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Everyone and their mother knows that the next superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools should be South High Principal Maureen Binienda. It’s a joke that she hasn’t just been given the position. As a matter of fact, the Huffington freaking Post wrote this glowing article about their tour of South High with Mrs. Binienda. We highly recommend you read it so you know just how lucky Worcester is to have someone like this in an administrative position in our public schools. You can love or hate the Huffington Post, but it’s the most popular blogging site on the Internet, so the mere fact that they have taken such an active interest in Mrs. Binienda tells you how “townie” we would look not to hire her.
But then again Worcester is run by a political machine that is controlled by congressman Jim McGovern. He gets to pick who he wants, and Petty and Augustus carry out his wishes. And he wants the current interim superintendent Marco Rodriguez. Marco was the disgraced Melinda Boone’s deputy superintendent, and the overseer of school suspension policies that resulted in dangerous students assaulting principals at North High School.
It’s not a coincidence that Boone left in October, less than a month before the election. She knew that Tracy Novick and Hilda Ramirez were going to lose and she would be fired. So she “resigned” and allowed Novick and Ramirez to join up with Petty, and Jack Foley, to vote for Rodriguez. The other three members (Biancheria, O’Connell, Manfredo) voted for Bienienda, but they lost 4-3. But had this vote been taken in January, with two new SC members (Colorio, McCullough), Binienda would’ve been appointed in a 5-2 vote. Just a reminder, that if you’re some moron like Steve Quist, who endorses both Mrs. Binienda and Petty in the same breath, then you are a huge hypocrite and no one likes you.
Oh yea, and did I mention that Mrs. Binienda has been a vocal supporter of cops in schools? Because she’s seen how well it works as principal of South High. This is the real reason that Novick and the machine were against her – she doesn’t fall in line with the machine’s “fuck the police” mentality.
Anyway, Marco thinks the seat is his now, and make no mistake about it, he is Boone 2.0. As a matter of fact he’s already started to bring in his fantastic administrative hack friends. Here’s an email he sent all WPS faculty on December 1:
To assist with the transition and distribution of work, I have recruited Mrs. June Eressy as a Quadrant Manager to join my Leadership Team. Mrs. Eressy retired last year after successfully leading Chandler Elementary School out of the Level 4 status. Mrs. Eressy’s experience (former Principal of University Park Campus Schools, Claremont Academy, and Quadrant Manager), Pre-k to grade 12, will be invaluable to this transition and to the support needed through June 2016. Please join me in welcoming June Eressy to the Worcester Public Schools.
Quadrant Manager. AKA he’s already creating six figure salary positions for downtown hacks as our students’ teachers have to beg parents to bring in crayons and paper. June Eressy just so happens to be good friend’s with Marco’s wife.
Notice he’s giving her credit for “leading Chandler Elementary School out of Level 4 status.” You should always be weary when you see bullshit like that. Level designation largely depends on standardized test scores. There’s nothing that means less to me as a taxpayer and a parent than standardized test scores. But it does to these clowns, because they can put it up on a chart and brag about what a great job they did by forcing teachers to teach to a test.
As you can see, Marco Rodriguez is the exact same bullshit that we’ve dealt with for seven years of Booneghazi. He has retained Jen Roy to be his personal “communication consultant” which should’ve been the first position eliminated. Because as we all know by now, Jen Roy is a joke and her position is superfluous.
Anyway, all we have to do to make the WPS great again, is just hire the GREAT principal of South High School, Maureen Binienda. But Joe Petty has been bullying and confronting anyone who has gone on record to support Mrs. Binienda. He has had it made clear that his job as Mayor is to conduct a national search to make it look like they’re really looking for an outsider, before finally hiring Marco Rodriguez. It’s the EXACT SAME THING he did when he brought his boy Ed Augustus on as City Manager. Don’t worry though,
Worcester Magazine Walter Bird will kiss Marco’s ass just like he did when they he named Ed Augustus the person of the year of 2014.
To make matters even more embarrassing, the School Committee put out a NATIONAL ad for a company to bid for the right to head the search committee for superintendent. Only two companies applied.
Ya got that? No one wants to take our money to search for a superintendent. Here we are trying to piss money away when we have the ideal candidate on Apricot Street, and no one wants it. Probably because they look back at the search committee for City Manager, and they see that the company we hired to look for a City Manager recommended three candidates, none of which were hired. Ya got that? We paid $23,000 for this search committee to find three competent candidates, and then we hired Ed Augustus because he was next in line. Make no doubt about it, this is why no one has taken the bait to head a search committee for superintendent – because we all know they’re going to be ignored and try to hire Marco Rodriguez anyway.
Worcester will continue to be a joke as long as this continues. We urge you to continue to be vocally supportive of Maureen Binienda. It costs nothing to hire. The alternative is to spend tens of thousands of dollars to hire a consulting firm to do a faux national search before eventually hiring Marco anyway. We deserve better than that and so do our kids.
Seriously though, read this article from the Huffington Post about Mrs. Binienda. Can’t emphasize enough how important this is.
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