. Too may have died protecting that freedom for us to regulate it.
richard boroff April 14, 2014 at 07:48 AM
Bill, calm down! You are out of control. Richard Boroff
Michelle Bailey April 14, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Bill, the first amendment protects your right to say what you want, but it also means you mustRead Moreaccep t the consequences of your statements. Basically, your negative comments of late have damaged your credibility as a cooperative community member and as a school committee member. ~It is possible to be critically without criticizing.~
Jeff HUbbard April 11, 2014 at 08:43 PM
Another example of Hamilton's best! Thank you for pointing it out and reminding us all of howRead Morefortu nate we are.
Jay Burnham April 12, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Robert was to be moved yesterday to Beth Israel Hospital for additional tests. Our prayers followRead Morehi m.
Scott Maddern April 12, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Best wishes to Robert for a speedy recovery too.
richard boroff April 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM
This is fine Ann, but our good School Committee person, Bill Dery, says the schools are set for 30Read Morem ore years! Seriously, how did he arrive at that number? Is that the answer of a professional in the school building construction industry? And did he take into consideration 21st century learning and teaching needs?
ann minois April 10, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Richard, the HWRSD Master Plan is nearing completion. It was undertaken to address the future ofRead Morelea rning and teaching needs. Stay tuned, and consider attending a community meeting on it. Dr. Harvey will announce the date and time soon at an SC meeting.
Karyn Holappa April 11, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Thanks Margo for you very informative comments above. Happy to hear the town is now inspectingRead Morethese 61A properties, it's about time. I'm sure the inspectors will become more informed with the state law and farming. We need to make sure the ones in Hamilton are all "legit."
Tracy April 13, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Okay, wow. Everyone needs to realize that the William Dery posting above is an **elected official** Read Morein our towns -- he's on the school committee, he has a measure of control over our schools, and YOUR kids. This is someone who had to take an oath of office administered by the state, and here he, in public, ranting delusionally about the "Evil three" (huh? three out of five is a majority, Bill) and "The Empire." You're all comfortable that the person who wrote this has a hand in directing the educational agenda in Hamilton-Wenham? Deciding YOUR child's kindergarten curriculum? Go back and read it one more time just to make sure this guy is who you want making decisions about your kids' educational lives...
William Dery April 14, 2014 at 07:01 AM
Tracy, you lift out child killer and more---you must be secretly married to Borat
ddale April 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Tracy, Thank you for pointing out what my husband and I were just discussing with our friends andRead Morene ighbors: how is it possible to have such a person as Mr Dery on our School Committee? Isn't he supposed to be a positive role model for respect, decorum, and process? This is shocking, and he should should be outed for his outrageous comments and behavior in our town hall, school committee, and on this thread. No one can respect someone who has no sense of propriety. Mr Dery has demonstrated that he is not qualified to hold any official position by his vile insults and complete lack of manners.
Michelle Bailey April 09, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Thank you for setting the record straight. However, you left out an important detail, how did the Read Moresigns get placed on the land in the first place? Readers can view an earlier posting by Dave Reid to find those answers : http://hamilton-wenham.patch.com/groups/opinion/p/campaign-etiquette
Deborah Rosser April 07, 2014 at 06:32 PM
I couldn't agree more - and even more so after hearing the first articulations of his opponent atRead Moreth e Senior Center - it is clear the opposition is on the "go along - get along" team that wants Hamilton to become a real estate developer without objectively presenting the risk/reward analysis to the taxpayers.
Bob Gray April 08, 2014 at 07:08 AM
Thank you Rob for this excellent description of Jeff and his commitment to Hamilton and it'sRead Morecitizen s. Everyone please make an extra effort to get down to the Winthrop School on Thursday, April 10th and vote for Jeff Hubbard. He needs and deserves our support!
Thinking Out Loud April 07, 2014 at 07:59 PM
We are pleased as well with Marc's shout out. But this may be a good time to remind readers of theRead Moreh ard work performed by EiE and our membership in helping to make our community a better place to live as well. For instance… We successfully ended a decade-long string of annual Proposition 2 ½ overrides, the cumulative cost of which has exceeded $85 million and has resulted in Hamilton and Wenham’s tax rates being among the highest on the North Shore. We began and submitted a Citizen’s Petition that resulted in the overwhelming approval by the voters of both towns to an amendment to the Regional School District Agreement allowing for an operational audit of the school district. We continue to press for implementation of the cost saving recommendations from that report. We exposed the HWRSD maintenance spending inconsistencies. We researched, wrote, published and delivered The Hamilton-Wenham Free Press to every household in both towns in 2009 & 2010, and again in 2012. The Free Press had 12 pages of beneficial news, articles and updates for residents and taxpayers. We actively supported the Organic Waste Recycling Program in both towns. We debunked the NEASC loss of accreditation tactic that had been used by the schools to encourage unneeded school spending. We successfully petitioned the rescheduling of Hamilton Town Meetings from week nights to Saturday mornings, resulting in consistent quorum attendance since implementation. We supported Hamilton’s first in the Commonwealth Senior Tax Exemption initiative. We recommended that the DPW's in both towns take over all maintenance of HWRSD grounds and buildings. We strongly supported the hiring of a new audit firm for the school district which found hundreds of thousands of “lost” dollars in various revolving accounts and previously un-reconciled accounts. We successfully drew attention to the scope, size and costs of a proposed replacement of the Veteran’s Memorial Pool at Patton Park resulting in a no vote at a Special town Meeting and a “No Action” vote at the Annual Town Meeting due to the exhorbitant and unsurmountable contractor bids. We email the schedules and agendas of all the major public meetings being held each week to over 800 residents. Just as importantly: WE CONTINUE TO PAY STRICT ATTENTION ON YOUR BEHALF by personally attending dozens of town department and committee meetings and reporting the facts to you. On behalf of EiE's Steering Committee, we wish to thank all our members for their support and participation. You make a huge difference to our community and make our towns a better and more fiscally responsible place to live.
Karyn Holappa April 08, 2014 at 08:54 AM
In reading "Thinking Out Loud's" response, we are reminded that EIE has also worked hard Read Moreover the years to make Hamilton a better place to live, so thank you for your efforts. However, sometimes your message falls on deaf ears, because of your approach. Just a little constructive criticism for EIE to think about.
Thinking Out Loud April 08, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Thank you, Karyn. We appreciate constructive criticism. Please know that sometimes our messageRead Morefall s on deaf ears because we have been painted with the "anti-children" or "anti-pool" or only "pro-senior" brush which could not be further from the truth. But we get it…that's politics and spin and we can handle it knowing that what we are doing is exactly in line with our goals, and objectives and purpose. We feel grateful and blessed to have such strong support in our community and to have achieved so many important successes. It's not always easy, but it has always been worth it. Thanks again for your kind words. (B/T/W...Are you on our e-mailing list?….Let us know if you'd like to be. You can email Jay Burnham direct at: jay@northshorerealestate.com if you would like to be)
Michelle Bailey April 05, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Use common sense: * Leave your governmental "volunteer" job out of it. * Do not use yourRead Morep osition title * Do not use town property or equipment to promote a candidate. * Always ask permission of the land owner before placing a sign * Speak kindly of your neighbors even if you disagree.
marcj April 05, 2014 at 12:11 AM
For the record, Ms. Welch called and left messages for us on July 17, 2012 about town counsel andRead MoreCP A and I called her back on the 18th. On February 2, 2012 Ms. Welch called about cable access tv questions relative to uneven Comcast bills and we put her in touch with Jane Lyman, our Comcast community relations manager and also ZBA member since it was such a specific question about her specific bills. Jane Lyman also responded with a vast amount of detail about rates, which the town manager's office then relayed to Ms. Welch. I spoke to Ms. Welch on December 21, 2011 in response to her call earlier that day about Jeff Stinson. I also spoke with her at two other times about her perceptions that we were treating Mr. Hubbard unfairly. Her claim that I never returned her calls are untrue.
ann minois April 05, 2014 at 07:47 PM
This is pathetic. Just saying.
Scott Maddern April 09, 2014 at 07:55 AM
I'm sorry you feel that way Ms. Welch. I do recall returning your call and have had no suchRead Morecomplain ts from any other voter. And I can't recall any decision of the BoS that Mr Hubbard did not have ample, and generally more time to speak that other selectmen - if anything, decisions have been revisited several times because of Mr. Hubbard's input .