There are many reasons that brought our families to Barrington and keep us here. But at the top of everyone’s list is an excellent school system that promises to “empower all students to …
There are many reasons that brought our families to Barrington and keep us here. But at the top of everyone’s list is an excellent school system that promises to “empower all students to excel.” Barrington Public Schools’ strategic plan states that it will achieve this goal by “making student-centered decisions” and “creating purposeful, inclusive, and responsive dialogue.”
Over the past several years, the district administration and majority of the School Committee have failed on both fronts. It is time for a change. Our community is reeling from this year’s failed shift from Honors-level English classes to an independent Honors Designation project, resulting in honors participation dropping from over 50% of students to under 30%.
This was a major policy change with no clearly-stated goal or implementation plan, during a pandemic that left students and teachers stretched thin. The adverse impact this would have on college merit scholarship eligibility was not discovered until AFTER the change was implemented; this lack of due diligence by our leaders has left many high school students caught in the middle of this debacle.
This is just the latest example of a clear pattern of self-inflicted wounds due to the administration and School Committee taking actions without regard for stakeholder input, and lack of accountability for failures. A few examples:
Elimination of bus eligibility for many families, which was communicated only a few weeks before school started in September;
Neighborhood elementary schools on the chopping block, with reluctant acknowledgement that families should have input;
Removal of conceptual classes (which offered content that met individual student needs) early in the pandemic, without engagement of students and families impacted;
Inability to resolve an ongoing dispute that has resulted in an unused state-of-the-art auditorium gathering dust almost two years after the opening of our new Barrington Middle School;
Lack of a timely response to a four-month gap in 8th grade math instruction due to a middle school teacher leaving;
Numerous lawsuits/legal actions brought by teachers, students, and their families, in response to the gross overreach by the majority of this School Committee.
Barrington schools are our town’s greatest asset. We, engaged parents, students, BHS graduates, and taxpayers, have spent hours trying to convey our perspectives and lived experiences. We have written countless emails and spoken at endless school committee meetings. The lack of any response, of accountability, of listening to understand, of any semblance of community partnership, is stunning.
To be clear, we applaud our teachers and are thankful for all they are doing - day in and day out - for our kids. Our entire learning community deserves better than these failures of our leadership.
The signers of this letter are diverse; we are Democrats, Republicans and Independents; some voted for the current school committee members, and some did not. But we will ALL vote for change in November, because these issues are more important than party.
This is a unifying call for action. Our kids and our school system are counting on us.
Julie & Brett Owens, 16 Chachapacassett Road
Neile & Fred Hartman, 18 Great Road
Shelli Edgar & Devyn Smith, 14 South Meadow Lane
Kelly Andreoni & Alec Waugh, 2 Ledge Road
Hermano & Melissa Pereira, 17 Old River Road
Cassie & Paul DiGiacomo, 23 Great Road
Karen and Mark Ceseretti, 1 Alfred Drive
Todd & Lisbeth Kenyon, 5 Vincent Paul Dr
Chris & Jill Hughes, 20 Mayfield Drive
Liz & Dave Henderson, 1 Northwest Passage
Craig & Pam Van Ness, 30 Lillis Ave
Jon & Heather Magnussen, 3 Carriage Trail
Nate and Jenn Gravelle, 48 North Lake Drive
Chase Kazounis, 3 Fairview Circle
Emily & Andy Ford, 1 North Lake Drive
TR Rimoshytus, 1 Howard St
Heather & David Piazza, 10 Briarfield Rd
Andrew and Jamie Triebwasser, 139 Nayatt Rd
Lisa Daft, 5 Robbins Dr
Dianne Tine, 154 Lincoln Ave
Dena Davis, 38 Highland Ave
Danielle Zavada & James Robinson, 141 Alfred Drown Rd
Jessica & Gerasimos Liberatos, 4 Deep Meadow Rd
Andrew & Brittany DiOrio, 450 Maple Avenue
Karen & Keith Montecalvo, 7 Bullock Avenue
Hope and Sam Parish, 30 Oak Grove Ave
Gina Pine, 479 New Meadow Rd
Brian and Emily Hughes, 18 Eton Road
Leah & Aaron Hoffmann, 30 Broadview Drive
Christian & Melissa Rigamonti, 1 Carver Road
Kiela Daley, 7 Greenbrier Drive
Richard Guerra, 15 Bullock Ave.
Melanie & Scott Edwards, 255 Rumstick Road
Ellen and Philip Schaffer, 2 King Philip Ave
Krystal and Matthew Higgins, 7 Heritage Rd.
Colleen & Christopher Hoagland, 5 Telford Rd
Kira & Lyle Richardson, 61 Whipple Ave.
Tanya Bernier, 22 Columbus Avenue
Wendy & Bruce Duncan, 18 Lantern Lane
Chad & Rachel Mellen, 2 Nayatt Point Court
Meredith & Nick Guerriero, 324 Rumstick Rd
Jon and Katherine Kittredge, 6 Brick Pond Drive
Jeremy and Kelly Hardison, 2 Hunt Drive
Elizabeth & Imran Salahuddin, 552 Middle Hwy
Kip and Kate Godbout,135 Ferry Lane
Andrew Gaynor, 118 Ferry Lane
Andrew & Rebecca Porter 3 Driftwood Dr.
Alyson & Abbas Abbas, 91 Nayatt Rd
Elizabeth and Christopher Kirk, 6 Harbour
Bahar Bilgen & Deniz Bac, 19 Chapin Rd
Tammie Guerra, 15 Bullock Avenue
Amanda R. Ferreira, 2 Bluemead Farm Lane
Anthony and Dawn Bucci, 6 Fireside Drive
Michelle Gray, 14 Burr Ave
Greg & Parisa Beers, 10 Robbins Drive
Carolanne McTaggart, 160 Adams Point Rd
Kristen & James Pearse, 47 Chapel Rd
Stephanie & Louis Benevides, 181 Rumstick Rd
Elizabeth & Vishal Singh, 2 Regal Point
Alan & Sherri Cantara, 7 Ridgeland Rd
Barbara Waliga, 16 Pine Top Rd
Frank and Katie Lucas, 5 Sakonnet Drive
Kimberly & Brian Durkin, 8 Bayberry Lane
Swetha Nataraj and Kishore Lakshman, 320 Rumstick Road
Yajni Warnapala and Zufni Yehiya, 32 Linden Rd
Madhri Yehiya, 32 Linden Rd, (BHS 2020)
Jenna & Bear Marchal, 2 Colley Court
Gina Campbell Helm & Benjamin Andreozzi, 61 Primrose Hill Rd
Debbi and Jordan Jaffe, 17 Woodhaven Road
Alison and Michael Reuter, 91 Mathewson Road
Tinsley Kampmier-Williamson and Dominic Williamson, 19 Meadowbrook Dr
MiNa Chung, 3 Sherwood Lane
Chris Gauthier & Heather Nelson, 5 Meadowbrook Rd
Mimsey and Bill Cauley, 7 Jennys Ln
James and Rosemaria Cowden, 18 Highland Ave
Karen Occhialini, 5 Copper Kettle Lane
Mylie & Emerson Leonard, 2 Glenfield Rd
Anthony and Amanda Bruneau, 4 Craig Drive
Andy and Anita Sattlberger, 22 Thomas Street
Maria Vassilieva, 11 Anthony Rd
Bethany Aspinwall, 276 Narragansett Ave
Priya and Arvind Bansal, 3 Boxwood Court
Laura and Emma Larrivee, 140 Promenade St.
Jessica and Zeke Fortin, 10 Zompa Rd
John and Loredana Tuttobene, 15 Puritan Ave
Jennifer and Andrew Macaulay, 61 Jennys Lane
Jennifer and Bryan Jay, 9 Harbour Road
Anne Merlino, 15 Mallard Cove Way
Melissa and Brent Squires, 8 Olive Lane
Natalie and Matt Leonard, 20 Mallard Cove Way
Kim and Matt Gilmore, 29 Richmond Ave.
Michelle Ristuccia and Jeffrey Mattos, 47 Meadowbrook Drive
Shufen Tian, 130 Church Street
Dan Gilman (BHS 1996) and Jessica Zuehlke, 29 Knapton St.
Yang Wang, 19 Wildflower Rd.
Erin Rose, 70 Alfred Drown Rd.
Cheryl Marley, 3 Viall’s Dr.
Laurie and Greg Dubel, 95 Mathewson Rd
Robert Swarts, 421 Sowams Rd
Anastasios and Marianthy Barakos, 5 Northwest Psge
Helaina Barakos, 5 Northwest Psge
Anthony & Erin DiOrio, 1 Hunt Dr
Herminio and Patti Agustin, 616 County Rd
Laura Lass, 149 Narragansett Ave
Ted Paull, 149 Narragansett Ave
Rob and Holly Gonsalves, 4 New Hampshire Ave
Carissa and Ty Paup, 6 Sowams Rd
Brian and Ashlee Cabral, 417 Maple Ave
Sharon Santos, 11 Western Ave
Brian and Jessica Rawnsley, 24 Hazelton Road
Dennis & Shannon Staton, 27 Lantern Lane
Debra C. Nyser, 30 Adelaide Ave
Ray and Allison Clark, 5 Mathewson Rd
Bryan & Jennifer McLane, 3 Roberta Dr.
Erika and Tim Twohig, 4 Eleanor Drive
Julie Sanfilippo, 82 Massasoit Ave
David and Elizabeth Clegg, 6 Bullock Ave
Kirsten Gonnevile, 31 Ferry Lane
Anna Amoiradaki, 20 Burr Avenue
Kara and Mike Kelley, 6 Jennys Lane
Jarrod and Heather Ryan, 99 Roffee Street
Justin & Danielle Kupperman, 5 Oak Manor Drive
Scott and Emily Hughes, 20 Appian Way
Seth & Keri Fisher, 47 Lamson Road
Rick & Karen Desimone, 5 StarBrook Drive
Daniela and Chris Jensen, 9 Boxwood Ct.
Rob & Shannon Spear, 9 Northwest Passage
Stacy & Jean-Paul Dujardin, 29 Broadview Drive
Peter Alarie & Amy Breslin, 2 Windward Dr
Angie Salem and John Buffum, 5 Half Mile Rd
Mac Dolan & Lisa Treat, 23 Bradford Street
Amy and Mike Silvia, 8 Ledge Rd
Eric and Carrie Newton, 307 Rumstick Rd
Elizabeth and Mario Sturla, 12 Third St
Tom and Lauren Martin, 314 Rumstick Rd.
Alexandra Martin, 314 Rumstick Rd.
Bill & Lauren Loehning, 14 Stone Tower Lane
Sara Catanzaro, 368 Rumstick Rd
Jeff Schles, 368 Rumstick Rd
Ransom and Alexandra Griffin, 5 Elton Road
Beth and Tom Conlon, 9 Highview Ave
Motryja and Roman Bejger, 36 Jennys Lane
Stuart and Michea Kiely, 114 Rumstick Rd
Matthew & Melanie Fletcher, 81 Prince’s Hill Ave
Michael & Carla Silva 45 Chapin Road
Dara & Phil Colacchio, 7 Glenfield Road
Alexia & John Hatjopoulos, 3 Annies Way
Denise & Paul Languirand, 10 Starbrook Dr
Yomar & Silke Marquez-Scholz, 387 Nayatt Rd
Kim Perez & Liam Kenny, 17 Terrace Dr
Molly & Bill Magnuson, 17 Burr Ave
Brendan & Laurel Gibbons, 500 Washington Road
Anna Titova, 96 Lincoln Ave
Karen & Brendan Whittet, 16 Pine Cone Drive
Eric Gardner, One Bowden Avenue
Katie and John Bavier, 10 Milton Rd
Jennifer Paredes, 5 Stone Tower Lane
Tim and Amy Forbes, 11 Adams Point Road
Jessica Cabral-Lafreniere and James Lafreniere, 9 Elton Rd
Elizabeth and Rich Demopoulos, 9 Half Mile Road
Susannah P. Holloway, 64 Fales Ave.
Paul & Kimberley Montour, 18 Chapel Rd.
Kristie and Tod Sirmalis, 13 Roberta Drive
Michelle and Alan Daniels, 26 Bluff Road
Andrew & Krissi Resmini, 309 Rumstick Road
Dina Egge, 55 Washington Road
Paul Dulchinos, 20 Walnut Road
Leigh & Joshua Riazi, 116 Governor Bradford Drive
Kristen Martel, 11 Winsor Drive
Elizabeth Buckley, One Bowden Avenue
Elisa & Michael Sholes, 7 Maudsley Avenue
Carlos & Nicole Dominguez, 8 Glenfield Road
Xin He & Yu Yang, 37 Washington Rd
Elizabeth Holmes, 16 Milton Rd
Julie & Matt Bromberg, 15 Broadview Drive
Peter & Julie Romano, 9 Briarwood Drive
Morgan Hollenbeck, 100 Rumstick Road
Scott & Pamela Fuller, 23 Belvedere Avenue
Cari & Glenn Wojcik, 5 Woodmont Ct
Augie & Lori Almeida (BHS 1975), 54 Hammond St, Seekonk
Derek & Jennifer Stern, 10 Wright Place
Nelson & Christine Pires, 24 Bullock Ave
Jill & David Josephson, 34 Anthony Road
Noelle Robinson (BHS 2021), 9 Cold Spring Road
Cortney and Timothy Oswald, 4 Teakwood Ln
Melina and Adam Hill, 5 Blount Circle
Gail Dunphy, 74 Martin Ave
Jody & Glenn Tanzman, 166 Nayatt Rd.
John Alessandro, Jr (BHS 1989), 15 Meadowbrook Dr.
Mary Teixeira, 5 Josal Drive
Dorothy Andreozzi, 8 Josal Drive
Lee Ann Macrae, 10 Josal Drive
Joe Mac Rae, 10 Josal Drive
Nick and Sheila Fluet, 4 Greenbrier Drive
David Kagan and Rachel Simmons, 30 South Street
Jeremy and Maura Spector, 7 Chachapacasset Rd.
Kerri-Anne Mallet, 5 Westwood Ln
Meg & Brad Whelan, 22 Broadview Drive
Chunli Ye, 1 Phillips St.
Jill & Seb Martens, 22 Townsend St.
Cassidy Owens (BHS 2021), 16 Chachapacassett Road
Mike and Michelle Perugini 25 Highview Ave.
David and Elizabeth Norton, 16 Thomas Street
Matt and Haley Holland, 12 Blount Cir, (BHS 2003)
Allyson Naperotic, 105 New Meadow Rd
Elizabeth and Jim Watson, 216 Nayatt Rd
Erica and Adam Resmini, 178 Adams Point Road
Denise & Raymond Lombardo, 46 Rumstick Road
Doug Dubel (BHS 2021), 95 Mathewson Road
Sheila and Nick Fluet, 4 Greenbrier Drive
Michael and Sharon Monsour, 7 Crestwood Rd.
Laurie Tickle and Ralph Coutant, 50 Alfred Drown Rd.
David and Angela Jewell, 1 Middle Highway
Karen and Martin Rasnick, 9 Meadow Circle
Rachel Rasnick, 9 Meadow Circle
Maxine Rasnick, 9 Meadow Circle
Matthew & Jennifer Gill, 6 Oak Manor Drive
Michael & Beth Machado, 4 Mallard Cove Way
Lauren & Jim Fox, 143 Church Street
Peter and Michelle Lucas, 22 Old Chimney
John and Kate Reagan, 1 Collins Court
Maura McCrann, 4 Woodford Road
Megan and David Redmond, 4 Knapton St
Michele & Phillip Bennett, 170 Sowams Road
Elisabeth McGowan & Andrew Tolley, 17 Robbins Drive
Jeff & Sarah Gaines, 8 Honeysuckle Court
Jyothsna Parachuru, 4 Pine Top Road
Betsy Dolan, 102 Walnut Rd
Megan Capozza, 3 Atlantic Crossing
David Beal, 17 Oak Manor Drive
Kelley LeBlanc, 4 Westwood Lane
Kristen Moran 22 Carpenter Avenue
Jackie Zhu, 2 Cranberry Court
Michael and Jennifer Horne, 13 Preston Drive
Barbara Celico, 21 Central Ave
David and Samantha Currie, 6 Old Chimney Road
Alfredo & Holly Gil, 17 Adams Point Road
Andrew & Lucille Cresho, 16 Fairway Drive
Vivienne Mueller (BHS 2022), 6 Ronald Road
Lucy Dreier (BHS 2022), 4 Libby Lane
Steve & Kerri Payne, 6 Alfred Dr.
Bill & Melinda Quinn, 14 Old Chimney Rd.
Joe and Amanda Hope, 5 Deep Meadow Rd
Beatrice Lechner and Marian Mueller, 6 Ronald Rd
Cilla and Peter Donatelli, 7 Preston Drive
Kristie Feroce, 303 New Meadow Rd.
Noelle & Jared Pruzan, 5 Boxwood Ct.
Elizabeth Zimmermann, 15 Ridgewood Rd.
Brian & Justine Rua, 2 Deep Meadow Rd
Zhijin Wu, 25 Pine Top Rd
Betty Vohr and Thomas Gidley, 4 White Birch Lane
Zach & Mary Tronti, 2 Driftwood Drive
Ellen & Carmine Rondinelli, 3 Colonial Ave.
Neil Yee, 63 Linden Road
Grace Murphy, 35 North Lake Drive
Leslie and Bill Brackett, 74 Fales Ave
Bart Stanzione, 424 Middle Highway
Dawn and Bill Clarke 28 Sherwood lane
Vasilios B. Kotsiris (BHS 1989), 16 Briarfield Rd.
Adam (BHS 1993) and Amiee Keenan, 16 Stanley Ave.
Kyeonghee Kim, 2 Mallard Cove Way
Nora and David Caldarella 16 Melrose Ave
John and Alexia Taxiarchos, 5 George W Finnerty Rd.
Daniel and Sara Mountain, 6 Mallard Cove
Kevin and Robyn Silvia, 14 Agawam
Stephanie and Jarrod Brucato, 61 Annawamscutt Rd.
David and Kimberly Hood, 85 Rumstick Rd
Christopher and Megan Coleman, 210 Foote St.
Ernie & Susan Giordano, 47 Washington Road
Christopher and Jean Ernster, 100 Ferry Lane
Lisa & Mark Biagetti, 2 Tallwood Drive
Erika Werner, 55 Alfred Drowne Rd
Kathleen and Brendan Keefe, 583 Maple Ave
Heather and Dan Bairos, 3 Despirito Lane
Holly & Lance Sheffield, 85 Nayatt Rd
Molly and Patrick Franke, 100 Nayatt Rd.
Michael Morrissette Christopher Poirier, 11 Chantilly Drive
Kelly M Carrara, 61 Lamson Road
Melissa & Nick Angert, 4 Copper Kettle Lane
Christoper Gillam, 14 Chantilly Drive
Alyssa & Jack DaFonseca, 14 Bullock Ave
Rosalie Franks, 16 Terrace Drive
Saramsh Pandit & Anjana Gautam, 8 Meadow Circle
Thomas Chun, Audrey Sinesi, and Stephanie Chun (BHS 2020), 392 New Meadow Road
Sicheng Wen, Jing Ding, 71 Prospect street
Elizabeth Jacobs & Daniel Dickstein, 17 Echo Drive
Amira & Edress Othman, 7 Richard St
Konstantinos Dokos & Stephanie Tsimikas, 4 Hart Lane
Sarah & Brady Case, 67 Bay Rd
Kristin and Michael Panasuik, 16 Mallard Cove Way
Mary Kathryn and Michael Cancilliere, 15 Fireside Dr
Jerauld and Sara Adams, 132 Nayatt Road
Julie and Jon Duffy, 33 Alfred Drown Road
Alex Rimoshytus (BHS 2012), 1 Howard St
Lauren Peck, 21 Thomas St
Robert Peck, 85 Whipple Ave
Dan & Laura Johnson, 4 Vero Court
Crystal & Michael Duarte, 5 Caldarone St
Jeff & Sara Brown, 31 Meadowbrook Drive
Pam Lewis, 3 Ridgewood Road
Ben and Becky Chwalk, 3 Woolett Court
Lisa and Larry Davis, 5 Veritas Way
Sophia Mecca, 35 Waldron Avenue
Stacey Munzert, 18 Manning Drive
Brad and Stephanie Morisseau, 1 Tanglewood Drive
Katherine & Matthew Donato, 7 Colonial Ave
Buddy and Kelli Hardiman, 77 Rumstick Road
Joyce and Greg Hughes, 177 Mathewson Road
Lisa Raposa, 34 Richmond Ave
Karynn Pilipski, 3 Preston Drive
Joanna Koutsoukos, 2 Belton Drive
Steve & Vanessa Sheehan, 35 Adelaide Ave.
Paul Ziino, 31 Great Road
Katie & Wallace Abbott, 49 Jennys Ln
Jong Hoon Park, 1 Atlantic Crossing
Lisa Duffy, Whipple Avenue
Kate Higginbotham, 42 Meadowbrook Drive
Jennifer Stern and Ted Chavez, 16 Chapin Road
Heather and William Glassner, 15 Cold Spring Road
Jessica and Brian Parylak, 4 Stratford Rd
KJ Hwang & Sora Park, 32 Walsh Ave
Bill and Marsha Clarke, 632 County Rd
Phoebe Salten & Merrill Weingrod, 11 Bluff Rd
Dave and Katarina Oberg, 6 Puritan Ave
Brad and Kirsten Carlson, 139 Rumstick Rd
Thomas Cregan, 3 Tallwood Drive