A special meeting of the School Committee is being called for the purpose discussing a Superintendent’s Search and other related matters this Friday, January 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers…wonder if it will be televised? It sounds like it will be an interesting show and I intend to grab a front row seat.
According to the Breaking news section on line at the SUN Teachers Union President Paul Georges is trying to pressure and intimidate the School Committee. According to the article by Erin Smith ” Paul Georges, president of the United Teachers of Lowell, sent out notices to the estimated 1,400 teachers and paraprofessionals in the union encouraging them to attend Friday’s School Committee meeting to support Scott.
In addition it goes on to say: Georges wants the School Committee to restart contract negotiations to retain Scott, who he credited for the “remarkable growth” in student test scores. Scott has led the Lowell school system since July 2008. He also claims “”I didn’t ask her,” when asked what Scott thought about the rally of support.
Why the Union President whose Union doesn’t have a contract of their own feels the need to pressure and intimidate the Lowell School Committee is beyond me. No matter why they delayed in responding to her the fact is that Supt. Scott was the person to announce she was leaving, so why does Paul Georges thinks he and the teachers need to rally for her?
This is just another stunt by Paul Georges and his union to show that they feel they are in charge and need a say in the matter and not the Lowell School Committee. Who cares what Paul Georges wants, he doesn’t represent Supt. Scott and the Lowell School Committee needs to make sure he isn’t allowed to speak tomorrow night. It is NOT a UNION Issue…It is the duty of the Committee and shows why I don’t think they need a screening committee that includes this guy or any of his union leaders.
I have been a big advocate for Dr. Scott, I think the committee screwed up the contract talks big time and I think she responded in the way I and others expected. She chose to leave and not fight this in the press. Up to now she has been professional and I agree with Dave Conway that it is time to move on and be respectful. Paul Georges apparently doesn’t agree.
I am 100% in support of the School Committee, SHE announced she was leaving and it is time to move on and begin the process of finding a replacement and the teachers union should be more concerned about their own contract and potential job loss than keeping a Supt. who for whatever reason announced she was leaving.
This does nothing to begin the process of moving on and if Dr. Scott is the professional person that I believe she is, I hope she steps forward with a statements that Thanks the Union but states that she is leaving and there is nothing to be gained by holding this rally. She admitted on WCAP yesterday that she has in fact begun a new job search and I hope she issues a statement.