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Letter to the Editor: Hold Schools Accountable

She supports changing school administration and school committee.

To the Editor:

As many are well aware, (the) Westborough public schools are supported with the bulk of the budget from a high tax area and have increased fees from families to further support themselves with funds.

However, the bang for the buck is not there.

(The) Westborough schools are requesting more money from their community at the same time that the schools are dropping in ratings and performance.

Westborough set up the school grade assignment process to avoid any accountability for student performance. Students begin taking the MCAS in third grade. By having elementary schools serve students from Kindergarten to third grade, there is no way to show growth in the elementary schools, as there is only one score and teachers do not receive that score until their students are attending Mill Pond in fourth grade. However, when all Westborough children go to Mill Pond, they are then attending a Level 2 School, a school that is not performing at the top level in Massachusetts.

Further, Mill Pond being Level 2 makes all of (the) Westborough public schools Level 2. One in four districts in Massachusetts are Level 1. Westborough could not even make that level.

It is time for change--change in the elementary school administration including all elementary schools--Mill Pond and all schools feeding into it.

More importantly, it is time to change the school district administration and the school committee. How dare they ask for more money, for what, more of the lackluster mediocre? Families and taxpayers deserve better.

It is time to hold the school committee and the administration accountable, despite their concerted effort to hide accountability by creating more transitions and spending more on transportation than is possibly necessary. It is time for a change.

Danielle Carrigo

Westborough

Mike October 30, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Please remember this when the opportunity to elect school committee occurs. It's all noise unless someone steps up to challenge.
Bob October 30, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Does this person really believe our town built Mill Pond School just to avoid accountability for MCAS scores? That is laughable and makes no sense. Besides MCAS scores are really good -- for instance WHS 10th graders scored #6 in the state on the science MCAS this year. Also, the whole level 1, level 2 thing is a red herring. Most of the top public school ditricts in the state are level 2 including Wellesley, Newton, Lexington, and Weston.
Reene Hatherley October 30, 2012 at 06:13 PM
As principal of Mill Pond, I would love to have the opportunity to address Ms. Carrigo's comments directly. We are so much more than a "level 2" school and "level 2" district. I welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone who questions the quality of education at our school. Reene Hatherley

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