Saturday, January 23, 2010

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

 
It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:30 pm in E40 to discuss collective bargaining and the employment history of particular person(s)

Financial Oversight
EXCEL Bids (W/A)
EXCEL Change Orders (W/A)

Unfinished Business
Senior Tax Exemption (Just say NO!)

Agenda Items
District Goals (15 minutes) (Yeah, 15 min. should be plenty of time for something so trivial as this!)
Budget Preparation

SCATS ~~ Will they raise income limits for senior tax exemptions? If they do, YOUR taxes will go up!

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seven months of the school is gone and the BOE is just getting around to discuss and or approve the goals for the 2009-2010 school year.

Without written, approved goals BEFORE the start of the school year how do you know where to focus your resourses, time and energy? How do you where you are going or when you have arrived? How do you measure what you have accomplished without written goals?

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

The group on this board couldn't focus if they each had a magnifying glass and only one item to ponder. They don't bother because their are nine different agendas, one for each of them.

Anonymous said...

This should be an interesting discussion. 2;26 is right, when the boards big deal is getting involved in a hockey coach disapline you truly need to question their focus on education.

Anonymous said...

Well Doug properly spelling resources may be a good way to start. But again I forget you were the best prinicpal ever and a Walts man until he wouldn't give you that special retiremnent package you wanted.

SCATS said...

To 6:58PM ~~ If you're going to insult someone, it's best to do so without making any of your own mistakes. Otherwise, it's really hard for the rest of us to take your words with anything more than a grain of salt and a snicker ;)

Anonymous said...

Lower the taxes for all. I'll be watching!

Anonymous said...

Scats; did the board approve at the last meeting to apply for 'race to the top' funding and does that not include 'merit pay'?
I believe it does.

Anonymous said...

Scats; did the board approve at the last meeting to apply for 'race to the top' funding and does that not include 'merit pay'?
I believe it does.

Anonymous said...

2:52- I was at the meeting and they did adopt that Race to the Top thing. I don't know if it includes merit pay or not.

SCATS said...

To 2:52PM ~~ I believe I know as much as 3:12PM told you. Sorry :/

Anonymous said...

Most federal grant money comes with many strings attached. The one time bucks may cost localities far more in the long run.

The state does a good enough job making our lives miserable. The feds just make things far worse.

I am all for more local control of our schools.

Anonymous said...

DS - maybe you could cut and paste one of the goal documents you put together for Aracadia MS when you were principal there so we can all see exactly what you're talking about. OH WAIT - YOU DON'T HAVE ONE OF THOSE so why don't you answer your own questions in regard to how YOU know what you accomplished as a principal in the absence of written goals, etc. You are such a joke. And there are many of us who worked with you who know this to be true. The rest of the community can take your questioning, criticisms and empty suggestions at face value and think you're the "second coming" of .... well, you get my point.

SCATS said...

To 8:59AM ~~ I think you're way off base and out of line. You're comparing apples to oranges if for no other reason than the fact that so many years and changes (like tanking test scores, graduation rates and our standing in the county) have come since DS last worked for GCSD. A reminder that name-calling, such as you've done, is likely to land your comments in the compost heap.

Anonymous said...

I anticipated your response SCATS. You, like so many others, WANT to listen to Mr. S because he does come off as sounding pretty knowledgable. My real point is that if he believes that approved goals, measurement, etc. are critically important (which, of course they ARE) then where where HIS when he was leading his own set of students/employees?! Are those individuals less worthy of that type of intentional planning than the ones present today? Please remember that Mr. S was a principal PRIOR to NYS increasing accountability on the schools in the form of assessment protocols. He will argue that (I've heard it before) but that's okay. Those of us in the field know better -- and so does he.

SCATS said...

To 1:07PM ~~ If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Skeet was still a principal during the advent of TQM and the invention/inception of building mgmt teams with the push for more parent involvement by NYSED. TQM alone kept mgmt very busy recreating the wheel. In other words, everyone in administration was busy organizing and attending all of those weekly meetings listening to Ken Graham's latest rants on the subject. TQM was to those days as SMART Goals are to today ... buzzwords to make the masses feel like they are doing something, while little gets accomplished.

Anonymous said...

SCATS - Yep - you're right. I would bet my first grandchild, however, that Mr. Skeet can produce nothing that would even resemble what he demands from others today. You see, it is VERRRRY easy to sling arrows from the bushes when you have perceived credibility and some "lingo" at your disposal. Having worked with Mr. Skeet directly - as a colleague - I am telling you he does NOT walk the talk. No ill intent here at all; just trying to balance the equation as it were.

SCATS said...

To 1:18PM ~~ You say you have no ill intent, yet you previously called him "a joke" in this discussion. I wonder how you behave when you DO have ill intent ... ?

Either way, Doug Skeet is entitled to his opinion, just as I am and you are. Things have changed with time. In fact, test scores and graduation rates have tanked since Doug Skeet retired. While I can't attribute the better figures to him during his tenure, I certainly can say that he in no way caused the ongoing decline. You, on the other hand, admit you worked with him as his colleague. Where are the goals YOU presented, pushed for? Where was YOUR voice for those students?

Anonymous said...

SCATS - unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I am still employed by the system. I would love to share that information with you but to do so would reveal who I am and I am not inclined to do that. I'm sure that there will be people who discount what I have to say because of my anonymity. If so, they will need to discount what you say, too. : )

SCATS said...

To 1:38PM ~~ The difference between your anonymity and mine is that the community pays for your meal ticket. That being the case, you have opportunity to gain or lose based upon your words. I'm not in such a situation and I think I have a pretty solid public track record (almost 4 yrs) to back me up.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that was a predictable comment and I can't refute it. You're right - "the community does pay my meal ticket" and I earn every last cent. You, on the other hand, could be the Superintendent himself for all I know. I will take you at your word because I have no other choice.
You think you don't have the opportunity to gain (or lose) based upon your words? You most certainly do; regardless of where your meal ticket comes from.
Anyway, you and I are not on opposite ends when it comes right down to it. I enjoy reading the comments on here - people's impressions of what they THINK goes on inside the walls of the school and the (sometimes) stark contrast with reality. It's all good, though. We are all entitled to our opinions, our perspectives are our own influenced by our own background/experiences, etc. That's what makes the world go 'round, as they say.

P.S. Before some "helpful" soul out there points out the time stamps on my blog - I happen to be out of town at the moment - a family member is ill. So, I'm not blogging on the taxpayers time. :)

SCATS said...

To 2:34PM ~~ If I were the Supt. I'd be too busy accomodating the BOE (bending over with ankles grasped) to be blogging!

Please tell me how I can gain? I want to discover this hidden opportunity! Tax bills are due in a couple of weeks :)

Re: " ... people's impressions of what they THINK goes on inside the walls of the school... " We can only judge that based upon what admin. & teachers allow us to see & hear. If they don't project their reality when the outside world is watching, then it is their own fault ... and quite possibly a huge dysfunction on their part that bites them in the butt when all is said and done. Can you say that parents are really allowed to hear that teacher who is a known screamer when they are melting down? What about the one who talks on their cell phone while their students are trying to take an exam? Honestly, I think most parents realize that the reason recording devices (tape recorders, cams, cell phones, etc.) are not permitted in classrooms has more to do with protecting teachers from having such behaviors seen by the real world than with any disciplinary issue.

SCATS said...

Oh and one more thing 2:34PM ... while you may not be blogging on our time, I bet it is still on our dime. You are getting paid, right?

I'm not trying to fight you and get you mad, I'm just trying to keep you on your toes :D

Anonymous said...

Yep, I'm getting paid. It's called a "benefit" that I'm sure is something your husband or wife has in their place of employment, too. I'm sorry that sometimes life happens to those of us in the educational world too - and not on a Saturday or Sunday when we don't have to miss work. If I could plan all of life's circumstances on those two days, I would. :)
And, in my line of work and with what I deal with on a regular basis, it would take MUCH more than a few prickly comments from an anonymous "blog master (or mistress" to get me mad.

SCATS said...

To 3:06PM ~~ Thank you for clarifying about receipt of your benefit. Andby the way, you're welcome :)

I'm positively devastated that you think my comments are "prickly." I was going for inquisitive or insightful or knowledgeable even ... but certainly not prickly. Boo hoo! :(

(actually, I laughed when I read that!)

Anonymous said...

Prickly is one of my favorite words. Glad I could make you laugh. That really WAS my intent. LOL
I'm not half as serious and "curmudgeony" as many on here. :)

SCATS said...

To 4:04PM ~~ Neither am I ... at least not usually. Conveying humor can be difficult in this medium, but I still try.

Curmudgeony? Is that similar to anarchy??? "Following the coup, curmudgeony was foisted upon the people" .. ?

Maybe curmudgeonly is closer ... ?

:D