SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE QA Samaha Newhouse Fennelly Evaluate Superintendents First 9 Months

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Jesse Fennelly, Jay Samaha, and incumbent Jo Newhouse are running for the three seats up for grabs in this year’s School Committee race.Despite running unopposed, Wilmington Apple felt it was important for readers to get to know the candidates a bit more. Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates weekly questions leading up to the April 27 Town Election.This week’s question: Arguably the biggest responsibility of the School Committee is the hiring of the Superintendent. Dr. Glenn Brand was selected last February, hired last March, and officially began his tenure as Superintendent here in July. He is approaching the end of his first year with the district and will receive his first evaluation from the School Committee next month. What letter grade would you give Dr. Brand’s performance thus far? Why? Name one area he’s particularly impressed you in. Name one area you believe he can improve in.Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jesse FennellyAmong the many responsibilities of the school committee, one of the biggest and most impactful is the hiring of a superintendent. Wilmington was fortunate to have the steady leadership of Joanne Benton for many years, but recently, there has been a noticeable lack of continuity at the helm of the administration. I was present for the school committee interviews of the superintendent candidates, and was immediately impressed with Dr. Brand. I said last year, and will say again, the school committee made the right choice in hiring Dr. Brand to lead our school system.Up to this point, I would give Dr. Brand an A-. Something he has done particularly well, which I indicated in my campaign last year was an area I would like to see improved, is the communication from the administration. Dr. Brand has done an excellent job, in my opinion, of keeping parents and the community updated on what is happening with the schools and the district as a whole. He has also done well with involving the community in the decision making process. From multiple surveys that have been sent out, to community representation on search committees, to involvement in strategic planning, Dr. Brand has included the community at every turn, something I believe is vitally important to the continued success of our school district.On the flipside, I don’t believe there is necessarily an area that he is lacking in. That said, one of the main issues of the school district as a whole has been a lack of continuity in leadership. I would encourage Dr. Brand to continue building his leadership team with individuals who are not only dedicated to the education of our students and improvement of our schools, but are invested in the LONG TERM success of the Wilmington School District. My hope would be, as Dr. Brand continues to build his team and replace those leaving, that he does so with an eye towards continuity. That he hires individuals who are committed to Wilmington for the long term.I know Dr. Brand can’t force people to stay here. However, if he can build a strong team that stays together for the foreseeable future, I have no doubt that we can improve our schools, and he can improve his A- to an A or A+.To learn more or get in touch, visit http://www.facebook.com/JesseFennellyforWilmingtonSchoolCommittee.Jesse FennellyJo Newhouse (Incumbent)I am pleased with Dr. Brand’s work to date, but it is too soon to give him a letter grade.  He appropriately spent the better part of this past year familiarizing himself with the school department and the Wilmington community as part of his entry plan, addressing the Coordinated Program Review findings and working on a strategic plan for the district.    His entry plan was very comprehensive, and he has provided detailed findings regarding areas of strength within the district and areas needing improvement. I am excited to work with Dr. Brand to address all of our areas of concern, but I am particularly interested in supporting his efforts to improve instructional support interventions, social emotional learning across all student demographics, and consistent communication protocols and systems within the district.Jo NewhouseJay SamahaI agree that one of the biggest responsibilities of the School Committee is to evaluate the Superintendent. Over the past few years we have struggled with inconsistent leadership in Wilmington. I believe that the hiring of Dr. Glenn Brand was a move towards more consistent leadership at the highest administrative level.If I were to assign a letter grade to Dr. Brand it would be a solid “B+”. As a teacher I would assign this grade to a student who has a strong grasp of the important principles. This student would put forth a consistently strong effort and would be a benefit to the class as a whole. This student would also have areas were he/she could improve to get that grade up to an “A”.I am confident that Dr. Brand knows the ins and outs of the job of Superintendent. He is competent and this shows in his reports to the School Committee and in feedback from both parents and staff that work with him. He is conscientious and confident. He is also humble enough to admit when he does not know something but will work hard to get you the answer.One area where he has truly impressed me is his ability to lead. One great example of this is his work with the Strategic Planning Committee. He has shown great transparency with the process. I have spoken with people on this committee and they are energized and excited to do the work. This, I believe, demonstrates Dr. Brand’s ability to lead. Another area of commendation for Dr. Brand is his work with the Special Education Program Evaluation. He has acknowledged that this is not something that Wilmington is obligated to do. However, he believes that it will ultimately benefit our students so he is going forward with it. That, to me, is the type of leadership I am looking for in a Superintendent.One of the areas that I believe Dr. Brand could improve upon is his community outreach and communication. When the final three principal candidates came to visit the Middle School and hold a forum there were very few parents present. I have spoken with numerous middle school parents who had no idea the forums were happening. I’d like to know what Dr. Brand’s plan is going forward to engage parents and families.I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Brand and his leadership team in order to build even better schools in Wilmington.Jay SamahaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”A VOTER’S GUIDE To The Wilmington School Committee RaceIn “Government”VIDEO: School Committee Candidate Jay Samaha Discusses His Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”last_img read more

Spotify and Hulu 10 bundle offer has ended new deal offers 3month

first_imgSpotify Premium users can get Hulu for free.  Hulu Editor’s note, May 16, 2019: Spotify stopped accepting new sign ups for its Premium with Hulu deal on May 14. The company has announced a new Premium offer, where new or free-tier users who previously haven’t tried Premium can get a three-month trial for 99 cents. (Spotify Premium users that canceled their Premium account before April 15, 2019 can also sign up for a three-month trial for $9.99). The Spotify plus Hulu combination deal, detailed in the article below, is now available only to students who sign up for Spotify’s Premium for Students plan. If you have Spotify Premium, you can now get Hulu’s ad-supported service at no extra cost. New and existing subscribers to Spotify Premium and Hulu can sign up for the specially priced bundle through June 10. If you’re new to Spotify Premium, after you sign up for the offer, you’ll get the ad-free music streaming service and Hulu’s ad-supported TV service for 30 days. After the first month, you’ll pay $10 per month thereafter. Digital Media Mobile Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor on its march to rule podcasts Now playing: Watch this: Originally posted March 12 at 10:18 am PT. Updated to add frequently asked questions, 1:48 pm PT. Updated March 27 to note new competitive offerings from Apple. Updated May 16 to note expiration of deal. 6 3:09 Apple will finally reveal its $1 billion-budget TV service Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Comments Hulu Spotify 2:28 If you already have Spotify Premium, you can activate Hulu for no additional cost by signing up here.Hulu and Spotify offered a similar deal last April and bundled their services for $13 per month. If you’re still paying last year’s bundle price, you’ll be automatically migrated to the new $10 deal.Here’s everything else you need to know about the current promotion:The basicsSpotify and Hulu teamed up on a discounted bundle deal that was first announced on March 12. Whether you’re brand-new to both, an existing subscriber of one but not the other — or both already — you’re eligible for the promotion, which includes access to Spotify’s ad-free premium service (normally $9.99 per month) and Hulu’s ad-supported service (normally $5.99) for a total of $9.99 per month. You can sign up for the specially priced bundle now through June 10. The caveats There are a few catches here, mostly for existing Spotify and Hulu subscribers. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership or the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion. Same goes for Hulu subscribers who have the “No Ads” or “Hulu + Live TV” plans. Check out all of the terms and conditions here.This deal includes Spotify’s Premium tier of service, which is ad-free, and Hulu’s “ad-supported” plan, which includes ad interruptions. The company says that the number of ads on Hulu is “generally less than half of that of traditional broadcast and cable TV” and that the platform will accommodate your ad preferences. The time frameYou can sign up for the special bundle pricing bundle until June 10.I’m brand-new to Spotify and Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here.I already have Hulu but not Spotify. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here. But to qualify for the special pricing, current Hulu subscribers need to switch their billing over to Spotify. Note that you you won’t get a prorated credit or refund from Hulu for the current month of service — and you’ll forfeit any credit balances on your account.I already have Spotify but not Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?If you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, yes. You can sign up here. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership or the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion.I already have Spotify and Hulu. Am I eligible for this deal?Yes. You can sign up here. But to qualify for the special pricing, current Hulu subscribers need to switch their billing over to Spotify. Note that you you won’t get a prorated credit or refund from Hulu for the current month of service — and you’ll forfeit any credit balances on your account.I am a Spotify Family Plan subscriber.  Am I eligible for this deal?No. Current Spotify subscribers who have the “Family Plan” — where up to four members of a household can listen to different songs concurrently — are not eligible for this promotion.I am a Spotify Student Tier subscriber.  Am I eligible for this deal?No. Current Spotify subscribers who have a “Students Tier” membership are not eligible for this promotion.Are there any time commitments or contractual obligations?No. Unlike a cable service or gym membership, this is a month-by-month plan. You can cancel at any time.Seems too good to be true. Why now?The announcement came one day after Apple revealed that it’s having its own event on March 25. That event will reportedly focus on several new Apple services, including a video service with Apple-exclusive content. While Apple’s exact plans and pricing aren’t known, Spotify and Hulu are no doubt hoping that this music-plus-video offering for $10 per month will be a strong counteroffer to whatever Apple has in the wings. Tagslast_img read more

Truck buyers are more price conscious less brand loyal than we thought

first_imgAs many as 17 percent of those polled said that they wouldn’t consider buying another truck, citing fuel economy and cost of maintenance as the primary factors for leaving the segment. Of those that have already dumped their trucks, 35 percent switched to a sedan and, surprisingly, only 37 percent moved to an SUV or crossover. This goes against the broader market trends we’re seeing, where SUVs are crushing sedan sales.What we’d be curious to see is how these types of sentiments found by CarGurus translate across different kinds of trucks. For example, does a midsize truck owner care more about their brand than a full-size truck owner? Or is the person who buys an F-150 more of a tech evangelist than the person who drives a Ram 3500 HD?We’ll have to wait until next year to find out. More From Roadshow 45 Photos Share your voice 21 Photos Car Culture Trucks Enlarge ImageTrucks have always been big business, but now buyers are more price-conscious and less brand loyal and that could change the whole game. Emme Hall/Roadshow Truck buyers are an interesting group of people. Among them, you’ll traditionally find some of the most brand-loyal consumers in the automotive space as well as some of the most price-conscious. The truck segment is also interesting because of how quickly it’s changing. What were once utilitarian penalty boxes on wheels are now rivaling some of the world’s most popular luxury cars when it comes to opulence. To help make sense of what’s going on in the world of trucks, CarGurus.com has again conducted a survey of truck owners. This time around, CarGurus expanded its sample size significantly to more than a thousand current and former truck owners. What were the takeaways?To start with, the upward march of truck prices is beginning to undermine some of that fierce brand tribalism that we’ve traditionally associated with truck buyers. CarGurus found that 67 percent of buyers think trucks are too expensive in 2019, with more than 80 percent of survey participants over the age of 45 agreeing with that. 68 Photos Go west, young trucker, in the 2019 Ram 1500 Post a comment Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD gets a new look to match its capability Around 54 percent of those surveyed said that price would cause them to consider switching brands, with 70 percent saying that they’d jump ship to another brand if their current make boosted prices by $10,000. The second biggest cause for switching was fuel economy, which 47 percent of buyers said would make them change up.One of the factors driving prices of trucks up — apart from luxury touches like leather and wood — is the massive increase in the amount of tech that trucks have seen in recent years. Whether that is something as simple as a touchscreen infotainment system or as complex as Chevrolet’s super-advanced cylinder deactivation system, it all costs money. Still, a slim majority of 54 percent of buyers approve of how tech-laden their trucks are. “With pickup truck prices on the rise, many owners are reconsidering their current brand, or in some cases whether they will repurchase a pickup at all,” said Madison Gross, director of consumer insights at CarGurus, in a statement. “While truck owners still have strong brand and category loyalty, the challenge for car manufacturers and dealerships is that loyalty is increasingly less reliable as a driver of sales.” The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty gets a new look and more capability 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Ram Chevrolet Ford Nissan Toyotalast_img read more

ECs dialogues with political parties begin Thursday

first_imgElection Commission logo. File PhotoThe election commission starts its dialogues with 40 registered political parties on Thursday to take their opinions over its preparation for the next parliamentary elections.The commission will first sit in talks with Sangskritik Muktijote at 3:00pm at the conference room of Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital city.Earlier, a 10-member delegation of Muktijote was invited to join the dialogue to be held with chief election commission KM Nurul Huda in the chair.As per the EC’s schedule, the EC was supposed to sit in the first dialogue with Bangladesh Nationalist Front (BNF) at 11:00am on Thursday, but BNF has asked the EC to reschedule its dialogue saying that it would not be able to join the dialogue in the next one month due to the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country.BNF president SM Abul Kalam Azad, MP said his party leaders are scheduled to visit the flood-hit areas in Jamalpur on Thursday and they would distribute relief items among flood victims there.“We’ve informed the EC that we cannot join the dialogue halting our relief activities for flood victims. We asked the EC to delay the talks with us at least by one month,” he told UNB.Director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman said the commission has yet to take any decision whether the talks with BNF will be rescheduled.“So far, 12 political parties have been invited to join the EC’s dialogue. Separate dialogues with two parties will be held in a day. The first talks will be held at 11:00am, while the second one at 3:00pm everyday,” he told UNB.As per the schedule, the EC will also sit with Bangladesh Muslim League (BML) and Khelafat Majlish on 28 August, Bangladesher Biplobi Workers Party and Jagpa on 30 August, Bangladesh Islami Front and Islami Andolan Bangladesh on 10 September, Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish and Islami Oikya Jote on 12 September, and Bangladesh Kalyan Party and Islamic Front Bangladesh on 14 September.The commission will seek opinions from the political parties over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties.Earlier, the commission held talks with civil society members on 31 July, media representatives on 16 and 17 August as part of taking opinions of its different stakeholders over preparation of the 11th national election likely to be held in late December 2018.The constitutional body will also sit with election observers, women leaders and election experts.last_img read more

EC to hold DNCC mayoral bypolls in 90 days

first_img.The election commission has said it is ready to hold the by-polls in 90 days to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation as it fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq.“We are ready to hold the by-polls as per the electoral law. We’ll hold the polls within 90 days since the day it falls vacant,” EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told a group of newsmen at the EC secretariat on Sunday.He said the commission will begin the preparatory work for the by-polls once the local government ministry publishes the gazette notification declaring the mayoral post vacant.Article 16 of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009 says that if any post of mayor or councillor of a city corporation falls vacant 180 days before the expiry of their tenures, a by-election to the post shall be held within 90 days since the day it falls vacant to fulfil the post for the rest of the tenure.Annisul passed away at a London hospital on Thursday night. He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis after he was admitted there on 13 August.He was buried in Banani graveyard on Saturday afternoon.Read More:Annisul laid to eternal restlast_img read more

No 3 Justice Department Official Rachel Brand Will Step Down

first_img Share Jose Luis Magana/APAssociate Attorney General Rachel Brand speaks during the opening of the summit on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking on Feb. 2 at the Justice Department.The No. 3 official at the Justice Department will be stepping down after less than a year, leaving a key vacancy in the succession of people who are tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.Sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand is leaving her post. The source said Brand, who was sworn in last May, has been in talks about becoming the top lawyer at Walmart.For months, other sources said Brand has chafed at the limits of her post at DOJ. President Trump has repeatedly attacked the law enforcement agency and sought to cast doubt on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.Her role at the Justice Department was doubly important because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation, given his role with the Trump campaign. That left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein overseeing Mueller’s investigation, and Trump and GOP allies have attacked Rosenstein at times.Scrutiny of Rosenstein from conservatives allied with Trump escalated last week after a Republican memo authored by House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., detailed how Justice Department and FBI officials including Rosenstein authorized surveillance on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who had contact with Russians.Asked last Friday after the memo’s release whether he still had confidence in Rosenstein, Trump responded, “You figure that one out,” raising the specter he might fire the deputy attorney general. However, the White House quickly denied any plans to remove Rosenstein. But if he was let go, that would have left Brand next in line to oversee Mueller’s investigation, among Rosenstein’s other responsibilities.Brand is an expert in national security and helped defend the administration’s efforts to renew a foreign surveillance law. But she had a relatively small staff and a portfolio of issues that focused mostly on civil litigation, civil rights and other issues. In recent months, Brand delivered speeches in the administration’s fight against human trafficking.Her office oversees the Antitrust Division, the Civil Division, the Environment and Natural Resources Division, the Tax Division, the Office of Justice Programs, the Community Oriented Policing Services, the Community Relations Service, the Office of Dispute Resolution, the Office of Violence Against Women, the Office of Information and Privacy, the Executive Office for United States Trustees and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.Brand was also a top Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, helping pick nominees for federal judgeships. And she previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.“Rachel Brand is a lawyer of the highest caliber and integrity. I was proud to work for her in the Bush administration when she ran the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy and was proud to call her a colleague at [George Mason University’s] Scalia Law School,” national security expert and adjunct law professor Jamil Jaffer told NPR. “I’m certain that she’ll do great things going forward and will be in public service again in the near future.”The news of Brand’s departure was first reported by the New York Times.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more