Thursday, September 30, 2010

Flashbacks To The Recent Past & Tricky Math

  
Rahn vs. Baxter ... or how not to deceive the community

Under Merritt Rahn's regime, Greece was designated as a "Safe City." Following the 2 year scandal that tore apart the Greece Police Department under Rahn's leadership, that title was shelved. Chief Todd Baxter arrived. Crime was reported, often violent crime. People became aware that Greece had criminals and crime and that public safety was something we couldn't take for granted.

But that was weeks ago. Now, hints that maybe we are headed back to the less-than-honest & less-than-open procedures and PR used by a now jailed Rahn are starting to emerge once again. Case in point: the homicide on Old English Dr.

Shortly after police arrived on the scene, Chief Todd told us:  "We're quite sure it's not a random act."

Quite sure? Really? How do you know this?

The D&C reported: "He (Baxter) said while police are investigating to see what sparked the violence, there’s no reason to believe there is anything to fear in the community."

Two people are stabbed, but I have nothing to fear? Why is that? Do you have a suspect in custody? NO!

Today, the son of the murdered woman is labeled a "person of interest" but we're also told he's not a suspect. Baxter told the D&C : “There’s no danger to the neighborhood." What kind of double-speak is going on here? There is no suspect, no one has been arrested, BUT the community and neighborhood are safe? How can this be?

Initially, neighbors reported that police calls had been made to the home in the past for domestic disputes. That was last night. Tonight, GPD says one previous call was made sometime ago, but they won't say for what. Why the mystery? You want to reassure us, right? I'm not feeling comfy here ... nope, not at all.

Worse yet, Baxter apparently labeled last night's murder "the third homicide incident this year"  for the Town of Greece.

Third "incident?" Why are you watering down the body count? There were three men who were found shot to death at Holyoke Apts. in March. Hunter Resch was murdered by his father in February. Now it appears that a son may have murdered his mother on Old English Dr. last night. If I don't include suicide in the "incident count," I count five homicide victims!

On that note, I have one question for Chief Todd: How many "murder incidents" occured on Sept. 11, 2001? Three? Or approximately three thousand? Something tells me you wouldn't diminish the lives of the many men in blue who died that day by calling it three incidents.

Chief Todd, I'm disappointed with you! You're beginning to sound more political by the week. When I see you on the news, I don't want to be hearing Rahn-speak coming from your lips. I want the truth. I can handle it. The Greece community can handle it. You've shown us you can be open and honest. Don't sway away from the truth now, just as the community is trying to trust our cops again.

Please Chief Todd, don't diminish the deaths of any individuals in our town by playing politics with the procedures, the media and the numbers. We can't afford to repeat history so soon!
 

Union "Smarts" ...

  
A dedicated Teamsters union worker was attending a convention in Las Vegas and decided to check out the local brothels. When he got to the first one, he asked the Madam, "Is this a union house?"

"No," she replied, "I'm sorry it isn't."

"Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"

"The house gets $80 and the girls get $20," she answered.

Offended at such unfair dealings, the union man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop. His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madam responded, "Why yes sir, this is a union house. We observe all union rules."

The man asked, "And, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"

"The girls get $80 and the house gets $20."

"That's more like it!" the union man said. He handed the Madam $100, looked around the room, and pointed to a stunningly attractive green-eyed blond. "I'd like her," he said.

"I'm sure you would, sir," said the Madam. Then she gestured to a 92-year old woman in the corner, "but Ethel here has 67 years seniority and according to union rules, she's next.'"
 

What The Heck Is A "Microchasm?"

  
From Greecepost.com: "These are a series of tragic incidents, it's not the norm here. It's a microchasm of what's going on in society." ~~ Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter regarding the growing number of homicides in Greece this year.

SCATS ~~ Did Baxter really say "microchasm?" Or was the reporter unfamiliar with the word "microcosm" and guessed at the word Baxter uttered? If it was the latter, why didn't the reporter clarify what was meant with Baxter? And what the heck was the editor doing when this slipped by? Our education system is failing us!!
  

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

GREECE POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

 
13WHAM news reports: Greece, N.Y. -- The Greece Police Department is on the scene of a confirmed homicide on Old English Drive.

Police are not releasing any additional information at this time.

Did The Greece BOE "Expect" To Settle The GTA Contract?

  
This issue is pertinent because we are on a contingency budget.

If the BOE "expected" to settle this contract, then how much was budgeted and when were we told this was contained in our "bare bones" contingency plan?

If it was not "expected," then where will the money come from to pay out the raises?
  

Part 2: Did Athena Varsity Soccer Team Forfeit 5 Games?

  
Due to the ongoing interest in this controversy, I've decided to do a bit of digging and think I may have come up with some information certain supposedly knowledgeable folks say was unavailable. I guess I should have known better than to rely upon a sports booster parent type to lift a finger in defense of their contentions, but I digress.

Here is the Section V website

Here is the Section V Boy's Soccer Handbook

Here is the NYSPHSAA Transfer Rule

Here is the link for Section V forms

Here is the link for the REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF THE NYSPHSAA TRANSFER REGULATION

I have NO PLANS to read or digest all of this stuff. Instead, I'll moderate while you folks read and debate ;) Please remember to be a "good sport"!

NY Property Taxes: "Out Of Control"

   
According to the Tax Foundation, Monroe County residents pay the highest property taxes across the country when compared to home value, second to none, based on 2009 census data.

The median home value in Monroe County is $134,500 and property taxes are 2.89 percent of that value — $3,891.

"It's a very high rate of property taxes you are paying. If you were being very forgiving in your other tax areas, we would say don't worry about it, but you're not." ~~ Bill Ahern, the Tax Foundation

STORY

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

GTA Votes To Approve New Contract* With The Greece Central School District

  
Anonymous said...
F.Y.I The teachers approved the new contract.   9/28/2010 8:27 PM

Anonymous said...
Scats... I have suppported teachers on this blog for many months. I will no longer do that. You are right. Most teachers in this district must be incompetent. For them to vote for this contract is appalling. The district won. The district will now save thousands per teacher. This contract was approved by the young and dumb new teachers in this district. Thank God I don't have a child attending this District. These "teachers" are inept. If they can't look at simple math for the amount of money they just lost over the course of their entire life, THEN how can they teach your children basic life skills. They just got a $500 raise to lose $3500 in medical coverage/year for the rest of their life.

Scats...I will never doubt you again. You were right. Greece residents should have great concerns over their child's future education.   9/28/2010 9:46 PM
 
* Contract still must be approved by Board of Education vote as a formality.

Will GTA Approve Their New Contract?

  
Will the details of the proposed agreement be adopted? Or will the union show us once again that everything they do is for their own wallets? We'll be watching ... ;)

Auberger's New Math "Saves" $$

  
Yesterday's D&C reported that the Town of Greece is planning to expend $343,600 to revamp the old Dept. of Human Services facility on Maiden Ln. so that the Greece Police Dept. can use it as a "new" second precinct building. The current second precinct facility on Fetzner Rd. has been rented by the town for about $22,000/year.

"Any opportunity to eliminate costly lease payments and to use town-owned facilities is a win-win." ~~ Town Supervisor John Auberger

SCATS ~~ According to my rudimentary calculations, we could lease the current facility very reasonably for the NEXT 15 YEARS and still not spend the amount we will pay to refurbish the old DHS location! Exactly WHERE is the savings? The argument that this puts the police closer to where the crime happens in the Dewey/Stone area isn't accurate either, since the police are in their cars on patrol, not sitting in the precinct offices! How stupid do you think the taxpayers are Mr. Auberger???
 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall


How Low Can We Go?

  
Buffalo Business First rated the academic performances of the 67 school districts in the 8 counties within the Rochester Area, based on 4 yrs. of test data from the NY State Education Dept.

Greece Central Schools Rank #40 Out Of 67 In Area For Academic Performance.

Only E. Rochester,  E. Irondequoit and the Rochester City Schools Rank Lower In Monroe County.

Greece Central Ranks Third In Area For Number Of Employees (22) Earning Over $100K/year.

SCATS ~~ And yet our BOE will waste more time Tuesday night trying to identify goals all 9 of them can agree are worthy of action! It doesn't get more pathetic than this!!
 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I'm REALLY Going To Miss Gov. Dave!

Walmart Controversy Changes Focus

  
The Mobilizer ( http://www.rgvalf.org/ ) reports: The Rochester Building and Construction Trades Council is holding a rally for jobs Saturday, September 25th at Northgate Plaza in Greece. Northgate Plaza owner Widewaters has hired Samaco Enterprises from Liverpool, NY to perform demolition work for the new Wal-Mart while thousands of local construction workers go unemployed. This rally is a chance to tell Wal-Mart and Widewaters that bringing in construction workers from out-of-town will be met with the unmistakable voice of the local community that says "Local Jobs are for Local People!"

SCATS ~~ I drove by a week ago looking for the giant blow-up rat I'd heard rumors about, but saw none at this site. Big Lots is looking like a sitting target with demolition all around them. Even with the rubble, the view is MUCH IMPROVED from the shabby appearance Northgate Plaza was allowed to acquire over the last decade.
 

BOE Plans Tuesday Meeting

  
The Board of Education of the Greece Central School District plans a Special Meeting Tuesday Sept. 28th at 6:30PM to discuss Board Goals & Board Committees.

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Exec. Session @5:30 pm to discuss collective bargaining, employment history of partricular person(s) & pending litigation.

SCATS ~~ How much more time can the Greece school board waste discussing what their goals should be and what committees they should form before they actually get to work and ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING on their lengthy "to do" list?
  

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Did Athena Varsity Soccer Team Forfeit 5 Games?

   
From our email ...
Heard that the Athena Boys Varsity Soccer team had to forfeit its first 5 games due to the use of an illegal player.  Any truth to this?  Seems to me that the AD  should be held accountable if this is is fact true.  Keep it up your blog is the best.

Friday, September 24, 2010

See Any Parallels To Greece Central?

  
Waiting for Superman Official Trailer


Schamerhorn Must Fight Town of Greece To Get His Rank Back

 
Town officials didn't follow arbitrator's ruling to restore Schamerhorn to sergeant. On Sept. 16, his attorney, Peter C. Nelson, filed a petition in state Supreme Court asking the court to order the town to follow that ruling. On Tuesday, the town filed court documents seeking to have the arbitrator's ruling vacated. The case is tentatively scheduled to be heard Oct. 14 before state Supreme Court Justice John Ark. (D&C)

Did Greece Central School District Fall Behind In Rent Payment?

  
Anonymous said...

I am not sure what topic this covers but is there any truth to the rumor that GCSD was late paying their rent to Kodak? I have heard they were going to receive an eviction notice. Isn't it true that they have now extended lease. What does this cost the tax payers? Why couldn't they just move into an empty school?     9/24/2010 8:21 AM

SCATS ~~ Common sense really has become an oxymoron!
  

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Former Human Services Bldg To House 2nd Precinct

  
The Greece Post reports: Greece's former Human Services Building at 500 Maiden Lane to become the new 2nd Precinct for the Greece Police Department.

“Our ability to upgrade the facility using a combination of Energy Efficiency Block Grant Funds and Town funds allows for the conversion of the former Human Services Building into our new Greece Police Precinct Two. We will eliminate lease costs associated with the rented facility on Fetzner Road and provide a larger facility. Any opportunity to eliminate costly lease payments and to use Town owned facilities is a win-win. We are looking forward to the completion of the project early in 2011.” ~~ John  Auberger, Supervisor

SCATS ~~ Whatever Baxter wants, Baxter gets. Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah, Rahn did whatever he wanted to do, too ... and Auberger couldn't recall any of it!

Town of Greece Cuts Deal With Brian Ball

  


WHEC-TV reports: The Greece Town Board met Tuesday night and authorized a separation agreement that will  allow him to resign pending a retirement. All disciplinary charges against Brian Ball are now formally withdrawn. Monetary compensation in the $95,000 range is still being decided. Ball is currently working as head of security at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
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Anonymous said...

Firkins salary 2009 $92,961 and for 2010 $97,772 . Auberger was at 107,723 then this year 114,568. It must be a fiscal year that ended in July. Nice average raise they gave themselves of 6.5%per year.

But the police make more than the 2 "I am he and we are all together" duo. Steve Chatterton 126k last year. Pat Phelan is at 140k this past year. And some others with Steve's same last name do too. Public employees have to give up a little privacy to make their built in raises and forever pensions.    9/22/2010 7:25 PM

SCATS ~~ Well, well, well ... after spending $1 million leaving "no stone unturned" and hundreds of thousands of dollars more settling multiple associated lawsuits, it looks like Uncle Auggie and crew feel they deserve some nice fat raises for dodging the bullets of yet another scandal. The people of Greece are nothing but suckers for tolerating and even supporting the most dysfunctional local government in upstate!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

College Board Announces 19 Odyssey AP Scholars

   
The Greece Post reports: 19 Odyssey Academy students are getting recognized as AP Scholar Award recipients. Ten students earned the National AP Scholar Award, seven students earned the Scholar with Honor Award and two students earned Scholar with Distinction status.

Anonymous said...

If Odyssey didn't have kids that could afford IB and AP test fees, Odyssey wouldn't be in the "top 100". Interesting isn't it ? Whats up Doc ?   9/21/2010 9:06 PM

SCATS ~~ An astute observation! Those low free & reduced lunch numbers at Odyssey translate into discrimination with an academic AND economic difference ;)

UPDATE ~~ Anonymous said...
My son goes to Arcadia and was also named an AP scholar of distinction. They all don't go to Odyssey!   9/22/2010 5:27 PM

SCATS ~~ Congrats to your son 5:27PM !!  Making it as an AP scholar at a non-school-of-choice-school is harder to accomplish!

Family Dollar Store To Fill Vacant Eckerds

  
Dewey-Stone retail site to get revamped interior to prepare for new occupant, according to the D&C.

SCATS ~~ Hallelujah!!! Hopefully our town govt won't screw it up!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Closed, Clubby & Corrupt Meet Tonight @6


Authorization to approve the following contracts:

Greece Central School District to provide School Resource officers for the 2010-2011 school year.


AGENDA

SCATS ~~ I thought the SRO's were in place on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. How can that be true if this agreement to provide them wasn't already adopted? Oh, I almost forgot! That's the "corrupt" part, right?
 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Steve Achramovitch Lands Interim Superintendent Job

  
BuffaloNews.com reports: " The job of school superintendent is starting to resemble free agency in professional sports. Familiar names long associated with one place are showing up in unfamiliar places.

For example, former Kenmore-Tonawanda Superintendent Steven Achramovitch is now the interim superintendent in Hamburg after Mark Crawford left Hamburg for West Seneca. Longtime Amherst Superintendent Dennis Ford took the job on an interim basis in Depew until former Lake Shore Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey was hired.

Just like professional sports, the people in demand tend to go where the opportunity and the money are."

SCATS ~~ Sadly, Steve Achramovitch's legacy (and the Greece Central School District's) lives on with continuing discrimination lawsuits. The notion that Achramovitch's skills might be "in demand" is disturbing at best.

Randomness of Lottery School Poverty Levels Questioned

  
Anonymous said...

Very telling that Greece's two most under-subscribed (i.e. emptiest) schools have the highest percentages of impoverished students (Parkland & Brookside*) while Greece's three most over-subscribed schools (all three are schools of choice with lengthy wait lists) have the least number of impoverished students (Odyssey, West Ridge & Pinebrook*) as a percentage of their enrollment. If I were a Vegas gambler (which I'm not), I'd say the odds of that happening without some inside help are nil!     9/20/2010 10:09 AM

* School names added by SCATS for clarity. Comment refers to numbers of students receiving free/reduced lunches in GCSD.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

39 Greece Teachers Grab Generous Retirement Package In 2009

  
Only 11 Greece teachers retired during the 2008-09 school year, according to D&C Story

"Offering the incentive did help us.We were able to hire back some of the teachers who would have been laid off." ~~ Laurel Heiden, spokesperson for the Greece Central School District

SCATS ~~ But did they retire "for the kids?"


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Free & Reduced Lunch Numbers Climbing Fast

  
Greece's Schools-of-Choice Have Lowest Numbers Overall

% Free & Reduced Lunches By School (Total)

Brookside 63
Parkland 62
Apollo 62
Longridge 60
Lakeshore 57
English Village 53
Buckman Hts 47
Olympia HS 47
Holmes Rd. 45
Arcadia MS 45
Autumn Ln 42
Craig Hill 39
Arcadia HS 31
Athena MS 30
Kirk Rd. 27
Athena HS 25
Paddy Hill 24
West Ridge 24
Odyssey Academy 17
Pine Brook 12

SCATS ~~ What a surprise! Our three "schools-of-choice" are all at the bottom of the list ;) Nothing unusual to see here at all!
  

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Northgate Neighbors Meeting

Wed. Sept. 22nd @7PM
Aldersgate Church
4115 Dewey Avenue

NGN invited town and county officials elected last November to update everyone on their activities since January and goals through the remainder of their terms. There will be Q&A opportunity for each speaker followed by cookies and soda.

Invited guests include:
County Legislator Rick Antelli, Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger, Ward One Councilwoman Shannon O’Keefe, Ward Three Councilman Andrew Conlon, and Receiver of Taxes Kathleen Taylor. At press time all but one have accepted.

SCATS ~~ Will Uncle Auggie come out of hiding and hobnob with the NGN group again? Or is he still licking his wounds from their Candidate's Night held last Oct? Attend to find out ;)

Greece PD Investigating Body Found In Parking Lot

YNN reports: A dead body was found in the Glenora Apt. complex parking lot on Joanne Dr. at 7AM. A passerby reportedly found the body of an unidentified man.

“Our Criminal Investigation Division is on scene to take the necessary precautions. We’ll take it from there depending on what the Medical Examiner tells us.” ~~ Greece Police Captain Steve Chatterton
 

Greece Cop Gets Governor's Award; GPD Make Burglary Arrests

 
The D&C reports: Greece Police Officer Shaun Moore received a Certificate of Exceptional Valor from Gov. David Paterson on Wednesday. He was honored for his actions on Nov. 21, 2008, when he shot a Greece man who was trying to kill his wife.

"It takes a special person to commit his or her life to a career that is challenging, sometimes thankless, and as these officers’ experiences illustrate, extremely perilous. The job can go from routine to dangerous in a split second, as we are so vividly reminded today. It takes a unique blend of duty and courage to wear a police officer’s badge, and it is with great pride — and solemnity — that I present these awards." ~~ Gov. Paterson

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Wayne D. Williams, 42, of Pittsford Street, was charged by Greece Police with burglary and grand larceny. Williams allegedly broke into a closed business on Stone Rd. Sept. 3 and stole property valued at approximately $4,000.

Randy L. Ross, 16, of Woodhill Dr. was charged with burglary, petit larceny & criminal mischief. Police say Ross broke into a residence on Lake Meadow Dr. & stole property valued at less than $1,000.

Brandon Mattimore, 24, of 700 Pine Trail, charged Sept. 6 with multiple counts of burglary in the second degree & grand larceny after allegedly breaking in to a number of homes in Greece. Mattimore allegedly stole approximately $16,000 of property. Mattimore was also interviewed for & charged with a string of burglaries at numerous residences in Honeoye Falls.
   
SCATS ~~ Way to go, Greece Police! Not so long ago, we rarely ever heard about crimes getting solved in Greece.
 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Where, Oh Where Is The New Teachers Contract?

   
100+ days ago, word about the new deal struck between the Greece Teachers Association leadership and the Greece Central School District was reported right here on SCATS. What's causing the delay in announcing it? Inquiring minds are asking questions!

Anonymous said...
Since we all know that the GTA leadership and the district have reached an agreement about the new teachers contract, why has there been no announcement? You would think they would be proud of the agreement and that there will be peace. Why are they hiding the new contract? Is it because it will cost us more than we budgeted for? Or did the budget plan for this increase all along and it was hidden in reserves?    9/15/2010 1:35 AM

Anonymous said...
Scats - my sources tell me not to worry about the GTA contract. Many of the members are not happy with it.  9/15/2010 6:54 AM
 
SCATS ~~ To 1:35AM ~~ Our BOE wasn't upfront in telling us that they PUT MONEY INTO THE BUDGET - the bare bones "Contingency Budget" - to cover the cost of a new contract. Do you feel hoodwinked knowing that?
To 6:54AM ~~ Is that why GTA's Prez. didn't mention the contract at last night's BOE meeting? It's the first time in 4 years he hasn't griped about not having a new contract ;)
  
  

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Everything Is Wonderful Inside the Greece Central School District

  
Residents' Forum ~ No speakers, no one has any beefs ... all is well ... nothing to see here ;)

Only GTA leadership spoke (out of all of our unions) and Don Pallozzi had NO BEEFS for the first time in 4+ years. As we've reported before, this means A NEW GTA CONTRACT IS COMING SOON!

School enrollment is 12,300 students, so far. I'm sure we will fill all of the buildings by Halloween, thereby saving West Ridge and any other under-enrolled school from closure ;)

Consent Order ~ Lifted ahead of schedule!

Whistle Blower Update ~~ Again, there's nothing of importance to see here ;)  The theft of time via time cards was just a misunderstanding ! Phew!! We're so relieved to hear that policies are being followed ;)

Fire Safety Report ~ NO discussion, not even a comment by our firefighter board member;  it was adopted along with the rest of the Consent Agenda!

School Resource Officer Update ~ BOE approved an inter-municipal agreement with the Town of Greece. This agreement was NOT read and there was no discussion!

Board Goals ~ Supt. O'Rourke's "goal" is to fit the title of the committee overseeing issues about Schools-of-Choice/Signature Schools/School Options/Neighborhood Schools into the small matrix allotted on his spreadsheet. The moniker "School Attendance Committee" was chosen and "transparency" was assured ;)

The BOE Prez. Oberg, Interim Supt. O'Rourke & several others met with Chamber of Commerce and other community representatives to discuss concern over the impact of SCATS on the search for a new superintendent for the Greece Central School District and on home buying & other business concerns. It was agreed that the C of C folk will each help pass along all of the district's white-washed news to 10 other people each in an attempt to counter the negative news reported on this BLOG. (Of course, that's not what was actually said, but it sure sounded like it was what they meant!)

The meeting was adjourned after just 1 hr. 45 min. Soon they will be as efficient as Uncle Auggie's closed, clubby & corrupt group ;)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Schools Open; Flasher Flits About Area

  
Irondequoit & Greece Police Investigating Similar Incidents (WHEC-TV)

GPD officers say a man exposed himself to a young girl who was waiting for the bus on Dewey Ave. Friday morning.

May Be Linked To "White T-Shirt Flasher" Who Struck In April (13WHAM)

Greece Central School District Superintendent Search "Do Over"

  
"Must Love Corruption!"

The Board of Education of the Greece Central School District, a large suburban district in western NY State, is renewing their search for a new superintendent. Applicants 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 seeks 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. Qualified applicants must be comfortable ignoring Greece Central School District's policy and regulations, as well as various state and federal laws. The Greece Central School District invites you to join our team where "Student learning is the goal" ... along with dodging EEOC lawsuits and white-washing Comptroller audits. Pay will be commensurate with applicant's ability to shirk responsibility, lie with a straight face and pretend everything is copacetic.

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30 - Apollo Cafeteria

  
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30pm to discuss collective bargaining, pending litigation & the employment history of particular person(s). (Why discuss collective bargaining when GTA's new contract is all set to go?)
Agenda Items of Note

Supt. Reports
EXCEL Project Update
Opening School Report
June 2010 Regents Results
Consent Decree Update
Whistleblower Update (Will it show any troubles remaining? UNLIKELY!)

Old Business
Board Goals
Board Committees
Board Development
Re-Authorize BOCES to Conduct Supt Search (They've wasted the last 3 months!)

Financial Oversight
Finance - Budget Status Report
Service Agreements/Contracts
EXCEL Change Orders

Consent Agenda
Special Education Report
Curriculum Approval
Fire Safety Report (Done over Summer break)

New Business
Appointment of NYSSBA Voting Delegate & Alternatate
Review of NYSSBA Recommended Resolutions
SRO Update (What's to update? School started only 4 days prior!)
 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Parents: BE SURE TO COMPLETE CONFIDENTIALITY/OPT-OUT FORMS

  
If for any reason you do not want your child’s directory information released (name, address, telephone number, date/place of birth, photographs, videos, participation in officially recognized school activities and sports, height and weight of athletes, dates in attendance, awards, honors, or degrees received, and most recent school attended), you MUST return the form to your child's principal by September 30th!

You have the right to NOT DISCLOSE this info to: Colleges and other educational institutions; the Greece Central Web site; Local media and district publications; Prospective employers and corporations and/or the US Military (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, etc.).

If Our BOE Was REALLY Worried About Student Safety ...


Would they post the pricey school resource officers in hallways that are fire hazards (unsafe)??
 Opening Day Video Shows Unsafe Hallways!  

Anonymous said...

Umm, what's all the green crap draped across the hall ceilings?
(Refers to the scene in the video on the BLOG titled "School Opening Debacles ...")

We've blown millions for fire safety, and I bet none of that is fire safe.

WHERE was School Safety?

How was this allowed to happen?

Billy don't forget to stick this fire extinguisher in your school backpack. Lance remember throw a chair through the window and exit directly onto the lawn in case of fire. The halls are not a safe evacuation route!   9/10/2010 1:51 PM

SCATS ~~ Good catch to our reader! In fact, I bet NONE of the paper or other decorations lining the walls was fireproof either!

Where's The GTA Demonstration This Year?


Last year they marched for the TV cameras, because they "had no contract."

Sept. 2009

This year, they taught instead, so I guess that new contract's comin' soon!

Sept. 2010

SCATS ~~ I'm issuing a Hold Onto Your Wallet Alert! Those pay raises and added benefits will cost you a bundle!

How Many School Resource Officers Are On Duty At Once In Each HS?

  
This 13WHAM news story shows (see photo) the two share duties together. Is this a change?

"Officers Jennifer Penkitis and Jeff Phillips share duties at Greece Olympia High School. Both are glad money was restored to keep officers on duty in schools. Phillips says he has three children in the district and believes the officers help keep schools safer and stop any problems from spilling over from neighborhoods into the schools."

Was Greece BOE Member Wrong?

  
It's been publicly stated that GCSD had the shortest school day and the shortest calendar in Monroe County. According to a list on WHEC-TV website, that's not the case.

Number of Instructional Days Scheduled
By Each School District In Monroe County

Brighton 183
Brockport 182 (K-5), 183 (Grades 6-12)
Churchville-Chili 182
E. Irondequoit 182
East Rochester 183
Fairport 180 (Elem.) 184 (Secondary)
Gates Chili 182 (K-6 & Grade 9), 181 (Grades 7-8 & 10-12)
Greece 183 (Elem.), 184 (Middle), 186 (H.S.)
Hilton 183
Honeoye Falls-Lima 182
Penfield 184
Pittsford 184
Rochester 185
Rush-Henrietta 180
Spencerport 183
Webster 180 (K-8), Grades 9-12 (181)
W. Irondequoit 184
Wheatland-Chili 182

SCATS ~~ I've received word that the NYS Education Dept.'s count INCLUDES Regents/midterm/finals days in GCSD's count of the 186 days shown for HS, as well as professional development days when students are NOT in school. For the 2010-2011 school year, the actual number of days of in school classroom instruction for Greece is 177 at elementary (but might include 2 "early release days" for elementary which NYSED counts as full days), 176.5 days for middle school and 170 days for HS.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

CASE AGAINST BRIAN BALL DISMISSED


DEAL STRUCK WITH TOWN OF GREECE

Will be permitted to retire or resign,
possibly with back pay

WHEC-TV reports: "DA's office tells I-Team 10 it's is no longer in a position to go forward with the appeal at this time, instead waiting for the outcome of an administrative proceeding between ball and the town of Greece."

Court Decision

SCATS ~~ NOTHING to see here, folks. Move along now. Every stone has been turned over.  Nevermind how much it will cost you in taxes to finish this corrupt game played between Uncle Auggie and the DA to save the former's backside ;)
   

School Opening Debacles ...

  
Right Hand ... Meet Left Hand ...

Anonymous said...
On a different note: The funniest thing I've heard all morning, on this first day of school, set of brothers (same family, same house, going to the same neighborhood school) assigned to DIFFERENT bus stops, LOL. Wait, it get's better. When the mother contacts GCSD Transportation, she is met with a a crabby attitude of resistance to her request for a change, and told she needs to write a letter to be considered for a change. The transportation office is overwhlemed, yet another reason to go back to neighborhood schools!      9/09/2010 9:48 AM

SCATS ~~ I'm so happy to know our transportation dept. is run by the penultimate of professionals that make GCSD newsworthy on a daily basis.

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School Opening Video


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Greece Board of Education Shut-Out Community

    
 While "Saving Us The Expense"
They Expended Another Boatload!

Tuesday night's "emergency" BOE meeting was accomplished without being broadcast on WGMC radio or taped for future broadcast on Time-Warner. The official reason? To save us the expense.

How ludicrous is it that our elected officials decided to forgo the minuscule expense of broadcasting their meeting, one where they decided to expend $125,000 of taxpayer money when the taxpayers had already said "no?"

Apparently, they decided it wasn't important to allow us to hear the discussion of their reasons for spending even more money ($5000 more) than they originally included in their resolution to reinstate the school resource officers for $120,000.

Apparently, we're not supposed to  think about why the school district foots the bill to pay TIME-AND-A-HALF WAGES to "off-duty" cops who never did any "regular duty time" for us .

Apparently, we're not allowed to hear that Auberger refused to provide any funding for this because then he isn't doing likewise for Spencerport & Hilton given that their districts include some residents living within Greece's borders. (See note at end)

Apparently, we're only good enough to foot the bill for whatever decisions they make, regardless how we vote.

I thought we lived in a democracy. Apparently, I was mistaken.

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Question: It sounds like GCSD is paying OVERTIME PAY RATES for the SRO's. How can this be proper if the officers haven't done their regular time hours for GCSD (but for the Town of Greece)? Why would the school district have to pay time and a half (or however much the OT rate is)?

Response: Ever since the beginning of the resource officer program (which predates my arrival on the board) the grant money (that once paid for the program until 2005) or the GCSD money (that paid for the program beginning with the 2005/2006 school year) have paid time and a half for the resource officers services. We are obliged to do this because of the police officers labor contract with the Town of Greece. It is beyond the control of the school district (unless of course we choose NOT to fund the resource officer program). The matter was discussed briefly in the meeting that I and Superintendent O'Rourke had with Supervisor Auberger, Chief Baxter, Capt. Chatterton, and Kathryn Firkins on September 1. We also discussed the possibility of the Town funding the program in whole or in part. It was determined that that was not possible because there are three school districts within the confines of the town's borders. The town can not fund this out of the town tax levy since they do not provide similar services to Hilton or Spencerport.

WAS THIS MEETING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC? WAS IT POSTED? I SUSPECT NOT!

Just more of the same old
"closed, clubby & corrupt"
leadership we all know so well!

Editorial: School Board Conduct - Greece N.Y.

   
I am asking for your help.

Last night 9/7/10 the Greece school board approve the spending of $125,000 for 'resource officers' in our 4 high schools.

This increase in our 'contingency' budget was labeled an 'emergency' to be paid for out of the 'emergency fund'.

It is very important that you understand this item was removed from the contingency budget prior to board approval in July.

NOW it is an emergency???

The budget is 'increased' two days before school starts due to this emergency.

I have been very involved in the operation of Greece schools for over 25 years and I have never seen anything like this.

I was elected to the Greece school board on 2 different occasions and have never seen anything as underhanded as this with perhaps one exception (the lifetime medical for a departing super.)

I am not a member now but if I was I would quit.

As a taxpayer in Greece I am asking for your help.

Charles C. Hubbard
388 Wildwood Dr.
Rochester, N.Y. 14616
585-581-0049
585-775-6015

Greece BOE Approves Spending Extra $125,000



School Resource Officers Put Back Into "Contingency Budget" ~~ according to WHEC-TV

BOE Spends More Than Original Resolution Allowed For

The Greece Post reports: Money To Come From  Reserve Funds

SCATS ~~ Funding for the Family Center, a lease for the Family Center, SROs ... what will be reinstated NEXT?? Oh, wait ... I can answer that! The new GTA contract is coming soon!!!

Why doesn't "NO" mean "NO" in Greece??
Why Wasn't This Meeting Broadcast?
 
 

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

BOE Special Meeting Tonight


6PM, Apollo Cafeteria
School Resource Officer Discussion

Motion: The Board of Education approves the Greece Central School District adding the School Resource Officers back into the 2010-11 Budget at a cost not to exceed $120,000.

Moved: Ferington
Seconded: McCabe

Motion: Amend the current motion to" investigate the impact" of the orginal motion.

Moved: O'Toole
Seconded: McCabe
Adopted 8-0
Motion: The Board of Education approves the Greece Central School District investigating adding the School Resource Officers back into the 2010-11 budget at a cost not to exceed $120,000 and to investigate the impact of this possibility.

Moved: Ferington
Seconded: McCabe
Adopted 8-0
  

Greece PD Cracking Down On Motorcycle Noise

   
Stationary & Roving Checkpoints Used To Fight Illegal Equipment & Safety Law Violations

STORY

SCATS ~~ HOORAY!! Could we include those who violate other portions of the town's noise ordinance, too? Beware bikers, barkers & boombox-mobiles.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Has District Office Lied To The Greece School Board?

  
I'm hearing (yet again) that Whistle Blower Case #9769039 has NOT been resolved satisfactorily, despite claims made by DO staff that all is well!

I'm also hearing that the potential forthcoming lawsuit & settlements may make the prior EEOC determinations look like childs-play.

Why don't our BOE members check into this themselves?  It may save the taxpayers of Greece a lot of $$ and themselves a lot of embarrassment!"

Board members, here's the phone number: 877-841-4273

So Much For Truth In Advertising ...

  
Online ad touts "renovated" Northgate Plaza with misleading and/or old information
despite claim it was last updated 8/20/10.

Anonymous said...

Look at this interesting ad for retail space at northgate. Read down about the recent remodeling and parking lot improvements. Is this truth in advertising? This is a current listing.

http://www.loopnet.com/xNet/MainSite/Listing/Profile/Profile.aspx?LID=9066401&SRID=1095338728&StepID=101&LinkCode=20280

 9/05/2010 12:09 PM

The ad claims: "Northgate Plaza is strategically located in the Rochester suburb of Greece, New York directly off one of Rochester's major thoroughfares, NYS Route 390, bringing over 33,900 cars daily. The center has recently completed a total renovation with a new roof, facade, and parking lot.

Nearby businesses include the home office of Eastman Kodak, Rochester's largest employer."

SCATS ~~ With a whiz-bang PR job like this, no wonder that plaza has remained empty for 10+ years ... despite being a "Power Center!"

Skewed Priorities ...

   
Greece Central School District classes don't begin until Thursday (one of the last districts to open in Monroe County), but all three Greece high school football teams have already played games.
   

Armed, Suicidal Man Surrenders To Greece Police

  
The D&C reports: Residents of a Greece apartment complex were notified to stay in their homes Saturday after police responded to a call from a suicidal man who said he had access to weapons.

According to Greece police, a 58-year-old man called police just before 6 p.m. and threatened to kill himself at his home on Calm Lake Circle. Upon arrival, officers tried several times to call him. A perimeter was set up around the building. About an hour later, the man agreed to walk out of the building when contacted. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation; criminal charges aren’t anticipated. Two long guns were removed from the apartment.
 
SCATS ~~ In this era of cell phones, how do police obtain a number to call?
 

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Of All The Things The Town of Greece Needs ...

  
How Did A 'Swap Shop' Make It To The Top Of The List?

The Greece Post reports: "... Greece director of public works, Greg Feeney, who is now gearing up to go out and take a look at the concept in Victor to consider the possibility of a similar center in Greece."

SCATS ~~ Before we spend one penny of taxpayer money, or invest one hour of our public servant's time on this ridiculous idea, could we set-up a "swap shop" for eliminating our own "has been" politicians who jump onboard with such flights of fancy? I'm all for recycling, but we don't need a formal place provided by the town to takeover what folks already do naturally at the curb on trash day!
   

Friday, September 03, 2010

Humor Mimicking Reality?

WARNING!
Contains graphic language.


In The Know: Are Tests Biased Against Students Who Don't Give A Sh*t?

Merritt Rahn Gets New Lawyer For His Appeal

  
YNN News reports: "There is a new lawyer in one of the area's highest profile criminal cases. YNN has confirmed that attorney Jeffrey Wicks is now representing former Greece Police Chief Merritt Rahn. Wicks replaces attorney John Parrinello who filed an appeal shortly after Rahn's conviction."

Thursday, September 02, 2010

SCATS TO BE QUOTED ON NEWS 10 @ 5:30 ...

I just received word that SCATS' comments posted to Pat McGonigle's Facebook topic about school supplies parents must buy will be on WHEC's news at 5:30PM today !

What's Your Kid Bringing To School?

   
According to 13WHAM's "What's Going Around" segment, area doctors are seeing a lot of kids with:

Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
Croup
Strep
Stomach bugs
A Viral Illness With A High Fever

On top of that, the county's first confirmed case of flu occurred in August!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

$TICKER $HOCK?


How much i$ your
$chool tax bill?

Note ~~ NOT including reductions for STAR or other exemptions, the total annual property tax bill (school+town/county) on the AVERAGE GREECE HOME (assessed at $120,000)
now exceeds $5000 per year!

And this is without Uncle Auggie finding a way to fund Loszynski's recommendations or Chief Todd's wish list.