Thursday, May 06, 2010

Two Supt. Finalists To Visit Next Week

  
ROCnow:

The Greece Central School District Board of Education has picked two finalists for the job of Superintendent of Schools.

The finalists will visit Greece next week for school tours, final interviews with the school board and a Meet the Superintendent Finalists Forum.

Kim J. Dyce-Faucette, currently Chief of Staff for the Rochester City School District will answer questions from the community during a 4 p.m. forum May 12 at Apollo Middle School, 750 Maiden Lane. Dyce Faucette has more than 20 yaers of educational experience, including as a secondary social studies teacher, an assistant principal and a principal, according to job search consultants with Monroe-Orleans No. 2 Board of Cooperative Educational Services.


Kim Dyce Faucette

James G. Feil, currently Superintendent of the Traverse Area Public Schools in Michigan, will hold a community forum at 4 p.m. May 13, also at Apollo Middle School. He has more than 25 years experience in Education, with a background in finance, according to BOCES.

James Feil

The Greece school board is expected to make a final decision on a successor to Superintendent Steven Achramovitch, who plans to retire in July, at the end of the month.

SCATS ~~ Love the last sentence on that Meaghan! Did you ask WHEN they would decide by?? What does "in July, at the end of the month" mean? I thought he retired effective June 30th.

39 comments:

D&C Lover said...

It's the quality reporters at the D&C we should be proud to have in our community. lol

SCATS said...

It turns out Meaghan meant the BOE plans to decide upon a new Supt. by the end of the month ... May.

Anonymous said...

http://record-eagle.com/grandtraverse/x546328405/Superintendent-gets-graded-on-job

Anonymous said...

It didn't "turn out" that she meant that... she actually did mean it!

It is important to pay attention to commas ;)

SCATS said...

To 6:12PM ~~ Actually Meaghan, I wasn't the only person confused by the wording and comma placement which I noted.

SCATS said...

To 5:37PM ~~ Thank you for the link! So then, Feil's biggest weakness is relationships both inside & outside of school. Sounds familiar! His greatest strength is student achievement, something we could really make use of!

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight.
There is no one qualified candidate in the entire Greece Central School District????

What we really need is someone who actually understands what this town and district have been through in the past 8 years. Someone who knows what has not worked and and someone who has lived in the community.

SCATS said...

Thank you 9:12PM, but I really don't want the job :D

Just kidding ;)

Anonymous said...

Someone should let Ms. Dyce-Faucette know before she arrives that statistically speaking, her relatives have next to no chance of going to our illustrious schools-of-choice. These very statistics were presented to the freedom fighting reporter at the D&C , and she blew them off.

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that we are looking outside of the District. We need another perspective not the same old thing.

SCATS said...

To 9:26PM ~~ Please attend the community Meet & Greet next week and bring it up :)

It's interesting to note that Feil's district went through a school closing process not so long ago that caused quite a bit of uproar with parents in his district. Things must be looking up if he's willing to do it again!

http://archives.record-eagle.com/2007/jul/10tcaps.htm

SCATS said...

It turns out he closed down three schools in '08:

http://archives.record-eagle.com/2007/jul/07tcaps.htm

SCATS said...

According to SeeThroughNY, Ms. Dyce-Faucette earns just $145,367 in RCSD. We advertised that we were willing to pay $200,000-230,000. Does this mean we can't "save" by offering her $170,000 or so for the job?

Anonymous said...

I just googled Feil -

Feil added all-day, every-day kindergarten to six elementary schools, fought for equitable state funding and campaigned successfully for a 2007 capital projects bond.

But during his tenure, the district also closed three elementary schools and, more recently, engaged in contentious contract negotiations with the teachers union.

Board members wrote in Feil's yearly performance review in December that he needed to improve his communication skills.

He said "drawing a pension in Michigan while working elsewhere personally would benefit me."

Feil said community discontent and apparent teacher morale issues did not influence his choice (to leave), adding he likely would have made the same move even if the board had renewed his contract last month.

Anonymous said...

Two pathetic choices when viewed against the total population of capable (unwilling?) candidates. An inexperienced (as supt.) big city administrator and an unpopular mercenary from Michigan looking for 4 years in the NYS retirement system gravy train. Sure gives the slimy Boily bunch the opportunity to say that keeping Achrom. is the best choice.
In 30+ years of tracking candidates this has to be the weakest group of finalists ever presented. Remember JH in the 1980's from Bloomfield Hills in Mich? Lasted a year, phantom wife, chased skirts including board member kin. Guess he just had the Supt.'s disease! lol

Anonymous said...

In case anyone missed this, Mr. Feil also has plenty of experience running a district next to a really big lake!

Anonymous said...

I had no trouble understanding the meaning of the sentence with the grammatically correct comma placement. But then again, I did not go to GCSD.

Anonymous said...

He is 61 and wants out. He was quoted that he wouldn't mind having the retirement package from his state while working in another state. Said something about wanting to be near his family and grandchildren in Wisconsin. Are we closer to there than Michigan?

http://record-eagle.com/local/x1270810140/23-apply-for-TCAPS-superintendent-position

http://record-eagle.com/grandtraverse/x671407952/Feil-leaving-TCAPS-not-retiring

Notice the bottom story on this for how the Michigan people pay their superintendents. Why can't we do that?

http://record-eagle.com/local/x908934340/Week-in-Review-04-04-2010

Look at what they pay their administrative leaders! Wow he will think he has won the lottery if he gets to work for us. The lowest administrators here in Greece make more than he is making there. And many of our teachers make more than their human relations chief.
http://record-eagle.com/grandtraverse/x1562456059/Six-TCAPS-administrators-to-get-pay-cut

SCATS said...

To 8:41AM ~~ I didn't go to Greece schools either. I'm not the only one confused by the sentence. I thought the word "July" was the "month" referred to with "end of the month." So did some others ;) I blame it on all of those involuntary work furloughs at the D&C. It can make writing skills rusty.

SCATS said...

To 9:54AM ~~ I'm sure he will be happy here, especially if we offer him lifetime health care should he retire right after working in Greece ;)

Anonymous said...

If the 4;04 posting is correct - I WANT THIS GUY.

Anonymous said...

The effort to sabotage the new superintendent appointment has begun.

The district had no business putting that information on the web site two days ago. McDermott picked up on it and hence the article in today's D&C.

The point is the board is responsible for the notification of finalists, not Laurel Heiden nor Steve "sore loser" Achramovitch. I note that the story contains no comments from Tydings or any other board member. The fact is they were purposely blindsided with the exception of the Boily faction who no doubt were complicit in disregarding board policy and protocal (once again). The board had planned to announce the finalists next week with Tydings issuing a press release. Let the Games Begin!!!!

SCATS said...

To 12:22PM ~~ Actually, The D&C had an article posted yesterday around 1:30PM +/-. I received an email about it around that time, too. I do not recall seeing the item posted to GCSD's website before yesterday.

Anonymous said...

How are they ( BOE) even considering someone with no experience to run a district of this size, let alone when coming from a sinking ship that is the RCSD?

SCATS said...

To 3:43PM ~~ Does having experience really help? Please show me that has been the case in the last 20 yrs. Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Scats I see you point as per exp. however to move up to a Super. position coming from a district that is in shambles may be a tough sell.

I just can not believe that this is it from the pool.

SCATS said...

To 5:18PM ~~ Well, maybe the response was underwhelming. Maybe candidates research districts online before applying. Maybe SCATS will be blamed for posting about the good (little), the bad (quite a lot) and the ugly (too often) over the past 4 years.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the city candidate can get our high school graduate up to the city's current high level of.....oh! Never mind.

Maybe the Michigan candidate can use his expertise in communication to build a bridge between administration, teachers and the community......oh! Never mind.

Let’s be real. These two candidates are totally unacceptable. Their histories speak of leadership through intimidation (Waltz II?), a refusal to entertain ideas other than their own, and a lust for power. Do a little internet research on these two and you'll see that Greece deserves better. It looks like the board wants to bring in someone to be more hated than they are to take a little heat off of them.

There is probably nothing we can do to stop the hiring, but we should at least try.

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Anonymous said...

The lady from Rochester used to be the principal of Franklin. Her tenure there ended by her being removed. The school was broken up into "smaller learning communities". (That did not work either!) Her reward for her failure was to be promoted to downtown to join the ranks of other failed administrators.
How much sense does it make to take a top leader from a district that is about to be taken over by the mayor due to poor performance? Is she bailing out because of that?
This posting has nothing to do with race or gender before anyone asks. It relates strictly to past performance.

Anonymous said...

If "Michigan" gets the job he will probably be so shocked when he sees our property tax rates, he will try like hell to reduce costs. Dreamer, right?


The following is copied from the reference previously sited.

TRAVERSE CITY -- A base salary of $155,000 for Traverse City's new school chief will be a tough sell for a district cutting millions from its budget, board members, teachers and parents agree.

School board members last week set criteria for applicants interested in replacing James Feil as the Traverse City Area Public Schools superintendent. They will advertise the position with base pay up to $165,000.

Feil, who will leave July 1, earns $159,832, the same as last year after he did NOT accept an annual increase. He started at $145,000 in 2005.

If it's reasonable -- and school board members think it is -- then they need to explain why, said Donna Kolle, a District Advisory Council participant and parent of TCAPS graduates.

"They have to take into account the overall economics of the area," Kolle said, citing free and reduced meal rates near 80 percent at some schools. "It will be hard for the public to swallow that."

In February, the board adopted roughly $6 million in budget cuts for 2010-11 that include $300,000 from administration and about $3.2 million in compensation from all employees.

SCATS said...

I want to thank everyone for all of the contributions in the way of links & articles! I REALLY appreciate the help :)

SCATS said...

Regarding the candidates ~~ I think Ms. Faucette should be our choice provided she is willing to live in a home she purchases in Greece (following a probationary period) and we offer her the lowest salary advertised & keep her at that for a full year. However, she should still be evaluated after 6 mo. on the job which should be "probationary." If she doesn't perform, boot her out. At the end of one year, if she doesn't rise above clearly stated goals, she is not given a new contract. This ensures we get rid of Steve, don't pay for someone's relocation expenses, and still have a Supt. in place for at least a year.

SCATS said...

BLOG Administration deleted the comment left by 8:09AM & is reposting it below, minus the name-calling:

Anonymous said...
We are the 7th or 8th largest school district in New York State and these are to ONLY two candidates our xxxxx school board are looking at. They can't be serious. What a joke. A 61 yr old man who will take us for a ride for our retirement system and a woman from RCSD where high school kids can't even read at 3rd grade level. What a freaking joke. Our kids are sunk. And our school district will sink even lower. GO BACK TO DRAWING BOARD XXXXXX.

SCATS said...

I've been informed that GCSD must offer a new Supt. a contract that is a minimum of 3 yrs. in length, or a maximum of 5 yrs. As far as I'm aware, we could still be creative with offering an increase inside that 3 yr contract ONLY IF SPECIFIC GOALS ARE MET WITHIN A SPECIFIED TIMELINE. If the goal isn't met, no increase is given, simple & straightforward.

Anonymous said...

Dear SCATS,

You might want to do some nosing around before endorse Dr. Dyce. Some good sources from the city (non union) are less than complimentary. Think of a Meg with a hair-trigger temper...

Some extra scrutiny would be very prudent.

SCATS said...

To 2:47PM ~~ My "endorsement" is with eyes wide open. I've been told a number of unflattering things about said candidate's past. My concern is that I don't want Greece to be "stuck" with offering Steve another three year contract. STEVE MUST GO, PERIOD!

The other candidate will cost us more money, I suspect. We'd be stuck with relocation expenses on top of whatever salary.

Ms. Faucette would be pleased with a $45,000 raise, wouldn't have to relocate, and could be held accountable IF THE BOE CLEARLY STATES EXPECTATIONS in the form of measurable goals that must be met during several reviews before getting even one penny more.

Lastly, if she is as feared by the teachers as I'm hearing she might be, then MAYBE she would be good for the district afterall ;)

Anonymous said...

a bird in the hand, scats, a bird in the hand...

SCATS said...

To 8:51PM ~~ If you are referring to Steve, he's a do-do, about to become "extinct" in the administrative realm.