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Letter: Not Embarrassed to Care

School Committee Member Cindy Bohne responds to a Winchester parent's letter about redistricting posted earlier on Patch.

What I believe we need as a community right now is graciousness and leaders that are courageous enough to weigh all of the information available and make decisions with clarity of purpose.  

As a School Committee Member, I strive to have the courage to help fulfill our educational mission with or without outside support or acknowledgement.

I strive to listen with kindness, but the strength to at times disagree and make decisions with students and teachers first and foremost my priority.

Ms. McCarthy, I respect your passion and service as an advocate for your neighborhood.  I always favor anger to indifference.  However, I take exception to your choice to share your criticisms publicly before approaching me for clarity.   

In regard to your criticisms, there was a context to the conversation on Tuesday evening.  My remarks were taken out of that context, and the intentions of my comments were misrepresented in your letter.

Last night was the first opportunity for the School Committee to hear of the technical issues regarding the four homes at Washington Street.  It was not the first time “I” had been made aware of the concern. It was the first time “we” as a School Committee had learned of this detail as a policy body. 

As we move forward, I ask you and all of our neighbors to care about how we are doing our jobs with Winchester schools.  Keep driving us forward to ensure all of our schools are exceptional and all of our students successful.  I’m not embarrassed to care, and I’m glad you aren’t either.    

-- Cindy Bohne

School Committee Member

Catherine Curtis November 20, 2012 at 07:05 PM
As I said, no-one from the School Committee or the EFPBC is involved with the swimming pool group. We are of course coordinating with town officials since they are leading the high school project. Ms. Bohne and many other town officials support the idea of including community use of the high school so that Winchester residents of all ages can benefit from the building. But it's clear that building a pool as part of the project is a long shot and will only happen if there is strong support from many people, since a very large amount of money must be raised privately. The aquatics facility would also have to cover its own operating and maintenance costs, so it would be separate from the schools while taking advantage of the location and building cost savings. I'm personally excited by the idea because ever since I moved to Winchester years ago I've been wondering why such a great town doesn't have a public swimming pool. Instead of writing anonymous accusations here if you have other concerns or questions, please contact us at winchesterswims@gmail.com. Thank you!
Townie November 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I'm confused. How does paragraph five show Ms. Bohne "pushing for a pool"? It explicitly states that "the community" may propose such things--it seems she is merely informing the public about the process. "Any project will include inherent community spaces, such as a gymnasium, auditorium and meeting rooms. But over the next few months the community may propose potential spaces such as a swimming pool, a career and volunteer center and space for WinCAM, said Cindy Bohne, who serves on both the EFPBC and the School Committee."
concerned for the children November 24, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Catherine I find it funny how a few e-mails back you acted like you did not even know Ms Bohne or anything she did. In your last e-mail you knew her well. I think we all knew from the start which one it was.Just in case you forget, Ms Bohne is the one who saved your family in the flawed doomed map plan when the Superintendants reccommeded plan was K-flex. Clearer now.? Townie to help your confusion, there are emails from Ms Bohne trying to get other members of the pool group together for a meeting, In the e-mail Ms Bohne clearly states her desire for a pool. One comment was.. Please let’s get together, the more support the better. Also in the e-mail she states, please come join US. By come join US she clearly implicates she is part of the pool group, clearly. From the responses Ms Bohne got from her e-mail its clear of her outside involvement and bias in the high school pool project goes even deeper. Again, my original point is that Ms Bohne being on three committees that have direct influence on the high school project, she should not be bias because she has direct influence on the outcome on the consideration of a pool in a new high school. (Just as she did with redistricting.) She is an elected official for the whole town not for her friends and own interests. Unethical, conflict of interest….. more.? Very interested parties will decide that. Not embarrassed to give my opinion.
concerned for the children November 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Sox fan, Well, it is sad day for the town when someone’s only defense is they are an unethical/bias politician. This is not what Winchester is or has been about. We as a town are a family and we look out for each other as a whole. The decisions we make are in the best interests of the entire town, not just our friends and associates.Here is another funny quote from our unethical/bias politician.(your words) This was in regards to the V.O. over ride going through."I'm delighted the town voted in favor to move forward with this project," said Cindy Bohne, Vinson-Owen PTO co-president. "It's nice to see so many are committed to the long-range vision of tomorrow. They've served the students of Winchester well."I guess we all know what her long range vision is now. A year later this same Cindy Bohne wrongfully destroyed over 200 hundred families achieving her vision. Her main reason behind the flawed unsustainable map plan was there were more kids needing a school in the "Muraco/Lincoln" area. What real vision she has. Many people worked with her on the V.O. Project fooled by her hidden agenda/vision and are sickened by what she did to these 200 families. I look forward to the day when I can run against Ms Bohne. To expose Ms Bohne to the entire town would be my vision. I just worry by the time that day comes she will be so exposed for her unethical bias that the only seat she can run for, is an open seat at the tavern. Not embarrassed to give my opinion.
Michael R. November 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The redistricting process never affected me but after reading the letters and comments this past week I was intrigued to do some research. All I can say is thank you Sally Ann! You’ve alerted me to the fact that I need to pay much closer attention to whom we elect in any town official position and to always pay close attention to the decisions that they're making for Winchester. It appears that you and your neighbors tried endlessly to work with the SC and the RAC this past year and they in turn left your neighborhood an absolute mess! Your neighborhood is within a half mile or less of 2 elementary schools but they are now going to send your section of town to an elementary school just under 2 miles away? There is absolutely no logic to this recommendation. I’m sorry Ms. McCarthy for the unfortunate non-logical outcome. However, I’m so impressed with your bravery and ethics. Please run for School Committee in the next election. (Paper work needs to be submitted soon). I believe you to be a trustworthy resident concerned with the entire town of Winchester not just your own personal interest and those of your friends. We need people like you on the School Committee. I will be happy and proud to campaign for you! Michael R

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