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