Friday, October 31, 2008

A New Black Eye Over An Old One For Robach?


RochesterTurning.com ~~
"Supermarket Tabloid"
FOILs Robach's
Close Encounters
With Deputy's Wife

THE WHOLE STORY ~~ “Hey, Mrs. Robach. Can you please pick up your husband at this address? You see, I just caught him (expletive) my wife, and he’s now standing on my porch stark naked with two black eyes. Might want to get him out of that situation before I have to arrest him for indecency. Oh, you’re welcome. See you soon.”

SCATS ~~ Is there anyone who hasn't already heard about this rendezvous? No wonder Joe avoids public questions!

If You Aren't Part of the Solution ...


... Then You're Probably Part Of the Problem
Joe Robach Hasn't Pushed GCSD To Resolve Its Many Problems

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got
We already know what having Joe Robach serve another term in NY State Senate means for Greece and its schools

It's time for change ...

SCATS ENDORSES
*** RICK DOLLINGER ***


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

PWCS Citizens Petition & Rally To Eliminate Math Investigations

From my email & attached fliers:

PETITION Gathers 1300+ Signatures

www.pwcTeachMathRight.com

RALLY PLANNED
TUESDAY, NOV 4TH
EDUCATION RALLY & PETITION SIGNING MCCOART COMPLEX (PW PARKWAY)
2PM - 7PM


What do you think about the controversial
TERC Investigations Math Program?
Bring signs to voice your concerns and join to help to raise awareness and improve Prince William County Public Schools!
Encourage everyone to stop by and sign our petition.


SCATS: IMAGINE IF GREECE RESIDENTS (we are 95,000 strong!) JOINED TOGETHER TO FORCE CHANGE ...

WHERE IS GCSD's SET OF BLUEPRINTS FROM CIP?

THE BOE SHOULD TRY 'FOIL'ing THEM THROUGH THEIR OWN CLERK ;)
(The idea was suggested by several people!)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thomas Assoc. Delays Giving Promised A-PAC Answers

BOE Votes In Favor Of Obtaining "Cause Order"

Wants To Force Contractor To Turn Over Structural Design Files So Remediation Work Can Proceed If Needed

BOE Also Votes To Pay Dr. Paul Carr Up To $135,000 For Forensic Work ~~ Will Try to Recover Through Litigation

A-PAC Monitoring To Continue

To Enlist Aid of Fire Depts. To Monitor Winds

Media Coverage ~~
D&C
13WHAM
News8

SCATS ASKS: Why don't they use the WeatherBug Station at Parkland Elementary School?
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This BOE meeting began about 30 minutes late. They are well on their way to spending 90 minutes or more on a discussion of "Literacy." By wasting meeting time on nothing of relevence to BOE work, they will either rush through the discussion of board & supt. goals, or delay that work until another time. No wonder we're lagging behind!

To Audit? Or Not To Audit? THAT Is The Question ...

Greece BOE To Consider Additional $15,000 Audit On CIP Tonight

EFP Wants Extra Work ~ Already Doing $35,000 Study

A-PAC Status NOT On Agenda, Despite Supt's Promise Last Week

D&C ARTICLE

SCATS' SUGGESTION TO BOE ~~ Spend the necessary $150,000 (approx.) to do a COMPLETE AUDIT of everything from 1998 to present. At this rate, you might end up spending that much without getting a full result. Is CYA your only "goal!" Or does regaining community trust matter?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

BOE Meeting Tues. 6:30PM

Exec. Session ~~ 5:30 pm to discuss potential litigation

AGENDA TOPICS
Literacy Initiative - Mr. John O'Flahavan

(After the Supt. spent so much on this, you'd think Greece would at least be mentioned in today's D&C STORY about gender and literacy!)

BOCES Special Election

Second Board Meeting of the Month - New Format

Setting of Board Goals
(Doug Skeet will be a happy man! :)

Setting of Superintendent's Goals
(Are these retroactive to his raise?)

Continued Engagement of EFP
(WHO got engaged?!)

Friday, October 24, 2008

From "Top" of the Heap to "Bottom" of the Barrel?

WHEC TV & The Rochester Business Journal report that Steve A. is the THIRD most highly paid public official in all of Monroe County with a salary of $203, 380. (Of course, that was PRIOR to his most recent raise!) We can "BE PROUD" since we're nearly tops in something, right?

At the other end of the spectrum, GCSD's Annual Report lists this as the district's top point of pride : "Athena Middle School was removed from the New York State Education Department's list of schools requiring academic progress."

SCATS ASKS: To me, this point of "pride" is akin to a prisoner getting off probation! It's something I can't imagine that we're all that "proud" about! I wonder ... Is there any correlation between our Supt's salary that places him at the top of the heap in the county and our school performance which is near the bottom of the barrel in the county?

Robach vs. Dollinger~~ Democrat vs Democrat

SCATS: As the D&C article notes in the quote below, this race for the 56th District is really about an incumbent Democrat (Robach turned Republican, but did he really change?) who is being challenged by the same Democrat (Dollinger) that previously held the seat.
This begs the question: Was it the way to go, Joe?

"The former Democratic member of the state Assembly flipped parties in 2002 to run for the seat Dollinger once held."

Forensic Engineering Report Nears Completion

Just Two Residents Attend GCSD Forum To Get "The Real Truth"

"Our goal is to be reimbursed by these contractors for any overpayments by the district and for any incomplete or substandard work." ~~ Supt. Achramovitch

D&C Story

SCATS: Apparently, district residents know better than to waste an evening with Steve II ... and that's "the truth"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

DOLLINGER BLASTS ROBACH OVER CHRISTA CAMPAIGN FUNDS


Says opponent and Rep. party should return Christa Construction's campaign contributions

“Christa Construction appears to have violated their contractual agreements by not adequately completing inspections as mandated, and also may have violated State Finance Law, which states that expenditures may not exceed what has been authorized by voters by so much as a single penny." ~~ Rick Dollinger at press conference last Thursday at Longridge Elementary School

MPNNow

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GCSD Holding Open Forum
6:30PM Tonight
Olympia HS Library

Voter Fraud?

It is encouraging to see the concern with voter fraud as a threat to our democracy. Those who have not followed the rules should not be allowed to vote, as I am sure most would agree, but shouldn't our votes be counted?

Contrast this to how school budget votes are done. How do we allow elected officials to cancel our vote?

Currently, the people are asked to approve a spending amount — if the voters say no, a school board is allowed by state law to nullify the people's vote (increase spending plus taxes) via contingency budget.

The No. 1 reason people don't vote on school budgets? Their vote doesn't matter.
I would suggest this is voter fraud sanctioned by the state of New York and practiced by those educating our youths.

CHARLIE HUBBARD (D&C Editorial)

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SCATS Asks: Has GCSD canceled the forum planned at Olympia HS for Thursday evening? (The schedule for the Town Hall events has disappeared from the district's website!) I was all excited about getting to hear "the real truth!"

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Candidates Continue Bashing Each Other At CARE Forum

"Even though my opponent has chosen to run a very negative and untruthful campaign, people know my record is out there work, my work is out there." Rep. State Senator, Joe Robach

"I'm not sure what he's talking about. I can't understand why public officials, when you ask them about their record, they immediately say 'oh you're negative campaigning.' " ~~ Dem. Challenger, Rick Dollinger

"It's the school board's responsibility to do the things they're talking about doing." BOE VP, Patrick Tydings

STORY

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday Humor ...

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble and their parents knew that, if any mischief occurred in their town, their sons were probably involved.

They boys' mother heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The clergyman agreed, but asked to see them individually. So the mother sent her 8-year-old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the clergyman in the afternoon.

The clergyman, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?"

The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there with his mouth hanging open, wide-eyed. So the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God!!?" Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD!?"

The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, "What happened?" The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing - and they think WE did it!"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dollinger & Robach Accept CARE Invitation, Do TV Debate

Beverly Strehle said...
C.A.R.E. is pleased that Senator Robach and Candidate Dollinger have accepted our invitation to participate in our public forum (including educational issues, property taxes, and school spending) this Monday at 7pm at the Church of St. John the Evangelist Parish Hall. Everyone is welcome. Thank you.

10/18/2008 10:08 AM

If you missed it ...
DOLLINGER & ROBACH TV DEBATE

The Northgate Neighbors are hosting a
Meet the Candidates Night
on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 7:30 P.M. It will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Parish Center, 36 Armstrong Road. Candidates running for local, state and national office have been invited to attend the event.


Friday, October 17, 2008

CARE Invites Robach, Dollinger, Garretson & Reilich To Forum


Will Joe Robach Continue
Hiding From The Opposition?

Find Out Monday Night!

CARE & Greece CIA Are Having An Open Forum
7PM Monday, October 20th
St. John's the Evangelist Parish Hall,
2400 Ridge Road West.
(Entrance to the church is from Duxbury and Hiett roads)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

BOE Prez Befuddled By "Audit" Findings


"When you hire somebody to do a job, you expect it to be done correctly and accurately and to get what you pay for ... I still can't wrap my head around some of the things that happened or didn't happen or the lack of oversight. It seems like every day more things come to light." ~~ Julia VanOrman, BOE Prez

STORY

SCATS: Methinks she's finally catching on! Imagine what could be uncovered with a bonafide audit ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Board Meeting Highlights

(UPDATED ITEMS IN RED)

"THIS IS THE OCTOBER BOE MEETING. THE FOURTH MONTH OF THIS BOARD’S TERM, ONE THIRD OF THE TERM IS OVER AND THERE ARE NO APPROVED BOE GOALS. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING OR WHEN WILL YOU GET THERE WITHOUT APPROVED GOALS?" ~~ Doug Skeet (Great question, Doug!)

Dr. Paul Carr ~~ Recommends Keeping An Eye On The Weather Related To A-PAC Safety

Loewke & Brill Report ~~ District Contracted For $56,000 But Paid $224,000 (That's 4 Times More!)

Forensic Audit Update ~~ 34 Contractors Were Over Paid Related To Change Order Requests; They Received 15% Extra, But Were Entitled To 7.5% (STORY)

9PM ~~ BOE Abruptly Recessed To Another Exec. Session Regarding Litigation (What's up with this coming in the MIDDLE of a BOE meeting? It's not mentioned on the agenda.)

10:22PM ~~ Meeting Reconvened

Transportation Committee Report ~~ Over 2000 busstops were eliminated for the current school year!

Despite the recommendation of the Communications Committee, with a vote of 4 to 5, they defeated a motion to hire a district webmaster/graphics designer

11:20 PM ~~ Meeting Adjourned

Angry Teens & Alternative Schools ...


ARE "ANGRY" GREECE STUDENTS REFERRED FOR MANDATORY ATTENDENCE?

An anger management program for high school students begins Oct. 28 at the Community & Senior Center, 3 Vince Tofany Blvd.
The program will meet Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. through Jan. 13. Cost is $15/person. Registration is limited to eight participants and began Oct. 1.
A mandatory parent/student orientation session will be held from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
The program is for Greece residents only. For details call (585) 723-2425.
(D&C STORY)

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DO GREECE'S ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FEEL "ISOLATED, OSTRACIZED AND UNCOMFORTABLE" HAVING CLASSES AT THE MALL? ARE WE WASTING MONEY HOUSING IT THERE?

"It's definitely more cost effective to run an alternative high school in your own building ... and more schools are going that route." ~~ Charles DiPasquale, president elect of the NY State Alternative Education Assn

STORY

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Our BOE Is All Caught Up!!

YIPEE!!!! Tuesday Meeting Has No "OLD BUSINESS" To be Done!

Exec. Session ~~ 5:30 pm to discuss pending litigation & contract negations (You read that correctly. Board Docs says "negations!" Freudian slip maybe?)

Regular Meeting, 6:30 pm

Supt's Reports
Dr. Paul Carr Update - Building Remediation Work

Forensic Audit Update
Loweke & Brill Contract Audit Update
EXCEL Project Update
Summer School Report - Elementary & Secondary
Report of Official School Opening Enrollment
Town Hall Meeting Update (That Steve is such a Maverick!!)
Parent Participation as Chaperons on Student Trips (They keep misspelling "chaperones!")

Board Reports
Finance Committee

Transportation Committee
Audit Committee
Whistle Blower Policy Update
Second Board Meeting of the Month - Change in Format
NYSSBA Annual Conference Resolutions

Financial Oversight
Salary Increase for Exempt Staff
Finance - Treasurer's Report & Budget and Revenue Status Reports
Resource Report
SEQRA Determination 2008-09 Reconstruction Project

Policy
First Read Policy 1332 Appointment & Duties of School District Treasurer
First Read Policy 1335 Appointment and Duties of the Internal Claims Auditor First Read Policy 5230 Acceptance of Gifts, Grants, and Bequests to the School District
First Read Policy 5150 Contingency Budget
First Read Policy 5410 Principles of Purchasing
First Read Policy 5420 Competitive Bids & Quotations
First Read Policy 5610 Insurance
First Read Policy 5623 Instrument/Equipment Inventory
First Read Policy 5670 Records Management
First Read Policy 5320 Expenditures of School District Funds
First Read Policy 5530 Petty Cash Funds
Second Read Policy 3211 Sex Offender (That's the entire title of this? Just "Sex Offender?")
Second Read Policy XXXX Professional Services, Consultants & Contractors(Quadruple "X" rated! AND Right After "SEX OFFENDER!")

Friday, October 10, 2008

Anonymous Employee (Whistle Blower) Hotline


GCSD's Employee Ethics Line
877-841-GCSD
877-841-4273

www.securityvoice.com/reports

Dollinger Demands Robach & GOP Return Christa Contributions

GOP Given $74,000, Robach $1850 By Christa Who Botched GCSD Construction Projects

"The message, it seems to me, is very clear. Senate Republicans and Joe Robach need to give back this ill-gotten taxpayer money to the town of Greece and the taxpayers in this community." ~~ Dollinger, Dem.

D&C STORY

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Greece Police Investigating School Thefts

UPDATE ~~
Someone climbed on the roof and stole the letters S, L, O, and P from a sign at Paddy Hill Elementary School on Sept. 26.

D&C

Police are investigating the theft of a number of items from the football field concession stand at Athena High School, 800 Long Pond Road. Missing after the Sept. 27 theft were packages of candy, chips and beverages.

Police are investigating the Sept. 8 theft of computer equipment from two classrooms at Olympia High School on Maiden Lane.

MPNNow

SCATS: How many items are stolen from district facilities annually? Are these crimes ever solved?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

CARE & CIA Press Conference On TV

Channel 12 will broadcast the entire press conference held Monday by Greece Citizens In Action and C.A.R.E. regarding the request for an investigation by the State Attorney General.

The program will air tonight (Wednesday) at 9:00 and tomorrow night (Thursday) at 8:00.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Obama vs. McCain

WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE?
TRY THIS QUIZ
SEE WHO YOU AGREE WITH
ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES.
THE RESULTS MIGHT SURPRISE YOU ;)

CARE & CIA Approach AG Regarding GCSD :)

"We asked the school board to take this one step further and go to the attorney general. That has not happened. So we decided we would put the documentation together and approach them ourselves." ~~ CARE President Bev Strehle

"She (Asst. AG) says the process is long, it is involved, but because of the way we have everything formally done and so well organized that we would probably be successful in getting something done sooner than later. What we need to deal with is why did these things happen, who was responsible for it and we need to hold somebody accountable." ~~ Joe Moscato, CIA

RNews

Monday, October 06, 2008

MOSCATO & STREHLE ON RNEWS TONIGHT!!

Joe Moscato said...
I'm sorry this is not on topic, but tonight "R" News, Channel 9, will broadcast a press conference held today by Bev Strehle and me. We outlined the results of our meeting last week with the New York State Attorney General's office following a four month investigation conducted by me concerning the comptroller's audit.

We were well received and are hopeful that our extensive documentation will result in an investigation by the Attorney General into what went wrong and who was responsible for the abuse and waste of tax dollars. It will be boadcast on Cable 12 later this week in its entirety. 10/06/2008 3:49 PM

CARE PLANS PUBLIC MEETING
OCT. 20th AT 2400 RIDGE RD. WEST

Understanding Wall Street ...

From An Email :

If you have difficulty understanding the current world financial situation, the following should help...

Once upon a time in a village in India, a man announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10. The villagers seeing there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10, but, as the supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their efforts.

The man further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms.

The offer rate was increased to $25 and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now act as buyer, on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when he returns from the city, you can sell them back to him for $50."

The villagers squeezed together their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man or his assistant again, only monkeys everywhere!

Welcome to WALL STREET.

Monroe County Sales Tax Revenues Up 6.4% So Far In '08

Growth Will Likely Slow As Economy Dips

STORY

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Walking School Bus ... An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Rising Fuel Costs, Economic Troubles Cause Schools To Find Alternate Means Of Getting Children To Classes

The Walking School Bus

2% Tax Rate Increase Planned In Auberger's "No Frills" Budget

$51 million plan to raise tax rates from $6.38/$1,000 of assessed value to $6.53/$1,000

D&C STORY

Saturday, October 04, 2008

BLOG Power!!

D&C Blogger's Complaint About Crime In 14616 Area Brings Media/Police Response

" A couple weeks ago there was a robbery at the Dollar General Store located on Dewey Avenue. Yet, there was no news of this reported in any media outlet. Why is this? I myself believe that there are alot of crimes taking place in the 14616 area that the Greece Police Department does not want you to be aware of." ~~ Rebecca Jaffarian, D&C BLOGGER (10/01/08)

Jaffarian Shows Ch10 Reporter Dozens Of Empty Bags Left On Ground By Drug Dealers

“We moved guys working from 7:30 at night till 3:30 in the morning to specifically address some of the complaints we got from residents in the Dewey Stone area.” ~~ Lt. Wise, GPD

Friday, October 03, 2008

Denying The Denial ...

Supt's Call "wasn't a message about a lawsuit. It was a communication to reassure people that there was not a breach of security with their personal information and that student grades had been verified. We had a number of inquiries about that and we wanted to clear up any misunderstanding. It is common practice for us to use our phone messaging system to deliver messages to families and employees for everything from school activities to emergency situations." ~~ Don Nadolinski (email)

D&C STORY

<< ==== NEW POLL

The Superintendent's Phone Message:
"Good evening, this is Superintendent Steven Achramovitch calling to clear up some misinformation recently reported in the media regarding a former employee alleging that district leaders did not follow up on reports that student grades were inaccurately captured. That was not the case. As soon as the accuracy of this data was questioned, school principals were asked to analyze all student grades and any discrepancies were corrected.There was also an allegation that a district server containing confidential information was breached. Let me assure you there was no such breach. Any information you have shared with Greece Central Schools is secure. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions regarding this matter. Thank you."

SCATS: Yesterday, it was Steve doing some CYA. Today, it's smoke & mirrors to blur the CYA. To us, it sure sounds like that phone message was about that lawsuit ;)

Thursday, October 02, 2008

CYA Is Alive & Well In GCSD ...

Superintendent Addresses Recent Allegations

"Superintendent Steve Achramovitch recently sent a phone message to all parents and employees in order to clear up some misinformation regarding a former employee who had alleged that district leaders did not follow up on reports that student grades were inaccurately captured. That was not the case. As soon as the accuracy of this data was questioned, school principals were asked to analyze all student grades and any discrepancies were corrected. There was also an allegation that a district server containing confidential information was breached. There was no such breach. Any information families and employees have shared with Greece Central is secure." GCSD Website

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

When Will They Ever Learn? Lessons Of Audit Lost Already?

Hubbard ~~ BOE Ignored
Policy 6431* When Supt's
Contract Adopted

Charlie Hubbard said...
This item should have major concerns to every taxpayer in Greece. I e-mailed the board pres. + vice pres. yesterday with no response.


On 3-25-08 the board approved policy 6431 by a 7-0 vote.

Simply put the board should have had PRIOR to voting the cost 'changes' for each 'part' of the super's contract.

Obviously they did not have this or there would be 'no doubt' as to what in this case the medical costs 'were' and are 'going to be'

This policy specificly states the board is to have the costs of each item in the contract BEFORE voting.

Salary costs 'are' - 'will be'
Cost of retirement will increase by?
Cost of dental will be? ect.

The policy was put in place for several reasons - example - The Walts lifetime medical in all likelyhood would not have happened had this policy been in place and followed.

My biggest concern is if policies are NOT followed - where are we going????

The bottom line here is the budget must increase to pay for contracts, these contracts represent approx. 75% of the budget. Therefore it is the 'board' who is responsible for budget increases so it is 'imperative' the board do it right. In this case the board did NOT follow thier own policy - this contract should NOT been voted on. The FIRST contract approved by the board since passing this policy and they don't follow it????

The taxpayers of Greece should be VERY concerned. 10/01/2008 12:15 PM


Anonymous said...
"Policy says costs MUST be presented befor any vote on a contract. Does that mean the contract is invalid? Does it mean the board and the administration broke any laws? Can they rectify it now? 10/01/2008 1:29 PM


* Policy 6431~~ "The District shall prepare an estimated cost for each portion of any new employment contract or addendum to the extent feasible. The estimated costs will include the anticipated amount needed for each year of the new contract or addendum. This cost estimate shall be attached to all new contracts or addendums and shall be available to the public. It will be the responsibility of the Superintendent and the Human Resources Department to have these figures available, if possible, ten days prior to any Board discussion of contracts and/or addendums.

The Board will discuss and report the projected costs of such contracts in open session and the projected costs will be recorded in the official meeting minutes.

The Superintendent, the Executive Director of Human Resources and Support Services and the Board Officers, will be responsible for coordinating these tasks.The Superintendent and Board of Education Officers will review this policy every three years."