Sunday, December 31, 2006

**** HAPPY NEW YEAR ****

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Area-wide Real Estate Sales Taking Downturn

Prices Flat With More Houses On Market Longer

Mark Siwiec, Realtor associate at ReMax Realty Group in Pittsford: "three trends prevailed in 2006: the market slowdown; the need for sellers to get their properties in mint condition; and the tendency of more buyers to cancel contracts."

D&C ARTICLE

Sunday, December 24, 2006

*** MERRY CHRISTMAS ***




Wednesday, December 20, 2006

**** BREAKING NEWS ****

24 Yr. Old Male Found Dead -
Stabbed At Least 13 Times

Found In Dewey/Latta Apt.

Greece Police Call It "A Suspicious Death"

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

GCSD Prepares For Comptroller's Audit

Start Date Uncertain

Bob Schroeder ~ Greece's business official: "We want to know if we're operating as we should be," said Schroeder. "And if we're not, and if there are things we should fix, we want to know what they are so we can get them fixed and move on."

Anne Miller ~ co-president of CARE: "It's about gosh-darn time, considering the fact that school district budgets are often larger than most town or village budgets," she said. "In my opinion, as a former board member there isn't enough financial oversight of schools by the state."

D&C Story

Monday, December 18, 2006

Merit Pay For Teachers Who Perform?

Should We Reward Them With $$ For Better Test Scores?

Houston Independent School District Abelarvo Saaverda believes this program is key to improving the education students in his district receive.

"It's going to attract more high-performing teachers into our school system," he said. "And any time I can put a high-performing teacher in front of a classroom, that's good for kids."

ABC News Story

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Things In Greece Don't Seem So Bad Afterall ...


Letters Concerning "Raunch Dressing" Sent Home To Parents Of Illinois HS Students

*** Read At Your Own Risk *** (this really is disturbing)


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

We Wish You A Politically Correct Christmas ...


Several recent BLOG entries expressed a desire to discuss the war over "holiday" vs. "Christmas" celebrations. In light of the Seattle Airport "holiday tree" mess (STORY) and the fact that several BOE members felt the need to omit "Christmas" from their verbalized holiday greetings at last night's meeting, we're back-pedaling on our decision to not provide a place for such a discussion.

Consider this thread our Christmas present to you. Please, keep it civil though. We will not tolerate bashing of specific religions/religious groups/beliefs etc. General bashings done in good taste will be posted and retained :)

Merry Christma-Kwanza-Kah To All :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Oberg: Ready To Hike Average Tax Bill By Extra $29+/year ...


... More Senior Citizens To Benefit From 50% School Tax Exemption

His proposal: To raise income limits for the 50% exclusion from $17,499 to $20,499 for those 65 and older.

His reason: Three or four letters from Seniors sent to BOE earlier this year.

Result: Tabled until next meeting.

Hauer: Wants to weigh potential impact of facilities reconstruction propositions plus annual budget increase on total tax bill for average homeowners before BOE votes on the issue.

Hubbard: Pledges to require a roll call vote.
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Achramovitch: District preparing for audit by state Comptroller's Office

Sunday, December 10, 2006

BOE Monthly Meeting Dec.12, 2006

5:30 PM ~~ Board will go into an Executive Session in E40 to discuss the employment history of particular person(s), and collective negotiations.

6:30 PM ~~ Regular BOE Meeting Convenes


Topics include:
NY State English Council Program of Excellence Award;
Update of Assets Initiative;
Budget review – Debt Service, clarify budge process;
Appointment of Internal Auditor;
Disposal of Absentee Ballots;
Senior Tax Abatement

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Questions On Their Minds ...

FROM THE COMMENTS:

Anonymous said... What is the union doing about the low test scores. Do they not hold some culpability? 11/29/2006 8:30 AM

Anonymous said... Exactly the point! The SOCIAL ILLS of our community did not affect those subjects? (Social Studies & Math) How is that possible? It isn't! The students were successful,even when the reduced lunch and demographics of the school changed. No one disputes those numbers. Their relevance is in dispute though! 12/04/2006 5:42 PM


Anonymous said... We need to spend any of this money over a long period of time (5 years?)so that we don't have a large bill like this every 5-8 years. I want to see how they intend to spend the money over time. That goes for tech. as well. And prop 3 is dead in the water and it may put the others at risk as well. Better rethink that one folks. 12/02/2006 5:27 AM

Anonymous said... Even artificial turf has a lifespan. And costs to upkeep. There is no free lunch in Greece. Unless you fail a state math test, I mean ...in which case, your free lunch is cited as the reason you failed ... 12/02/2006 12:54 PM

Anonymous said... Where can I find a list of what they plan on buying for $15million for technology? 12/03/2006 7:57 PM

Anonymous said... Speaking of "spending money on technology," why do we need so many "technology supervisors" anyway? What do they do? All we need is a few of the technicians to keep the computer running. Think of the money we could save! 12/04/2006 9:22 AM

Anonymous said... What happened to the lights at Basil Morella park on English road? Those lights were supposed to satisfy the need for a lighted field for all to use! 12/05/2006 3:18 PM

Anonymous said... I'm laughing myself silly at the idea that the artificial turf cost per school has "fallen" from $1 million to "$500,000 -600,000" as shown in the Greece Post!

What kind of fools do they think the people are? It's ludicrous to have the district's own employee (Schroeder), who is supposed to know what he's doing, present this to the BOE with a $1 million pricetag each instance, then a couple of months later have someone like Bill Russell (a real expert! lol) say "We can probably get a discount for doing multiple fields."

If I'm to believe that, then why aren't we "getting a discount" for putting new windows & doors in multiple buildings?

Why aren't we getting a deal for re-roofing multiple facilities?

Where's the discount on anything else that we're repairing/replacing in multiples?

THERE ISN'T ONE!! We're only "getting a deal" on Astroturf because they have to try to find some way TO SELL THIS IDEA TO THE COMMUNITY since they will have to offer it as a separate proposal!

Personally, I don't trust any of their figures and they have no one to blame but themselves! Where's the professional handling of our hard earned taxpayer dollars??
12/01/2006 8:47 AM

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Math Discussion Revisited

Pardon our "re-run" but ...

We are very pleased to have received such extensive and thoughtful input about the math curriculum & test scores from Doug Skeet, Cindy Neth, Tom Mariano & others on the thread titled: "From The Comments" posted on Nov. 24th. We feel the discussion was just getting started when it slipped down our webpage to the bottom. We want as many people as possible to read their input. For that reason, we're reposting many of those comments on the comments page under this thread so that readers can catch up and add their own remarks.

Friday, December 01, 2006

BOE Considers Three Props To Put Before Voters

Total Cost To "Average" Taxpayer ~~ Extra $49.28/year

Proposition 1 ~~top health & safety issues ~~ would cost taxpayers $.30 per $1,000 of assessed value, or an extra $33.60/year (for ave. home).

Proposition 2 ~~$15million in tech upgrades ~~ would cost $.09 per $1,000, or $10.08/year (for ave. home).

Proposition 3 ~~ $6.7 million to put artificial turf on 4 fields; lighting one ~~ would cost $.05 per $1,000, or $5.60/year.

** NOTE ** ~~ These Figures Do NOT Cover Any Budget Proposal/Increase Which Will Be Voted On In May

GreecePostStory
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From The Comments:

Anonymous said...

"I'm laughing myself silly at the idea that the artificial turf cost per school has "fallen" from $1 million to "$500,000 -600,000" as shown in the Greece Post!

What kind of fools do they think the people are? It's ludicrous to have the district's own employee (Schroeder), who is supposed to know what he's doing, present this to the BOE with a $1 million pricetag each instance, then a couple of months later have someone like Bill Russell (a real expert! lol) say "We can probably get a discount for doing multiple fields."

If I'm to believe that, then why aren't we "getting a discount" for putting new windows & doors in multiple buildings?

Why aren't we getting a deal for re-roofing multiple facilities?

Where's the discount on anything else that we're repairing/replacing in multiples?

THERE ISN'T ONE!! We're only "getting a deal" on Astroturf because they have to try to find some way TO SELL THIS IDEA TO THE COMMUNITY since they will have to offer it as a separate proposal!

Personally, I don't trust any of their figures and they have no one to blame but themselves! Where's the professional handling of our hard earned taxpayer dollars?? " 12/01/2006 8:47 AM

Monday, November 27, 2006

Upstate Schools Race For Extra $800 Million In Aid


One-Time Excel Aid Covers Voter Approved Projects Addressing
Health & Safety, Physical Expansions, Energy Savings, Handicap Accessibility or Education Technology.

13 WHAM News Link

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Special Meeting & Study Session Planned Tuesday!

5:30 PM ~~ It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session to discuss employment history of particular person(s), and collective negotiations.

6:30 PM ~~ 1. Approval of Agenda Mr. Walsh
2. Staffing
a. Staffing
b. Tenure
Study Session ~~ (following Business Meeting)
Facilities Reconstruction Project

Friday, November 24, 2006

FROM the COMMENTS ...


Anonymous said...

"... I keep hearing “why can’t Greece kids succeed with connected math when this district or that district is able to?”While it is correct that some districts have found a way to make the program work - other districts have found out the hard way that this program OVERALL is not a good way to teach math. School districts across the country that have attempted to use this program have seen test results plummet and have been scrapping this curricula at a record pace.

Even the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics on Sept. 12 - finally admitted that elementary schools really should teach arithmetic, after all.

The new report called "Curriculum Focal Points for Pre-kindergarten Through Grade 8 Mathematics" is a back-to-basics victory that rejects the type of math curricula that parents had derided as "fuzzy math" or "rain forest math." Experts preferred such hoity-toity titles as "New New Math," "Connected Math," "Chicago Math," "Core-Plus Math," "Whole Math," "Interactive Math" or "Integrated Math."

This, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, was the group that was initially behind the recommendation that all schools should adopt this curricula. Even they could no longer deny the cold hard facts of nose-diving test scores.The time has come for Greece to face the fact that Connected Math has failed to meet the needs of our students and it is time for a program change." 11/22/2006 10:11 PM

Anonymous said...

"Can we get a conversation going here about the last Board meeting.How could this Board of Education embarrass themselves and behave the way they did at that meeting. JM even referred to CH as GH ........and threw an insult his way. It was also clear that Mr. M planned and tried to sneak in this event and frankly that the Board Clerk participates in his antics.

Why would we have given LA the raise we did, when several instances were noted about her errors in communication AND it is clear that she is keeping some Board Members in the dark. Time for a new clerk! Imagine what the new Super must have been thinking! Would anyone you want to have to report to the likes of theses two gentlemen? It is am embarrassment to this community and an absolute disgrace to our children that these men can't even put their personal differences aside for 4 hours or so.

Furthermore-it was great to hear our new District Leader say we must celebrate student's success. Mr. JM missed the mark by saying connected math must go! The next format will fail too.

Bottom Line: Residents have been begging for smaller classroom sizes for years. Studies show that our most successful students come from classroom sizes between 17-23. Ours our between 26-31. oh and we need a new Board! One that has at least 1 of the 40 assets we are trying to teach our students." 11/22/2006 7:09 AM

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE ...














... from BLOG Administration :)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Dr. Kehoe To Be Honored

The GCSD BOE invites the community to attend a special joint meeting with the Greece Town Board in recognition of Dr. Josephine Kehoe. She will receive a proclamation honoring her contributions to the GCSD, followed by a brief reception.

The two boards will convene at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 20 at the Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BOE Meeting "Highlights"

Among Other Things ...

Communications Issues Between BOE Members Debated

Achramovitch: Cites "Blameless Autopsy" Approach To Understanding District's Test Score Challenges For ELA & Math

Moscato & Hubbard Exchange Heated Words On Varied Topics

KA-CHING!! Athena Performing Arts Center Cost $11.1+ million

Kehoe To Receive Proclamation From Town of Greece Monday

Monday, November 13, 2006

Students' Views On Dress Codes Vary Widely

Lakeisha Poole, 16, an Arcadia junior: "Don't tell us high school is the best years of our lives, then make us come here looking like we're going to work. We want to be comfortable."

Angela Snook, 17, an Arcadia senior: "As upperclassmen, we need to be role models. We need to set the example."

Judy Wadsworth, assistant to the executive director of the Monroe County School Boards Association: "The idea, though, is to have students coming to school looking like they're ready to learn."

ARTICLE

Sunday, November 12, 2006

BOE Meeting Tues. Nov. 14th

New Supt. To Address ELA/Math Scores @ First BOE Meeting

Executive Session at 5:30 pm in E40 to discuss the employment history of particular person(s), discipline of a particular student(s), and collective negotiations.

Regular Meeting at 6:30 pm to include:
Discussion of Future Legal Fees/EEOC's
Town/School District Property
Legal Updates
Corrected Atty's Fees For Negotiations
Final Cost of Athena Performing Arts Center

AGENDA

Friday, November 10, 2006

Town Files Tax Suit Against Kodak

Kathryn Firkins: "The lawsuit speaks for itself ... We are filing this lawsuit to protect the interests of our residents."

David Lanzillo (Kodak Spokesman): "To accuse the company of having involvement in this activity is preposterous."

Article

Thursday, November 09, 2006

BOE Posts New Meeting Schedule

Study Sessions Combined w/Extra
Business Mtg Each Month

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

GREECE BUS INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH

Sedan Driver Killed; 2 Children Injured

Story
VOTE TODAY!!

Pre-Budget Hearing Tonight!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Interesting Feedback Regarding Apollo's Security


Anonymous said...
Door #4 is staffed by a security person while students are in the building. It is not staffed when students are not in the building. This is a "non story". 11/04/2006 7:23 PM


Anonymous said...
7:23,
This is a story about how this blog can be effective. Prior to this becoming an issue here on this blog, it was NOT staffed by security while students were in the building. Last week was the first time security has been posted there. I should know. I work there. 11/05/2006 10:33 PM

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Pre-Budget Hearing Planned ~~ Tues. Nov. 7th, 6:30pm

Sign-up to speak starting at 6pm ~~ No advanced sign-ups taken!

Participants given 3 min. to share thoughts with the BOE & new Supt. First come, first served!

Comments must be limited to items included in the district's general operating budget.

GREECE BOE MEMBERS :

Are you getting the message?

Regardless of the source, there appears to be a significant lapse in security at District Offices/Apollo MS!! Door #4 is reportedly open at all times! No lock, no security guard!

PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO CORRECT THIS DEFICIENCY!!

Thank you :)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

More School Safety Risks Aired


Belt buckles replace hats and do-rags! said...

News Flash or Reality Check:The Board is going to have to ban belts. Gone are the low pants with underwear showing looks. In the HS and MS last week, the new "weapon" that can be concealed and worn into school is a BELT

Teachers are now watching and if the belts are taken off the student will be suspended: students are fighting and instead of shooting or stabbing they are swinging and stinging with the belts-the bigger the buckle the better.Gangs are identifying themselves with matching belts now instead of head gear after the latest Board Ruling... 11/01/2006 6:17 AM

Anonymous said...

While driving to school my son pointed out a gang member. I asked how he knew and he said because he had a red bandanna hanging out his back pocket. Maybe we should make everyone go to school nude. 11/01/2006 7:20 AM

Anonymous said...

no the real crimes are against the students either by each other or the teachers.

those things go unreported and parents are afraid to speak up

it is equally wrong that students feel afraid of each other or authority.

no point in telling the BOE because they have shown in many many actions and statements that they support bigotry, corporal punishment and absolute authority.

they have empowered a few bad teachers to set the tone for many many good ones... 11/01/2006 2:27 PM

Anonymous said...

As long as we are all so concerned about School Safety - can someone explain to me why Apollo middle school has a rear door ALWAYS open with nobody watching it?

ANYONE can walk in to the building during school hours and there is absolutely nothing / no-one to stop them (I believe it is their door #4).

The Greece Post ran a story about Fairport schools that had a security issue - hello people, we have a problem right here at home!

God forbid if something tragic happened at Apollo, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't speak up. My voice wont change anything though -
We need someone with some authority to look into this for the safety of our children!
11/01/2006 8:25 PM

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mall Fight Friday Night Closed Theater

9th Safest But ...
... Not All Crimes Get Reported ...
... or Get Full Coverage

A call to the Channel 13/WHAM offices today confirmed that on Sat. night's 11PM news they read a story about a fight involving some 30 people inside the Greece Ridge Mall, in front of the movie theater on Fri. night. Police were called. Two were arrested for disorderly conduct. The theater was closed for the remainder of that evening.

According to a neighbor's grandson, he arrived for a movie but was told about the fight, the theater closing and claims there were reports at least one person involved in the fight was carrying a weapon.

Monday, October 30, 2006

New Supt. A "Take Charge" Type Leader


"If Steve's given the support of the administrative team and parents and doesn't get stabbed in the back, I think he will have a positive influence." -- Jim Clauss, a Greece native and social studies teacher in Niagara County.

D&C Article

Saturday, October 28, 2006

ATTENTION PARENTS!!

"Study Island" Math Service Offers Practice For MS'ers

All middle school students at Apollo, Arcadia, and Athena have personal accounts for the 2006-2007 year on the web-based "Study Island" service for math. This service provides assistance, lessons, and practice in the skills assessed by the state. Your child's math teacher should now have an account and password set up for your child. Classes have begun to use the system periodically in school as time and computer access allows. A critical feature of this program is the opportunity it provides students for extra assistance and practice outside of the school day. The system is accessible from any computer connected to the internet at www.studyisland.com. Please encourage your child to use the system at home and show you the progress s/he is making in his/her math skills.

Study Island

Friday, October 27, 2006

Consistency In Our Schools?

Gimme A Break!!! said...

The postings on this and that other blog are quite amusing. Some of you should read back into the archives from both sites. No matter what the problem is, no matter what action is taken, the teachers are NEVER AT FAULT. They don't seem to even fit into the equation when discussing student success or failure. It's the only consistent message in 1.5+ yrs of writings!

Here's a sampling of what you'll find in the archives:

"It's that big bad administration!"

"It's the remnants of that big bad administration!"

"It's because we have no administration!"

"It's because we have no Supt."

"It's the kids from broken homes."

"It's the kids who don't care about school."

"It's the families who moved here from the city!"

"It's the No Child Left Behind Act."

"It's the NYSED!" "It's the Special Ed kid's fault."

"It's the new test!"

"It's because of the number of kids on free/reduced lunch."

"It's the class sizes."

"It's the lack of training."

"It's because parents aren't supportive!"

"It's because of the curriculum."

"It's because of the budget."

"It's because the BOE isn't focussed on instruction."

"It's because Odyssey took all the good students!"

WHAT A BUNCH OF WHINEY PEOPLE!
10/27/2006 12:51 PM

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS?


its consistency and classroom size folkes said...

" ... NOT all teachers can teach. This conversation is getting old in this town, So lets call it what it is:

The District has not displayed any consistency in programs or teaching methods across the MS or 3-5 in years. They have been researching and trying out new things over and over and at the cost to our children.

The District has not dealt effectively with non performing teachers. In fact they are not even accountable for anything at this time.

The Board's role is not to fight course selections its to set policy and to hire and effective leader. That's all!

It is a teachers job to be held accountable for my child's progress, My job to support it at home and the District Admins job to hold that teacher to task.

Unfortunately we do have a group of very nice individuals running something called a Union and a trio on the board who make it almost impossible for parents to hold tenured teachers responsible.

But where are, the Mrs Lace's in the world. You had her-the Teacher who really was gentle and kind and you knew she cared-she talked to you like a human being and always took the time-you wanted to do well because instead of drilling questions into you head:she was able to make you see just how great you were and could be. She can't possibly exist today because she only had 18 of us in her classroom..." 10/25/2006 6:44 AM


Little Johnnie's hair is too long said...

"30 kids (Odyssey classrooms) is unacceptable YET those kids succeed! so there goes the my class is too large argument.
Teachers cried that the previous Admin and leadership made it impossible to do their jobs and get the kids to show well on the tests. The Board bought it and forced them all to go yet: the Math Scores and ELA did see a slight improvement when they had that leadership. Its then fair to say that now that those barriers had been removed we should have seen more improvement and yet we did not. Its also fair to suggest that the "free for all" styles they have been allowed to execute in the classrooms need to come to an end and this LARGE District has to have consistency in every single room what the heck is working at Odyssey

its a culture that breeds success not one that drills test questions to make a % happen. ...Shouldn't we be teaching our kids before we start measuring Johnnie's hairline vs his ears or collar?" 10/25/2006 9:18 AM

Monday, October 23, 2006

A District Divided Shows No Outrage?

Anonymous said...

"I think in Greece it's very much a situation of divide and conquer in Greece and that's why there's no great outrage. If you'll notice, the test scores at schools of choice are higher than the average in Greece, so those parents aren't going to be beating down any doors. The other parents not worried too much are those who give their students a lot of support at home no matter which school their children attend, so their test results are higher than average also. The staff and curriculum is similar at all of the schools, but for some reason there is a difference when it comes to test scores. Do you think, maybe, by some strange chance, it could possibly something to do with the population at the schools being, um, a little less diverse, maybe? In addition, student recognition and individual attention (which is likely to effect achievement) is much easier at Odyssey with 1/3 the number of students in each grade level compared to the other schools. There has been division in Greece ever since schools of choice were implemented because parents are just not on the same playing field. Fighting city hall becomes more difficult when you've appeased a segment of your population."
10/23/2006 11:00 AM

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Adding Insult To Injury ...

... 2006 ELA Scores Lowers Greece's
Ranking Among Suburban Districts

44% of Grade 8 Fail State Exam!

Anonymous said...

"When will you people realize that curriculum in this district for the past six or seven years (when scores in all areas dropped to the bottom) was set by the Director of Curriiculum under Steve Walts, and we all know who that was. It is going to take time to get back to where we should be. Don't blame the teachers, they were only doing what they were told, so as not to be put on an improvement plan.Some people saw where the problem was and took steps to correct it, but there are still administrators in the schools who still think that MK/C was the greatest thing since sliced bread and nothing will ever change their mind, even when the kids can't add, subract, read or write. Its time for parents, teachers, the union, the new super and the board to put an end to this embarassing curriculum." 10/22/2006 5:11 PM

Friday, October 20, 2006

"It is the Parents job to teach their children. Period."

Anonymous said...

This is to 10/20/2006 7:14 AM
"You stated It IS THE MATH TEACHER'S JOB to teach math, not the parent's
This is the greater problem. It is the Parents job to teach their children. Period. If they are having problems in school then help them at home. If you can not help them yourself then get some help or go to the school and talk to the teacher. If the parents do not care enough to get involved when they see the student struggling then where does that leave the student.
The teachers can only do so much.
If you do not want to teach your children then do not have them in the first place."
10/20/2006 8:28 AM

Thursday, October 19, 2006

"There's no outrage people because THE PARENTS DON'T CARE"

Anonymous said...

There's no outrage people because THE PARENTS DON'T CARE!!!! If the parent's truly cared about their chidren's education, they wouldn't be sending them to Greece. Wake up already. Am I really the only one that notices that the people who are most up in arms about Greece's performance don't have kids in the district (i.e, Care, A. Miller, D. Skeet, etc.)????? It doesn't paint any more clear a picture... Regardless, I know I'll get about 5 or so parents to respond who are upset about my comments, but out of the 15,000 students at Greece, I know some parents do care - they're the exception and are not who I'm referring to. 10/19/2006 11:01 AM

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

GREECE MATH SCORES WORST IN COUNTY SUBURBS !!



WE'VE
FAILED
GREECE
STUDENTS


THIS MEANS YOU !!








PARENTS: SILENT ??
BOE: MUM ??
TEACHERS: NO COMMENT ??
ADMINISTRATION: MUTE ??

The scores are out. It's been a full week. Where is the outrage? Where is the call for action? Where is the accountibility? Where is the plan to help the students we've failed? Where is the new curriculum that will make a difference in whether children learn math, or fail?

FACT: Grades 3, 4 and 5 in Greece are the lowest scores of any in Monroe County's suburban districts.

FACT: Scores for grades 6, 7 and 8 place Greece third from last in the county rankings.

FACT: Only 44% of Apollo MS 7th graders passed the required state exam.

WOULD THERE BE SUCH DEAFENING SILENCE IF THIS HAPPENED IN PENFIELD, PITTSFORD OR BRIGHTON? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
SPEAK UP! TAKE ACTION!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

An Idea Whose Time Has Come??

From ABC News - By MIKE VON FREMD

Oct. 18, 2006 — "The Independent School District of Burleson, Texas, just south of Ft. Worth is the first in the country to adopt a policy of training students to immediately fight back and use their advantage in numbers to take tactical control if a gunman enters their classroom."

Link

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

BOE GETS PRELIMINARY BUDGET FIGURE

*** $195 MILLION ***

Tax Rate Increase Would Be Double-Digit !

Monday, October 16, 2006

BOE Special Meeting & Study Session - Oct. 17


Exec. Session @ 5:30 PM

Special Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Approval of Agenda Mr. Walsh O/A --6:30pm
2. Staffing -- Ms. Pallas W/A
3. Old Business

a. Goal on Absenteeism
b. Scheduling Regular Board Meetings
c. Legal Updates
d. Project Adept and Young Audiences
e. Musical Instruments
f. Arcadia Speed Zone


STUDY SESSION TO FOLLOW -- BUDGET GUIDELINES

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Willa Powell (D) Eyes Robach's (R) Senate Seat


Powell Characterizes Robach: "as having the worst record in the state Senate on middle-class issues. She based her comments on ratings done by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a progressive policy institute, which found that he had a 27 percent score on his votes."

Robach Responds: "by questioning what Powell has done to help the community and saying that this rating does not reflect his record."I have represented this community, every part of this community — white black, Latino — not just in resources, but being at their events."

D&C Article

Saturday, October 14, 2006

More Propaganda ... Or The Real Deal?

Tell Us What You Think

School Bond Video -- Produced by the GCSD

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The D&C Reports ...

*** State Math Test Passing Rate
Plummets To 44% For Apollo MS
7th Graders ***

Article

GREECE RESULTS

BOE BANS HATS & SKATEBOARD USE, LIMITS CELL USE,

After lengthy discussions on the hats, cell phone & skateboard issues, much of the board's agenda was tabled until next Tuesday evening ... including discussion of whether the BOE should have two regular monthly meetings.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD THE BOE HAVE TWO REGULAR MEETINGS EACH MONTH?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Will HMO Ban Do-Rags, Cell Phones & Skateboards?

Public Hearing On Code of Conduct Changes
Planned TONIGHT @ 6:00 PM

Propsed changes would: prohibit hats and head coverings, including scarves, bandanas and do-rags not worn for religious or medical purposes; disallow student cell phone or pager use during school hours; and prohibit the possession of skateboards on school property.

D&C Article

Saturday, October 07, 2006

New Issue Of "The Connection" Online

Tues. BOE Meeting Agenda
Exec. Session @ 5PM "to discuss the employment history of particular person(s), and collective negotiations."
Public Hearing @ 6PM to discuss "Code of Conduct Updates – Dress Code, Cell Phones, Skateboards"
BOE Regular Meeting @ 6:30PM to incl. discussion of:
FRP Update
Enrollment Projections
Spending Goal 2006-07
Barnard Feasibility Study
Renaming PAC
New District Mission Statement (It's about time!)
GTA Negotians & Related Legal Expenses
Longridge Driveway Update
Board Meeting Protocols & Conduct of Meetings

Friday, October 06, 2006

Athena To Participate In Natl Assessment


More Pressure for the kids! said...
Dear Scats:
Have you heard about this: Greece Athena has been selected to participate-the Middle School, in the NAEP National Assessment of Education Progress examination. The test takes around 90 minutes. NAEP is voluntary but the letter does a fine job of explaining how important it is. It is explained as the only ongoing nationally representative assessment. It has been goiven in schools for more than 35 years and will be given at the school on Jan 25, 2007. Here is the link: http://nationsreportcard.gov

Sorry but I would encourage parents not to pressure their students into taking yet another test that will allow some community members to criticize results, them and teachersIts NOT mandatory I would suggest that parents call the school by October 13th to decline participation.Lets face it the State Standards are enough pressure-and the measurement and results really don't prove anything. 10/06/2006 7:26 AM

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Monroe County Property Tax 2nd Highest In US

Upstate counties lead the nation in annual property taxes as a percentage of home value.

1. Niagara, 2.81%
2. Monroe, 2.73%
3. Onondaga, 2.64%
4. Wayne, 2.61%
5. Chautauqua, 2.60%

D&C Article

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Canandaigua Academy Cell Phone Policy Works

Maybe Greece Could Learn From This Example?

"Kids respect that teachers are meeting them halfway. It use to be a big argument that oh you guys are just being unfair and things like that, but if teachers are meeting us halfway then we have nothing to say against it," said Noah Hoch, a Senior.

Fox 31 News

REYNOLDS' TOP AIDE RESIGNS

Greece Native Kirk Fordham Quits Amidst Scandal

Fordham: "It is clear the Democrats are intent on making me a political issue in my boss's race, and I will not let them do so."

D&C Article

PRESS RELEASE - Fordham Statement

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Greece Bus Tips Over Into Drainage Ditch

Driver & Attendant Injured; No Students Aboard

D&C Article

Email Scandal Puts Rep. Reynolds On Hot Seat


From the D&C - "Flanked by about 30 children of supporters and as many parents, Reynolds defended his actions at a news conference late Monday in Amherst ... When a reporter suggested to Reynolds that the children step outside in order to have a frank discussion of the sexually charged case, Reynolds declined."
D&C Article


From The Comments

Anonymous said...
CNN just reported that Congressman Tom Reynolds knew information about Congressman Mark Foley's inappropriate emails with underage Congressional Pages. Instead of going to the police or the FBI, Congressman Reynolds passed the information to Hassert (sp?) and coincidentally received $100,000 in campaign contributions from Congressman Mark Foley. Does anyone else see this as a HUGE problem?!
10/02/2006 4:49 PM

Anonymous said...
Yeah, Reynolds stinks too in this mess. The trouble with politicians is they are ALL corrupt. Look at Greece!
10/02/2006 7:34 PM

Anonymous said...
The republican leadership should resign or be forced to.
10/03/2006 11:24 AM

Monday, October 02, 2006

PASSN Plans Special Ed Forum Oct. 12

An Introduction to the World of Special Education

A panel of experts will discuss and answer questions regarding what parents can expect when they suspect that their child may be a student with a disability or when that suspicion has been confirmed by an expert. The panel, comprised of Cheddy Harvey, West Ridge Elementary School Psychologist; Ken Merkey, Acting Coordinator of Special Education; Roger Nellist, Esq., Executive Director of Western New York Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled, Carla Piccarreto, parent of a student with special needs; and, Christina Sloane, Olympia High School Principal, will review the steps a parent can take to have their child’s needs addressed.

Topics expected to be addressed include: what a parent can do when suspicions of a disability first arise; what measures can the District be expected to take in response to the parent’s concerns; and, what the law requires of the parents and of the District in dealing with students suspected of having special needs.

The program will be held Oct. 12, 2006 at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1250 English Road.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ka-Ching!! $chool Repair$ $kyrocket


District Critics Want To Know: Why DID Previous $120 Million Bond Fail To Fix Rooves, Plumbing?

Bob Mueller: "People have every right to blame the previous school boards for not going out to voters with a budget that would cover the expenses we had."

Jo Kehoe: "This is not a wish list."

Frank Oberg: "We have to make a judgment call based on the urgencies of getting these things done."

D&C Article

Friday, September 29, 2006

Where's the "Justice" In This Plea Deal??

From the D&C (online) -

Jail, no registry for teacher in sex-abuse case
Gary Craig
Staff writer
September 29, 2006 3:21 pm — A former Livonia Junior/Senior High School teacher was sentenced to four months in jail and probation Friday in a plea deal that dropped multiple counts of sexual abuse and sodomy against a former student.

Michael B. Neyhart was charged last year in a 57-count indictment accusing him of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and second-degree menacing. He was accused of abusing a young teenage student at the school between November 2001 and February 2002.

Neyhart was a technology teacher. He agreed as part of his plea not to teach again. During a trial earlier this year, Livingston County prosecutors agreed to accept a plea of a single misdemeanor count of menacing.

That means Neyhart will not be on the sex offender registry.

GCRAIG@DemocratandChronicle.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Is It Time For Jo To Go?

Kehoe: " We could do $55 million on a proposition, we could do $100 million: It's up to you."
D & C Article

DRAFT: Estimated Repair Costs

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Identified "Needs" Exceed $100 mil For Facility Repairs

Technology Plan Mushrooms to $22 million

List Includes Astro-Turf At Apollo & High Schools

Complete Asbestos Abatement

$55 Mil Projects List Contains No "Wishes"

Jo Kehoe: " ... there are more needs than I feel comfortable going to voters with."

"Kehoe noted that the proposal also calls for lighting a multi-use field at Greece Arcadia High School that would be used by all district schools."

D&C Article

FROM THE COMMENTS:

Anonymous said...
There was much put off for the last 8 years in the way of general maintenance and upkeep. Lots of fancy facades and such but the substantial construction needs went undone. And now we will have to make up for that. Prediction: within the next 5 years the Greece taxes will double for each property owner. Pray that the STAR benefit does not go away. Remember that is renewed on a yearly basis with the legislative budget.The new superintendent will be taking on a big mess. There was a lot that was delayed even this last year but it could wait no longer. What a disaster.And then there is talk of the odyssey needing a new building to keep up with the rest. Remember what she said in the paper this am. Each school should have something special at the secondary level. Odyssey obviously falls far behind the others in the physical plant. It might be built on the district owned land at Latta and Long Pond. Right in the geographic and financial hub of greece. or an elementary could be built there and the odyssey concept could be housed in an existing building. It will be done. 9/26/2006 8:48 AM

Monday, September 25, 2006

BOE Meeting Tuesday!!

5:30PM ~~ To finish agenda items left over from the last regular BOE meeting

6:30 PM ~~ Study Session
Re: $55 mil "referendum" for repairs & technology bond

AGENDA

Sunday, September 24, 2006

2006-07 High School Accountability Under the No Child Left Behind Act

Greece high schools made adequate yearly progress under NCLB, meaning that they met annual targets in English Language Arts, mathematics, and graduation rate. Arcadia High, Odyssey Academy, and Olympia High remain In Good Standing under NCLB, while Athena High maintained its status as a School Requiring Academic Progress (SRAP) – Year 1 for English Language Arts and mathematics. Athena High is identified as a School Requiring Academic Progress because it did not make adequate yearly progress in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Schools are required to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years in order to be removed from the in need of improvement list.

Information about elementary, middle school, and District accountability will be released by the State Education Department in November 2006.

For more information about the school accountability, click on the New York Education Department School Accountability link below.

NYSED School Accountibility

Saturday, September 23, 2006


CHAMBER TO REPLACE PREZ
Beaver No Longer Employed There

MPN

Friday, September 22, 2006

Beaver Gets Court Hearing; Pleaded Not Guilty

"The misdemeanor charge could carry a sentence ranging from 90 days in jail to one year of probation, or a combination of both"

D&C Article

Grade 8 Test Results Lag in Many Districts

Commissioner Mills: "Statewide, we see a substantial decline in student performance in reading and writing that happens after grade five."

D&C Article
GREECE CENTRAL RESULTS

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Greece C of C Prez Charged With Public Lewdness

Skip Beaver Arrested in Genessee Valley Park Friday
Worked For Greece PD For 13 Years

D&C Article

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

New Super Greeted By Hopeful Stakeholders

Charlie Hubbard: "We need to build trust in this district, and we can't do that unless we have somebody at the top who's honest."

D&C Article

Monday, September 18, 2006

You're Invited To ...


MEET THE NEW SUPT.
Tuesday Sept. 19th @ 7 PM

"The Board of Education will be hosting a reception to meet the new Superintendent at the conclusion of their Board meeting on Tuesday, September 19. The reception will be held Apollo Middle School in Room E50 and is expected to begin at approximately 7 p.m. " ~~ GCSD website

"Ken allowed it to happen ..."


Dear Joe:
Thanks for letting us know we were right about the Open Meetings Law being trashed by the GCSD BOE!! It wasn't the first time. Very sadly, we doubt it will be the last. (That the laws were trashed AND that we were right :)

Let's turn to the order of events that transpired leading up to that illegal schoolboard meeting. We wonder, when the additional BOE members, Russell & Hubbard, showed up, did YOU object to continuing the meeting? YOU took an oath of office just like all of the others did, swearing to uphold the laws and the Constitution. Did YOU leave the meeting to show you objected? No you did not!

Did you call upon two other people (perhaps Oberg & Grason) to leave or for one other person to join you and leave? Apparently not. Did anyone say "Stop the process here until we are back within the laws?" Did any of the other board members (Oberg and/or Grason) show ANY CONCERN at all?? Did you urge your candidate to leave? No, no and no!

You showed us on Friday that you do in fact, know how to speak up ... when you want to. Blaming Ken Walsh for the entire "problem" is just plain silly. Yes, we agree. KEN SHOULD HAVE STOPPED IT. He didn't.

The fact of the matter is, SIX MEMBERS OF THE GCSD BOE flipped their middle finger at the populace of Greece by continuing that illegal meeting! You are just as much to blame as any of the other five. Please don't try to play victim. It only makes a very stinky situation smell much worse.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

In Our Opinion ...

A Very Flawed Process ...
Several times, this BLOG has openly criticized the Greece BOE for not adhering to the NY State Open Meetings Laws and for not following Robert's Rules of Order at their meetings, even though their own adopted policies compel them to do so. Last evening's rushed meeting, agenda switch and vote was yet another prime example of this BOE's displayed contempt for such "details" as following the letter of the law, as well as the spirit of the law.

One board member has gone so far as to put into writing the fact that a majority of the BOE met with a potential candidate on Wednesday evening. There was no posting or announcement of that meeting to the public until AFTER it took place. Clearly that was illegal. Last night, a board member tried to "explain" away that issue by saying that four board members agreed to "have coffee" with the candidate and then they were "graciously joined" by two other board members who just happened to show up!

Do these elected representatives really think the community is so stupid as to believe that "explanation?" Maybe so! Afterall, there has been almost nothing said about how they deviate from their scripts without following the rules and laws that they swore under oath to uphold!

From where we sit, it appears that the process to find a new leader for the district totally fell apart following the unfortunate decision Mr. King made in declining the job at the last minute. From that point forward, the public was told essentially nothing about what was happening next. Mr. Walsh announced that the board would meet to discuss what process and direction the board would pursue given Mr. King's decision. We expected that at least SOME discussion would be made in public. There was none!

Executive sessions that lasted for hours on end were used to cloak the general process in complete secrecy. A look back at posted agendas compared to the actual meeting minutes reveals that many items were added to agendas that originally listed an executive session as the sole purpose for a meeting. Yes, we know they are allowed to add agenda items at a meeting. Yes, we know they may amend the agenda in anyway they see fit. However, when they do this repeatedly, something begins to smell foul. Last night's meeting culminated in a really big stench!

How ironic it is that the exact things we've been complaining about came back to bite several board members in the behind, including the board's VP himself! Yesterday's agenda was completely changed and several of them didn't like it! The purpose of the meeting took on a totally different flavor than the original posting indicated. Attempts to allow the community to speak out against this "flawed" process were squelched by a majority of the board of education. We are told to believe "the process was open and honest" by the board President.

And now there are whispers in the community that attempt to implicate him in some under-the-table dealings with the person this district hired to lead it! Of course those rumors are fueled by the fact the BOE President appeared to be in a HUGE hurry to push the changed agenda through with as little discussion as possible.

As if all of this isn't dysfunctional enough, it's even more laughable to hear both sides claim that the absent board member would agree with their varied perspectives ... if only he had been there!

We don't know what the future holds now that a new Superintendent has been chosen. But we do know that this poor fellow isn't starting out on the solid footing we all hoped for. His arrival to the school district's top post is already steeped in controversy. We hope he has very thick skin. He'll be needing it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

A STRONGLY DIVIDED BOE APPOINTS

STEVEN ACHRAMOVITCH AS SUPT.!!

*** THE CONTRACT LINK ***
Contract Length - 3 yrs. 8 mo. beginning Nov. 1, 2006
Contract Amount - $200,000/yr.
Flex account - $5000/yr.
Relocation Budget - $10,000

WELCOME TO GREECE !

Thursday, September 14, 2006

BOE Calls Special Meeting Friday Night!!

6:30PM in Apollo, Room E-46

THERE ARE NO ITEMS LISTED ON THE "OFFICIAL AGENDA"

WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR SUPT?

Who would be your choice for the next Superintendent of GCSD

Ron De Carli

Steve Achromovitch

Don Nadolinski

Bob Conrad

Someone Else? Tell us who!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

BOE's 2nd Lengthy Exec. Session Raises Questions About Supt. Search


Was it already planned? said...
Mr. Moscato addressed the community at last nites BOE meeting prior to Executive session...
His address was very strange. He told us that the BOE was divided and that some wanted to rush the process of hiring a new Super. He then suggested that the Asst Super named by Ms. Kehoe: Don Nadolinski was capable of running our District until we selected just the right man for the job.
He also talked about our last "hasty" decision to hire from within and what that brought to the community BUT announced that two more candidates from within have expressed an interest in the job and that we should consider them because they are qualified.
So that leaves me wondering the following:
Why would it be ok to move someone in from the "inside" after spending so much to conduct a search if that person was already here?
Why would we not move the prior Asst Super into the interim position right from day one instead of hiring Dr. Kehoe if they were already here?
Wouldn't Mr. Nadolinski's qualifications have been the same one year ago as they are today. And wouldn't we have saved the District money in doing that?
And why then wasn't Ms. Buckshaw named internally as interim? She was the Asst Super at the time.
We might have to assume that this was a staged and planned event from the beginning-in fact some wrote on here back then- that Don Nadolinski wanted the Super's Job-is that true?
And might it be true that our Board President would land that HR Director job when his term is up next election with players that he put in place at the helm.
Well, if it was just a plot from day one, who knows-our kids did get 660 thousand dollars worth of computers out of it-even though its snowing in their classrooms. WOW!
9/13/2006 8:47 AM

Capital Improvements/Referendum Study Session Slated For Sept. 26th


GCSD To Look At $55 Million in "Pressing Needs"
& $15 Million Technology Proposal

Upgrades May Include:
Arcadia HS ~~Lighted Sports Field
Odyssey Academy ~~ Tennis Courts
HVAC Systems; Roof Replacements
Plumbing Upgrades; Windows & Doors

Monday, September 11, 2006

BOE To Decide On Possible Dec. Vote


Capital Improvements To Be Considered

Board President Ken Walsh said the board will consider the recommendations one by one "and say if as a board we support them being in the capital project or if we think they're unnecessary."

D&C Article

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Donlon's First Day Back In School ...

Mary Donlon: "It means a correction of a wrong, putting things the way they need to be.”

Frank Oberg: "A wrong was made right. It's reason for celebration today."

Joe Moscato: "It all went back to discrimination against some teachers it was uncalled for. We reversed the process."

Ch. 13 News

Friday, September 08, 2006

BOE Posts Agenda For Tuesday Meeting

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:30 pm in E40 to discuss employment history of particular person(s), and collective negotiations.

Regular Meeting Begins @ 6:30PM
New Business Includes "Renaming Athena Performing Arts Center"

Agenda

Thursday, September 07, 2006

"IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR.... "

Greece Schools Open For 2006-07 School Year

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

BOE To Re-Evaluate Previous Supt. Candidates


Steve Achramovitch, Ron DeCarli, Others
To Be Reviewed For Head Job

A Very Good Question ...

Why Is Greece The Last Suburban District To Start Classes?
(We saw it on Ch. 10 at 11PM Mon. night)

Anonymous said...
According to Fox News at 10, Greece is the last suburban school district to open its doors this Sept. Why is that? Several schools begin Tuesday. The rest start Wed. except for Greece and the city which open Thurs. Maybe that is why we have a "block hole."
9/04/2006 10:23 PM


We're wondering: Is Greece's school year shorter than other districts? What about the length of the school day? Are our kids being short-changed on classtime?

Sunday, September 03, 2006

GCSD In No Hurry In Search For New Supt.

Ken Walsh: "I'm not going to try to predict anymore where this process is going,"
D&C Article
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jerry Taylor (Tech. Integration Teacher, Retired) asks a very good question:
"Does anyone know the REAL reason the Board's choice for superintendent chose NOT to take the job?"

Friday, September 01, 2006

"Stupid in America: How We Are Cheating Our Kids"

20/20 Tonight @ 10:00 PM; Ch13

John Stossel examines reasons U.S. students do not perform as well academically as students in some countries; government officials, union leaders, parents and students offer their opinions; innovative programs

BOE Posts Special Meeting Agenda For Tuesday

No Mention Made of Supt. Search Process
Have They Already Decided??

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 6:00 pm in E40 to discuss employment history of particular person(s) and collective negotiations.

1. Approval of Agenda Mr. Walsh O/A 1 min.
2. Approval of Supt Staff Re-organization Mr. Walsh W/A 1 min.
3. Search Inst’s 2006 HC/HY Natl Conference Dr. Kehoe W/A 5 min.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

English Lessons For Back-To-School

As we pause to celebrate the last long weekend of Summer, we thought a little comic relief might be in order. The following humor is from an email received from a friend. Hope you enjoy!

Every year, English teachers from across the country submit their collections of actual similes and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers across the country. Here are a few of last year's winners.....

1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
3. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
4. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
5. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
6. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
7. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
8. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
9. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
10. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
11. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
12. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
13. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
14. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
15. The ballerina rose gracefully en Pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

BOE Has Opportunity To Do The Right Thing


But Will They?

Craig King's decision not to accept the position of Superintendent leaves the school board with several options for how to proceed. Informing the community about which candidate backed out was the first order of business. We're glad that Charlie Hubbard and Bill Grason provided that information when the board president, Ken Walsh, wouldn't. It was the right thing to do. We, the Greece community, were part of the selection process (if we believe what we were told and the BOE actually considered the written comments made by the public). We had the right to know.

Next Tuesday, the school board plans to meet to discuss the options. Some say they should reconsider the other two candidates. Some say they should reopen the search and start from scratch. Maybe they should start by selecting a new consultant. All options are worthy of consideration and discussion.

What we haven't been told yet is whether they will have that discussion in an open meeting, or behind closed doors. It is our belief that this school board MUST conduct that discussion in an open public meeting. The community needs to be able to trust the process. We need to know how our elected officials are getting to the decisions they are making. Until it comes time to discuss selection of specific individuals, there is no reason to cloak the discussion in the secrecy of yet another executive session discussion.

Do the right thing Mr. Walsh. Discuss the district's options publicly! It will go a long ways towards reestablishing trust between yourselves and the community.

Almost 90% of NY Students Took 2006 SAT ...

... But New Yorkers' Scored Below Natl Average

NY Mean Math Score = 510 (518 Nationally )
NY Mean Critical Reading Score = 493 ( 503 Nationally )
NY Mean Writing Score = 483 ( 497 Nationally )

D&C Article

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Craig King Identified As Intended Supt. Candidate

Was Withdrawal Related To Delayed Visit Earlier This Month? Or Was It Related To A Detractor From His Jamestown Superintendency?

Bill Grason: "We were in the final stages of negotiating a contract with Mr. King. We planned to have a nice meeting and welcome the new superintendent. That was what I was told."

Charlie Hubbard: "We negotiated all weekend and I thought we had everything straight."

Anne Miller: "There are many superintendents who would welcome the challenge of coming to Greece."

Ken Walsh: "When you go through a long process like this and it doesn't result in what we anticipated, there might be speculation in the community about fault. But there is no fault in this at all, it just didn't work out. We are not defeated by this, and are excited to again look at the candidates we have both new and old."

D&C Article

Anonymous said...
"Maybe he dropped out because of the contract negotiations. They weren't final and that is why they are called negotiations. That could be considered as personal as when MKC left the district... And to AM in the paper...it is very unusual for an applicant for such a position to bow out at this late stage in the process. There is something we all don't know. Or the detractor of mystery that spoke of Jamestown led this man to walk away." 8/29/2006 10:29 AM

Monday, August 28, 2006

SUPT. CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS!!!


Tonight's Meeting Canceled!!!

From the GCSD website: "Tonight’s Meeting Cancelled, Candidate WithdrewAfter a long process, the Board of Education’s chosen candidate for Greece Superintendent of Schools has withdrawn. Contract negotiations had been progressing amicably, but the candidate withdrew this morning citing personal reasons.
A meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening has been cancelled. The Board will meet next Tuesday, September 5 to discuss how they will move forward with the search."

And the Winner Is ...


New Supt. To Be Announced At 6PM meeting Today!
Will it be Ron DiCarli, Steve Achramovitch, or Craig King? Or could they begin searching again?