Thursday, November 29, 2007

TELL US HOW YOU'D VOTE ON EXCEL
if the vote were held today.
Poll available in the column to the top left.

Achramovitch Marks One Year Anniversary In Greece

He's FINALLY bought a home in Greece!

Article outlines challenges of his first year

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Everything you ever wanted to know about EXCEL ...

... But were afraid to ask!

LINKS HERE

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Top 10 Reasons Why The Community Is Likely To Say "NO" To EXCEL ...

10 - MISSING 10 MINUTES OF MEETING TAPE
9 - UNRESOLVED LAND SWAP DEAL
8 - UNRESOLVED CABLE ACCESS ISSUE
7 - NO STATE AUDIT REPORT MONTHS AFTER IT BEGAN
6 - DISCOVERING TV STUDIO SEVERAL YEARS AFTER IT WAS BUILT
5 - BOE VOTE ON GUSTO CONTRACT
4 - VAN ORMAN'S ILLEGAL "VOTE YES" STATEMENT
3 - HAUER'S FLAMING EMAIL "TO CUT HMO OFF AT THE KNEES"
2 - LACK OF MOVEMENT ON SCHOOLS OF CHOICE ISSUE
1 - WE COULD EASILY MAKE THIS LIST 25 ITEMS LONG!!


WHY SHOULD WE TRUST YOU, GCSD?

Monday, November 26, 2007

FROM OUR MAILBAG .... AUDIT QUESTIONS

We've Asked Before. We Received No Response. We Ask Again ...

WHAT IS THE STATUS
OF THE COMPTROLLER'S
AUDIT ON GCSD?


"Are district officals and Board officers witholding the results of this state audit until after the Excel Bond vote on December 13th? Why should the community support the Excel Bond if we don't know how our tax money was spent on the $120 million bond vote we approved in 2000? Shouldn't taxpayers know the findings of the state audit BEFORE district officials ask this community to support MORE spending on December 13th?????" ~~ From our email

Sunday, November 25, 2007

GREECE EDUCATION FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER EFFORTS FAIL!

"The Greece Education Foundation (GEF) Drive for Knowledge car raffle has been cancelled. Regrettably, GEF was unable to sell the minimum number of tickets required to hold the raffle. All participants have been issued full refunds."

SOURCE: GCSD WEBSITE

$2.3 Million Loss From FAIR Plan Could Mean Sweeping Cuts

"Greece has eliminated bus monitors, administration office staff & music teachers."

"Our budget is already pretty bare-bones." Boily said.

D&C Story


AS GCSD PREPARES FOR EXCEL VOTE, WILL FAIR PLAN BE USED TO PUSH VOTERS INTO VOTING "YES?"

Friday, November 23, 2007

SEVERAL RECENT POSTS CLAIM GCSD BOE MEETING TAPE EDITED

IS THE PUBLIC BEING
KEPT IN THE DARK AGAIN?

Anonymous said...
Everyone is missing the point here which is censorship by the district. I listened the the meeting at which Mr. Muscato, in his comments at the end of the meeting, chastized the board and Mr. Achromovitch for breaking the law which they swore to uphold when taking office "so help them God." They willfully violated the GUSTO contract which had been signed, sealed and delivered which is in violation of the Taylor Law and which will be overturned by PERB, and which the district will have to pay retroactiively and with penalties. They accomplished nothing by their action except to try to bamboozle the public into believing they were trying to save some money. What a joke!I was astonished when I listened to this exchange and told my husband and a couple of my friends to be sure and watch the video presentation the following week. Much to my surprise and everyone else's, when that exchange was supposed to take place, there was nothing but blank screen.I called Mr. Caterino to ask what happened and he told me that he played the tape given to him by the district. It seems that the part where the board is taken to task by Mr. Muscato was conveniently deleted.It looks like we are truly back to the old Walts/Keller-Cogan days where this type of thing was common place. I am not sure but I believe this type of action is criminal. They are altering a public record.At any rate, Mr. Caterino had nothing to do with it and I believe you people who, as he says, throw second grade insults at him should be ashamed. I think you are probably some of those people who still defend the actions of previous administrators and who think it's perfectly all right to lie, cheat, and do anything necessary to get your way. Like I said, childish and not even up to the level of a second grader. 11/23/2007 2:39 PM

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

11 Students Reap Rewards In Broadcasting Class

"It's not every day that you get to walk in and play with tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment." ~~ Senior Josh Allyn

Video & Story

Monday, November 19, 2007

Harley School Has Highest Mean SAT Score In Area

Harley's Mean Score 45 Points
Higher Than Brighton HS
(The Top Public School In The Local 6 County Area)

Story

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Taxpayers Seek School Changes

" ... overwhelming sentiment
opposed to open enrollment
& schools of choice."

Oberg & Moscato Editorial

Friday, November 16, 2007

All We Want For Christmas Is A Finance Committee

Anonymous said...

Tick, Tick, Tick

You will still be waiting after the holidays for the infamous Finance Committee to be announced. This, one of the biggest goals set out by the board after hours of "retreat."

The official word is that Hauer has become a pariah of sorts and no one wants to be associated with her.

I, personally, know people who have volunteered recently and were never given the courtesy of a return call. I guess they were from the wrong faction in our town.
11/16/2007 11:15 AM


Anonymous said...
I know two individuals who were on her original committee who have heard nothing from her since the email fiasco. 11/16/2007 11:19 AM


Anonymous said...
Any respectable board president would have quietly asked Ms. Hauer to resign after the email scandal and appointed a new chair for the committee. Instead Mr. Boily, who I believe was complicit along with the Superintendent, just sit there quietly and hope it will all go away. After stating all the wonderful goals set forth after weeks of meetings, all they came up with was improve student learning (which goes without saying) and establish a Finance Committee, neither of which have been accomplished.

Looks to me like this was all smoke and mirrors.
11/16/2007 11:51 AM

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tick ... Tick ... Tick ... Still No Finance Committee??

Has Finance Committee Idea Been Abandoned?
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Pastors, Churches, Parents
Complain to BOE About
"Porn Survey"
Questions & Privacy Issues

Sample Survey

Monday, November 12, 2007

Who To Blame For Poor Results? Unions, Leaders Or The BOE?

Anonymous said...

Charlie,
Why does the board of education coddle the very leaders that are responsible for such policies and poor outcome? They have allowed the very people who have been behind such things to be promoted to ever more powerful positions with fatter incomes. When it became "inconvenient" to have them in high places, they are simply moved while maintaining their previous salary levels.

Business wouldn't tolerate that. Why does the board of education? Don't tell me that it is "the unions". I can cite chapter and verse of instances where administration has demoted union-represented staff AND dropped their pay. I can cite chapter and verse of GESS (union exempt) staff that have been moved to lower roles and maintained their income.

What is the REAL story, Charlie?
11/12/2007 6:05 AM

Anonymous said...

to 6:05 am

You are way off base my friend - it is Charlie that has been saying right along that school boards are the second biggest problem in public education (the first being monopoly).

I have never blaimed the unions for asking for 6% raises like they are doing now or 90% health care or raises regardless of wheather they come to work or asking taxpayers to pay out $100,000+ per year to pay people to do union business ect. ect. it's not the unions fault it's the SCHOOL BOARD's fault for giving it to them and then go crying to the community for more $$$ 'for the children' AND the union going after these items because they are ENTITLED - now you see the problem?
It's all about TRUST


Charlie Hubbard
chubbard005@rochester.rr.com
615-2678 11/12/2007 10:46 AM

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tuesday BOE Meeting Agenda Includes ...

Exec. Session @ 5:30PM to discuss GTA, GUSTO & GUSS negotiations

Update Open Enrollment & Schools of Choice

EXCEL Update

Senior Tax Exemption Discussion

Second Read - Policy 5622 Use of Equip/Facilities by Employees

Public School Fire Safety Report

Course Offering Guide

Update on Goal on Absenteeism

Board Retreat

Thursday, November 08, 2007

"WHY BOYS ARE FALLING BEHIND"

"It's unfortunate the news about the underachievement of boys is just coming out in dribs and drabs instead of a blockbuster report. Consequently, I don't think it's getting the urgency that it should be getting." ~~ Kenneth Hilton (Formerly With R-H SD)

He Will Lecture Today, 4PM, Roberts Wesleyan College

D&C

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Achramovitch Puzzled By "No" Vote On EXCEL

He Hopes Media Blitz
Pushes This
"No Brainer" Through

MPNNow
BIG BROTHER IS STILL
WATCHING IN
DISTRICT OFFICE

Phone Calls Recorded, Hidden Cameras Linked To Supt.'s Office ...
WHAT'S REALLY CHANGED BESIDES THE ADMINISTRATION?

Anonymous said...
Guess what can be learned simply by researching for information about the district's telephone system on the Internet and asking some innocent questions?Telephone records exist for every telephone call made by and to a GCSD telephone extension. Information such as date, time, duration and both phone numbers (originator and destination). This is done automatically by something called a "call accounting system".


Though the telephone system has the ability to record telephone conversations automatically. I don't know if that feature is being used.

However, each telephone in the district has a button that can be pushed (silently) and a telephone conversation that is in-progress is then recorded to the district staffer's voice mail box.Saved voice mail is regularly archived, behind the scenes. It is retrievable.It's kind of tough to invoke FOI rights unless you know what information is available. 11/06/2007 9:59 AM

Anonymous said...
There are also hidden cameras with a direct link to the superintendent's office everywher. The viewing screen is hidden behind a magnificent mounted oil painting of a winter bridge scene. Big brother is watching. 11/06/2007 8:23 PM

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Budget Hearing : Save Our Marching Band, Schools of Choice

Parents & Students Plead
For BOE To "Save"
District's Special Programs

Can GCSD Continue To Afford
To Be All Things To All People?

What Are The Pros? The Cons??

SHOULD SCHOOLS BE
RUN LIKE A BUSINESS?


Anonymous said...

10:21 am: Yes, I want my school to be run like a business - a profitable, well respected socio-economic engine that grows community identity and pride for generations.Unfortunately, school people don't have the skills to do so properly, so they spout rhetoric like, "schools aren't businesses!" so often that even the taxpayers start to believe them.STOP IT! They are! You simply don't know enough to realize that they are.As a business person who has turned around organizations, I can tell you that "running schools like a business" means having people who are held accountable for making the organization profitable. In education, "profit" is measured by things like graduation rates, performance on standardized test scores, rate of acceptance and retention to colleges / universities / job market. It is measured by things like being able to keep the share holders and customers satisfied with those results (they wrongly think that the students are the customers and have no idea who the share holders are). Is there any doubt as to why public education isn't as successful as it could be?Yes, I want my school to be run like a business. I want my board of education to not be bored of education. They should be steering the ship, not begging the very people that they oversee for information (oh, my God!) on which to make softball decisions.The first post to this thread was dead-on target for as far as it went, but such controls are only one piece to a picture of profitability that remains foggy at best to Greece educational leadership. In such a vacuum, such individual policies appear to have a Nazi-like tone.Yes, I want my school to be run like a business, if that means what I've said above. However, necessary skills such as true strategic planning, dispassionate root-cause analysis, real leadership and data driven decision making are not clearly evident. Yet, these are the very constellation of skills that must exist in totality, in a healthy and profitable business (translation assistance for Ed. D.'s: replace the term "business" with the phrase "school district"). 11/06/2007 6:20 AM

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Information Requests From District Office: How Not To Get FOIL'ed

Ever submit a Freedom of Information request to GCSD only to either come up dry or get something entirely different from what you really wanted? The wording is everything. Share your suggestions & experiences :)

Anonymous said...

SCATS--I will be careful to be accurate with my words.

The basic truth is this: If Hauer sent the e-mail to an e-mail account that ends with "greece.k12.ny.us" then it is both "journaled" and "retrievable".

After this, a cat-and-mouse game begins: It is up to the FOI requester to phrase their FOI request in such a way as to capture that e-mail without also capturing other e-mails that may contain FOI-exempt information. Why?

The district's lawyers will review the language of the FOI request and compare it to all of the documents that match that request. If any contain FOI-exempt information then the entire request is denied, legally.

The FOI requester has the ability to either challenge that determination (an expensive, time consuming process that favors the district) or try to guess what to change about their FOI request and submit another that doesn't include those other documents.

There is a similar tactic at play when board of education members ask for information from district administrators, by the way; but that is a topic for an entirely new thread. 11/04/2007 7:16 AM

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Pre-Budget Hearing, Tuesday @ 6:30PM

Sign-ups For 3 Minutes/Speaker Taken At 6PM

Lou Alaimo To Speak Regarding Budget Factors

Thursday, November 01, 2007

GESTAPO TACTICS ALIVE &
WELL IN GREECE CENTRAL?


Anonymous said...

The district's focus for technology is screwed up. Instead of providing staff development or bringing back tech teachers, they hunt through staff home directories looking for anything inappropriate and have installed a secret spy machine to collect information about everything faculty does on their computer. 10/31/2007 12:24 PM