Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Eenie, meenie, minie, moe ...

... How Many Teachers Do I Let Go ...?"

*Supt. Tells Principals How Many Teachers Their Building Must Cut For Next Year!

*Staff Will Select The Specific Teachers To Be Let Go!

SCATS: Steve A. Chooses To Enlarge Class Size Over Tackling School Structure/Bussing Issue! UNBELIEVABLE!! Has he read the Teachers' Contract yet??

(*From confidential sources)

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

In The new teamster Greece contract tax payers will fund the salery of a Teamster business official, a current employee?
How many job cuts will that cause?

Anonymous said...

Greece Central Teamsters already pay 1/4 million annually to the "Teamsters" in dues. Now we pay for there business official. Who agreed to that?

Anonymous said...

Teamster and Greece in the same sentence? Interesting.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that the superintendent has told principals that class sizes will follow certain guidelines. Based on those guidelines, they should be able to figure out how many teachers they will need. We do want NEED-based decisions rather than excess because we want costs down. Right?

Anonymous said...

We are paying union reps now?

Anonymous said...

We are paying for a teamster official on our payroll and my kids class may get bigger?
Please don't tell me this is true and if this is someones idea of a joke I do not find the humor.

Anonymous said...

I suspect that Steve will make the BOE decide what's in and what's out of the budget. IF they decide to ax teachers, it won't be his fault! He's just laying the groundwork for that option to happen.

Anonymous said...

This whole process will continue to erode the reputation the district has with potential teachers and throughout the region.

Anonymous said...

5:05 You don't think it impacts parents? Just wait until they hear the "choice" that gets made! So many lose the lottery, then they get to lose on class size too. I think there will be hell to pay!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Does this mean we get rid of the $1.3M staff development guy who is Steve's buddy?

Anonymous said...

Principals can make the assignments based on class size guidelines and program requirements figured with the size of the student population. But the exact staff member that will be let go or re-assigned has to follow the union contract and seniority trumps all along with area of certification. This has been done before and it will happen again.

Anonymous said...

I hope all the staff that are let go, plus all that remain (with increased class sizes) remember who they supported during BOE election(s) over the years, as it's about to bite them. Their union would have never come forward to support folks like HMO, and now they get what they deserve. The sceptics always wanted to point out that people like HMO, CARE and some others ONLY cared about the ALL MIGHTY DOLLAR, and that may be true in some respects. But along with that, area residents also got stand up people that made decisions based on what they honestly felt was good for the community as a whole (regardless of what the head office wanted). Now perhaps you'll understand that RESPONSIBLE SPENDING was the goal. Instead, you've got puppets. Unfortunately, you're about to discover that you don't pull their strings. Our own Superintendent has (behind closed doors, of course) admitted that there is no quantitative benefit to our open enrollment/signature/lottery schools. And yet he's about to tell his puppets to support keeping this system in place, rather than maintaining or even lowering our present class sizes. Diesel fuel vs. a more personalized, quality education... I have to ask, just how does one man control the strings of eight puppets?

Anonymous said...

I thought the superintendent said that everything was on the table for cuts. What makes you think that it will be only class size? Some people on this blog are very literal and narrow minded.

Anonymous said...

whine whine whine..that's all the teachers do. The teaching staff has not been hit by a layoff in many, many years, but because their spoiled rear ends can't come up with a responsible contract, the district is forced to pay out the huge salaries and benefits, thus making their cost the HIGHEST in the district. You all want a 0 tax hike, but complain when the super makes steps to ensure that...you people blow my mind! And PS...don't act like this is breaking news. Cuts were announced a long time ago in early budget hearings.

SCATS said...

To 10:41PM ~~ There is a big difference between saying cuts are POTENTIAL and cuts are planned. There is also a huge difference to parents between enlarging class sizes and keeping school structure the same, especially given that EVERYTHING was supposed to be on the table.

Anonymous said...

Everything is on the table SCATS...the super sent a note to staff last week saying just that. I suggest getting your facts straight before you assume you know everything.

Anonymous said...

for 10:18 + 6:21

Signature schools and open enrollment have been on the table over 2 years, the result?
When diesel fuel climbed to over $4 a gallon, any leadership from the 3rd floor about a reduction in miles?
Schools of choice had a purpose and that purpose has long passed, any leadership from the 3rd floor?

Now we have a money problem that even the blind knew was coming and what do we see from the 3rd floor?
Show us what to do.

The con game of the board and sup. continues.

Anonymous said...

By the way what is the purpose of schools of choice?

SCATS said...

To 6:21AM ~~ You're right. I stand "corrected." School structure is on the table ... if just for show ;)

Like they say, talk is cheap. Unfortunately, Stevie II is quite costly to taxpayers. I'll believe that everything "is on the table" when I see some ACTION that shows there's something meaningful behind the words.

Anonymous said...

where's the union? still silent? no outrage? what good are they?

Anonymous said...

The union is great for taking monthly dues and then telling their members to hush up. Too bad they listen out of fear.

Anonymous said...

10:18 I'm not sure if your the most gullible person or the most sarcastic person I've come across on this blog. Hopefully it's the later.

Anonymous said...

Our school taxes pay for travel to seminars and conferences,half empty school buses,schools of choice instead of neighborhood schools,less teachers and larger class sizes, and no cuts to the 3rd floor. Sounds about right for Greece Central and the BOE. Is student learning the goal still?

Anonymous said...

I hope your wrong 4:21 because that would mean there are alot of WIMP union members.

Anonymous said...

The 3rd floor always cuts a position or two, unfortunately they just cut the position and create a new one on the sly, of course.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering what you would like the union to do exactly. The teachers contract has a student-teacher ratio in it and as long as the district doesn't violate it, there is nothing they can do. If parents do not want larger classes then they need to show up at tomorrows board meeting and fill up the unused open forum. Tell the board you don't want larger classes.

As for the question on schools of choice is they at one time were part of the answer to the constant redistricting. An answer here is to make more of our elementary schools k-5. That way, no one is on the wait list and if pick schools in different parts of town, we can at least cut down the bus distances. As for Odyssey, close it. Send the kids to the other schools, there is room. If space gets tight, use it as a middle school and get Athena Middle off the 3rd floor, allowing for more high schoolers.

Cut the assistant principals at each elementary school - what do they do????

I could go on and on. But it is of no use unless the parents show up at some board meetings. Voting the budget down won't do it because they'll just do what they want with a contingency budget.

Anonymous said...

I would like the union to take a stand that is REALLY and TRULY "for the kids." NOTHING PREVENTS THEM from pointing out needed changes that aren't in the contract.

Don't worry. I won't hold my breath!

Anonymous said...

for 5:33
My question was and is;
What is the purpose of the schools of choice.
You are offering solutions to a "problem" when what should be done if making "them" defend the need.

Joe Moscato said...

Just a quick update on the Steve Walts agenda item. I don't know why Julia keeps putting this on the agenda as they are no closer to making a decision than they were last May.

I can tell you this, I will not be at the meeting tomorrow as there is no public forum. I can also tell you this. I did not meet with the board last month as planned. The reason, I learned that an investigative agency has launched an official investigation into Walts' and two others as a result of the forensic audit. It was advisable that I not talk to the board as I was told that I would be deposed by this agency relative to the information I gained after I left the board about Walts and company. Things have a mysterious way of leaking out of executive sessions.

Tonight's news about cutting teachers is more proof that some current members of this board who hired this stiff who calls himself a superintendent made a terrible mistake. It's time to get rid of this imposter and give him his pink slip. If this board had any backbone they would buy out the rest of his contract and begin a search for a real leader and decision maker.

Cutting teaching staff and continuing the outrageous expensiver cost of busing for open enrollment, signature schools, schools of choice, secondary options, etc. is beyond belief. He is less than truthful when he says there are no other options. He simply hasn't the guts or is too lazy or both to make the tough unpopular choices, hurting our kids education instead. It's time to jetison this mistake by the lake and send him the way of the Titanic.

Anonymous said...

The union is for it's members, not the kids. The kids have other groups for them, ie. PTA and such. This is what they will tell you. They take care of their members, period. That is their job. And, seems to me, they never take a stand. WIMP is right! Has the union always been like this? Or perhaps were other union presidents more outspoken?