Wednesday, February 03, 2010

T-Shirts 'n Tickets 'n Child Care ... Oh My!

 
The BOE should take a DEEP BREATH ...
... and sort through the various messages before reacting to the angry mob

Tonight's planned 6PM meeting (circus? confrontation?) between West Ridge School parents, the Greece school board & Supt. Steve Achramovitch should provide an extra-heavy dose of drama for all who attend.

Despite waiting a full 5 days to take note following the BOE meeting where shutting down WR Kindergarten was first mentioned (the D&C waited 8!), they have now organized a Facebook page with 430+ members and gotten attention to their cause plastered all over local TV news shows and websites. Though short of the goal of 500 signatures, their online petition has gotten over 200 names so far ... nevermind that many of these folks signed as a family or other group, or that they do not live here to pay our taxes! (Please take note of that Greece BOE!) According to the petition, it is in response to: " ... a proposal on the Greece Central School District web site to begin closing kindergarten classrooms as of the 2010-2011 school year." I checked the website and failed to find such a "proposal."

The meeting features plans for up to 150 people/groups/families to speak. They'll be given a numbered ticket when they sign up. They will be called to the podium in order. When did the BOE start giving us commoners more than half-an-hour of time to address them?? This will be precedent setting if they allow it.

Child care is being provided by "some school staff." (GTA!?!? Nah, it can't be them!) Parents are encouraged to " WEAR RED or somthing West Ridge tonight to give a visual of our unity" on the Facebook page. Sound familiar? I wonder if these parents are emulating GTA who has FAILED to get a new contract using such tactics, or if GTA is encouraging the behavior. Personally, I don't recommend it. If they want to be taken seriously, they need to find a different way to make an impact. Arriving with a list of other budget cuts that make an even more significant impact would certainly help.

The entire shool board was invited, according to one Facebook comment. If that's the case, the BOE needs to remember that if 5 members attend it becomes an official BOE meeting and is subject to The Open Meetings Laws about posting, etc. Hopefully, the board President & VP should be more than enough representation to listen to and report back to the other 7 members on what is said. No actions or promises should be made tonight, none at all. Remember how after the hearing on Senior Tax Exemptions the BOE took two weeks before discussing and deciding the issue? I do ;)

I'm sure the 11 o'clock news (and next weeks D&C?) will update us about what transpires tonight ...

One reminder ... If you go, be careful in that crowded parking lot, folks. Like school-of-choice parents, those Toyotas have a mind of their own ;)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Scats- Why do you have such a hatred of teachers? Or is it a jealousy?

SCATS said...

To 2:26PM ~~ Excuse me? The BLOG is about West Ridge & the parent meeting with the BOE & Supt. tonight. Where did I say that I "hate GTA"?

Anonymous said...

You referenced GTA twice in your BLOG about West Ridge. You really have no idea how much the teachers do above and beyond their contract.

SCATS said...

To 2:45PM ~~ Was there something inaccurate about my references? If so, please specify what was inaccurate. Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

The board will wither like a wet dishrag.

Anonymous said...

2:26 and 2:45 Way to deflect our attention from the issue at hand. Another hallmark of dysfunction.

Scats. Do you think this was a way to get the parents riled up and create a crisis situation? Well they succeeded. This will probably help with the budget vote since these parents have created a data base from their facebook. Clever.

SCATS said...

To 2:56PM ~~ You are correct about a "hallmark of dysfunction." However, the person who posted those remarks wasn't attempting to deflect attention, as much as they were reacting to the truths they refuse to acknowledge. THAT'S their dysfunction ;)

Yes, it probably is what you said about creating a crisis. Parents always get used to do the union's bidding & that is a lot of what is happening tonight, too. These parents should think through how to react, but "the angry mob" behavior has been a winner in the past so why shouldn't it work for them too?

Don't worry about the Facebook database ... SCATS is starting a page on there too (SCATS Greece is the Facebook name ... Beware though, I'm still learning!). Anyone can do it ... for or against anything.

Anonymous said...

"The board will wither like a wet dishrag."

LMAO! That's so true.

Anonymous said...

Scats- I think 2:26 is just worried that you put asking GTA for a salary freeze in your poll and now its getting votes.

SCATS said...

To 3:37PM ~~ You might be right. Whatever the case, they appear to have fled the scene faster than Nick Joseph after a coked up car crash when I asked for a specific inaccuracy to be pointed out, if one exists ;)

Anonymous said...

This just in from the meeting: McCabe has announced, "I don't think we have enough kindergarden classes. I think We should be doing more!"

Anonymous said...

To 2:26PM & 2:45PM.........This is the typical union thug response when someone challenges the way the district is run and if there is any talk of salary cuts and/or eliminating positions. People in this community DO NO hate teachers. They do, however, dispise the UNIONS that have never ending demands, who want to be treated as 'professionals" yet wear their union tee shirts as their professional work attire and whine about how much work they purportedly do above and beyond the "contract."

Our entire educational system in this country no longer exists to educate our children. It is a system controlled entirely by the unions whose only interst is getting more and more money for their members. If this is not true then let GTA be the first in the nation to tear up their union contract and work for our children's best interest instead of their own!

Anonymous said...

Once again, I have to ask the question: Where is the GTA when it comes to speaking out against the watseful spending associated with school of choice/lottery? I would be much more inclined to keep as many schools as possible open (lowering class sizes), if we would rid our district of this non-education based, elitist system. If it wern't for the fact that a majority of teachers within the district ALWAYS winning the lottery, I'm sure they would speak to it's wastefulness! Bring back our neighborhood schools!

SCATS said...

To 6:18PM ~~ I'm told they were at the WR meeting tonight (several of their teachers plus the GTA Prez). One teacher was reported to be sitting in the audience wearing a very rumpled union T-shirt coupled with camouflauge pants. Nothing but the consummate professional ;)