Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Greece School Board ~~ 9 Tools Of The Union

   
To say I'm DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED by our BOE's performance at last night's meeting is a huge understatement! It's become painfully apparent that our BOE "leadership" has sold-out the community who elected him in the name of accountability & change! The hints are everywhere since the moment the oath of office was taken back in early July. They range from failing to obtain a roll call vote when adopting the non-voter approved tax levy to failing to follow policy #6431 on Employee Contracts & Addendums when approving two MOA's last night to failure to know anything critical about using Parliamentary procedures ~ as became painfully and embarrassingly apparent last night! Perhaps that embarrassment is what fueled the unusually quiet and reserved tone to get the agenda behind them and get the hell out of that meeting ... ?

Whatever the case, our school board once again thumbed its nose at the community AND at their own policy by not telling us what those Memoranda of Agreement were all about last night. (One BOE officer seemed to understand they were being under-handed when she asked if the content of the MOAs were posted online, but settled for the response from the BOE clerk! Apparently Lynne Armstrong now runs the district. Who knew!?)  Board Policy #6431 states:

The District shall prepare an estimated cost for each portion of any new employment contract or addendum to the extent feasible. The estimated costs will include the anticipated amount needed for each year of the new contract or addendum. This cost estimate shall be attached to all new contracts or addendums and shall be available to the public. It will be the responsibility of the Superintendent and the Human Resources Department to have these figures available, if possible, ten days prior to any Board discussion of contracts and/or addendums.

The Board will discuss and report the projected costs of such contracts in open session and the projected costs will be recorded in the official meeting minutes.

The Superintendent, the Executive Director of Human Resources and Support Services and the Board Officers, will be responsible for coordinating these tasks.

If by chance the GTA MOA turns out to be laying the groundwork for the new GTA contract expected to be adopted in mid-Sept., they will be even more embarrassed trying to 'splain to the community WHERE THE $$ CAME FROM, especially since we're under a "bare bones contingency budget" that they couldn't risk asking for voter approval to support.

Tools of the union ... and District Office Administration ... defines them all!
  

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot SCATS. You told us to vote for these people. O'berg's team is running the BOE right now and this is how they act? Nice call SCATS? Can Hubbard and Moscato talk to O'berg? They were HMO for goodness sake. What happened to Frank?

Anonymous said...

Scats,

Union members don't know what is in the new possible contract yet either. There are laws about not negotiating the contracts in public. They don't want it to become a media thing. I don't necessarily agree with this but they are just following the rules.

SCATS said...

To 3:06PM ~~ You're MOST WELCOME!

To 3:17PM ~~ If you believe what you wrote to be the truth, then I guess its high time they bring their policy into line with the law with PRESSURE FROM FOLKS LIKE YOU!

SCATS said...

By the way 3:06PM ~~ If we let Boily run it with McBoob at his side, we'd probably have a double digit tax increase WITH a side order of contingency budget.

SCATS said...

BLOG Administration is rejecting posting a short comment referring to certain persons as "wind bags."

Anonymous said...

Scats; Are you saying changes were made to the gta contract last night? Is that what I am hearing?

Anonymous said...

If the contract were merely an extension of an exsisting contract - they would already know the costs. I'll bet they just decided to go with an extension to make it easier to find a new super.

SCATS said...

To 3:36PM ~~ I said "If by chance the GTA MOA turns out to be laying the groundwork for the new GTA contract expected to be adopted in mid-Sept..."

"IF" is the keyword ;)

To 3:51PM ~~ I expect there are going to be several changes, not just an extension.

Anonymous said...

3:17PM........The TEACHER'S UNION members will KNOW EVERYTHING that is in the NEW UNION contract BEFORE it is ratified by the spineless school board because the UNION CAN take the proposed settlement back to the UNION members so they may ALL VOTE on whether to accept or reject the new contract. WE THE PEOPLE who pay the BILLS DO NOT get even a whisper of what is being proposed in the UNION contract because WE THE PEOPLE are SUPPOSED to be represented by OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS. This is horse crap piled as high as the Empire State building.

The TEACHER'S UNION has an EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE which has the power to make decisions on behalf of the UNION MEMBERS. The UNION MEMBERS ELECT these people to terms of office to make decisions just as we the TAXPAYERS do with our school board. So WHY is it that the UNION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE can take the proposed contract back to their members but our spineless school board cannot??? ANSWER........because they don't have the pecans to actually represent us for a change and challeng this in a court of law. As I said.........the horse crap is piled higher than the Empire State building.

Anonymous said...

HMO all talk no action! There edited so not to offend, are we really surprised that the BOE is the same ole boys club?

SCATS said...

To 8:25PM ~~ You are living in the past. There has been no HMO on the BOE for 2-3 yrs. Right now, there is simply "O" as the "HM" retired back to private life.

Anonymous said...

OFF topic but get this. We had orientation at ATMS and when I cam e out the cars had been plastered with card board flyers ( postcards) from DESTINY PREPARATION CHURCH. The glossy card has a pic of the APAC and the rest of the church's info. I am upset that while at the school a non affiliated organization can come on to the property to flyer they cars.

Anonymous said...

To 8:07 pm

It is not that "the UNION CAN take the proposed settlement back to the UNION members so they may ALL VOTE on whether to accept or reject the new contract." It is THAT THEY MUST. Get your facts straight. And by the way, YOU don't have a say in it because YOU are not involved in it. You want a say in it go to the BOE Mtgs and speak. Let your voice be heard. Remember you elected these people. Hold them accountable!!!

SCATS said...

To 9:45PM ~~ Does that church use A-PAC for their services? I think they may have had to move out of Apollo due to construction (like DO moved out for the Summer). I think I saw their sign by Apollo before, so I'm just curious.

To 5:20AM ~~ I've come to the sad conclusion that it's not possible to hold anyone elected to GCSD's BOE accountable. There's something about taking the oath of office that sucks out their intelligence and replaces it with some pro-union/administration mantra.

Anonymous said...

They do use the APAC for church, but I am not in favor of the APAC and the school being on a church mailing as the school has no religious affiliation. It is one thing for the time and address, I feel a full photo of the APAC AND AT with the pastor is not OK.

SCATS said...

To 11:06AM ~~ I tend to agree with you, but I suspect it's all legal. Look what the courts said about the "Church of Alzheimer."

Charlie Hubbard said...

Make no mistake policy 6431 was violated - PERIOD.

Policy 6431 was reviewed by the Harter Secrest law firm prior to approval.

Policy 6431 was put into place to prevent a repeat of the 'back room' MOA that resulted in the 'lifetime medical' fiasco.

If this or any board does not follow this policy they should be chastised by the community.

SCATS said...

To Charlie ~~ I agree. However, the fact is that the Greece school board no longers cares about the community. Evidence of that includes the fact that BOE leadership informed me a couple of weeks ago that SCATS was no longer read and that this person's blood pressure was under control as a result.

They don't just stick their heads in the sand, but far up where the sun don't shine ...

Anonymous said...

SCATS and Charlie; what recourse does the community have when the BOE violates policy 6431? Is there any legal recourse? To whom do we complain? It won't do any good to complain here on the blog!

SCATS said...

To 9:44PM ~~ A formal complaint to the Commissioner of Education might result in the BOE getting their hand slapped. NYSED is next to worthless in terms of ensuring compliance with State Ed laws. The only thing with any teeth in it would be to get their State Aid withheld, and I don't see Albany doing it :(

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 9:44
I understand your frustration and unfortunatly I don't have an answer for you - at least not a good one.
I know it sounds rather shallow but just having a blog like this to vent the frustrations of residents and let 'others' know some of us are watching (bad choice of words) even though we no longer have the benefit of channel 12 televising the meetings - so much for 'that' back room deal.

No policy can replace ethics or common sence or the 'will' to keep your word.

Let me remind readers next week residents are going to receive a 'larger' tax bill because your vote was ignored and disrespected. Last week the board voted 8-0 to levy that tax increase WITHOUT voter approval. Unfortunatly when a small group of people think 'they' are smart and 'you' are stupid those same people need to be watched - all the time.

What I am seeing is things like policy 6431 and the Comptrollers audit approved 'yesterday' for show - today we do what ever we want. We have been down that road before and we paid a hugh price.

Anonymous said...

Charlie, I suspect you are right- the BOE can do whatever it wants, regardless of policies or directions from the state commissioner, or whoever.
Perhaps the only recourse we have (until election day) is to keep the public aware of the deception and the arrogance of the board members. Continuing to keep the discussion going here will be a help.
The truth will out!

Anonymous said...

I'm a little confused about what the problem is and how it is connected to policy 6431. That policy addresses contracts. MOA's were approved on Tuesday evening not contracts. These MOA's were settlements with an individual within a union that had had their rights violated under the existing contract. The Board had the information well in advance of their approval so whats all the hub-bub?

SCATS said...

To 12:54PM ~~ The issue is that the MOA's are covered by the policy and the BOE Pres. ignored handling them accordingly ... again.

By the way, please don't come back and attempt to pretend this is "secret" business. The MOA's have already been obtained under FOIL. It's RIDICULOUS that some prissy teacher "grieved" over having to do to much prep time to teach her class. In my humble opinion, any teacher who is adequately skilled in their field should have been able to adjust for the student's needs with minimal ado, instead of requiring additional pay and personal days.

I'm very concerned that our BOE has set a new (not to mention bad!) precedent with this ridiculous settlement.