Wednesday, October 31, 2007

BOILY BLASTS BOE BEHAVIOR HEADING INTO MEDIATION

Boily ~~ "I've never seen people behave like this on a board. This is not the right behavior for public officials, but I can't change it and I don't think (the mediator) can change it. As much as it'd be nice to sit down for a couple hours and discuss it all ... I don't see it changing dramatically. I don't think that picking on other board members, using foul language, walking out of a meeting, being accusatory – it's never the way I've conducted myself and it's not the way others should conduct themselves."

MPNNow Story

How Can They Accomplish
Anything If Boily Already
Thinks It's A Waste Of Time?

DISTRICT TO RELEASE 500 PAGES OF EMAIL

HAUER FINALLY
FINDS HER VOICE
ON EMAIL SCANDAL
MPNNow ~~ Hauer responded to criticism about the e-mail by saying she is not the only board member who has conducted herself in a manner that is not entirely professional. (SCATS Wonders If Carolyn Teaches Her Kids That It's OK To Misbehave As Long As Others Do It Too ... )
“The tenor and tone of meetings and discussions has gotten progressively personal and negative.” ~~ Hauer


“I think everyone's going to be careful." ~~ Boily

TRICK? or TREAT?

BOE, Teachers, Parents
To Rally Against FAIR Plan
GTA Office, 3670 Mt Read Blvd @3:30PM TODAY

IS THIS HOW OUR BOE SHOULD BE

SPENDING THEIR TIME & ENERGY?

MPNNow

On The Flip Side Of The Coin ...

Anonymous said...
Where do I go to rally FOR Maggie's fiscally responsible plan?Wait...I know...at the polls: a landslide victory will send a very strong message (which will be ignored by the "educatti")! 10/31/2007 12:33 PM

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Comptroller Kept Busy In Lakeshore FD Audit

Unauthorized Expenses,
Flawed Accounting Practices,
Lack of Documentation
Among Troubles Cited In Report


story
"Dropout Factory"
Describes 1 In 10 Schools

story

Monday, October 29, 2007

EXCEL Project Meetings Planned

Community Propoganda Blitz Starts
(Does Anyone Actually Attend These? WHO??)

Tuesday, October 30
Odyssey Academy Auditorium
Thursday, November 1
Olympia High School Lage Cafeteria

Monday, November 5
Arcadia Library Media Center

Wednesday, November 14
Apollo Middle School Cafeteria

Thursday, November 15
Pine Brook Elementary School Cafeteria
Monday, November 26
Paddy Hill Elementary School Cafeteria

Wednesday, December 5
Craig Hill Elementary School Library
Thursday, December 6
Athena High School Forum Room
District Website Links To Petition Drive:
"Stop Monroe County Taking
$Millions From School Districts"

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Taxpayer's Are Paying For Teacher's Union Business

Anonymous said...

from Charlie Hubbard-school board

Just for the record 'yes' the taxpayers are paying out over $100,000 per year in the teachers contract to do 'union business' but then again 'who cares'? So the kids have to have a sub so the teacher can go do 'union business' 'who cares'?

Based on my conversations with the others let me tell you who DOESN'T care - the administration and the school board majority. Shuuuuch - lets not talk about it.

Feel free to contact me if you would like a copy of that part of the contract.


chubbard005@rochester.rr.com ~~~ 615-2678 ~~~ 10/28/2007 9:12 AM

Friday, October 26, 2007

TO THE GREECE BOE & ADMINISTRATION:

WHAT IS THE STATUS
OF THE DISTRICT AUDIT
THE COMPTROLLER'S
OFFICE WAS CONDUCTING?
It's been months!!
SCATS ASKS :
HAS COMMON SENSE
BECOME AN OXYMORON?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Tabling Matters: Newest Tactic To Silence Minority?

Tuesday's BOE Meeting Contentious;
Motions Tabled By Boily Majority
End Important Discussions


CONTINUED DELAYS ON
OPEN ENROLLMENT POLICY
MEANT TO SILENCE MINORITY
UNTIL TERMS EXPIRE??
Open Enrollment Story

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

BOE Meeting Recap ... Some Highlights

A Lengthy Presentation Regarding School Improvement Plans, SMART Goals Is Nicely Summarized Here: MPNNow
Achramovitch ~~ "We know that we have to improve so we're looking at developing a system that will further enhance that improvement." (HUH?? Was that your George Dubbya impersonation?)
Also: "The free and reduced lunch count has doubled in the last nine years."

Other Topics:

Agenda Setting Practices ~~ Hauer: In A Throwback To The Walts Era, Wants To Control It BEFORE Meeting Night; Boily Is Her "Yes Man" & Will Put It On The Nov. Agenda As A Topic
SCATS Question To Hauer & Boily: WHY IS IT OK FOR THE BOE TO BE GIVEN LAST MINUTE ITEMS TO VOTE ON THE NIGHT OF THE MEETING (OR JUST A COUPLE DAYS PRIOR) BUT IT'S NOT OK FOR OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO ADD ITEMS TO THE AGENDA WITH THE SAME SHORT NOTICE??

Longridge Driveway ~~ Nadolinski Told BOE They Should Remove It From The EXCEL Bond Package Because There Are Too many Uncertainties About State Aid, Building Code, Costs, Etc. Hubbard's Angry Response: " Is someone trying to upset me here !?"

West Ridge School ~~ Moscato Reported That Neighborhood Kids Have Been Skateboarding On The Rooftop, Damage Done, Police Called, No Action Taken. No Signage Banning It Is In Place Yet. Teachers' Cars Damaged In Reprisals For Intervention. Why Wasn't BOE Told?

BOE Members Who BLOG ~~ VanOrman: "We don't need to air our dirty laundry & dysfunction out in the public."

Finance Committee ~~ Moscato: "Where do things stand?" Hauer: " I'm still getting responses ..." A Hot Debate Followed. Boily: "I'm sure they're all excited." regarding Moscato's contention that the community is interested in knowing what's going on with the set-up and composition of the committee. Hauer: "There is no policy to get members approved by the BOE." and "People are welcome to volunteer." Boily angrily volunteered Joe to serve and shouted over everyone to move to the next topic. SCATS Remark: VERY MATURE OF YOU, ROGER!

*** SOME EXCELLENT COMMENTS ARE POSTED ON THE NEXT THREAD BELOW *** Feel Free To Add More Here Or There

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

*** Newsflash***

Hauer Found Her Voice!

Wants "Late Additions" To BOE
Meeting Agendas

Cut-Off At Its Knees!

(Still NO apology)

Monday, October 22, 2007

OPEN ENROLLMENT: AT WHAT COST?

BOE To Discuss, Vote On
Resolution At Tuesday's Meeting

"In the two-plus years I've been on the board, nobody has been able to demonstrate to anybody on that board that there is any educational value to open enrollment." ~~ Frank Oberg, BOE

"I support a comprehensive look at our open enrollment policies, but not shutting it down by next September." ~~ Roger Boily, BOE Pres.

D&C Story

Sunday, October 21, 2007

SED Responds To FOIL For SAT Scores

Odyssey's Total Score Tops In District

ODYSSEY ~~ 1557
ATHENA HS ~~ 1537
OLYMPIA HS ~~ 1451
ARCADIA HS ~~ 1428


COUNTY SCORES
STORY


***DOUG SKEET REMARKS/ANALYSIS
POSTED UNDER COMMENTS***

Friday, October 19, 2007

BOE Sets Special Meeting For Tuesday @6:30PM

Agenda Topics Include:
Second Board Meeting of the Month - Ms. O'Toole
Open Enrollment Policy - Mr. Oberg
Capital Improvement Bond Project Oversight Committee - Mr. Moscato


*** Longridge Driveway Project Added To Agenda

HAUER'S DEFERRED
FINANCE COMMITTEE
NOT LISTED

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A District In Mourning ...

Greece Teacher Brian Harris Killed In Crash

MPNNow

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

MISTRUST RUNS DEEP ...

*** To our readers:
BLOG Administration is shocked to learn that GCSD has gone to such incredible lengths as those described in the second posting below in their efforts to subvert the free flow of information! Please share the web addresses of the BLOGs they've created. Please inform us about the consequences of posting to our BLOG. Please elaborate about the threat to employees who are being "followed around town by BLOG writers."

FOR THE RECORD, SCATS is not employed by GCSD. SCATS doesn't know who you are and there is no reason for us to find out or to follow you around :)
YOUR ANONYMITY (and ours) IS THE KEY TO SCATS' SUCCESS!


Anonymous said...

"Let's be realistic.
1. Greece needs EXCEL.
2. Greece lacks authoritative and publicly accountable people to manage EXCEL properly.

It is possible for the public to vote to accept #1 while realizing that the administration is full of #2?"
10/15/2007 4:08 PM

Anonymous said...

"Many people avoid board meetings and won't put their names on their statements because the district has proven itself vindictive and untrustworthy. When we speak out, the district attempts to silence us. They took seats at board meetings to block us from being on TV. They tried to take over channel 12 to shut down our public forums on channel 12. They have attempted to subvert these blogs by creating blogs could sensor. They have attempted forming alliances to silence our board representatives. Supervisors have performed witch hunts to find employees disclosing information on these web sites. Administrators have told district employees that blog writers are following employees around town. Under this environment, I choose to remainanonymous." 10/16/2007 5:16 PM

Anonymous said...

"Yes, Joe, we mistrust the schoolboard. We mistrust administration. We mistrust the budget and bond figures. We mistrust the school district's facts and propaganda. We mistrust those who send email while trying to quiet others. We mistrust those who remain silent when they should be yelling. We mistrust raises given even when performance flags. We mistrust promises that things will ever really change. We mistrust closed door meetings. We mistrust anyone who tries to silence the critics and that includes you." 10/16/2007 11:53 PM

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

That's One Heck Of An Understatement, Joe!

"It is apparent to me that there still remains a great deal of mistrust in our community." ~~ Joe Moscato


By the way Joe, isn't it time you stop pretending?
We KNOW you read this BLOG :)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

EXCEL Project Propaganda Blitz Begins

"On December 13, Greece residents will be asked to decide on a $21,383,375 EXCEL Project that would fund health and safety related maintenance work at every school and some other District buildings. The proposed project list includes everything from roof repairs, to boiler purchases, and upgrades to fire detection equipment.

Funding has also been included to keep technology up-to-date. The proposition would allow for the purchase of a new student management system, upgrades to the security and reliability of the District’s existing computer network, and the purchase of new hardware and software.

While there’s no such thing as free money, New York State is currently offering school districts one-time EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning) Aid. It can be used for school construction projects, to improve educational technology, and address health and safety concerns. When the one-time EXCEL Aid is combined with standard state building aid, the entire cost of the proposition is expected to be covered."

GCSD Website

EXCEL Project A List

EXCEL Project B List

INFORMATION REGARDING COSTS FOR
TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES IS NOT
PROVIDED IN THESE LINKS

Friday, October 12, 2007

Lakeshore Community Church Plans 5 Weeks of "Pure Sex" Education

Pastor DiPaola's Oct 21st Sermon:
"Sex Is Not A 4 Letter Word"


The Other "Hot" Topics Will Be:
Oct 28th - "Just Lust"
Nov. 4th - "Bedroom: Battleground or Playground?"
Nov. 11th - "What Happens In Vegas Won't Stay In Vegas"
Nov. 18th - "Pure Passion"

WHEC10News

WITH PAY OF $203,300 ANNUALLY ...

ACHRAMOVITCH RANKS #3
AMONG COUNTY'S
HIGHEST PAID
PUBLIC OFFICIALS;
CALA RANKS #1@ $220,000

*According to Rochester Business Journal

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bridges Program Graduates 42 Students

80% of Teens Who Attend Program Earn Degrees

13WHAM.com

FINANCE COMMITTEE IN LIMBO??

Hauer Deferred Finance Committee
Update/Report Again;
Has Email Scandal Irreparably Damaged
This Group Before It's Even Convened?


Anonymous said...

Carolyn Hauer's removal of the Finance Committee update from last night's board agenda confirms credible reports of mass defections from the committee. Anyone wonder why? Does anyone know who some of these financial wizards were? We may never know now as they distance themselves from her.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

BOE Meeting Memorable Quotes ...

"Arcadia has increased drug use in the building." ~~ Arcadia Student Leader

"It was a repugnant act!" ~~ Oberg Regarding Maggie's FAIR Plan

"We no longer can spend like drunken sailors ... We need to operate as one school district!" ~~ Moscato on need to reduce spending & reform school options

"We don't have to be that strict." ~~ Boily regarding ignoring BOE's previous vote to have retreat by Dec. 1.

"The Greece school board deserves an F!" ~~ Hubbard on district's contracts & busing expenditures

" _ __ ____ _____, _ _____ __." ~~ Hauer on her email scandal

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Greece Schools Ready For WMDs
WHEC Story & Video

Monday, October 08, 2007

DEAL ... or NO DEAL ??

The following questions have been raised about the proposed land swap between GCSD & the Town of Greece:

1 - Who did the appraisals for each of the two properties? When were those appraisals completed? How were the figures arrived at? Did GCSD get to pick an appraiser?

2 - What does the Town of Greece want the 20 acres for? Do they have plans to use it?

3 - Why doesn't GCSD sell their land (or a portion of it) on the open market & use the proceeds to buy the Town's plot?

4 - Is there any connection between the land swap idea & the cable access deal?

5 - Why doesn't the school district ask the Town of Greece to grant them an easement for a driveway & maintenance of it?

6 - Does the district's plot have frontage to a road or access to one? If so where? If not, did the Town offer to provide access at the time they made this "gift" to GCSD?

7 - Why is public discussion of this deal so quiet? With elections coming up, let's get this out into the open!

8 - Where is the mutual cooperation between the two sides to make it happen, GCSD & the Town of Greece?

FEEL FREE TO ADD ANY OTHERS TO THE LIST

Saturday, October 06, 2007

You Decide ...

Is The Town of Greece
Trying To Scam GCSD?

At the Northwest/Greece AARP meeting in September, former Town of Greece Supervisor and current Mark IV Construction V.P. Donald Riley spoke. His comments began with him recounting his early days in local politics during the 1970s, a time when others like Fred Eckert were also active.

Don mentioned what great foresight they had back then. He told the audience that the Town of Greece purchased a large parcel of land for only $2500 per acre. Eventually, the Town of Greece built the new Greece Town Hall, library, senior center and now, a courthouse that all sit on that piece of property. Don went on to say that today, such a "prime" parcel would go for some $40,000 or more per acre.

That mention really got our attention. Here is a former town Supervisor and current real estate developer (who should know what he's talking about) telling a roomful of citizens that the land where our new town center is located would cost $40,000 or more per acre in today's market!

What makes this so astounding? Well, the Town of Greece asserts that the nearby 20 acre parcel of land owned by the Greece School District is only worth $292,500! That's LESS THAN $15,000 per acre!

Of course, it is the SAME acreage the Town of Greece is eyeing in a proposed land swap deal where the Town has offered to trade their former Human Services building and two sheds that sit on 4 acres for the School District's "prime parcel." They claim the Town's parcel is valued at some $631,000!

So we ask ... who is right? Don Riley, who says such land should be worth $40,000 or more per acre in today's market? Or the Town of Greece who says the land is worth less than $15,000 per acre?

BOE Agenda Set For Tuesday Meeting @ 6:30PM

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30 pm to discuss GTA Neg., GUSTO Neg., AGCEP Collective Bargaining & Exempt Staff employment contracts

Agenda Items Include:
Finance Committee Update - Ms. Hauer (What will she "cut off cleanly & publicly" THIS TIME??)
Summer School, Elementary & Secondary Report - Dr. Mitchell & Ms. Pallas
Communication Committee Update - Mr. Nadolinski
Official School Opening Enrollment & Enrollment Projections - Mr. Sanderson
Special Education Initiatives - Mr. Nadolinski
Budget Calendar - Mr. Achramovitch
NYSSBA Resolutions - Ms.O'Toole & Ms. VanOrman
Second BOE Meeting of the Month - Ms. O'Toole
Board of Education Retreat - Mr. Boily
Monroe County Intercept - Mr. Achramovitch & Mr. Boily

Thursday, October 04, 2007

An Excellent Idea!!

Anonymous said...
The school boards should also meet and agree to lobby Albany to quit giving tax rebates to residents who do not pay school property taxes (and those who pay less than the rebate amount). That is one source of revenue to make up to for the Maggie action. 10/04/2007 8:53 AM

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

STEVE ACHRAMOVITCH, WHERE ARE YOU??

The District's Troubles
Are Many & Growing.
We Want To Hear From YOU!

Anonymous said...

Guess why! Because the bully knew how to do it without being observed.It starts with the whole "toxic culture" thing. Greece administrators bully the staff, then the BoE turns a blind eye saying "we don't see it". The result? 6-figure settlements with staff (those brave enough to confront their tormentor).
Board of Education: do you want to really know about the toxic culture still brewing? Go find the people who left and interview them privately. Those who were "asked to leave" have an interesting story to tell too.
Too afraid to open that Pandora's Box? I don't blame you. I would be if I were you. 10/01/2007 10:53 AM

Anonymous said...

The distrcit should not spend one dime in legal fees on this matter! Will each district hire their own lawyers to sue?. Are they out of their minds? I think the lawyers must have dreamed up the wording of this resolution. Once again they are getting ready to shoot themselves in the foot.That resolution needs to be re-written if they expect any community support for their postiiton. 10/01/2007 1:46 PM

Anonymous said...

How can administrators address issues that they themselves don't understand? Greece administration doesn't understand how technology works (it's why their top level people require secretaries in order to schedule meetings), let alone know how it can be (or that it is) used to bully others.
Oh, by the way, "please let us buy more computers", "give me my exceeding expectations raise" and "pay no attention to the decline in graduation rates." 10/03/2007 6:16 AM

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

HUNDREDS RALLY AGAINST VIOLENCE

"We cannot tolerate the violent killing,
the negative foolishness our kids face every day.
The situation we are facing in our
community, we are in a crisis. ... "
(Adam McFadden, Roch. City Councilman)

D&C STORY

WITH GANG ACTIVITY
ALREADY AN ISSUE,
WILL THE DEWEY/STONE
INTERSECTION BE NEXT??

Monday, October 01, 2007

Olympia HS Hosting Forum On Cyber-Bullying

Tonight @ 7PM With:
Nancy Willard ~ exec. dir. of the Center
for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Call To Register: (585) 753-3753

D&C STORY

IN LIGHT OF THE HAUER EMAIL,
SHOULD OUR BOE MEMBERS
BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND?