The Crimson Tide ended their season not in the way they started – and that’s a good thing.
On Thanksgiving morning, Masconomet Regional came into town and was handed a plate full of Crimson as the Tide rolled to a 41-7 win. The meeting, their fourth straight T-Day matchup, has been one-sided, with Everett taking all four games in convincing fashion (including 32-0 win last year).
And after suffering a disheartening loss to open the year, second- year head coach Theluxon Pierre is able to say his team bounced back and completed a winning season, albeit without a super bowl title, the right way.
“To be honest, I’m very proud of the kids, but growing up in Everett, this is a disappointing season,” Pierre said, noting the referee mishaps that marred another successful year on the field of play. Two years in a row controversial calls in the playoffs helped to bounce the Tide (8-3) from another run at the super bowl.
In his second year as head coach, Pierre now owns an overall record of 18-4, including two conference championships.
The School Superintendent Choice Committee, led by School Chair Thomas Abruzzese are holding sham meetings this week for the public to interview the final choices for the open superintendent’s position.
Without the three “Everett” finalists being interviewed – excluded by a incoherent exclusionary process – the interviewing of the alleged “finalists” is a fraud at worst, and a symptom of much greater political involvement in the process than is warranted and should not be allowed.
Chair Abruzzese has shown a constitutional inability to let people think on their own. His admonition when the choice process was at its very beginning – “no local candidates allowed over my dead body” – proves how Abruzzesse’s hatred for the School Department’s leadership and certain administrators make it impossible for him to lead the choice committee.
This puts in question as well his aptitude for leadership of the School Committee.
This stunted and discriminatory choice process is also an indictment of a School Committee that has absolutely nothing to say of substance in response to the outrage sweeping certain communities concerned mainly with public education within the city.
The mayor’s announcement last week that he will be taking $7 million of free cash to bring down the city’s tax rate is a waste of good money. Rather than taking $7 million in free cash from the city’s bank account to artificially lower taxes which are frankly running away, the mayor needs to cut the bloated budget by $7-$9 million, keep the $7 million dry in the free cash account.
The taxes will then take care of themselves, lowering themselves because the city is spending less.