Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Monroe Country STAR Up 18% In New Budget

Spitzer: Average Taxpayer To Save
Several Hundred $$ On School Tax Bill
D&C Article

Tom Kackmeister asks: "Should homeowners who paid no (zero) school property taxes receive a school tax property tax rebate check? They do now!"
(See his comments/letter on next thread beneath this post)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Spitzer Proposes $1.5 bil Property Tax Cut For 2007

Relief Would Be Double Current STAR

Spitzer: “All across our state, high property taxes are forcing families to leave their homes and encouraging young people to leave for more affordable states. High property taxes have driven New York’s overall state and local tax burden to the highest in the nation, which is a major reason for our state’s uncompetitive position in the global economy.”

D&C Article

Monday, January 29, 2007

Gov. Spitzer On NY Education:

"We need programmatic accountability because we must concentrate our resources on what we know works to improve educational performance. And most of all, we need performance accountability, because unless we have meaningful consequences for good and bad performance, we will never be able to change the status quo that is failing many of our children.” D&C Article

CARE MEETING TONIGHT


7PM @ Greece Town Hall Meeting Room
Supt. Achramovitch Will Attend

Friday, January 26, 2007

IS GCSD Keeping Us In The Dark On Turf & Lights Proposal?

Fields of Nightmares said...

"The scariest part about the fields project is the stuff the BOE & GCSD haven't told us about upfront!

Here's some of what's leaked out so far based on speakers' comments made during the hearings:

Night game tickets will cost much more.

Providing adequate parking for the expected attendance increase is a huge problem. It can't be done on-site!

Traffic flow around the neighborhood/s before and after games will be compromised. Side streets will be used for parking.

The fields aren't just for the district's kids to use. Drum & bugle corps were mentioned. Once in place, they could decide to hold carnivals, have rock concerts or even bring in the circus! (Unlike the rest of us, school districts can do as they please on their grounds without needing permits from the town, etc. They don't even have to follow local noise ordinances, only NYSED regulations! Can we call Albany to complain?)

Weather depending, lighted/turfed fields could potentially be used 24/7 for 9 months of the year!

Apollo's field will be used by Odyssey. However, the "official excuse" for turfing it is that Arcadia and Athena's middle schools will have access to a fake turf field, so Apollo must have access, too.

Neighborhoods surrounding the four schools have FOUGHT TO KEEP THE LIGHTS OUT FOR OVER 30 YEARS!

They intend to light the field/s to an intensity keeping with the "accepted standards for holding nighttime sporting events" regardless of any nuisance light pollution and its impact on the neighbors! There's a proposed BOE resolution for this!

Gym classes will be held outdoors on artificial turf in poor weather that they don't take the students outdoors during now!

Fake grass can leach toxic chemicals, cause more injuries, needs to be regularly disinfected to neutralize bodily fluids (sweat, blood, saliva), requires pricey maintenance, requires special equipment and know-how to maintain, has a short lifespan (8-12 yrs) and may need to be handled as toxic waste at the time it is replaced which costs more for disposal.

And finally, the ultimate goal is to light all the HS fields!

The BOE plan to hold this vote in March when a significant number of senior citizens are away, when the weather could be very nasty on vote day, and when they use the new polling locations at the high schools for the first time.

Despite safety concerns, environmental issues, added costs for upkeep and the negative impact on the adjacent neighborhoods, the BOE plans to forge ahead with this proposal. They are "going to let the voters decide" -- because THEY want it! (Mr. Russell even stated: "Heck! I'd be happy with just one lighted field!") It's not for the kids ... it's for the adults!"
1/26/2007 11:01 AM

Thursday, January 25, 2007

738 PAY NO SCHOOL TAX!


BOE Committee To Review Senior Exemptions

Charlie Hubbard: "The district is losing state money on the STAR program because of the exemption program."

MPN Now

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

LeChase To Review $119 million CIP Financials


Outcry Over "Double-dipping"
Spurs BOE To Action

Moscato: "There is great skepticism that we're double-dipping and asking people to pay for the same projects twice. Unless we take that perception on, and convince the community this is not reality, the newest bond proposal is doomed to failure."

D&C ARTICLE

Monday, January 22, 2007

OLYMPIA SENIOR CONTRACTS MENINGITIS

Unity Hospital Treating Deadly Illness

13WHAM News

Supt. Seeking BOE Approval Of FRP Tues Night!

BOE Agenda Shows Final Hearing To Be
Followed By Possible Vote To Approve
AGENDA

WILL COMMUNITY INPUT MATTER?

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Achramovitch Proposes Multi-Sport Complex; Location & Cost Unknown

Plan May Remain Incomplete Before
Last Public Input Hearing On Tues.
D&C ARTICLE

SCATS Asks:
"How can the public give input on
constantly changing proposals?"

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Greece BOE Hopefuls Can Obtain Petitions

District Clerk's Office Makes Petitions
Available For 2007 Election

195 Signatures Required From Qualified Residents
Petitions/Signatures Must Be Returned By
5PM on Monday April, 16th.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

MONROE COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES 2nd HIGHEST IN US !

According to the Center for Governmental Research, the median value of a home in Monroe County is $119,000 and the median property tax figure is $3,266.

Monroe County homeowners pay about 2.7 percent of their home value every year as property taxes.

WROC TV STORY & VIDEO

Parent Score-Keepers Accused of Cheating

Anonymous said...

"... can we talk about whats going on with sports activities at our schools. some are reporting that parents of middle schoolers are fudging the numbers when they keep score. if you think it doesn't matter, listen to the students when they are at your homes: they are beginning to avoid those particular players and calling them cheaters and their parents liars.

furthermore-these scores are being broadcast via the Internet and in morning announcements-so now parents are starting to keep score on their own.

this behavior is not consistent with what the coaches are trying to teach at the modified levels nor does it promote the approved school district assets

frankly its a violation of our code of conduct-however most are turning a blind eye because they are afraid to speak out.

someone please do speak out. its not fair to the student whose parent will stop at nothing to get them ahead-eventually they will not be in control and the student now has a false sense of accomplishment, its not fair to the students whose scores are being decreased and bottom line
its just old fashioned cheating and lying.

please encourage those that know about theses instances to come forward: people like this do not belong involved with your kids!" 1/17/07 9:50 PM

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

SHOULD GCSD TAKE CONTROL OF CABLE 12?

PROS & CONS INCLUDE FREE SPEECH ISSUES

Brian Caterino, Director Cable 12 : "They're taking the public out of public access, I think. The best model that really guarantees free speech and access is when it is done independent of government, and I think this is disrespectful to the public."

D&C ARTICLE

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Student's Pics Show Incomplete Construction @ Olympia HS


D&C Audio Slidehow

BLOG Administration notes that much of what is shown in the presentation is work the GCSD failed to complete under the last bond issue.

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Special BOE Meeting Tues. January 16th, 6:30PM

Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:00 pm in E40 to discuss discipline of a particular student.
Public Input ~~ Facilities Reconstruction Project
Study Session ~~ 2007-2008 Budget Preparation

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Beaver Gets Adjournment In Contemplation Of Dismissal

Public Lewdness Charge May Be Dropped
If He Stays Out Of Trouble

D&C ARTICLE

Thursday, January 11, 2007

District Schools Land On State's "Needs Improvement" List

Apollo, Arcadia and Athena middle schools and Athena HS are all designated as requiring academic progress D&C ARTICLE

Anonymous said...
Here are the specific areas for which schools did not meet adequate yearly progress
(from http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/irts/press-release/20070110/home.htm)

GREECE CSD

APOLLO MS Requiring AcademicProgress - Year 2Elementary-Middle Level English Language Arts

ARCADIA MS Requiring AcademicProgress - Year 2Elementary-Middle Level English Language Arts

GREECE-ATHENA HS Requiring AcademicProgress - Year 1Secondary-Level English Language ArtsSecondary-Level MathematicsGREECE-ATHENA MS Requiring AcademicProgress - Year 2Elementary-Middle Level English Language Arts
1/11/2007 8:14 PM

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KODAK TO SELL OFF MORE GREECE PROPERTY
328 acres & 4 more buildings to be sold as one parcel
D&C ARTICLE

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Kodak Axes Jobs; BOE May Ax Tax Exemption Plan


500 More Rochester Job Cuts Announced

5000 More Job Losses Planned Globally Through 2007 News 10 NBC

Announcement Follows Last Week's Telephone Layoffs Lonsberry

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Additional senior school tax exemptions cost rose from $2.52 to $12+

BOE Votes Down Oberg's Proposal By 5 to 4

Future Of Current Exemptions Uncertain

Oberg: "... when we ran the new numbers, it showed it would cost taxpayers about $12 each."

Hubbard: "It is not our job to put together policies to guarantee that anyone can stay in their homes"

Anne Miller: "I'm 52 and people my age would appreciate tax relief, too. It's not rational to pit one group against another or deem one group more needy than another."

D&C ARTICLE

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Who To Blame For Low Test Scores & High Numbers On Honor Rolls?

Parent Responsibilty vs. Teacher Accountibility ...
A Sampling Of Recent Comments From Different Threads

Anonymous said...
If inferior raw materials are supplied to a manufacturing plant - do you blame the Engineers, Machine Operators , Skilled Laborers, etc? Nope. You correct the problem with the raw materials. If children are sent to school without a sense of discipline, without a sense of responsibility, without a work ethic, and WITH a huge entitlement attitude (inferior raw materials) - can we expect any thing less than students that are underperforming (inferior products)?Does this mean that all Teachers are free from responsibility - of course not. But Teachers in general in Greece should certainly not be painted with the broad brush you seem to enjoy smearing them with. SOME parents need to accept their share of the responsibility as well. 1/08/2007 8:39 PM

Anonymous said...
8:39 Time to get off your high horse and get real! Children are people ...as flawed as you, me or anyone else. When we can guarantee their teachers show up FULLY prepared and willing to doing the VERY BEST job they can do (for their paycheck) regardless of how prepared the kids are, then we can start talking about the parents "job." 1/08/2007 10:56 PM
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Anonymous said...
12:29 & 3:16,
Who writes this stuff for you? Whomever it is - fire them. I would hope they prayed for more parents in the community that will take a more active part in their children's education, more community members that realize 2 parent homes are more beneficial for the children, and more community members that will stop the snide remarks and start comming together to actually fix some of our communities problems. 1/02/2007 5:47 PM

Anonymous said...
I wrote 12:29 all by myself! 5:47? Isn't it time to stop blaming everyone outside the classroom for the dismal results we're getting inside the classroom? Methinks so! 1/02/2007 7:24 PM

Anonymous said...
Re: 5:47 -I've got just one question for people like you who try to put all the blame for poor school results onto parents, students and "community members." If these kids are from such dysfunctional homes where the preponderance of parents are physically and/or emotionally absent in ways that would help these kids to achieve, then why is it that the honor roll listings published in the newspapers appear to have the majority of the students named within them?You just can't have it both ways, with kids getting on Honor Roll but failing standardized tests because their home life is inadequate. If they are getting "A's" and "B's" on their report cards but failing the state tests, then somewhere the teachers are failing to teach these kids what they need to know. 1/03/2007 11:12 PM

Saturday, January 06, 2007

BOE Agenda Set For Jan 9th Meeting


Jan. 9, 2007 ~~ It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:00 pm in E40 to discuss the employment history of particular person(s), student discipline and collective negotiations.

Public Hearing ~ Senior Tax Exemption ~ 6pm

Jan. BOE Meeting ~ ~ 6:30 pm ~~ Topics Include:

State Aid Update

Staffing Projections & Guidelines – Elementary

Budget Development Update – Transportation

Senior Tax Exemption Discussion ~~ Oberg

Head Start and Universal Pre-K

Friday, January 05, 2007

How Often Do Greece Police Shoot Dogs??


Greece Police Lt. Steve Wise: "... said a shooting like this is unusual, and couldn't remember any other instance where a Greece officer shot a dog while responding to a call from an ordinary citizen." D&C ARTICLE
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Reported 12/31/06: "Police did tell News 10NBC that there were at least four police involved dog shootings in Greece this past year." WHEC TV-10

Four dog shootings in 2006 in Greece? Why haven't we heard about these before?

Thursday, January 04, 2007

BLOG Admin. is happy to report that the Nov & Dec BOE minutes are posted :)


The GCSD website has been updated, since our posting yesterday morning. We wonder if District Office has been reading SCATS :)

BOE Minutes

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Yes, We Care!

anyone else notice this? said...
reposted from the new year blog in hopes someone cares about this issue?

Its time to celebrate a New Year at GCSD by keeping the BOE, specifically the Clerk on task and in line.

Many have written that the clerk makes too much and I for one agree. Almost 80 thousand dollars a year to be rude to residents, control residents' forum, display poor communication and non consistent communication with Board members, and lastly make her job easier by moving polling places.

Here is an excerpt from the By-Laws of our School Board in regard to minutes of regularly scheduled Board Meetings:

ALL BOARD MINUTES SHALL BE SIGNED BY THE DISTRICT CLERK, WHEN APPROVED AND STORED IN A LOCKED ROOM OR LOCKED FILE CABINENT.UNLESS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW, MINUTES SHALL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC WITHIN (2) WEEKS FOLLOWING THE DATE OF A MEETING; DRAFT COPIES SO MARKED ARE ACCEPTABLE, SUBJECT TO CORRECTION.

November and December are still not available. And this is acceptable to the community who pays this salary. I would be written up and fired for failure to perform, wouldn't you? I certainly wouldn't have received a 5 thousand dollar raise. 1/02/2007 7:23 AM 1/03/2007 8:21 AM

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Leader; Renewed Prayer; Unfinished Business


Spitzer:"My fellow New Yorkers, our moment is here. Day One is now."

D&C ARTICLE

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Prayer Service Seeks Divine Aid
For US Leaders & Local Teachers

"Pastors from 10 Greece congregations prayed for the continued wisdom and strength of leaders ranging from President George W. Bush to principals and teachers in the Greece Central School District."

D&C ARTICLE

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Parrinello Wants Schwab's Bail
Lowered To Pay Legal Fees

Judge Suggests Parrinello "take the case at the rate of a court-appointed lawyer."
Parrinello: "Well, I wouldn't even ... go out and shovel snow for $75 an hour"

D&C ARTICLE