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Kathleen April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Can't understand people on here advocating for their children to be 'friends' with their teachers onRead More FB...They are NOT friends, they are teachers, mentors and there are many other ways that they can mentor a child if they want to help them. How about the good ol' face to face discussion? Probably would do more to help a child that is in need of a little guidance better than FB. Also, many teachers today set up classroom blogs for day-to-day communication with their students, which is a great use of technology. Also, most of these kids shouldn't even be on FB since the rules of FB actually require that you be 18 to sign up. (though this is usually not enforced by FB or parents, me included). Once a student reaches 18 or 21 years of age and they are no longer students of their teacher(s), then fine if they want to be friends with their teacher(s). Just doesn't make sense to me that parents don't understand that their should be boundary lines while they are.
nedlam1968 April 9, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Unfortunately, we've become a society where too many do not understand boundaries. I don't thinkRead More it's appropriate for school staff to "friend" student's - there are "rules" that outline appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with students ... unfortunately, everyone thinks that what matters is being "buddies" with the kids ... too many professionals have forgotten how to be professional ...
Mrs. B April 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
Teachers friending students on Facebook is unprofessional. I would think a teacher would beRead More intelligent enough to know this without being told by authorities.
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Martha Magee March 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
You New Englanders really need to learn how to chill. Except for Prometheus. Prometheus is alreadyRead More cool. I say ban all shoes altogether. Require humans to walk barefoot on the Earth in the sunshine for a minimum of 1 hr a day and reconnect to Mother Nature. The problem is not flipflops. In fact, flipflops are a step in the right direction. The real problem is materialism ~ the disconnect with Nature.
Merry Christmas March 23, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I wear flip flops. Their especially good when you go to court because the judge likes people whoRead More dress well
Dark star March 26, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Courtesy: Salem High School Twitter feed
Patriot March 12, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Deborah, we come from different walks in life. You will travel a road and learn from your travels. IRead More have also gather experiences that lead me to different conclusions. Time will show us which road was the best to travel. I harbor no ill will for those that voted for this bond. I will pray that who ever manages the money watches the accounting closely. We could not survive a big dig. This chapter is written and we must move to the next. I will not congratulate the prevailing side because we may never know what was won or lost.
Stephen Baker March 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm
The gloating from those who supported Article 2 is nauseating and ignorant. I can only assume thatRead More you have no appreciation of what it is like to struggle to provide for yourself and your family. You live in a world in which money is no object, taxes bear no burden and we can always afford everything we want. Good for you but what is to be left to those of us who struggle? Are we deserving of nothing more than your insults and lecturing?
Deborah March 12, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Mr.Baker why is it that you feel compelled to insult people in every post you make? As far as yourRead More assumption goes, you are wrong. I know I have struggled, and sacrificed, but always for my kids, and now for the children of others since mine have all finished the high school. I am willing to do that because I think the school, and education are worth it. I am far from wealthy, and I am sure many others that voted yes for 2 are in the same boat. You should never assume I don't see it as gloating either. I see it as defending my vote. Why should I feel guilty for voting yes. Maybe the people that did not want it should feel guilty for not voting.
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commonsense March 16, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Fred, Do you think the changes will make it less biased? If not, what do you recommend as anRead More alternative?
deb of see-attleboro March 16, 2014 at 05:24 pm
According to his Patch profile, he is chairman of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee. NoRead More mention of teaching. Reading his comments, I hope I am wrong about that.
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down (during the 'turnaround') under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
Salem High School. File photo.
Tom Linehan February 18, 2014 at 08:07 am
I understand the uncertainty of weather computer models better than most. I also understand thatRead More schools have to make up missed time. And most importantly to me time on task is an important factor in education outcomes. But for a parent working in Boston a two hour notice is a real hardship.
Marc Fortier (Editor) February 18, 2014 at 08:26 am
The School District has announced it will release students early today:Read More http://salem-nh.patch.com/groups/schools/p/early-release-tuesday-for-salem-schools
Riley Reid February 18, 2014 at 04:32 pm
@Tom. The School District sent out a mail yesterday afternoon saying that they were waiting til 10Read More am this morning to make a decision about early release. So we did have the heads up and had plans in place if it were to happen.
The proposed design for the renovated main entrance of Salem High School. [Courtesy]
Scott-NH January 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm
@ProSalem- I think we can all agree, the school needs renovating, but to suggest we need to spendRead More $75 MILLION by adding bells and whistles that dont enhance the quality of education, is pushing the need into a gray area of fiscal frivolity! We are in a period of declining enrollment and it will mostly continue for decades to come. Populations in this state and in this region are declining and that should factor into the renovations we make. These populations are unlikely to return, as family units are growing smaller and people are migrating away from the area, due in part, to cost of living. We have a right, as taxpayers, to demand we enter into large infrastructure needs by looking at the bigger picture and to determine if the size and scope, meets our needs, moreso than the shiny surface of wants and excesses. The pension problems we face [funding wise] keeps eating into the reductions of administration needed and the cost savings that come from them. We have to balance this issue, a declining ability to find new revenue sources and what we -need- a school to have in order to function for educational purposes. $200K for a garage, is not a drop in the bucket, thats our collective tax revenues and we need to spend wisely, not just spend-spend-spend. We are not going to bring back the population losses we will be expecting in the coming future, no matter how shiny our schools aesthetics are, so lets focus appropriately. The school renovations will raise our property taxes by $300 a year and thats w/o any discussion of what the town side has yet to propose. The line has to be drawn somewhere. I'll support a reasonable rehabilitation of the High School, but a 7% hike in my property tax for it, -no.
David Lewis January 27, 2014 at 11:17 pm
I am a homeowner who is renting to a family with kids but I don't live in NH right now. I have aRead More few questions. Is there matching federal funding for this? If there is it makes sense to look at investing in common sense upgrades to the school. What is the expectations for enrollment in the school over the next 20 years? Where are the numbers coming from? We lost Windham students and that accounts for most of the decrease in the student population, but how fast is the population rate increasing/decreasing in Salem? I'll be watching to see what happens. I won't count on Casino money for the upgrades since even if approved it will take a few years before we realize that income. And then exactly how much goes to the schools versus places like hiring more police and fireman/firewomen or maintaining the roads, all that will be needed to support the casino!
salem mom January 28, 2014 at 09:24 am
Thanks ProSalem, you've put a price tag on the "punishment" that the School Board isRead More metting out to the tax payers for not passing their plan in 2006. $75m - $56m = $19m. And i've heard that $100m number bandied about as well as our future punishment should we not approve this renovation. Also, please remember that we need a new police station and the school board is already working on the Woodbury renovation proposal. I would have gladly thrown my weight behind this one if the school board had presented a lower budget (but they didn't even present an even budget) or took action and closed the haigh.
An aerial view of the proposed Salem High School transformation. [Courtesy]
Patriot January 24, 2014 at 02:33 pm
Nice Doug, do it because everyone else has.
Patriot January 24, 2014 at 02:37 pm
What don't we need? Roads? Police station? Fire Station? Sewer expansion? Higher paid employees? Oh,Read More how about lower energy cost! And don't forget health care (feeling a little sick?) lastly, age! most of us are on limited income and have no way to get back into the work force and if we did we would do it for far less than the people in the work force now!
Patriot January 24, 2014 at 02:39 pm
The state told us they are responsible for education. Are they or aren't they in charge ofRead More education?
Salem High School. [File photo courtesy of SAU 57]
Love NH January 14, 2014 at 11:07 am
Tajh Boyd. We are listing famous taj's right?
Reggie January 14, 2014 at 11:43 am
Donald Trump would be proud don't ya think.
Bob Gibbs January 16, 2014 at 07:35 am
I'm not stating my vote. Haven't made up my mind yet. But, an informed voter is a better voter and aRead More rare thing too. Take an opportunity to tour the entire school before voting. This is a big decision for the town. One of many.
Bernard Campbell. Courtesy photo.
Reggie January 10, 2014 at 08:37 am
Who's the other School Board guy who turns off the comments section on his patch articles. That inRead More itself speaks loudly.
Patriot January 10, 2014 at 09:48 am
I will not feel slighted as long as he ignores your post with the same vigor.
Patriot January 10, 2014 at 10:01 am
I have no questions, my questions get answered to a higher standard when I research them for myself.Read More I am apposed to letting a lawyer for the opposition respond to my inquiry. For the record Attorney Campbell has worked with diligence, determination, and compassion. He is an asset to everyone that benefits from the school system. Now some may argue that everyone benefits. I contend that people that have to choose between heat, food, and a golf team don't have a direct benefit from the taking of their money.
Salem High School. File photo.
Joseph Doiron January 4, 2014 at 08:14 am
Poor management
Elaine January 5, 2014 at 11:01 am
Just take a walk through Salem High and if you don't vote for renovations SHAME on you! The schoolRead More has been in need for a LONG time!
Aquarius January 5, 2014 at 12:21 pm
We should make effective renovations to the high school if we care about our property values.Read More Neighboring communities have newer, better high schools. I will vote yes to any investment in education in Salem. It is money well spent.