Wednesday, March 28, 2007

To the BOE & Supt. of Greece Schools ...

Q: "Will Voters Support A 5% Tax Hike When Budget Cuts Impact The Classrooms?"

A: "NO!!!"

Monday, March 26, 2007


BOE Special Meeting
Tues @ 6:30PM

Friday, March 23, 2007

Weighing In On The Budget ...

From The Comments ...

Anonymous said...
"Did anyone notice the Glaringly obvious omission of WESTRIDGE and PINEBROOK from the elementary cuts? Protect our sports and schools of choice at all cost!!

Which elite do you think the Supt. is looking after? The elite will still attack other board members for protecting the gouging of the community and under the same breadth they will praise the administration for this ASSININE budget proposal. What else are we to do Greece? Woe is me! How about cuttng administrator that are sitting up in central office and leaving the peole that actually work with the kids." 3/22/2007 6:34 AM

Anonymous said...
"I am confused and very concerned. The budget figures and the budget press releases just don't jive. Would some board member please explain the differences between the % changes reported in the press and the figures you would calculate using the numbers in the proposed budget. Someone(s) is lying, deceiving, or just plain confused. And this does not just refer to the spending increases.The super mention a 6+ % increase in state aid but the budget figures list a 7+% increase.And why has the budget for substitute teachers increased something like 80% from last years actuals. Just how can the board make any intelligent decision about the proposed budget if they are not looking at updated figures on year to date spending and an intelligent decision about projected year end spending? With those figures in hand we might understand that substitute budget and not just conclude that is where they are hiding money this year. Do the comparison released compare a budget with bus purchses included with one without busses?What about capital spending? Are they hiding spending increases by taking some capital out of the operating budget and including that in a separate proposition? If so, are we really compairing apples to oranges? I have other questions and concerns about the budget but will wait until someone starts explaining the confusing figures that are currently floating around."
3/22/2007 7:24 AM

Anonymous said...
"I heard that Greece got a huge windfall increase in State aide this year. Can anyone confirm this?" 3/22/2007 12:43 PM

Anonymous said...
"Yep This is CRAZY things are going from bad to worse. Why would cutting teachers and textbooks be more acceptable than cutting counselors. Grants... GRR. Who is thinking about the students? Not the high paid administrators that helped AChromovitch come up with this absurd budget proposal. The Board gives a target and he tries to reach it by hurting our kids. This is politics at its worst. Why oh why oh why? Even worse is that our community is so apathetic that they will watch it happen and say nothing. This thread has been dead for several days. Very Sad." 3/21/2007 9:11 AM

Anonymous said...
"Saddest of all is the new super stating emphatically "There are NO CUTS to any sports programs in this budget."Greece always values balls over books. ALWAYS! Look where it gets us." 3/21/2007 11:59 AM

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"Molding Budget" Causing Pain

Supt. Achramovitch: “Wherever we cut now, it’s felt."


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

GCSD "Disciplinary Action" Smacks Down Student Rights

Disturbing Tales Told

Anonymous said...

"Have you seen this?
Interesting read about how a student and her parents were treated in GCSD."
3/20/2007 9:42 AM

Anonymous said...

"I read it and do believe every word of it-I have first hand knowledge of two suspensions that took place this year-not in the HS but MS both students accused-parents called suspensions given and door closed.
When the parents spoke up and threatened to call the Attys and the legal authorities to press charges against them things for the students and parents changed.
The question I have is who is policing the teachers, Lunch Monitors, security: they are behaving poorly towards our students-we have first hand accounts of that as well. Some students are quilty without a trial or investigation: it appears to be the same group smart, popular, well liked, sports etc: while others are allowed to F bomb in the hallways, threaten and smoke just outside the limits of school-one student actually slapped a kid yesterday and the kid was suspended for defending himself in the moment with his voice he never raised his hands."
3/20/2007 10:07 AM
1000 Await Entry To Pinebrook, Odyssey As
Demand Still Exceeds Capacity 15+ Yrs Later


Carolyn Hauer, 1993 ~~ "There's a perception in the community, and an accurate one, that schools of choice have something the other schools don't." (quoted by Greece Post following Pinebrook School opening)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Supreme Court To Hear "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case

"Most Significant Student Free Speech Case Since Vietnam War"

ABC News

Saturday, March 17, 2007

BOE Special Meeting, Tuesday @ 6:30

Topics Include:

Approval of 2007-08 School Calendar

Senior Tax Exemption

Superintendent’s Budget Presentation

Study Session ~~ 2007-2008 Budget Development


Thursday, March 15, 2007

Open Meetings, Open Govt, Freedom of Information


In honor of the Sunshine Laws, we're asking readers to share their "war" stories about any difficulties they may have had with local govt.

Remember, meetings are usually supposed to be "open to the public" (unless discussing litigation, personnel, etc.), there is no requirement to identify yourself or to say why you want info under the FOI Laws, no more than 25 cents/page can be charged for documents obtained, you may ask to "inspect the records" for no fee at all, FOI requests and appeals for denied access must be responded to within time periods specified under the law ...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Supt. Juggles Budget Cuts; Some Items Added Back

Tax Rate Increase Could Be 5.21%;
Some On BOE Request It Be Kept Under 4%


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

An Insider's Point-of-View
on District Spending

Anonymous said...

... I HAVE offered to reduce my pay so that the district could hire another person with the end result of both enhancing the instructional experience of our students and reducing my workload. My day? 7am until 6pm...I kid you not. I was willing to trade off income (and tighten my belt, believe me) so that I could have more time with my family.

The offer was REJECTED.

What I have learened since then, the only lesson that matters:
1. Money holds no value to Greece Administrators. It is just numbers on paper. When there isn't enough, blame taxpayers for not valuing education rather than being held accountable for spending what you are already given, wisely. "I'm out of money and it's the TAXPAYER's fault!"

Example #1: look at what Ann Mitchell, Carol Pallas, Bob Schroeder and Don Nadolinski's salaries were two years ago vs. what they are today. The increase is obscene given the instructional outcomes that they are "studying".

Example #2: Remember the 38 jobs that were eliminated due to budgetary problems under the "Kehoe Administration"? Guess how many have been quietly rehired? Guess how many who were not originally let go were given raises because they were doing more work (who are now, not again)?!

Example #3: Look at the powerpoint on The author (a well paid District Administrator, no doubt) asks "Why should we care about the proposed budget cuts?" and shows us pictures of smiling kids. That is one of the most distasteful things I've seen in a LOOOOONG time. The question should have been "Why can't we seen to spend our money more wisely?" with a picture of an administrator in the corner with a Dunce Cap on their head. 3/13/2007 5:39 AM

Monday, March 12, 2007

Regular BOE Monthly Meeting Tuesday

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

Academic Information -
a. Annual Yearly Progress & District in Need of
Improvement Update
b. Comprehensive Education Plan
c. NCLB Re-authorization

Bus Reserve Fund 2007-08 Budget Update

Policy ~~Approval of Resolution for Annual Meeting

Old Business
a. Transportation Committee Update – Radios
b. Longridge Driveway Situation
c. Olympia TV Station, Cable Channel 12

New Business
a. Legal Representation at Board Meetings


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Budget Cut Back From $193.8 To $188 Million So Far

Supt. Addresses Various Proposed Budget Cuts

Acramovitch: “What we find is there isn’t evidence to support a gain in achievement level or even sustained achievement levels (for students who attend summer school) ... We didn’t get a significant reaction in terms of a high need for those (late bus) runs ...We understand the implications this (cutting 20 elementary school teachers and 7 mentor teachers) has on our buildings."


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

BOE Pondering Deep Budget Cuts

In An Attempt To Keep The Tax Rate Increase Under 4%,
Potential Losses Could Include:
7 Elementary Counselors
4:30 & 5:30 Late Bus Runs
$196,000 in Textbooks
Summer School For Elementary & MS (w/Busing)
Closing Elementary Schools @ 8PM To Outside Groups
Project ADEPT
Ass't. Stage MGR @ Athena PAC
1 District Office Administrator
1 Transportation Administrative Position (Currently Unfilled Position)
HS Interns
Some Modified MS Sports (Did we hear that right?)
And Much, Much More ...

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Property Tax Rates Per $1000 Assessed Value, 2006

NY State Median Property Tax Rate ~~ $30.69
Monroe County ~~ $34.49
Rochester ~~ $39.48
Town of Greece in the GCSD ~~ $35.59



BOE To Ask Community To Approve $21 Million Capital Project

$4 Million In Special Aid At Stake

Ken Walsh: "We will be coming back to the community in September for the other bond issues, the technology and the fields."



Saturday, March 03, 2007

BOE Budget Study Session, Tuesday @ 6;30PM

Sudden Stop Sends 7 On Bus To Hospital

Parkland-Brookside Pre-K To 5th Graders Jostled In Incident