Comments for: Bangor school committee member resigns, cites ‘abdication of true leadership’ on committee

Posted Oct. 09, 2012, at 9:19 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 09, 2012, at 10:03 p.m.

BANGOR | Kate Dickerson resigned from the Bangor school committee Tuesday night, citing what she called a “culture of passivity” and absence of debate on the committee. Dickerson, who was elected to the committee in November 2010, read a statement decrying what she described as “efforts to stifle free …

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  • Anonymous

    I guess maybe Phyllis Guerrette needs to be replaced, along with Webb and the rest of them!

    • Anonymous

      Kate’s resignation is a tremendous loss for our community.  She is an intelligent, creative, motivated person who was elected to represent my views and the views of hundreds of others who voted for her.  I’m glad that she was able to do that until the end and I agree with everything that she said.  The school system in Bangor is diminished without Kate on it’s Committee and we must now ask ourselves some difficult questions about why we’ve allowed that Committee to become so firmly controlled by so few.  It’s time for sweeping change.  It’s time for some of the permanent members to move on to new hobbies.  I’d like to see Gurette, Szal and Caruso move on.

      • Anonymous

         Did Nicchi Farnham have a comment?

        • Anonymous

          A weak statement about how committee members need to take time to ‘learn their role’ and fall into line.  It was unbelievable coming from someone currently running for higher office – and it went a long way toward helping me understand how little independent thinking she’s likely to do if she gets sent to Augusta.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think that was Nichi Farnham – she wouldn’t say things like that about Kate Dickerson.  That was Szal, another of the Clique of the Status Quo.

          • Anonymous

            You obviously didn’t watch the video:

            http://www.bangorschools.net/content/4002/School_Committee/

            Jump ahead to 26:01 to see Ms. Farnham sell out (right after Caruso and Szal)

          • Anonymous

            I just watched the video andyou are absolutely right about Farnham, she just rolled over and submitted, odd that she was comfortable criticizing Lepage but does’nt dare to stand up to a school superintendent. Will your bulldozer make it to city hall also?

          • Anonymous

            The “criticisms” of LeBUFFOON are a JOKE.  She votes in lockstep with that right wing radical tool 92% of the time.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t be bitter!

      • Anonymous

        I don’t agree with you often, Today I do. Thanks for your love towards Kate.

      • So funny I stir  things up a bit but i seem to remember saying Kate something Like Kate tries she needs to chose her battles wisely or she will be railroaded out.  Thank you Kate do not give up.  The public needs to know. You stood up for all kids not just the elite . Betsy needs to go . We need new leadership that treats all kids the same !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RJ

      If you stand on principle, prepare to be squashed by the superintendent?

    • Anonymous

      The only thing keeping Bangor from turning into Lewiston is the quality of Bangor’s schools.  The people who do nothing but complain about the school committee are misguided in their criticisms. 

    • Anonymous

      Webb needed to be replaced years ago.  Guerrete, she just needs to quit running 

  • I can understand a person’s frustrations with always being on the losing side.  Wouldn’t continuing to fight for what you believe in be a better example and lesson for the kids?  How does giving in and quitting fix anything that a person believes in wrong?

    • Anonymous

      Dickerson can do more by resigning and working from the outside than she can from the inside.  As evidenced by the farcical proceedings tonight, there’s too much lockstep in the Committee (e.g., Szal saying that Dickerson “overstepped her bounds”!  the nerve) to get any traction, even with two new members who might be sympathetic to changing the situation.  This is by far the more courageous thing to do – and will send a much bigger message.  

      The fact that Guerette was “taken aback and not quite sure how to proceed” is the whole point.

      • Anonymous

        You got that right. I guarantee you she will be getting calls in the very near future from an individual or organization that has an agenda that is charged with doing what is best for Bangor and the school department just so happens to be on that list. There are a lot of good PI’s in Bangor. That is all I will say for now. It’s coming.

        • Anonymous

           Liked and shared! It’s about time too.

          • Anonymous

            Good, these self proclaimed scholars have closets that the public should be made aware. I was actually disappointed when Kate took the job. I thought “there goes another to complacency and she had so much potential”. Kate, you did the right thing as you already know. Now it’s time to have some fun and get paid for doing it. Welcome to the private sector. Keep your phone on.

        • Anonymous

          I hope you are right. Alot of empty promises as of late that this country is soon to be fixed.

      • Anonymous

        And also what’s with one member (Szal) feeling entitled to comment about another member’s “bounds”? They are on EQUAL footing! and ALL are ABOVE Betsy Webb in the structure. What is this farce, a slumber party for high school girls at the popular girls house?

    • Anonymous

      You try it for 2 years, every idea being tossed aside like a used hanky and shone no respect whatsever.. She is setting an example to expose what some could concider coruption..  and total disregard for what a schoolboard charter is all about. Your statement leads me to believe that you are the spouse of one of the board members which would make your opinion bias.

    • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Vote Sarah Smiley: she wont be intimidated or controlled.  Too bad Kate Dickerson resigned before Smiley and others got on the board to counter Phyllis Guerrette’s ridiculousness.

    Ask yourself this: after the Bob Lucy fiasco, the 300+ unanimous votes, the abdication of responsibility for meeting agendas and action items to the Superintendent (as well as hiring policies), do you think the more ethical and responsible party here is Phyllis Guerrette or Kate Dickerson?

    • Kate she tried her best . I would bet Betsy already has a lawyer for fear that Kate will come out and tell the truth.  Watch your back Kate . The public needs to Know the truth of what is going on behind closed doors .

  • Anonymous

    The public hires the school committee members, by election, to make policies for the schools on behalf of the public. The superintendent carries out the policies of the committee by managing the schools and staff. The supt makes recommendations and takes direction from the committee. The superintendent is only to serve in that capacity. Why is the school committee not doing its job? Do they need to go to class somewhere to learn what their job is? I’m in favor of the City spending money to train the school committee in their duties and functions.

  • Anonymous

    Recall that when convenience store owner Dan Tremble won a seat a few years ago as someone who might dissent, he was forced to resign by Supt. Sandy Ervin on the pretext that Tremble had a wife who was a teacher and an ed tech and so had a conflict of interest. The fact that Ervin’s own wife was a teacher didn’t trouble either the Supt. or the rest of the compliant School Com. No conflict of interest there! What hypocrisy! Jim Moore is running for the first time for the School Com. He is a progressive-minded father of three boys who either have been or still are in the Bangor School System. He has spent years as a dedicated coach of boys and girls in soccer, baseball, and hockey in various Bangor sports leagues. He is a lawyer who has worked for years as an Assistant US Attorney in Bangor. A finer candidate for the School Com. could not be found. I urge his election, not least in light of this resignation

    • Anonymous

      You Sir Obviously DO NOT KNOW JIM MOORE AT ALL. Ask around before you take him on his word.

      • Anonymous

        I know Jim Moore and his family extremely well and in various capacities (outside of his day job).  I have no idea what you’re suggesting here. Can you be at all specific?

  • Anonymous

    The only thing tougher than fighting City Hall is going up against
    the School Board.
      Dont believe me?
    Go ahead , give it a try.

    • Anonymous

       Has the board directed the Superintendent to do anything in the last 10 years?

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t. They can get away with murder. Scary!

      • Anonymous

        A+ Post

      • Rip Ralph Greenleaf . 

      • Anonymous

        Sad that Bangor School Dept knows how to push things under the carpet (drug use among students, alcohol use among sports teams, murder , cheating Assistant Supers) and now this.

  • Anonymous

    This has been a constant refrain for years now, throughout the state. The school committee members, who are elected by taxpayers, act each and every one as though they are employees of the superintendent, rather than of the taxpayers. Superintendents are nothing but grossly overpaid bureaucrats.

    And I think it’s disgusting that they named Fifth Street Middle School (where I went) after James Doughty, an unelected bureaucrat, at the same time they renamed Garland Street Middle School after Bill Cohen, a distinguished elected official (which is appropriate).

    • Anonymous

      Efforts remain underway to try to rename Bangor High the Norris Nickerson High School instead. No joke. 

      • Anonymous

         No. In fact all the names should be reverted to the original names. They are public buildings not shrines to the self-important.

      • Anonymous

        Source?

        • Anonymous

          Behind closed doors decision that, like many others, cannot be revealed. 

          • Anonymous

            Sick

      • Anonymous

         You have got to be kidding.  This is out of control!!!

        • Anonymous

           I was not kidding about the possible renaming of Bangor High. But since I’m not exactly in the loop, my info. is from others who ARE in the loop but who can’t reveal their identities. The real dilemma is about renaming BHS after former Supt. Sandy Ervin instead. One or the other name will apparently be used within a year. By then Robert Lucy might perhaps be off the Bangor payroll.

      • Anonymous

        I never for a second thought you were joking. Local politics is so unbelievably bitter and petty.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I thought — and still think — it was inappropriate to rename either school because both men were still living. You never know what may come to light years down the road. I’m not suggesting either man has a skeleton in the closet. Just that it’s bad policy to name public buildings after living people.

      • Anonymous

        Yep, the Carlson Hall name at the E Orrington church doesn’t quite have the same ring it once did…

      • RJ

        Someone else mentioned this recently.  Curious as to how far back have you had an interest in Bangor schools?  While I (think that I) understand your “reasoning,” I suggest that you truly look @ what impact James Doughty had on the entire Bangor School system.  Once you fully understand that, you might change your mind.

  • Anonymous

    The untouchables.
    Webb you answer to the School board, not the other way around, 
    School board you answer to the voters.. not the other way around.
    I can hear them now laughing at the people who are making comments like a ringing in my ears. I am important, I can ruin your kids chances for a higher education if you don’t shut up.. I am the elite and my kid get full scholarships.
    They the board and webb tonight are laughing and snearing at the Stakeholders of Bangor and are saying, there is nothing you can do about it.  Most likely talking on the phone as we write our comments laughing and spitting out their wine. You Stakeholders better obey or we will teach you and raise the school budget next year. hahahahaha. 

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if during meetings, Mrs. Dickerson also had to raise her hand to use the restroom?  It seems that the board has been so entrenched with doing everything with zero debate or confronting suggestions, that they all became little soldiers following the commander wherever they may be led.  We know that for years, the bangor school committee has denied the serious abuse of drugs within the school and all city members seem to echo each other whenever asked.  I wonder how deep this goes? Does it also travel to the City Council?  Is there kickbacks somewhere which keep these people always voting along the same lines.  Inquiring citizens want to know BDN…I would think some serious DIGGING needs to be done here.

  • Anonymous

    I’m shocked that Szal and Caruso could comment – School Committee policy requires only the Chair to speak for the Committee.  Such an unconscionable breach of policy.  They’ve clearly overstepped their bounds.

    This is the way those comments would have been treated had Dickerson made them.  And then she would have been called out in public for having the audacity to make them to the paper without consulting the Chair and/or the Superintendent.

  • Anonymous

    Vote Marc Eastman, the school committee needs fresh ideas and fresh blood. Innovation and forward thinking is desperately needed if Bangor schools are to keep up. It’s time for some change. Kudos to Kate Dickerson for standing up for our kids and our city’s future.

  • Anonymous

     http://www.bangorschools.net/content/4002/School_Committee/

    Videos of meetings are here. And something highly inappropriate in my opinion:  “Unless personally addressed, emails are received by the Office of the
    Superintendent of Schools and distributed to all school committee
    members. Solicitations, defamatory comments or vulgar language will not
    be accepted.” General email for the committee should be going to the chair of the committee.

  • Anonymous

    So Gurerette is the queen bee., Must be a wonderful feeling,  At social events she must sit in front for all to see her ego..

    • Anonymous

      What kids? There are no kids there, just little moving breathing sources of revenue that pay my 150k salary while I drive my agenda down the throat of the taxpayer. Kids. Pffffft. She has kids, I think we all know that by now.!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    P.S. I did not know until tonight that betsy controled all fund raising in Bangor.. Nobody can raise money for any school project until Betsy gets her 7 millon dollars. 
    See People It’s not about the kids it about egos and if she can get her name on a football field that would be built with other peoples money..  Kate wanted to establish a fund to help pay for school events and Betsy told her she couldn’t .. And all this time I thought the board was the Supers boss..

    • Kate wanted funds for Bus tickets for disadvantage STEM kids who took classes at UMaine . Betsy said but why they all have parents that work at Umaine. Kate said not all.        Can not afford a freaking bus ticket for a poor kid. But can afford a $7million dollar football field . If people really knew what BS. goes on . If Betsy cared about kids she could have taken that out of her own pocket change making $150k . Kids for Lower income   families bring down test scores . Just let them drop out we will look better .

      • Anonymous

        Welcome to Bangor School Dept. That’s how they roll. You play sports or are a top kid..all the doors will open for you. Your poor, work instead of play athletics, or need special help..hit the bricks kid.

  • Anonymous

    >Dickerson said she told people she spoke with that she was not representing anyone but herself. Others on the committee argued that because she was a committee member, people would assume the committee was involved.

    So how did Baldacci’s spegetti dinner at BHS work ? 
    /

  • Juicy Lucy has a Webb to hide behind and someone might want to guerette all three of them… metaphorically speaking. Typicl burocratic oppression and stiffling of all thats good, true, and lovely by power hungry arrogance thats amswers to no one.

  • Anonymous

    this whole committee needs to go warren caruso are you kidding me he was handed everything by Bruce macgreagor and his high school coach which suggests he must have been a Good drinking buddy as was caruso with his players at husson some of whom were anything but students please what a farce

  • Anonymous

    Farnham comments on the matter were spot on. Caruso too.

  • Anonymous

    Kate resigning from the board is a blessing in disguise for the citizens of bangor.  The real bully in this arena is Kate.  She is the child who bullies her way through organizations and then runs when she meets resistance.  She pulled her children from a sports program when she overstepped boundaries and did not get her way.   If you want your cake and eat it to Kate, don’t throw others under the bus.  What council member called the school committee “bobbleheads”?  Please be transparent and clarify this so we as citizens can make informed decisions when we vote.  As for the Jim Moore comments above, please be careful in who you vote for in November.  This is not a person we want on the school board.  Why did he send his twins to a private high school in Connecticut?  Ask members of Bangor Youth Football and Bangor East Little League what he is all about?

    • A serious Issue I have is why so many kids drop out of Bangor schools.  The truth is know one knows what the drop out rate is or even cares as long as the elite do well and have winning sports teams. It certainly is not because teachers are not payed enough. Other schools teachers are paid much less. Not because Betsy is not paid enough lol highest paid supper in the state. Well Betsy   if you spent as much time and energy figuring this out as you did planning the football field I think you would have the answer and be working hard to fix it.  Oh wait if those disadvantage kids stayed in school the test score would not be as high .  Bobby could fix that for you. Not saying Bangor dose not do a lot of great things but they never want to see what could be done better for some.  Excellence in education for MOST not all.  

  • Anonymous

    What are the “pertinent issues” she is referring to?  There weren’t enough specifics stated in this article to understand what is lacking from the committee, at least according to Dickerson.  I understand the complaint about leadership style, but what are the specific issues that she wants to see addressed?

    • Kate Had many . She stood up for disadvantage kids .  Bangor has a very very high drop out rate . Transportation for poor kids taking classes in Orono .  Betsy said why do they need that most AP kids have parents that work at UMaine.  I bet the Cosgrove kids get treated real special in the Bangor school system . Seems Betsy need to $7 million football field so bad.  They knew Kate would have issues with Bobby .  I hope Kate is now free too make waves and bring up real issues . I would almost bet Kate would be sued if she brought up all the issues .

  • I am truly saddened by the fact that Mrs. Dickerson has chosen to resign from the Bangor School Committee.  I completely understand her decision but am left with a great feeling of uneasiness.  Something truly needs to change here.  I have lived in Bangor for over forty years.  This is the worst school board I have ever encountered.  I wouldn’t vote for any of them for anything ever again.  As someone who follows school board action, I have found her statements to be true.  The comments from her school board colleagues stating that they have never felt stifled are amusing to me.  They never disagree with the school board leadership.    Superintendent Webb and the remaining school board members should hang their heads in shame.  Think about what you are modeling for our children.  Thank you for your service Mrs. Dickerson.  I hope this is a seed for change. 

  • Anonymous

    Agreed!  Guerette needs to go!

  • Anonymous

    How dare she rocked the boat. That’s the problem with politics today, when someone rocks the boat and doesn’t go along with status quo,they get shut down and shunned by the rest of the clique. Maine needs more brave people like her.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, such a loss.  Thank you for standing up for yourself Kate!  You have been a breath of fresh air!

    • Kate stood up to Betsy on some very important issue . Like how some kids were treated special just because of thier Name or family . How no money was in the budget for transportation for lower class kids who wanted to take the AP classes in Orono .  Betsy was like most the kids Who are going to be in AP classes already have Parents working at Umaine.   Betsy dose care about the drop out rate the Lower class at risk kids.  All she seems to care about is looking good and taken care of her buddies from the right families .  This is  a mush more Important Issue than Bob Lucy . Get rid of Kate before she makes waves . Then we can Keep are Bobby and have are football . 

  • If you Saw my earlier post about Kate . I said even Kate has her hands tied . And must chose her battles wisely.  Kate tried her best and was railroaded out.  Kate we know you tried your best  Supporting the disadvantage kids .  Kate Is one I know that truely cared . Thing is in Bangor you are not allowed to care to much.  Kate I hope that Now that your not a school board member you do not give up the cause.  People need to know the truth about what is going on .

  • Anonymous

    I can not believe that the committee does not know what to do in the case of a vacancy.  It should be in their charter or bylaws.  Maybe they don’t go by the rules.  Re: Bangor’s Educated Dissent 27 Jan. 2011 and New ways needed for committee Jan 28, 2011 both bring out some of the points raised by Kate Dickerson.  So wake up folks and read the message that is being sent here.

  • Anonymous

    Thank your Ms. Dickerson for standing up to the status quo with the Bangor School Committee.  It has been an embarrassment to the community for years.  Don’t question the few!
    Caruso is a “family” member.  Outside of a true family business, the Bangor School System may be the most incestuous organization you could ever find. 

  • Frustrated

    Way to go, Kate.  It’s so nice to see people stand up for what they believe in and take a hard line when things are corrupt.

  • Anonymous

    What this city needs is a whole new School Board and a new Superintendant. Bangor schools are going downhill fast. Everything is being cut and people who have worked there for years are being forced out to bring in new people at lower wages. Education means nothing to these people. All they want is a way for their kids to zip  through school because the teachers know they are the son or daughter of a school board member and they can get fired if they give the little brat a low grade.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read the article and Karen Dickerson’s comments carefully. If her assertions prove true then she was most definitely operating in a hostile, toxic environment, and the real losers are Bangor’s students, who will be getting left behind by their school committee’s stubborn culture of provincialism and obsolescence.

    What summed up the Board’s rigidity for me was Guerrette’s alleged objections to Dickerson using a laptop to take notes at meetings. That’s very revealing–and so bizarre. 

    This is a world where three-year-olds are using their parents’ iPads to learn their ABC’s and 123’s, Blackberries are a staple at corporate meetings, my hairdresser uses a laptop at her station to book my next appointment, and we can order Domino’s pizzas online, so Guerrette telling Dickerson that “people are wondering why you’re hiding behind it, and if you are even paying attention to what’s going on,” is too wild for words. Laptops have been in wide use for at least a decade now; if Guerrette was suspicious of that, what other ideas and innovations for learning are she and her fellow appointees closed to? 

    Sounds like a serious housecleaning is in order in Bangor. 

  • Anonymous

    The School Department has already removed evidence of Kate Dickerson’s existence from the School Committee webpage.  

    http://www.bangorschools.net/content/4002/School_Committee/  

    Impressive response.  They can do things quickly when they feel compelled, apparently.

    Wonder when the video of this meeting will be available…

    • Anonymous

      I believe it’s up now. 

  • Anonymous

    I commend Dickerson for stating what has been happening for far too long on the Bangor School Committee.  Too many times, decisions are made in the office of the superintendent and forced on the members of the committee.  My husband and I saw this personally, when his position was eliminated.  There was no mention of who’s position it was, nor the impact of the action to the students.  When word got out to the students, my husband was told he had to tell the students they were not allowed to go to the School Board meeting to express their feelings.

    Many people were told to stay quiet during the process of this elimination.  We have moved on and are in a much better situation.  However, when my husband thinks back to the impact on the welfare of the students, and when coaches still call him and ask what they should do, you know the replacement with a contracted person, was not in the best interest of the students.  When students still contact my husband and ask for help, you know the contracted person is not doing their job.

    Integrity is something you are born with.  In order to maintain your integrity, it must be practiced on a daily basis.  Ms. Dickerson has amazing integrity!  This will be a great loss to the Bangor community.  Until replacements are made on the school committee, who dare speak out, Bangor schools will continue to lose the fine reputation they have always had, and it will become a thing of the past.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Kate Dickerson for having the character, as well as the personal and public integrity to put service ahead of ego. How dare she want to effect change in turning a mediocre, at best broken, system into one whereby children are actually educated and the taxpayer’s role is respected? There is no room for individuals such as she in such forums– the small minded, petty, lap-dogs that routinely “serve” are too well entrenched and too well protected to tolerate fresh air, new ideas, and real reform. Another victory for the small people– and of course, the teacher’s union and its hack toady administrators– always reliably ready to undermine progress and efforts to provide real education to our children in cost effective ways. The victims: of course, our children– destined at best to the trades and boondoggle community colleges (we’ll yield the Bates, Colby, Bowdoin, Dartmouth and Yale spots to the children from away) and the taxpayers– always there to readily pick up the tab for the entrenched mismanagement that’s pervasive in Bangor and many, many other communities throughout Maine. 

    Good for you Kate Dickerson! Now go and do good wholly unencumbered, knowing you tried to do it “their way” and didn’t fail, but succeeded in exposing them for what they truly are. You remain part of the solution and in fact, can accomplish more now than as a member of that board. Keep up the fight!  

  • Bob Conti

    Is this the school committee or the student council for one of the middle schools (they’re middle schools, right?  When I went to Fifth Street, it was a jr. high.  Just checking.)?

  • Anonymous

    Questions for the candidates for School Committee can be asked at the Candidates Forum.    (City Council Chambers, located on the third floor of City Hall, on Monday, October 29th. The School Committee candidates forum starts at 6:30 PM.)  
    Start formulating them now and get them in to be asked.What kind of committee member will they be?  Will they ask questions?  What do they think of Kate Dickerson’s actions?  How might they follow up on her statements and address the situation (if they even think there is a situation)?

    • Anonymous

      and run by who?  Betsy Webb?

  • Anonymous

    Please stopping praising Kate Dickerson as if she is a saint.  This entire post of comments absolutely amazes me.  After many interactions and observations of Kate in multiple community organizations, she is a person who likes to create controversy and always make sure she is the center of attention.  The real bully here is Kate.  Her sudden quitting (resigning or whatever you want to call it) does not surprise alot of people.  She is the kid who is a bully and then runs away when things don’t go his way.  Kate gets involved in programs/activities for self promotion and the promotion of her kids (not all kids).  If she had as much integrity as she self proclaims, then why throw James Doughty under the bus and please identify the city councilor who called the school committee “bobbleheads”.  It would be interesting to know if it is one of the teenagers on the city council.  As for the comment recommending Jim Moore.  Please stop.  This would be a huge mistake.  You need look no further than his involvement with Bangor  Youth Football and Bangor East Little League to know what he is like.  And why is he sending his twins to a private out of state school?

    • Kate may not be perfect but as far as I know she is the only one who stood up too rights for the disadvantaged kids.  We all know how Betsy goes out of her way to make sports a more important issue than the dropout rate . Could it be because her family was into sports . IE dad coach son  bates ball player in college. Toss Kate under a bus if you toss others under a train first. 

    • Anonymous

      I would venture that yours is a minority view about Kate Dickerson.  How could you call her a bully, given what she has had to endure on the School Committee?  How on earth is calling out the true bullies in any way bullying?  I would guess that if she created controversy elsewhere she was again calling a spade a spade.  

      But regardless of Dickerson’s actions, you can’t possibly be defending the Committee’s behavior, can you?

      • Anonymous

        Instead of criticizing the board as a whole, address them as individuals.   I understand you might have to do some research on who all the board members are.  It is apparent you only know Kate and Betsy Webb.  I don’t necessarily agree with everything and everybody on the board, but not everybody is the devil.  If so many people have issues with the school board or city council for that matter, take out papers and run in the election.  I understand it is easier for you to sit here and complain, but step up to the plate and be proactive.   The individuals on the school committee spend alot of time attending meetings, reviewing agenda’s, time at schools, budgets, etc.  It is not easy to be on any board and even more difficult to be a lightning rod for citizens who are either Kate’s cronies or chronic complainers (or both it seems in this case).  Kate does not call a spade a spade, she calls out anybody who does not agree with her. 

        • Anonymous

          It’s impressive that you think that the Committee members actually do anything productive on the committee, much less in the schools.  Appearing at convocations isn’t hard work.  They don’t actually do any work, because the board doesn’t do any.  

          It SHOULD be hard work to be on the School Committee, but it’s not.  They do no research on policies – Webb does that for them and tells them how to vote.  They don’t put the budget together – Webb does that and tells them what to say.  They don’t even make the agenda for the School Committee meetings – Webb does that and tells them how it will play out.  So it’s a mystery what hard work they do.What the committee members spend **a lot of time** doing, apparently, is plotting how to embarrass Dickerson and twist other people’s words.  Imagine if they spent that time actually doing the work you are fantasizing about!Guerrette, Caruso, and Szal are the cronies who always seem to chime in and pile things on.    Caruso doesn’t attend meetings of boards that he’s on as a School Committee member – ask the UTC folks about that.  And he seems to only say obnoxious yet vapid things in meetings, cementing his sycophant status on the Committee.  Grant and Ye are quiet, and dutifully vote the way they’re supposed to; probably they realized at some point that they were in over their heads.  Notice Grant didn’t sign up for another term…  Farnham has supported Dickerson occasionally, but not consistently, and she’s busy being a different elected official.  

          And the people you call “Kate’s cronies” are most of the citizens of Bangor, judging by comments and what I have heard around town today.  The only “cronies” in this situation are those of Webb and Caruso.  But that’s a whole other discussion.Dickerson may call out those who don’t agree, but isn’t that better than trying to bully them behind the scenes and humiliate them in public?  Public discussion and civil discourse is what she wanted, from what she said, and even that small decency was not granted by these people.  It’s pretty much indefensible, and has been for years.

          • Anonymous

             Again, run for the school committee if want to see what these people do.  Or like I stated before, sit back and keep complaining.  It is obvious you a close friend to Kate and not just a concerned citizen.  How does Kate’s kool-aid taste?  It’s interesting you claim to know so much about each of the committee members, however if you truly did, you would know more about Ye and know that Grant was asked to run again by many residents of Bangor but has chosen to focus on other ventures.  It takes alot of ones time to be on the board.  Ye speaks for himself and has not agreed with “everything” in meetings.  Both are valuable members of the board.  Farnham is not running for the school board again as she seeks to do things at a higher level in Augusta.  It’s obviously easier for you to complain than be proactive. 

  • Anonymous

    Their all a bunch of attention addicts, anything to get a headline. Well enjoy your time in the liimelight.

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