Sunday, September 30, 2007

BOE Meets Oct. 3 On Medicaid Resolutions

Special Meeting Set for 5:30PM,
Location NOT Given


Resolutions:

1. Be It Resolved by the Board of Education of the Greece Central School District that because the Monroe County government has adopted the Medicaid Intercept option and claims the Intercept permits to reduce sales tax funds designated for the school districts in Monroe County, the District shall take legal action against the County asking the Courts to enforce the current laws regarding the use and distribution of sales tax funds.

2. Be It Resolved by the Board of Education of the Greece Central School District that because the Monroe County government has adopted the Medicaid Intercept option and claims the Intercept permits to reduce sales tax funds designated for the school districts in Monroe County, the District shall take legal action against the County asking the Courts to enforce the current laws regarding the use and distribution of sales tax funds.

And Be It Further Resolved, that the firm of Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C., represented by Dennis Barrett, is hereby appointed to represent the District in this matter.

Woman Fatally Stabbed @ Dewey & Driving Park

Dozens Of Motorists See 7:30PM Attack
WAKE UP CALL, PEOPLE!!!

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

GREECE: VIOLENT CRIME UP 45%

INCIDENTS TOTAL 97
INCLUDE 2 HOMICIDES
*** ACCORDING TO 2006 FBI REPORT ***


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We Recall The Murder At Adeline Park ...
Where Did The
Second Murder Occur??

Where DO The Investigations Stand?
What IS The Track Record For The Greece Police Dept?
How Many Of The
97 Violent Cases Have Been Solved?

(Yes, we chose to hold this topic back for a few days while we covered others)

Friday, September 28, 2007

SCHOOL OFFICIALS VOTE WED. TO SUE COUNTY

GREECE TO LOSE $4.6 MILLION
IN SALES TAX MONEY

"I don't think it's fair for a child's education. They talk about how vital it is to get a good education, but when it comes to providing funding for that education, they said it's OK to make cuts." ~~ Parent, Karen Byfield

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from Charlie Hubbard - school board
One of the 'true' 'basic' problems with public education are those who spell quality 'm-o-n-e-y'

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com
615-2678

9/28/2007 12:06 PM

Thursday, September 27, 2007

SCHOOLS TO SUE MONROE COUNTY
OVER MAGGIE'S TAX PLAN
WHEC.com

SPITZER MAY RECONSIDER
SCHOOL FUNDING LEVELS
Spitzer: "(It) will weigh heavily upon me and will weigh heavily upon other school districts that will say, 'look, if you want to spend money on education, we want those dollars for education. Maggie Brooks isn't using it for education, so send us the money and we'll use it for the appropriate purpose."

WHEC.com

How Much Will Maggie's FAIR Plan Hurt GCSD??

With $24 Million Per Year In Lost Sales
Tax Revenue To School Districts,
Will Finance Committee Leadership
Under Hauer Be Up To The Challenges?

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

BOE Email Requested By Two From Media

Lynne Armstrong Will Apply Current Policy In Determining Which Email They Receive (Don't expect many to filter through the "exemptions" process)

SOME BOE MEMBERS WANTED TO TURN OVER ALL THEIR EMAIL DIRECTLY, BUT TOLD NOT TO DO SO

WHERE IS MRS. HAUER TONIGHT?

Top 10 Ways Employees (SOME) Respond To Criticism ...

10- Be unwilling to accept criticism of ANY kind.

9 - Be sure to immediately silence the critic using ANY means available.

8 - When criticism touches a nerve, be sure to over-react and let the critic know you've taken it as an extreme, personal affront.

7 - Should the critic persist, be sure to resort to using subtle threats ~~ usually in the context of what will happen to their children while they are at school.

6 - To show them how "smart" you really are, use educational jargon and any vocabulary consisting of 4 or more syllables that you may know in an effort to intellectually intimidate them.

5 - After applying #6, be sure to define or translate what you just said to make them feel small.

4 - Twist the words your critic uses. It will keep them off balance and force them to go on the offense.

3 - Change the focus to someone/something else.

2 - Point out how you didn't get any credit for all the little things you did well. (They will never think to remind you that GCSD gives out many awards/rewards every year to "exceptional staff." )

1 - When ALL ELSE FAILS, be sure to follow through with #7 above.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Board Sets Goals In Midst Of Toxic Culture

Boily: "We really needed to set some goals as a board. I felt the community should know where we are headed, and this seemed like a good time to do it."

Moscato: "Those goals are very vanilla. We need goals that have objective markers."


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Saturday, September 22, 2007

BOE: 09/25/2007 Special Meeting, 6:30 PM

Agenda Includes:
Assets Presentation - Mr. Nadolinski
Board of Education Goals - Mr. Hubbard
Second Board Meeting of the Month - Ms. O'Toole

Board of Education Retreat - Mr. Moscato
~~ PROPOSED RESOLUTION ~~
"Be It Resolved that the President of the Board establish a time and date for a board retreat. Attendance will be restricted to the nine members of the board, a moderator and assistant. The purpose of the retreat will concentrate on “team building goals” within this group.


Be It Further Resolved, that the President contact Dr. Joe Brown of the Center for Dispute Resolution and arrange for him to be the designated moderator. The President is directed to immediately contact Dr. Brown and secure his services.

Be It Further Resolved, that this retreat be held as soon as practical, but no later than November 1, 2007."

CAN A "RETREAT" UNDO DAMAGE DONE BY CAROLYN'S EMAIL??

CAN THEY EVER BECOME A "TEAM" AGAIN??

Friday, September 21, 2007

Smoking Email Rekindled By D&C Blogger

HUBBARD VERIFIES HAUER'S EMAIL

D&C's GREECE BLOG PUBLISHES LETTER


***Please Note: Mr. Hubbard was NOT our source :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hauer & O'Toole Head Up New Finance Committee

Mission Is Set But Group Remains Anonymous

Hauer ~ "It's tough to do all of the work at the board table."

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ethics As Defined By GCSD Policy:
"By ethics is meant those personal behavior traits, apart from such behavior as stipulated by law, relating to honesty, truthfulness, trustworthiness, integrity, credibility, fairness (as interpreted from policy and/or law), and respect for the dignity of individuals."


Ethics & Accountability:
"Board members recognize that they are to be held accountable for: avoidance of even the appearance of a conflict of interest or partisan politics; honest, open, public discussions; conformance to the spirit as well as to the letter of the open meetings law; and protection of privacy and confidentiality in matters involving personnel, legal, and contractual matters."


Board members and staff commit themselves to:
d) Acting as part of an educational team with mutual respect and regard for each other's respective responsibilities and duties, recognizing that the strength of a school board is in acting as a board, not as individuals;


e) Preserving the obligation of having all issues considered fairly and without bias.


GCSD ETHICS POLICY

SHOULD HAUER RESIGN??

Saturday, September 15, 2007

SO MUCH FOR SCHOOLBOARD "ETHICS" ...

Mrs. Hauer On "Chuckie & co."

Hello Guys,

I had a pleasant discussion with Julia following our retreat whereupon I was fortunate to run into the ARMS team after their 6th grade orientation, one of my liaison schools. Heads up to you two Rotarian boys, I still might be brought back by Ed D'angelo as a returning Rotarian next year and he's asked me to be finemaster for his presidential year - so watch out you two - I'll be keeping track. Who's got the courage? Just try to keep all that gossip down during golf tomorrow if you can.

More importantly and to the point, for future reference please give a heads up when wanting a report ie. Finance committee. I am very reluctant to prematurely submit publicly with this BOE group the names (to the HMO's of the board) before necessary and before our committee's first meeting, where I'll have an opportunity for asking each member about full public disclosure of their participation, from which I expect some conversation will develop. I will not rush the gun on a group I have worked diligently to cultivate and to whom I have made some professionalism assurances.

Charlie is annoyed we didn't vote this committee in. TOO BAD - they had their chance twice and this boy agreed with me both times for heavens sake.

From you both, I am expecting clear statements, to be offered as BOE leadership and as supt. about why vote is unnecessary, so that no incoming finance committee members question their own legitimacy or have it questioned. Please be prepared to make these statements and to cut off Charlie, etc. cleanly and publicly should it come up again in the manner in which he tried to challenge it today!

As to the Finance committee's charge, my comment is that as a BOE we set the annual charge for all BOE working committees, ideally at the same time - that would include transportation, finance and now communications committees. I am happy to draft a charge for finance, with Bob, Lou and Gale, then submit it to you both. But, I am not likely to support anything Chuckie & co. would try to dictate, preferring to chop it off at its knees before it sees the light of day! Others should perhaps be ready to do the same for these other two committees, then all BOE committees look to be on the same page and time frame, under the same rules, open, honest and clear. Just maybe not popular with our own internal naysayers. TOUGH! Let's move forward with just a bit of courage and a lot of class and we may yet win the day.

Frustrated but optimistic & Best regards,

Carolyn

Friday, September 14, 2007

GREECE POPULATION: 20+% SENIOR CITIZENS
8% Are 75 or Older

D&C News
By Request: BOARD GOALS

Anonymous said...
School board goals:New thread needed re: School board goals:So the board approved a goal of improving academic performace but with no measurable goals established. Once again the superintendent has pulled the wool over their eyes. What exactly will they use to evaluate the superintendet's performrmance if they do not include any measurable academic goals? Again they will probably evaluate him based on "activities" and he will once again get a big fat pay raise. So sad!
9/14/2007 7:46 AM

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

GREECE ASSESSOR
FOUND DEAD AT HOME

Failed To Return To Work
Following Vacation Week

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GCSD TO ELIMINATE 40
Pre-K BUS ATTENDANTS
DEC. 1 ~~ PARENTS UPSET!


“The Board (of Education) was insistent in that we keep the costs down as much as possible. This was one of the areas that was looked at ... that we felt we could still provide a safe service for the children and save some dollars to keep the tax rate down.” ~~ Kathy Shero

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TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:

GROW UP!!

THE TOXIC CULTURE
STARTS WITH YOU!!!

FOR ONE BOE MEMBER TO PASS EMAIL ABOUT HMO TO THE OTHERS (but NOT to HMO) IN AN "US vs THEM" MOVE IS BEYOND JUVENILE!!

SIGNING AN ETHICS POLICY IS NO REPLACEMENT FOR MATURITY!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Can We Be Sure Technology $$ Is Put To Good Use?

Are Greece Schools "Wasting"
Community's Gift Of Technology?

Anonymous said...
The documents claim there are 382 printers that are 12+ years old. I find that difficult to believe. The printers would have been nanufactured before 1995. Laserjet 4 was produced in 1993. Deskjet 600/850 in 1995.Laserjet 5 in 1996Deskjet 820/70 in 1996. They claim to have a large quantity of very old printers older then most of the ones I listed above. It sounds difficult to believe. If this information is inaccurate (I don't know if it is but would think it must be) we are being mislead on this point, and should call into question all the other points. 9/10/2007 10:18 AM

Anonymous said...
The excel bond is asking for $3,200,000 for technology. This is not a one time purchase. According to the district's technology plan, they want to 'increase the annual minimum expenditure for new technology to $3,220,000' and 'seek additional funding through special propositions presented to voters for approval'. Is the district planning an annual excel bond? 9/10/2007 7:53 PM

Anonymous said...
There are probably at LEAST 2000 printers. There are classrooms with two or three each.I am more interested in the underlying question:Are they being used or do they sit dormant (and not because they are "broken")? More than one little birdie told me the same information about it when I asked. Let's see who sings here. 9/11/2007 6:06 AM

Anonymous said...
I heard that the printers and most of the computers are sitting idle! 9/11/2007 8:56 AM

Anonymous said...
During the last Excel attempt, someone said there was a study. The study showed the computer equipment wasn't being used. Was there really a study? 9/11/2007 9:59 AM

Anonymous said...
I was told principals did do a study. The results showed laptops and classroom computers were not being used. My daughter was a fourth grader last year and she said she went to the computer lab only once. 9/11/2007 10:07 AM

Sunday, September 09, 2007

BOE Meeting Tuesday @ 6:30PM

Agenda Items Include:

Special Education Consent Decree
Report from Educational Audit,
2020 Summit, Exit Poll Committee
Finance Committee
EXCEL Project Content (see BoardDocs PDF Files for Details)
EXCEL Vote Date (Supt. Suggests Thurs. Dec 13, 2007 ~~ Snowbirds will be in Florida ;-)
Polling Locations (Supt. Wants Change To Elementary Schools for JUST the EXCEL Vote ~~ WHY only for EXCEL Vote??)
Dates for 2nd BOE Meeting of the Month
School Liasion Assignments (Mr. Moscato is NOT on the List ~~ WHY??)

Saturday, September 08, 2007

OPEN INSURANCE CLAIMS
AGAINST GCSD LISTED


Outstanding Claims Includes:

Mary Donlon ~~ $250,519 for Age Discrimination


Marjorie Perrin ~~ $26,478 for Age Discrimination


Karen Demoga ~~ $24,445 for Breach of Contract/Discrimination

General Liability Claims For Injured Workers, Sexual Abuse On School Buses, Assaults, Harassment Given

From BoardDocs on GCSD website, click on "Regular Meeting for 9/11/07" then open "Consent Agenda."
Open 4.06 Resource Report - September 11, 2007 - Mr. Alaimo (W/I). Then open pdf file for specific information.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

It's The MOST Wonderful
Time Of The Year ...


SCHOOL STARTS TODAY.
DRIVE WITH CARE!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

HOW BIG IS YOUR
SCHOOL TAX BILL?

2007-08 Tax Rate Hits
$23.20/$1000 Assessed Value

Anonymous said...

New Thread??I just got my school tax bill. Does anyone know where I can sell my blood: and how often can I give? 9/05/2007 7:51 AM

Anonymous said...

My school tax bill is $7,500. Can you top that? 9/05/2007 8:13 AM


Anonymous said...

8:13 a.m.I'm supposed to feel sorry for you and your $321,000+ home? Maybe you should have purchased a house you could afford.

9/05/2007 9:14 AM

Anonymous said...

Got my bill too. Blood not enough; will cost an arm and a leg!!!
9/05/2007 9:42 AM

Monday, September 03, 2007

Ka-Ching!! School Supply Costs Up 6.9% This Year

Parents, Students Scramble To Buy
20 Cent Glue Sticks, $100 Calculators


Regarding Those Pricey Calculators: "The state Education Department has ruled that schools cannot make parents buy one and must have them available for students to use while in school."

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