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Long Time No Write - Informed Residents of Reading isn't gone, just resting.  Former Superintendent Harutunian is, however, gone, enjoying a new Salisbury beach house paid for in part by the children and taxpayers of North Andover.

And do we also hear wedding bells??

A few of the enablers who assisted Harry during his reign in Reading remain, revising history whenever they get the chance, often claiming they never really liked Harutunian, "went along to get along" and generally making excuses for their own actions.

Reading has a New High School. The architects and contractors and anybody else who was "in the know" got what they wanted. It's a smaller school, rife with problems but some parts are nice, it has that new car smell. And everyone knows new is better, right?

It's not worth what Reading paid, though, and this building won't last half as long as the old Reading Memorial High School. It's not a quality building designed with the needs of a school in mind. The citizens and children of Reading will now have to make the best of what they have... and forget about what might have been.

For a new building, the Reading High School has an astonishing number of problems: from the heating, ventilation and cooling problems, leaking roof, inadequate cafeteria space, press box obstructing views and sinking athletic fields to out of control power consumption. Anyone who remembers what citizens of Reading were promised by Harutunian and his special interest friends knows the school has utterly failed to live up to what was promised.

There's a new crop of parents in town. To them, the horrors of the Harutunian administration and Reading's school building projects are just history.

Informed Residents hope these parents will not be as clueless or as blindly trusting as their predecessors. Understand that you need to take an active role in your school system. You need to pay attention. School administrators are employed to serve YOU and not the other way around. Don't be afraid the ask questions. Don't be afraid to dig deeper to find out where your hard-earned money is being spent. You may not like the answers you find but at least you'll know the truth and a better idea of how to protect yourself and your children.

Reading School Projects Documentation Archive

Reading School Projects Documentation Archive II

Reading School Projects Documentation Archive III

"For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light." -- Luke 8:17

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." -- Joseph Goebbles

"Monsters do exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, those functionaries willing to think and to act without asking questions." -- Primo Levi

Stories to share? Credible, verifiable information and / or documentation to disclose?

Contact the Informed Residents of Reading at Informed residents welcome any and all credible information about the past and present activities of the Reading School Department, School Committee and related special interest groups.


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RMHS Picture Tour, Fall 2002 - Tour of parts of Reading Memorial High School scheduled to be demolished in the $57+ million "renovation" approved by Reading voters on February 25th, 2003.



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"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." -- Plato

Site Links

State Open Records Request Letter Generator by the Student Press Law Center.

Political Insights to Problem School Administrations by the National Association for Prevention of Teacher Abuse (NAPTA).

The Delphi Technique
Know the manipulative tactics employed by many school officials and administrators.

Harry Harutunian
All about Reading's infamous former Superintendent of Schools. His "reign in Reading" will not soon be forgotten.

Harutunian in North Andover
Follow Superintendent Harutunian's "progress" as Superintendent of Schools in North Andover.

Unsolved Mysteries of Reading, Massachusetts. A page for that which is unsolved and unresolved.

Massachusetts Superintendent Salaries and Compensation data. An old listing of school chief salaries, perks and other benefits.

Feasibility Studies
Review past options for the "renovation" of Reading Memorial High School. Realize that virtually all of RMHS' problems could have been fixed by a $20 million renovation. Unfortunately, building new schools makes everybody "in the know" more money and studies advocating wise spending and common sense were ignored.

Campaign and Political Finance reports reflect the manipulative nature of ballot question promotion in Reading. Ultimately, a well-funded minority succeeded in (repeatedly) misrepresenting school projects and State reimbursement requirements to the public in order to achieve their own ends.

Building Reading Pride (and PEP!)
Reading's pride of ballot question committees, unleashed upon the unsuspecting public.

Reading School Building Committee
In spite of claims that Reading's recent School Building Committee operated as an entirely separate entity from the School Department and the School Committee, documentation (meetings, letters from architects, studies, correspondence, emails, minutes) suggests otherwise.

The Reading Superintendent Search
Read about the unfortunate, closed-door process that led to the selection of Patrick Schettini as Reading's next Superintendent of Schools.

Open Meeting Law
The purpose of the Open Meeting Law is to eliminate much of the secrecy surrounding the deliberations and decision on which public policy is based. The democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action, for without that knowledge people are not able to judge the merits of action taken by their representatives.

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