Friday, October 16, 2009

GCSD Could Lose $3.3 Million In State Aid

Gov. Paterson's bid to close state budget gaps mid-year could leave district scrambling

"One of the difficulties we are going to have is looking at the teachers' jobs we created through the stimulus."  (officials can't take the federal money then cut the jobs.) "How are we going to go about closing the gap now? This is going to be very complicated." ~~ Supt. Steven Achramovitch

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SCATS ~~ Well, Steve, that's why we pay you one of the biggest salaries in Monroe County's public sector! Schools-of-choice, transportation, extracurriculars and other "untouchables" are begging to become much leaner.


THE BLIND ...
... LEADING THE LAME DUCK!



23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pity.

Do more with less. Maybe you could start charging that for-profit radio station fees for what it takes from the taxpayers?

Do more with less. Maybe you could name a curriculum course with that title, and teach yourselves how to perform.

Do more with less. It's what everyone elected in Greece expects the taxpayers to do after they rob our pockets.

Do more with less. Think about it.

Pity.

Anonymous said...

Stevie-Wonder II now has a real dilemma on his hands. Oh, almost forgot. Speed dial call to Roger Boily, and after they plan next week's golf round, Steve can have Rog tell him what to do about the state funding cuts. That is how things work in Greece Central. And then Rog will blow up the Tydings puppet balloon and have him make glowing remarks at the next board meeting about Stevie's remarkable job in adjusting the budget for state aid cuts. Gosh, that sounds like justification to renew Stevie's contract! We broke the code, we broke the code!!
And you thought town government was a mess! The Boily Bunch just keeps destroying whatever "good" is left here.

Charlie Hubbard said...

Lets have a committee then no one will need to be 'responsible' for any cuts.

The best part is it's not OUR fault the state made us do it.

What ever you do don't demand accountability as you may hurt someones feelings.

Lets have a committee.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Steve shouldn't have added jobs at all. Then he wouldn't have to worry about cutting jobs that obviously now he knows he could have done without.
What were the positions added?

Anonymous said...

Not adding the jobs? That's BLASPHEMY!! To not spend money given by the Feds? It would NEVER HAPPEN!!! That would be like expecting a rebate on our tax bills if the district ever cut spending lololol

Anonymous said...

I think the jobs issue refers to the stimulus package from the feds. I think he is saying that the federal stimulus package saved the jobs but on the condition they can't be cut.

i don't get all the details but in this case Patterson's action might have created a dilemma viz cutting any teaching jobs

Anonymous said...

Folks this argument about using federal stimulus money has already been hashed out. It would be dumb not to use the stimulus funds to protect jobs in a deep recession.

The stimulus was meant only as a short term solution which it appears had some benefit if not the full amount the Obama administration hoped.

It's water under the bridge. The question is how to deal with the long term issues in NYS which as you all know are more troubling.

Anonymous said...

So SCATS, after seeing the front page with a picture of the Governor and Superintendent, is it safe to assume you are mocking the Governor's for being blind. Due you mock people of all disabilities? I'm sure this won't make your posting. This site is run much like the old communist newspaper Pravada was run. Disagree with the state and you are eliminated.

Anonymous said...

Does that mean the only way to assure that as a district we have autonomy over hiring and firing is to refuse the stimulus money? Don't think so. He just doesn't want to cut jobs and is using this excuse. He can easily cut jobs by changing the class size guidelines and risk union grievance. Oh well. He could also remove staff from the non-mandated positions. There are about 10 per elementary school. They have been enumerated countless times on this blog site. So look back to see what they are.

SCATS said...

To 1:46PM ~~ No, Paterson really is blind, so I'm reiterating a fact. I'm mocking the Supt. because he IS a lame duck but the BOE pretends no one knows ;)

PS ~~ PRAVDA is the Communist newspaper. It's usually a good idea to be "spot on" when putting criticism in print, otherwise some might think you a fool ;)

SCATS said...

To 2:41PM ~~ Or he could also do what really needs to be done and scale back on all the extracurriculars, sports programs and optional classes offered in the schools. We can't afford to be everything to everyone any longer.

CoffeeReady said...

Scats I would guess that the "jazzy" is not getting much used today so it is the perfect time to pick on you.

Anonymous said...

SCATS

I'm not for the commercialization of high school sports that takes place today, but for many kids sports and arts programs music drama etc, are very important. Again we don;tneed an extravagant auditorium but if we lose these activities we will have less effective and weaker programs

SCATS said...

To 6:10PM ~~ It's not an issue of eliminating sports. It's an issue of getting back to basics. Do we need to offer as many different options as we have been in this economic climate? Is "Dance" a sport we want to fund? Where do we draw the line? Sumo wrestling anyone??

Anonymous said...

Guess 1:46PM was thinking that the SCATS' devil wears Prada. Oh well if the shoe.....
More seriously I do think the Patterson blind comment was inappropriate regardless of the fact that he is legally blind. Why create the appearance of ridicule even though it wasn't intended. You can do better (and nearly always do).

SCATS said...

To 11:41AM ~~ Exactly what is "inappropriate" about it? I don't think your issue is about the Gov. so much as it is with the axiom. And if you find this to be "inappropriate" I'm wondering if you wrote to NBC to complain after SNL did repeated skits mocking Paterson for his blindness ... even after HE publicly complained? I'm betting that you did not.

Anonymous said...

What I find laughable is Greece residents (presumed) keep showing they have the attention span of a flea. Instead of discussing the candidates and issues, they pick on and try to silence the messengers-- in this case the blogger. When Auberger wins again, you'll only have yourselves to blame.

Anonymous said...

Hats off to Hubbard. Look at all the progress made by the school bus committee and the finance committee. Just set up a committee and then change the objective to suit your wims. Nothing happens but you have a place to refer any sensitive subject.

By the way, what is the status of the superintendent's lastest efforts to look at the schools of choice questions. Isn't that about 3 years old by now?

Anonymous said...

It's hard to deal with the ignorant comments posted here. The stimulus money was intended to create jobs. That is why everyone who received the money created jobs. why don't you educate yourselves before criticizing the superintendent for doing what he was supposed to do.

SCATS said...

To 6:07PM ~~ What's "ignorant" is assuming that no one will lose a job to close the gap. This is Greece, where the sacred cows of transporting kids door-to-door, schools-of-choice, sports and extracurriculars for every conceivable activity won't be touched. Let's get rid of nurses, librarians and forget about offering optional courses like that propsed new Religions of the World class that is so near & dear to VanOrman's heart. Yeah, that will "stimulate" the economy ;)

Anonymous said...

Once again... Where's the GTA leadership on these proposed cuts? GTA, your members are hanging in the wind, readying themselves for termination, and you've said NOTHING about the wasteful spending related to Greece's open enrollment/school of choice/lottery system. The lack of response from the district concerning the (paid) study on the effectivness of this system speaks volumes to it's ineffectivness. Why do we allow kid's to attend any school they wish? Show the taxpayers what their getting (educationally) for their EXTRA spending... NOTHING!

Anonymous said...

If SCATS wants to take some liberty with Patterson's blindness and put it in a post that his perrogative. Same thing with the comment he made about mentally disabled children. It's his blog and he can do what he wants. Leave SCATS alone!

SCATS said...

To 12:05PM ~~ Thanks for the "support" ... I think. You must realize that there are a certain few individuals who will criticize SCATS at every possible opportunity. It seems to be more an issue with the success of the BLOG than any particular problem they have about the subjects I bring forth ;)