I don't know if this will be a new thread but here goes.
I had a chance to read through the special edition of the Rochester Business Journal today. This is the annual report on schools in Monroe County. Here are some interesting facts:
1. Greece Teachers are #1 in pay. Average: $70,000. Age/Yrs Experience 42/15. Average class size 22 students.
2. Greece ranks #19 out of 27 districts for High School Graduation rates
3. Per pupil spending = $18,791 per child.
4. Regents Dipolmas #15 out of 27 districts
5. Regents English + #22 out of 27 districts
6. Regents Math = #18 out of 27 districts
7. SAT score for Reading = #23 out of 27 districts
8. SAT score Writing = #23 out of 27 districts
9 SAT score Math = #24 out of 27 districts.
So, Greece teachers are the highest paid at $70,000 a year on average EXCLUDING benefits, but the Greece School district is NOT number one in anything else. I would like to hear all the excuses as to why our kids scores are in the toilet. Other school districts spend less on average for Teacher salaries but are getting better results. And some of these districts have similar socio economic conditions as Greece.
By the way............Pittsford comes in second in Teacher salary at $62,000 a year excluding benefits. Guess where their kids rank?
The Greece Town Board has approved construction of a new Greece Police Dept. Headquarters on the Town's Campus at Vince Toffany Dr. Construction might begin as early as January 2016 and the cost is not to exceed $364,000.
13WHAM reports: "Despite recent cancellations in other areas of the state, Greece town leaders are still planning to host "Slide the City" next month. New York state is classifying the giant slip-and-slide as a pool. In order to keep the event on course, the company behind the event has to manufacture a filter and chlorination system. The event has changed hands a couple times already, moving from the City of Rochester to the Town of Greece. The Town of Greece also had to push the date back from July 18 to August 22."
13WHAM reports: A former Greece police officer who served time in prison for coercing a woman into sex has been arrested again. Gary Pignato was leaving the Hilton Carnival Friday night when police said he ran over traffic cones in the road. He was arrested for DWI. Back in 2008, Pignato served time for accepting a bribe and coercing sexual favors from a woman in exchange for keeping her probation record clean and not arresting her. Pignato was released to a family member on bail. SCATS ~~ Must be nice to have family members to bail you out of every trouble that comes your way.
This has been one of SCATS' pet peeves in Greece for years!
WHY ARE WE SPENDING $MILLIONS MORE
FOR OVER 1200 FEWER STUDENTS?
WHEC asks the question and gets tossed out of the BOE meeting in Webster! See the story!
Greeceenrollments & budgets from 2010 - 2015:
-1,278 +$14.6 million
Cost per pupil increase from 2010 to 2015: $3,056
Tax rate increase from 2010 to 2015: $1.75
* SCATS believes opening enrollments in Sept. will be BELOW 11,000 pupils based upon year-end figures. ** SCATS believes our BOE's refusal to follow policy by knowing the COST before approving contracts, etc. fuels these increases!
WROC ~ The head of the local democratic committee is stepping down at the end of the month. Dave Garrteson cited health and family reasons. Garretson took over as chairman in September.
Garretson leaves the party with more than 61,000 in the bank. ($61,832) The local republican party has more than a half million dollars. ($503,906)
Dave Garretson's full statement:
“After careful consideration, I am stepping down as Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Committee. I came to this difficult decision due to personal concerns regarding health and family. I will continue to serve until the end of the month. I will consult with MCDC's Executive Committee later this week to determine the particulars of a special meeting to elect our new Chair.
“My commitment to the Democratic Party remains steadfast, and MCDC is in good shape. We have a strong slate of candidates who are campaigning to provide a new direction for our community. We need County Government that works for everybody, not only for the select few.”
13WHAM News : the Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee is planning to step down from that post, perhaps as soon as this week. Dave Garretson was elected Chairman by party leaders in September 2014. He assumed the role after longtime Chairman Joe Morelle stepped down to focus on his job as the Majority Leader in the New York State Assembly. Garretson's election to lead Monroe County's Democrats came with some controversy. On the night of the election, a group of party members led by Assemblyman David Gantt and City Councilman Adam McFadden walked out of the meeting before voting. The sentiment expressed was that many members and communities were not taken into account during the selection and election process. "We're Democrats, we're already disagreeing with one another and (that) will continue," Garretson said on the night of his election, while vowing to work to unite the party. "When we disagree please remember, the things we have in common vastly outweigh our differences." In January, Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley shocked the county's political landscape by announcing she was leaving the Democratic Party and seeking re-election as a Republican. On that day, Garretson released a statement that read in part, "The voters of Monroe County deserve a strong and independent prosecutor. The Democratic Party will be fielding such a candidate this fall." At present, the Democratic Party has not fielded a candidate for D.A. Atop the Democratic ticket this fall is former Brighton Town Supervisor Sandra Frankel, who is running for Monroe County Executive for the second time in four years. She will challenge Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County's Clerk. Sources indicate Garretson will reference personal reasons for his departure, but specifics were not offered. The party's Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday when many expect Garretson to make this announcement. Garretson did not return phone calls to 13WHAM News on Tuesday. A spokesperson did not provide comment.