Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Goodbye, Mr. Quinn

Today is Superintendent Bruce Quinn’s last day at the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District. He will be assuming the position of Assistant Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials. I wish Mr. Quinn well on his new journey. I’m glad to see him go.

His associates certainly have some very nice things to say about him.

  • Lawrence O’Connell, President, Board of Education: “His innovations improved school security, safety, and business office operations.”

  • Kimberley Honnick, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction: “It is his love and passion for this community that will be missed the most.”

  • Susan Palumbo, Confidential Secretary: “I admire how deeply he cares about this district.”
Mr. Quinn is proud of his accomplishments, such as his Response to Intervention program and reorganizing the elementary schools. Although he had a rocky relationship with the Board of Education, he credits them with approving all his budget proposals.

Before Mr. Quinn leaves, I would like to ask him one question – What happened to the $250,000,000 we gave you to educate our children? Would any normal person look at the progress our children made in the last five years and say “Yeah, I’d spend two hundred fifty million dollars for that”? That’s about $9,000 for every man, woman, and child in Matawan and Aberdeen.

We have endured one of the highest tax rates in the county, and would be willing to pay more, for the sole purpose of educating our children. Where did the money go? Our children score below the state average across the board. Our schools are ranked among the lowest in the county. Could anyone argue that the $250,000,000 under Mr. Quinn’s direction was well spent?

Not one of his associates commended him for his strength in education. Not one of his fans talks about his ability to raise educational standards and expectations. No, to the contrary, he has been the vanguard of diminished expectations.

His Response to Intervention program will not be used to improve educational standards but rather to explain why they’re so low. Already, they’re claiming that nearly 20% of our students are learning “challenged”. Already, they’re considering intervention programs for kindergartners.

Rather than acknowledge the schools have failed to educate our students, Mr. Quinn’s administration was busy “proving” that the onus was on the students and community.

Though school officials often prefer to discuss delicate matters using nuanced and politically correct terms, the crux of their position is that our children are too stupid and emotionally retarded to do any better. They would rather steal from the taxpayer and rob from our children’s futures than admit that they are the ones who have failed us.

Goodbye, Mr. Quinn. I hope your departure will be a blessing for all of us. >>> Read more!


Anonymous said...

His new job:


he also gets 60% of his money from the current job as a pension.

Not bad for ruining the education of our children.

Aberdeener said...

I'm still missing something. Why would he quit a prominent local $150,000 position to commute an hour for an obscure $90,000 position?

Anonymous said...

Who cares what Quinn gets now I rather look forward and hope that O'Malley will not repeate the mistakes of Quinn and ensure that the idiots and revenge motivated likes of Barbato and Zavorskas are treated as they treated others. They treated everyone like second class citizens and now they cry like little children who take their ball and go home in the middle of the game.

Go home, please go home and stay out of educating our children, you have been in control and you two (Barbato and Zavorskas)suck at it!

Anonymous said...

Mr Quinn was the best superintendent that Matawan has had in recent memory. This O'mally is a absolute idiot. He has no experience.His last job was in a minuscule school district where he was unliked.