WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently received its August personnel report, recapping the changes to the school system’s staff over the summer recess.“Even within the last 24 hours, we’re contending with very last minute resignations. I doubt we’re unique compared to other districts. There’s lot of volatility right now,” noted School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand.Andrea Stern Armstrong, the district’s Director of Human Resources, told Committee members she is working diligently to get all positions filled as soon as possible. Her biggest priority is filling the six open educational assistant positions.In response to a question from School Committee member David Ragsdale, Armstrong believes there’s a variety of reasons why staff members are leaving the district, including salary, career advancement, family, and relocation. She noted many Educational Assistants are currently in school studying to become teachers. Once they graduate, they’ll pursue teacher positions and eventually resign as educational assistants.Below is a recap of changes documented by Armstrong. This information was provided on August 28, 2019, so many of the vacancies are likely now filled.Wilmington Middle School SPED Inclusion Teacher Jennifer Grandbois was hired to a new position.SPED Strides Program Teacher Hannah Laviolette resigned and was replaced by Lauren Kulakowski.Tech Ed/STEM Teacher Dennis Fitzgerald resigned and was replaced by Charles Ronchetti.SPED Inclusion Teacher Kristine Benning resigned and was replaced by Neil MacDonald.STEM Teacher Kevin Welch was transferred to the Shawsheen to become its 1-year Interim Assistant Principal. Welch was replaced by Edward Kaizer. Welch’s interim principalship ended with the hiring of Alexander Phillips.LPN/Ed Assistant Amanda Madigan resigned and was replaced by Carissa Carrier.SPED Teacher Susan Mann retired and was replaced by Justine Palermo.Reading Specialist Marianne Oshiro retired and was replaced by Kristen Romano.Reading Teacher Kristen Romano became a Reading Specialist at the Middle School. She was replaced by Amy Glavin.Math Strategies Teacher Bethany Lloyd resigned her position, which is still open.Woburn Street Elementary School Ed Assistant Erin Brugger resigned and was replaced by Kara Pereira.Principal Jeff Strasnick retired and was replaced by Suzanne Sullivan.Admin Assistant Justine Palermo transfered to the Middle School and was replaced by Karen O’Reilly.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Conor Bailey resigned his position, which is still open.Shared Ed Assistant Taylor Perella resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Ryan MacIver resigned his position, which is still open.Assistant Frank Ferriero retired and was replaced by Shelia Burke.Boutwell Early Childhood CenterKindergarten Teacher Sharon Tildsley retired and was replaced by Arlene Poeck.District LevelSchool Psychologist Andrew Paschal resigned and was replaced by Jacqueline Dami.Physical Therapist Eileen Lee retired and was replaced by Kelly Ayers.Kenneth Lord became Director of Technology, which was previously unfilled.SPL Assistant Deryn Blaney resigned his position, which is still open.North Intermediate SchoolReading Specialist Nikki Sutton is taking a leave of absence and was replaced by Jennifer Rizzari.Ed Assistant Nicole McKenna resigned and was replaced by Joanne Vultaggio.Shawsheen Elementary SchoolSPED Teacher Ryan Cunningham resigned and was replaced by Mary Vardner.Ed Assistant for Pathways Eric Lozzi resigned his position, which is still open.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly was transferred and was replaced by Jennifer Sirois.Ed Assistant Joanne Vultaggio was transferred and replaced by Elizabeth Pellegrino.Ed Assistant Susan Pelletier was transferred and her position was not filled.Ed Assistant Mary Moran resigned and was replaced by Ashley Jones.Ed Assistant Meaghan Ashley resigned and was replaced by McKayla Hersom.Assistant Principal Erin Burke resigned and was replaced by Kevin Welch.Student Support ServicesAdmin Assistant Margaret Magee retired and was replaced by Lynn Neville & Kathy Fuller in a reshuffling. Neville and Fuller were replaced by Kristina Barbacano.Leanne Ebert became Coordinator of Special Education, a new position.West Intermediate SchoolGrade 4 Teacher Shelia Burke became Asst. Principal at the Woburn Street and was replaced by Renee Descheme.SPED Teacher Margaret Bolt resigned and her position remains open.School Psychologist Bethany Dionne and was replaced by Meghan St. Denis.Ed Assistant for Stepping Stones Avery Woodbury resigned and was replaced by Adrianna Kippenberger.Wilmington High SchoolStrides ABA Teacher Danielle France resigned and was replaced by Ashely Rokobauer.Athletics Director Tim Alberts resigned and was replaced by Ed Harrison.Physical Education & Health Teacher Lois Nardo retired and was replaced by Savannah Dupeyrat.Guidance Admin Assistant Vanessa French retired and was replaced by Sharon Eldered.Guidance Counselor Timothy McCarthy resigned and was replaced by Ashley LeBlanc.Math Teacher Caitlin Enright resigned and was replaced by Jessica Craft.Athletic Department Admin Assistant Cheryl Tavares resigned and was replaced by Heather Paonessa.Mollie Dickerson became the Guidance CTL. She had been serving in the position on an interim basis.Wildwood Early Childhood Center Ed Assistant Conor Bailey transfered from Wildwood to Woburn StreetEd Assistant Emily Weidlin resigned her position, which is still open.Kindergarten Teacher Marion Valeri retired and was replaced by Isabella Gallant. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”
* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten by Nusrat Nowrin. Jatiya Oikya Prokriya convener Kamal Hossain speaks at a press conference at National Press Club on Saturday. Photo: Prothom Alo As ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ or National Unity Front has taken a shape, leaders of the new opposition coalition have found double delight.They have been happy, in the first place, with the formation of the anti-government coalition that demands restoration of democracy through free and fair elections and pledges change in political culture.Simultaneously, some opposition leaders said, they have got relief from possible embarrassment that could have been created for inclusion of former president Badruddoza Chowdhury’s Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh despite their uncomfortable relations.It took months of negotiations among the key leaders and their friends to unite the parties and civic groups of different streams to come to a common platform with common causes. The final announcement came on Saturday.Main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Gano Forum led by Kamal Hossain, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal ASM Abdur Rab and Nagarik Oikya convenor Mahmudur Rahman are the major players in the new coalition. B Chowdhury was absent at the final moment. Now, senior leaders of the coalition, said they are planning public rallies and other forms of protests, at divisional and district levels, to create pressure of public opinion on the government to realise their 7-point demand and 11 goals.The programme will be chalked out in a day or two, some leaders told Prothom Alo on Sunday, a day after the announcement.However, the programmes will be chalked out with some sort of support from the key components of the 20-party alliance led by the BNP. But, Jamaat-e-Islam, a party to the alliance, will not be included in the process of announcing or observing the programmes, leaders said.Jamaat has also accepted the reality, its leaders admitted.The talk of the town in the past two days was whether B Chowdhury-led BDB was excluded or itself pulled out from the process.The leaked phone conversation between Nagarik Oikya’s Manna and BDB joint secretary general Mahi B Chowdhury went viral and created widespread controversies in the political arena.It was heard that Mahi called the move to form National Unity Front without them as “an anti-state conspiracy” and when asked about it, Manna said, “Is it an important issue? I don’t want to reckon it to be so important.”Several senior leaders of BNP, Jukto Front (United Front) and Oikya Prokriya (Unity Process) said the gap between BDB leaders and others widened day by day as some of them were not comfortable in the past several meetings.BDB leader B Chowdhury earlier floated the United Front later joined by Rab, Manna and a few others while Kamal Hossain, during the negotiation process, first called for “National Unity Process” as a platform to bring all together.The BDB assigned retention of Jamaat in the BNP’s alliance as an objectionable point but other leaders of the unity process believe the ‘actual reason’ behind the BDB’s ‘excuse’ is different.A senior Jukto Front leader, who declined to be named, explained that the distance between top BNP leadership and B Chowdhury and his son Mahi B Chowdhury could not be minimised despite the BNP’s willingness to join hands for greater unity.Also, the leaders said, there was a palpable tension between B Chowdhury and Kamal Hossain over the issue of the coalition’s leadership.Some leaders of the coalition were apprehensive of the movement of the BDB as they felt the process of forming the alliance was being ‘deliberately’ delayed. The reason for such delay was believed to be business relations of the two key leaders of BDB with the government quarters.Still, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said they ‘tried hard to include them (BDB leaders) into the [new] coalition. We are still optimistic about their joining.”About the complaints of avoiding BDB against the BNP, Moudud said it is useless to blame others when the BDB leaders have cleared their position by demanding certain number of parliamentary seats, a demand which, the BNP leader termed politically unrealistic.Unity process leader Subrata Chowdhury ruled out the BDB’s claims, saying that they came up with a varieties of demands including 150 seats, post of prime minister or president and Jamaat issue.”We’re tired of such demands.”Mahi B Chowdhury countered with argument about Jamaat, “I don’t know whether there is any committee of Jamaat in my constituency (Munshiganj-1)… B Chowdhury was elected president with votes of members of parliament. Jamaat’s votes were not required.”Another issue created gap between the coalition leaders. The draft declaration, prepared by Gano Forum, JSD and Nagarik Oikyo leaders, spoke of political parties imbued with spirit of struggle for independence while B Chowdhury inserted a negative list of ‘parties that directly or indirectly opposed independence’.Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, BNP standing committee member, said, “The liberation war in ’71 was caused by demand for democracy and self-rule. History would have been different, had Pakistan accepted the results of 1970 elections. Today’s demand of the countrymen is to restore democracy and right to vote. If anyone takes stance against this, we will eventually call them anti-liberation forces.”
Congress ChhattisgarhThe Congress appeared to be heading for a landslide victory on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh, dealing a major blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Election Commission officials said.After the first round of voting, Congress candidates were ahead of their rivals in 61 of the 90 seats in the battle for an Assembly where the half-way mark is 46.BJP candidates were ahead in 21 constituencies. While Chief Minister Raman Singh managed to reverse the trend after initially trailing to the Congress, all his cabinet Ministers were way behind their rivals.The alliance of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh of former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi and the Bahujan Samaj Party were leading in seven constituencies.In the outgoing Assembly, the BJP had 49 members and the Congress 39. The BJP has ruled Chhattisgarh since 2003.