Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Donlon Age Discrimination Case Headed To Trial?

Both sides failed to reach settlement in Tuesday meeting
Trial date not set yet

D&C STORY

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Audit Furor Still Simmering

“(We) want people who made this mess to be held accountable and criminally held responsible." ~~ Anne Miller

“What voters depend on is the trust of this board and until the board consistently does its business out in the open it won't have served the voters well.” ~~ George Hubbard

“To get the trust back, it's going to be difficult because time and time again we were told we were going to get it back and we never did.” ~~ Bill Grason

MPNNews

Moscato: Oberg Calls Audit "A Vendetta; Politically Motivated By Corrupt Dems"


'SPLAIN IT FRANK!!
(WE'D LIKE TO UNDERSTAND)

Joe Moscato said...
I would like to confirm the content of a recent posting on this site. I was the board member who made contact with an Assistant District Attorney.

I called her to tell her I had some additional evidence for her Business Crimes Unit to consider. She rudely informed me that if I wanted to do this, I could “drop it off” at the desk. She also informed me that she intends to do nothing regarding an investigation until requested to do so by the Comptroller or she receives a signed complaint by the district or other parties of interests. No such action by either has taken place yet.

She said the district has provided her with a copy of the audit for review purposes only. If you feel, as I do, that we have been misled by our Superintendent and Board President, I suggest you tell them so.

If you would like to confirm this fact, I suggest you contact Ms. Jennifer Whitman, Chief Economic Crime/County Court Bureau, 47 S. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614 or call her at 753-4683. Let her know how you feel.

On a related note, there exists considerable resistance to an investigation by some members of the board who simply want to bury the audit findings without holding those responsible accountable. Chief among them, I’m sorry to say, is Frank Oberg who up until two months ago was eagerly awaiting the audit results that HMO had pressed for in the area of the CIP. Since the audit was first revealed, Frank has done an out-of-character change in his approach to the audit findings and conclusions. Ever since the final draft was released, he has attacked it as being politically motivated by a corrupt Democratic controlled Office of the State Comptroller.

He calls its findings flawed and containing no evidence of wrongdoing by past and present employees. He calls any investigation into the allegations in the audit, in his words “a vendetta” and a “witch hunt” by members of this community. As a close associate of Mr. Oberg I find his present position to be in sharp contract to his position dating back to the 2005 election and his promise to recover former Superintendent Walts’ health care give away.

The results of this audit and a follow up criminal action investigation are the doorway to that goal. So the question in my mind is why has Frank done a complete 180 and in so doing, turned his back on the community and those who supported his election to the board.

I think Frank has some explaining to do. So why not ask him. As for myself, I intend to push the board into taking the proper action during my remaining two months on the board. This is an effort that I intend to pursue, if necessary, as a citizen taxpayer when I leave the board in June. 4/29/2008 10:55 AM

Monday, April 28, 2008

Did Boily/Achramovitch Tell Truth About Persuing DA's Investigation?

They were asked about it at Thursday night's forum. Based on the posting below, it sounds like the BOE is uninterested in getting the whole truth.

Anonymous said...
I just talked to a board member who told me that the DA's office is not planning an investigation into the audit results.The reason given is that neither the school district nor the Comptroller's Office have asked for one or filed a complaint.The district has only asked for a review. Sounds like another fib and a whitewash and they want us to trust them. Not a chance. They just don't care what we think. Let's tell them loud and clear on May 20th. 4/28/2008 3:07 PM

NYSUT Opposes NY Property Tax Cap

"The union spends millions on lobbying and campaign contributions, and last month it helped to push a record increase in school aid through the Legislature despite hard times, fought off a tougher requirement for getting tenure and even got a statewide day of commemoration for teachers." ~~ D&C STORY

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Few Sure Signs of Spring ...

1 ~~ Phil Hurwitz Signs Have Been "Planted" About Town
2 ~~ My Mailbox Is Filled With Budget Info, Voting Reminders
3 ~~ George Hubbard Has Many Questions :)

From George's Email ~~
PURCHASE 45 BUSES – NO IMPACT ON TAXES NEXT YEAR – NEEDS EXPLANATION!
1. THE CONNECTION BUDGET EDITION..., headline “Vote May 20”... received in mail yesterday states, “By using money we already have, these transportation purchases would not impact the tax levy.” This is on front page, left side... last sentence.
2. Budget total of $194.1M for next year... includes $2.5M for bus purchases (Budget pg 40).

Q#1: Is this true... is it misleading... does public deserve an explanation?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

SCATS Thanks Mystery Blogger/s

To the person/s who use the names "lowermytaxes" on the D&C BLOG and "Greece Taxpayer Awareness" in the MPNNews comments section, THANK YOU!
We just discovered you've been helping us to spread the word ;-)

Bratty Board Member Behavior Berated

Anonymous said...
The behavior of the school board at last night's meeting was deplorable. While residents spoke, several board members mocked the speakers, told jokes to each other, and behaved worse than 5th graders. They aren't as smart either. It appears that blood alcohol level testing might be in order before certain board members are seated at the table. Perhaps that would create a more professional atmosphere for guest speakers.
And Boily professes to be unaware of how his girlie-group plus "know-nothing" is behaving since he was unable to observe them from his position at the table. Quite frankly, Boily is unaware of ANYTHING that would improve our school district. Hard to believe that Boily is a worse President than Phelan was but that is becoming evident.
Now the Republicans are frantically circling the wagons to prevent the audit report from resulting in civil or criminal charges. And they certainly don't want to take away Stevie-one's lifetime benefits. Of course that would also expose that Stevie-two has the same benefits package.
Now the Republican brain-trust will continue it's death-spiral for our school district by endorsing a prior loser whose nose is about 12 inches long and a once-capable person who has become a disgrace to himself and all that knew him when he stood for something... 4/25/2008 8:49 AM

Anonymous said...
This year, more than ever before, taxpayers should think long and hard before electing anyone associated with Boily to the board. He knows nothing about what is going on so it follows that anyone he endorses probably knows less. This has been true in the past.

Last night's forum meeting proved this loudly and clearly. The present board majority and administration care very little about what the public thinks. They were totally unprepared to answer questions and one infamous board member was totally under the influence and was heard talking like a drunken sailor dropping the f-bomb all over the place. This is the person we have heading up our Finance Committee. Does that make you feel like our district is in good hands?

It is true, Mr. Oberg, if you want to be reelected, I would immediately remove myself from the company of these idiots who are doing more to disgrace this district than HMO, Phelan-Walts or even Russell could have dreamed of.

After last night, I can now see why Muscato and Hubbard are not seeking reelection, after seeing for myself what they had to deal with. Someone on this blog had the nerve to call them "vile and rude". They are mild by comparison to last night's display... 4/25/2008 9:32 AM

Anonymous said...
Once again, I think Carolyn owes this community an apology. I doubt that will happen as she has never apologized for her outrageous email fiasco.

I cannot understand why these people are in such total denial of the wrongdoing of their precious Stevie I, especially since it is all before them in black and white in the audit. They cannot admit that they have been wrong all along and that CARE has been right. Just the dreaded word "CARE" drives them to drink (literally).

I think it shows a definite lack of intelligence when you have proof before you and still remain so mean-spirited and hateful of those who have told you all along that you are wrong. Admit it and move on. That would be the "civil" thing to do for the board who claim they have "civility." It's all outward appearances with no substance underneath. Sad! 4/25/2008 1:43 PM

Friday, April 25, 2008

Frank Oberg: Next Board Prez?

Anonymous said...
I hate to burst the bubble about Frank Oberg's apparent change of direction, but here is the pin.
It's time to feel sorry for poor Julia VanOrman. Roger Almighty promised her the board presidency next year. It's not going to happen and she has been told so.
A meeting was held Tuesday night after the board meeting between Boily, Hauer and VanOrman. The sugject - the Board presidency for next year. Both Boily and Hauer told Julia she would not get the nod. Julia reminded Roger of his promise, at which time he told her the situation had changed and they were going to support someone else. Drum Roll Please -- That someone else is none other than Frank Oberg. Surprise, Surprise. Not to this writer I suspected it all along.
Julia has served her purpose and was no longer a player. So, only as Roger can, he simply dragged her out to the curb with the rest of his left-overs.
Frank will now become the pull-toy for Boily and Achromovitch until he outlives his usefulness. The presidency is Frank's reward for destroying his HMO partners and the CARE group that got him elected.
Bill Russell could take lessons from Oberg in the fine art of absorbing the Kool-Aid, not only did Frank drink from the cup, he swallowed it also.
You can take this to the bank - it's a done deal.
4/24/2008 11:22 AM

Thursday, April 24, 2008

AUDIT FORUM TONIGHT, 7PM Arcadia MS Cafeteria

SCATS URGES RESIDENTS
TO SHOW UP & SPEAK UP*
AT THE AUDIT FORUM TONIGHT!!

(*Speaker sign-ups taken at 6:30PM)

"The report does not acknowledge all of the
external factors that significantly impacted the Greece Capital Improvement Project."
~~ Steve Walts (Read his full statement - MPNNews)

“We look at doing things differently. This board of education now is much more aware of their responsibilities and much more into (academic and financial) oversight.” ~~ Supt. Achramovitch

“This community asks us questions. They hold us accountable.” ~~ Lou Alaimo

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Prepping Questions For the Audit Forum ...

Suggestions By George Hubbard:

Audit focuses on the CONTROL ENVIRONMENT... for BOE to protect against waste and abuse (no mention of fraud). The audit examined the CONTROL ENVIRONMENT as it pertained to practices for doing business in four topical areas:
1. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (CIP).
2. MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT.
3. COMPENSATION (special situations).
4. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
.

My thinking organizes audit findings into two types:
Type A - Historical: Practices and procedures (or lack thereof) that led to wrongdoing e.g. CIP over budget, lack of BOE approval on post employment benefits, unclaimed Medicaid reimbursements, etc).
Type B – Forward Looking: Practices and procedures that make BOE vulnerable to future wrongdoings.

Posting questions on SCATS... prior to the forum... might give synergy... and minimize duplication... of individual efforts. Seeing questions in advance... may also help BOE prepare.

A/C For Odyssey?

$1.8 Million Budgeted For Supt's "Honey-Do List" Out Of $100 Million In Needed Repairs/Upgrades

MPNNow

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

And The Candidates For School Board Are ...

David Ferington
Phil Hurwitz
Sean McCabe
Christopher Boshnack
Frank Oberg

A Candidate's Forum Is Scheduled ~~ May 7th, 6:30PM, 3rd Floor Apollo School

Monday, April 21, 2008

COMMUNITY MUTE ON AUDIT REPORT ...

WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
HAVE WE BECOME IMMUNE TO "JUST ONE MORE" SCANDAL?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

GCSD To Provide Property Tax Report Card At Tuesday Meeting

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session @ 5:30 pm to discuss the discipline of a particular student & the employment history of a particular person(s).

SPECIAL MEETING @ 6:30PM

AGENDA ITEMS:
Approval of BOCES Administrative Budget
Approval of BOCES Board Candidates (How do they know in advance that they will be "approved?")
Capital Improvement Projects

Saturday, April 19, 2008

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO SATISFY THE COMMUNITY SO WE CAN MOVE ON?

How can we begin to trust again, conduct new business when some of the very same players still work for GCSD?

AUDIT LINK

Walts Denies Wrongdoing Related To Audit Findings

"I steadfastly deny any improprieties and maintain that the improvements resulting from this project will positively serve the students and the community for many years to come." ~~ Steve Walts

"I think it's going to be many years before there will be any level of trust by this community in the school board and the district." Financial updates will be useless "if school board members don't understand what their job is and remain as clueless tomorrow as they are today." ~~ Anne Miller

"As a Board of Education and district administration, we are committed to providing the Greece community with sound financial management, sound financial management practices, professional and ethical conduct and an environment that prides itself on integrity." ~~ Steve Achramovitch

D&C
SCATS ASKS:
WHY IS ACHRAMOVITCH APOLOGIZING IF HE WASN'T RESPONSIBLE?
WHY IS ACHRAMOVITCH SPEAKING FOR THE BOARD OF EDUCATION?
WHERE IS ROGER BOILY, BOARD PRESIDENT?

WHERE IS JULIA VANORMAN, BOARD VP?
WHY ISN'T STEALING $2.5 MILLION FROM TAXPAYERS CONSIDERED "CRIMINAL?"
WILL THERE REALLY BE "DISCUSSION" AT THE FORUM NEXT WEEK? OR WILL THE SUPT. & BOE JUST SIT THERE LIKE STONE STATUES ONCE AGAIN?
WHAT SPECIFICS HAVE CHANGED UNDER ACHRAMOVITCH'S/BOILY'S TERMS?
ARE TOXIC EMAIL, EDITED VIDEOTAPES AND ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE BOARD MEMBERS WHO QUESTION ADMIN'S AUTHORITY & ACTIONS A MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?
HOW CAN I STOP MY HAND FROM PULLING THE "NO" LEVER IN MAY??????

Friday, April 18, 2008

FINAL AUDIT BLASTS FORMER GCSD BOARD of ED

"“School board members are elected to carry out the fiduciary responsibilities of a school district. Former officials at Greece Central School District did a disservice to local taxpayers by failing to monitor a $120 million capital project and the district’s financial activities." ~~ State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Sloppy record-keeping, poor oversight, mismanagement led to a myriad of questionable expenditures including:
$2.5 million cost overrun on capital improvement project
$175,000 in vacation payouts to 19 employees who left Greece
$267,000 spent on music risers, wheelchair lifts that are in storage costing $2,640/year
$51,000 in severance paid to two employees without board approval
$45,000 in retirement incentives paid to two officials who were inelegible
$25,000 in extra sick days paid to one administrator

District missed out on $500,000+ Medicare reimbursements
No Criminal Wrongdoing Found
(Information reported by a variety of print & broadcast media sources)

COMMUNITY FORUM NEXT THURS, 7PM ~~Arcadia Middle School cafeteria, 130 Island Cottage Road

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Brizard Wants Suspended Teachers At Work

"I don't believe in putting people in a job location or a position that is not related to their career. But to send them home, honestly, to go, in my opinion, watch television, is also not fair to taxpayers." ~~ Supt Jean-Claude Brizard

"This kind of proposal would have to retain the presumption of innocence and the dignity of the person. I do believe that changing the location is actually more dignified than sending someone home, and more productive." ~~ Adam Urbanski, pres. of Rochester Teachers Assn

D&C STORY

SCATS admires Brizard's common sense and courage in dealing with city school issues. Could we get him to mentor Achramovitch ...???

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What's A Fair Measure Of "Teacher Effectiveness?"

Anonymous said...
If we use student performance as a measure for teacher tenure, then we will lose all the compassionate teachers who volunteer to work with the kids who struggle most. We all know that the kindest, most caring teachers volunteer to work with the toughest students. If we hold that against them by measuring student performance, we will be left with robots that cover their butts. 4/14/2008 11:26 AM

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Town Board Meeting Tonight @ 6PM

Wiccan Prayer To Open Meeting??

Learn Vocabulary & Help Feed The Hungry

www.freerice.com

Website helps students prep for SAT verbal section and aids world's hungry too

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Should The Policy Be Changed For Sports Eligibility?

What constitutes "satisfactory academic achievement?"

Current Policy ~~
Eligibility for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics
The Greece Central School District strives to offer its students a comprehensive program that enables each to develop into successful, well-rounded individuals. In doing so, it is recognized that the fundamental purpose of any educational program is to focus on maximizing academic achievement. The District also recognizes that Interscholastic Athletics for students provide additional opportunities for growth and success; and, therefore, is a desirable component of the District's overall program. The interscholastic athletic experience should enrich, not detract from or compromise a student athlete's academic achievement. It is the expectation of the Board of Education that parents, administrators, coaches, teachers, and students must share in the responsibility to ensure that each student athlete involved in Interscholastic Athletics work to his/her academic potential.

To ensure that all student athletes work toward achieving their academic potential, the District has established the following eligibility criteria for interscholastic athletic participation:

a) Satisfactory academic achievement as demonstrated by the student athlete working to his/her academic potential;
b) Acceptable attendance and behavior;
c) Written parent or guardian consent;

d) Yearly physical examination by the school or family physician;e) Endorsement by the school principal based upon established rules and regulations and league, Section V and New York State Public High School Athletic Association and State Education Department Regulations.

Teens Trying To Sneak Into Greece Ridge Mall

Curfew On Teens Shows Mixed Results;
Marketplace & Irondequoit Malls Possible Alternatives

WHEC-TV

Friday, April 11, 2008

Is School Physician Scamming State Like Some Attys Have Done?

Anonymous said...
As long as the Attorney General is investigating school district attorneys on the public payroll, I think they should expand their investigation to school district physicians as well. We have one on the public payroll plus we pay her health care benefits PLUS she has her own private pediatric practice. We are getting ripped off left and right. 4/11/2008 5:21 AM

Anonymous said...
Absolutely right on investigating the school physician. Our school physician quit a few years ago in a dispute over her time in the pension program. When she wanted to come back our then interim Superintendent refused, but at the insistence of a couple of our female board members, she was rehired.

She is the school physician for several districts and has a benefit package including health care and retirement from both Greece Central and Rush Henrietta while at the same time, she and her husband have a private practice.

If this is not double dipping I don't know what is. This is the same as the crooked lawyers scamming the state. 4/11/2008 10:56 AM

Familiar Names Fly As Schwab Case Unfolds


Firkins ~~ Questioned About What She Knew And When
Boily ~~ Removed Private Phone Line From Schwab's Office In 1991
Shaun S. Groden (Former Finance Director for Town) ~~ Wrote $5000 Check Used As Evidence
DiRaddo, Auberger ~~ May Be Called To Testify

D&C Story

SCATS Suggests: Auberger's Planned "Spruce Up Greece Day" Should Include Cleaning House On Corrupt Politicians :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

School District Atty's Scamming State For Pensions, Healthcare?

Atty General Probe Subpoenas Over 90 Lawyers From 180 School Districts

“It’s a great scam that has gone on for many, many years.” ~~ Cuomo

D&C

Hubbard, Oberg Stepping Down From BOE

Moscato Hasn't Announced Decision To Run Or Not

"If I thought there was an interest on the rest of the board to move forward in a straightforward, honest way, I would stay." ~~ Hubbard

“It’s not the way we’re operating. There isn’t anyone on there who isn’t willing to give as much information to the public as much as we possibly can.” ~~ Boily

"Overall, I think we're heading in the right direction and I would just like to see us pick up the tempo and get there a little faster. But at the same time I guess I'm sick and tired of the whiners and complainers in this district that can't ever find anything good in what we're trying to do and I just need a break from that.” ~~ Oberg

MPNNews

State Aid For Greece = $84.5 Million

Budget Proposal Included Only $83 Million

"The numbers are consistent with what we budgeted for. There are a couple of areas where the state budget provides us additional money, and we want to verify the accuracy of those funds." ~~ Achramovitch

D&C

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tank Tops, Minis & Short Shorts Will be a No No

Code Of Conduct To Tighten-Up Dress Code, Cell Phones, Bullying Policies

WHEC

SCATS Asks: Should teachers be permitted to use cell phones in classrooms, or should they be required to model the behavior expected from their students?

Required Admin. Salaries Missing From Budget

Q#1: What are the salaries for highly paid school administrators for next year?

1. GCSD website, and April 1st BOE meeting video rebroadcast... shows the SUPERINTENDENT’S BUDGET BOOK 2008-09... as presented to BOE for budget approval... did not include documentation for highly paid administrators for next year.

2. A statement of “ADMINISTRATIVE COMPENSATION INFORMATION 2008-09”... is required by law to be appended to the budget... when copies are made available to the public in May.

Q#2: Did BOE approve the 2008-09 budget... without having a document of record for highly paid administrators?

Q#3: If BOE did not have documented information, why not? Shouldn’t the public expect BOE members, as elected representatives, to know?

Submitted by Geo. Hubbard

AT LAST!! ~~ "EduBabble" Defined :)

Eduspeak said...
Get a BINGO! card and replace the numbers with the "lingo of education". Take it to the next Board of Education or Administration sponsored PTA meeting and play.The first person to shout "Bingo!" wins a "Hallelujah" from an unwitting WGMC deejay. Need help with the words? Click above.
4/09/2008 6:10 AM

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Just Two Community Meetings On Budget Planned

The PTA/Community meetings will be:

7 p.m. April 10 in the large cafeteria at Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane
7 p.m. April 24 at the Arcadia Middle School cafeteria, 130 Island Cottage Road

Does a zero percent tax rate increase boost their confidence that the budget will pass without needing to be "sold?"

Sunday, April 06, 2008

GCSD Still Raising Next Year's Spending Despite Underspending Current Budget Amount

Budgeted spending for this year ~~ $187.7 million
Actual spending this year ~~ $180 million
Next year's budget increase ~~ $14.1 million more (than current budget actual spending)
Next year's budget ~~ $194.1 million

"I do live in this community and pay taxes, too." ~~ VanOrman
"I think this is a budget that addresses our educational needs, allows for us to continue to improve and is very responsible to taxpayers. I encourage people who have questions to come out and ask them, and I encourage people to get out and vote." ~~ Achramovitch

D&C STORY

SCATS asks Supt. ~~ Exactly WHAT did we begin to improve??

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Robach's Loyalty To Local Schools Questioned

Anonymous said...
It's all about the money. I got a mailer about Robach, and how he voted for big tax increases for the schools in Long Island, who won't be losing their sports programs.

"Joe, fully aware and strangely silent about Maggie Brooks unFAIR plan, voted to give money to Long Island schools. Apparently, it involved Senate Bill B4655 dated March 13, 2008 - Fiscal Stabilization Grants (Shoreham Wading River Central School District +$1.2 million)

So, education is important. A portion of a budget bill was diverted to Long Island schools specifically. Robach sends out his own mailer blaming the governor. There is lots of back and forth between a Senate Budget which was less than the Governor’s ask. Now like magic, they all agree.

The question is, what has Joe really done for his district in terms of school funding?

"Moreso - why - when Maggie Brooks was the ONLY County Executive in NYS to intercept and cause such collateral damage to schools here, did Robach NOT VOTE to bring some "Fiscal Stablization Grants" home?

The mailer is right...Joe Robach needs to know our children's education is more important than his Republican friends! - even in his own hometown... 4/04/2008 4:34 PM


Charlie Hubbard said...
Yet another misguided soul who believes the key to better education is ------------- more spending forget accountability just ---------- MORE SPENDING 4/04/2008 5:25 PM


Anonymous said...
Not talking about your side of the coin Hubbard. That tax money that went to Long Island was yours too. But the County Executive in Long Island didn't intercept the schools and expect the taxpayers to pick up the tab now, did they?

So why didn't Robach grow a set?

You've got your job to do - and he has his.

I know you've grown yours. You've been trying to bring accountability - but its OUR money - and we have every right to be pissed that he voted to give relief to freakin' Long Island! 4/04/2008 10:51 PM

Friday, April 04, 2008

RCSD Hires Robt. Smith, Former GCSD Labor Lawyer

Resigns From Greece Before Contract Settled
"He didn't have the authority to bring a deal to the table." ~~ DonPallozzi, GTA Pres.

D&C STORY

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Food For Thought & Comic Relief (From one of those email that makes the round)

SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007
Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007 - BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

BOE Lacks Sense of Humor

"One of the reasons why we don’t get along on the board is because we don’t interact with each other to have a laugh now and then.” ~~ Moscato

“Hallelujah!” ~~ WGMC Deejay at end of Tuesday's BOE meeting

MPNNow

Since Mediation Hasn't Resolved Anything, SCATS Suggests The District Call In Dr. Phil For An Intervention ;-)

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

One HUGE Step Backwards For GCSD Student Athletes?

Anonymous said...
I understand a policy was supposed to given a fisrt reading last night at the meeting but was not because of time contraints. This specific policy deals with academic requirements in order for students to be involved in extra-curricular activities. I was told that it has been recommended by Achramovitch that the board should approve a new policy which would allow students to participate in extra-curricular activities even if they are FAILING two core subjects. Two "F's" and they can still play. If this is true it is shameful. Our graduation rates are already in the toilet and parents years ago worked hard to change the policy that administration wants to go back to. This is criminal. All students should have a "C" average in ALL subjects or they should not be participating in sports or othe activities. 4/02/2008 6:51 PM

Mr. Hubbard, where are you on this issue? YOU fought for the "C Average Policy" when Raymond Page was Supt. REMEMBER??

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

BOE Adopts Budget By Vote Of 7 To 2

Hubbard Announces
He Won't Seek Re-election
Oberg Requested By Boily To Remain On Transportation Committee "If only as a citizen."
Moscato~~ Claims Boily's Mishandling Of Draft Audit Report Cost GCSD $10,000 In Legal Fees In Feb.

BOE Clockwatchers Rubber Stamp Last Few Agenda Items To Adjourn At 10:30PM
Unfinished Business Pushed Into Next Month

WHERE THE HECK IS THE FINAL AUDIT REPORT??

It's been two months since the draft audit report was leaked!

APRIL FOOL'S ON THE
TAXPAYERS OF GREECE!!

A Disturbing Tale ... Did It Really Happen?

Anonymous said...
I would like to take an opportunity to ask any Teacher or student at Apollo Middle School to come forth with any information about a recent incident in a Science class.

My daughter tells me that many students on her team are abuzz with talk about a Science Teacher (BC) that apparently brought a live mouse in to his classroom and had the students observe him feeding this creature to his snake.

Apparently the snake could not swallow the mouse whole, and after having about 3/4's of it in his throat, the snake spit the mouse back out (still alive).

If that is not upsetting enough, the teacher than took a student with him into a back room, cut the live mouse in half, brought the 2 pieces of mouse out and then fed it to the snake, one piece at a time. The class was well aware what was done in the smaller room.

I am outraged, but since my daughter has only heard this second hand, I did not feel I could call this in and speak to a principal. My hope is that someone that reads this blog will have information, or might ask their children if they have any information on this matter. Please help SCATS!
3/31/2008 6:26 PM