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Discussion: Who Would You Like to See Run for SPS Committee?

Lisa Gutch is up for re-election, but she hasn't made public whether she plans on running again.

There's no doubt the angst between Sudbury parents and the Sudbury Public Schools Committee after the Janice Donahue saga, and most recently the Peter Fardig resignation.

For months parents have pleaded with Superintendent Anne Wilson and Committee members for clarity:

  • What is the real reason behind Donahue's dismissal?
  • Why were parents lied to about her sudden absence?
  • If no child were in danger, why was Fardig put on paid leave and a 51A filed against him?

The questions go on and on.

And despite an online No Confidence petition against Wilson that has garnered more than 180 signatures, the Committee not only has given her its full support, but it also recently extended her contract and awarded her with a raise.

In just a few short months, Sudbury parents and other residents will have the final say when Annual Town Election takes place. Vice Chair Lisa Gutch is up for re-election, although she hasn't publicly committed to running again.

Whether she decides to run, we're asking you, the Sudbury voter, whom would you like to see in that seat?

Tell us in the comments section below.

Ralph Furley November 26, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I don't know what misleading statements you are referring to. In fact you are the one with the inaccurate information. There was no vote at 8:25 or 8:30 to extend the open forum for five minutes. At 8:30 Dr. Robison said that they had to adjourn to executive session. A parent then asked if they could extend the open forum for 15 minutes and Robison said no and asked for a motion and a vote to adjourn to executive session. It was then that Bob Armour stepped up, stopped the vote and asked the parents if 15 more minutes (and only 15 more minutes) of open forum would suffice and they applauded in agreement. He made the motion, and Lucie St. George made the second. They then voted, and only Bob and Lucie voted yes while the other three voted against it. And yes, they did vote to have another 15 minute open forum when they came back from executive session - at 10:15 PM. So they made the parents (many who had babysitters at home) wait for almost two hours to continue the open forum rather than getting those 15 minutes out of the way at 8:30. So I will once again ask you my question: If Lisa really cared about what the parents had to say, then why did she not vote to extend open forum for 15 minutes at 8:30 (which would have made it much easier for the room full of parents who wanted to speak)?
Chris E November 26, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Ralph, I didn't say there was a vote at 8:25 to extend the public forum for another 5 minutes. And the Chair set the stage with the public about the open forum before it began. Furthermore, I can't imagine that someone would volunteer to be on the school committee and not care about people. Ralph, I'm starting to think of you as some sort of parrot (no offense to parrots). You say the same things over and over again. Unfortunately, none of it is constructive.
Ralph Furley November 26, 2012 at 05:14 AM
You still haven't specifically answered my question, so I will ask it again. If Lisa really cared about what the parents had to say, then why did she not vote to extend open forum for 15 minutes at 8:30 (which would have made it much easier for the room full of parents who wanted to speak)? And saying " I can't imagine that someone would volunteer to be on the school committee and not care about people." is not an answer to the question.
Chris E November 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Great deduction, Ralph. 1+1=5. How about talking with someone to check your assumptions before making accusations about them?
Ralph Furley November 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Oh sorry Chris, I thought I asked you for an answer to my question. In case you missed it, I will ask it again: If Lisa really cared about what the parents had to say, then why did she not vote to extend open forum for 15 minutes at 8:30 (which would have made it much easier for the room full of parents who wanted to speak)?

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