Friday, August 31, 2007

"Dirty Rotten Teachers" ...

Is This The Real Reason Why Cell Phones
& Recorders Are Banned From Classrooms?

Take A Look At These Videos.

You'll Get An Eyeful !!!

VIDEO
MONROE COUNTY FAILS IN
5 KEY ECONOMIC AREAS

Jobs, Wages, Personal Income,
Total Income, Population



D&C STORY

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Toxic Culture Continues ...

Anonymous said...
Anyone not willing to relocate from greece for greener pastures given the current and ongoing toxic work environment that is perpetuated in the district would need to get their head examined. No sour grapes here - just lots of thankfullness that I'm no longer a part of the ongoing failures of that district. The world is my oyster and there are lots of pearls once you get beyond the scum in that district. Who wouldn't leave for a more positive work environment, supportive employers and better pay? Student Learning cannot be the goal when all of the employees are too busy keeping their mouths shut and playing Cover Your Ass out of fear of losing their jobs. Nothing has changed in that district.
8/29/2007 11:09 AM

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Class of 2007 SAT Scores Down Second Year Straight

Largest & Most Diverse Class Ever Tested

NY State's average score for critical reading (formerly known as the verbal section) fell to 491 from 493, and the score for math dropped to 505 from 510. Nationally, the reading score dipped to 502 from 503, and math to 515 from 518.

NY State SAT Results 2007

CollegeBoard Press Release

Federal Court Approves Special Education Settlement

GCSD "agreed to re-emphasize to staff the variety of programs to be considered when designing educational plans for students; ensure the proper criteria are being used to evaluate students; and encourage open communication between staff and families regarding educational programs and services."

STORY

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Is Your 6th Grader Ready For School?

New Vaccine Requirements
Begin In September!!



According to New York State Law, sixth-graders who have not received the chicken pox and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster shots will not be allowed to begin school next month. Previously approved vaccination exemptions will be honored. The requirement pertains to only those students who are 11-years-old. Ten-year-old sixth-graders will have to provide proof of the boosters when they turn 11.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

District Office Insights ...

Anonymous said...
I am a school administrator.

You may encumber funds in one budget year and expend them in another year. I have done it. I know for a fact that Greece administrators have as well.

It is quite probable that a school may encumber "pre austerity" money and then spend it in an austerity year.

Would the Greece School Board like to hire a consultant to help them to learn all the ways in which an administration can play games with them? I may be available. Or maybe not, given how cooky greece is perceived to be by the area population, I'm not sure there is enough money to compensate me for tarnishing my name through association with it all.
8/25/2007 3:37 PM

Anonymous said...
6:25
Steve and Meg's company was NOT run out of dodge. Look around. They were promoted.

Case-in-point: Ann Mitchell was W/K-C hired as Director of Professional Development (yes, the very department in charge of assuring that the Walts/Keller-Cogan cool-aid was swallowed). Ann Mitchell is now the Grand Poo-bah of all instruction.

Take a similar gaze through her Instruction department and notice who was a W/K-C hire and who is still there. Then, start connecting school performance on standardized tests with the people who are in charge of the curriculum in these areas.

W/K-C is alive and well within the walls of the Greece Central School District.
8/25/2007 3:44 PM

Anonymous said...
9:10
I am an administrator.

I disagree that a teacher is "better" even if their students perform more poorly. A teacher is better when their students perform better. The logic is too simply understood to the average educator these days.

I am in a minority in my beliefs when shared within the educational community, but am in the majority when I share my beliefs in the "real world".
8/25/2007 3:48 PM

Friday, August 24, 2007

Will Land Swap Deal Be Equitable?

District Offers 20 Acres Prime Real Estate vs
Town's 4 Acres With A Bldg Needing Repairs

Is It Really Needed?

BOE Member's Street Will Benefit ~~

Hubbard: "It's just a perfect situation for us to expand in a reasonable way."

MPNNow

Thursday, August 23, 2007

BOE Resolves To Study School Structure Without Timeline For Completion


How Long Can The K-5 Pot Simmer
Before It Boilys Over?

Boily: "So my reason for voting 'no' is I am in favor of taking a look at it ... but I believe that we need to have the information ... "

Oberg: "I mean the questions are myriad and the only way you can answer them is to do a detailed and thoughtful study and (if it yields academic or cost concerns, the district would be wrong to ignore them)."

MPNNow

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Get Info Or Apply For
Your STAR Rebates HERE

Monday, August 20, 2007

GCSD Adopts SMART* Goals

How Smart Is It?

Will There Be A Positive Payoff ?

Were 2006-07 Strategic Framework
Goals Achieved? (Link)

* Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Walgreens Eyes SW Corner Mt. Read @ Maiden For 2nd Store

Do we really need this "mini-Walmart" in disguise with Tops Intnl, Wegmans & CVS already there within an easy walk of each other?

"They're just asking for concept review." ~~ Al Fisher, Planning Board chairman

HDL Properties will appear before Fisher's board at 7 p.m. Wednesday to present early plans for what the 12,833-square-foot store could look like.

D&C STORY

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

1% Tax Hike Equals $23.20 per $1000 Assessed Value

"We're going to pay a price for this." ~~ Oberg

"If we don't plan for the future, we're just going to keep having big tax fights" ~~ Boily

" ... Keeping enough money in our fund balance provides for the stabilization of our tax rates ..." ~~ Hauer


D&C STORY

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

THE BOE JUST DOESN'T GET IT!

A "No Vote" Means

"Raise My Taxes!"


... and Establish New Reserve Funds ...
... and Spend $$ Leasing Buses ...
... and Doing Business As Usual ...

Monday, August 13, 2007

"Pure Gossip!"

Anonymous said...

Pure gossip!

As a Greece teacher, I have not heard of such a plan.
8/13/2007 10:12 PM

Just Where Do Teacher Contract Negotiations Stand?

Anonymous said...

Lots of "woe" is spewing from the mouths of the politicos like the Boily bunch.

"This district is a laughingstock .... " -- now that's a lot of "woe."

I'm not worried. The pendulum ALWAYS swings back seeking balance....


8/12/2007 10:00 PM


Anonymous said...

The pendulum swings? Just which side do you think it's been on? Here's a quarter...buy a clue.

Just wait and watch when the teachers strike. Greece will really be the envy of the county then.


8/12/2007 10:50 PM

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Board Poised To Do Battle Over Tax Rate ...
... And The "Meaning" Of The Exit Polls??


Oberg's Stance: "If we have money in reserves that we don't really need, I am utterly opposed to raising taxes. We would just be raising taxes to put that money in reserve and it's not fair to taxpayers ... If we've never dipped into that account, how can we justify $3.8 million when we'll never use it? You can't tell me if we drop the balance to $3.2 million, we're going to suffer consequentially ... That vote said to me that voters believe our taxes are too high and our expenditures are too high. It's up to the board and administration to respond appropriately."

Boily's Stance: "Taking more money out of the fund balance and not funding a liability reserve is not a good business practice for the district. Those funds are a way of keeping the tax rate relatively even over time as opposed to having spikes ... When your balance begins to fall below 2 percent, there is a danger that will hurt your credit rating and ability to sell bonds ... The exit polls showed various reasons" for the no-vote.

D&C Story

Saturday, August 11, 2007

BOE Agenda Set For Tuesday Meeting @ 6:30PM

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

AGENDA ITEMS OF NOTE ~~

District Retreat - Report - Mr. Achramovitch

Math Task Force Interim Report - Dr. Mitchell (Report Can Be Viewed On BoardDocs)

Establish 2007-2008 Tax Levy - Mr. Schroeder


EXCEL Project - Messrs. Achramovitch & Schroeder

Budget and Revenue Status Report - Mr. Schroeder

Social Promotion - Messrs. Achramovitch & Moscato


SCATS SUGGESTS READING BoardDocs AS SEVERAL FILES ARE AVAILABLE PERTINENT TO THESE AND OTHER AGENDA ITEMS

Friday, August 10, 2007

Timeline for School Improvement Planning

July 31-August 2 -- Administrative Retreat focused on School Improvement Plans

August 10 -- First draft of each School Improvement Plan due to the Superintendent

September 4 -- School Improvement Plan teams work on their plans

September 13 -- Leadership Team meeting on School Improvement Plan Collaboration

September 14 -- Second draft of School Improvement plans due to the Superintendent

October 5 -- Professional Development Day devoted to work on school action plans

October 12 -- Final copy of School Improvement Plans due to the Superintendent

November 1 -- Leadership Team meeting on School Improvement Plan collaboration

January 10 -- Review progress with Leadership Team

Year-end -- Summary of School Improvement Plan progress to the Superintendent’s Cabinet

Source

Thursday, August 09, 2007

GCSD Turns To SMART* Goals To Define Objectives

BOE Prez. Boily ~~ " ... I'm tired of hearing of the old days. Those are gone and this is a new board and a new superintendent ... and we'll try to move forward as best we can."

*specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely

STORY

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Will ALL Prohibitions Be Listed???

According to the GCSD website:
"New Signs Being Added At Schools
New signs are being installed at all Greece Schools in an effort to keep students, staff, and visitors safe. The signs clearly indicate a 15 MPH speed limit and explain the types of activities that are not permitted on school grounds."

We're wondering ... will these signs list ALL prohibitions? How big will the signs need to be to do that? Let's start listing what must be included. Please suggest any addition/s that you know is/are "banned" on district property!

No Drinking
No Smoking
No Drugs
No Weapons
No Lighters or Matches
No Fighting
No Skateboards
No Cell Phones
No Doo-rags
No Skimpy Shirts (Girls)
No Skimpy Skirts or Shorts (Girls)
No Long Coats Worn Indoors
No Vulgar Slogans on Clothing
No Speeding
No Sexual Harassment
No Discrimination Based Upon Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation ...

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Manhattan Teacher Fails Student ...

... Administration Changes Grades To Passing

A Bizarre (But Not Uncommon) Tale of Social Promotion

STORY

Monday, August 06, 2007

National Night Out Against Crime Planned By Northgate Community

Northgate Neighbors of Greece will hold a "National Night Out Against Crime" ~~ Tuesday Aug 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Barnard Fire Dept. Police will be on hand to answer questions.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Please, Someone Help Me Understand!

Mary Jo and I have been out of town for about six weeks. I am now in the process of reading the last six weeks of the Greece Post. I am particularly interested in the July 5-11 issue and an article entitled “Superintendent Gets Pay Raise”. “The Greece Board of Education granted Steven Achramovitch a nearly 2 percent raise, eight months after he was hired”.

Even if the above percentage raise was the only raise he received the information would be bad enough but in reading the article the Greece School Board of Education also gave him a $5,000 one time payment for Achramovitch to put into a retirement account that he will set up. In other words Superintendent Achramovitch, now thanks to the Greece School Board of Education has the opportunity to have a second retirement plan in the form of a retirement annuity. The big question not answered in the article WHY?

To the Greece community, Superintendent Achramovitch is already a member of the NYS Teachers Retirement System. He is currently receives 2% credit per educational year that he is employed as an educator in NYS toward his NYS pension. His pension is calculated as follows: the number of years in education, times 2%, times the average of his three highest salary years. For example, if Achramovitch works in NYS for 35 years he would earn 70% credit. Now, 70% times the average of his three highest years. Who knows what his salary average will be but what we currently know he is making $203,300. He is a young man so it is reasonable to say his average could be at least $220,000. His final average could easily be much higher. So 35 years time 2% equals 70% times $220,000 equals $154,000 per year for life. The Greece Central School Board of Education does not think this is sufficient and gave Achramovitch $5,000 to start a SECOND retirement annuity. My money says this is only the first “one time payment”. Watch next year when he will receive a second “one time payment” to this additional retirement plan. Obliviously the Greece Central School Board of Education doesn’t think this amount is sufficient. Why?

Lets now look at the headlines again and calculate Achramovtich’s real salary raise. It is much more than the reported 1.6%. Achramovitch received $3,300 in a salary increase. Lets not forget the $5,000 retirement annuity. Total new dollars is $8,300. As a percentage of his former salary of $200,000 the $8,300 new dollar raise is 4.15%. Lets not forget this 4.15% is for only eight months. As a prorated 12 month raise 4.15% equals 6.23% In reality the Greece Central School Board gave Achromovitch a 6.23% annualized raise. That percentage was never reported by the school board or in the Greece Post Article. Now I am back to my basic question, WHY?

Let me ask a question. The Greece Teachers have been without a contract for a year. I have no idea why it is not settled but why should they settle for anything less than a 6.23% annual raise. The Greece Central School Board of Education has set the pattern with the Superintendent’s raise. Charlie Hubbard has publicly said many times that labor contracts will never be voted on without the Board of Education knowing the total cost. This pay raise was approved unanimously by the School Board.

In the same Greece Post article former school board president Walsh indicated despite voters defeating the budget and three propositions in May, Archromovitch deserves the raise. He is not responsible for the low test scores and low graduation rates as the problems in Greece were started before he arrived. We are being told by Walsh that the “fruit of his performance” will not be immediately visible. So a Superintendent not accountable or responsible for the budget, test scores, graduation rates or the “problems of Greece Central” can earn a 6.23% annualized raise.

At a school board meeting in May President Walsh admitted that he did not create the Superintendent’s evaluation instrument as required in the Superintendent’s contract by January 2007. In fact the evaluation tool was approved by the Greece Central Board of Education on the same night that the School Board gave him a 6.23% annualized raise. This raises a second very disturbing question, Who wrote the evaluation of the Superintendent for his first 8 months in Greece? The board did not have an evaluation instrument. Are we back to the days of Steve Walts when he wrote his own evaluation and gave it to the school board. My money says Superintendent Archromovitch wrote his own evaluation and gave it to board president Walsh.

Speaking of former Superintendent Walts. Do you remember the outrage by the new school board majority members of CARE (Walsh, Grason, HMO) when they took over two years ago that Superintendent that Walts received lifetime health and dental insurance from the citizens of Greece. What is the difference between giving lifetime health and dental insurance and giving the current Superintendent a lifetime second retirement system?
Sincerely
Doug Skeet

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

DOES ANYONE REALLY KNOW ...

... Just How Big Is The TOTAL Greece School Budget?

Donations, Fundraisers, State Taxes,
State Aid, Grants All Add To the Annual Total