Boo hoo The Dracut Supt. can’t go on a JUNKET to China and suddenly the conspiracy theory begins//they are out to get the SUPT…give me a break there is no real viable reason he HAS TOO go to China.
What I did find interesting was the statement attributed to Atty. Kevin Murphy listed on Dracut Forum
Atty Murphy explained to the board that they were not voting to approve a trip, but to determine whether the trip had educational value to the town.
In Lowell the School Committee VOTES on ALL Out of State / Overnight trips and according to Lowell School Committee member Jackie Doherty:
My understanding with any travel that comes before the SC, we are voting to approve an expense if there is one, and if there is not an expense, we are voting to approve the attendees are covered by our insurance.
For instance, when a group of students travel and even if there is no cost to the school dept., they are covered by our insurance when we vote to approve it as a school-authorized trip. That said, could folks travel without our approval—the answer is yes if they pay their own way and are not covered by our insurance, but so could any group –that would not be a school authorized trip.
So why would the Dracut process be any different? If the School Committee authorized the trip wouldn’t these employees than be under the Towns Insurance?
Which brings up the question does the Supt. have the power to authorize a trip that requires the Town to cover salary and insurance for these members and is School Committee member Bonnie Elie covered by the Town if she is in fact going as a Representative of the town in her position as an elected official?
BTW: I didn’t see the meetings but a friend of mine swore they heard a member drop the F bomb during the “heated exchange”..if so the anger management guy may need to channel his anger in a better way so he doesn’t swear during a live meeting..if in fact that occurred.
Lt. Governor Tim Murphy talked to Mike McLaughlin about the appointment to the Dracut Housing Authority! SO WHAT!
Everyone knows Lowell State Rep. Dave Nangle talked to the Gov.’s office last time and got his cousin appointed. Oh wait! The group that is complaining LIKES Dave Nangle and HATES Mike McLaughlin.
Now as far has I know, Mr. McLaughlin has been a longtime politician and held various Housing and other jobs and has NEVER been convicted of any crime nor fined by the state ethics commission (Haven’t really paid close attention). Is he an “old time” politician who rewards friends and wheels and deals..YES..so what that is nothing new for Dracut.
3 Former town officials Andy Graham, Mike McGuire and Tim Woods all hold public jobs and got them shortly after serving or because they have strong friends who were elected officials.
Karabatsos got strong armed in by the Lowell Political crowd who felt they had to save Dracut from Mike McLaughlin years ago and hardly a peep was made (to his credit Dracut Forum was against it). I find the entire episode childish. A group who was in power years ago played it for their purpose and now new people, new power and the outrage is on..Much ado about NOTHING !
Shawn is a little riled up over on Dracut Forum because he thinks today’s Sun Editorial didn’t go far enough..He goes off stating:
The Sun editorial did not hit the other big issue in town.. the ongoing targeting of the School Superintendent and split going on at the school committee. That one still smells too.
And don’t leave out the Community Preservation Committee and tax from the last town meeting, the targeting of the Recreation Director a few months back, who’s on the economic development subcommittee, the personal use of public equipment over at housing, arguments over conflict of interest votes at the BOS, sewer rates, water rates, road construction and the new truck stop that seems to have appeared across the street from Broadway Convenience.
I think Dracut may just need an editorial page, never mind a column.
Did anyone see Fred Bahou on City Life yesterday? The guy seemed to be very defensive and whiney. He even talked about himself in the 3rd person and complained he can’t get things done.
Gee Fred you think it had anything to do with your attacks on the board while running for office? I don’t think most other members forgot and you are finding that out.
I did not hear you mention the Dedication of the Auxiliary Gym in honor of Mr. E. Dennis Murphy
Coach Murphy won many championships in Football and was a legend at the school.
It is Saturday, October 8, 2011 1:30 p.m. Kick-Off Followed by a Half-Time Ceremony at Greater Lowell Technical High School.
The UTEC attempt to get 17 year olds the right to vote seems dead in conference. It was a decent attempt and a good example of civics in actions and the teens who fought for it should be proud of what they were able to achieve
THANK YOU to the Elected officials , the Businesses and the couple of challengers who have donated items for the Robinson School PTO Fall Fundraiser. The kids are excited and have started selling the merchandise from the BELIEVE Catalog. I’ll list all the donations at the end of October so you still have a chance to help us out.
We are still seeking donations for the PTO Bake Sale and Raffle on Nov. 8th. If any candidate or elected official has sports or theater tickets, Gift Cards or want to make up a basket that we can use to raffle, please email the Robinsonschoolpto@yahoo.com and we will be in touch.