Tuesday, November 30, 2010

THE END IS NEAR!!!


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No News Is Very Bad News For The Greece Central School District

  
It appears our Board of Education is just idling through the end of the calendar year. Why aren't they meeting weekly to tackle the growing number of issues facing this school district?

Here's a non-exhaustive listing of issues they are failing to act upon:
  • Getting the district's GINORMOUS* budget under control
  • Resolving contract disputes
  • Hiring a new Supt.
  • Establishing BOE goals
  • Establishing district goals
  • Formulating measurable results to go with the previous two items
  • Ridding the schools of non-resident students
  • Getting a handle on discipline problems
  • Reducing transportation costs
  • Bringing school capacities into line with GCSD's reduced enrollments
  • Tackling the school choice issue (scheduling a forum is just another stone-walling attempt to ensure NOTHING happens on their watch)
  • Formulating a plan to improve school performance on state tests
  • Formulating a plan to improve graduation rates
  • Diversifying District Office employees, the rank and file teaching staff, the school board, etc. to better reflect the make-up of the student body that attends GCSD
  • Addressing ongoing complaints of discrimination towards and abuse of  teaching staff
  • Getting their heads out of the sand and DOING SOMETHING MEMORABLE & MEANINGFUL before their terms expire!!
* I know it's not a real word, but it does convey the concept that it's HUUUU-JAH!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

If There's Nothing To Hide, Why Act Sneaky?

  
It's Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting with a friend in the Tim Horton's/Cold Stone Creamery on W. Ridge Rd. in Greece. As I gaze out the window, a Greece Police car with two young officers pulls in and parks behind a construction site trailer located next door. That's when I noticed a second car is parked next to them, hidden from direct view by the trailer. The two officers get out of their car and two young females emerge from theirs. The four obviously planned this liasion - they walk together in a group and begin chatting as they entered Tim Hortons.

I'm quite aware that police officers are entitled to coffee/meal breaks and I have no problem with that. What I'm not clear about is any logical explanation for hiding their vehicle from view, especially if everything else is copacetic.

I wonder, is it appropriate behavior to schedule breaks to meet with members of the opposite sex while on duty? If it is, why hide it? If it isn't, Chief Todd needs to pull in the reigns.

To be fair, I've seen other GPD cars "hidden" behind other coffee shops and restaurants around town at times, too. I'm wondering, why don't they park with the rest of us commoners, instead of next to a dumpster, construction trailer, out building, etc? For that matter, why park in the Fire Lane at Wegmans while flirting with the girls in the deli who are dishing up your $6 meal? If we can't do it, why should the cops when they aren't on a call?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Measurable Goals & A Plan to Reach Them


The Marcus Whitman Central School District
Is Doing What The Greece Central School District
Should Have Begun Years Ago!

(Click to read)


Thursday, November 25, 2010

No Matter How You Say It ...

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!





HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How Much Did This Cost Taxpayers? To What End?

  
Anonymous said...
SCATS ; On the subject of Transportation , Why do the tax payers of Greece have to pay to transport 200 kids to Cortland to watch an Odyssey soccer game on a school day? Is this in the budget? Was Nov.12th a school day ? I'm not sure .It probably was because the Principal , Vice principal and " AD " were at the game. Add those salary's up. I'm sure the cost didn't come out of their pockets .   11/24/2010 9:59 AM



SCATS ~~ You ask some excellent questions! I bet our Greece School Board doesn't even have the answers, since Odyssey's principal operates her school as if she doesn't have to conform to other Greece Central School District standards, policies, rules, etc. Thank you for bringing this item up! It gives a WHOLE NEW MEANING to the phrase "education-based field trip," doesn't it?
  

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

GCSD Seeks New Transportation Director

Anonymous said...

Somebody's got a promotion coming!

http://tinyurl.com/396ad7j  11/23/2010 6:17 AM

SCATS ~~ Could we find someone who can make some sense out of how we bus these kids??

Monday, November 22, 2010

2 Incidents, 5 Arrests @Olympia HS Monday

  
2 Female Students, 3 Males Arrested For Fights

"We plan to maintain order in our schools. So, if you're gonna get in a fight, you're gonna get arrested. It's pretty much that simple, there's no place for it in our schools." ~~ Captain Pat Phelan, Greece Police (YNN)

SCATS ~~ Wowie! Capt. Phelan talks as if GPD owns the schools now. Do his kids go there? I suspect not! I'm wondering how this sort of thing can happen TWICE in one day at one school with the SRO's put back into the budget?

Achramovitch/Hamburg BOE Secretly Taped


Police Investigate Secret Recording
Made of "Illegal" Executive Session*



WBKW Story

Buffalo News Story

SCATS ~~ Was that Steve's voice heard saying he'd ordered a cop with a stun gun to silence a resident? It sounds like him to me! It also sounds like Steve has developed Alzburger's Disease!

* A special thank you to the person who provided these links :)
  

Where Is Greece Ridge Mall Security When They Are Needed?

  
Anonymous said...
The mall is totally out of control these days. I was there last week, I am not sure the exact day, it was either Monday or Tuesday between 6:30 and 7 with my mother who is in her late 60's. We were at bed Bath and Beyond and she wanted to go to Marshalls. We didn't even get both our feet in the door when we heard screaming, and swearing followed by us witnessing a fight between a group of minority girls. A group of possibly 6 girls attacked a girl right in the middle of the store. These girls did not care who was around, there were little children as well as elderly shoppers. They knocked racks over and shoved people out of their way. The large group of girls ran out of the store after a few male employees attempted to break it up, and yes they were hit in the crossfire. The girl that was attacked was beaten and cut on her face, however instead of feeling any remorse for her all I was feeling was disgust due to the fact that she immediately got on her cell phone and was swearing like a drunken sailor to whomever she as speaking to on the phone decribing that she was jumped and wanted them to get down to the mall immediately to retaliate, I am not up to speed on my lingo but the employee that was next to me said that she was referencing that she wanted her friends to come down to the mall with a gun to pay them back. At this time no police or security had arrived and after about 10 minutes of her swearing profoundly a woman who I assume was the store manager asked just yelled at her to leave. She ran off, still no police or mall security. My point to all this is that the entire group of girls involved in this were all allowed to leave with no reprecussions. Which lead me to believe that this will just continue at some other location in the mall or parking lot or even a neighborhood. God can only hope that some innocent bystander does not get caught in the crossfire. My mother was shocked and a little scared that teenagers find this sort of behavior acceptable and are allowed to get away with this. groups like this are the reason that people will not shop at the Greece Ridge mall. I know I will not take my childen or parents to this mall ever again. I will drive the extra miles to Marketplace or Eastview. To the employees it seemed like this was not the first time they had witnessed such an event and I am now convinced it will not be the last. So yes I do agree that more police presence needs to be seen at the mall, I was even a little apprehensive walking to my car, and all my mother kept repeating was that she couldn't believe that she jsut saw it, and that it was like something you would see on t.v. not in our own community. Shocked I wasn't but dissappointed I was.  11/21/2010 10:31 PM

SCATS ~~ Maybe Greece Central's use of cops in the schools resulted in a deleterious effect on mall security forces ...? 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Loszynski's Findings Spur Investigative Report On Greece PD Salaries

  
Town Clerk's response to D&C's request reveals administrative asst. in Personnel Dept. earns $43.39/hr and was "lowest paid employee with the skill needed to complete this task."

"This revelation sparked interest in all payroll information from the town, and that data was requested in October."

Related Story on "Citizen Access To Public Salaries"

SCATS ~~ It must be nice to land such a politically connected peach of a job in the Town of Greece! No wonder our assessments keep sky-rocketing!

FOIL Requests for Payroll Data

SCATS ~~ Very interesting to note that Monroe County with 4800 employees had no problem providing the info as requested but the Town of Greece with just 390 employees left the request still pending "after the request was downsized." Sounds like it's time to downsize some jobs AND the salaries of those that remain!

Greece Schools Tagged "Educational Black Hole"

  
Craigslist postings criticize Greece Central
for wasted $$ and poor performance

Post #1:   I was just checking out the latest edition of the Greece Post, page 3A.

1,166 teachers for 12,270 students = 1 teacher for every 10.5 students.
1,392 support staff for 12,270 students = 1 support staff for every 8.8 students.
Seems a bit fat on the teacher/admin. side of the ledger, don't you think.
More wasted money poured into the national scam that is the education system...
Scamming the sheeples, education, politics, religion....not necessarily in any particular order.

PostingID: 2070717457

Post #2 (Response) : Take the (sad) facts you mentioned in your post and consider just how low the district performs compared to others in Monroe County, and one could really make the case that NYS should come in and do a complete overhaul on the whole district, ridding it of every single emloyee and volunteer and force us to start over again! Black hole is way to kind. But hey, we'll spend the money to pick your kid up and take him ANYWHERE he wants to go to school in Greece. That is unless he's a minority, then I'm afraid Odyssey, Pinebrook and West Ridge won't be accepting him. The biggest joke of a district in the county hands down!

PostingID: 2071806515

SCATS ~~ I guess our 'secret' is out! How much more chump change should we spend to fix troubles money can't buy a solution to?
 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Timely Editorial Hits Mark On Several GCSD Budget Topics


ACHRAMOVITCH PLANNED
SALE OF WEST RIDGE SCHOOL  

(click to enlarge image)
Essay from November 18, 2010 Greece Post pg. 10A

SCATS ~~ Kudos to Mr. Valik for speaking his mind in a logical, concise manner on these issues that are costing us wasted $$ to fund! When will our school board get the spine to do what needs to be done?
 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Some Monroe County Towns Opt Out Of Health Insurance Consortium

 
Rochester Business Journal article explains which towns remain in the consortium and why several opted out.

"Ten of the 13 original consortium members remain in the group, which would survive for at least the three-year life of the consortium contract, the group’s chief organizer, Pittsford town supervisor William Carpenter, said.

Brighton, Irondequoit and Gates have voted to ink three-year contracts running through 2013 with Excellus, town officials said. Greece is mulling a similar bid, Deputy Supervisor Jeffery McCann said."

SCATS ~~ So then, Greece is not particpating at all? How much are we wasting by not opting into some plan with other towns?

Overview Of Supt. Search & The Greece Central School District

  
The Greece Post summarizes the Greece Central School District's second attempt to attract a superintendent that the board of education can live with.

It's interesting to note that GCSD has lost enough enrollments to have fallen in the rankings and become NY State's 9th largest school district.

Few residents came to the forum held Monday ~ no surprise here!

What are the search consultants doing differently this time? ~ "What we’re doing differently this time around, first of all, is the process and application window, which is much longer than before. I’m not just waiting for applications to be submitted; I’m talking to potential candidates. ...  It’s obviously the board and the constituent groups that interview the candidate, but I will also tell you that it is a two-way street. The candidates are interviewing the district to see if it would be a good fit for them. ... We’re going to see if we can have the second community forum later so that we can draw more of the community. We don’t get a lot of people in these forums." ~~ Jo Anne Antonacci

SCATS ~~ She forgot to mention that minority candidates need not apply, because our BOE won't ever consider hiring one, and that the successful candidate will be one that the teacher's union can manipulate to their advantage.

Greece PD Beefs Up Mall Security For Holidays

   
13WHAM reports that the Greece Police Dept. will patrol on foot, on bike and in squad cars throughout the parking lot and will be there when the mall's stores are open late at night.

SCATS ~~ Will the mall be paying the extra cost of this, or will it be on the backs of Greece's taxpayers once again?
   

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Has GTA's Prez. Abandoned The Sinking Ship?

  
GTA President Don Pallozzi was nowhere to be found during his monthly time allotted to address the Greece Central School District's Board of Education at the November 9th meeting.  Will he be replaced by union members?

SCATS ~~ With his union's contract getting a big thumb's down by the school board and at least one of its members embroiled in a nasty civil rights case against the district, I'm amazed he had nothing to say to the BOE, district administration, the community or his fellow teachers!
  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stockings for Soldiers

  
WHEC.com reports that Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home in Greece will be sending a little taste of home to our soldiers overseas. They are participating in the annual Veterans & Family Memorial Care (VFMC) “Christmas Stockings for Soldiers” initiative.

From now until December 1st, the community can stop by the funeral home located on Vintage Lane to pick-up a free Christmas stocking. They will also receive a list of recommended items to stuff the stocking with. Filled stockings need to be returned to the funeral home by December 1, in order to be shipped to troops overseas in time for Christmas.

SCATS ~~ I fully support this idea!

How To Get Out Of Debt

  
It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pumphandle and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.

As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op.

The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything... However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a "stimulus package" works.
SCATS ~~ Reminds me of the budget games our local politicians play using our tax $$!



Monday, November 15, 2010

Former Greece BOE Member Speaks Out

  
Current Civil Rights Case is "deja vue all over again"

Joe Moscato said...

I feel compelled to weigh in on this latest travesty. I promised myself I wouldn't get involved anymore, but the circumstances of this debacle made my blood pressure skyrocket.

A week or so ago I got a telephone call from the husband of the victim asking for my help, even though he knew I was no longer a board member and, at that time, had no knowledge of this situation. I agreed to listen to what he had to say anyway.

We talked for over an hour, during which time he made me aware of all of the facts in this case. I couldn't believe what I was hearing because it was so similar to what took place six years ago regarding discrimination of district employees and the resulting EEOC law suits.

He read me parts of a letter he had just composed on his wife's behalf which was addressed to the Board. I asked him to e-mail me a copy which he did moments later. The document was dated November 7 and signed by him.

As I read the document, it occurred to me that 4 years ago, as a Board member, I had read a similar document containing almost the same circumstances, before the "Infamous BARRY REPORT". To me it was, as Yogi put it, "deja vue all over again." It was disheartening to me because I thought that we as a board in 2005 had put an end to this type of unfair, personally motivated reprisals against district employees. Obviously, I was wrong. Apparently the snakes of Medusa have grown a new head which is poisoning the atmosphere by selectively going after targeted teachers. These vile administrators had the audacity to go after her husband, a Deputy Sheriff, and make false accusations against him which resulted in an internal investigation by the Sheriff's Department, which investigation totally exonerated him. Is there no limit to what these people will do to destroy, not only an employee, but their families as well? The answer is obvious.

At any rate I, like SCATS have all the facts including that the district has backed themselves into a corner and are trying to pull a "rope-a-dope" in the form of a deal with the accused.

The bottom line is simply this. As taxpayers we must again force our docile "civil" board to put a stop to these personal vendettas that cost us millions in lawyer's fees to deal with these frivolous personal accusations.

If indeed the Board is aware of these facts, they are guilty of failure in their oversight authority bestowed upon them by the taxpayers and stakeholders of this district.   11/15/2010 12:00 PM

Nine Towns Form Health Care Trust To Save $$

  
The D&C reports that the towns of Chili, Henrietta, Penfield, Perinton, Pittsford, Victor and Webster, the villages of East Rochester and Fairport and the Rochester Housing authority formed a partnership to cover over 1200 employees together and save over $5 million.

SCATS ~~ Why isn't Greece one of them?
  

Sunday, November 14, 2010

BOE Plans Exec. Session Monday Night

  
The Greece School Board will meet in Exec. Session @5:30PM on Nov. 15th for the purpose of discussing the employment history of particular person(s).

SCATS ~~ Gee, I wonder who they could possibly be talking about now ... ? Will any of them bother to show up at the community forum 'do over' regarding the Supt. Search scheduled for 7PM? Since community members who cared already gave their input, the BOE will be safe when they profess that "no one was interested ... no one came ... we tried."

Friday, November 12, 2010

Greece Police Partner With Crime Reports


Town of Greece
Crime Mapping
Now Available via GPD website
    

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Average Local School Salaries Range From $24K To $51K

The average salary in the Greece Central School District is $37,003, according to the Empire Center.

Median Monroe County household income is $51,799, according to census data.

Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard of the City School District, who earned $248,520 in 2009-10, and Pittsford Central School District Superintendent Mary Alice Price, who earned $246,242 made the list of the top 100 highest-paid school employees in the state.

The average salary "is a statistic, but I don't know what it could possibly illustrate." ~~ Interim Supt. John O'Rourke, GCSD

SOURCE

Empire Center: Teacher & School Employee Salaries

SCATS ~~ Did O'Rourke study math using the Math Investigations curriculum we finally ditched?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Another Day, Another Civil Rights Lawsuit

  
While researching another matter, I came across yet another Civil Rights Employment case filed against the Greece Central School District just this past Friday ~ Nov. 5th:  Heather Ann Sahrle vs. Greece Central School District

Apparently, all is NOT well and good under current BOE leadership and the past superintendent's watch. I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing more about this long anticipated development in the not too distant future. If we have trouble attracting a new supt. for a cool quarter million dollars, just blame SCATS ;)

BINGO! BINGO! BINGO!!!!

  
SCATS WAS RIGHT AGAIN!!!

According to the West Ridge School website, they've changed their BINGO night fundraiser advertised for community participation (Greece Post, last week) to a "Family Game Night" for West Ridge families only.

Their pop-up link under "Upcoming Events" now states:

"Special Event: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
West Ridge Family Game Night
This event is not a fundraiser and is for West Ridge Families only."

SCATS: ~~ I wonder what will happen to all of those community members who show up after seeing this in the paper last week? Will they be turned away? Are we really supposed to believe that NO $$ will change hands tonight?* We'll be watching ;)

* B-9  U-96  L-36  L-42  S-78  H-27  I-19  T-83
   

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Greece BOE: One Step Closer To Closed, Clubby & Corrupt

  
Tonight's regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Greece Central School District began more than 10 minutes late. Not to worry though, as Prez. Frank "Chump Change" Oberg steered them through the entire agenda in just under 60 minutes!
  • There was NO DISCUSSION on any item that came up for vote.
  • There were NO DISSENTING VOTES on any item where a vote was taken!
  • The item that drew the most discussion was the anticipated future plan to meet again with Chamber of Commerce reps and whether or not it should be an "Open meeting" allowing more than four BOE members to attend, as well as the community. Regarding this idea, Roger Boily stated: "You might want to ask the business community. They might not be comfortable in that type of setting since they are not elected officials."
  • The only noteworthy item of community interest was the Interim Supt's closing remarks announcing that there will be an information gathering forum regarding Schools-of-Choice/Signature Schools/Secondary Option on Dec. 9th from 6:30 to 8:30PM in the Olympia HS Auditorium.
SCATS ~~We've sunk to a new all time low when we worry more about kow-towing to the Chamber of Commerce's preferred format for and comfort during a meeting they requested than we worry about curriculum, goals, budgets, graduation rates, school performance, board goals, district goals, etc. which received NO discussion at all, yet again!
 

Cuomo: Vows To Curb Education Spending

  
NY Spends Most Per Pupil,
But Performance Is 40th In US

"And the answer can't always be: more money, more money, more money." ~~ Gov. Elect, Cuomo

"The attempt to link poor performance to money or to imply that throwing money at the problem is the only thing that education advocates see as necessary is a simplistic view of what we all do. It really denigrates those who have worked really hard at trying to address the achievement gap and provide a quality education for every child." ~~ Richard Iannuzzi, NYSUT Pres. (SOURCE)

SCATS ~~ I'll believe Cuomo when I see my property tax bill fall to someplace ranking us in the middle around the nation with our educational outcomes climbing to at least that level, too.
 

Monday, November 08, 2010

GPD Expands Ranks To Get More Investigators

  
News 8 reports: The Greece Town Board approved spending $500,000 to hire five new cops. Chief Baxter says two of those will replace officers who will be promoted to investigator. They'll have eight investigators instead of six.

"You're the victim of a burglary, and I have an investigator that has 120 cases in a twelve month period, we're just not giving the service that we wanted to. For police officers per capita, we're well underneath.  My study shows that 105 is what my ultimate goal would be." ~~ Chief Todd Baxter
  

Holiday Inn Fire Remembered By Facebook Group

 
Justice Still Sought

"The individual or individuals responsible walked away from this thing that night, and nothing's been seen since. They essentially have walked free. One thing that was pretty disturbing was that you try and Google search this or you start looking around, there's nothing there. It's very hard to find anything about this fire." ~~ Anthony Niccoli, maintains Facebook group "Holiday Inn Fire Truth 1978"

YNN
    

Greece Central School District: Ignored? Not Responsive? Or Unaccountable?

   
I just finished reading the D&C article titled: "Schools find creative ways to save money" and see that yet again, Greece Central is not mentioned anywhere in such an important piece as this one. It leaves me wondering why the state's 8th largest school district located within the country's highest taxed county hasn't gone on the record about all of the ways they are working to reduce expenses in times such as these. Three possibilities could explain our district's apparent silence:
  • The reporter failed to ask GCSD officials
  • GCSD was contacted but failed to respond
  • GCSD has done nothing of substance to report on
If the reporter failed to ask, he should be fired immediately for gross negligence. Based upon size alone, it would be unconscionable to "forget" Greece in such an article.

If GCSD was contacted, but failed to respond, that should be mentioned in the article. It wasn't, so I doubt this was the issue.

More realistically, I believe that the third possibility is the more likely one: Greece Schools haven't done anything noteworthy in the past year for the reporter to include us in the story. Sad, but typical ... predictable even. No wonder we're looking at the next budget starting with a tax rate increase as high as the one voters turned down last May! Will we ever learn?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

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

SCATS ~~ Will GTA demonstrate in the cold on the sidewalks in front of Apollo? Or will they opt to show up en masse indoors to the warmth of the BOE meeting room? Will Don Pallozzi have anything different to say? Or will he merely mutter his same displeasure into the mic once again?

"By not saying anything publicly, the message is ambiguous and people are wondering how much we are really valued." ~~ Don Pallozzi, Prez. GTA (complaining about Greece school board's silence over rejecting the new contract Steve Achramovitch signed as he left Greece Central.)

"There has got to be a way we can find something that's agreeable to everyone, but we only have so much money and are under a lot of financial constraints." ~~ Julia VanOrman, Greece school board VP

Saturday, November 06, 2010

West Ridge Plans Bingo Games At Apollo

   
The West Ridge School website says they plan to hold a Bingo Night fundraiser scheduled for Thursday November 10th at 7PM in the Apollo MS Cafeteria. This week's Greece Post (pg. 6B, print edition) advertises that the game is being held Wed. Nov. 10th (the correct day/date) and that 10 bingo games will be played and prizes awarded. Bingo books are available for $1 each.

SCATS ~~ Too bad this entire event violates the New York State Racing & Wagering Board's Rules for Charitable Gaming.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Oberg Refuses To Comment On BOE's Rejection Of GTA Contract

 
“I thought we put together a very responsible offer. I was surprised, I thought it was reflective of the times and had some benefit to our members as well as the economics around us. After four years it’s very difficult. I think we’ve invested a lot of time and energy and the offer was one that acknowledged both parties’ needs. It was very frustrating to see that four years of work was not acknowledged.” ~~ GTA Prez. Don Pallozzi

“The reason I voted for it was because I thought that it would be good to have a contract settled. There are a variety of opinions on the contract" and “being a former teacher I realize I need to distance myself and I need to step back and let things happen. I didn’t go around asking “why” too much.” ~~ Dave Ferington, BOE member, former teacher, only BOE member to vote in favor of the contract (SOURCE: Greece Post)


SCATS ~~ What Pallozzi didn't say is that he is most frustrated to not get full release time (i.e. NO classroom/teaching time!). What Ferington didn't say was that he can't ever really "distance himself" from the union that continues to feed him in his retirement. What Oberg refuses to say is that he has accomplished ABSOLUTELY NOTHING as BOE Prez. ~~ other than p*ssing people off with his 'chump change' type remarks and adding back in what he voted to remove from the budget previously.
  

Food For Thought As We Approach Veterans Day

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Here We Go Again ...

   
The Greece Central School District Board of Education plans a community forum Nov. 15 to gather information on the qualities & skills residents would like to see in the district’s next supt.

SCATS ~~ What did they do with all of the info they gathered by internet, by mail and at the meeting held one year ago? Did they lose their notes? Just because they didn't like what they heard doesn't mean it's no longer valid! What's changed, other than the fact the BOE has burned through another bunch of candidates they couldn't control?
 

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

HOLD ONTO YOUR WALLET ALERT!

  
The pre-budget hearing revealed that the Greece Central School District projects a 3.9% increase in spending (no dollar amount stated), equivalent to a tax rate increase of about 7.8% for the 2011-12 school year!

Items of note:
  • Just 6 BOE members bothered to attend
  • Only 1 resident spoke at the hearing
  • Resident Gary Elling contends that 90% of GCSD students "expect to go to college"
  • Interim Supt. O'Rourke says only 80% of GCSD students graduate
  • Gary & John need to "do lunch" over these numbers ;)
  • In the last 10 yrs. the number of unexcused student absences rose 352% & the number of students receiving  free/reduced lunches rose by 118%
  • 24% of Greece School students are minorities
Quote of the night: "We have a number of administrators who would gladly trade the SRO's for the (return of the) drug counselor." ~~ Interim Supt. O'Rourke

SCATS ~~ NOW you tell us?? Why didn't someone speak up before the BOE micro-managed the SRO's back onto the payroll?
  

Robach Says He "Created The STAR Program ..."


..."and reduced class sizes"*

SCATS ~~ Gimme a break Joe! We know you're desperate, but just because the Fair Campaign Practices police can't get you on election day doesn't mean you have to imitate Al Gore with his "I invented the internet" type hogwash! Tell us how you reduced class sizes when Greece just raised theirs!

* Heard/read on ad aired during noon news today
  

Today Is ...


CHANGE THE STATUS QUO DAY

VOTE!

NJ School Supts. Face Salary Cuts Based On Enrollment Caps

   
Gov. Christie made good on his plans to introduce rules limiting how much school superintendents are paid — an action that would shave $9.8 million off the salaries from about 360 school executives when their contracts expire.

Superintendents would see their salaries tied to the number of students in each district under the proposed rules, but could earn bonuses based on student performance under terms set by the school board, according to Christie’s office. The bonuses would last for a year and would not count toward pensions.

"Raises will no longer be automatic but will be earned, based on how students are performing in a school district," acting Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks said.

READ MORE ...

SCATS ~~ With Greece Central School District's enrollment down to 12,000 from 14,000+ previously, we could save a bundle! Will someone please tell BOE Prez. Frank Oberg that NJ is saving millions of dollars by reducing 'chump change' amounts wherever they can?
  

Monday, November 01, 2010

Greece Pays Ball $95K To "Retire"

   
The D&C reports: The Town of Greece paid $95,000 to former police Sgt. Brian Ball following investigation into his alleged misconduct. Greece withdrew all disciplinary charges against him, allowing him to "retire." Both sides are prohibited from discussing the  specific terms of the settlement.

SCATS ~~ A very predictable outcome! Way to go, closed, clubby & corrupt Town of Greece officials!