Thursday, May 27, 2010

BOE Begins New Supt. Search ...

 
The Greece Post reports that the Greece school board is opting for an interim superintendent while they reopen their search for a permanent replacement of Steve Achramovitch who "retires" June 30th. I can only imagine how the Help Wanted ad would be worded if they were honest about the qualities they seek. Perhaps it might read something like this:

"Must Love Busing!"

Superintendent sought for large suburban school district. Must have the ability to read the minds of employees, the Greece school board & the few voters who bother to cast ballots. The ability to ignore any/all input the district actively sought and gets from the community is an especially prized talent. Those who enjoy playing victim will be put at the top of the list. If "whipping boy" defines you, then YOU are our guy! Applicant must be honest, but not too honest (wink, wink). Please be adept with hiding various amounts of money under one of three cups you constantly shift around. Your background will be checked to ensure you NEVER tried to fire a hockey coach who drank on the job or eliminated a nearly empty classroom or school building to save money in a district that is constantly cash-strapped. Any knowledge of education is a bonus, but not required.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's hire a local accounting firm to manage the school budget instead of a superintendent that's too expensive in salary and benefits.

SCATS said...

Here's an email Charlie Hubbard sent to the Supt. & BOE following Monday night's BOE meeting on the budget. He gave permission for me to post it. He received NO RESPONSE.

I don't claim to have any better 'feel' for what the community will accept than anyone else. What I do know is we are providing 'premium' bus service for some and people see it and they see waste.

These are tough times and are going to get tougher. If I heard correctly last night we are wanting to cut another 1.5 M - simply put 'premium' bussing MUST be #1,2,3 before class size increase, programs ect. yes even longer walks to bus stops, also a premium.

I asked you 3/4 years ago what the educational benefit is for signature schools and open enrollment, without hesitation your response was 'I doubt I could show any'

This item has gone unaddressed FAR too long. You have the perfect time to take the bull by the horns and get done what each of you know needs to get done.

As always feel free to share with any and all

Chas

ps; not having a second vote - would be a BIG mistake


Well Charlie. They made that choice:( There's not a lot we can do about it, is there?

Anonymous said...

Charlie whines a lot and doesn't seem to get much accomplished. Just my thoughts.

SCATS said...

To 4:20PM ~~ According to the exit polls, people are taking note. Stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

Nobody with true knowledge ever claimed that Signature Schools would result in any educational benefit.

They were created to solve the problem of redistricting during a time when Greece's population was shifting geography at record pace. Period.

Because of the population exodus from neighborhoods bordering Rochester, buildings with plenty of capacity were seeing dwindling enrollment while those to the west were seeing the opposite.

SCATS said...

To 5:16PM ~~ You are confused. Schools-of-choice were created when Greece's population was growing rapidly & shifting to the NW quadrant of town. Signature schools were a fabrication of Steve Walts as a means to his "vision" of Greece becoming "a world class school district." You know, it's almost funny writing that!

What exodus from neighborhoods bordering Rochester are you talking about? Where did these people go? Certainly NOT from the Dewey-Stone neighborhood to tracts off of Janes Rd!

Anonymous said...

4:20, just my opinion, but...

Here's a guy, Hubbard, that wrote DIRECTLY to the Supt. & the BOE about a topic that is (and has been)in dire need of being addressed. The fact that you can write anything even remotely negative about that, yet alone chalk it up (anonymously) as whining is laughable. My guess would be that your parents (they must be proud)and upbringing are to blame for your pathetic and cowardous stance here. He's sat on the BOE a couple of terms, been outspoken (publicly) with his opinions before, during and after serving on the BOE, and to my knowledge, has always stood behind his decisions and opinions. You (anonymously) call this person someone that "whines a lot". Outstanding 4:20! Is it any wonder this district is where it is?

Again, just MY opinion.

Anonymous said...

So they don't want the 2 that were the best of the bunch? Did they make that announcement or did the 2 drop out?

SCATS said...

To 11:46PM ~~ My understanding is that they didn't like either candidate.

Anonymous said...

I think this is good news , and I thank them for the decision.
I'll yell when they are wrong and will cheer when they make a good decision.
Those who choose to just bitch, bitch and bitch, must wonder why they have had no success but keep up the same tactic. Slow learners!

SCATS said...

To 7:13AM ~~ Will it be "good news" if they retain Jo Kehoe again? How about if Steve Achramovitch gets another 3 yr. contract? Will that satisfy you when GCSD falls all the way to the bottom of every category in Monroe County?

There are a FEW things Greece Central gets right, VERY FEW. It's one of the hallmarks of a broken system run by dysfunctional people. Supporting them when they turn away a FUNCTIONAL candidate who would work to correct this district's path makes you an enabler.

Anonymous said...

7:13 Try to have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

SCATS 5:16 -
I didn't call you (or anyone else) names and would appreciate it if you would do in kind. I am not confused. I have insider knowledge that I shared with the blog (and see what it got me?).

I have decided to leave the blog to the "National Enquirer" crowd if truth is not to their (and your) liking. I will end with...

I started my post by saying "Nobody with true knowledge..."

What was said publicly by Steve, Tom and Elaine (remember the two assistant superintendents who actually created the Signature School concept for Steve?) and what was said in high level closed meetings are two very different things.

Signature schools were created to avoid the political turmoil of redistricting every few years (due to population mobility) and to avoid the costs to upgrading Barnard. Period.

For the time being, you have lost a factual blog contributor in me. Good luck with that.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter who you get as Super, until the BOE stops and realizes they are the problem and it is not their job to run the district adn make all the decisions.

SCATS said...

To 9:51AM ~~ Awfully sensitive there, aren't we? Saying you are confused is NOT name-calling in my book. Had I said you are an idiot, that would be a different story. Hopefully, you can tell the difference. Have fun with the NE crowd.

Anonymous said...

Imagine the prospects of dismantling one of the top high schools in the country. No one wants to take that on. If they can't get rid of West Ridge Kindergarten, you think they're going to mess with Odyssey?

SCATS said...

To 3:57PM ~~ Imagine the outrage when it becomes crystal clear that Odyssey's "philosophies & theories" are demonstrated to be ineffective in replicating their "success" at other schools . At that point everyone will know for certain it's the lottery that limits the diversity of the student body combined with the hand-selected staff that creates a private school atmosphere within a public school setting at a higher than typical cost ;)

Anonymous said...

Cagwin, 3:57 and I all feel that the district should look at McQuaid, for instance. Let's figure out what they're doing right in that school, and simply apply it to our own schools.

SCATS said...

To 10:23PM ~~ How do you know who 3:57PM is? This is the first time I have heard McQuaid mentioned on here.

As far as Odyssey being "a top high school" goes, there are some policies in place in that building that constitute cruel & unusual punishment for the youngest students in particular. I wonder if DO is aware of the details ... ?

Anonymous said...

Um, SCATS, I was joking around when I wrote at 10:23. Geez, take it easy. My point was that those people that seem to think just taking the educational principle from one school (OA), and applying it to another, are in denial. They refuse to acknowledge the fact that other BIG variables are different between the schools. This was the McQuaid comparison. At McQuaid they pick and choose WHO attends, just like OA, so the results are skewed. Therefore we shouldn't necessarily look at the educational "ideas" that come from that school anymore than we do at OA. As I have written here before, it's the same as MCC pointing at the results at Harvard, and saying they want to use Harvard's educational approach to improve results. Apples and oranges.

SCATS said...

To 4:44PM ~~ One of the limitations of the written word is absence of tone. It's not easy to hear sarcasm, amusement, anger, etc. when I get so many wide-ranging and/or emotionally charged comments in a day.

I was serious about my policy comment though. Why would anyone force a 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grader even to remain in an activity they dislike for an entire year? It's certainly NOT to benefit the student!