Tuesday, January 05, 2010

BOE To Achramovitch: "You're Fired!"

 
Is Supt. Steve Achramovitch retiring, quitting or getting fired? I guess it all depends upon your perspective.

The word went out via district channels today stating that he is "retiring" as of July 1. That is when his current contract ends. It's no secret that he received no salary increase after his performance appraisal by the BOE last Summer. It also is no secret that he was told to expect no offer of a new contract this year back at the time of that appraisal. In other words, he has spent the last 6 months looking for other employment opportunities. Apparently, he's found none. Thus today's face-saving announcement that he will officially "retire" on July 1.

In my mind, he's too young to "retire." He's been on the job in Greece too short of a time to retire, especially when so many projects he started will not be completed when he leaves. If I start something and don't finish it, people would likely say I quit. Technically, he is being forced to quit, er ... I mean retire. In reality, the BOE decided to fire Supt. Steven Achramovitch last June. They just didn't bother telling us (officially) until today.

Here's a telling excerpt from a telephone conversation Achramovitch had with WHEC-TV's Nikki Rudd earlier today:

"I've been here for well over three years now, and I think it's time for a transition, for some new leadership," Archramovitch said.

"Were you forced to resign by the school board?" Nikki asked.

"No. I'm retiring, Nikki. I'm not resigning. I'm retiring from the district," responded Archramovitch.

SCATS ~~ No, Steve. You are lying ... again. You got fired ... again. Just like from your last job. I wonder if that is why you can't find another job? The lying and the firings do matter.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

does it really matter what anyone is calling it?? Bottom line is there is going to be a TON of money spent on a search to find yet ANOTHER super. And no one will be happy with that one either. The board will most likely look for a yes man or mam they can overpay to run the district which is ironic because that is what most of the Board members think is their job. I don't really see what the difference is if he quot, resigned or retired, everyone kept saying they wanted a change so they basically are getting wanted. What or who will people have to complain or talk about now???Hmmm....

Anonymous said...

When we hired Steve, he was lauded to be some sort of contract negotiating genius. Now he's leaving and the teacher's contract isn't near resolution. Are there plans to hire him as a consultant?

Anonymous said...

right on 9:54!
and to answer your question "who will people have to complain about now?" Well, the next super of course!

SCATS said...

To 9:54PM ~~ We could eliminate having a new supt. entirely and spend the money saved on classroom needs. Think about it. Our last several highly compensated Supts. performance left a lot to be desired so why bother hiring a replacement? Let the remaining administrators & a few BOE members run the district by a committee. If they run into too much trouble, we can still afford to hire a consultant for much less than another Supt. and we won't be stuck paying for lifetime health benefits once the consultant is done ;)

Anonymous said...

The remaining administrators HAVE been running the district. Most were hired by Walts. They should be going, too.

Maybe the next superintendent will have the spine to truly clean house.

Charlie Hubbard said...

When we selected Steve we were looking for Jesus Christ who could walk on water. He did not measure up.
We now will have the opportunity to hire a new messiah to do what the board wants - wait - what is it the board wants done?
Lets get yet another super to put a new layer of lipstick on this pig.

Anonymous said...

"In my mind he's too young to retire." Scats, you ARE aware of the Teachers Retirement System in NYS and the minimum age of retirement eligibility with 30 years in the system, right? Of course you are. It's 55. Oh wait, that's how old Steve is. Simply because he's been IN GREECE for only 3.5 years, doesn't mean he can't retire when he meets the criteria. I don't disagree with you that it would appear as though this is a move to avoid termination through a non-renewal of the contract. But, he DOES have the "right" to retire if he chooses, wouldn't you agree?

Also, Doug Skeet says on another thread something to the effect that it's too late in the year for there to be a meaningful process. It is definitely NOT but the Board does need to get moving ASAP.

I agree with others - this job isn't rocket science but I'll add a caveat -- why don't we leave the next one alone and really let him/her focus on getting the job done. This community is a distractor to a major degree. Think about it -- if the community weighed in on every move YOU made in YOUR job and expected answers yesterday while dealing with personal barbs, criticisms and blogs -- how much would YOU get accomplished.

Ok - I await the barrage of comments coming my way. : )

Anonymous said...

8:36

Steve A. will be 54 when he retires on July 1, 2010. If he truly retires on July 1, 2010 you know and I know he will not get a penny of NYSTRS money.

Remember he has a very young child to support with that art teacher in Ken-Ton.

Anonymous said...

If he was fired from his last job, why on earth would our incompetent School Board hire him? The School Board is part of the problem. They need Bill Cala to clean up our district.

Anonymous said...

Nothing will change in Greece until we get rid of the rest of the liars, cheats, and the "I will do anything to save my own ass" administrators. They believe they are above the laws. They choose not not follow them or are simply ignorant of them. That is what gets Greece in so much trouble and that is why they are a ineffective group of "leaders". None of these people are leaders. They do not lead by example. We suffer from them.

Anonymous said...

I have an idea....why don't we get Doug Skeet to come out of retirement and get this District back on it's feet? I am sure that he would be able to clean house and get rid of all of the problems.

Anonymous said...

Don Nadolinski run this District? You have got to be joking! There is no way he has the knowledge to get our District back on its feet. He is a "yes" man and even then he has no idea of what he said "yes" to. It gets him in a lot of difficult situations.

Anonymous said...

8:53 - not true. You can retire before your intial date of eligibility (which is determined by what Tier you are) but you experience a penalty. He WILL see a dime if he isn't 55, but it won't be as much as he would if he waited (assuming that birthdate information is accurate).

You DO NOT want Doug Skeet running Greece. Trust me. Although, it would be amusing to see him try since he has all the answers in his own mind. He's really good at posing questions ---

Don Nadolinski - really nice guy. He is too smart to accept this mess.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but retiring is correct. He is doing this so he keeps state and contractual benefits. The board will approve this. Period!

SCATS said...

Re: Retirement vs. Quitting vs. Getting Fired ... He was told last Summer that his contract wouldn't be renewed this year. AND he was encouraged to begin looking for other employment at that time. His tenure here has been VERY bumpy with lots of bad press. He didn't find another job and I bet the prospects of doing so look poor. So, Steve is choosing the face-saving out of "retiring" in June. I'm going to call it getting fired because that is what is actually happening. If we wanted him to remain, he'd get another contract. We don't want him. Nonrenewal of his contract is the BOE firing Steve.

Anonymous said...

Fired means he doesn't collect unemployement. Call it what you want. He will receive all benefits associated with retirement. Let us not think otherwise!

SCATS said...

To 8:36AM ~~ Yes, he has the "right" to retire even if it's after getting FIRED :) As for "leaving alone the next one" ... we've done that before and the results were not any better. Yagielski's legacy ~~ schools-of-choice which divided, and continue to divide, this community. Page's legacy ~~ adding new classrooms and two new schools then leaving classrooms empty after they were built. Walts' legacy ~~ EEOC lawsuits & cost overruns on CIP with a bunch of defective buildings swaying in the breeze. Keller-Cogan's ~~ we're not allowed to discuss because the BOE agreed in a contract that she can/will sue them if they do! Achramovitch's legacy ~~ Don't do anything meaningful on the job (especially if it invollves firing a hockey coach) without hiring a consultant or lining up some other potential scapegoat.

To 9:05AM ~~ I agree 100%!! Add the BOE to your list though! Any group that feels the need to explain how "transparent" they are isn't really transparent at all ;)

To 9:09AM ~~ I agree!

QUESTION ~~ Why is there an urgency in finding a replacement quickly? Is there a deadline that needs to be met? Will we run out of choices on some predetermined date?

Anonymous said...

We need to hire from the military.

Ask Stein Steel how and why their president, retired military, has been so successful. We need a leader. Educators are a dime a dozen; there are plenty of those with central office positions. Let's think outside the box!

Anonymous said...

in the past when the board was pleased with a super they kept extending his contract each summer. So the 3 years never was never the time when there was an extension. it was when there were 2 years remaing that they added the year to make it 3. When 2 years ago he was not extended to 2011 he knew he was a goner.
And he will not receive unemployment because he quit of his own choice.
Interesting story about the love-child. Our district did do a site visit for him. And the people there kept it a secret because they wanted him gone?

SCATS said...

To 12:43PM ~~ Speaking honestly about an employee's bad behavior might get you sued. Of course they wanted him gone. They sold us a bill of goods and we bought it. After we hired him, several folks from over there wrote on this BLOG about his colorful past.

Charlie Hubbard said...

To 12:43
The board was well aware of past indecressions. As I said earlier we were looking for Jesus Christ. It took a while to realize that within the public education system everyone seemed to have 'something'

As we move ahead there is one item i'm hoping people will keep an eye on and I will be as nice as I can.

There can be NO significant educational improvement in our district until these contracts are dealt with.
We can jump up and down, bitch and moan all you want but as long we give financial reward for sub-par and or failure via the present contracts, improvement is virtually impossible. It is so bad you don't even have to report to work to get a raise.

Any candidate going forward who tells you they can work with this? - should be immediatly rejected.

Anonymous said...

9:13 AM

In the NYSTRS the amount of your pension is reduced, if you do not meet required financial criteria for Tier I, II, III or IV but you can NOT collect a penny until age 55.

Anonymous said...

The super is 55. He is eligible for retirement. He will collect retirement, not unemployment. The retirement system will pay him generously for his years of service, like it or not.

to 4:00 pm, you can be he will be getting more than a penny. I bet if we really new, he'd seem a lot smarter than everyone here thinks. I dare say bloggers would even be jealous.

SCATS said...

To 4:36PM ~~ There is absolutely nothing he could possess that would cause THIS Blogger to be jealous :)

Anonymous said...

No one worth while will be stupid enough to come to Greece. Why would anyone with any common sense would never come here to work with a dysfunctional egotistic board such as we have now. If they are any good they will have seen their share of Boards and realize the way ours conducts itself is absolutely ABNORMAL and dysfunctional. Thank god we hopefully come May we will get rid of one that brings nothing to the table but the constant repeatadive noise of her rambling on about her life experiences.

SCATS said...

To 8:08PM ~~ oh no! I've come to rather enjoy the trouble she dishes out at times. She can ask some pretty tough questions. Too bad she often believes the answers they dish her.

I'd rather get rid of the one who reads children's stories at board meetings after complaining about how there's so little time to conduct business. And the one who usually speaks ONLY when the subject is sports related. And then there's the political lifer who wants to be home and in bed by 9PM ... bottom line, there's only three BOE members I would bother trying to keep around. So far, only one has shown traits of not being very dysfunctional.

Anonymous said...

From paragraph 3 of the D&C Story:

Achramovitch, 55, joined the district in November 2006, replacing interim Superintendent Josephine Kehoe. Kehoe took over the district in October 2005, replacing interim Superintendent Lisa Buckshaw.

Looks like he *is* able to collect if age 55 is the "collectible" age!

Tell me that wasn't planned either.

SCATS said...

To 9:56PM ~~ I'm told he became fully qualified to retire last November.

Anonymous said...

To 9:56PM ~~ I'm told he became fully qualified to retire last November.

..by whom?

SCATS said...

To 11:40PM ~~ By now you should realize two things about me:

1 - I prefer not having to make retractions, so I work very hard to research things and know the subject matter before I begin to type.

2 - I would never reveal my sources. It's a matter of trust, both ways.

Let's just say that it's someone in a position to know his exact age and other such details.

SCATS said...

BLOG Administration is rejecting publication of one very distastefully worded comment and insult.

To the author of that comment, Comment Moderation has been enabled for a few months now. Just yesterday, I opened up comments to post immediately on BLOGS that are under 24 hrs. old. As long as folks continue to play nicely, the latest BLOGS will stay unmoderated. Don't become the wormy apple that spoils everyone else's enjoyment. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to disappoint all you gossip mongers but there is no love child. The girlfriend's kid belongs to the husband she dumped for SuperMan.

SCATS said...

To 11:01PM ~~ I'm REALLY glad to know that.