Wednesday, September 22, 2010

~~~ A Much Delayed Post ~~~


But in the meantime, we've had 2600 unique visitors to our site which means we are getting the word out there. We are also thrilled to announce that we now have a phone number and can take calls and/or voicemail messages. Our phone number is 781-285-UnMV (8668) and at the bottom of our Home Page is a 'Call Us' icon (should your computer be equipped to handle phone calls). For those wishing to contact us through email, our email address is UnOfficialMVRCS@gmail.com. As always we welcome reader comments and posts (especially when they do not contain harsh or vulgar words, or ill will towards others).
It is important to us that readers know that we are in no way out to harm the school but rather the exact opposite; we are hoping to ensure the viability and success of not only our school, but for ALL of the students of MVRCS. We also feel that it is imperative that we stress the appreciation and high regard towards the original founders and current Board members in their accomplishments since taking on the endeavor of not only starting up the school but also in its growth.  

We appreciate that many of us want a Board who makes all of their decisions based on what is in the best interest of the students and ultimately, the school, but many of us question their ability or willingness to do so. It is slightly comforting to know that it appears as though Neil Kinnon is gearing up for another political race (based on the recent literature found within St. Josephs during last week’s services) and that he may stay true to his word on abandoning his position (yet his apparent lack of respect and incredibly poor political ‘bed side manner’ to his constituents, makes us wonder if anything will come of it). Unfortunately, it seems as though no strategic changes will occur as long as Mr. Kinnon and the current board continue in their role. Just as our Presidential leaders are limited in the number of terms they may serve, so too are the Board members of charter schools, and for good reason. One would hope that the dismissive attitude and tone of the Board has not been apparent since forming of the Board of Trustees although it has been the norm for quite some time. We can’t stress to you enough how many times we have heard parents express their reservations and apprehension at confronting or challenging any of the Board Members. While the numerous ethical and accountability concerns, the Special Education Program, unstable MCAS results, and the lacking working conditions (i.e. lack of a professional environment that values employees) are  major concerns, we have come to realize that as long as this Board is in place, the concerns of parents and community leaders will fall on deaf ears. And for that reason alone, we will continue to address these issues and the many others that are being brought to our attention within this blog. Unlike the Board, we welcome and value your insights, concerns, comments, suggestions, and any other information you feel requires attention.

24 comments:

  1. If you think that the wrong-doings of MVRCS aren't known outside of our community, check out -
    http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com/2010/08/mystic-valley-regional-charter-school.html

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  2. A readers post was removed due to inappropriate language but to address the reasoning behind our 'vanity' phone number, we chose UnMV as we did not want to be confused with MVRCS. It is an abbreviation for 'UNOFFICIAL' and does not imply any ill will towards the future of the school.

    BTW, the school has banned our email address(es) from their server so while we are attempting to gain their insight and clarification on issues, they have chosen to refuse any communications. More on this later.

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  5. Mike Hawk - I believe we understand each other now? I've removed the information with the hope that you will stop. Thank you.

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  6. Wow.... A lot of censorship going on here lately. I guess you've changed your mind about why you started this blog. I guess you can only slander people, no swearing though. You should post the rules somewhere.

    This is the post we waited a week for. Not good ladies. You better pick up your game!

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  8. We don't want to censor anything but just prefer that the conversation remains positive, clean, and child friendly (we did have some students commenting on here in the past). We also ask that even though we may not agree on the issues or topic, that we treat each other with respect and act like adults. No truly censoring, just ensuring it is G rated.

    Yes, more to come very shortly but it has truly been a bit insane this past week. We are juggling a lot on this end. AND, you assume we are all females? Poor assumption on your part.

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  9. You have presented nothing positive or clean from the minute you started this blog. You most certainly have censored. I've made comments to get a rise out of people and it has worked, and not all were vulgar. I wanted to prove a point, and thank you for helping me do this. You are clearly one sided and not open to what everyone has to say. Big Mistake.

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  10. We have censored only those comments that contain inappropriate words or serve no purpose. No comment has been removed simply for not agreeing with out position.
    That being said, even if we were, you should be used to it by now as that is how the Board handles the comments and concerns of parents.
    Please either keep your comments clean AND select a user name that is appropriate (i.e. generally speaking, GROW UP) or we will continue to remove any immature or offensive posts.
    Now we too have made a point.
    Your welcome.

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  11. I must say I have never heard that there was a snack time problem. Both my children (my oldest has since graduated)never at anytime have complained about not having enough time or not even getting one and trust me they would let me know if they were not. As far as the transportation I think the school has been very helpful one friend of mine who goes to the school has three children which would have cost $ 600.00- they were able to get it reduced based on the income so I am wondering if the parents are having a problem with this have they contacted the school to ask for help? As far as he parking at the school- If adults were considerated and not just park where they feel like or stop riding around the school in the car on your cell phone things wouldn't be so bad. Why not set up meeting spots with your kids? This has worked for us when pickin up our son at the school. I really don't think you can blame the school for all the above and if you have concerns such as mentioned in this comment- call the office.

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  12. This post does the snack issue no justice. There was a lot of concern about how little time the kids have to eat lunch, have an afternoon snack and if a second lunch could legally be offered to buy for kids who stay late. I'm no expert on the matter and it was very difficult to hear but it wasn't a one line dismissal of a parents concern.

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  13. Dragging your father and husband to a meeting doesn't mean they're involved in the blog. If there were men involved in this a mildly colorful post would not be removed. I still laugh when I think of "Richard" Hertz.

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  14. The board said they'd look into the snack issue. What was there to look into? Do they need to consult with an expert if this should be allowed? The parents concerns were that the kids were coming home, late in the afternoon, very hungry. All the parent was REQUESTING is letting the kids have time to enjoy an afternoon snack. Why is it so damn hard to take a stand and grant this request? What, do all 5 of them need to agree on it or something?

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  15. Was there a large number of kids with this complaints? I had not heard anything on this and not till I read the blog had I.

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  16. If you consider 1a large number than yes. And I just noticed you guys addressed
    "mike hawk" by name which is even funnier. You need to pay closer attention.

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  17. Thank you Andrew, it's nice to see my brothers attempts at a giggle were not in vain.

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  18. May I ask why people are now beginning to nit pick at everything? I pack a lunch and two snacks everyday and my child is still hungry at the end of the day. But that is normal, why do they have to review anything? I think this is where the lines get crossed, I am all for being my childs advocate, but I think there are parents that take it to the extreme. Did your parents baby you in this way? I know I wasn't.

    Parents are taking it too far, here is a prime example http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/3964683/Marking-in-red-ink-banned-in-case-it-upsets-schoolchildren.html

    or
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-06-26-recess-bans_x.htm

    enough is enough. The school has it's faults, but it will go much further by supporting than not.

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  19. TJ, the point is a concern was made, the board AGREED it had merit. So, why is nothing still done? I, too, pack my child a lunch and two snacks and he says he can't eat the 2nd snack. I don't like it. If it's so difficult to make this decision, than don't give my kid a card change when he want's to get his snack. I'm not babying my kid, why should he be hungry?

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  20. What purpose does this comment serve, I do not see one, why was it allowed to remain....

    Annie O said...
    "Raging affair"??? Maybe it looks that way from the outside...LOL

    September 14, 2010 1:32 PM


    I am beginning to see that it is one sided, and that is from the Holy Church of AnnieO

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  21. I will continue to state a grass roots movement can really have an impact. I am even more concerned that families are using this for an Enquiring Newspaper forum. Personanl banter should be saved for your facebook or email forums.


    Thank you for posting your perspective of the board meeting. I am wondering where the official minutes get posted to compare to your notes.

    I know snack can be important, I am sure the board will look at the policy. If there is not a policy breach or a documented health concern they will be within their authority to not change anything(rightfully so) I would not choose to champion the snack and or lunch issue if there is no policy or health concern.

    I know it is hard for little ones, but unless they are being harmed physically I think this an issue that must be tabled.

    I am curious if whomever is sponsering this blog has a list of top three priorties and thoughts around building momentum towards discussion if not resolution.

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  22. MV- do you want to give me your facebook page?

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  23. I see the pinheads running the blog not only continue to censor "both sides" but now have decided to remove the "non issue" box from the voting section as they certainly can't stand the fact that anyone would NOT agree with them! F'ing hpocrits! Just a "small" bunch of gutless haters who hide their identity and talk smack about things they could never truly debate face to face...boo hoo!

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  24. Can't touch Mike Hawk!September 22, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    OH MY GOSH! ! ! YOU SAID F'ing. THAT'S NOT G RATED. I'M TELLING MY MOMMY! ! !

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