Friday, June 1, 2012
A vocal crowd packed the meeting room as the board took up the teachers union's recent resolution.
"I'm a teacher in Southborough, but a taxpayer and parent in Marlborough," said Jennifer Turieo, "and I don't feel there is leadership at the top in Marlborough, and that trickles down to every staff member and every student. It doesn't matter what your vision is; if there isn't leadership, you won't move forward." Turieo was one of more than 100 citizens who packed the standing-room only special meeting held by the Marlborough School Committee on Thursday that included on its agenda a discussion of the "no confidence" vote taken by the Marlborough Educators Association (MEA). The MEA on Thursday, May 16, approved a vote of no confidence in Superintendent Anthony Pope. The teachers vote, according to the recent article in Marlborough Patch…
Monday, May 14, 2012
Several councilors leveled criticism at school officials during a review of their spending plan for 2013.
While they stopped shorting of making steep additional cuts into the proposed school budget for fiscal year 2013, members of the Marlborough City Council's Finance Committee used budget hearings to express their dissatisfaction with school leadership. Superintendent Anthony Pope said $1 million in cuts already made to his proposed budget--the school committee trimmed about $50,000 and Mayor Arthur Vigeant removed nearly $950,000 more--are “hurting us a lot.” “We have a lot more work to do” to balance the budget, Pope said. A major reason for the needed increase is rising special education costs, he added. That part of the budget alone grew 4.2 percent, including rising costs of paying for students who are placed out of district due to …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A reader calls for a school committee investigation, saying the culture of MPS has shifted toward an unhealthy environment.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
To the Editor: As a former Marlborough High School student and the brother of a high school junior, I am ashamed of the way that the school district has had its reputation tarnished by this superintendent. The superintendent I speak of is Dr. Anthony Pope. He came to the school district with a message of hope, a vision of turning Marlborough Public Schools into a world class school district; instead it has become a world class laughing stock. Every morning, I open up the news and find yet another story about my former school district that leaves me wondering where the leadership is. Whether it is the mysterious firing of an assistant principal, accusations of assault on a teacher or accusations of bullying and intimidating students, Dr. …
This is the very last day you can file those income taxes without penalty, and one reader has a bone to pick with Marlborough school chief.
1. Today is the final day to file your 2011 income taxes without penalty. Make sure this important paperwork is either filed online, or postmarked and in the mail. 2. Know of any Marlborough businesses that should be added to this week's Best of Patch Readers' Choice poll? One reader suggested we add Honey Dew to the best coffee options, what else are we missing? Tell us and vote for your favorite on Patch. 3. The Wayside Racquet & Swim Club will host the Second Annual Zumba for Life on April 29 as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Marlborough Hudson. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the dancing kicks off at 6. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Purchase tickets from any of the instructors or by …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
This is a look back at the week on Patch.
Monday, April 9: Police Log: Assault with Deadly Weapon, Suspicious Activity Tuesday, April 10: Marlborough Resident Running His 10th Marathon Woman Runs Over Cop's Foot During Domestic Incident Police Log: Witness Intimidation, Shoplifting at Sears Wednesday, April 11: Brazilian Leader Wants to Strengthen Education, Commerce Ties with Bay State Mayor Vigeant's First 100 Days James 'Scott' Riciutti Gone at 48 Tractor Trailer Clips Telephone Pole at Elm and Dudley Death Notices: Antoinette 'Ann' Trolla Gone at 98 Thursday, April 12: Friends Talk About Scott Ricciuti's Legacy in Advance of Services Police Log: Vandalism, Tractor Trailer Crash Jackson Circle Home Sale Tops $550,000 Friday, April 13: Marlborough Teachers Claim Intimidation by …
Friday, April 13, 2012
The assistant principal has been fired by the Marlborough Public Schools after a long suspension.
Marlborough High School assistant principal Adam Bakr confirmed Friday that he has been fired from the Marlborough Public School system. Rumors of the firing were rampant on Thursday, but Superintendent Anthony Pope did not respond to a request for confirmation. Bakr himself confirmed that he was no longer with the district in a post on the Facebook page "Bring Bakr Back" early Friday morning. "On behalf of my family and myself, I just wanted to thank everyone—staff, students, parents, friends, and community members—who have shown their support for me over the past four months," said Bakr. "I am humbled by your kind words and selfless actions. Your courage and your tireless efforts will never be forgotten. Students and alum of MHS—please…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Vice Principal Adam Bakr has not been at school in months, and students want to know why.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Marlborough High School students are asking for answers pertaining to the unexplained absence of Assistant Principal Adam Bakr.
A growing and mysterious controversy at Marlborough High School has come to a head this week: The long-time, unexplained absence of Assistant Principal Adam Bakr. Bakr, an administrator at the school for several years, has been out for almost two months and without any sort of explanation, said students. There has even been a "Bring Bakr Back" Facebook page created that features messages from students and supporters of the administrator, along with copies of emails and petitions asking the school and city officials to bring Bakr back. There are also several photos of Bakr and even a video of a sit-in that students recently staged demanding answers to the absence. As of this post, nearly 450 people had "Liked" the page. The page's creator …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Although running unopposed in Tuesday's election, Patch interviewed the three school committee candidates for a glimpse into what to expect in the upcoming term.
Incumbents Margaret Dwyer, Katherine Hennessy and Kathleen Robey are up for re-election this year for the Marlborough School Committee. However, Robey instead is seeking election to the City Council, thus leaving an open seat for which newcomer Heidi Matthews is seeking. Although Dwyer, Hennessy and Matthews are running unopposed for the three school committee seats, Patch interviewed each candidate to provide residents a glimpse of the priorities regarding our school system that the candidates will be taking into the new term. Incumbent Katherine Hennessy is seeking her second term on the Marlborough School Committee. One of the biggest accomplishments Hennessy felt she was involved with during her first term was the overhaul of the …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Administrators, teachers to follow new core curriculum aligned with state standards.
- Art Simas
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
It was a combination of Show and Tell and What I Did on my Summer Vacation as the School Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 30 heard from new administrators and teachers about how they plan to improve the Marlborough school system . With the reorganization of Marlborough High School to a traditional grades 9-12 and the Whitcomb School becoming a middle school with grades 5-8, there were a lot of changes in personnel and assignments during the summer. Staff have been meeting in teams and coordinating their work in curriculum development, special education and with the 6th grade and 9th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Early College High School programs. In fact, all students who signed up for the new programs were …