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So the Turtleboy Sports expose on the Spencer-East Brookfield School District has been a real pain in the ass for Superintendent Tracy Crowe. It’s probably why they have not gotten back to us about our Freedom of Information Act request that we submitted 13 days ago, regarding the cost of attorney’s fees to investigate nothing. According to the law they have 10 days, which means she’s blatantly violating federal law, because apparently rules just don’t apply to her. But we’ll get her on that later.
Anyway, she agreed to meet with 7 students a few times, and at least one of those times there were no parents in the room. This is problematic for a couple reasons. For one, 6 of the 7 students are boys. It’s hard to say that representation is fair and balanced when it’s a 6 to 1 ratio. Secondly, it’s inappropriate to suggest that 7 students speak for an entire student body. Thirdly, the fact that parents haven’t been at all these pow-wows is proof that she’s hiding things. Parents are the taxpayers, not the kids. She’s accountable to them. She doesn’t want parents in the room because parents will see through her nonsense. Basically she tossed these kids a bone and got them a door on the bathroom stall and some vague promises to hire a band teacher and order AP books.
Newsflash – you are supposed to have doors on the bathroom stalls. You are supposed to have books. You are supposed to have a band teacher. You were supposed to have all these things in September, and it shouldn’t have taken a student sit-in and a Turtleboy expose in order to get these basic things.
Here’s the thing. This all revolves around School Committee chairman Kevin Hayes getting his revenge on the Athletic Director because he didn’t hire his wife to coach field hockey. So he put him and the music/student council director, “under investigation” for stealing funds from a student activities account. Despite the fact that the investigation is long over, and has proven that these teachers didn’t steal any money, they remain “under investigation,” and as a result they cannot serve in the stipend positions that they used to.
Yet both of them are still teaching. Why would you allow someone who you suspected of stealing money from the district, to work as a teacher, but not as a student council advisor? Do you think they’re thieves or not? How does that make any sense? The answer of course is that they know they didn’t do anything wrong. But by saying that they are “under investigation” and then not answering any questions about it, it allows them to put their family and friends into the positions that these dedicated teachers once filled.
What a scam.
So obviously the teachers at David Prouty aren’t going to take these positions, because that would make them scabs. And there’s nothing dirtier than a scab. Lowest of the low. If another teacher were to accept the position of show choir director, they’d be falling right into the district’s trap. As a result these positions continue to remain empty and the kids continue to go without.
At last night’s School Committee meeting, Hayes accused the Union of not applying for these positions. Don’t you see what they’re doing here? They’re trying to turn the townsfolk on the teachers instead of themselves. “The kids don’t have show choir and student council because the Union won’t let them.”
LOL. Oldest trick in the book. In reality, all Hayes has to do is simply say, “investigation completed,” and the positions are given back to the vindicated teachers.
At last night’s meeting several parents stood up to ask Chairman Hayes why they couldn’t just reappoint the teachers and move on? His answer was s0 hilarious it got the crowd to start laughing:
“We’re not gonna discuss that tonight.”
Classic. So like….when ARE you going to discuss it? Oh yea, here’s what’s going to happen. Dr. Crowe will continue to have private meeting with the students and brainwash them that their teachers are the reason they don’t have nice things. And because they’re kids, they’re not gonna question it. Don’t believe me? Well they called in the big guns last week when State Representative Donald Berthiaume took one of them out to eat. Berthiaume’s distaste for teacher’s unions is well known.
Then they’ll bring in some friends from outside the district to fill these positions, at which time the investigation will be magically completed, but by that point their old stipend positions will be gone. So basically what they’re doing is lying to the taxpayers that they are still conducting an “investigation,” when in reality they are just looking waiting this whole thing out until they find a non-unionized friend to take the teacher’s jobs. And because the teachers won’t screw each other over, the school committee can blame the Union. Brilliant.
Union president Mark James brought up the most important question that SHOULD be investigated last night – why are so many teachers, administrators, and students leaving the school district in record numbers? After all, they have a 75% turnover in administration THIS YEAR!!
The star of the show was a teacher from David Prouty who had taught many of the member’s children and gave an impassioned speech about how she had to pilfer books in order to teach her kids. And as she pointed out, why weren’t they doing anything to actively clear the teacher’s names who are “under investigation?”
The most hilarious part of the night was when a teacher asked Dr. Crowe about her THIRD upcoming China trip in the last calendar year. She wanted to find out whether or not grants the school received were used to pay for the trip to China. Dr. Crowe’s answer basically proved what a joke she is – the money was used to pay for t-shirts for administrators who went on the China trip, as well as as a gift for the Chinese educators they met over there. The teacher’s response was priceless:
“So we’re clothing people in China now?” LOL. Yup. Your school district has ceilings that look like this:
A track that looks like this:
And books that look like this:
And your superintendent is taking grant money and spending it on t-shirts for the Red Chinese. It’s OK though, because according to them this is a cultural thing, and you have to bear gifts when dealing with the Red Chinese. No big deal. Because in SEBRSD, clothing the Chinese is more important than crumbling books and ceilings. It’s shocking that so many people are school choicing to other districts.
I don’t even know what to say. I’m just so glad I don’t live in this district and Turtleboy Jr. will never have to deal with any of this nonsense. I just couldn’t imagine living in a district where kids are clearly not a priority. You heard those teachers speak. They love the kids they teach. We’ve met and spoke with a bunch of them. They’re great people and their students think the world of them. They love their jobs. But these gutless, useless, empty suit administrators are making it impossible for them to continue to reach kids in the way that they used to be able to.
To the students of David Prouty, stop meeting with Dr. Crowe. She’s playing you. I know she’s making you feel special because she’s convinced you that you’re making a difference, but she’s really just giving you things that the taxpayer paid for a long time ago. Her and Hayes are trying to get you to turn against your teachers. Don’t fall for it. Stand with your teachers and demand that not only will you be getting student council and show choir back, you’ll be getting it with Mrs. Busierre. Because she’s your teacher, not some scab friend of theirs who you have no connection to. Crowe doesn’t respect you. She never has. She’s just trying to throw you a bone so you’ll stop protesting.
P.S. If you want further proof that her recent actions are simply a result of the Turtleboy expose, check out the speech that she gave DPHS students when she finally met with them on Monday. Basically this whole speech is damage control:
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