Tuesday, May 12, 2009

BOE Blasted For Failure To Diversify Workforce, Not Embracing Diversity

Complaints Heard About:
* Lack Of Action Against Those Who Bully Gay Students
* Youth Services Directory
* Lack of Diversity Among Teaching Staff
* Lack of Diversity In Lottery Schools

"We really love when the community comes out to speak to us." ~~ BOE Prez. VanOrman

SCATS ~~ And we really love when you start a BOE meeting with a bedtime story. It sets the mood for what's to come after ... (snoring ...) Did anyone take root in their seat?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Julia really used the "Bloom where your planted" line? That's a total rip off of a Joel Olsteen episode. Good grief!

Anonymous said...

Indeed she did. This meeting was crazy!

Anonymous said...

She needs to be replanted in the land of little minds, happy hands, and hearts. once again. How embarrassing!

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that there is lack of attention to "all" students that are bullied.

It was just a few months ago that our own BOE was bullied by the hockey group. Why should we expect that bullies in school would be dealt with when our own heads of the distrct fell "prey" to the same tactics.

And the "bloom where you are planted", In what context was that used? Thx

Anonymous said...

Bullying is Greece (in addition to the school board) is very common.

It's been part of the school culture for a long time for lots of different types of students.

SCATS said...

To 9:19AM ~~ I tend to agree. Bullying is getting tougher to deal with since the messages can be sent via so many different means. I know there's a tendency for the adults to keep their heads in the sand instead of dealing with the perpetrators.

I'm not sure that the BOE was bullied so much as I tend to think the Clown Posse majority on the BOE bullied the Supt to change the outcome. It's obvious from how Steve responded afterwards that his mind never changed at all. I'm still waiting to hear the revised policies that were so open to interpretation.

And the context about blooming where you're planted came with Julia's remarks following her reading the story titled: "The Daffodil Principle."

I'm ASHAMED TO KNOW that people who wanted to address the BOE last evening were told they couldn't even sign up because we already had 6 speakers and since they weren't residents there would be no time. Not only did one of the speakers not show up, thereby making time, Julia wasted time someone else could have used to address the Boe!

Anonymous said...

There needs to be a real effort made to control the bullying in Greece schools. Kids are so cruel to each other about the smallest of things. I've seen a young boy ridiculed in the cafeteria for wearing glasses! It's heart-breaking to watch.

The adults (employees) have basically turned a deaf ear to the problem. Maybe it's because so many of them use bullying themselves. The union bullies everyone with their messages of solidarity. Sport boosters bully the boe who in turn bully the supt. Teachers bully parents (Brookside) and a pricipal bullied a student (Buckman) which makes headline news. In all of the above instances, the bullies prevailed. With so many messages like these, any verbiage from the district about taking action against bullies sounds hollow.

Anonymous said...

There isn't much effort to stop bullying. I believe bullying happens in an atmosphere that supports poor treatment to the masses. Respect is missing in the schools. No one shows respect including teachers and administrators. Its one of those situations where it emanates from the top down. If people at the top model it the kids will imitate it. If someone doesn't get it under control soon there's a good chance some broadscale problem will crop up. Canandaigua's lesson is something Greece needs to learn.

Anonymous said...

I found the story to a BOE meeting to be a completely inappopriate forum to read such a story. Julia continues to confuse school business with her personal agenda. She's so confused, I'm surprised she just didn't relate the story to scripture when she was finished.

If she was asked to give a speech at a community event or a PTA dinner, this would have been appropriate. Nice even. BUT, and I've said this before, she continues to lead with what she knows and what she knows is not related to student achievement, school business, finances, etc. She attempts to lead by focusing on soft extras outside of the focus of the most important school issues. Oh, let's also not forget. Complain to her so she can show you the power that she has (and what many think, she abuses).

We need focused leadership.

Anonymous said...

Julia should have read the book to her PTA pals while the board wined and dined them before the meeting last night. I wonder how much that dinner cost taxpayers. I'm so disgusted that we have so little choice in the upcoming election. I'm voting no on the budget and anything else they put out in front of us. As for schoolboard, I'm not sure it matters with the lousy choices. Three of them are equally bad!

Anonymous said...

Three are equally bad and the fourth, at least what I saw at the candidates' night, was a carbon copy and agreed with everything Roger said.

Why they are wasting money on all the signs all over town is one more example of their complete and utter disregard they have for the tough economic times some people are having. They should donate all that money to charity or give it back to the Rotary and Chamber so maybe they could do some good with it. They don't need the signs. Even if no one votes for them, they win. Why spend money on the stupid unnecessary signs. They will probably send out their expensive glossy brochures stating how wonderful they are and how everything is hunky dory in the GCSD. Complete and total bull! What a farce this election is.

One thing is for sure, nothing of any substance will be done for Greece Central in the next three years.

Anonymous said...

To 7:58... At least Joe Grinnan is willing to say there is something wrong with low graduation rates like GCSD has and drop out rates that are second or third highest in the suburban school districts. Since he wasn't "blessed" and a candidate of the Greece power structure, maybe it would send a message if he were elected...

Anonymous said...

Prediction of lowest voter turnout. Wonder if the parents will get out to assure budget passing.

Anonymous said...

The union guy said they will be manning the phone banks to get people out to vote. Odd that I never get called.........