Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Greece BOE Candidate Emerges


Few attend forum related to Supt. search (STORY)
"I think people feel that they won't be listened to." ~~ Edward Gartz, BOE candidate

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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I looked at his sheet-he uses alot of the word "We". Unfortunately never met him or heard of him-so how does he know what "I" want?

Anonymous said...

The "snap" website sounds like it is promoting photography to help learning. Is that it?

Anonymous said...

The only thing this guy is promoting is himself. Apparently he is running for a board seat. Just what we need another blowhard. He is so old news with his piano and fancy entrance dribble. He is the last thing this district needs.

Anonymous said...

Did he play the piano at the meeting last night? What was the fancy entrance? Sounds like board meetings are getting a little "glitzy." And all that jazz...hot.

Anonymous said...

This guy is pushing a commerical venture.
He should not do that on school board time or as a potential sb member. If he wants to get involved in graft the Greece town board is his spot.
Who is he? anyone know?

Anonymous said...

O boy...this guy is confused? I think he has read all the blog stuff and tried to put the hot topics onto his sheet. It is evident that he does not know anything about teaching or processes from his "ideas". He is a great example of "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". Hopefully some viable candidates will emerge.

SCATS said...

Interestingly, I'm told that he has a daughter who teaches in Greece. I found a woman with the same last name on GCSD's payroll. If she is related to him, he should have some insights into the reality.

Anonymous said...

He is using not for profit letterhead for his school board campaign? Sounds like I am them --just what GCSD needs!

Anonymous said...

I was an old neighbor of Ed's and see him as a decent guy who has been a life long resident of Greece. I am surprised at people making comments not even knowing this person. Comments on this forum indicate that people want someone on the board that is not politically connected and when someone steps up you get negative comments. He appears to have what it takes to run an organization that is promoting education so he is interested in it and has the skills to deal with people. Not sure if his daughter is a teacher in the district but I do see both of his daughters names on the board of his organization. I am glad that a regular citizen of Greece has stepped forward to try to break into the BOE.

Anonymous said...

I think perhaps the "flyer" is misleading as to his knowledge. I do know him and he is running by himself, with no ties financial or otherwise, to any current member. He has the right ideas but perhaps not expressed in the best way.

Anonymous said...

Ok, not being picky BUT -- adhered is spelled wrong in this man's flyer AND it SHOULD read...We want a Superintendent WHO.... (not a Superintendent that). There are awkward sentences throughout this flyer and a lack of any apparent knowledge of punctuation. I know the qualifications to be a board member are few, but please - if you're going to demand things regarding the educational environment at least be able to spell and use correct grammar. Is that asking too much of a potential board member?

SCATS said...

To 8:42AM ~~ Why would you hold a board member to a higher standard than we hold our teachers, principals or even the Supt. to?

Anonymous said...

Scats: I didn't say I was holding a potential board member to a higher standard, did I? I don't believe I even mentioned principals, teachers or the Superintendent. Of course those individuals SHOULD communicate effectively utilizing appropriate grammar, syntax, spelling, etc. Heck, I think they even have a person dedicated to make sure that happens (Laurel Heiden). I was merely trying to make the point that if this individual wants to "up the ante", so to speak, for the future leader of our school district; then he should take care to communicate in written form correctly. To do otherwise, detracts from his message. Just my opinion.

SCATS said...

To 10:50AM ~~ I think you missed my point. I agree with you! However, we do NOT require GCSD employees to be able to do the things you suggest. I've had countless memos, notes even spelling lists sent home by teachers or principals with incorrectly spelled words, poor grammar and improper punctuation. For a great example, look at the ridiculous new vision statement for the school district!

In the Greece Central School District, faculty, staff, and the community collaborate to provide a comprehensive, successful experience for each and every student we serve and where diversity and the dignity of each individual is honored in an environment that is safe and secure.

Anonymous said...

There is no way that statement is a sentence. The first half of the group of words seems to be acceptable if there was a period after "serve". From that point on it appears to be an attempt at a phrase in passive "is honored" . They need help.

Anonymous said...

Try this change included in the {}

"In the Greece Central School District, faculty, staff, and the community collaborate to provide a comprehensive, successful experience for each and every student { get rid of "we serve"} and
{to create an environment}
where diversity and the dignity of each individual is honored while being safe and secure. { delete the rest "in an environment that is safe and secure."}

I still do not like it because it says nothing about education, but at least it flows better. Sounds more like a commercial for a home security service that makes you feel good about yourself. .

SCATS said...

To 4:08PM ~~ Education? GCSD is involved in that!? Oh my!!

My suggestion (several weeks ago) was: "The Greece Central School District is where faculty, staff, and the community collaborate to provide a comprehensive, successful experience for each and every student we serve and (it is) where diversity and the dignity of each individual is honored in an environment that is safe and secure."

Anonymous said...

Scats at 4:21
Excellent. Your "is where" in the first part made it correct. What is wrong with a group of professional educators that do not know about sentence construction? How can they teach?
Maybe that is why they are in administrative positions.

SCATS said...

To 8:34PM ~~ THANK YOU!! :D

Maybe I'll apply to be the next Supt. I'd make learning sentence construction mandatory ;)

Ed said...

We wouldn’t what a guy like Ed Gartz. A man who has dedicated many years to promote teaching children the dangers of drugs and guns. He has facilitated the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars of products into Greece Schools. He has fought for Kodak Retiree's. He wants to reduce costs. Those that don’t know him are correct. We don’t want a guy like that he’s probably looking for the great fame and fortune associated with being a board member.

SCATS said...

To 10:54AM ~~ It's tantalizing that you created an account with the user name of "Ed" to chime in about someone named Ed. Too bad you hid your profile so we can't tell if it might be Mr. Garth. Oh well ...

In my opinion, I don't know enough about Edward Garth yet to decide anything. I don't understand what his association with SNAP brings to the boardroom table. I don't know what he proposes doing differently in Greece. I don't know who might be backing his candidacy, if anyone. I'm sure time will reveal all ;)

Anonymous said...

Ed Gartz is my vote! Very excited to see a new face. He is perfect for the job. He runs a successful not for profit childrens foundation. The SNAP Philosophy is to inspire all young people to love learning, and to focus on life's possibilities! By using a camera kids are inspired to write about their pictures and think about how their pictures would change if they make negative decisions. But I forgot this is GREECE! We wouldn't want someone on the board that cares about kids? He has two grandchildren in the district, his wife works for the district, and his daughter is a reading specialist in the district! (Oh and his foundation has given thousands of dollars in product to greece teachers who will stand on their heads to get kids to write!) But this is GREECE!

SCATS said...

To 11:51AM ~~ It's great to see someone who really cares about the kids decide to run for BOE. However, having said that, I want to know HOW THAT PASSION TRANSLATES in the board room. I've heard the "it's for the kids" mantra for decades, used by those who say it to justify raping the taxpayers in this town. In the end, the kids in the classrooms continue to lose at nearly every turn. Look at the current situation: they are willing to save WR Kindergarten, sports, music and a myriad of other things because "it's for the kids" ... just as they raise class sizes, cut electives, cut teachers & counsellors, delay equipment purchases & building repairs...

Of the three people I've heard about who are planning to run or at least talking about running, Ed Gartz sounds like the best, so far.

Anonymous said...

There is a "Kathleen Gartz" that's a "Health Aide" (whatever THAT is) at Pinebrook.

SCATS said...

I've decided to qualify my previous remarks by adding that I believe BOE members should be unhampered by relatives who work in the district. It seems to be a huge issue these days!

Anonymous said...

Don't tell Beth Boily Principal of Pine Brook that with her Father-in-law one of the lead board members. We'd hate to lose one of the best Principal's we have. She might resign to keep her Father-in-law on the Board.

SCATS said...

To 4:39PM ~~ I promise not to say a word!

PS ~~ Maybe Roger could resign for her sake? (wink, wink)

Eddie Gartz said...

A note from Eddie Gartz. Thank you for all the comments, it’s interesting to find out what people think. To those of you who want a board member that has perfect sentence structure, correct grammar, and uses proper syntax when writing you should vote for someone else. I’m not your guy, that’s for sure. To get out another fault I have been know to be a bit of a pain to those that do not produce results. In regards to the issues mentioned on other blogs you must ask yourself. What are the issues in Greece? High taxes, discipline in the schools? Could I be wrong at wanting to focus on those issues? Are the many guards we now have and the Police that are at the schools each day an overkill or might they be needed to keep order. In regards to the piano, I have a problem with the process and the fact that such a request for this type of expenditure would have been given any consideration. True the piano was purchased under a different superintendent but many who were in the chain of events are still in place. So I’ll ask you to think about this. Why would someone request an extravagance like this in a town that has so many that can’t afford to have taxes raised and more to the point needs them reduced. Why don’t people get it? Why do people allow any request that is not a necessity to get past the first request stage without a huge rolling on the floor laugh when you say, you want what? Would you buy a BMW when a Ford would serve very well if you couldn’t really afford the Ford. In regards to my SNAP logo on my notes. I did this to give those that don’t know me a route to find out more about me. I am very proud of the method of teaching I and Mr.and Mrs. Sayers developed 10 years ago in Chicago. We worked very hard to get it off the ground. Also there is no way SNAP would benefit from me being on the Board. SNAP donates it does not manage and therefore would not be a candidate for one of my suggestions on the list as seen on this blog. To those that don’t know me you should know that I don’t think on the same lines as many, that is true. I am a bit of an outside of the box thinker. However, I have managed multimillion dollar business with great success and I may be able to find creative ways to get cost down and not hurt education at all. So in closing I ask you to ask yourself if you are please with how things are going in the district and is there a need to have fresh thinking on the Board. If you love it then why on earth would you need any change. In that case, vote for the incumbents. There were more questions to answer and my phone number is in the book, call me, I’ll be glad to talk with you. Thanks, Eddie
To the Blog owner. I did not know about this Blog. Thank you ....you are providing a great sevice. You are getting people to think and talk about the issues.

SCATS said...

To Ed Gartz ~~ Thank you! I hope you'll feel the same way AFTER the elections :)