RON ALEXANDER FOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Senior Student Athlete Speaks to School Committee About Dismissive Attitude of Athletic Director Towards Abuse and Bullying Concerns
LWV Night Video: Ron Alexander on Public Records and the Wellesley Town Counsel Lining His Pockets for Consistent Failure
LWV Night Video: Ron Alexander on Special Education and the Atrocious, Unconscionable Behavior of the Wellesley Public Schools
LWV Night Video: Ron Alexander on Engaging Our Youth and the Resignation of Natick's Superintendent - Change IS Possible!!!
"Only 1 in 5 respondents had anything decent to say about the athletic department" - Swellesley Report, October 19, 2016
"Our experience with WHS athletics has been awful" - 2016 Athletic Survey
"Our family experienced abusive and incompetent coaching in several sports." - 2016 Athletic Survey
"My daughter was very enthusiastic about spring track as a freshman until she was injured by a coach not understanding how to train her." - 2016 Athletic Survey
"Having both a high school girl and boy athlete, the inconsistencies between all sports and genders is unbelievable." - 2016 Athletic Survey
"Felt bullied when trying to address issues" - 2016 Athletic Survey
"Athletic Department communication with parents is poor." - 2016 Athletic Survey
"It is not safe to allow students to drive each other to away games when the bus does not show up" - 2016 Athletic Survey
"It is not clearly defined how school athletic fees & funding are used" - 2016 Athletic Survey
"Athletes are not encouraged to be successful." - 2016 Athletic Survey
"For kids with differences, Wellesley athletics are not very accessible." - 2016 Athletic Survey
Editor's Note: The above quotes were taken from the "open responses" to the 2016 Athletic Survey. Asst. Supt. Judy Belliveau, who was on the review committee, promised on camera to post these open responses on the school committee website, but then she reneged and refused to do so. It took over 8 months of appeals to the state authorities to get the school to disclose these responses. Even so, what the school provided has been heavily redacted, for no justifiable reason. We parents, residents, and taxpayers should not accept such secrecy, subterfuge, and dishonesty on the part of our public officials.
"The Wellesley School Committee has engaged in acts of deception, fabrication, obfuscation and intimidation that seriously challenge its credibility and threaten vital community support for Wellesley’s public schools." - Dr. Larry Kaplan, Wellesley Townsman, 2006
"The education of our children is too important to be entrusted to this School Committee." - Dr. Larry Kaplan, Wellesley Townsman, 2006
In 2014 Wellesley High School was rated #4 in the state, #164 in the country (Swellesley Report, April 28, 2014). Since then, WHS has plummeted to #22 in the state, #497 nationwide (US News & World Report current rankings). That is below Medfield, where our illustrious Superintendent lives (#5 statewide, #227 nationally) and every other town that we consider to be our peer. In 2014, the District was investigated by the Attorney General for bullying (Wellesley Townsman July 10, 2014), resulting in the firing of 2 abusive female sports coaches (Swellesley Report, September 2, 2014). In 2015, the School Committee conducted an illegal performance evaluation of the Superintendent, and then buried the results (must have been pretty bad). In 2016, the District was “dropped to Level 2 on the state scale” due to degrading MCAS scores, which the school administration tried to blame on the minority students (Wellesley Townsman October 13, 2016). Also in 2016, the Athletic Review uncovered major dissatisfaction with the Athletic Department (9%), a Pay-to-Play scheme involving the booster clubs, and a proposed money laundering scheme (Swellesley Report, October 19, 2016 and Wellesley Townsman, October 20, 2016). In response to the scathing review (see quotes above), the schools formed a sham "Athletic Advisory Council", populated by insiders, which has done absolutely nothing in over a year (see AAC minutes here). In 2017, the District had to hire at least 13 new Special Education teachers, even in the face of declining enrollment (due to loss of a $400K lawsuit). The Superintendent has been ranked by the School Committee as "Proficient" (equating to a "B") in all five performance reviews that he has received since coming to Wellesley. And let's not forget the Walter Johnson matter that took the FBI to uncover.
The schools keep asking for more and more money, while their product quality steadily declines (see above). The School Committee has broken Open Meeting and Public Records Law dozens of times, costing Wellesley taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees wasted on incompetent legal work (Wellesley Townsman, February 5, 2015). My opponent, Ms. Sharon Gray, has been on the school committee this whole time, part of the time as Chairman, and has presided over this degradation of our school system. And the other candidate, Ms. Linda Chow, is a complete insider who is currently working for the Superintendent. Incompetence and conflict of interest are their strengths.
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Wellesley School Committee. As an 18 year resident of Wellesley and proud parent of 3 children, 2 who have completed their journey through the Wellesley Public Schools, I have a wealth of experience with the Wellesley school system from the perspective of a parent and a taxpayer, and I have witnessed the changes that have occurred over the past 18 years in the quality of education and the cost to Wellesley taxpayers. My children have gotten a great education, but it has not come without issues.
My major qualification is that I am an outsider who is not afraid to challenge the status quo. I will do everything in my power to fix these problems and restore Wellesley Public Schools to the top shelf position that we are paying for and which we truly deserve.
If you agree that we need a change of leadership in our school system, please vote for Ron Alexander on March 6. Also, please feel free to reach out to me to discuss your views, as it is your interests which I will do my very best to represent. Thank you very much!