Monday, April 30, 2007

REMINDER ...

CANDIDATE'S NIGHT TONIGHT


Apollo @ 7:00PM

WILL BE BROADCAST ON

WGMC 90.1 FM from 7-9PM

Friday, April 27, 2007

QUESTIONS TO CANDIDATES

1- Why is the Bus Reserve fund not being funded by the State Aid that is coming in from the previous years purchase?

2-
What experience do you have in setting goals for others and holding them accountable for reaching them?

3- Other than what is already in your bio (assuming that the bio will be present ahead of time), what qualifies you to govern a school district (especially if you are not/have never been a teacher)?

4-
In 1 sentence, what do you believe is the mission of the Greece Central School District? Follow-up: In two or fewer sentences, how will you lead us to fulfilling that mission within your elected time period (a finite period of time to accomplish the mission without excuses)?

5-
Do you have school age children? If so, what schools do they attend?

6-
Why should we trust you? (SCATS likes this question best!)

7- What income ceiling would you set for the senior property tax exemptions, or if would you abolish it altogether?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

About Those Candidates ...

Anonymous said...
This year's Roger Boily-Rotary Club candidates for the school board are: Bill Russell, Gale O'Toole and Jeff Smith. They expect to market and sell Bill Russell? This is the height of arrogance! 4/17/2007 10:56 AM

Anonymous said...
OK, I give up. Who is Jeff Smith and why does he want to be on the GCSD BOE??
4/17/2007 12:42 PM

Anonymous said...
Don't know but if he is partnered with Russell he can't be good! 4/17/2007 2:49 PM

Anonymous said...
..." You were all into BR when you thought he wanted to chew up and spit out the Supt. (Walts). Unfortunately, for most of you, BR kept an open mind, had his eyes opened to the larger issues and actually started making decisions in the best interests of THE KIDS instead of HIMSELF. I'd vote for him in a heartbeat over some others! ..." 4/17/2007 3:50 PM

Anonymous said...
... "BR came on the board promising to "kick butt" as far as Walts was concerned and what he really did was "kiss butt." He turned against everyone who voted for him and kept, as you say, an open mind. I'd like to hear of one decision he made for the benefit of "the kids". All he has done is raise his hand and vote for the over one million dollar handout for Walts... He also agreed to the 90 minute superintendent search for Keller-Cogan and turned his back on the teachers who he promised to help when they were oppressed under the Keller-Cogan regime. His recent vote against senior citizens on the tax exemption issue should not be forgotten. A good campaign slogan for him would be "BR is BS..." 4/17/2007 5:21 PM

Stuck In This Rut said...
It really doesn't matter who is on the Greece schoolboard. HMO ... The Boily Bunch ... CARE or non-CARE ... NOTHING EVER CHANGES!! 4/17/2007 5:23 PM

Anonymous said...
I resent that any candidate is being labeled as the Boily-Rotary Club candidates. While Roger Boily is a member and Bill Russell may be, Steve A is a transferred one as well. That doesn't mean that the 100 plus membership supports them blindly. If readers feel they are the right ones to vote for than do it for that reason only. Gale O'Toole is NOT a rotarian and a lovely woman. However, that doesn't make her the best best choice of them all. Tydings shuld not be under estimated-he did good work for the Special needs students, knows the laws, is soft spoken but carries a big stick: he listens to everyone and has a good way of seeing all sides. I'd vote for Tydings and I could be swayed to vote for O'Toole if she could show more occassion to listen to the community and a little less arrogance. While Russell is likeable he did run on the CARE ballot and quickly changed sides. While I might agree with him, his inability to stand for any one thing troubles some. 4/17/2007 9:32 PM

Anonymous said...
"I think that BR has been spared the public wrath for so long because he has that slippery way of becomeing friends with whoever has the power. He is a self preserving .... and will remain the ..... of anyone that can protect him from ridicule. His motto is safety in numbers and has nothing to do with the kids... " 4/18/2007 7:35 AM

Anonymous said...
"The O'toole candidate is the keeping of a promise by the female Ch to give back the generosities of the lovely PTA of Greece. She owes them for all of their help for her campaign... Who do you think did her grunt work? Gayle is her pet project..." 4/18/2007 7:39 AM

"BR is so confident of victory that has already lined up support to become board president next year. How depressing would that be !!!Is it true that the BR team is going to hold a news conference at Ricci's this week? ..." 4/18/2007 3:02 PM

Anonymous said...
"just in BR's new BEST friend and supporter is yup the accused parent score keeper that was removed and talked about on this very blog. so if birds of a feather flock together and if its a duck yadda yadda yadda then maybe someone ought to inform BR about that oh and rumor has it that the accused parent score keeper is also a member of rotary and a past board member of the chamberand that he threw his name into the hat last year until the Boily bunch said go away...................." 4/19/2007 4:39 PM

Anonymous said...
This seems like the most lackluster group in years. Why bother casting a vote for any of them?If Greece is really headed towards having a Republican controlled BOE, then let's get each party to state their position on how best to run Greece Central. 4/25/2007 11:58 AM

Anonymous said...
I can't believe BR is running again. What is his platform??He will not do anything he says he will do.And he will vote once again to give this superintendent lifetime healthcare benefits when he leaves like he did the last one. That health care benefit cost us taxpayers well over $1 million. That is money we can not afford and BR has got to be held accountable for that vote!!
4/23/2007 2:19 PM

Anonymous said...
It takes 5 votes to do anything. Who runs or gets elected doesn't really matter any more. They NEVER stay the same person AFTER they get on. Look at Russell...look at the Boily bunch .. what any of them accomplished?I don't bother voting for individual board members any more. Haven't for the last 5 yrs or so either. Maybe I'd vote for O'Toole only to see her cause trouble for all the rest. If she gets on, be prepared for even longer and more frequent meetings.
4/24/2007 1:43 PM

Anonymous said...
Bill Russell, Gale O'Toole and Jeff Smith will be the next Greece Central School Board Members. The Greece Republican party now controls who wins the school board race.Bill Russell will be the next school board president. Can Meg Keller-Cogan be far behind?
4/24/2007 8:00 PM

Regents' "Contract For Excellence" Sets Spending Rules

GCSD must spend a significant portion of its "state aid increase this year on programs & strategies that have been shown to improve student achievement."

Commissioner Mills: "The Regents' quick action today will implement the state budget decision that brings an unprecedented increase in school aid together with accountability for results."

D&C Article
Meet The Candidate's Night -
7 PM Monday, Apollo MS

D&C Candidates Article

Monday, April 23, 2007

SCATS Invites BOE Candidates ...

... Tell Us Why You Should Be Elected In May

What Changes Do You Hope To make?

What Direction Do You Want GCSD To Move Towards?

What Do You See As The District's Biggest Challenges? What Are It's Greatest Assests?

We Will Feature Your Letters On The Front Of The BLOG In The Order In Which They Are Received

Please Email Them To: CannedClams@aol.com and write YOUR FULL NAME IN THE SUBJECT FIELD

Friday, April 20, 2007

550 Of OLYMPIA's 1420
STUDENTS ABSENT TODAY!!
(Reported by 13WHAM News @ 6PM)

IMPACT OF THREATS & COLUMBINE
ANNIVERSARY ADD UP

BLOGGERS ASK ....

WHERE IS OUR SUPERINTENDENT??

His Silence/Absence On Safety
& Other Issues Angers Parents

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Rumors, Threats, Guns Set
Olympia HS Students On Edge

Several Incidents Create Atmosphere of Concern

Police Confiscate Weapons From Two Homes;

Arrest Two For Mental Health Matters

D&C Article

WHEC TV-10 & Letter From School To Parents

13WHAM/Video/Press Conf.

Dysfunction Junction Part Deux!

Last evening's boe meeting exemplifies all that is wrong within Greece Central. With three boe members absent (Hubbard, Walsh, & Russell), the dysfunctional behavior of specific people, as well as the boe as an entity, came into sharp focus.

The fact that this group does not know or understand their own operational policies ~~ policies adopted by and enacted by the nine current board members ~~ is beyond belief! Add to that their nearly complete ignorance of Robert's Rules and Parliamentary procedure and the recipe for political disaster was ready to unfold.

About an hour into the meeting, this "quorum" was driven to quibbling over the definition of a "Special Meeting" and whether or not they could vote upon and/or take action upon business conducted during such a meeting -- nevermind the fact they had already voted on several business items immediately preceding this squabble! Amazingly, they tabled the "controversial" item (a resolution to re-establish the District's Finance Committee) yet again.

Meanwhile, the District Clerk informed them of their definition of a "Special Meeting." She has volunteered to go back to transcribe their discussion from a previous meeting so they can decide what it is they intend to do ... or not do ... during their second "Business Meeting" held each month. Perhaps she should be leading this district ... our new Super seemed unable to find his voice, as usual ... until it was time to suggest that potentially negative student comments should be sanitized properly before being uttered in his presence.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

FIVE SEEK BOE SEATS IN MAY

District Clerk Receives Petitions From:

Bill Russell
Philip Hurwitz
Gale O'Toole
Patrick Tydings
Jeff Smith

SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT@ 6:30PM
AGENDA INCLUDES:
a. Student Attendance
b. Re-creation of Finance
Advisory Council
c. Discussion – Signature Schools
d. Discussion – Student
Leadership Forum

STUDY SESSION TOPIC:
Student Improvement Process – Discovery Phase


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Debate Over Control Of Public Access TV Continues

Brian Caterino: "The main point of public access is to give the public a voice on television. Of course, there's a concern any time government entities get involved."

Louise Trucks: "Greece Central would not have editorial control over the programming. Only materials that violate another person's civil rights or do not meet government established decency standards would be disallowed."

Charlie Hubbard: "I see no reason why we couldn't just have the people running Channel 12 (Educable) keep running it from the school's studio. But I don't want the school district deciding what is or isn't going to run on that channel. As a board member, I don't want to be responsible for it."

D&C Article

Monday, April 09, 2007

WHERE'S THE SALARY INFO??

Anonymous said...
"The budget book as posted online on the Greece website is not complete.They are legally out of compliance.Within the document there is supposed to be a listing of any paid employee who earns more than $105,000. Their title, salary and benefits are to be listed.They're hiding this. They're hiding this!They did manage to put in some nice glossies of some of thie high paid bigwigs though." 4/08/2007 10:21 AM

Anonymous said...
"Well why isn't included in what they are releasing now? Transparency?You can find last year's on page 55 of the budget book." http://web001.greece.k12.ny.us/files/filesystem/Proposed%20Budget%20Book.pdf 4/09/2007 8:20 AM


AND THE TAX RATE INCREASE??

Anonymous said...
"All (other) school districts are reporting their tax rate increase (in total). Greece is hiding behind the tax levy increase (a lower number). Shame of them. We want to know how much more we have to pay. Fix it Greece Central" 4/09/2007 12:58 PM

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Greece's Poor Self-Image Goes Way Beyond The Schools ...

It's Time the Chamber of Commerce, Town Supervisor, Police Chief & School Supt. Wake Up & Smell The Coffee!!

A recent question posted on Craig's List caught our attention. Someone from Erie County (over Buffalo way) asked why real estate prices in Greece (as shown in the MLS listings) are so inexpensive compared to other nearby communities. The person commented further that they are aware that Greece ranks among the Top 10 Safest Communities which only caused them to feel even more confusion about the real estate pricing issue.

The responses to that posting are truly eye-opening! They include comments like:

"Taxes are outrageous."
" ... greece is another city in itself."
" ... its nothing but a shopping mall. "
"schools suck"
" ... the cops are (expletive deleted) and shoot dogs."
" white kids acting like wiggers"
"Just make sure you check the taxes, Greece rates are crazy, they pay the superintendent not to show up, hire another that doesn't drive and pay for the chauffeur too! "

And last but certainly not least, someone from Mendon wrote:
"I wouldn't live there even if it were free! Trashy low class area with rotten schools"

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

SCHOOL BOARD'S BUDGET FAILS
TO ACHIEVE 4% CAP ON TAX HIKE
DESPITE 13% STATE AID INCREASE

WILL VOTERS SAY "YEA" OR "NAY?"

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

To The Board Of Education ...

Tom Kackmeister said...

Open Letter Re: Greece School Budget and Taxes:


The state of New York has approved a new budget with a spending increase of over 7%. That is outrageous but it is also a done deed. That budget will be paid for with the taxes of New York residents, including those living in Greece NY. Including in that budget is enough money to give the Greece School District a 13% increase in state aid. Given that generous allotment, I cannot understand why my local property taxes should be increasing even one thin dime. If the school board approves spending that increases my local taxes, they could very well be including initiatives that will be difficult to sustain in future years. Just like the employment contracts they agree to, this would be just another burden they will be placing on future school boards. I do hope reason prevails and they do a little long range planning for a change.
4/03/2007 7:53 AM

Sunday, April 01, 2007

BOE Agenda Set For Tues. Meeting (6:30PM)

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

Regular Meeting Topics Include:
Report on State Aid from BOE Members visit to Albany
Report on Town Hall Meeting with Senator Robach
Board Discussion of 2007-08 Budget

New Business --
a. Feasibility Study regarding re-districting,
neighborhood schools and/or K-5 Schools
b. Student Attendance
c. Re-creation of Finance Advisory Council


AGENDA