Sunday, March 14, 2010

Editorials Slam GCSD

  
Communities in dysfunction

I graduated from Charlotte High School in 1962. The school and community were outstanding. I was proud of my city education. I went to college and became a teacher of history for 33 years in Greece. Now, I am embarrassed to say where I went to school and taught. Both districts and their administration are clueless about what is going on in their communities and schools. When was the last time an administrator taught longer than five years or came within five feet of a student? They still have not solved the Halloween murder of the East High football player.

Rochester's chief of police keeps getting these lucrative offers to other cities, but solve crime here first. The superintendent of city schools needs to listen to kids as he is waiting for an offer for new opportunities.

Let's form a diverse group of adults who know how to work with kids and listen to them.

Herb Swingle, Perinton ( D&C )

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Taxpayers deserve info on investment

School budgets need disclosure; the present info supplied to the owners of our school districts prior to voting is insufficient. Voters should be told about reserve funds — a three-year summary of the activity and balance of each fund. It is, after all, the owners' money. Disclose enrollment, the anticipated change at elementary, middle, and high school level.

If an increase in spending is being proposed, the owners should know what is driving that increase — in most cases this would be district- and board-approved employee contracts.

Too little info has been supplied. Most info is in the form of blaming others like state aid. I can only hope school boards have this type of info prior to their approval. My concern is they do not.

The tax rate is of course important, but how we got there is just as important, and those responsible need to be held accountable. The owners (taxpayers) deserve to know.

CHARLIE HUBBARD, GREECE ( D&C )
 

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's good to see Swingle is still keeping up on Greece. His opinion is widely respected.

Anonymous said...

These are not editorials;they are written by the editors. These are letters to the editor or opinions. Just a technicality.

SCATS said...

To 5:41PM ~~ An editorial can be written by anyone. Yes, they are Letters to the Editor. They are also editorials in and of themselves by definition ... "a newspaper or magazine article that gives the opinions of the editors or publishers also an expression of opinion that resembles such an article"

Anonymous said...

5:41 is right. Your own definition states that an editorial "gives the opinions of the editors or publishers."

Unless Herb or Charlie have taken over at the D&C these are letters to the editor.

SCATS said...

To 9:34PM ~~ Apparently you stopped reading when you got to the word "also." From the definition itself, also was in italics for emphasis.

Anonymous said...

Is Mr. Swingle so embarrassed that he's decided to not accept the generous government pension Greece residents are paying him so he can afford his house in Perinton?

Anonymous said...

He did not illustrate in his letter the particulars of his feeling for Greece. He did say he was embarrassed about both districts but only is clear about the situation he sees in the city.
Mr. Swingle: What about Greece is embarrassing to you and be specific in your answer. You would only get half credit for your tap dancing around the problems in Greece.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the teacher union is back to commenting on this web site.

Anonymous said...

To 1:56 from 1:26
Not me.
Where is evidence of the GTA?

Anonymous said...

To 5:27PM........Swingle's opinion is widely respected? By whom? The teacher's Union? I knew Swingle when he was teaching at Olympia H.S. He was nothing but a union mouthpiece. He pretended to care about kids but most of the kids I know who had him for a teacher thought he was a moron. One incident in particular stands out in my mind. The Olympia Varsity Cheerleaders were invited to attend a school board meeting back in the 90"s to be recognized for their U.S. Championship win in a competition. A first for any one in Greece. The Teacher's Union showed up enmasse at the board meeting, clogged the board room and caused so much rukus the kids could not even get in the room. And who would not even help calm things down with the union..........none other than Swingle......a supposed leader at Olympia who was supposedly so caring of the kids there. He was an embarressment to the profession. And believe me the kids saw that. Union support over letting the kids have their moment in the spotlight.

Anonymous said...

I'm not here to speak on behalf of Swingle in regard to the last post, but... I imagine Swingle acted this way because he, like most, recognize cheerleading to be a joke. Paying a nickle to send these "cheerleaders" to a national compitition anywhere beyond western NY is a waste. These "national titles" are nothing more than events that ANY school can attend, provided they can afford to get a team there. I assure you there were probably two dozen cheerleading squads that won "national titles" elsewhere that very same year.

Anonymous said...

8:47
Now the secret is out. Same goes for the music trips where we win the "gold". 50 other schools also won the gold a different weekend. But the kids don't know that so let's not tell them. So sad.

SCATS said...

To 1:47PM ~~ Seriously?? And the BOE gives them permission to miss school for these "important" competitions? Sounds more like a "vacation" away from work for staff!

Anonymous said...

Not only that 8:47 & 1:47, but have you ever seen how they breal down all the schools at a compition? My gosh, they end up being in groups or catagories so small, there almost a sure thing to end up top 3 or better. In addition there's all the "other" awards that get handed out for those that didn't win the big ones. Take these factors and multiply them times the number of "national" contests and pretty much any school that can get there ends up winning something.

Anonymous said...

The issue is NOT about wwhether we pay to send cheerleaders, music groups, baseball or football teams to competitions. The issue is a teacher who supposedly cared so much for kids and supposedly wanted Olympia kids in particular to be recognized for their achievments. At the very moment these kids were supposed to be recognized at the board meeting, Swingle CHOSE to support UNION thuggery over the very kids he professed to care so much about. Trust me......the kids, regardless of WHY they were at the board meeting saw a teacher who they looked up to bow to union tactics. He became a willing participant of the same gang activity that he wanted gone from and was so against when he was teaching at Olympia.

SCATS said...

To 7:32PM ~~ While I understand the point you are making, I also know a lot of students will "bow to union thuggery" by addressing the BOE about union business if a teacher even hints at them doing so. The kids in Greece are pawns. It's been that way a very long time and it makes us very dysfunctional. Did you hear tonight's whine fest?

Anonymous said...

Scats.........I did not need to listen to last night's "whine" fest. I have seen and listened to the dog and pony show too many times. I knew it would be the same old crap.

SCATS said...

To 6:59AM ~~ They are a predictable lot, aren't they? ;)