Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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!!


Anonymous said...

The BOE is like a corporate board. Their responsibility is to set the policy and decide what problems the Supt and his/her staff address. The BOE shouldn't be solving most of the problems you list. They SHOULD be requiring the Supt to address the issues you list and come back with action plan that deals with the problems. These plans then become the Supt's deliverables. Just like the CEO of a corporation, the Supt is hired to deliver what the board deems important. But our BOE has never functioned like a Board of Directors. Until they start doing their jobs and setting policy and direction, the Supt will be able to set his/ her own path and define the goals and measures. And the hard to solve problems will continue to be ignored.

SCATS said...

"They SHOULD be requiring the Supt to address the issues you list and come back with action plan that deals with the problems."

Yup, agreed! However, I can't recall a time in the last umpteen years when the Greece school board ever consistently did their job that way, can you? Since we already know they love to micro-manage, and since the interim Supt. isn't about to do more than the basics, I figured I may as well give them a boot in the pants hoping they will accomplish something before May.

Anonymous said...

Did you do this when you where on the board?

SCATS said...

To 8:26AM ~~ If you are addressing me, then you've mistaken me for someone else. Don't worry. You've just joined the multitudes of others who've made similar mistakes ;)

Charlie Hubbard said...

Some more committees to make the boards decissions for them and our problems will be over.

I hope readers understand 'this' is the reason the board no longer wanted their meetings on channel 12.

SCATS said...

To Charlie ~~ Hey, they're just emulating the Greece Town Board!

Anonymous said...

4:44 You are right of course. But just like every other board of directors it comes down to leadership. The leadership of this board has failed miserably to lead and identify problems and tell their employee,BDW to correct them by presenting to them a plan of action. This is not micro management. It's called over sight something they have forgotten as to why they were elected to the board by us, the stakeholders of the district in the first place

It would seem to me that the tail is wagging the dog here.
BDW has apparently gained control of the board though it's
Leaders and has a blank check to wheel and deal as she sees fit. This is a terrible situation and this policy should end at once..