Carver Little Dig
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Ben Ellis School
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Political Notification System
Ever wonder why the schools are successful at
getting their people to town meeting? Itís not the Parent Teacher
Organization, Itís not volunteers and itís not good old fashioned
hard work. It is abuse of the emergency notification system thatís
supposed to inform parents of emergencies and snow days. Below is a
chain of emails that I initiated on the subject.
Dear Superintendent Sorrell,
The School Department is making phone calls to
people in the town from the main number of the Carver Schools
508-866-6100 pertaining to town meeting. I request a transcript of
the phone calls be made public. I also request disclosure of the
recipients of the calls. If the entire town was not called please
disclose the selection criterion used to select who was called.
Please disclose the company or individuals who made the calls. I
also request disclosure of the total cost of the calls and who paid
for the calls and who authorized the expenditure. If the town or any
public financing was used please specify the accounts charged for
Dear Mr. Johnson,
I hope you are available some time today to drop by
the central office for Carver Public Schools. I would like to give
you the information you requested. It is an electronic service that
the school department subscribes to yearly. We use it instead of
mailing notices to parents. It saves us quite a bit of postage money
each year. The cost is approximately $3.00 per student, per year.
This service allows for unlimited calls and emails. This is a
technology account. As soon as the business manager arrives, I will
be able to give you the exact cost for FY 2008 and the account
number. If you drop by any time today, either Annmarie Metrano or I
can log on to the service and show you the messages that we have
sent in the past year. I authorize messages sent from the central
office. The principals of each school authorize messages sent from
We also use it for public service announcements when
requested. For example, the fire department has used it to send
messages to parents regarding thin ice on local ponds-to warn
against skating on ponds (winter, 2008). The police department used
it to warn parents about a possible child predator seen in Carver
(October, 2007). Mr. Nauen asked us to announce Town Meeting last
June (2007). We also used this service to notify of bomb threats
in the schools and to notify the town hall of emergency information.
Those are a few of the public service announcements.
On a regular basis, we call parents regarding
upcoming events, meetings, notices, etc. The principals can make
announcements from their schools and my office can make
announcements to all schools. Each student in Carver and their
respective family is on the call or email list. You can select which
group (by school) gets a message.
The message below was sent to all students and their
families. On Friday, June 13, 2008, I scheduled a message that read
This is Superintendent of Schools, Liz Sorrell.