Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween & Beware The Tricksters

NY State Parole Officers will monitor registered sex offenders statewide from 3 to 11 Halloween afternoon and night. This will include "face-to-face home visits." 

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision imposes special conditions on sex offenders on Halloween. They have to remain at home or a designated location during that time period. They can't answer the door to trick-or-treaters. They can't have Halloween candy in their possession and they are not allowed to dress up in a costume. 

BEWARE: Some sex offenders, like our very own Gary Pignato, are NOT on the registry!

I wonder if Steve Chatterton would let him visit a Greece school ...?

Aquinas Coach In Denial

Coach Chris Battaglia's statements to media shows:

  • Complete lack of personal accountability: "And I wouldn't go back and do one thing different than I did."
  • Diverts attention away from those (including him) who made the mistake : "Who's the human being who did this? How do you live with yourself knowing you did this to 50 kids."
  • Sends wrong message to athletes about the way they handled the bad news : "Lot of kids violent, a lot of kids upset in that way and I can't blame them."
SCATS ~~ Once again, a major LEARNING OPPORTUNITY was missed by the adults involved. Once again, the "message" is that winning is the ONLY THING THAT MATTERS in high school sports. This coach's lack of knowledge of the rules reminds me of our past hockey coach who admitted he NEVER READ HIS HANDBOOKS! 

Battaglia's failure at his job is what cost these kids the game. It's really that simple.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Other Districts Keep Non-Resident Students Out

WHEC Reports:

The parents of a 12-year-old sent to the Rochester area from New Orleans to live with her great aunt, so she could be safe, go to school and have a better life.

That was at the beginning of October, but because of state laws, the girl is not allowed to enroll in her suburban school district and now she's going on three weeks without being in class. We are standing up for this girl and her family in a story you'll only see on News10NBC.
This could happen in any suburban school district around Rochester. It's another case where we have adults making laws and enforcing laws and we're left with a girl who wants to be in a good school but can't.
Jolie Cheramie is living with her great aunt in Irondequoit. Her parents, who are separated and struggle with drugs and alcohol, sent her here from Louisiana to get her away from the problems and to get her into a good school. But the East Irondequoit School District will not let her enroll. 
Jolie's great aunt Jodie Shaw says, "I'm at a loss that a school is allowed to do this. I thought that keeping a child from an education is against the law."
Jolie's parents signed notarized documents giving provisional custody to Shaw and they signed an affidavit saying Shaw is responsible for Jolie's education.
We asked the East Irondequoit School District Communications Director Dave Yates what's the harm in letting her come to school here.
He says, "The harm is if you were to do that than other people, who are residents here, can start bringing in nieces and nephews and things like that without having full custody of the child."
The concern is you could have thousands of parents sending their children into the suburbs to live with aunts, uncles or friends, just to go to the schools. The state rules say children have to attend school where their custodial parents live. 
Yates says, "And because the state says until that great aunt has custody of the child then we can't do anything about it."
Her aunt says, "What I'd like to see is her get into the school district that I'm paying taxes on."
Jolie can go to East Irondequoit schools but only if her aunt pays tuition which can be thousands of dollars. Aunt Jodie says she's already been paying school taxes for ten years.
SCATS ~~ Come to Greece to attend school, Jolie! We're like the border to Mexico: OPEN !   GCSD won't bother verifying anything, or make you pay tuition, either.

WHAT Would YOU Think?

It's an average Tuesday afternoon until ...

You finish work, arrive home and are immediately confronted by a neighbor.

They inform you that a body was found in the neighborhood. The police are investigating. They are treating it as a "suspicious death."

You listen to the news for more information. There's nothing.

The next day you check the newspaper and again, listen to the news. Again there's no word.

It's as if it never happened ...

Then you realize. The body was found within walking distance of the homes of a State Senator, a Town Board member and the Chief of the local police department.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Are You Willing To Pay For A Stadium?

Shouldn't We Be Closing More Schools Instead?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Special BOE Meeting, Tuesday @6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 6:15PM to discuss matters made exempt under federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). (This should be MOST interesting!!)


BOE Recognition Week (They will be patting themselves on the back with BOTH hands)

Capital Project Update

Enrollment Projections 2015-16 (A.K.A.: While the free fall continues ...we're down to under 11,200 & projected to fall to 10,450 by 2019.)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Beware Phony School Fundraiser

No mention of needing to obtain a solicitor's permit

Door-to-door hucksters purporting a book sale to benefit Greece's Holmes Road School aren't legit, police warned Thursday afternoon.
In a news release, Greece police Sgt. Jared René said the Greece Central School District has fielded numerous calls from worried residents complaining of salespeople on their stoops hawking "Around the Town" books and saying the tomes are aimed to raise funds for the neighborhood school.
"There is NO such fundraiser going on for Holmes Road School; it is a hoax to obtain money from residents under false pretenses," he wrote.
District spokeswoman Laurel Heiden said there were reports of a mother-son team visiting residences near the Holmes Road school, telling their targets they were selling coupon books and asking for a $20 payment up front.
The police department is asking anyone who's been contacted by the sellers to call 911.
It is illegal to sell items door-to-door in Greece without a solicitor's permit. Rene said this group of sellers does not have a permit. (SOURCE)
SCATS ~~ Since when did Greece school students have to get a permit to fundraise for their schools, sports programs, music and drama groups or other activities? From now on we should ask to see their permits or else not buy ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Resident Questions Library Bookstore

Asks Same Questions SCATS Asked
For years the dedicated volunteers and those of us who look for used books were in the terribly tight space just inside the entry door to the library. When the library was renovated a lovely space was created for the used book department in recognition of the revenue it brings in, for its integral part of the library and for the many citizens it serves, young and old. Now the used books enterprise will be moved and the lovely space given up for a coffee shop.

Where did this idea come from? Were there public discussions as to why and to justify costs of renovations? Was this a unilateral decision or the efforts of a committee?

I am truly disappointed with this short sighted direction.

Sue Whan

Greece Post Editorial

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Leo Carroll Responds To Letter

Greece Post Letter To The Editor, Oct. 22, 2014
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