Wednesday, February 28, 2007

THE FRANK & JOE SHOW
Tonight ~~ 7-9PM, Greece Town Hall
Don't miss it!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

BOE Sets Tuesday Meeting Agenda

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:30 pm in E40 to discuss collective negotiations.


Academic Information -- Mathematics Initiatives

Financial Oversight
a. State Aid and Revenue Update
b. Internal Auditor – Set meeting date
c. Secondary Staffing
d. Facilities

Old Business
a. Capital Project Update
b. Change in Polling Locations
c. Senior Tax Exemption

12. New Business
a. Information requests/timelines for study of
K-6 open enrollment and schools of choice
b. Legal Representation at Board Meeting

Agenda

Frank & Joe To Push For K-6 Study

Joe: "I'm convinced part of the reason kids at Pine Brook and West Ridge are so successful is the continuity of being in one school from K to 5."

Fred: This study "is just an effort to determine if there's a better way to run the railroad."

D&C ARTICLE

Saturday, February 24, 2007

*** BREAKING NEWS ***

GOOD NEWS, TOO!!

Anonymous said...
To the SCAT manager and ALL readers here is some GREAT news that IS ONLY about GREAT EDUCATION for our precious children ... PLEASE, PLEASE read this and be VERY PROUD! Greece Arcadia English teachers with SUPPORT of Greece Arcadia administration AND library personnel AND mentor personnel are busting proud to say they all worked TOGETHER and Todd Strasser acclaimed writer and Newberry Medal recipient of Young Adult Literature fame will be TEACHING all day at Greece Arcadia on March 1st. He will conduct a large group assembly in the early morning followed by two workshops for students interested in creative writing (potential career writing of any sort). In between times he will be on hand to meet kids, chat, sign books and enjoy the day! Cost to taxpayers - pretty much nada as building personnel worked incredibly well together to fund this wonderful day through grant and donation type sources!!! Mr. Strasser's fees - I might add - were incredibly reasonable (low in fact ... well under $2500 and staff members are digging into their own pockets to do dinner - a few have even invited students to dine with Strasser - staff pays not the kids!). This is HUGE! This is the way the educational world of Greece should LOVE to work - TOGETHER in the BEST INTEREST OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE! BRAVO Arcadia! BRAVO Staff!
2/24/2007 5:51 PM

Friday, February 23, 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!

SCATS IS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Maggie Outraged Over Central Library Porn Policy

Brooks: “I am demanding that our Central Library take immediate action to halt the public viewing of pornography and other graphic materials. And should the library chose to ignore this reasonable demand to protect our community’s children, I am prepared to exit the annual agreement with the City of Rochester, and defund library operations at the earliest possible date under the terms of the agreement. Simply put, I refuse to allow any further County tax dollars to flow to a facility that has failed to protect our children.”

10NBC
I-Team 10 Investigative Report Video
Rochester Public Library Internet Policy

Gardasil Mfr Halts Lobbying Effort For School Attendance Requirement


Merck medical director for vaccines: "Our goal is about cervical cancer prevention and we want to reach as many females as possible with Gardasil. We're concerned that our role in supporting school requirements is a distraction from that goal, and as such have suspended our lobbying efforts."

D&C ARTICLE

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

WILL BOE MEET TONIGHT?

Last Week's Meeting Was Cancelled ...
When Will Regular February Meeting Be Held?
No Clue Given On District Website

Monday, February 19, 2007

Parents' Rights vs. Mandated Vaccines

Should States Mandate HPV Protection?

What Age Is Too Young For Recipients Of
Vaccine To Prevent Sexually Transmitted Virus?


D&C Article

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Controversy Erupts Over Newbery Medal Winner's Word Choice

The Higher Power Of Lucky -- Opens With "Scrotum" on First Page

Andrea Koch, the librarian at French Road Elementary School in Brighton, N.Y., said she anticipated angry calls from parents if she ordered it. “I don’t think our teachers, or myself, want to do that vocabulary lesson.”

Should Elementary School Librarians Ban It?

Article

GCSD Cancels Parent/Teacher Conference Day

School will be held April 27 for all pre-K through 5th grade students. The Parent Teacher Conference Day previously scheduled for that day has been canceled to make up for the Feb. 14 snow day. All middle & high school students were already scheduled to be in school.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

GCSD Postponing Tonight's CyberSafety Program
No new date set yet

Woman's Complaint To ACLU About Prayer At Greece Town Meeting Nets Possible Hate Mail


Brighton Police Investigating Anti-Semitic Letter
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

MOSCATO, OBERG CANCEL MEETING

To Meet in Two Weeks As Previously Planned

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

TONIGHT'S BOE MEETING CANCELED

According to Ch 10 news website

BOE Amends Agenda

Drops K-6 Open Enrollment &
Schools of Choice Discussion

New Agenda

Saturday, February 10, 2007

BOE Agenda Set - NO Exec. Session Planned


Tuesday Night's Meeting Topics Include:

Academic Information-- Mathematics Initiative

Financial Oversight--
a. State Aid and Revenue Update
b. Internal Auditor – Set meeting date
c. Secondary Staffing


Old Business--
a. Capital Project Update
b. Change in Polling Locations
c. Senior Tax Exemption


New Business--
a. Information requests/timelines for study of K-6
open enrollment and schools of choice
b. Legal Representation at Board Meetings


AGENDA

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Moscato, Oberg To Solicit
Community Input

Meetings Planned Feb 14 & Feb 28th,
7-9PM, Greece Town Hall

Walsh characterizes idea as "rogue meeting"

Bob Freeman, Exec. Dir. of the Committee on Open Govt:
"Criticizing the idea is, "political correctness run amok, I think.""

MPNNews

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Walsh, Grason Will NOT Seek Re-Election

Russell To Seek Second Term

Grason: "There's just an awful lot of turmoil and a lot of dissension and there just comes a time when you have to look back and say, 'Maybe I've done all I can, maybe it's time for another set of eyes to take a look and maybe they can make a difference.'"

Walsh: "I think that especially last year's election was very fruitful for the board and has set the board in a right direction."

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Monday, February 05, 2007

GREECE SCHOOLS
CLOSED TUESDAY!

FIRE & WATER DAMAGE
Close Community & Senior
Center Indefinitely!!

Should Greece Schools Have Closed Monday Due To The Cold?

Parents Confused By District's Website Which References
The Health Dept. & Wind Chill Guidelines For Closures
(Windchill charts have changed. Website hasn't kept up?)

GCSD website: "The Monroe County Department of Health recommends that we close schools if the wind chill is expected to reach -40 degrees or lower. We follow that guideline, though you will begin hearing weather advisories from the National Weather Service when wind chills approach -25 degrees."

10NBC News: Sharyn Evans, a Greece parent: "It disturbs me that the information they've posted for their policy of closing schools is not accurate. I think when you're talking about the safety and well being of our children that the information you use to make these decisions based on should be correct.”

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Area Teachers' Pay Among State's Lowest

Putnam, Rockland & Westchester Counties
Paid Ave. of $50,492/yr in 2005-06 for New Teachers
Monroe County Paid Ave. $32,258/yr For Same

Charlie Hubbard: "Supply and demand would be the rule in the real world. But then again, this isn't the real world" when teacher contracts lock in annual salary increases. He advocates switching to a merit-pay system.

D&C STORY

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Greece Retrofitting Buses To Cut Diesel Fumes
Kathy Shero, Greece director of transportation: "This will mean cleaner air for everybody"

D&C STORY


Saturday, February 03, 2007

Sports "News" That Didn't Make The Press

Anonymous said...

"... Update to the post that asked if that Middle School score keeping issue has been resolved. It looks like it has on the surface is the answer... however MS children are being told that the same person is going to somehow "coach" them in an upcoming team building event for another sport.

Any parents who find this unacceptable, please contact the AD at this school."
2/03/2007 7:52 AM

Anonymous said...

"what is happening in Greece? just a few days ago a major fight brought out among spectators at the Athena, Olympia game. about 15 police cars were present and citizens were told that the police had information prior to the sporting event and were prepared to respond. last week parents were actually ejected from a modified sports game at the same school-opposing team and security had to wait until all Greece parents and players were gone because opposing teams lingered behind, waiting to escalate the situation." 2/03/2007 9:37 AM

Anonymous said...

"Check those names for connection to Athena. Wrestling a few years ago for both. Maybe disputes lead to violence in that sport. What happened with that boy that was attacked in their locker room. That was also Athena sports/wrestling.And there was a problem with a wrestling coach at Arcaida that was never resolved. But other districts are forced to tackle the problem when the police are called. And when is a major news event gossip?And why was that police event at Athena hushed up?" 2/03/2007 10:39 AM

Friday, February 02, 2007

Audits To Delay Propositions Vote

Achramavitch: " I don't have any control over what happened in the past."
Walsh says the BOE is "in absolutely no rush" to vote on propositions.

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