A couple of months back when Worcester North High School was all the rage, the School Committee voted 5-2 to endorse the Police Department’s efforts to get a company called Mutualink to connect cameras to the police department. In order to do that they had to petition the Health Foundation to give us a grant for it. Of course Tracy Novick and Hilda Ramirez were the two that voted against safety in schools because…..fuck the police.
The Health Foundation, which decided who would get the free cash to implement these programs, decided that Worcester was not most in need of this, and didn’t pick us to be one of the 12 (out of 76) districts to apply for it. The reason? According to Health Foundation CEO Janice Yost,
“There wasn’t a particular reason it wasn’t invited. Others simply rose to the top.”
Ummmm, what the hell does “rose to the top” mean? Oh I’m sorry, were there not enough guns and principals punched in the face this year for the Health Foundation? Would you like us to put together a skit? How about we write you a Haiku? What does that even mean? The fact that they’re not giving it out to the 12 most in-need school districts defeats the purpose of it entirely.
But here’s what really happened. Melinda Boone could’ve gotten it but she didn’t push for it. Because at the end of the day, Boone, Ramirez, and Novick have been and will continue to be part of the Circlejerk’s “fuck the police” crowd. As you can see, Tracy Novick is “relieved” that your children will continue to be put in harm’s way:
Sure, the city of Worcester is in the middle of an unprecedented gang war in this Summer of Love 2015. But I’m sure all these teenagers shooting each other will magically end once school starts a month from now. They’re probably just shooting each other because they’re bored. Once they start getting bogged down with homework and tests they won’t have the time to go around settling really important beefs.
Tracy’s children won’t ever be in harm’s way of course. Because even though the Summer of Love has officially come to the West Side, it’s still over 2 miles from her tax-free home in West Tatnuck.
Anyway, school safety liason Rob Pezzella isn’t giving up. Even though Worcester won’t be getting the free lunch, we still NEED this in our schools in order to ensure safety. So he’s looking for alternate ways to fund it. After all, there is more fat in the school department’s budget than there is at the Super Chinese Buffet.
But Boone wants not part of it. According to her there is no room in the school operating budget this year. Ya got that? The same superintendent that decided to add $50,000 to the budget to pay Jen Roy to be her online cheerleader can’t figure out a way to ensure that your children are safe in public schools. Because if Boone takes steps to ensure student safety through the help of the Worcester Police then she won’t be invited to Joyce McNickles’ next barbecue in Sutton.
Ya sick of this yet? Because it’s a really simple fix. You elect Mike Gaffney as Mayor, then you kick off Novick and Ramirez and replace with with Nicola D’Andrea and Donna Colorio. Then they buy out Boone’s remaining contract and replace her with someone who cares more about student safety than they do about manipulating data for cool charts.
Boom. Problem solved. Vote the Turtleboy ticket in November.