Friday, January 01, 2010

Duffy Pledges Takeover Of RCSD

  
“There is a saying: ‘Pick the hill you want to die on. Well, I have, and education is that hill.” ~~ Mayor Bob Duffy

From his speech: "To accomplish educational success, we must forget about pleasing special interest groups and focus on those who we are sworn to serve. I don’t care who we offend. We must set aside political aspirations and alliances when discussing issues such as school governance and tough policy decisions."

SCATS ~~ Attention John Auberger & Steve Achramovitch! This is what true leadership looks like!


32 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if he would consider throwing Greece in on the hill!

SCATS said...

To 10:11PM ~~ Maybe we could get the city to annex Greece and do a two-fer with the school districts.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, after all, we have our own tv station and a for profit not for profit radio station. That makes us golden!

Anonymous said...

Mega Kudos to Bob Duffy! Auggie and his minions are missing the stones Duffy has! Our Stupidvisor and his pals in Greece could care less about our educational system or our kids. They only care about being clubby, closed and corrupt. And of course keeping seniors happy because that is where their next election votes come from. Pitiful.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Duffy's move would improve the schools. Not do I think it is about education but the consolidations of power.

We could have Molly Clifford running the schools, Can you spell crony.

Anonymous said...

I've never done a two-fer.
-C

Anonymous said...

I shopped at Lord & Taylor. After visiting with some of my co-workers who were also shopping there, I found several good two-fer deals.

I hope that both Greece and Rochester people can find the same but you have to take personal responsibility yourself to drive there. These deals don't just show up on your doorstep, after all.

-A

SCATS said...

To 6:40AM ~~ I have seen no clues to show me that Duffy is after a power grab. He intends to keep Brizard (Great move!) and his police chief is onboard and supportive. Eliminating the BOE as the "middle men" will give him the ability to streamline operations. Since Greece is smaller than the city school district, it will be very interesting to see the possibilities this affords him. I hope he can get the support he needs from Albany ... this is where we'll see the real education advocates. I'll be watching, Mr. Robach!

SCATS said...

To 9:37 & 9:48AM ~~ You're too funny!

Anonymous said...

If the Duffy city model is successful then we could look forward to Auberger being in charge of Greece Central School District. That would disprove the theory that things can't get worse in Greece Central.

We already know how great a school district we have with Republican Boily pulling the strings and running the show.

Doug Skeet

SCATS said...

To Doug ~~ Not to worry. According, to the D&C today, this is Auberger's last term :D

Anonymous said...

That' what they said about Bloomberg and he's back

SCATS said...

To 2:57PM ~~ You don't believe what you read in the D&C!? ;)

Charlie Hubbard said...

Finnaly a politician willing to stand up and ask 'what are we getting for our money'.
I give the man all the credit in the world.
God only knows the school board wasn't going to get anything done.

I wish the people in Greece would start demanding answers IE if you want to increase spending - WHAT educational benefit can we expect to see for our money.

Let me offer up just one example - open enrollment - I have been asking and asking 'what is the educational value of open enrollment' STILL no answer.
Well just like Mayor Duffy - if you can't show an educational benefit - STOP IT otherwise you are guilty of wasting taxpayer $$. And if the school board won't do it then the voters (taxpayers) will.
More to come.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com
775-6015

SCATS said...

To Charle ~~ The BOE doesn't respond because they already know there is NO EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT TO OPEN ENROLLMENT.

If I'm wrong, let them prove it with documented evidence ;)

Anonymous said...

Charlie of all people ought to appreciate the importance of an elected school board as opposed to one man (strongman) control.
We already have a political dictatorship in Greece. How does that work out.

No matter how much it is currently distorted getting rid of popular control in favor of a strongman is a recipe for failure. It looks good as long as the dictator is your dictator, but bad the minute someone gets in you dislike.

Think here folks. We need more democracy not less.

SCATS said...

To 7PM ~~ I'm not sure I have ever seen "the importance of an elected school board." After watching failure upon failure by the BOEs in Greece, I'm ready to try something different in hopes of finding success at least sometimes.

As far as "more democracy" goes, don't look now but every attempted terrorist attack carves away at that. Where's your voice then?

Anonymous said...

Speaking to the issue of open enrollment, I would LIKE to say that this BOE is just in over their heads on the issue, and despite their knowing it should be changed, hasn't got the foggiest idea how to get rid of it. Again, that's what I'd LIKE to say. The truth is, however, you never hear a peep from them on this issue. It's the giant, costly, pink elephant in the room that they all choose to ignore. Hubbard is exactly right, it's never been shown as an effective tool for anything positive. Why are we paying for this? Oh, that's right, every BOE member with school aged children are beneficiaries of the program.

Anonymous said...

Will the supposed savings be sufficient to fund Mollie's appointment to the Fire Department job Duffy just created for her?

After all the poor woman needs to make a fine living, and now that Rural metro has dumped her she needs to go on the taxpayer dime.

OOPS, disregard, we aren't supposed to know about that job yet.

Anonymous said...

If you're going to spew, make sure you get your facts straight.

That's really old news GOP'er. And she didn't work for Rural Metro - she worked running the NET offices.

Now go drink another glass of cherry red kool-aid.

Anonymous said...

Folks are always looking for a strongman to do their bidding.
That's how democratic institutions fail

Strongmen don;t really change the ways power is employed and distributed.
For all the talk we have had here about getting people involved this will go in the wrong direction

Do you honestly think there will be transparency?
What does Duffy know about schools

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 7:00 pm
In theory you are right 'democracy' could be affected.
That being said as long as we have this 'contingency budget CRAP' that allows (not mandates) the OVERRIDE of the vote by the very people we intrust to educate our kids - well???
So I understand and respect your concern for the preservation of democracy but this spending over and over on things that have NO educational value is one thing but when school boards show a lack of respect for the 'vote' well it's time for a change.

SCATS said...

To 7:01AM ~~ There is no transparency now. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to run a school district, it takes a lot of work and common sense. Duffy said he wants to keep Brizard. I'd do the same thing myself. Brizard has shown similar traits to Duffy: no nonesense, wanting & working to get what's best for the students (despite the unions), seeking improvement at every turn, streamlining operations ...

Anonymous said...

Duffy? YES. Mayors to come in the future? Probably not. I can see a 5year "experiment" but would be reluctant to make this permanent!

The city will contine to elect officials with a liberal bent and that scares me in the future. Duffy is an exception to the rule and he should be given a chance but only a limited or tempory chance.

Anonymous said...

Scat; I just heard Greece plans to increase class size this year. Can you verify this?

SCATS said...

To 4:06PM ~~ Achramovitch discussed that as one of the district's options at a BOE meeting. Someone else commented that GCSD would raise their kid's class size while keeping schools of choice "over their dead body." I agreed with that sentiment.

Anonymous said...

Steve A. proably went to see the movie, It's Too Complicated" so he does not know how to end the elementary open enrollment schools without hiring a consulant and a committee to study the situation for the next five years.

Ending elementary open enrollment is so simple and the Greece community would support it without any distruption to current elementary students.

At each primary elementary school, plus Pine Brook, starting next year, end open enrollment at the K level. Only K students in each of the described schools, living in the current elementary boundary would be allowed to enter that neighborhood school. The next year those students become 1st graders and another class of neighorhood K students enter. This is repeated completing elimenation of open enrollment. Pine Brook would then become a neighborhood school. I would keep the current primary and intermediate elementary schools. It is instructionally sound and a cost saving for the district.

I would keep West Ridge as a safety valve open enrollment school for schools that may have student enrollments beyond capacity. I do not have current student enrollment but I have a "feeling", with the decline in k-12 enrollment, that I least one elementary school could be closed with big savings.

It just takes a BOE to have 5 votes to direct the Supt., to quote Nike "Just Do It" it's that simple.

Doug Skeet

SCATS said...

To Doug ~~ I agree. It won't require reinventing the wheel to accomplish this task. But there are many - BOE members & GCSD employees included - who will try to make us believe it does. It requires a desire that's all.

Anonymous said...

Well Scats if what you say is true I guess there will be problems.
We have 6 busses go down our street going to 6 different schools. I see waste every day. I have asked for some type of explanation and nothing happens.
Now my kids class size is going to !!increase!! and this waste continues.
If I wasn't worried about my kids paying a price I would be at central office tommorrow. I will however be heard.

SCATS said...

To 8:30PM ~~ Raising class sizes isn't the only possible repercussion. Eliminating some electives and other ideas have been raised, as well. You must remember, there's a $13 million budget increase from '09 to '10 just to keep the status quo. They know the taxpayer's won't quietly swallow a 7-8% tax increase, thus the discussions about what to cut. As usual, sports, stipends & schools-of-choice aren't being seriously considered.

Charlie Hubbard said...

To Doug; your 6:03 posting was most interesting and your efforts appreciated.
The problem; are you trying to fix a problem that the powers that be have not agreed 'is' a problem?

Come on Doug we need to have a study and 2 or 3 committees to decide if 'any' change is necessary.

Anonymous said...

So Maya Duffy goes on Looserberry this afternoon, and Looserberry licks Da Maya's boots again.

What a line of crap Hizhoner spewed. Sweet Mollie developed an excellent relationship with Fire Chief Yesman while she was spokesmodel for Rural Metro and then enhanced it while she mismanaged the NET offices. Of course she is qualified to hold a Chief position in the department at over $100,000 a year. Mollie might even know how to light a match now that she has visited the Fire Academy.

Maya Duffy did so much for the Police Department, now he's told every fireman in the Department they have little to no chance of meaningful promotion.

Next Da maya wants to run the school district. It just gets funnier every day.