Monday, November 08, 2010

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?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding we still send busses back to pick up the kids that missed it the first time around.
Has anyone else been caught behind a bus waiting for kids to come out of the house, not ready?

SCATS said...

To 11:53AM ~~ I wasn't aware that Greece did that, but I have seen the buses wait rather often for the kids to emerge at a home near mine this school year.

Anonymous said...

What is the need to save money in Greece? Taxpayers continue to pay whatever tax is assessed, year-after-year.

Anonymous said...

That one bus waiting for a kid here or there ain't got nothing on the shear waste involved in having six kids, all the same age, all living on the same street, being picked up/dropped off by five different bus, going to/from five different schools! Lakeshore, Pinebrook, Kirk Road, West Ridge and Brookside. All 10 year old kids, all who live within 400 yards of each other, and all but one being bused unnessesarily on my dime! Benefit? We don't need to show no stinkin' benefit!

Anonymous said...

I'm stunned to see the board's agenda for tomorrow night's meeting lacks attention to any of the numerous ongoing issues in this school system. There's nothing much of importance to note on their schedule - no talks about school choice or transportation or babysitter shuttles, nothing about curriculum or test scores or graduation rates, nothing about any sort of improvement at all, nothing about the superintendent search or the GTA contract negotiations, nothing about the best way to pull in the reins on spending while continuing to educate the kids, nope nothing at all.

I suppose the myriad of ongoing troubles in Greece has just become so status quo that they don't even notice any more.

Anonymous said...

Dear SCATS,

Does Oberg taste like chicken?

Anonymous said...

Sadly, the concept of "chump change" permeates the thinking of the BOE when it comes to expenses and savings. If it isn't a million or two in savings, the BOE doesn't want to deal with it- it's too small to matter. There have been any number of suggestions here on this blog on ways to save money, just as I am sure there have been suggestions from the now-silenced Finance Committee on savings. The BOE needs to stop looking for the one big item to save and start to make real savings by all the little things that add up to large savings.
In other words, Frank, add up all the chump change and make a real difference!

SCATS said...

To 6:56PM ~~ How would I know? I'm a vegan cat.

SCATS said...

To 8:19PM ~~ Well stated! The BOE has been given list upon list of small ways to reduce costs, several from me just this last spring. They don't want to hear about it. It doesn't matter if it's my idea or yours. If it isn't worth a cool $ million+, they won't even listen. It's been that way going back at least as far as Robert Mueller's time on the BOE.

Anonymous said...

What is the scoop about the multiple fights recently at Olympia?

SCATS said...

To 2:34PM ~~ Trouble in a Greece School? Are you kidding? There's NOTHING going on. I just listened to the BOE meeting which barely lasted 1 hr. There was almost no discussion on any topic, aside from how to kow-tow to the Chamber of Commerce group.