Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Where Is She Now?

  
Meg Keller-Cogan

After departing Greece Central with a fistful of cash in one hand ($200,000+) and a "positive" letter of recommendation and a gag order against the Greece BOE in the other, Meg landed downstate in the Clarkstown School District.

Today, it appears she has really settled into her new school community. Her most recent budget got passed easily (as have most since her move there) when 69% of registered voters supported it by a two to one margin. Also, her teacher's union just settled a new 5 yr. contract that agrees to an 18 month pay freeze during these times of economic uncertainty. Her paycheck totals $225,000/yr. Looks like it was Greece's loss after all.
  

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

AMEN!

Anonymous said...

Hey Frank: we like that 18 month pay freeze stuff. See if ya can get us some of that! Ya might wanna give Meg a call and see how to go about it.

Anonymous said...

If Greece taxpayers were on their knees begging for relief, GTA would thumb their noses at them and demand even more. It's just how the union is in Greece.

SCATS said...

To 12:43PM ~~ FYI, the Greece BOE tried several times this past spring to get GTA to agree to a one year pay & benefit freeze. GTA refused and hammered back about wanting a new contract with pay raises. As far as I'm concerned, let GTA's new contract deal sit on the back burner for another year ... or three.

Anonymous said...

...and Brian Ladewig has been Assistant Superintendent for HR at Harrison Central Schoool district since he was sent out of Greece and is likely tenured by now. Three for three so far on the recent "their gain, our loss" trip down memory lane.

SCATS said...

To 7:01PM ~~ Ladewig is another person I may feature soon. We'll see depending on time, space, info, etc. Just because someone landed a job elsewhere doesn't make it our "loss." It could be that we dodged a bullet ... same coin, flip side ;)

Anonymous said...

There are many, many ways to spin the presentation of a new contract. An eighteen month pay and benefit freeze COULD mean status quo, including stepping, for eighteen months followed by steady increases for the rest of the five year span.

As for K-C, P-F, and L, good riddance!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Keller-Cogan and Ladewig.

SCATS said...

To 9:55PM ~~ I suggest you read the links I posted so YOU will know how it was "spun" instead of surmising incorrectly ;)

Anonymous said...

Getting concessions was a very big deal. The teachers' union in that location must have leadership and members who realize the economic reality we are i. I did notice on your link, however, that the employee benefit contribution was cut "to 33% from 35%". If we had a 33 or 35% employee contribution to benefits, I suspect it would make a significant difference in our budget costs.
Sure would be nice to know what is different in that district!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the board at the time blew this one. They never gave her a chance (40+ days). Gave away alot of money to buy her out and don't forget the 200+ they gave to Kehoe. Must be nice to throw away a half million and then find out she wasn't that bad. Thanks Walsh, Grason and HMO.

SCATS said...

To 11:51AM ~~ I think you've over-stated any potential "loss" to Greece. The "200+ they gave to Kehoe" would have been spent on having ANY Supt. in place. You've forgotten to factor in the huge legal expense to the district for fighting & settling all of those EEOC lawsuits, too. The only "winner" was Mary Donlon and she barely got any settlement given where she started and where she eventually ended.

SCATS said...

I meant to say other than Keller-Cogan, the only "winner" was Donlon.

Anonymous said...

This just goes to show you that the vocal minority isn't always correct. Remember the employees that were advocating for MKC to STAY (and I know someone on here will bring up the employees that wanted her GONE - all 5 of them from the EEOC complaints). In a role such as Supt., you cannot make everyone happy. Was MKC a hardlined administrator who expected quality instruction? YEP. You all want to blame her or SW for the poor results? Maybe if the whining teachers had spent more time trying to focus on the benefits of what she was saying and less on how "uncomfortable" change was for them, she'd still be here, our scores would be improved and this blog would cease to exist. :) Dreams are good.

SCATS said...

To 12:26PM ~~ I agree with much of what you stated. I've always thought that Walts & MKC were hard-nosed (wrong tactics maybe?), but for the right reasons. I've also thought that at least 2 of the 5 EEOC complaints were from teachers who should be moved away from the classroom, based upon what I knew about them. The other 3, I've never really heard much about. Having said that, the Walts era Math Investigations curriculum wreaked havoc across this district for too many years. The people in PWC are still trying to dislodge it down there.

SCATS said...

By the way 12:26PM ... there would still be a need for this BLOG given how MKC likes invoking gag orders ;)

Charlie Hubbard said...

Some very interesting items in these stories.
Very interesting was the 69% of registered voters involved in their school budget - something I would love to see here. A committment by the board to 'respect' the vote may be a good start getting to a figure like that.
Also interesting was the agreed to contract with the teachers union members paying 30% of their medical insurance. WOW

I am glad Keller-Cogan is doing well.
I was a part of getting her out of here in 2005. Based on things being as they were then I would do it again - no problem.
This district was littered in piles of c##p like you would not believe. You need no more than to read the Comptrollers report of 2008 - it doesn't cover all the piles but some of them. Others deserve more credit than I for cleaning up some of the mess but make no mistake - it needed to be done.

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SCATS said...

BLOG Administration deleted the previous comment and is reposting it below minus the name-calling.

Anonymous said...
11:51am, why don't you admit that either you are uninformed or spineless and go hide your head in the sand, you xxxxx. You may or may not realize that the legal advise at that time was to pay her off and move her on elsewhere. Point fingers all you want, the bottom line is that decision saved this district money in the long run, and helped to end an ugly chapter in our history.

7/15/2010 9:40 PM

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, 9:40pm, the chapter has not ended. The bullying by DO still continues. Only today, it is not as widely talked about. I hope that it will be soon and those that are continuing this tactic are removed from their position.

SCATS said...

To 9:11AM ~~ I've broached this topic with a couple of BOE members awhile back. Until someone comes forward, they say there is nothing they can do. If ALL involved on the receiving end would systematically use Whistle Blower's maybe it would help ... ?

Anonymous said...

Scats,
I have tried the Whistle Blowers hotline several times but to no avail. After waiting three days and calling back, it always tells me that Ann Mitchell needs more information and I should contact her directly. Why would I do that? What exactly does that protect?

SCATS said...

To 12:07PM ~~ I can't promise it will help, but I will forward your comments here to the BOE Prez. At least he can't say (later) that he didn't know.

Anonymous said...

Ann Mitchell is where the buck stops? OMG! What if she's part of the problem that you're reporting!?!

Why wouldn't a representative of the Board of Education be the person?

This is t-h-e reason why to n-o-t trust the system. Just shut up and keep your head down. Bullying at DO is ALIVE AND WELL!

SCATS said...

To 10:25AM ~~ I think your suggestion has a lot of merit. I'm forwarding it too.