Monday, September 01, 2014

Buying Into A False Sense Of 'Security'


New Security System To Keep 
Sex Offenders Out Of Schools*

13WHAM reports:

Greece, N.Y. - People who visit Greece Central Schools will have to present a valid, government-issued photo ID to be scanned through the National Sex Offender Registry. 


Director of school safety and security Steve Chatterton said, “It gives us the ability to notify everybody within the building that there is somebody that’s not supposed to be standing at the front desk within a matter of seconds.” 


At all 17 of the district’s schools, the new system scans each visitor through the same database. The visitor management system called Raptor collects a person’s name, phone** and birthdate from the ID. If cleared to enter the building, the software prints out a visitor badge. 


“It’s got where you are, where you’re going and you’re picture is clearly visible,” Chatterton said the new badges will help security guards make sure someone is not where they are not supposed to be. 


Chatterton said with the new system and the surveillance camera, he can see every visitor at every school. It creates an electronic record of who is in the building and when.  Chatterton said, “I’d be able to tell you the time you went in the time you left and we keep that forever.” *** 


If an unwanted visitor shows up, one click of a button on the main office computer will send a text to all the administrators in the building.  


Chatterton said, “It’s definitely the wave of the future and we spoke with parents, we went to conference, we checked with people and people like this, **** they like the system they like the fact that everyone has got an ID, the fact that we are checking the sex offender registry.” 


Visitors only have to scan their ID on the first visit and the Sex Offender Registry is updated every week. 


Chatterton said, “Every time they come into the building and we click submit it runs them back through that database.”  *****


Much more sophisticated that the sign in sheet that was used before, the system costs a couple thousand dollars per machine and GCSD has one at the entrance of every school. 


Chatterton said, “If we stop one sex offender from entering the schools then the system is worth it.” ******


According to the software company’s website, the screening system has stopped 15,000 sex offenders from entering schools all across the country.



* ~~ When did Greece have a problem with this? How many times was this a problem in the past 3 - 5 years?

** ~~ How do they get a phone number from a driver's license?

*** ~~ "FOREVER"!? WHY?? Even if grandma comes to see a Christmas play in the afternoon? What about that senior citizen who comes to read to the youngest kids?

**** ~~ Again, how often have we had sex offenders visiting schools during class time? What if a parent is a sex offender? Don't they have a right to go to conferences, etc?

***** ~~ This has a big brother feel to it!

****** ~~ GCSD spent $2000 (info that WHAM removed when they "updated" the original story) at each of 17 schools, plus the costs for software & other items to solve a problem we never had!

SCATS ~~ I think we've uncovered a great reason why a cop should NOT be heading up district security! It's fairly obvious Chatterton is very excited by this acquisition. In reality, the sex offenders the district had REAL problems with were ALL EMPLOYEES!  (Yes, I know we shoo'ed away the voters with records.) I hate to burst his bubble, but I don't think Greece schools are any safer now, than last year! The money would have been better spent on funding more SRO's!!
  
  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy 'Labor' Day'!



Father: Do you know, most people don't have to work today, because it's Labor Day. 

Son: If people are not working, shouldn't we call today 'No-Labor Day?' 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Predictable Common Core Results


49.7% of teachers were rated "highly effective" 

41.8% were deemed "effective" 

4.4% were rated "developing" 

1% received an "ineffective" score

It's only the majority of students that remain incapable of "performing" in NY State!

    
Maybe it's all of those free lunches ...?
   

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Walking Free After Hit & Run


LAWYER: She Probably Won't See Jail Time

Mariah Eccleston, 20, Greece - Out on $2500 Bail

 
She Left A Man To Die After Running Him Over (Allegedly)
 
SCATS ~~ Where is the public outrage over this travesty of our justice system?? Dawn Nguyen gets years for "filing a false instrument" and this irresponsible murderess gets to go back to living life after taking a life!


Changes The Greece BOE Should Consider ...



FOR THE KIDS!!
(And the parents)

Pre-Assembled Kits De-Stress School Supply Shopping



Later Start Times For Teens: What The Dr. Ordered



Kids WANT To Learn Cursive ... With Good Reason

"Reasons why I want to learn cursive. To write and sign checks. To sign your legal name and to write fast," says Cameron, a fourth-grader.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Have You Seen Her?

UPDATE 8/28/14 ~~ FOUND at friend's home in Irondequoit.
Police say they returned 15-year-old Karissa Zeller to her home on Banyan Drive around 5:15 a.m. Monday. Around 6:05 a.m. Monday, police say Zeller left again and hasn't been seen since.
Police say the second time Zeller left was not reported to officers until after noon Monday. Because of that, police are attempting to find her again.
Officers believe Zeller left on her own and is not in any danger.

Zeller is 5' 2", weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

BOE Study Session Tonight, 6:30PM


WATCH YOUR WALLET ALERT!!!

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 6:00 pm to discuss collective negotiations pursuant to article 14 of the Civil Service Law.

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE


  • upgrade athletic facilities, 
  • build a bus wash facility 
  • & add storage! With enrollment falling under 11,000, they need to CLOSE MORE SCHOOLS! Then we will have PLENTY of "storage" space!





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Town of Greece: Atheists Not Welcome?


One More Sham ... ?
SHAME ON US!

The Washington Post: Following the Supreme Court decision regarding prayer before meetings, the Town of Greece adopted new rules for who can deliver the prayer or invocation at their meetings. The language in the rules specifically includes “religious clergy” and “religious assemblies,” but doesn't mention anything about inclusion of the nonreligious, such as atheists and humanists.


Brian Marianetti, attorney for the town of Greece, said he did not know if atheists would be permitted to give an invocation under the rules.

“I can’t say one way or another,” he said. Each speaker will be “decided on a case-by-case basis.”


SCATS ~~ What the heck are we paying this guy for if he can't respond to this question AFTER a Supreme Court decision was made? Did they allow Dan Courtney to address the Board hoping it would end the controversy so they could return to "business as usual"? Maybe Marianetti could ask Reilich!!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Indeed, We ARE Over-Assessed!



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SCATS ~~ Author says instead of raising assessments by tens of thousands on each home, Town of Greece should tighten its belt. Raising the tax rate a little would be a better alternative once they've done all they can to budget wisely. I couldn't agree more!