Will the real author of the Facebook page, Support Timberlane, please stand up?
I believe it is Gretchen Grosky, the hired PR specialist for Timberlane. If so it would put the district on the slippery edge of electioneering.
The cover page says “Join us in telling the GREENS that our kids, our teachers and our school district are not simply numbers! Deliberative Session, Feb 5th. 7 pm”
It also features a clip of me and Arthur Green suggesting a much lower operating budget for Timberlane. The clip of me was taken out of a very interesting school board discussion from Dec. 18 and I would heartily recommend you watch the dialogue from which the clip was drawn. This link will take you to the relevant point in the recording which also includes Ms. Armfield explaining the consolidation plan:
Most people who rail against the suggestion to lower the operating budget to something affordable for local families have not themselves challenged Arthur Green’s numbers or delved into the expenditures yet they insist cuts would harm the children. Before Dr. Metzler’s budgets, our district ran on $61 million for three years in a row. Now, with fewer students, we need almost $68 million and we have to close a school. Does this sound reasonable? If management implemented cuts with earnestness, education would not be affected but the number of staff certainly would be. So what is this really about? Education or jobs at Timberlane?
The plan to consolidate Sandown Central at Sandown North involves the consolidations of one second, third, fourth and fifth grade class. That eliminates four classes and we will still not exceed the recommended maximum number of students per class as per Timberlane policy. This should tell you that when there is a will there is a way to run on less without educational impact. Atkinson Academy has the largest classes in our district’s elementary system yet they and Sandown Central are the highest rated elementary schools in our system according to Niche.com, which Mr. Bealo cites on Facebook. Empirical evidence and academic study have exploded the notion that class size affects educational outcome. Think back into your own education and you will know that classes of 30 plus were the norm in the 60s yet few of us felt short changed by our elementary education. In any event, we are not advocating changing class size limits as set by Timberlane policy and we have shown that even with the staff reductions we recommend, Timberlane will have abundant resources to maintain the existing class size limits.
And Mr. Bealo, stop posting comments on Facebook about my personal history. You have no knowledge of me, Arthur Green or our background and please don’t pretend you do. Your facts are wrong and often deprecating. You and I have have one thing in common: we were both censured by the Timberlane school board. Mine was quite public and intended to discredit a dissident voice. Yours was hushed up. Would you like to tell us and your Facebook audience what your censure was about?
Support Timberlane, you are right. Our school district is not simply about numbers. It is about giving children the finest education while allowing families to afford their homes. We are at the point where towns want to leave the district because they think they can do it better for less. What has gotten us into this mess is not Arthur and Donna Green, rather it is relentless school budgets that are outstripping our ability to pay.