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 ;)

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the big deal? A $100,000+ settlement is just more chump change you pull from the sofa.

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty useless link. You can't read anything about this case without "subscribing" to some sort of "restricted" website (PACER) or something like that.

How about some details on this case? Anybody?

SCATS said...

To 2:16PM ~~ "Useless" is in the eye of the beholder. For me, this confirms the veracity of the "rumors" swirling around over the last year that certain BOE members denied were true. But then what can I say about folks who believe everything district office tells them?

Anonymous said...

SCATS - FYI -The last name is spelled Sahrle.

Anonymous said...

That's sort of like expecting your readers to believe everything you write as the truth. Which it is far from. It's more like INNUENDOE

Anonymous said...

I went and bought this case...only costs .08 cents per page. I am disturbed at what this District is doing! This was my son's teacher and she has a heart of gold. I have even called Don Nadolinski and told him what a great teacher she is. She has always advocated for the best interests for my child.

SCATS said...

To 4:32PM ~~ Thank you. I think it's interesting that the name is spelled wrong on that website ... hmm ...

To 4:36PM ~~ Believe me when I tell you there's no "doe" in nnuendo ... so much for your variety of "truth" ;)

To 5:27PM ~~ Since you already paid for it, care to share? You can send it to my email if you like :)

SCATS said...

Please note that now that I have the corrected spelling of her name, it was easy to find the consent agenda from Jan. 12th, 2010 when the BOE approved a long term sub to takeover for Ms. Sahrle's leave of absence. Here's the link:
https://www.boarddocs.com/ny/greece/Board.nsf/legacy-content/84ZUUU7B7648/$FILE/1-12-10%20Regular%20Meeting%20Minutes%20mtg.pdf

Anonymous said...

A call to " NADS" is talking into a vacuous void there is nobody home and the lights are not on. I repeat he and his lunch partner eat up about 300K annually and for what????

Anonymous said...

Scats...found this to be interesting.

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041013/NEWS01/410130325/1002/NEWS

The story is brief and contains the following text...
"You can't talk about a contract without talking about money," Walzer said.

But that's not the biggest sticking point, he said. Teachers are looking to improve working conditions and ensure they are respected as professionals.

"Our professional judgment isn't valued," said Heather Sahrle, a special education teacher at Brookside Elementary School. Sahrle stood in the back of the district boardroom with her colleagues during the meeting

"Teachers know their students and how to best serve them, but teachers' recommendations are often overlooked," she said.

SCATS said...

To 3:41PM ~~ I saw that item too, but since it's 6 yrs old, I'm not completely sure how relevant it might be.

Anonymous said...

Scats,
I think this might go to show that she has spoken out against the district previously and might have continued to do so. You know how Greece does things...Can't go against the norm or you will be punished.

SCATS said...

To 4:08PM ~~ That's true which rather illustrates that just because we changed supts. several times since then doesn't really change anything at all about the status quo, if you get my drift ;)

Anonymous said...

Despite the turmoil of Superintendent turnover, I am a constant. Thanks to me, all things continue to function as they always have. Thank me later.
-A

Anonymous said...

And yet again Debbie Hoeft is in the middle of it all. It states in the suit that "Plaintiff's diabetes gradually went out of control, causing Plaintiff to take sick days." and that "On February 8, 2010, in a meeting with Hoeft and others, Plaintiff was handed a counseling memorandum regarding her attendance."

Diabetes is a protected disability under the ADA. Wasn't there a lawsuit against Greece about someone with Diabetes recently.

SCATS said...

SERIOUSLY!?!?

Anonymous said...

Yes seriously. I found this one to be the most appalling. Scats you have to read this. It is disgusting. Let me try to forward it to you.

SCATS said...

To 8:43PM ~~ Please try. Shall I post it, too?

Anonymous said...

How is the director of Special Education, Dr. Hoeft, who is in charge of Students with disabilties harassing an employee with a disability? Oxymoron?

Joe said...

Scats, Please don't post it. Use it but don't post it.

SCATS said...

To 10:26PM ~~ Yes, I received it just fine. I won't post it unless/until I hear from you again via email. Thanks for the info & the trust.

Anonymous said...

This is a perfect example of why the union fights for a ridiculous number of sick days. There are many people (in education and business) that see the world as black and white. Do most of the teachers take all of the sick days? Do the teachers with true medical conditions(diabetes) take the sick days? What does someone in the business world do that needs sick days for a legitimate condition such as diabetes do? How do you put in place allowable time for proper medical care in the workplace without discrimination or favoritism? I don't have the answers but I think it is a discussion that needs to take place. I know people (teachers and business) that need many days off for legitimate medical reasons - they work hard and make up for the time the aren't "on the job". On the other hand I know people that take a sick day or two because they have a hangnail! We can't paint all sick days with the same brush - so how do we fix this for the future?

SCATS said...

To 11:32PM ~~ In many businesses, once your sick days run out, short term disability is possible. I forget the details but I think Kodak used to give up to 6 mo. of short term time off before long term disability kicked in.

SCATS said...

I just finished reading the complaint. It does sound as though GCSD has been "malicious & oppressive" in their ridiculous handling (more like bumbling) of this situation. It will be most interesting to see how this plays out.

Anonymous said...

As a friend/colleague of hers, I can state that she hardly ever used sicks days. It was not until this harassment started that she NEEDED to use them.

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 11:32
You can't 'fix' a problem until to admit there 'is' a problem.
The comparison of absent days at GCSD and other employers (the real world) in the area is?
This item is very telling as to effective oversite by administration and school boards who approve contracts that do not promote educational improvement.

My opinion - our present contract on absenteeism (page 35) is not just bad - it demonstrates the incompetence of the past.

Anonymous said...

Scats,
I am sure none of this happened. Remember we got rid of Walts??? Sounds like this teacher just wants money.

SCATS said...

To 9:31AM ~~ Due to the ongoing number of complaints of continued harassment I've heard about since Walts left, I'd say we got rid of the tumor, but not the cancer. I also think the Whistle Blower Hotline is useless. Having said that, I completely agree with Charlie Hubbard that the contract is ridiculous and goes overboard when it comes to this topic.

Anonymous said...

SCATS - its about time you came across this. You've struck gold on this one. As a low person on the totem at AMS I've been hearing facts about this one for over a year. You only uncovered the tip of a very deep and disturbing ice berg. What goes on in special ed on this campus is appalling, all at the helm of DO spec. ed. & yes I've seen things with my own eyes. If parents knew about this... Work your sources - this one's deep as they go & been tried to be covered up so badly that it's all everyone can talk about here. Post back if you need some breadcrumbs...

SCATS said...

To 11:08AM ~~ I've been hearing about this situation for months. I've asked certain BOE members about it last spring ... they claimed they knew nothing. I've tried to offer advice via email in response to certain pleas for help. Until now, I had nothing documented to go by. If you have bread crumbs, feel free to post them, within reason. If you have documentation to provide, even better. I will go only so far in posting allegations like this without some documentation for obvious reasons. If needed, I can receive documentation via email that I can hold without posting (like I'm doing here) so that your breadcrumbs have backing ;)

As far as my sources go, YOU, SCATS's readers, are my sources!

Anonymous said...

"Rumors" are going around the District that these people who started all this have posted about it on Facebook. Has anyone heard anything about it?

SCATS said...

To 11:28AM ~~ I heard about the Facebook connection months ago, as well. I wouldn't be surprised if those posts were gone by now.

Anonymous said...

As luck would have it official docs exist by the stack load. you'd think DO would be more careful with it. They think they've actually covered this up, What a joke it's in circulation like the NY times. You guarantee that you protect your sources? This one is news reel worthy.

SCATS said...

To 11:44AM ~~ I've gained the trust of several folks over the last 4+ yrs. I don't divulge sources when asked not to. I must point out that I am not a reporter, as such. If I got a subpoena to supply info in a legal proceeding, I would have to abide by the requirements of the law. I have no news concern to foot my legal bill, if you get my drift ;)

SCATS said...

And one more important thing, that doesn't mean I wouldn't resist giving up the info to the best of my ability and within the confines of my resources. Are you going to visit me in jail? :)

Anonymous said...

SCATS - shame on the Greece BOE! This situation has been festering for some time now and certain board members have apparently been reluctant to challenge the administration. I would hope that the Interim Supt. would be able to investigate circumstances surrounding this and give the board a first hand appraisal. Even Stevie Wonder could figure this one out!

Anonymous said...

Let's see, the same board minutes show the resignation of principal John Rivers..coincidence?

Anonymous said...

SCATS - I emailed you. I'm thinking of making a documentary that's how much there is. Instead of sharing a prison cell how about a director's chair?

SCATS said...

To 12:04PM ~~ I'm not entirely certain whjether BOE members were ever apprised of this situation, until it hit the courts. Is it possible that Achramovitch & Co. kept it hidden?

To 12:35PM ~~ Yes, you're correct. Am I to assume these two cases are somehow connected? Or is it coincidence that similar cases are handled during the same meeting? Based upon BOE minutes, it is not clear that the BOE knew anything at all about Sahrle's situation.

To 12:38PM ~~ I'm not the Hollywood type, but thanks for the email. Regarding the question you asked, I'm going to give you a very generic response and do it here since this isn't anything new, really. I don't have any details to offer other than I'd be VERY CAREFUL about "bugs" and/or cameras in rooms, phones, computers, etc. They've done it before ... doing it again with Oberg at the helm would positively delight certain people, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

12:35 What exactly do you mean? Did Rivers have a hand in this and then was let go?

SCATS said...

To 1:57PM ~~ I already asked for a better explanation of this, so let's not jump to conclusions. Maybe they are both victims, maybe one victimized the other, maybe it's just coincidence ... we'll find out soon, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

SCATS -(from 12:38pm)you stated: "I'm not entirely certain whjether BOE members were ever apprised of this situation, until it hit the courts. Is it possible that Achramovitch & Co. kept it hidden?".

I assume your question was tongue in cheek? Achramovitch knew. Hoeft knew. The BOE knew. It's amazing what some people who think they are so smart and untouchable leave just lying around.

Here's one piece I picked up as proof: A 14 page document dated September 22, 2009 stamp signed by Steven A. Achramovitch (with a "Confidential" stamp on it) titled "STATEMENT OF CHARGES". It goes on, "CHARGE NO.1 CONDUCT UNBECOMING A TEACHER".

That's just one document I've acquired.

The community deserves to know about this. Parents deserve to know. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that the parents of the severely disabled kids in that room were never told the full story of this case, if anything at all. If they weren't, it should be a crime.

I don't doubt Deb Hoeft did harass Heather Sahrle and discriminate against her under ADA, but there's way way way more to the story. I'd like to let you and the community see the truth.

I can't email this document to you, but I'll send it to you. email me a PO box or address.

SCATS said...

To 2:23PM ~~ I do not have a PO Box, sorry. For obvious reasons, I can't give you my address. I might be able to come up with an address that you could send something to as a one-time thing, and then arrange for the recipient to get the package to me. If that appeals to you, send me an email to confirm it and let me know how big the package is and when they might expect recept of it.

If I have the documents, what do you want me to do with them then? My ability to post on here is a bit limiting, since I do not have a website that I "own." I could except portions you thought were important.

Anonymous said...

SCATS, you asked me to back up statements with documents. You also said you haven't got your paws on any documents about this case so you can't corroborate any statements or post them. I tell you I have a 14 page document signed by Acromovitch, plus other documents, that shed total and complete light on this and a district cover up to keep parents of disabled kids in the dark about things their kids went through in school and you ask me what you should you do with the information??? I'm beginning to wonder if you're on the super's cabinet. Not to worry, I'll be releasing it my own way so you can see it on the news like everyone else. Wouldn't want you to get involved or anything to make this town a better place.

SCATS said...

To 3:54PM ~~ I was merely pointing out that this BLOG has certain limitations. If you want the documents posted, just say so and I can try to accomodate as best as possible. Until I see them, I make no promises. Please remember, I'm just an UNPAID VOLUNTEER!

Sometimes people choose to share things with me, but don't want me sharing it with others, or sharing it on here. I'm no mind-reader, so I asked.

Anonymous said...

11:32 posted: Do most of the teachers take all of the sick days?
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I taught in Greece for almost THIRTY years. In all that time, I think I may have taken TWO "sick days." I came in to work on my death bed! The district saved a fortune on me!

SCATS said...

To 7:54PM ~~ I bet the parents just loved it when you came to school ill and spread your virus to 200 others in just one day. I'm no fan of people coming to school or work if they are truly ill. On the other hand, it's downright disturbing to run into your kid's teacher when she is out shopping when she ought to be at work.

Anonymous said...

I read all the comments and am intrigued. So, someone has a copy of the 14 page charges against Miss Sahrle? Interesting...where did they come from? And do people realize what is in them? I have actually read the charges...it was some of the funniest bit of fiction I've read in a long time. The charges are a one-sided view of what supposedly happened. I have a feeling that the real truth about what happened will eventually come out.

I hear that this has been going on for almost 18 months...if these charges are so bad, why are things taking so long?

As for the facebook stuff...I guess you have to be careful what you post online...you never know if it will come back to haunt you someday.

SCATS said...

To 9:01PM ~~ And I have a copy of and have read the 21 pg. complaint filed in court. If even 10% of it is true, this district should be immediately swept clean of anyone who had any part in what's been going on.

Regarding Facebook, it was my understanding that others were responsible for postings made on there.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Facebook...The people who made these complaints preplanned it on Facebook and also posted "intimate details" about there own indiscretions and the District bought it hook, line and sinker. For those involved, "The truth will set you free."

Anonymous said...

9:01 pm, you may be 100% right. Then again, you may be 100% wrong. The point is, it shouldn't be up to 9:01 to decide. Why has this been covered up by the superintendent, by the BOE, by Deb Hoeft? Why don't the parents and families of those kids know what their own kids may have been involved in with what's in those 14 pages? That's the side of the barn you can't hit.

Anonymous said...

SCATS, you say the district should be swept clean of those involved? I'm sure you're correct. Now how is that to happen if it is allowed to be swept under the rug?

5:27 pm, you say you went and "bought" this case? Really? Interesting that the link where you can "buy this case" states:

"This is a Restricted Web Site for Official Court Business only. Unauthorized entry is prohibited and subject to prosecution under Title 18 of the U.S. Code. All activities and access attempts are logged."

Looks like if you did "buy it" you must have been on official court business aye? I guess we should just go on and believe the rest of what you said too now huh?

SCATS said...

To 10:36PM ~~ While I can't vouch for the individual you are questioning, I can tell you that this BLOG has been read by certain local lawyers before. It's not that big of a stretch.

Anonymous said...

to 10:36...
Anyone can buy the case online. All you need to have is credit card and register with PACER. It only costs $1.68 for the whole case. Then is you spend under $10 for the quarter (3 mos) the fee is waived. Here this is statement from PACER...
"The nearly one million PACER users include attorneys, pro se filers, government agencies, trustees, data collectors, researchers, educational and financial institutions, commercial enterprises, the media, and the general public."

You obviously went to the wrong link. An apology might be in order.

Anonymous said...

10:36 pm...
Sorry to do this in two posts. The website is www.pacer.gov.

Again, anyone can buy this case. So apparently I am creditable.

Anonymous said...

10:24pm, I never claimed to be 100% right, but I know for a fact that I am NOT 100% wrong. I do agree that the parents of these children should know...but they should know the full truth, not just what the charges state. The charges are just that, charges...they aren't correct until proven correct. So, to show them to parents, to possibly scare them unnecessarily, to paint Miss Sahrle in an extremely negative light without the benefit of her defending those charges, that would be a crime.

I also agree that the DO and BOE have covered things up. Is that so surprising? What would you do if you brought a weak case against someone, invested a lot of time and money, and then realized that that case has no merit? Would you want that out in the open that the district had screwed up, once again?

And concerning the leaving of a certain administrator last year...it may have been coincidence that it was talked about at the same board meeting, but there is some overlap in the two cases.

Anonymous said...

Bugs and hidden cameras? Really SCATS. You need to take your meds. Your mnetal illness is shining through.

SCATS said...

To 8:37AM ~~ Rough night again?

Apparently, you weren't paying attention when the "Bug in the Board Room" scandal hit GCSD the last time around. It's happened before and anyone who has watched Greece for any length of time knows history repeats itself here rather quickly. They never learn from past mistakes.

SCATS said...

I've been asked to share some concerns FROM MY EMAIL:

Sahrle was a key witness against Deb Hoeft (GCSD) - she testified and ultimately cost the district $$millions. Hoeft removed the contractual time alotted for teachers to help the special needs kids.

The common myth here is that Sahrle is fighting the 3020a charges to save her job. That's not the case. She could have taken what the district offered her in 8/09, and better offers, and retained her job. She's never had the opportunity to rebut the accusations and defend herself. She forced GCSD to bring 3020a charges against her so she could have the opportunity to do so.

There is much more to this story. This is just a chip off the iceberg.

Anonymous said...

That person that took those documents committed a crime!

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting for someone to investigate the evaluations of everyone who offered to testify in the case from the years to before to the years after. I know they couldn't release personal information, but it would be infomrative to see of there was a general trend of people involved in the suit suddenly having worse evaluations.

SCATS said...

To 12:32PM ~~ Not necessarily so.

Anonymous said...

Charges? As a parent if there were charges against a teacher of my kids that's something I need to know about. Wouldn't you need to know too as a parent? Maybe you're not a parent. If you answer no to that question, that you don't need to know, then what kind of parent would you be?

When that band teacher at Craig Hill or Brookside a couple years ago was brought up on charges it was on all the news stations. He didn't get a trial first did he? Why not? Because that's something parents NEED to know about their kids teacher.

Yes, there should be a trial to determine the outcome of the charges. Yes a teacher or anybody else must be given a chance to tell their side of the story and if they are innocent, to prove their innocence. But when kids are involved, parents have a right to knowledge. If their kids teacher is brought up on charges, they have a right to know that, and a right to know what those charges are. Isn't that what any parent would expect & deserve?

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.

SCATS said...

To Joe ~~ Thank you for having the courage to come forward and speak to this terrible situation. I'm hoping our BOE gets enough of a spine to take the action they must take to correct these troubles once and for all. I'm not holding my breath though. Mr. Oberg is too busy making 'chump change' remarks to the press to be effective at anything else.

Anonymous said...

To Joe - thank you for representing the unbiased, unslanted, completely objective opinion of the husband of the accused, who MUST be speaking the truth.

At least you can somehow see that the board is incompetent. Do you agree that Deb Hoeft should be fired for negligence for this as the head of special education?

Do you agree that the parents of the kids in that class had a right to be informed that their children's teacher was brought up on 4 separate charges for abusive behaviors?

Please have the courage to answer since you have joined the fray.

Anonymous said...

Just so people are aware, the parents of Miss Sahrle's students WERE APPRISED of the situation a long time ago, by letter. Although no details were given at the time, most parents have been outraged as details come forth. I, like most of you, hope tonight's session by the BOE results in a few things:

1) The BOE realizes the incompetence of the DO in handling this entire situation...from HR up to Deb Hoeft and "Teflon Don"...then does some investigating of their own!

2) A legitimate attempt is made to fix the current situation with Miss Sahrle. Someone said that offers were made to her over the past year...offers that no one in their right mind would ever agree to take!

3) A full review of the process in which teachers and other staff are brought up on charges and are investigated.

I'm not sure if any of the following will happen, but one can only dream.

SCATS said...

To 6:51PM ~~ You are hoping the incompetent BOE sees the incompetence of DO administrators? Let me know how that works out.

It bothers me that GTA leadership is silent here, yet again. Pallozzi had NOTHING TO SAY to the BOE at last week's meeting! Same thing happened when Walts' people were terorizing teachers ... the union was nowhere to be found.

Anonymous said...

SCATS...even as I wrote the words that the BOE would see the errors of the DO, I was chuckling to myself. I hold no such hope that the BOE will ever flex its muscle to do the right thing. It seems that even as administrators come and go, their abuse of power never changes.

To 5:11pm...of course the husband of the accused is biased...who wouldn't be? If your spouse was wrongfully accused of something, given no recourse to rebut the accusations, then have people threaten to leak those unproven accusations to the public, what would YOU do?

I'm not sure where you got your information about the "4 separate charges", but that's simply untrue. What's ironic is that people like yourself, who are bashing Miss Sahrle on an anonymous website will undoubtedly never apologize once you're proven wrong. If it turns out that she is guilty of the so called "charges,", then you'll see me here immediately pleading "mea culpa."

SCATS said...

To 7:47PM ~~ As far as I can see, nearly all of the BOE members have something to lose should they try to hold anyone accountable. I mean lose in a sense similar to what Joe stated about Ms. Sahrle's hubby suddenly being under investigation at his own place of employment. More than anything, word of that sort of tactic makes all of the allegations sound true!

Anonymous said...

To 7:47 (from 5:11) I actually think the husband SHOULD be biased. There's nothing wrong with that. The point is that for Joe to listen to the husband then claim he "has all the facts" is simply ridiculous and misleading.

Tell you what, if Miss Sahrle is shown to be innocent of all charges (there are 4 counts in actuality) then I'll be lady enough to say she is totally exonerated. But keep in mind, I never said she was guilty. There's a process to determine that. I merely stated a fact, that she's been charged (on four counts). I also said it's ridiculous for Joe Moscato to talk to the husband and then assume she's 100% innocent after that conversation. Why? because like you know and we all know the husband should be defending his wife. Again, there's a process for determining guilt or innocence, and thankfully it does not involve anyone having anything to do with the district to be the judge. That's the justice system we all live by. You say all the parents of the students in her class were informed, but not of details. The point is don't the parents have a NEED and a RIGHT to know the details of the facts that charges were brought up and what those charges were? Well, don't they? What did the letter the parents received actually say?

As far as the "deals" that were offered, I think I've figured that out by connecting the dots. Have you SCATS? How bout you Joe? If you have, then you can see that the level of corruption in this district is even beyond what we all thought.

By the way, I hope that Miss Sahrle is actually innocent of all charges. I really do.

Anonymous said...

SCATS - I believe the air needs to be cleared re: Ms. Sahrle's husband. At no time was he under investigation even though he is mentioned in the charges. When the charges were spelled out, it was he who requested an investigation by his superiors to clear the air The results of that investigation showed no signs of impropriety. That's just one of the misguided charges the district had filed...Since when should the spouse of an employee become part of this scenario? Maybe because the whole damn thing is bogus?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the person who did this investigation knew her family and held any anomosity towards her family.

Hint,hint,hint.

Yes it will get worse for the district.

SCATS said...

ALL: Please read a very lengthy comment posted at 11/16/2010 8:53 AM on the thread titled: Former Greece BOE member Speaks out.

Anonymous said...

SCATS...I read the very lengthy, and well-written, piece on the other thread. This person definitely has some inside knowledge on what has been going on. I agree with so much of what he/she said in their piece.

What I do not agree with is that this is all just some attempt by Deb Hoeft to save her own behind. There were a lot of other district employees named in the suit...other people with things to lose...like their job and name. Is Deb probably running scared? Yes. Should she be for how she treated Miss Sahrle? Yes. How can you be an administrator in charge of Special Education and be that ignorant of the very laws you supposedly know? She did violate Miss Sahrle's ADA rights, and she should be held accountable for that.

My guess is that this lawsuit is to do many things:

1) Clear the air over how Miss Sahrle was treated.

2) Recover what is left of her good name and teaching credibility.

3) Send the DO and Deb Hoeft a message that you cannot simply trample people's rights at your convenience, then try to cover it up.

The fact that it took recent developments to force the BOE to begin acting is what makes me ill. The BOE is supposed to be the oversight to the District, a type of checks and balances to make sure that this type of thing never happens. Have they all been asleep, or just with their heads in the sand?

Whether innocent or guilty of the charges, this entire mess with Miss Sahrle should point out to everyone that abuse of power can happen anywhere. It is up to a community to make sure it doesn't continue happening. If the BOE fails to act, then they should be voted out, one at a time. Perhaps a new BOE will have the GUTS to act while others stood still.

How many times will Nero fiddle while Rome burns?

SCATS said...

To 3:37PM ~~ Anything more than once is too many times.

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget that Miss Sahrle Complained of a hostile working environment before any allegations were made against her, according to her civil lawsuit. Also it says that there were overtures towards her possible transfer in May '09, again before any compaints were made against her.

Anonymous said...

To 10:56, Let's not insult the intelligence of everyone who reads this blog. The fact that an event happens before another does not prove causation in any way. If that were the case, then Sahrle's civil rights lawsuit against Hoeft would have zero merit since it came after Sahrle was brought up on charges, and then could just be retaliatory against Hoeft. If you're saying that just to state the timeline fact then sure, fact stated, but it means nothing.

Anonymous said...

any updates in the case?

SCATS said...

To 7:14PM ~~ I've heard not one single word.

Anonymous said...

I have heard that the judge hearing this case isn't available until April.

SCATS said...

To 3:41PM ~~ Which judge is that? April is just 1 month away.