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 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


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?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Another warning?????

BLOG Admin. just found this entry this morning (under "BOE Hopes To Pick Supt....") :

Anonymous said...
Is it true that Craig King will be your next Superintendent? Check out his record at Jamestown Central School ....He tried to fire the business official, but it ended up costing the district thousands. The case was Dale Wetherlow vs Jamestown School District. King made a hasty retreat out of the district.....seems he has a habit of pressuring business officials to do illegal things...... 8/26/2006 5:49 PM

Saturday, August 26, 2006

A Warning From Plattsburgh??

Anonymous said...
"Craig King is planning on being in Greece Monday pm. Good luck to all you folks!! You have made our dreams come true!!! He will use his smile & charm to manipulate you then stab you in the back!They don't call him the "Teflon King" for nothing! If your BOE is looking for someone to kiss their A**, they have the right man!!!"
8/25/2006 11:09 PM

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New Supt. To Be Appointed Monday!!

Special meeting scheduled for Monday Aug. 28 at 6PM in room E46 (Apollo 3rd Floor) ~~ The new Supt. will be in attendance!!

Odyssey School Receives National Award

One of 16 national winners of the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction awards for leadership excellence

D&C Article

Monday, August 21, 2006

BOE Plans Special Meeting Tuesday

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 --- 6:30 p.m. Apollo Middle School

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

1. Approval of Agenda --- Mr. Walsh --- O/A 1 min.
2. Staffing ---- Ms. Pallas --- W/A 1 min.
3. Staffing Resolution --- Mr. Walsh --- W/A 1 min

The Blogmeisters Present ~~

"Beyond the BOE" ...

... a new place to speak out about political concerns!!

By request, we're going to provide "Beyond the BOE" as a headline once/week so that people can speak out about politics beyond the walls of the GCSD. If you want to discuss the murder in Greece, the Fast Ferry Folly in the city, Hillary's new ad campaign or Dubya's latest "Bushism" this would be the place to post it.

Please remember our rules ;-) Please let us know if you like the idea of having this place to post on other topics. Also, what day of the week would you like designated for this area?


Ken Walsh to D&C: "Once we pick a candidate in executive session, we will arrange to have some board members visit the candidate's home district."

Anonymous said...
The board or any other government body cannot make decisions in executive session. They may discuss material and topics allowed in executive session. Just discuss. They must come out of closed session to make the vote. They cannot make a decision without a vote so this must be in open session. So let us all be there when they are either making the decision or violating the law by making the decision in closed session. Who will be brave enough on the board to call them on this act if it happens.When is that executive session scheduled. The posting place for all their meetings is at the elevator . 8/20/2006 5:49 PM

Sunday, August 20, 2006

BOE Hopes To Pick Supt. This Coming Week

Oct.Placement Date Planned

Ken Walsh: "We will hold off on our official opening day ceremonies with staff until we can have a new superintendent, possibly sometime in October."

D&C Article

Saturday, August 19, 2006

EEOC Sexual Harassment Case Filed

Churchville-Chili Supt. Denies Allegations

D&C Article

Friday, August 18, 2006

GCSD Empowers Atty To Sue Kodak

District's share of disputed $1.9 million could be $1.1 million

Anne Miller: "In no uncertain terms they should move forward with trying to recoup as much money as they can"

D&C Article

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Supt. Candidates Compared

Thanks To The Efforts Of An Anonymous Note-Taker, We're Able To Bring You One Person's Highlighted Comments On Each Of The Three Candidates. Please write-in and tell us your pick and how you decided. Feel free to bring up items you don't see on the lists below :)

RON DeCARLI - Supt. Akron Central Schools

-would consider gifted programs for students
-seemed to advocate for more parental involvment in the Special Ed arena
-seemed to like the inclusive approach to special ed
-would consider relocating to Greece and wants to be involved with the community
-wants to include tax payer advocacy groups in discussions
-takes a very personal approach in leading the staff members
-has had outstanding results in the middle school testing
-has managed a multimillion dollar capital improvement project, although he currently has only 1 MS in his District
-made reference to the "kids" quite often in his comments
-respects the experienced educators and their opinions in the District and would look to them for ideas

STEVE ACHRAMOVITCH - Supt. Kenmore-Tonawanda UFSD

-Is well read: books noted were Good to Great, and The World is Flat
-Referred often to students becoming independent learners
-Established programs in current district to address character developement (proactive stance on preventing Bullying)
- Has experience negotiatng with labor unions and would try to work within the constaints of law and past contracts to be fiscally responsible
- Has an Open Door policy ( unless he is very busy!) You may have to wait. Won't turn you away.
- Mentioned Family support program but didn't get enough notes to explain that one

CRAIG KING - Supt. Clinton/Essex/Warren/Wash. BOCES

-Wants to work cooperatively to develop a vision

-Would like to set goals and be acountable for results of his decision!! ( Not a new concept but definitely a rarity in GCSD)

- Not a PR machine. The truth is the only PR needed. We have had enough spin doctors

-understand that we will not achieve our potential unless we all pull in the same direction. ( If hired intends to find a direction we are all willing to go and build momentum)

-Wants to set goals and dedicated to improving student achievement( focus on academics is always a great thing)

-Would like to earn community trust( another first, do others assume it will come with the position?)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

BOE Meeting Minutes (Draft) Posted Show Raises

RESOLVED: That the Board of Education of the Greece Central School District approves the staffing appointments.

1. Armstrong, Lynne -- Board Clerk District Office $45,694.00 -- $56,500.00

2. Binn, Kathleen -- Admin Assistant II Dept of Instruction $50,322.00 --$55,000.00

3. Knaak Jr., Edward -- Supervisor of DistrictSecurity, Safety, and Environmental Health
District Office -- $78,754.00 -- $84,000.00

Moved: Russell
Seconded: VanOrman
Russell yes
Oberg yes
Moscato yes
VanOrman yes
Boily yes
Walsh yes
Hubbard no then changed to abstained
Adopted: 6-1 (Hubbard abstained)


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Questions Erupt Over Pay Increases In DO

Did BOE Approve Raises For Some For A Second Time In Under One Year??
Do Total Increases Exceed 15%??

Anonymous said...
"Those closest to the acting super just got some nice raises. The bpard approved them in the open part of the meeting on last friday. Except we weren't there because it was assumed that meeting would not happen." 8/15/2006 8:17 AM

Anonymous said...
"The new group on the board that proudly approved the raises for the 3. They seem to let her do whatever just like they accused the last board of doing for Steve. She made sure her 3 got the raises before she would leave in october as planned. There is a plan here. And let us not forget about the promises made to board members about paid positions." 8/15/2006 8:34 AM

give the bank away said...
"CP was an elementary principal in 2003-2004. In 2004 she became director of human resources and received an increase. In 2006 she became Executive director of human resources and received another significant increase, makeing more than Dr. Keller-Cogan did as Deputy Superintendent. Later in 2006 she became Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Not sure if there was a salary increase then, but if she received one then and then another now there are serious concerns there.
She along with Nadolinski and Schroeder would have also received similar increases over time.These individuals while deserving some increas in pay, may have received $40,000 to $50,000 increases over the past year.
Ask questions people. This is all public record.Superintendent Walts made around $170,000 when he left, these three may already be above that mark. Deputy Keller-Cogan made around $135,000 when she was in that position." 8/15/2006 12:49 PM

Anonymous said...
"What may or may not be alarming is the total salary, but the increase over time that these people received for doing jobs done by others at lower salaries. The increases are astronomical in comparison." 8/15/2006 1:30 PM

Anonymous said...
"Most Greece residents see a 1-3% pay increase year to year. With some not seeing one at all.I used Google to find information on promotional pay increases and the range is usually 5-15% for increase in workload or title advancements. The 3 advancing people had already received pay increases earlier this year. This most recent vote gave them a second increase in less than one year. I would be curious to know the percent increase each time and in total. I would bet my hog that it is well over 15%, and even double." 8/15/2006 1:34 PM

Supt. Candidate Craig King Visiting Today

Meet & Greet at Apollo Cafeteria TODAY

4-5:30 PM & 5:30-6:30PM

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Students Opt To Attend Extra Summer School Classes

It Expands The Number Of Courses HS Students Can Take

Ben Elling: "It's pretty easy and I'm having fun doing it."

D&C Article

Friday, August 11, 2006

Supt. Candidate Meets Community

Steve Achramovitch Described As "Approachable"

D&C Article

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Community Meetings With Supt. Candidates

TODAY - Steven A. Achramovitch - Kenmore, New York

NEXT TUESDAY - Craig L. King - Plattsburgh, New York

Meetings are at in the Apollo Cafeteria - 4-5:30PM and from 5:30-6:30PM

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Wednesday's Meet the Candidate Forum Postponed

Delayed Until Further Notice Due To Family Emergency

Supt. Candidate Ron DeCarli Makes Good First Impression

He believes he has the leadership skills Greece needs to move forward

D&C Article

Sunday, August 06, 2006

BOE Posts Background Info on Supt. Candidates - LINK

BOE Posts Tues. BOE Meeting Agenda - LINK

Friday, August 04, 2006

And The Candidates Are ...

BOE Selects Three Finalists For Supt. Position

Ronald G DeCarli - Akron, NY- to visit Monday
Craig King - Plattsburgh, NY (BOCES) - to visit Wednesday
Steven Achramovitch - Kenmore, NY- to visit Thursday

Community meetings with candidates for Greece Central School District superintendent will be held at Apollo's cafeteria from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

D&C Story

BOE To Choose Supt. Finalists Today

Names Won't Be Released Immediately

D&C Article

Thursday, August 03, 2006

"Honey!? We're home!!"

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Enjoy the cooler weather :)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Supt. Finalist Interviews ~ Aug. 7, 9 & 10

"One finalist will visit each day. Their visits will include final interviews with each employee bargaining unit, members of the Superintendent’s Staff, and the Board of Education. Each finalist will also meet the community at a tea in his or her honor, scheduled for 4 p.m. each day in the Apollo Middle School cafeteria, 750 Maiden Lane. The informal meetings will last an hour and will include time for questions and answers."

BOE Sets Special Meeting Time & Date
Fri. Aug. 4 at 1:30PM --
It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at the conclusion of a 1:30 pm
meeting with the Superintendent Search Interview Team. The Board will meet to discuss the
employment history of particular person(s) in E46.