Mount Pleasant Cottage School Superintendent James Gaudette

Mount Pleasant Cottage School Superintendent James Gaudette

 

Superintendent Gaudette

Superintendent James Gaudette

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Mr. Gaudette creates new certification lines to cut experienced tenured special education teachers. He currently employees a teacher who does not have special education certification teaching our students classified with learning and/or emotional disabilities. He has cut all certified school counselors from the district and has distributed guidance duties to untrained school psychologists and social workers. The most vulnerable students who are in most need of guidance are left without proper support. There are no parents for these students to advocate for their needs as they are part of the foster care system.

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Watch the State direction. It is based upon content specialty.

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As teachers retire or resign you could have replaced them with dually certified teachers. It is just plain wrong to force special education certified teachers out. It’s clear evasion of tenure. Also we have had dually certified teachers in the district and data indicates that there were no significant increases in student achievement who were taught by such individuals. You should have embraced the culture and staff if the district and provided support and appropriate professional development to increase student achievement. Again you took the easy way out by by forcing tenured teachers out. Such cut throat tactics might be useful on Wall Street but not in the education profession. Did they provide you with an ethics course in your college education program?

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The school had to make drastic changes to ensure appropriately certified individuals in classes to meet regulatory compliance and find ways to maximize service delivery in a time of extreme financial stress. Additionally, The school had to improve student’s access to the general curriculum in order to mete the expectations of least restrictive environment and free and appropriate education.

People who felt that the school should move slow on student needs to meet tenured teacher needs rallied to litigate and blog.
Their sense of entitlement is demonstrated over and over in the blog that proceeds and follows this post.

Their entitlement will not prevail! Schools are for children not to protect these individuals 6 figure salaries.

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Did I read that correctly? The blogger is advocating to keep incorrectly certified teachers in front of students until the teacher decides to retire or resign. Sounds like entitlement to me!

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And they ask about ethics training!!

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Audacious entitlement at that.

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Give Mr. Portelos Money!!

http://www.gofundme.com/aji90c

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I heard Bryan Glass the attorney advertised on Portelus’s website assisted in all this litigation for cheap.

Given the results, I guess you get what you pay for.

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So Francisco Portelos and Bryan Glass team up as the Crusaders for entitled teachers or do they just collect fees from disgruntled teachers?

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It is a little of both. At least it helps pay the bills!

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The story shows these three individuals advocating for over-identifying kids as special education or otherwise placing them in most restrictive environments to protect their rights as a Special Education Teacher. Thinly veiled entitlement with statements that somehow they know better than the body of educational research.

Nevermind that several years prior to the change the teachers were advised of the pending direction and chose not to increase their knowledge set and become appropriately certified.

Apparently they found it is easier to blog, complain go to the press, defame, demonize, litigate and so forth than update their value to a changing environment.

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Do not let these people fool you. This is more about their teacher rights and entitlements over the rights of the students.

http://nypost.com/2014/07/08/parents-claim-teachers-tweets-threaten-kids-in-anti-tenure-suit/

Their claims continue to be contradicted by their actions!

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

It is what you stand for that counts.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Hey you anonymous jerk, stop putting peoples names & their personal business on this blog. Didn’t your mommy teach you any manners. Somebody ought to take you out to the woodshed & give you the spanking you deserve.

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Am I sensing some anger here? Is the woodshed where you took the kids who disagree with you? Or is it something else?

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Hey “Justice League” Put your real name
On your next post. I read the posts after this thread and it appears the “real” Justice league doesn’t claim responsibility for your posts. Although the Green Lantern and aqua man are
Non committal.

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Hey man. When did the Justice League start using spanking as an intervention. I guess that is where “POW” , “BLAM” , etc comes from.

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Not for nothing but I hope you understand I am totally making fun of you.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

What idiot posted someone’s personal information here. They should be prosecuted. Or at the very least taught some manners.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Must be the same idiot posting people’s personal business.

Anonymous
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Is Spiderman on the Justice League?

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If you prosecute you will probably get the same results as you did with the lawsuits in the first place. All settlements are public information. Not sure why you didn’t complain when the group defamed the Superintendent and Principal. The postings on the litigation results are fact not defamation so tell me more about manners.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

You idiots are all sitting around waiting for a post? Or is it just one idiot pretending to be a bunch of idiots?
If it’s the former, help get that idiots picture off of this blog.

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What? Are you the Riddler now? What with all the questions?

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Quick! To the batcave. We need to find out how many idiots there are in the blog.

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Superman
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Superman

Wait a minute. The “Justice League”? When did we start using our superhuman powers in social media?

Flash
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Flash

Who used our name?

Aquaman
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Aquaman

I’ve been fishing.

Green Lantern
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Green Lantern

Has anybody seen my ring?

Wonder Woman
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Wonder Woman

We never discussed this.

Batman
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Batman

It’s a riddle to me.

Robin
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Robin

Holy cyberspace Batman! Do you think Poison Ivy escaped Arkham and is pretending to be a good guy again?

Sergeant Schultz
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Sergeant Schultz

I know nothing.

Joker
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Joker

Hey, you aren’t a member of the Justice League.

Colonel Klink
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Colonel Klink

Schultz!!

Green Lantern
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Green Lantern

Seriously! I can’t find my ring!

Green Lantern
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Green Lantern

Oh, here it is. Whew!

So what were you saying?

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

You are only making fun of yourself. You can’t even see or realize how stupid you look. But I am glad u are showing yourself to be the jerk we all know that you are.

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I thank you for all the laughs. You guys are so comical-get it-COMICal.

That joke has been used before but you just keep opening yourself up for great parody.

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I suppose we should state that the school counselors at the time had no guidance plan and their poor work create more problems than solutions. It is well documented that the poor performance and inefficiencies cost more to the district than benefited the district. Also, the current configuration, without these individuals is more efficient and effective. Our Guidance plan is posted on our District website. Check it out.

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Kids said they weren’t being seen by school counselors for the first three months of school this year. Whose documentation proves it is better, the ones you create? JCCA has a duty to protect these children and make sure they receive the services they are entitled to. IEPs were also changed illegally. I hope they will investigate.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Are you now questioning the integrity of the remaining PPS staff with respect to their RS logs and CSE meetings? I will look into this because my information does not support your allegations so I need to confirm.

TheSystemFails
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TheSystemFails

IF you want to help these kids sit down with them and listen to their needs, pay attention their disabilities and make give them the ability to strive. I don’t expect you work a miracle with those who are too challenged to compute instruction, however they also need adequate assistance. Provide these kids with tutors. give them uniforms. Make school a real place not just a place they are made to attend. I believe that if your intentions are good and you work hard at it than there is nothing that you need to explain the evidence of these changes will speak for themselves. I hope that you are going to be the one to make a difference. After years of lies and ass coverers as I like to put its hard to believe your claims.

TheSystemFails
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TheSystemFails

I am seriously appalled at the way James Gaudette, seems to be throwing all the blame on those who came before him and the incompetence of those who are “responsible”. Mr. Gaudette also throws the blame on the anxieties and pressure placed upon the facilitators and faulty. He does not make it clear what the actual complaint were which were filed against their division. All that seems clear is that the education and discrimination issues were brought to his attention at some point or other and he is now under pressure to do something about it. As he puts it things have improved since he has been in his position which started four years ago. My question is was this something he took upon himself or was the threat of loosing grants and perhaps his job what made him look into the matter. I must say that it seems to me that this is a indirect and fearful explanation of the event that conspire at these facilities. I was once a ward of the state under the care of JCCA. I must say that JCCA perhaps like many other agencies are over whelmed by the amount of children in care.… Read more »

TheSystemFails
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TheSystemFails

sorry that is a typo my mother did NOT at any time use drugs.

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Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It’s not an easy fix for the agency/foster care system or the school. I truly believe there are staff members at the agency and in the school that truly care. The, “system” has limited their ability to do all they can. I pray things get better for the children in care. Good leadership is a great place to start. I wish you well in your future. You write well and it’s obvious you have inner strength to move you forward to success. Best..

Questions
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Questions

Mr. Gaudette, you claimed that you will “look into this matter”. Has this investigation of mandated services begun? If students were not being seen was it actually the administration’s fault for making counselors provide too many other services they were untrained in? Why are some people constantly scrutinized, reprimanded, written up, or investigated for minor infractions while others seem to have a free pass for far more serious claims? The principal cursed and made other derogatory claims about staff during PLC meetings. It happened, many people witnessed it. PLC stands for Professional Learning Communities. This behavior was neither “Professional” or “Learning” oriented. PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION… Why is SHE not being investigated? Who did you call in to see if this behavior actually occurred? I didn’t hear of anyone being called in. Is it because her behavior was known, planned and condoned all along? Is it because those who are “loyal” are immune to disciplinary action? Is there another explanation?

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Mr. Geunthner:

Yes, it has been looked into. Another false allegation.

TheSystemFails
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TheSystemFails

this is all a game of cat and mouse where the poor children are bullied and all else doesn’t matter all the way up the chain. These people are hired due to their stone hearts and ability to cover the ass of the agency and provide as little need for funds as possible. If its kept on a hush hush than their in good standing once the shit hits the fan they want to tell us they didn’t turn the fan on in the first place and its infact not shit but chocolate maybe even nutella.

TheSystemFails
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TO the person who wishes me the best thank you so much for your kind words. I had been troubled for sometime but as I got older I tried to defer from blame and to try and do better in life as best I can. I didn’t get the chance at a proper education so that means a lot to me hear that about me writing well. you’re absolutely right that there are some workers who do care and I am thankful for them they mean so much to a child and children who are like me and who are or were in those kinds of places. I agree that there has to be a good leadership the problem is the problem is much bigger than I am able to compute due to me never working as a social worker or for a foster care agency so I can only speak for what I experienced and witnessed myself as a ward of the state. I did have the luxury of having some “home mothers” who cared. I would say 70 percent of the staff at these places who work with us in the cottages and in the school as aids… Read more »

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Hi Barbara, this wound up at the end of the messages. Wanted to repost with your original message.

Dear Barbara,
Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that all of us facing these issues will have the courage, honesty and strength that you have shown as we attempt to make these institutions better. I am sure that your story will be an inspiration to those who read it and want to work for better conditions. Thank you and keep the faith that you have the resources to persevere. It is clear from your letter that you have a lot to offer the world. Perhaps you will be one of the people who help will change the system you describe. Your letter is certainly a start.
God Bless

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Man Geunthner you’re whacked. What’s with the Nutella comment.

evasion of tenure
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evasion of tenure

Looks like Mr. Gaudette just posted three new dually certified elementary school teachers. I guess more special education certified teachers will be riffed. Looks like he will not stop until we file an article 78 for evasion of tenure. I guess Mr. Gaudette wants to spend every day writing responses to law suits. How is the board of education approving these new hires?

Learn What a Tenure Line is
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Learn What a Tenure Line is

First off this is not Mr. Gaudette

Any attorney who tells you that this is tenure evasion is just out to collect some more legal fees from you. He must be laughing all the way to the bank when he cashes your checks.

If you file an article 78 the judge will either give you a lesson on tenure lines or just laugh you straight out of the courtroom kind of like what happened in your gender discrimination case. Oh wait that one was so ridiclous it got dismissed before it even got into a courtroom.

As anyone reading this blog has seen you cannot admit when you are wrong. Since I am assuming that this trend will continue I look foward to your irrational response that will be cluttered with ignorance, misinformation and straight out lies.

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Mr Gaudette I am not sure who you are addressing your response to and what it is about. I do know that there is past case law with similar cases that were evasion of tenure. I do not need a lawyer to look up case law. You might want to check it out before you give a pompous impulsive response.

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Did you get a chance to read the post with all the dismissals yet? Was he being pompous or giving you a reality check?

Anonymous
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in all honestly, you sound the idiot with the irrational response… There are laws and lawyers that will protect teachers.

Not Mr. Gaudette
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Not Mr. Gaudette

Thank You for proving my prediction! Irrational, ignorrant, misinformation and lies! A judge you will try to explain to you tenure lines you will ramble on about your entitled nonsense.

Someone in your group recentely ran for a union position and lost 28-9. The fact that you still think that this can only be Mr. Gaudette show how blind you are to the truth.

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We, all of us even the weaker ones who feel they need to conform to survive ARE entitled to a few things. We are entitled to be treated with respect. We are entitled to be valued as a professional as we worked hard by getting an education, meeting certification requirements and working many years learning from our experiences. I have never heard Nr Gaudette ask anyone for their professional opinion. We are entitled to go to work every day and feel supported. We are entitled to feel as though we will have a job tomorrow and the next day to support our families. We are entitled to be told when we do something wrong immediately and gently with suggestions on how we can improve. We are entitled to have our personal business kept confidential. We are entitled to have fair union representation. These ARE entitlements. This blog us not meant for name calling and disrespect. Sometimes comments are harsh and made with anger. I will ask everyone once again to please stop name calling and attacking. These actions will not facilitate improvement. They will further divide and harm the district. Thank you.

WE NEED CHANGE
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WE NEED CHANGE

“It’s easy to stand with the crowd, it takes courage to stand alone”.

Gandhi

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You are standing alone because you are alone. You are not as courageous as you are out of touch. Don’t confuse yourself.

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How about just not ruining people’s lives by laying them off Mr. Gaudette. Maybe you will get a taste of your own medicine someday. There is no reason for you lay people off and you know it. Look at the safety reports. Things have gotten worse as you force kids into classes they are not academically or emotionally prepared for. Kids lives are being ruined too. They give up and become truant because they don’t want their peers to know they can’t learn in the classes you force them into. Why don’t you ask the teachers and assistants, they know what’s going on. It’s because you never ask anyone anything. You know it all. When do you EVER ask the people who are with the kids all day what is best for them? Are you afraid you’d have to stop laying people off and wouldn’t save money? It’s a disgrace. THE TRUTH IS FINALY OUT. I just hope someone is listening.

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You went to the BOE, the press, SED, PERB, SDHR, EEOC, your own Union and the general public. Everybody listened. The truth is out. The problem you have is that no one believes your spin.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

This is a story about how hard it is to change an entrenched system. A system that over the years was turned into job protection for the adults rather than the original mission of educating children. One where their was an external locus of control rather than internal as these individuals would cast blame on everyone but themselves when students were not successful or they did not get their way. The volitile comments and actions the most entrenched took had many forms and often tried to project that they were working for the kids interests but the truth of their actions were stated in the opening salvos of contempt in this blog. They did not want the school to change if it required them to change. This is classic change theory. The individuals herein were the very few. Most professionals at MPCS eventually became more successful in the new model of an academically driven and accountable system. Their success translated into greater student success in terms of skill development in a variety of sectors. The school has more work to do. But the critical mass of problem solvers has and will continue to grow now that the few but vocal… Read more »

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During the 2010-2011 school year with the nearly exclusive use of a “self-contained” model teachers use seclusion as a discipline strategy over 10,000 times in one year. That is over 47 students being removed from class a day on average. In the 2015 school year seclusion was used 44 times. The argument from our bloggers is that they know better and that a self contained model is better for the children. Yet the very same teachers dealt with most any disruption by removing the child to seclusion. If a child has a learning disability and can not do math would a teacher send the student to seclusion for an inability to complete the math assignment or becoming frustrated and refusing? I would hope not. But teachers who signed up to teach in a school full of Emotionally Disturbed youth use seclusion to address the emotional disability apparently at almost any exhibition of that disability. So the answer is a resounding no. You were not helping children in any capacity that one can find. You sent children out of your class often and for prolonged times to make your life easier. You did not set up Child Study Teams or Behavior… Read more »

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So in the end the lives you are concerned about are the teachers who got layed off. While that is most unfortunate, it is a by product of change. A necessary change to ensure that the organization improved in efficiency and effectiveness to improve the opportunity of the youth we serve. Your employment is secondary to meeting the needs of the youth we serve. Remember that.

Article 78
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Article 78

I believe that “Evasion of Tenure” is a relatively recent legal term. Article 78 may have been suggested as a possible venue to make inroads against this district’s actions against tenured teachers as case law is evolving. It is a proceeding used to appeal the decision of a NY State or local agency to the New York Courts. It is based, among other things, upon whether the body or officer failed to perform a duty prescribed upon it by law. It also involves a possible abuse of discretion, which I would assume is what is being challenged in the Evasion of Tenure petitions. I am not sure why a person would say “… the judge will either give you a lesson in tenure lines or laugh you out of court”. I can assure you that judges do not take cases brought before them as laughing matters and generally take the allegations of the litigants quite seriously, whether ultimately deemed valid or not. This is particularly true in a proceeding where one party has significant economic resources behind them, and the other, especially by possible virtue of actions by the defendant, does not. I would also venture to say that the… Read more »

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Evasion of Tenure a relatively recent legal term. Sounds like you made it up yourself so I guess it is very recent.

In your defense, the Judge didn’t laugh you out of court but on the down side you did receive some damning dismissals.

Anonymous
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Apparently given all of the dismissals MPCS is not a repeat offender as you suggest. What we have here are repeat litigators.

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Our litigants have used every available venue to sue. To date they have either lost or settled for no monetary gain or given anything they could not have achieved without the litigation in the first place. They have tried to use forums that place more financial burden on the district and used that to try to pressure the BOE. They continued to claim wrong doing as evidenced by the volume of legal claims. The union did not pursue the claims after researching the issues. The dismissals keep coming and the district keeps improving.

The cyber bully says...
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The cyber bully says...

“Mr. Gaudette, you’re not on my radar….don’t get on it.”

-FPORTELOS-

Anonymous
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Give Mr. Portelos Money!!

http://www.gofundme.com/aji90c

Anonymous
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Give Bryan Glass money!! Lord knows he has trouble earning it.

Anonymous
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I heard that the group fired Bryan Glass. They are on their fourth attorney.

Stop Entitlement Now
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Stop Entitlement Now
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Mr. Gaudette eliminated self-contained classes for students who have a history of severe trauma, abuse, neglect, and/or psychiatric illness leaving students feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated resulting in truancy and an increase in long term suspensions.

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Kids have a right to the Least Restrictive Environment. I know that some teachers got laid off because of this but the kids rights to a quality education trump certain property rights of staff. You conceptual leap to increasing long term suspension is not valid.

TheSystemFails
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This is unfair. These kids should have their needs met and since these children are in the care of social services they should be well educated, safe and given all the resources they need to strive. Is that why the agencies and their employees are meant to do? sad world we live in really it is. The children who are severally mentally ill or challenged don’t stand a chance in over whelmed class rooms and should have classes that meet there needs or curriculum that meets their intellect level. If they are over whelmed they will give up and they will feel ashamed and depressed due to feeling not good enough which I know is what most of these kids are already feeling, unheard, unwanted and alone with no one who truly cares. its sad.

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What is even more sad is that you use these kids as human shields to protect your job as a special education teacher and your position in the middle class. You taught them at their level and never expected or challenge them to excellence because it was too hard for you. You measured your success on how you felt about you and not on what will happen to a child after they left you and had no more academic skills or possibility of opportunity than before they met you. Your belief system is one of the major reasons The educational system hasn’t been able to change poverty in America.

FOR THE UNDERDOG
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FOR THE UNDERDOG

Mr. Gaudette has eliminated the (special education) self-contained model and replaced it with (dually-certified) rotation. I understand that every student should be able to receive services in the least restrictive environment. However, the self-contained class, may very well be the least restricted environment for a large majority of our students. (Probably the ones that no longer attend school, due to the anxiety of switching classes combined with the fear of failure.) Self- contained classes allow students to feel comfortable in their learning environment. They have one teacher, with one set of rules, and they are surrounded by the same group of students every day, all day. Trust is very difficult for most of these students and it is much easier to establish a trusting relationship with one teacher and one class, than it is with four or five different teachers and multiple classmates. These students need to trust their learning environment in order to thrive. A student will hesitate to read aloud or ask a question if they do not feel safe. They also need the support that a Certified Special Educator can provide (individual lesson plans, differentiated instruction, remediation when necessary etc). It’s more about the ability to understand… Read more »

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To: For The Underdog: Thank you for an intelligent, moving and honest comment that is focused on the needs of the students and provides clear suggestions for improvement that Mr. Gaudette claims to be asking for. Let’s see how many he takes.. The ball is in HIS court, and it generally has been. It’s time to start passing the ball and playing the real game of using the skills of experienced and veteran players ing with the new skills, energy and ideas of the “rookies”. Also, not forgetting the middle players, not superstars, not new, who are the under appreciated sup

From: An Underdog

Anonymous
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..support and foundation for the team.

Anonymous
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One more time for emphasis! During the 2010-2011 school year with the nearly exclusive use of a “self-contained” model teachers use seclusion as a discipline strategy over 10,000 times in one year. That is over 47 students being removed from class a day on average. In the 2015 school year seclusion was used 44 times. The argument from our bloggers is that they know better and that a self contained model is better for the children. Yet the very same teachers dealt with most any disruption by removing the child to seclusion. If a child has a learning disability and can not do math would a teacher send the student to seclusion for an inability to complete the math assignment or becoming frustrated and refusing? I would hope not. But teachers who signed up to teach in a school full of Emotionally Disturbed youth use seclusion to address the emotional disability apparently at almost any exhibition of that disability. So the answer is a resounding no. You were not helping children in any capacity that one can find. You sent children out of your class often and for prolonged times to make your life easier. You did not set up… Read more »

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

This is a Civil Rights issue. We need to provide the highest quality education to children in the Least Restrictive Environment. It is our job to figure out how to do that task. To shortchange these children to a lower level of expectation without first methodically trying to support their higher achievement would be failure for everyone involved. I thank those teachers and support staff who rose to the challenge. Your results are nothing less than miraculous and the children will have more opportunity for it.

Enough!
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Enough!

The Board of Education should closely investigate this man’s actions. It is sad that what has gone on there would never have been tolerated in a school with parental involvement. These are some of the most vulnerable and neglected children who are having their rights violated. Staff who dare to raise concerns or report violations are dealt with in a severe manner, thereby discouraging others from doing the same. Union leaders who are more concerned with keeping themselves comfortable advise against reporting violations that harm the students and often turn against those who do and are retaliated against. Why isn’t the Board investigating these allegations more thoroughly? Instead of allowing cases to be “settled” and protecting Mr. Gaudette from further legal action, it seems they should stop the illegal and unethical actions from occurring in the first place. These children deserve better.

Anonymous
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Would you let me scan and post the actual cases and the facts?

Anonymous
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You just keep miscalculating. You are blinded by your own shadow. The BOE knows who you are and what you are about. Apparently they know you better than you know you (or at least what you are willing to admit about you).

Anonymous
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There have been many New York State special education law violations that have been sustained (founded) and violations are still continuing to occur. He has no regard for laws that were created to protect and educate children.

Anonymous
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Procedural issues not substantive issues. You can blame that on me if you want. I am not going to throw others under the bus on that but I was late to that party.

Anonymous
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Three years late? You were in charge for years and always knew what was going on and in fact directed people to do it. There are emails too so you might want to watch who you do or don’t “throw under the bus”.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Bring you information forward in a constructive way I can say with complete conviction that the staff left in the PPS department are dedicated to making sure we are a quality service and in full compliance. It is a very complicated business.

Compliance
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Compliance

In my many years of teaching, have never heard an Administrator describe his staff as being in “full compliance”. You are demonstrating the very issues that concerns us… You are a control freak and it’s scary. I am one of your staff and to be out of “compliance” means your job or harassment that leads you to quit…

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

See that is where you are mistaken. Compliance is the basic requirement for all of us. We are dedicated to compliance and striving for excellence. If you are a current employee I hope you will decide to be part of that. Otherwise you are a drag on those who have stepped up to the challenge.

Anonymous
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Thought you were “late to the party?” Now that you know there’s evidence “it’s complicated”. Always ready with a new angle. Hope people see through it.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

I was late to those decisions. I say it is complicated business because I,do not blame those that made to mistake on the PNW’s. and that afterall is the compliance issue we are speaking about.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

I was late to those decisions. I say it is complicated business because I,do not blame those who made to mistake on the PNW’s. And that, afterall, is the compliance issue we are speaking about.

Concerned
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Concerned

Me. Gaudette has no interpersonal skills whatsoever. He is the worst possible choice to consider when filling a leadership position. He uses unethical, bullying tactics to try and keep his staff in line and the only ones that suffer are the students. Students that need more support than others in typical school settings. Having worked with some of those kids, I know how much they benefit from qualified teachers and I am very concerned that Mr. Gaudette and Ms. Baron are ruining their chances to succeed in a Common Core world. Many of the young men and women I worked with had high hopes and attainable dreams. It is very sad. Mr. Gaudette has a history of harassing and discriminating against people; female employees in particular. He needs to be stopped. The Board needs to open their eyes and make the Mount Pleasant Cottage School a place that people can be proud to send their kids and a place that students can be proud to graduate from.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

OK. I will admit that my interpersonal skills need improvement. That is a work in progress. That being said, the level of academic achievement appears to be increasing rather dramatically so I remain optimistic that students are proud of their accomplishments when receiving a diploma, CDOS credential or SACC from our school. We are way ahead in the Common Core. We started that focus four years ago. Our current teachers (probably not in any posts) have expertise and success teaching common core aligned curriculum. I am proud of what they do and think our students have a better chance at attaining their dreams because of it. I am equal opportunity with respect to hassling people.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I personally feel that every women he has harassed and sent home crying should come together an file a civil harassment law suit against him and the District there are way too many of us for the board not to look into this matter!!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

They did file. They lost.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Critical note:

“…there are too many of us for the Board not to look into this matter!!!!”

Notice the emphasis with 4 exclamation points. The tactic was to gain advocates to litigate and place political pressure in such a way as to force a pause or abandonment of change that threatened their financial interests.

Misuse of Power
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Misuse of Power

Mr. Gaudette needs to be in control of every detail in the district. So much that all but one original Administrator remained in position. All others went running for the door with premature (forced?)retirements. Ms. Baron, was brought to the district by Mr. Gaudette; he had worked with her previously; I wonder what went wrong with her last position? Since she arrived she has had different administrative titles and duties. She is submissive to Mr. Gaudette; not permitted to make any decisions on her own. Another new administrator was promoted in one year from an untenured, part time teacher to a district level administrator before even finishing his administration program.

Mr. Gaudette explains to counselors how to counsel students as he states,that they didn’t know what to talk about with kids before he arrived, He explains to teachers how to teach as he states, “our teachers are not the brightest of the bunch”.

Maybe he should just eliminate the entire staff and perform all the roles in the district.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

I am not sure why you are dragging the principal into this. I am pretty sure that is my picture is at the top of this forum. I am not interested in sharing my fame here with her at this time. Focus people.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

She will do anything to appease you in order to keep her job. She is just as unethical as you are. She makes fun of staff in front of other staff and has even made fun of you at times.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

REMOVE THAT RIDICULOUS PICTURE. Please Mr. Portelos

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Have you tired pretty please yet? If that doesn’t work put some sugar on top. At a last resort add a cherry.

Taxpayer
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Taxpayer

Yesterday at a PLC meeting (supposed professional mtg.for teachers to discuss ideas & strategies amongst themselves) MsBaron, our principal, warned us all to “protect our asses” as certain people are trying to bring down the organization. She said that “Mr. gaudette is protecting his ass” and “Ms Baron said she is protecting her ‘ass”.
It makes me wonder why a teacher who Ms Baron accused of using inappropriate language in a PLC mtg. back in October, 2014, was suspended the next day and now our principal does the same thing with no consequences. (Keep in mind that a PLC meeting has all adults – teachers, ass’ts. and other staff).
Thx,
“what’s good for the goose…”

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dear Taxpayer,

You sound like staff that was disciplined. Please try to match your title with your criticism in the future. It assists with credibility.

Unprofessional
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Unprofessional

You are again argumentative… Admit that Ms. Baron used inappropriate language. She should be “disciplined”. 15 people her say it…

Unprofessional
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Unprofessional

15 people heard her say it.

Unprofessional
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Unprofessional

Still wondering if Ms. Baron is going to be disciplined. What kind of example are you setting if a teacher is disciplined for something and then the Principal does the same exact thing and thensome (she said it multiple times) and you let her off the hook?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The same thing? Are you saying that Ms. Baron dropped the f bomb several times when refusing to complete the PLC assignment? Because that would be “the same thing”

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Gaudette and Baron will stop at NOTHING to protect themselves from being caught at all the unethical things they do including slander, harassment, lying, bullying. It’s insane that it’s gone on so long. The union leadership appeases him. As long as they’re not the ones under fire collect their little perks and allow them to get away with it.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

So basically, anyone who disagrees with you doesn’t care about kids.

Outraged!
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Outraged!

Why isn’t something being done about removing these two people whose abuses of power are so egregious as to be criminal? Is there no one to look out for the welfare and education of the students? I am a parent with children in the public school system, and I can assure you that if these atrocities were being perpetrated on my children, these two miscreants would be brought up to the bar of justice pronto!

But these children do not have parents who care for them. These children must rely on their educators and teachers – teachers who are prevented from doing their duties by the whims of a tyrannical Supervisor.

Where is the Board of Education on this? One of their prime duties is to see that such miscarriages of justice are not condoned. Are they not doing their jobs? Please! Somebody must do something to help these children!.

An Outraged Parent!.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

An outraged parent of kids in a different school. Deduction says it is an upset employee with kids.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Or should I say “former employee” with a beef.

More Questions for Mr. Gaudette
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More Questions for Mr. Gaudette

Which could be any one of 50% of your staff that you forced early retirement, cut for budgetary reasons, or forced to resign. It could also be someone still there working under extreme hostile conditions and praying for relief. Either way, make a difference and fix things the correct way. It’s never to late and you will earn a lot more respect if you start over.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So basically Gaudette found a legal way to reinvigorate an entrenched system for a school
that was designated as persistently failing for over seven years by SED. NCLB requirements call it a “Turnaround” and state that the main obstacle is the resistance given the requirement for staff replacement. Yes close to 50% of the staff were changed. MPCS is no longer designated as Persistently Failing. The number of students taking and passing Regent’s exams is at an all time high. Groups of teachers now get together at regularly scheduled times to solve common problems rather than complain about how no one supports them, or they are not paid enough, or as denoted in this blog how the Superintendent is a failure because he doesn’t buy them bagels enough!

bethechange
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bethechange

All it takes to have a wretched administrator removed from office is to write and submit a slew of 310 Appeals to the Commissioner. Best done if a well known state offically recognized organization like the PTA or SEPTA organizes the 310 appeals efforts, submitting one for every three parents that come forward as a group. All it takes is 3 people to form a class action suit. From the comments on this board, more than three caring adults are that inflamed over this superintendents behavior.. Kitchen bitchin’ isnt going to change anything but a well organized focused intensive paper drive, will. Teachers forced to retire early are also best able to organize violations for 310 Appeal submissions. They can also help to inundate FOILS to the district while also knocking door to door obtaining petition signatures to submit to local senators and gov. Cuomo demanding removal of this administrator. With so many commentators outraged over MP districts complete disregard for thr children im surprised this hasnt happened yet. Expecting this administrator to change is akin to asking a scorpion to please be nice. Lesson of the day fellow warriors – BE the change you wish to see in the… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thank you so much. We will plow ahead.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Status check. How’s it going?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The wise win and then enter battle while the ignorant enter battle and look for a win.

-Sun Tzu-

Anonymous
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Anonymous

At a recent meeting he acted like he didn’t care about the blog, and made a joke about it. Then he told everybody it really wasn’t anonymous and could be traced, still with a smile on his face. He threatens people in a way that is hard to even prove. Dont believe him and don’t let him scare you, the only way to stop a bully is to stand up to him. He should use his intelligence to help people, not hurt them.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Did you get beat up a lot as a child and a teenager, Gaudette? That’s how vengeful bullies are born.
They have pills for your fears and anxieties. Get help before you get fired. I’m sure the district will pay for it & they are probably hoping you will get help.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

that comment doesn’t sound like something from the Justice league.

Robin
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Robin

I told you Poison Ivy escaped from Arkam Asylum.

More neglect!
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More neglect!

Mr. Gaudette decided that cognitively impaired students who are alternately assessed don’t deserve the support of certified teaching assistants. I wonder if it’s because these students don’t take Regents exams so if he can’t boast about scores going up to the Board of Education, he doesn’t care about improvement. Shame on you Mr. Gaudette. Only thinking about yourself once again!

PO
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PO

When he hired a reading teacher last year she was trying to test and work with some of the alternatively assessed kids, but Gaudette and Baron stopped her. Apparently there was “no point” in providing those kids with some reading support. Then he got rid of the reading teacher so now none of the kids are getting any help. Half our kids can’t read. This man is the WRONG choice for our school. He only cares about making his high salary and that’s it. Open your eyes Board members.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Actually the record shows that this teacher was overcharging the district for services. Subsequently we went to a model of professional development that provided that all teachers would be a teacher of literacy and were able to save that money on an inadequate service.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I know the teacher you are talking about. She is a great teacher and a kind and honest person. There is no such “record” and you know it. Of course what you say isn’t true. You try to destroy people who get in your way. EVERYBODY THERE KNOWS IT because you’ve done it so many times. Your lies don’t wash here. Maybe you should start your own blog for all of the “positive people” you speak of. However, please don’t confuse respect with fear in your assessments of “positive” and “negative” people.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Positive people are those contributing to the mission of our organization. I do not assume to know their motivation. I do not see blogs as an expression of the real state of things as this forum is a prime example. Full of conviction and ridicule but low on facts and solutions. However, the Union recently read a prepared statement distancing themselves from the actions of this group. Subsequently, I must admit, your actions probably had as much to do with our recent improvement trajectory as mine. For that, I thank you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I do not need my own blog. This one does just fine.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This is my blog! My name is at the top of it! It is now the first draft of my work on change theory. It would have never happened without you.

Thanks.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Since when do teachers “charge”? You agree on a salary and pay it. You asked someone to test every kid in the school and work with the ones that need the most help. A few staff did stipends too. And she did you a favor. Nobody wanted to do it. That had nothing to do with her job as reading teacher. She needed prep time for reading and also time to do stipend and test the kids. She was in the library a lot for ELA work in her lunch time and anyone thagt went to he office she would make time for her even it the meeting was not scheduled. She was a good staff and decent person.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Gaudette says this is his blog?
Hey Portellos, lets start by replacing his picture with a picture of the kids that this is about and for.
Or better yet a picture of all the teachers and staff that this bully has forced out.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Or better yet a picture of all the kids that graduated with a regents diploma.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Then it will truly be “Gaudette’s Blog”

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Because I think that the provision of two aides in each class is a more cost affective approach to addressing students with similar cognitive needs but less impulse control

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sorry, this post should be with the Teaching Assitant concern. I am still getting up to speed with this blogging thing.

Question for Mr. Gaudette
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Question for Mr. Gaudette

Why don’t the students say the pledge of allegiance each day? After years of displaying the giant crochet flag made by students at graduation, why was it taken down last year and not displayed. These students were so proud of their accomplishment! Where is your patriotism? Why was the plaque recognizing students names who created beautiful artwork taken down in the main hallway? Why aren’t you celebrating student success? Is it because you can’t take the credit for these things?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The good news is students are now spending their time preparing to be college and career ready as opposed to crocheting flags.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

They also no longer stop 9th grade global studies to make 2nd grade thanksgiving placemats.

More Questions for Mr. Gaudette
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More Questions for Mr. Gaudette

Mr. Gaudette, if we are having budget difficulties, why did you spend money on student lockers that are not being used? Why did you spend money on speakers to play classical music outside the school to deter students from standing outside the school building? Was this yet another impulsive decision that didn’t pan out? Why did you carpet the hallway outside of the district office? Didn’t you also spend grant money on things that were not approved for the grant money and had to repay it? I guess you’re the only one permitted to make mistakes. Didn’t you also get a raise?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Actually, because students should have access to lockers. It is a normal school thing. The speakers helped to move students from that area without the need for security to confront them. Currently we do not need that intervention anymore. But if we do I will reinstate because it works better than putting security in a position to confront. My goal is to reduce confrontation of students and help minimize placing security in harms way.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

All they would do is hide drugs in then. They are using old book from other. Its a business there kid are dollar sign to this place. You have right now I kid that has an agency phone. He is the eye and ear of the place. He don’t go to school. He don’t have a GED or high school. diploma. He works better that paid staff. If something big happen right now. He would call them and they come sweep it under the rug. The kids are the only one who hurt. Its sad they don’t care.

More Questions for Mr. Gaudette
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More Questions for Mr. Gaudette

Thank you for sharing your opinion. I hope you can return to school when things get better. I’m sorry the leaders let you down. Please never give up on education just because this place let you down.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Spiderman,

The other posts went through much faster that the last two. I am wondering if you stated agenda is true.

Jim

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Start another investigation. Everybody is guilty but you. The man who runs this blog has been nothing but respectful to you even when you accuse him, mock
Him and try to bully him. Thank you Mr. Portelos for being a true gentleman and for the opportunity for people to finally be heard.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Dear Anonymous,
I am the one standing up to your anonymous blogs. Portelos created this and its inception is based on attacking. I have a hard time walking away from a fight that someone else picks with me and invades my digital space. I mock it because I find it humorous. I should be more respectful. Portelos creates the conditions for the mob attacks while asserting it is a necessary service. I guess it is your groups catharsis. It is not, however, heroic in any form nor gentlemanly. Is is more passive aggressive in my estimation. As requested, I think I have addressed all of the concerns point by point at this time. No need to rehash the same old points. The remaining staff at our district can make their own decisions on next steps. The group in this forum are not really part of the mainstream anymore. I know you are angry but we must move on.

More Questions for Mr. Gaudette
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More Questions for Mr. Gaudette

Your new staff is horrified at the unprofessional behavior going on by administrators, but they dare not speak up as they are not tenured and vulnerable. You have no allies, Mr. Gaudette, you only have followers who follow out of fear. They have shared however that the interview process had questions that had nothing to do with teaching. That the interview conducted by you was unusual and lacked any indication of educational pedagogy. You have created a system where you have a circle of administrators, where one will lie and the other will swear to it.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

I too have heard these complaints. I also concur that the interview process was quite odd… I was asked multiple questions and when I tried explain my answer for certain things I was told to just say yes or no. I was never asked about my teaching experience or strategies I might use to improve the learning of children at MPCS. I guess Mr. Gaudette was mainly concerned with how staff would handle behavioral issues but a Successful Administrator would certainly ask questions about potential staff’s actual experience as well to get a feel for their teaching styles and views. In the past I was asked to share experiences and demonstrate teaching skills, in addition to being asked how I might handle challenging situations. I guess I “scored” high because I was hired. Knowing that I am competent, kindhearted and intelligent, I knew I would do a great job despite not being asked about my skills, but I questioned how Mr. Gaudette could hire staff by carrying out one “yes or no” interview. Perhaps this is why so many staff are incompetent in Mr. Gaudette’s eyes… He didn’t know anything about how they actually taught or what they actually knew… Read more »

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

My interview is direct result of my training by Dr. Martin Haberman’s Educational Foundation. It is that scoring rubric with corresponding interview rules. Before you judge anymore perhaps you could read his book “STAR Teachers of Children in Poverty”.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I can see how well the rubric has worked so far. Aren’t you letting go the two new teachers you just hired?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mr Gaudette how are you blogging during school hours? Shouldn’t you be working on more productive projects? We are in bad shape. I guess your reputation is more important than the well being of our students.

NEW TEACHERS
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NEW TEACHERS

I think we should be cautious in mentioning the new teachers. They are thrust into a very rough environment with little support. It is only recently that mentors have even been assigned. The mentoring program has been remiss and lax and mostly non-existent for many years, and most agree it is still not effective. The administration is only doing it because they have to and have not put any thought or effort into it. It seems that they’ve also used mentor relationships to get dirt on senior teachers, putting the whole mentoring process at risk by breaching confidentiality. The kids we work with are very different from most schools. New teachers need a crash course in behavior management, as well as ongoing support for the constant challenges we face. No such support system exists. Also, I happen to know one of the teachers who is being let go. He is a kind and compassionate man who worked tirelessly to help these kids. People are not “rated” on how effective they are here, they are rated on how well they play the game. We all know it, but most of us don’t want to admit it – especially those of us… Read more »

Here's a fact
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Here's a fact

You are the king of passive aggressive!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Is that a fact or an opinion? You confuse me?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And you… Are the queen of diamonds. So there!

WE NEED CHANGE
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WE NEED CHANGE

Mr. Gaudette,
With all due respect, legal action is inspired by illegal activity. People do have a right in this country to both file lawsuits and sue for damages, the people who they alleged who have engaged in such activities. The courts will ultimately decide the merits. Mr. Portelos’ site is merely a conduit for those in a lower position in the power structure to have an opportunity to exercise free speech and bring serious matters concerning disadvantaged children to the public. Although you in no way seem to be looking for advise of any sort on this site, I suggest you read through some of the intelligent, respectful and heartfelt posts here and consider some of the suggestions instead of insulting and defaming those you believe to be responsible for them. I can assure you that you are by no means correct in all of your assumptions. There are more people than you know who feel “we need change”. We appreciate the opportunity to offer suggestions here, if nowhere else. Thank you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The truth is out. Please refer to all of the dismissals.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

In this particular case, I think that the legal actions were not inspired by illegal activity as you suggest but rather, it was an attempt by a few to rally support of the disgruntled and entitled to try and raise a false specter of employment rights violations so that they could force a settlement of financial gain. Their attorney Bryan Glass admitted it to the District’s attorney and in came up numerous times during the many proceedings they initiated.

It was always rooted in their desire to have their needs met over the needs of children whether because of a desire to be in control, spite, retaliation or financial gain. Or, a combination of those issues.

Teacher
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Teacher

I am actually very disturbed by the way Portelos is being attacked. I haven’t met him but he seems like a gentlemen and Mr. Gaudette is acting like a bully. Why are you making fun of him? Your behavior is the exact reason for his work. Putting bullies in their place and giving the teachers an opportunity to be heard. Listen to us for once.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Give Mr. Portelos Money!!

http://www.gofundme.com/aji90c

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I will be donating Mr. Portelos. Thank you for continuing to fight for teachers. You are truly courageous.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You’re the only one looking for money. The only one.

SUPPORT FREE SPEECH
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SUPPORT FREE SPEECH

Mr. Gaudette, Mr. Portelos didn’t post his “Go Fund” site. Somebody else did. People who support free speech and administrative accountability might want to contribute. I did.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You should dig a little deeper. The fund is stagnant.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dear Teacher,

You a just very disturbed. It doesn’t take much to set you off.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

I read the book synopsis and ordered it from Amazon. Thank you for suggesting. I sse the Author’s point in his interview process but I imagine that he assumes that additional questions are asked to ascertain information about ones actual teaching ability… We cannot assume that it is only necessary to focus on behavioral management skills because we are working in a Special needs school… The ability to actually teach is surely necessary…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You obviously have no clue what you are talking about. Read the book and then you might not come across as such an idiot.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Honestly, I think this is all about you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Now you are harassing the moderator because he doesn’t jump when you say jump? He’s not one of your employees.

Seriously?
Guest
Seriously?

Amen

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Seemed like everything was moving pretty fast until I,questioned you and then the post was conveniently lost for some time. Sorry for your feeling of being harassed but you pick this fight not me. Who is really being harassed here?

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Frank,

Are you going to allow a balanced conversation? We are now three posts in without you putting them online. What is it you stand for?

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

For the students. Allow full disclosure.

Addressing the Aides
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Addressing the Aides

Two aides are not equivalent to a certified teaching assistant. In addition, you hired aides but kept them under 30 hours so you didn’t have to pay them medical coverage. They are paid per diem and are less “invested” in the program. They now have rotating shifts, with more new aides being hired. Our students need stability. They need to feel safe and form relationships with staff in order to learn. A revolving door with an entire staff of new teachers, and teaching assistant does not help the stability of the program. Penny wise dollar foolish. It takes skill to balance the budget without affecting direct services for students. Cutting high salary, experienced teachers and replacing them with inexperienced teachers at a lower salary is the easy and quick way to do things. Not very thoughtful and definitely not in the best interest of kids.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Ok so now you are questioning the “investment” of teacher aides. Wow!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You love teacher aides. That’s why you won’t pay benefits. What a joke. You like them cause they are cheaper to hire and easy to get rid of they complain about anything.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

See that is your problem. You have to demonize everything. Budgets are fixed, not ever increasing. I respect the work teacher aides do but we have a very specific budget parameter. Remember one costs center increase may lead to another cost center decrease. It is too easy for you,to throw stones. I have been waiting all this time for a solution from your team of critics. The ball is in your court.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Give up your Audi A8 the district pays for and get a cheaper car. That would be a start. Stop taking raises for yourself while leaving everyone else without a contract for three years. That’s two suggestions.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Again, it is about your misrepresentations as you try to vilify me. I do not receive a car allowance and my salary was flat for three years. I am at the end of my career and managed my money wisely for the last ten years. My investments pay for my lifestyle. I save my entire salary. Thanks for admitting it is about your desire for money though. Anymore solutions?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Could be wrong about the Audi.. Sorry if so. See it’s not that hard to apologize. Try it. Didn’t you just get a new contract with a raise and an extra bonus if you are extra efficient.. ie. cut more services and jobs? Where did I mention my desire for money? But now that you’ve told us all how wealthy you are, please let me know if that’s an offer.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

You apologize then go back into misrepresenting facts about my contract. No, you are wrong. While I know that you did not speak specifically about money, it was an easy inference…you made a jealous comment about my financial position then referred to your lack of a contract. Then on the second post you did it again, this time with your hand out for an offer. All this and still no solution presented as was originally requested. I am waiting for a real plan from you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You are the administrator, why do you want people to provide you with a plan you have no intention of following? It is your job to devise a plan for this school. Saving money is important of course, but it should be done ethically and not used as an excuse for personal vendettas against people. I don’t approve of the name-calling but I think the main theme running through this is lies. Here is a plan that might solve most of your problems. Tell the truth.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Ok. The Truth is, you are throwing stones.

Here's a fact
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Here's a fact

It is very ironic that you use the word demonize. Then you write in a letter to your staff to do some soul searching during the school break. We would love it if you could do some soul searching and treat people with respect and dignity when you return from break. With your trail of destruction how do you sleep at night? An ounce of compassion goes a long way.

Reading Teacher
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Reading Teacher

I hope you have proof of your allegations regarding the reading teacher. Defamation of character is a serious charge. There are major communication issues within the district. Re-check your records.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

I have looked this over many times. The Reading Teacher is one of the lawsuits mentioned at the beginining of this section of your wesite (oh, btw thanks for picking a picture of me when I had hair). I suppose it will be decided soon. I think the District is in the right and have welcomed conversation throughout.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Truth is the best defense to defamation. See you in court.

Disgusted
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Disgusted

How dare you speak of truth when all you do is lie? Then you lie some more to cover up other lies… That girl did nothing wrong and you know it. The only thing she did wrong was get pregnant. I heard you say that you were thinking of hiring additional reading teachers at a meeting back in November of 2013. She did some wonderful work with our kids the short time she was there. You should be ashamed of yourself.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Mr. Portelos,

I would be greatly disappointed if you screen out my posts to your comment above. It presents to me an uneasyness of allowing for a robust converstion which I thought you were requesting.

James Gaudette

Unprofessional
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Unprofessional

I think it’s extremely unprofessional that the MPCS Superintendent has decided to invade this blog and attempt to ridicule people that are posting their legitimate concerns. His behavior is yet another example of everything described on this blog. He is clearly guilty of something if he feels the need to do this. An honest, ethical administrator would bring these issues to the table and discuss them one by one in an attempt to gain his staff’s trust and not bully them further by commenting about how he is right, as always. He has no sense of how to collaboratively make school improvements. He makes threats to get what he wants instead of offering support and praise through good interpersonal skills and positive reinforcement. That is the way to run a school. This person is a disgrace to the field of Education and a disgrace to those poor kids under his supervision this person.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

I am sorry, I thought dialogue and response was what you wanted. I was willing to do this here. I admit that some misrepresentations have gotten under my skin, but chasing me out of the dialogue seems…one sided. I will remove myself then. Perhaps, if you are actually working at MPCS UFSD you can engage in one of our focus groups as we are discussing the issues in a forum where people stand by their convictions and choose to solve problems rather than caste blame.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Lies, lies and more lies… If anyone ever brought these issues about your unethical behavior to you in person, you would find a way to get rid of them. This blog was created so staff could share their concerns and let the Board decide what to do with you. You have proven to be an ineffective Administrator and have bullied staff to the point that do whatever you say to keep their jobs safe so they can provide for their families not because they agree with anything you do or say. This site was supposed to be a place for staff to share concerns about you and your unethical methods, not a place for you to try and defend every illegal thing you’ve done and justify it. Everything is not about you Mr. Gaudette.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I think “Lier, lier, pants on fire” is a more catchy phrase. They both sound childish though.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The blog was created to pressure Gaudette into a settlement or to see if you could create the pressure to get rid of him. You only say it is to improve to his your true intentions a gain a moral high ground. It did not work. Everyone in the school knows the real reasons behind your actions and when the dismissals begin to get posted on the internet the entire world will know as well. You miscalculated again.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This is Gaudette’s blog! His name and picture are at the top, he is now the main contributor, he is answering questions of why he did what he did as requested, he has shown the improvement, he is writing out his theories on change, he is having fun with it despite its original intention of destroying him. He has once again used an internal locus of control and resiliency to fight off the mob of anonymous bullies and entitled litigants to improve the chances of the most needed children of the state.

If you know yourself and you know your enemy you need not fear a thousand battles.
-Sun Tzu-

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The Union members didn’t even know that a few of the “leaders” did this. These union leaders are ones that you have “protected” and given little perks to. They spoke up to make you look good to the board and because you have managed to make everyone think the school is closing because of all of the lawsuits against you. You have gotten rid of almost all of the the people who would have opposed your unfair and unethical actions, or have made them too afraid to speak up publicly. Some have been driven into early retirement or long term sick leave by harassment or by putting them in harmful situations. The only credit for improvement goes to the truth, which always does come out in the end. Your mismanagement was exposed and now you are being forced to fix it. Good. Now maybe work on how you attempt to manipulate, humiliate and destroy people before more truth comes out and more people are harmed.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

SloPpyAll they would do is hide drugs in then. They are using old book from other. Its a business there kid are dollar sign to this place. You have right now I kid that has an agency phone. He is the eye and ear of the place. He don’t go to school. He don’t have a GED or high school. diploma. He works better that paid staff. If something big happen right now. He would call them and they come sweep it under the rug. The kids are the only one who hurt. Its sad they don’t care.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The lawsuit thing was your big plan. Now that you have all these dismissals and a digital footprint of an entitled litigious disgruntled former employee, I am
Interested to know what your backup plan is.

pattern???
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pattern???

Humm, it looks like you were involved in a federal lawsuit in your last school, Bershire, as well. It involved a teacher you got rid of for poor attendance because you didn’t acknowledge her FMLA leave. Humm, it looks like you changed your testimony regarding whether or not you counted those days in the total days taken. She had to be reinstated. Oh, it looks like you were involved in another federal lawsuit regarding racial issues. Something about you referring to yourself as the white devil and hanging a noose from the ceiling when meeting with an African American staff member. It looks like it was settled before it went to trial. I don’t know but it looks like a pattern to me. Maybe you should look at your actions before moving forward.

Why?
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Why?

We have been trying to figure out why Mr. Gaudette would bring Ms. Baron to the district. She hasn’t been effective in any of the various roles she’s been given. He must have been aware because they worked together in the past. Why would he hire someone who would make him look bad in his quest to take credit for fixing a district. Well we figured it out. She is just the figurehead principal. She is submissive and complaint even when Mr. Gaudette talks down to her in a degrading manner, which most of us have witnessed. Oh yeah, Mr. Gaudette, will say several times per day, “I don’t want to step over Ms. Baron”, but in fact he does it all the time. We have even witnessed Ms. Baron doing the happy dance when Mr. Gaudette is not going to be in. She complains behind his back. She knows that he makes her do his dirty work and then is planning to blame everything on her when the cards fall. We think she does all this nasty crazy targeting of staff to impress him. We are not letting you off the hook, Monica, you are responsible for your own… Read more »

Letter
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Letter

Why has that letter been posted at the top of the blog? We all read it… Half of it doesn’t make sense and the other half is lies. Please delete as Mr. Gaudette’s letter does not solve the major problems plaguing the district. Problems that are directly caused by him and Ms. Baron. Are we supposed to see it and say, “Oh there’s the letter, he’s a great Superintendent afterall”. Not one thing you’ve posted here has changed my opinion of you or convinced me that your actions and intentions were different than what was actually stated. When you admit to being a lying, sneaky, arrogant, snake, I might start believing things you say. Until then I will carry out my educational duties and wait for the day that Karma shows up.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If you really want to see improvement look to yourself and the atmosphere that you have created. You often point out how incompetent you think the former superintendant was, but the morale was not this bad, and students and teachers were appreciated and treated respectfully by him. You want credit for all that is going well but blame others for all that is wrong. That is not leadership, it is narcissism. If people could actually bring concerns to you a site like this wouldn’t be necessary. The union is writing statements for you but not telling the members about it. Wonder why? You publicly criticized the Union leader a few years ago when she spoke for the membership without their knowledge. I guess you approve of that behavior now. There is a lot of hypocrisy going on here.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

Every September you pace back and forth and back to school meeting with your head down while yelling out the new “rules” for the year. A successful Administrator stands at the podium to welcome everyone back while smiling then takes a minute to share a funny story or meaningful quote. This sets the stage to effectively engage with your staff so you can discuss your expectations for the year. The successful Administrator then ends the meeting by thanking everyone for making a difference in the lives of the children. Successful Administrators also stand outside their office most mornings saying good morning to staff and students with a smile. Not watching the parking lot from a window to see who is getting there late. Successful Administrators also send emails thanking staff for their hard work on specific tasks and praising them for a job well done. The only time you contact your staff is for something negative. Successful Administrators also treat their staff to a nice lunch once or twice a year to show appreciation for the work they do each and every day. You never do any of this. You think that keeping your staff in line by punishing them… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

In the letter posted he writes:

“In the past two years I have observed some of the best instruction in my career”

Is that considered negative or is it possible you were mistaken when you said that he has not written one positive thing about them? Help me understand why you would write that when there is a letter posted on this site that was was given to every staff member. It seems like your comments are not very well thought out.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

As I stated, I was referring to his “comments” not that ridiculous letter. Please read more carefully next time before you comment. Additionally, I believe that the comment in that letter about instruction is an attempt to convince staff that they have improved because of him, which is obviously a joke.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So when he says something positive it is self serving and when he does not say anything he is a bad administrator.

I actually read very carefully you said he never contacts the staff is for something negative. The last time I checked writing a letter is one if many ways people can contact each other. On the other hand your username is Successful Administrators so that must mean you are correct.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

You are not even making sense. I did not say a letter is not a way to communicate… I said “his comments” on this blog were negative about his staff….

Also, please focus on the whole post and not one piece of it that you feel like you can make an argument about. I am sharing my experiences and opinion. That is what this blog is for. Everything I wrote is true to my experience and the majority of other staff would agree.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Don’t you realize you can’t control everything, especially this site. The letter is posted not to show your wisdom and intelligence, but to show your blindness to yourself. It’s hilarious, but also sad, that you don’t see that YOU are the HIgh Conflict Personality you speak of. Check your definition. You are guilty of everything there.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Bravo! Finally a close read! So my onion begins to get peeled.

A Time For Peace
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A Time For Peace

So here we are, you and I. More alike than not.

Facing each other on different sides of the same street.

You on the shady side shrouded by the dark shadows of anonymity.

I on the sunny side in the harsh and blinding glare of public scrutiny.

As our taijitu gains momentum, the masses huddle at the median seeking shelter from the cyclonic winds of change.

The storm comes quick with howling bluster and thunderous rhetoric promising destruction to any safe quarter and driving fear into the hearts of the lesser traveled.

Yet those who have been here before know that the courthouse is not only made of stone but resides on the south side of the street. The north wind can not sustain.

As the storm subsides and light peeks through the overcast, a promise of spring allows the caravan to resume its journey.

And all of the ugliness and beauty that we have exposed will be used to guide their way.

Here's a fact
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Here's a fact

We are not close to it’s crescendo because you say we are. We are not going anywhere. We will not stop the momentum of change. When you reach the bottom there’s no where else to go but up. This poem might signify your good bye from the blog but this is far from over.

I guess this is not your good bye
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I guess this is not your good bye

Interesting that you sent a letter to staff members stating that this poem was your good bye to responding to the blog. So you just changed your name to anonymous and continued to mock and ridicule. There were many posts after your poem post. I guess it’s just another deceptive action. Well at least you’re consistent in your behaviors. Looks like we might need to start an investigation to create a paper trail if this pattern of behavior. Maybe a 3020a?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Are we close now?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You have no momentum because you do not understand what change is or how to achieve it. You just bluster about and make a spectacle of yourself. And when your show is over we go back to doing the real work.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hey Frank, FYI they don’t represent students anymore than your pathetic self.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am making sense and I think that is the part that is very frustrating to you.

“The only time you contact your staff is for something negative.” Those are your words

We both now agree a letter is a way to contact someone.

This letter is posted above and in the letter he states,

“In the past two years I have observed some of the best instruction in my career.”

Which is a positive statement.

This shows that your statement, “The only time you contact your staff is for something negative” to be untrue. This also puts in question everything else you have said in this discussion when you make comments that are so easily proven to be untrue.

If my argument still does not makes sense to you please let me know and I will attempt to chunk the argument into more digestible points so you can better understand.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

A letter is a way to “communicate”. An email is also a way to “contact someone”. This is exactly the kind if narcissistic behavior that make people hate you. I don’t care what you question either. I stated FACTS… EVERYONE sees what you do in September. EVERYONE sees you hiding in your office on the morning trying to catch staff being late instead of welcoming them at the door. I can go on and on and on. Everything I wrote is true. You chose one line to try and discredit what I said because you know it is all true. I spoke about things that EVERYONE else has witnessed. And regarding my advice about how about successful Administrator behaves; that is based on experience having worked in other districts throughout my career. You could have taken this post and commented about how you would like to make changes and create a more positive, team like environment but again you choose to try and convince me and anyone else reading that you are right. I truly hope my advice can help you somehow.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Well said Successful Administrator!

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Please understand, my convictions are true and I stand by them until the end (or until someone convinces me otherwise). I erred by not placing my name at the beginning of this forum. I have poor techinical/computer skills. I took tesponsibility for that and every post afterward. There seems to be a fly in the oinment.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mr. Gaudette’s letter above appears to be a clear example of how to point fingers when things go awry. If Mr. Gaudette was a true student of Bill Eddy’s philosophy, he would note that the best way to deal with HCP’s and Negative Advocates is through the CARS method, which involves connecting, analyzing, responding and setting limits, not bullying, harassment and instilling fear. As the previous blogger stated, Mr. Gaudette is the poster child for HCP, who are often found to be narcissistic.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The problem with your analysis is nothing has gone awry for Gaudette. Only for you. And you brought it onto yourself. It must suck to be you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Are you calling yourself “anonymous” now Mr. Gaudette? I thought you were proudly writing as yourself. Love the “chunking” reference. Very Marzano.

ANONYMOUS
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ANONYMOUS

Anonymous who made the Marzano reference is not Mr. Gaudette just so you know. I just thought it was a good opening to make the reference. Also how did you get 5 text messages from staff members thanking you if you do not have your name on it?

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

I have friends in the district… More than I can say for you. We communicate and I informed them that I had posted.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

How are they all facts if I already have proven you lied? You are writing opinions not facts. I did not try to discredit your argument, I did discredit your argument. That is a fact!

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

I’ve received 5 text messages from colleagues thanking me for posting my original post. The staff knows the truth. I was never arguing either… You are incredibly arrogant… I was stating FACTS about my experience and observations within the district. That is what the blog is for. You turned it into an argument because that is all you know to do. Bully, bully, bully. There was never anything to discredit because I was not accusing you of anything. I was stating facts about what goes on, what multiple people SEE daily. You have so many lawsuits and claims against you that you are programmed to immediately try and come up with a way to discredit what someone is saying. You don’t know when to stop… Hopefully the Board will eventually realize that money could be better spent on hiring an appropriate Leader instead of continuing to pay your legal bills.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So by your theory, everything that you’ve stated is false if one lie can be proven? Did you receive a raise this year? It is clearly in your contract that you did. Did you instruct counselors to change IEPs illegally? There are many people who can attest to this and there are emails as well. Maybe some of your “insiders” are starting to get nervous as you blame them for your actions. It seems like Mr. Beovich and Ms. Baron are being forced to do most of your dirty work now. I hope they don’t have to take the fall for you and jeopardize their licenses. They actually seem like decent people who are being used.

ANONYMOUS
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ANONYMOUS

Again this is not Mr. Gaudette. My arguement is once you are caught in a lie it puts everything else you said in question. It greatly hurts your credibility.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

So in that case, anything and everything Gaudette and Baron have said must be “lies”. They have been “caught” multiple times. Fortunately my “credibility” is well established. Something you cannot understand.

ANONYMOUS
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ANONYMOUS

All you are is a proven liar. You can tell yourself whatever you want but you embarrassed yourself today.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I agree with this statement and also appreciate that you are not Mr. Gaudette. I think it’s important for people who have different opinions from those previously expressed on this blog to feel free to jump in. This forum should not be attacking or one-sided in my opinion. Perhaps understanding and respecting each other’s opinions would be helpful in genuine problem-solving. Mr. Gaudette has only succeeded in these tactics for so long because he has had very little in the way of checks and balances. “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Let’s hope by sharing concerns and asking for accountability, things will change for the better for all of us, even Mr. Gaudette.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

You are pathetic… Everyone knows that you are and your minions are liars and nobody else. You and your administration embarrass yourselves daily in your sad attempt to run a school. You are going crazy because I accurately compared you to the actions of a “successful Administrator” by stating your flaws and you know I was right on. You have serious mental problems that need to be evaluated. I suggest you see someone asap. Focus on some of the other posts on this blog. Everyone knows you’re a liar.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am wondering if this person wanted to focus on other post because they were unable to deal with the reality that the confrontation was illuminating.

Their argument was unraveling and the response was anger. This pattern of angry displays when the logic overwhelms them seems consistent with other threads too.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The letter wreaks of emotional disability to me. You cannot be an effective leader unless you connect intelligence with emotion. Do your research Mr. Gaudette, it’s proven to be true! We work with emotionally disabled students and we in fact have to remind ourselves daily that in order to survive with you we need to imagine you are one of our emotionally disabled students. That is sad.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Successful Administrators you are still upset that I proved you to be a liar. You still are the only proven liar on this message board no matter how many times you try to flip it around. If you think that anyone is upset about your irrational rambling you are sadly mistaken. At this point your posts are somewhere betweeen funny and sad.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

There were no lies Mr. Gaudette. Only truth, which you cannot accept… I am 100% confident that my colleagues agree. You only contact ME for issues that relate to negativity, as well as many others. The back to school meeting stuff, not greeting your staff and students each day and never showing appreciation for your staff speak for themselves. EVERYONE sees it EVERY year and EVERY day. You are sick. You are the only liar and only problem in the school. I will stand up to you. You will not intimidate me. Please get help and I will see you tomorrow! 🙂

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The imodigon for emphasis is actually a little scary.

This hits close to home
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This hits close to home
Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mr. Gaudette your need for absolute control has created the demise of our district. First you hire an incompetent submissive principal so you can have control. Then you rehire a school psychologist that you previously forced to resign after falsifying thousands of legal documents. You rehired her so that you had something over her head so you could control her and get her to conduct your little investigations. She logged in related service sessions when she didn’t see the students. She’s probably still doing that since she now has to perform guidance duties and is not seeing the students for mandated counseling sessions. You hired an inexperienced untenured financial administrator so he will do whatever you say regarding the finances since he’s bought and paid for. Is there no end????? You apparently even control the board members. You can be quite charming when your handing them a bunch of lies about how well the students are preforming and dazzling them with your budget presentation.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

Please keep your focus on me. This is my character assassination. I prefer to do those alone.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Too bad you lack the control to determine where the blog goes.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Maybe not. Keep your head in the game. We are not even at half time yet!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Blog doesn’t seem to be going as the entitled teachers planned.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

They want Gaudette to stop blogging now. Another reversal. Isn’t it crazy how things change. Our litigants must have ridden a roller coaster with this blog. How happy they were when they were defaming the Superintendent and anyone supporting the change or not actively fighting it. Surely thinking they had the upper hand. Now how frustrated they must be that the facts make them clear to all despite the attempts at anonymity. Careful what you wish for kids.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Where are the students. Check the percentage of students enrolled at the agency who are attending in school. Since Mr. Gaudette came, the attendance has dropped considerably. The students sometimes don’t even make it passed our Ease of Entry Program before they decide that this place isn’t for them. Maybe because the Ease of Entry Program has had so many teachers, teaching assistants, protocols, procedures, and lack of structure that the students first perception of the school is that of chaos, uncaring, and inefficiency. The students aren’t attending but Mr. Gaudette is collecting money for them. No wonder why he’s not reaching out to bring them in. He can just blame the agency and keep collecting the money.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dear Barbara,
Thank you for sharing your story. I hope that all of us facing these issues will have the courage, honesty and strength that you have shown as we attempt to make these institutions better. I am sure that your story will be an inspiration to those who read it and want to work for better conditions. Thank you and keep the faith that you have the resources to persevere. It is clear from your letter that you have a lot to offer the world. Perhaps you will be one of the people who help will change the system you describe. Your letter is certainly a start.
God Bless

Board Meeting Minutes
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Board Meeting Minutes

It’s very interesting that in the December board meeting minutes public comments were omitted. The teaching assistant union representative and a teacher made very compelling statements. The teaching assistant spoke on behalf of all teaching assistants when he pleaded to the board and administrators not to cut all teaching assistants from the district. This had been threatened by Mr. Gaudette several times. The teacher pleaded with the board to investigate what is going on in the district for the best interest of the students and described how much she loved teaching at the district. Why was these statements omitted from the minutes? The board approved the minutes, why didn’t anyone notice? These staff members had the courage to speak out in a very intimidating setting in an effort to help others. What is even more interesting is that at a previous board meeting a staff member spoke out about how great our administrators are, for self-serving purposes, and her statements were included in the minutes. Is it too late to fix the December board meeting minutes?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This is really upsetting. I never go to board meetings since I have kids but do read minutes time to time. Why was a complaint left out of minutes but praise left in??? Really scares me. I didn’t know this happened I need to try and start going. Do you look at mintues before Marci posts and tel her what to leave and what to take it?

MINUTES
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MINUTES

As stated in another comment, the statements of the Teaching Assistant and Teacher were left out of the December minutes. However, the latest minutes reflect SUPPORT for the Superintendant by the “Union Leaders”. Please note that Union MEMBERS had no knowlege of this statement either before or after it was made. We only found out by Mr. Gaudette’s statement of it on this blog, and the minutes that are now posted on the website. Many of us were shocked such a statement was made, especially without our knowledge or consent. MINUTES ARE A LEGAL RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS AND SHOULD NOT BE MANIPULATED. ALL comments should be included or none at all. Board members, you were there for both meetings. How many “honest mistakes”, and “coincidences” are there?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mr. Gaudette,
Please what about the charge of racial discrimination someone else talked about here. how can that be true, since you are in charge of so many minoritykids.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It is not true. It, like the many other False allegations,defamatory comments and insults where simply attempts to stop me from stomping out entitlement, inefficiencies and poor performance. It comes with the territory.

Anything else?
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Anything else?

To Mr. Gaudette. I thank you for admitting that you need work on interpersonal skills. Wha about the other stuff? You don’t admit to anything and seem to be trying to convince people that they are wrong no matter what.

Revenue/suggestions
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Revenue/suggestions

You claim you want our suggestions, however we have provided you with many remember? We suggested you file with the State to increase our day student population so that we have more steady income. Your answer was that we don’t have a good school program for them. Well you have been here for a few years now, changed the program and staffing drastically and we still have no program to market to day students? Another suggestion is to fund raise, ask for donations and write grants. There are so many grants available to districts who serve at risk youth that we have not taken advantage of. Do some research as we found some ourselves and we are not getting paid as a district administrator. How about taking advantage of student teachers by forming a relationship with Pace University as Ossining School has done. They hire all their teaching assistants from the student teachers in their education program so that they can later move them to teaching positions as they become available. Decrease the number of Aides (by letting the ones you just hired go) and increase their hours so that they receive medical benefits. Train them properly, and help them… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You start by making revenue suggestions but include not making changes when the population changes. Those two factors are contradictory. The sad truth is that the children attending MPCS are wards of the State and they are transient by definition. The average length of stay is around one year. There are multiple rules on class size and configuration that must be adhered to. WE ARE UNDERFUNDED. We must make the necessary changes to maximize service delivery and meet regulation. This means teachers can not continue to have class’s of one and two in order to stop changes. this is why the push to make all teachers of high quality and skill dealing with our population. We must operate within our reality. That includes you.

ANONYMOUS
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ANONYMOUS

Thanks for the input Diane!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Keep guessing….

WE NEED CHANGE
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WE NEED CHANGE

If it is Diane, I would thank her too. That comment provides an intelligent and thought provoking analysis of the situation at hand. Instead of mocking it, or the person you believe wrote it, why not find it in your heart to think about what the comment was about… Providing an environment that best suits the the needs of children with severe emotional needs. Thank you.

Successful Administrators
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Successful Administrators

Great job “We Need Change”. This is exactly what I tried to explain to Mr. Gaudette after he went crazy over my factual post about his behavior. I offered suggestions of ways that might improve his relationship with staff and improve the district dynamics, but he resorted to trying to insult me and attempted to conceal the real intention of my post, which was clear…. He does not seem to take criticism well, but is very good at dishing it out.

APPEASEMENT
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APPEASEMENT

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, thinking it will eat him last.”

Winston Churchill

The Truth?
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The Truth?

Great Union. They go to the board in support of the superintendant instead of the teachers they are supposed to protect. What’s in it for them I have to ask. Brand new hires will now have seniority over teachers who’ve been there many years. More people and their families will be without income. Want to tell us more about “the gift of truth” ? Somehow think the person who wrote that will be spared just like she was spared last year after telling the Board of Education how great Mr. Gaudette and all the other administrators are. I won’t go into what’s said behind their backs. There’s some truth. It’s an ugly, ugly business when the union uses the same tactics against its members that Gaudette does. Read the above quote.. It fits.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

You can take the weak puppy dog union leadership with you out the door when u go, which shouldn’t be too much longer.They belong in the garbage with your picture.They are doing a terrible job just like you, the superintendent.
This is not anger. Just the facts.
And taking credit for anything that is considered successful, is that the successes are ‘in spite of’ your incredibly horrible leadership.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What do you have against puppy dogs? Why would you want to through them into the trash?

You must be very, very angry to want to be mean to puppy dogs.

Catwoman
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Catwoman

Even I like puppy dogs!!

Underdog
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Underdog

Don’t go messing with any dogs Justice League! Puppies or not.

Lassie
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Lassie

Woof!!

Garfield
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Garfield

Hey Ode. The Justice League needs help with the trash.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Why is the Justice League fixated on the superintendent’s picture?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I think it is an obsessive compulsive thing.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It is not the real Justice League silly.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You mean there is a “real” Justice League?

Santa Claus
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Santa Claus

Why yes Virginia. There is.

In Solidarity?
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In Solidarity?

It is time to look at Union President as well… This person breaks multiple Union leader laws as set by the NLRB and she and Mr. Gaudette work hand in hand leaving out the most important people…. THE TEACHERS… While she keeps her cushy job and “special” class, we suffer… Mr. Gaudette gives her what she wants so she will TRY and prevent us from filing grievances, taking a sick day or speaking up about ANYTHING in general. Nobody ran against her because they are aware of her and Gaudette’s “relationship”, wanting no part of it. Union leaders are supposed to support TEACHERS not administrators. Especially when the Administrators engage in deceptive behavior constantly. It is sickening. If I could refuse to pay Union dues I would, but I am a teacher; a caregiver that strives to bring success to my students, a teamplayer that enjoys working with colleagues and a constant learner that looks to my leadership for support and guidance… In solidarity? Ha!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Everybody is to blame but you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Please be more specific..

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You havre an external locus of control. You blame the environment and all outside of you for your current state rather than accepting who you are and the context you are in. You react rather than proact. This is why you will never become.

Staff
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Staff

Our Union President should have been the one to start this blog, not apologize for it. It’s pathetic and shameful. How dare she… You sure are right about her doing anything and everything to keep Gaudette and Baron happy. Everyone else could drop dead for all she cares. Aside from keeping her special class intact I’m sure there are other benefits for basically busting the Union when she is supposed to be leading it. The same goes for the other “leaders” of our Union. It is a joke that she is the Union President and a joke that Gaudette is Superintendent. This is like the twilight zone.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Making your circle smaller because you did not get your way. Do you see the pattern yet? You also escalate unnecessarily creating a pattern of unpredictability and hostility that does not serve your purpose. Please go to the two thirds
Point of this blog and read the posts on the theory of change dynamics. Let me know if you find anything of interest for the next time you want to initiate or stop a change. Try using resonance, patterned frequency, measured amplitude and judicious dissonance. I am telling you it works?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

“Not Mr. Gaudette”, why does anybody outside of administration know an (former) employee’s personal information. Either it is an administrator posting this information (highly unethical) OR an administrator told confidential information to other employees (equally unethical). This is a very serious and ongoing problem with Mr. Gaudette’s Administration. When will it stop?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Once a legal claim is filed and then decided it is no longer a personal or personnel matter. It is a public document. Problem you have is all of your bogus claims are being dismissed one by one.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ms Baron has spread many staff members personal information around the school way before any legal claims were filed. This is not a game Mr Gaudette. There is no winner. Where it is all about you winning and coming out on top, with us it’s about the students getting the support they need. We all win when the students come to school and feel like part of a positive school community. Stop cluttering our mailboxes with letters boasting about how great you are telling us to search our souls and follow you to the pot of gold at the end if the rainbow. There’s only gray skies over your head.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I’m sure everybody is looking up these public documents the same week they are decided. You are not talking to the person you think you are. Please Don’t make assumptions or believe all rumors…another big problem around this organization.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If you find reading law suits brought against you entertaining, you are a foolish man. I thought you wrote your final farewell speech and here you are blogging. You have no self control. You will dig your own grave. That we find very entertaining.

Not Mr. Gaudette
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Not Mr. Gaudette

This is not Mr. Gaudette, I know you find it hard to believe that people would stick up for him but fact is he has much more support then any of you. You guys are trying to ruin the district not him.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yeah 5 union members trying to save their jobs. Yeah I guess that is a lot. Hang tight you’re in for a rough ride.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

So are you. FYI, I am driving.

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And will your salary be doubled for supporting…? Given an administrative job possibly that you are not qualified for? That’s how things roll at MPCS! Join the corruption and deceit and you will possibly be rewarded… Dare to try and challenge it and you are doomed!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This is another perfect time for some scripture to add emphasis to your self appointed righteousness.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Don’t forget to search the past federal lawsuits filed against Mr Gaudette. I’m sure he is proud of his digital footprint or should I say footprintS. Were those entertaining to you as well Mr Gaudette? I guess, just like our students, negative attention works for you too.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I saw that he had a racial discrimination on record, as well as a DWI… Very scary stuff…

In Solidarity?
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In Solidarity?

So this is a threat??? If one person’s claim is dismissed everyone else’s will be. Thanks, I’m putting this o the record…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Hahaha how is that a threat? Only the court can dismiss cases. Lets play this out… You are going to put in on the record that someone threatned that more lawsuits are going to be dismissed. Please put in on the record and tell it to a judge. You really are embarassing yourself. You guys really are funny. Thanks for amusing me on a Friday night!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Judge Judge I was threatned that more of my frivolous lawsuits will be dismissed! Hahahaha

Anonymous
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Anonymous

That’s pathetic that this blog is your amusement… Time to get a life??? Sadly, it’s the only outlet for some people…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Did you really just say get a life? Are you a teenager? This is very amusing watching you guys fumble through laws and trying to convince each other that you are correct. If you guys said something valid once in a while it would not be as amusing.

James Gaudette
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James Gaudette

They didn’t fumble through the the laws. Bryan Glass did that for them.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

At a cost.

ENTITLED BULLY
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ENTITLED BULLY

Entitled bullies seem to be overrunning this place so I guess I will be in the majority. Seriously, why don’t we stop the name calling and focus on what must be done.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Good idea

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You never did get around to focusing on what must be done did you? Meanwhile the professionals at MPCS Who did not spend their time blogging set up professional development, partnerships with Yale, had more kids pass regents exams than in previous years, created CDOS programming, developed partnerships with the agency. Need I go on?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mr Gaudette it looks like you probably will not have an opportunity to ruin another school district and harm special needs students once you leave our district. I do not believe any other board of education would hire a superintendent who had a sustained allegation by the justice center for obstruction of justice. Quite frankly I do not understand why our BOE had allowed you to continue working with the most vulnerable students with such a charge. If anyone should be embarrassed about their actions it should be you and the board members. It’s time to retire before you are officially removed. Your contract indicates that you can be removed for moral turpitude. It’s only a matter of time before you are exposed.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Haha by ruin you mean make better? Providing students with the least restrictive environment and a dramatic rise is test scores does not sound like the district was ruined. Again just a supporter of Mr. Gaudette (as hard as it is for you to believe we do exist).

Quite frankly you do not understand alot of things tenure lines, least restrictive enviroment, the legal system, how a union works so it does not suprise me that you do not understand why the board would stand by someone who has vastly improved the district.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

We all know that his only current “supporters” are Baron and a couple of our Union leaders, which is really sad… I don’t care who is posting either way. Test scores are not the only measure of success in a school district. I also think that test scores were manipulated. People are sharing their opinions here in am effort to improve the school. Let’s try to strategize and work issues out instead of arguing. Facts are facts. We can only move from here whether or not the leadership remains the same.

AGREED
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AGREED

Agreed. The divide and conquer attitude has worked and we have allowed ourselves to be manipulated. The power base in this place thrives because we can’t trust each other. These stupid investigations, the rumors, lies and gossip are designed to keep people weak and obedient. This has led to forced early retirement, lawsuits, health problems from the stress involved of being targeted, etc. It’s psychological warfare and if you participate in it you are guilty too. Stop shunning people and spreading nasty gossip. Stop jumping in on the attacks against people’s character. Stop going in and giving them little tidbits to put in their files. Stop believing and spreading the crap you hear, because the same people spreading it about others are the first to spread it about you. Show the people who get their power in this way that it won’t work anymore. Come into work and be kind and professional to your co-workers, ALL of them, no matter what your past history or opinion of them. Don’t listen when they gossip or try to get dirt from you. Don’t follow anyone but your own conscience. Speak your mind, especially in regard to helping the students, but do it… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Haha you guys were the bullies no one else.

Here's a fact
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Here's a fact

What great advice. Thank you.

??????
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??????

Yes, very hard to believe. Especially when you sound just like Mr. Gaudette. Or should I say “NOT Mr. Gaudette”.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The lies continue….

Inspiring
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Inspiring

Watch this video. It’s worth it. Very inspiring. Thank you each and every one of you who are trying in your own way to make a difference.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RjndG0IX8

Here's a fact
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Here's a fact

Me Gaudette gave an aide the position of testing coordinator. Testing coordinators are usually administrators or guidance counselors. It’s an extremely important job. Nobody else wanted the position in the district. I can speculate it’s because they know they will be pressured to be unethical. It’s much easier to influence a per diem aide to bend the rules. The aide was just hired for this position and the heaviest testing period is in the month of April. Not too much time for proper training. I hope the aide reads this so she can have a heads up into what she is getting into.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You say here is a fact and then use the word speculate.

The definition of speculate is to think about something and make guesses about it.

You guys are to funny!

Here's a fact
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Here's a fact

Are you bored? OBVIOUSLY the first part is fact and the second part after the word “speculate” would be the logical guess. Any idea union member why nobody is concerned about this?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Lol you are funny

AGREED
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AGREED

Mr. Gaudette, This is a post designed to get a positive result in your school. It’s to help IMPROVE the climate. You still come in to mock it. Obviously, the loss of your power base is frightening. Again, I challenge everyone to free themselves from the tyranny by boycotting the nastiness and being respectful to one another. What Administrator, or Union Leader, would oppose this? Darkness cannot stand light, because there is nowhere to hide the secrets in the light.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

“Successful companies and organizations lead from the bottom up! Not from the top down!

– Allan Mulholland

??????
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??????

Gee Not Mr. Gaudette, you sound JUST LIKE Mr. Gaudette. The sarcastic, mocking tone is like a fingerprint.

Still not Mr. Gaudette
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Still not Mr. Gaudette

I’m not Mr. Gaudette and there are many people mocking you. If you don’t want to be mocked don’t make it so easy.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Or better yet stop using comic book characters as your persona.

Still not Mr. Gaudette
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Still not Mr. Gaudette

It isn’t Mr. Gaudette if you don’t want to be mocked don’t make it so easy.

?????
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?????

Air of superiority? Sorry, STILL sounds like Mr. Gaudette.

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I guess I can’t convince you no matter how many time I say it. I am not him. Have a good night!

Here's a fact
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Here's a fact

It sounds like Mr Gaudette because of his influence I’m sure. Remember the email the union president wrote to the members? It sounded just like Gaudette. Union member I was tempted to post the vile email you sent to the members to show the board how unprofessional you are. I decided against it because it would further divide. I realize that you are a victim yourself at the hands if Mr Gaudette. You’re just too weak to fight. Don’t embarrass yourself with these nasty posts.

AGREED
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AGREED

Although I agree with what you say, the Union President didn’t write that letter. However, she also didnt didn’t refute or denounce it in any way and urge “Solidarity”. She said nothing in support of trying to bring the membership together or advocate for members in danger of losing their jobs. She did however speak up for Mr. Gaudette at the last Board meeting. It was another Union “Leader” who wrote that letter. I hope people will consider my proposal above. We have to rise above the nastiness, hidden agendas and deceit and take back our power.

Union
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Union

Why are union officials who were voted into their positions by us to support and help us, providing Mr. Gaudette with confidential union activity information? Mr. Gaudette mocked a union member who ran for a union position quoting the exact count of the vote. I hope ALL the members, take this into consideration before sharing their personal information with union leaders. Mr. Gaudette is certainly a chess player, he has the union leadership eating out of the palm of his hands. How manipulative, so much for the transparency that he boasts about on a daily basis.

??????
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??????

To the Apprentice: Just because it’s easy to be cruel doesn’t mean you should be. You’ll only bring out the cruelty of those around you. Didn’t your mentor teach you that? Try to have compassion for those of us “below” you. After all, it wasn’t that long ago you that you were “below” others was it? You never know when you will need compassion back. Let’s say you are being asked to do things by a higher up that were at times unethical, maybe even just “slightly” illegal at times or least bending the rules. It’s a job that pays way more money than you were making before, and you can’t risk losing it. But then you are thrown under the bus when the investigations come. Nobody wants to hear what you say, it’s far better to find a scapegoat than to get to the underlying problems and maybe get more people in trouble. People are told the school will close down if we don’t “clean this up”. Nasty rumors are spread through out the school so people will REALLY blame you, dislike you more, and believe the lies and half-truths they tell. You can’t afford the lawyers that the… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am not sure the apprentice has many choices at this point. It seems he is caught between a rock and a hard place. If he does not support his mentor in what ever is asked of him quietly and continue to be compliant, he will be set up to fail. His reputation will be harmed and he will lose his salary. If he does what he is asked and it is unethical and/or illegal, it could have worse repercussions and damage his career going forward. He is in the beginning of his career and that would be devastating. These are difficult choices. He seemed to be a good person before his promotion. Either way, it is very unappealing to be mud slinging. Especially because he is in a vulnerable position. I hope Mr. Gaudette’s negative influence has not already seeped into his soul. Apprentice….tread with caution, this is your life. Mr. Gaudette does not care about you, only what you can do for him.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And why do you find that so amusing? Why try and embarrass her and throw it in her face? She has children and a home. She lost her job… How is this funny or brag worthy? God forbid someone try and stand up to you… Power, money and lies can often win over innocence… That doesn’t make it right… Do you even have a heart?

????
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????

Amen.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

Those funds are used to protect this loser superintendent not for the students. You are pitiful. You are stealing the students money for all the lawsuits.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

No, you are stealing money because the lawsuits are bogus. Haven’t you been reading the decisions?

BTW, insurance covers the lions share of the cost. We had a very low deductible.

Plea to the Board Members
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Plea to the Board Members

Board members! Please! Listen to us! We need a new Administration! Gaudette lies, cheats and abuses his staff so that YOU think he has everything under control and so that YOU think HE is the reason for test scores going up. The teachers are the ones doing all the work. Not because of his leadership but because they are good teachers! They want to help the children. They want to receive recognition for their hard work and effort. They want to be effective under the new APPR plan. He has nothing to do with it. It is time to put a proper leader at MPCS. One that can win the admiration and respect of his staff IN ADDITION to collaboratively working with teachers to bring test scores up. Not intimidating and bullying. PLEASE! I am begging you to listen to the people taking the time to post here. The people that are victims of the abuse day in and day out. The people that are gone and still suffering the aftermath of his actions. The people that are sick because they have been traumatized by of his abuse. The people that retired early or are close to it because they… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thank you. I believe this post speaks for many. It certainly speaks for me.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It shows your desperation because the facts are not on your side.

Survey
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Survey

I was wondering why the board members did not consider the results of the school climate survey. That survey provided honest incite about how the union membership was feeling. Reviewing the results would have been a great starting point for collaboration on strategies for improvement.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The word “incite” rather than “insight” in the post above must be a Fruedian slip.

Nurse
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Nurse

What happened to last year’s school nurse. She was compassionate, a team player, organized and effective. She made a great effort to obtain proper medical records for the students. She was on top of everything. Oh I forgot, those are the staff members who get let go. She must have made too much noise about the ethical responsibility we have to our students. What a shame. I am sure Mr. Gaudette told the board members that she was not a good employee for whatever reason he could fabricate as he has done with the others he let go.

Supporters
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Supporters

Can we hear from some of the supporters that Mr. Gaudette keeps bragging about? And I mean teachers, teacher aides and support staff; not the Principal, new Financial PERSON or the Union President and her minions. Those people already sold their souls to the Devil. Where are you friends? Please share here about how you support Mr. Gaudette. Speak up. Post your real name. No need to worry about getting harassed or losing your job if you are saying something positive. You may even get rewarded with a special class, salary increase or administrative position…. Oh and the best part; you may not even need an actual Administrative certification!

Francesco Portelos Personal Story
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Francesco Portelos Personal Story

Please watch this video and share it with others. This is not only about Mt. Pleasant Cottage School. We are not alone in this battle. It is remarkable how his story is so similar to that of ours.

http://www.workplacebullying.org/2015/04/01/dtoe/

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It is truly amazing how the disgruntled and unstable people have similar stories.

WE NEED CHANGE
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WE NEED CHANGE

It’s a blog to bring awareness about bullying and unethical behavior in the workplace. Whoever keeps posting the money comments over and over is not only showing a lack of maturity but is showing exactly why we need a site like this. Bring some ideas to the table if you are an administrator. People would be glad to hear them. Positive, proactive ideas. People have posted many such ideas on this site. Is there any acknowledgement beyond sarcastic barbs? Maybe the situation would improve if there was SOMEONE listening to the concerns people have for these kids and answering in an honest and problem solving manner. Thanks

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Quick, someone should contact the Justice League!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Check your analytics. The conversation ended with them, with the exception of throwing your dogs off a feeding frenzy, when it was said. The remaining conversation was between us. There were only two remaining items to document. At a march 16th faculty meeting it was claimed that you are an agent for the soon to be exposed anonymous antagonists (yes you read that right) and that you would try to trace identities of posts. Two satirical spam pranks later you divulge the same truth. Everything is now documented in this blog. It is so much more powerful coming from you. Now that you have been lured out from underneath your rock (nice logo by the way) and given up everything needed we can say goodbye as well. You may slither back from where you came until I need you again. If you regain consciousness between now and then, you may want to contact an attorney.

In times requiring great change more Sun Tzu than Lao Tzu.

Sick
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Sick

You are a very sick man. Mr Gaudette why didn’t you just use your name. Nobody else is in the mental state of mind to write such a disturbing post.

Disturbing
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Disturbing

The post is very disturbing. I am so confused…. This man definitely has a sick mind.

ANONYMOUS ANTAGONIST?
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ANONYMOUS ANTAGONIST?

Satirical Spam? Don’t think so. Someone was caught doing something wrong and was called out on it. Now to try to “cover his ass” he is threatening lawsuits with more lawyer bills paid for by the District to defend unethical tactics? I hope not. Hasn’t enough money been wasted already?

The above post threatens to expose the “anonymous antagonists”? That’s OK because when you tell the truth you don’t have to be afraid of being exposed. The fear tactics just don’t work anymore. It’s only when you have lied that you are afraid. Sun tzu, Lao Tzu..The Art of War, The Way of Peace… It’s all unnecessary with the Truth.

Pretty sure there will be more questions asked and more investigations. Instead of being afraid for yourself please just tell the truth. These children deserve that. If we can’t give them that then we don’t deserve to be working with them. Thank you.

Accountability
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Accountability

Sun Tzu, quoted in the post above, was a military strategist and author of “The Art of War”. A few of his quotes are “All warfare is based on deception” and “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by”. However, this is not a military regime, it is a school district. The leader is supposed to be a superintendent, not a General. The post above is clearly written by Mr. Gaudette and the person he is speaking to is Mr. Portelos. Mr. Portelos runs a public service designed to identify issues surrounding mismanagement and bullying tactics in public schools. The goal is to help districts improve as a result of this public exposure. In a district such as MPCS, that does not have parental involvement, it is especially important to have a forum to bring attention to issues that effect the students and the staff that educate, support and protect them. Although some of the posts have been angry and accusatory, others have been thoughtful and have offered sincere pleas on behalf of the students as well as solid ideas for improvement. However, instead of using the forum as a means of… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Your fight for your entitlements has been matched by a more worthy opponent. Your entitlement made you soft. You choose an attorney, Bryan Glass, who turned out to be as entitled, lazy and soft as you. These occurances were not by chance. Similar energies coalesce or to cite a cliche “birds of a feather flock together”. You do not receive respect because
You do not deserve it! You have been exposed and will be continue to be exposed for your true motivations. You made the fight ugly and now want to run and blame others when they respond in kind. You dragged
Innocent people through the mud and tried to ruin those that nothing to do with your fight. Your multiple lawsuit tactic has failed to date and will continue to fail because you are trying to fabricate a story. It is clear to any independent observer when facts are taken into evidence rather than your twisted rants. You must be remembered and this blog serves that purpose. The memory of you will serve to keep your culture of entitlement from re-emerging for years to come.

Really?
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Really?

Well, it looks like, there’s no stopping Mr. Gaudette and Ms. Baron! It seems the intimidation and targeting continues. Some people just never learn from their mistakes. Big brother is watching!

Independent Invrstigation
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Independent Invrstigation

Attention MPCS Board of Education: With all of the complaints on this site why doesn’t this School Board hire an Independent Investigator as the school board mentioned above, in Franklin Township, did? If the staff were assured that they wouldn’t be punished for speaking truthfully, I believe most would be forthcoming and honest. Look at ALL of the evidence provided in the lawsuits and allegations, not just Mr. Gaudette’s and Ms. Baron’s. Interview the witnesses and complainants about what they really said and hear their stories. Ask the people on long term sick leave if their health is suffering in the face of mismanagement, retaliation and unsafe conditions. Ask the state if there is any need to lay off teachers with many years of experience who have dedicated their adult lives to working with this population and have shown success in doing so. Ask the students if they feel safe in their classrooms or if they were doing better in a modified rotation. Ask the students which teachers support, encourage them and help them to learn and grow. See if these are some of the same ones Mr. Gaudette is calling “bad teachers” or “adversarial”. Look at the State testing… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Great idea! I hope the board members are brave enough to do it. They could also investigate the ongoing New York State Special Education Law violations that continue to occur. How many general education students has the district accepted over the last few years? How many of those students have been evaluated and considered for classification? Now compare that number to the number that had been classified before Mr. Gaudette arrived. It looks like Mr. Gaudette and Ms. Baron are not classifying students so that they can support their hiring contents certified teachers and riffing special education teachers. Again, retaliation at the expense of our vulnerable students. They are not getting the support they are entitled to by N.Y.S. law. The process for classifying students in our care has been provided to us from N.Y.S. Ed. Dept. and send to our union president. Has this information been passed on to the membership? I think not……

Emotional Abuse is Hard to Prove
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Emotional Abuse is Hard to Prove

An 8 year old child is told at the end of the day by his teacher that not only will he be sent to a new class tomorrow but he will also have a new 1:1. He cries, he’s upset, he has already had two teachers this year and now he will have a third. The teacher cries to see this child so upset. She has no control over the situation as the decision to move the child wasn’t discussed with her previously. The child’s class is changed and within a few weeks it doesn’t work out and his class is changed once again back to his previous teacher. Doesn’t Mr. Gaudette and Ms. Baron Know how important consistency is? This is emotional abuse. If this child had a parent active in his life, this would have never taken place. With no voice this child is confused. Was it his fault that he’s been moved? Was it his fault he’s been moved from his home? NO this is not the teacher writing this post. Why would she, she would only be retaliated against. It someone who witnessed this situation and also felt helpless. Thank you Mr. Portelos for allowing me… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Change is hard. It shard on everybody. However change can not be stopped. It is constant. THE SCHOOL IS UNDERFUNDED. There are specific rules regarding class size and composition. We must be relailient. No child is changed in a class at random or to punish teachers. However some kids had to be pulled out of a couple of these bloggers classes because it was determined that that teacher was bullying kids as reported by safety monitors, school psychologists and the child. But they are the same ones saying they are here for the kids. The information to spin their truth serves only them.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Their caustic ridiculing anonymous comments to so many people they disagreed with here in this blog are similar to the way they treated kids. The more they think their target is powerless the more confrontational they were.

JUSTICE LEAGUE
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JUSTICE LEAGUE

From what I heard it was Gaudette saying nasty things to kids (calling one a dog, another he said racial things), Gaudette who got jumped by a student & Gaudette who is scared to walk around (not so much now that all the kids don’t want to come to school). His comments above apply to him.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Of course he is scared. You threatened him with a spanking. Remember? wouldn’t you be scared too? I mean a spanking by a superhero like you is pretty intimidating.

discrimination..evasion of tenure.. What next?
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discrimination..evasion of tenure.. What next?

As we speak Mr. Gaudette is preparing to hire 3 new teachers, setting up classrooms even. He will be placing these teachers on new lines and they will effectively be “ahead” of teachers with far more seniority and experience. He’s been doing it with the full cooperation of the “union leaders” up until now. One of these leaders is dually certified and the other has very senior status, so they are likely “safe”. He got “caught” last year and had numerous notices of claims filed against him as a result. He now is proceeding more deviously in his plan to RIFF HIGHLY QUALIFIED and experienced teachers and replace them with new teachers. This year he’s setting up the classrooms ahead of time. It is all just a game to Mr. Gaudette. He shows no concern for the children or the dedicated staff who have served this district for many years. BOARD MEMBERS PLEASE LISTEN! We have appealed to you time and again to intervene. What does it take to get your attention? At least PLEASE make him wait until the matter can be more thoroughly investigated and thereby prevent more legal actions and heartache for both children and staff. Look… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What can we do to go public and what happens if Mr. Gaudette knows who participated? Will he fire the people that reported him? Wouldn’t that be obvious retaliation? I am afraid, but willing to support anyone that will go public to expose him. This will never end and the Board doesn’t care. Mr. Gaudette and Ms. Baron are ruining lives. What can we do???

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

Haile Selassie

Testing
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Testing

Wow no training for proctors for NYS assessments until a half hour before testing began. What? Only notified teachers at 5:00 pm the evening before testing about morning meeting Some things never change. Threatening teachers that they would possibly lose their jobs if rhe students didn’t take the assessments. What a way to pressure already test phobic, highly stressed,vulnerable students many of which are well below state standards who have a history of failure. Mr Gaudette keep the stressful climate up there and all your staff will be on medical leave; the numbers are already quite high.

Testing
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Testing

Oh and make sure each student gets the testing accommodations required as indicated on the IEP. ….BIG BROTHER is watching!!! WE ALL are big brother.

What?
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What?

What is going to take for this Board to shut this man down? Look at this blog. Are we all crazy? I don’t think so. Somebody, please, do something. There is no getting through to this man or the Board. We need to DO something and fast. Lives, young and old are being ruined.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

“Peace without Justice is Tyranny”
William Allen White

Mr. Gaudette instead of interrogating and punishing people to try to stop the “leaks”, change YOUR BEHAVIOR, ATTITUDE AND ACTIONS. There are more people than you know reporting actions that damage the students. There are more people than you know who actually care about them and seek to make the environment better. They may not be front and center because they are afraid of retaliation, but they are out there. I’m hopeful they will CONTINUE to report violations as long as they are taking place.

Treat these kids like you’d want your own child treated and perhaps the blogs will stop. Treat the staff as you’d like to be treated and perhaps the blogs will stop. Stop targeting people like a hunter after his prey and perhaps the blogs will stop. I can pretty much assure you that they won’t stop until you do. You can not bully away freedom of speech and the defense against defamation is truth.

Gateway
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Gateway

This year the Gateway program was dismantled upon Mr. Gaudette’s direction. Gateway is a tightly run program for sexually exploited females. The ages of girls in the program run from about 12 through 21. They are highly vulnerable and become targets for the boys who attend school and live on campus. For years, up until this year, there was a separate class for these girls. It was very successful at keeping them safe and focused on academics. There was a very supportive and nurturing teaching team working with them. There were even cottage staff members who frequented the class to add additional support. The teaching team had special training to deal with the issues that this group presented with after being traumatized and victimized. Now the girls are scattered around the school building in different classes with different teachers to their detriment. Many have fallen back into victim roles. Why was this decision made? There were no meetings with the teaching staff or any other school staff members to discuss this drastic change. Once again, students needs being overlooked!

SILENCE
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SILENCE

“To be silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all”.
Eli Wiesel

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
Thomas Jefferson

TELL THE Truth
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TELL THE Truth

It’s sad that some people have felt as though they will lose their jobs if they don’t “cooperate” with unethical and possibly illegal requests. But have they considered they might lose their licenses if they do? Trust your gut feeling… If it feels wrong it probably is. The most important thing is to tell the truth even if you feel you can’t speak out about it. In a place where so few can be trusted it’s hard. Who do you even tell the truth to? People get in trouble for telling the truth around here. That’s why some of us had to reach out to outside organizations. There will likely be more investigations, more people asking questions, more subpeonaes, etc. Some blame it on the people who have reported violations and/or have been involved in legal proceedings against the District and/or specific administrators. However, who is asking you to lie.. or at least not tell the Whole truth, or maybe just to bend it a little? Who is asking you to do things that you are uncomfortable with such as make “complaints” over petty things, falsify a few documents, not classify students properly, etc. When the REAL Investigations come do… Read more »

Disturbed
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Disturbed

I am so tired of the BOARD that continues to protect this corrupt man and his unprofessional “assistants” that only care about their own high salaries and job security. This is how Mr. Gaudette ropes them in. What is wrong with them? Are they now fearing that their own judgement in character will be questioned or flawed if they acknowledge his dishonesty and corruption? Why else would they continue to support someone who has harassed, verbally abused and belittled his staff? Something is very wrong… This is also a man who has a record of harassment and discrimination working in other districts… Not to mention a few other things on a police record…. Huh?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Quick, call the Justice League.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Great point!….THE TIDE IS TURNING. It seems as though instead of looking at each other, we realize the evil is coming from another source….Unity, good-hearted, compassionate people…the time has come. We are no longer victims.

Handicapped Parking
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Handicapped Parking

Yesterday, the handicapped parking spaces increased for the second time to a whopping 6 spots….I wonder if we are in compliance yet? Maybe EEOC needs to to pay us a visit.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So the school increases accommodation to
Disabled Individuals and tou try to spin it as evil.

Dear Board Members
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Dear Board Members

We do not blame you for being taken in by Mr. Gaudette’s confidence, presentation and convictions. We are all guilty of this. When he arrived he dazzled us with promises of unity, transparency, support and accountability. We were hopeful. We hung on every word he said. After feeling somewhat neglected by the past administration, we thought we finally had a strong leader who wasn’t afraid to stand up and help move the district in the right direction. His promises fell flat and everything he stood for in the beginning was a facade. He is very convincing when he manipulates data to inflate his effectiveness. It is time to just admit he is not the right person to lead this district. It is time to realize we all made a mistake in taking him at face value. Sometimes, as quoted by Mr. Gaudette, we need to peal back the layers of the onion before we see what’s inside. Please rectify this situation. Be strong and take control of this district for these vulnerable students. There are currently only 60% students attending school and there are currently approximately 15 students suspended. No matter what NYS assessment data he is presenting it can’t… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Quick, call the Justice League.

Please stop
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Please stop

How many staff members need to be treated for stress related illness such as panic attacks and high blood pressure? How many staff members have to leave the school in an ambulance? How many staff members need be physically hurt attempting to keep our students safe? How many staff members have no other recourse but to go out on medical leave because they just can no longer handle the hostile, toxic environment created by Mr. Gaudette and Ms. Baron? It still continues today and every day….please Mr. Gaudette and Ms. Baron, stop the harassment and bullying! Bringing these issues to light has not even caused a minor change in their behaviors. What will it take?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yet more class changes for these fragile elementary students? How can you justify even more class changes and staff changes two months prior to the end of the school year, in the midst of N.Y.S. assessments. Who is left to deal with the aftermath of the emotional melt down of these young children due to these disruptions, not the administrators. More emotional abuse. Why, just to create a new class with a dually certified teacher to set up a system to enable more special ed. certified teachers to be cut? PLEASE think of the students.

At: Mr. Richard altman
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At: Mr. Richard altman

MR. ALTMAN, I am reaching out to you specifically because YOU ARE IN THE UNIQUE POSITION OF BEING ON THE SCHOOL BOARD WHILE ALSO BEING THE DIRECTOR OF THE AGENCY. With all of the complaints that have been given to the school board FOR SO LONG, I want to know HOW IS IT STILL GOING ON????? THESE KIDS DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER. WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE IT STOP???? WHY is it that children who should be getting the MOST protection because of their prior history and vulnerability are getting the LEAST? Nobody is asking for perfection, but we are asking for actions that HARM STUDENTS TO BE STOPPED. Why were emotionally disturbed and fragile children moved to different classes so many times….For Mr. Gaudettes plots and schemes? These kids need structure and stability. They need to form relationships with the teachers so that they can trust them and learn from them. They need to not feel rejected as they get moved around with no explanations. THEY NEED TO BE PROTECTED FROM PEOPLE WHO SEE THEM AS DOLLAR SIGNS, OR EVEN WORSE, USE THEM AS TOOLS FOR REVENGE. HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS FOR MR. GAUDETTE AND MS. BARON. Did… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Let’s give credit where credit is due. Mr. Gaudette brought some important changes to the district. Technology, curriculum and methods of instruction were vastly improved. He balanced the budget, which was no small feat. His Achilles heel has been his ego. His belief that he is the one with all of the answers. By surrounding himself with people who only want to please him out of fear, ambition or who knows what, rather than challenge him to grow with dialogue and different ideas he has created a

Anonymous
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Anonymous

….dysfunctional and unhealthy system.

Disagree
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Disagree

I have to strongly disagree. He has not brought curriculum to the district. He has directed teachers to basically copy N.Y.S. standards and called it curriculum. It would have been a wonderful opportunity for teachers to work together to develop our own curriculum which would have included N.Y.S. standards with daily living skills. Curriculum is a living document that needs to change as needed as we teach it to our challenging special population. Teaching methods? All Mr. Gaudette did was force-feed Marzano to teachers, and only the portion of Marzano he agrees with. His implementation was to give a copy of the Marzano standards to the teachers and give them a poor evaluation if they did not follow it. His implementation was as poor as N.Y.S. implementation of common core. He brought us technology, but what good is it if there is no technology curriculum for students. We have a technology lab that is not even being utilized. We forbid our students to use technology because we have not taught them how to use it responsibly. No matter what he has brought to us, it will not improve the district if there aren’t any staff members coming to school. Board… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

He didn’t balance anything… He used qualified staff to help improve curriculum, then got rid of most of them or forced them to retire. The only reason we have a budget deficit this year and last is because his legal bills are so high… Qualified teachers need to go in order to support his habit of harassment and abuse. Definitely a necessary budget write off….I am still hopeful that our Board will open their eyes… Not giving up yet. Please do the right thing… Get rid of this man and give us a leader that we can respect, admire and look forward