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.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Obviously, the pond has too few fish for the fishermen looking....

SCATS said...

To 9:59PM ~~ Not to mention that most of the fish in that pond are floating belly up!

Anonymous said...

And nobody is supposed to mention the record of near complete failure left behind with each move or the educational poverty NY Public Schools have become.

Once more we see demonstrated the value of allowing Unions to buy the favor of the State Legislature.

Sure kids, stay home today and watch TV. You'll probably learn more.

Anonymous said...

Restrictions on who can apply needs revision. Colleges have fewer restrictions. Teacher's unions help mold policies that force education background when what is really needed is leadership skills. Sad.

Anonymous said...

I did a lot of good things under Steve.

-C

Anonymous said...

C'mon SCATS,
you're being overly critical again. After all,
look at all Greece got for $630,000 in Steve's
salary.

SCATS said...

To 7:24AM ~~ Yes, he made TWO decisions that were right on the money ... but the BOE overturned both of them!

Anonymous said...

Check this out:http://www.waitingforsuperman.com/

SCATS said...

To 8:47AM ~~ Great link! Thanks for sharing that! I don't see either Hamburg or Greece on the pledge list ... sigh.

Anonymous said...

I love the sign with the circle and line drawn through the words STATUS QUO

SCATS said...

To 8:59AM ~~ My only regret is that I didn't think of that idea first!

Anonymous said...

Steve A. is now making about $140,000 a year for life as his NYS pension figured at $200,000 final average salary, times 35 years, times 2% per yr or 70% times $200,000.

Now as interim he is making, I would guess $800-$1,000 a day or $4,000-$6,000 a week. Of course this interim pay is in addition to his pension.

Pension pay is $2,692.31 a week. Interim pay is $4,000-$6,000 a week. So Mr. Steve A is now making between $6,692.31 and $8,692.31.

Here in Greece we said he was not very smart. This just shows how dumb we were.

Enjoy

Doug

SCATS said...

To Doug ~~ Not to mince words, but I never said he wasn't smart. I said he wasn't honest ;)

At least Greece won't have to pay his lifetime health care since he didn't stay "retired." We aren't paying it, are we?? Better double check, because this IS Greece, after all.

Anonymous said...

why would he not be retired still? He is acting as an interim much as is O rourke who isnt considered unretired. They are both independent contractors working for school districts

SCATS said...

To 3:35PM ~~ The definition of retired is: "2. 2withdrawn from one's position or occupation : having concluded one's working or professional career."

If he's working, he's NOT retired ;)

Anonymous said...

SCATS: he IS retired, in the eyes of the NYS Teachers Retirement system as long as he doesn't make over a certain amount of money within a year (I believe it's $20k but that may have changed). He IS collecting retirement benefits in addition to whatever salary he's making as an interim. That's why it's such an attractive gig. You get to collect your pension, make money and smile all the way to the bank.

SCATS said...

To 8:44PM ~~ So the language that was in his contract concerning getting his lifetime healthcare paid by us if he retired from his position with the district got by the lawyers again without getting tightened up? I think we need some new lawyers.

Anonymous said...

We should go with that really bad City School District woman. Then we could say we finally hit rock bottom!

Anonymous said...

Nothing slipped by anyone...here's the contract language covering retirement health care:

...To be eligible for such benefits, the Superintendent must retire from education (other than occasional interim employment) directly from the District and be receiving benefits under the terms governing the New York State Teachers' Retirement System...

Oh, and btw, it's a $30,000 earnings limit, but easily bypassed with a letter from the district saying they can't find anyone but a retiree to fill the interim slot.

SCATS said...

To 11:26PM ~~ Apparently you haven't been paying attention. We already hit bottom on many levels under Steve Deux's "leadership." Interpret that to mean the Titanic is already on the ocean floor ;)

SCATS said...

To 11:46PM ~~ That language was in his original contract. I'm not sure whether or not that contract language might have changed under his retirement benefit for health care. As I recall, he stepped up to pay more out-of-pocket, i.e. voluntarily, than he was paying previously. It was intended to be a good faith signal with the hopes GTA might follow suit.

Anonymous said...

We at Hamburg would like to send this man back.... Does he know the truth from lies? It didnt take us long to figure him out!

SCATS said...

To 5:01PM ~~ Too bad you didn't check out his past on this BLOG first. He may know the truth from lies, but he showed our BOE that he is very skilled at lying when he wants to. He also has no problem getting caught in it and continuing on as if it's no big deal.

SCATS said...

BLOG Administration has rejected posting a comment for name-calling.

Steve's next gig said...

Hey-Greece people- we hear it was a "voluntary retirement". But really there are juicy details? Can you share?

SCATS said...

To 8:04PM ~~ 1 - The BOE allowed him to "retire" when in reality they did not give him a pay raise during his evaluation (June 2009, I believe) and refused to renew his contract. 2 - Steve only ever made two appropriate decisions during his tenure in Greece. Our BOE reversed BOTH of them, thereby neuting him as any sort of effective leader. 3 - Also, Steve showed he has problems telling the truth, even when caught red-handed in a "story." 4 - Our district's performance fell to the bottom third in results for our county (approx. 20 suburban school districts) during his time in Greece. 5 - Greece never should have hired him (my opinion) had we taken the time to find out what he really did in his previous district, Ken-Ton. He's another Bill Clinton of sorts ;)