Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Signs That O'Rourke Could Be Our Next Supt.

  
The 65 yr. old John R. O'Rourke took over as GCSD's Interim Supt. on July 23rd. Last night was his first board of education meeting. From the sound of things during this first work session, the Greece school board and O'Rourke are liking each other ... a lot. All sorts of kind words and expressions of appreciation for each other were uttered during the course of this study session. It was a veritable love-fest compared to the last 4 years. Most notable were O'Rourke's contented words at the end of the meeting : "I feel like I'm in the process of finding a home. I'm very happy I'm here."

Earlier in the meeting, O'Rourke volunteered to help the BOE formulate a larger plan to provide district oversight using the BOE's laundry list of identified goals for the upcoming year. Oddly, the only time that anyone at the meeting mentioned conducting a search for and hiring a new Supt. was when Frank Oberg began the Goals Discussion by reading a condensed list of a handful of goals the BOE created at a previous meeting!

Add to that the fact the Greece school board decided to postpone until Fall any resumption in their search for Achramovitch's replacement and one gets the feeling that there is no hurry at all in finding someone to take the district helm.

Could it be that O'Rourke is the man the BOE has set its eyes on to be the next Supt? Stay tuned!

8 comments:

Charlie Hubbard said...

I have not met the man - yet but I must say I was impressed by how he made mention of how alot of the 'goals' would be 'his' responsibility - WHOA - you have to have studies, committees, and get all kinds of input from stake-holders (what ever that means) before a decission is made - otherwise YOU will be accountable???? We can't have that. If you take away micro-management some boards members won't know what to do with themselves.
Someone willing to be accountable??

SCATS said...

To Charlie ~~ Careful there ... the two times Achramovitch attempted to be accountable, the BOE reversed his decisions!

Charlie, what did you think when O'Rourke said: "Committees can be the lifeblood of the school district."?

Charlie Hubbard said...

to Scats;
Historicly committees have been a joke, a way to provide cover for a board not wanting to be accountable for a decission to be made - touchy/feely crap.
Show me an item where a committee is needed and i'll show you an item the board wants to have delayed. Wanting more data or info is another way to assure an endless delay.

Now let me something perfectly clear. When you here a board talk about getting community input, THAT is as phony as a three dollar bill.
First of all if someone has a concern about an item or an idea on improvement - someone please tell me why they need to get on a committee to get that idea heard - please tell me why that idea can't be relayed to a board member or the super?

Personnaly I will serve on a committee when he## freezes over - the reason - until this school board respects the VOTE of the people they are suppost to represent demonstrating they are not interested in what the community says WHY would you think they care what YOU think? aka THEY already know everything. THEY have all the answers.

Anonymous said...

Of course O'Rourke is happy to be here. He can basically sit back and collect a HUGE pay check and let Boiley's bunch run the show. Not a bad retirement gig.

Anonymous said...

Bite your tongue SCATS! The last thing Greece Central needs is someone else's 'retired' superintendent! Why don't we just let these people enjoy their pensions instead of supplementing it with even more money? No NY superintendent ever died poor.

SCATS said...

To 3:32PM ~~ I agree, he is the last thing we need.

Anonymous said...

Simmer down. Give them all a chance to get something done!

SCATS said...

To 4:51AM ~~ This district has had a couple of decades of chances. It's time to pee, or get off the pot.