By Rosalie Tirella
Let’s take another look at the political subtext of the nasty/arrogant behavior of Worcester School Committeewomen Tracy Novick and Dianna Biancheria, re: The Goddard School MCAS brouhaha that they have managed to create, insulting WPS School Superintendent Dr,. Melinda Boone, the City of Worcester, Goddard School staff, students and families.
These two women are using the Goddard School to work out their issues re: The MCAS test in general (Novick, who loathes them and wants to do away with them – even though most educators and inner-city families want some kind of standardized test measuring the academic progress of students), the Mass Dept of Primary and Secondary Education (Novick has a vandetta against Mr. Chester and imtimated that he was corrupte), desire to oust Dr. Melinda Boone/racism (Novick and Biancheria resent this intelligent, caring and powerful African American woman), power/control (Novick and Biancheria do not know their boundaries and want to take it away from Dr. Boone – witness how the immature and shrill Novicik “slapped” her information request/letter in Dr. Boone’s hands at the last Worcester School Committee meeting. “unbelieveable” is how one political observer viewed Novick’s rudeness) and finally, both women’s disdain for then Mayor and now City Concilor Konnie Lukes who was instrumental in keeping the school superintendent search two years ago, fair, open, professional – and country-wide.
Good ol’ political Worcester boy Steve Mills did not get the job. The Worc. School Superintendent Search Committee, headed by WPI president and a lot of impressive/diverse Worcester business and educational and community leaders, chose Dr. Melinda Boone, who hails from Virginia – and is a beacon of professionalism and fairness. She is a role model for all our public school students – especially our kids of color. Novick – white, privileged, stay-at-home Mom who has never lived in the inner city and has never been poor/working class – has no idea how important a symbol Dr. Boone is for the WPSchools – a majority minority school district, where a majority of students are eligible for free or reduced-lunch (read poor) and whose parents know (to their very cores) that their kids’ school are neighborhood beacons of hope and caring, as well as education.
Konnie Lukes, John Monfredo, Joe O’Brien, Jack Foley and Mary Mullaney know this.
Novick has her head so far up her tight little asshole, she is incapable of seeing the truth. Biancheria is too dumb to have the kind of complex motives that Novick has – who will probably use the Goodard MCAS “scandal” to run for Worcester City Council soon (we hope she loses). Biancheria just feels left out, out of the loop, she says.
In other words, Dianna B.’s ass isn’t getting kissed often enough.
Dianna Biancheria worked at the Worcester public School Administration building on Irving Street. She was put into her high-paying position (a sinecure if ever there was one) by her ally and all around Worcester big-shot player, by former Worcester Mayor, Ray Mariano. Then she lost her job and all that money.
Dianna B. immediately ran for Worcester Public School Committee just to keep her fist in the money pie – and won, with the help of the Ray Mariano Political Machine. She – like all Worcester School Committee members – gets (around) a $15,000-a-year check for sitting on the Worcester School Committee.
Having watched the Goddard “showdown” a few weeks ago in which Dianna and Novick and strange political bed-fellow Brian O’Connell’s petition to see all the state records re: the Goddard MCAS test results (which classrooms was the “coaching” going on in, which tests were affected, which students were being inappropriately aided by which Goddard School teachers) get voted down 4 to 3 should have ended this creepy affair.
Nope. Novick and Biancheria are going to the state, filing freedom of information letters and the whole nine yards. Just to out to the community the Goddard students (how sad for the families!) and the teachers (whom everyone says are first-rate) to get what they need: their bizzarro egos fed, their misplaced need for control met and their (unconscious) racist, provincial desire to ruin the career (same motive of former Worcester city councilor Gary Rosen – the little dildo) of Dr. Melinda Boone, a woman way too classsy for these three.