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DESE gets earful about school turnaround at forum



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Three School Committee members — Mary Ellen Prencipe, Pat Woodruff and Kara Donovan — listen to DESE monitor Nadine Bonda. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
July 22, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — Around 50 people turned out to air their concerns and questions regarding the school district's turnaround process Wednesday, July 18.

Many of them revolved around special education and communication issues, leading resident Brent Abrahamson to summarize at the end by saying, "People aren't being communicated with and they're not going to take it anymore."

The forum was essentially run by Nadine Bonda, Southbridge's monitor from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, who said she was seeking parents' views of how the district's various efforts have been "playing out in your world" to counter-balance the official data she gets. Since being named monitor about a year ago, she has been tracking the district's progress toward implementing the numerous parts of its accelerated improvement plan (even though the plan is technically still awaiting approval).

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Dan Kenney
StonebridgePress
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