World English Dictionary : dysfunctional (dɪsˈfʌŋkʃən ə l)
1. med (of an organ or part) not functioning normally
2. (esp of a family) characterized by a breakdown of normal or beneficial relationships between members of the group
We now know why Paul Georges calls the School Committee “dysfunctional”, it is because they have finally stood up to him and said NO RAISES and we are offering ZERO and ZERO and he has lost his beneficial relationship (they give in to a lot of what he wants). He can’t bully this committee any longer so he calls them names. No wonder he has tried to make Supt. Scott an issue. He needs new people to run and win so that he can bully or suck up to them (Hayden and Cassin werethisclose at the tech). His members may find out his time needs to be up as president.
Mike Hayden will officially announce in tomorrow’s paper that he is indeed running for the Lowell School Committee. Jenn Myers of the Sun has the story in “breaking news” and on her Facebook page. A few people have already made comments reminding Mike of some past statements he made and posted on his website. Mimi on Left in Lowell points out that if his appearance before the School Committee a few weeks ago is any indication, he will continue with unwavering and unlimited (financial and moral) support for the sitting Superintendent. Mike was a key member in giving the former Greater Lowell Tech Supt. a 69% raise over 6 years. Lowell can’t afford that. If he wants to make Supt. Scott an issue, the question he needs to be asked is “Is it okay for an employee to lie and give bad information to their boss?”
However it should be noted that Mike received OVER 5,000 votes last year and has solid name recognition in a race with an open seat!
I’d ask Jim Campanini the same question except he hasn’t answered my request to meet. When Mr. C called into WCAP to defend Supt. Scott for telling the Sun before telling the entire school committee and attacking the Lowell School Committee he stated “We welcome anyone to come in and talk, to us.” Guess I don’t count because I emailed him asking to meet with him and he has yet to respond. I figured I owed him the chance to straighten out anything I have said that he feels is incorrect about him and the SUN. I have only met the man once for a few brief moments.
The “Blue Ribbon” panel has been leaking names (at least of the two supposed Lowell candidates) and rumors has fast as they have been eliminating candidates to get to the final five. Rumors about both the supposed local candidates are flying so the current committee can be beat up if one of them gets chosen.
If Bill Samaras runs, someone please ask him about his handling of last years Head Football Coaching search fiasco (Goodbye Mr. Moore) his black balling of Scott Boyle and how after walking away with over $110,000 in “unused sick days” he intends to get rid of this perk after taking full advantage of it himself.
Kristin J. Ross-Sitcawich would be a great candidate but with two school aged children and being a Commissioner on the Lowell Housing Authority her time is already stretched. If the committee can scale back their obsessions with countless sub-committee meetings it might work!
The Headmaster search was a fiasco last year and Supt. Scott’s Atty.Mike Gallagher had to act as the bagman and get a headhunter to find Mr. Rozmiarek who in his short tenure has ticked off at least two school committee members by his words and actions. Based on his resume Mr. R has the credentials for the job but someone PLEASE assist him with the politics of the job. Especially when the shadow of Samaras looms daily and the people who report to him talk directly to school committee members more than they talk to him.
Will a school committee member please bring in a motion to set a policy that changes the Agenda so it reflects the council agenda and the Supt. has to respond in a timely fashion to motions. Many get made and forgotten. (Which brings in the question of why they were made in the first place.)
While they are at it, change the meeting minute requirements to reflect what the City Clerk does on the council side and inform the recording secretary she no longer needs to keep a word by word diary.
Sub-Committee meetings need to be limited to 1 hour and be on Wednesday’s at 6:00 before the regular school committee meeting and at 7:00 on the weeks they don’t meet. Let the Supt, YOU hire run the day to day activity and set policy. Hopefully a new Supt. will be strong enough to tell members when they over reach and members need to reread what it is they should be doing under ed reform.