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.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do you know they are in violation?
Perhaps they have filled out all the proper paperwork or maybe even hired a group to make sure they comply with the requirements New York State sets out.

SCATS said...

To 8:41AM ~~ Do you believe in the tooth fairy, too?

Anonymous said...

Your funny, 8:41. As if they'd hire someone when they are trying to fundraise for a buck a pop. ha!!!

Anonymous said...

This is the old "catch me if you can" game Greece central excels at playing. District office's mindset is that if we don't get caught, it must not be illegal.

(lol@my word verification- headlizes)

SCATS said...

To 9:43AM ~~ Yup, they love this game.

Anonymous said...

What is a school doing raising funds through a Bingo Night? It doesn't appear that this is the PTA or a booster club raising, just the school. What is next, car-washes for textbooks or bottle drives for library staff?
Any reason for a school doing fund raising?

Anonymous said...

Yes, there are plenty of reasons for school buildings to fund raise. They all boil down to this:

Budgets have been cut so thin that any need/desire beyond "base budget" is unfunded.

Many of us have this same issue in our household budgets. If we can't afford something, we either live without or find a way to get more income.

They have chosen to not "live without".

What's wrong with a "car wash for textbooks" and "bottle drives for library staff"? Would you rather that they suck at the teat of the taxpayer and then go hungry when that starts to run dry?

SCATS said...

To 8:09AM ~~ I'd rather they do their fundraising legally, seeing that they are supposed to be role models for our kids ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I have no sympathy for public education in Greece or NYS for that matter. We have one of the highest per pupil costs in the nation and parents/teachers whine because Suzy does not have enough.......(you insert the need). There is too much waste in public education and too many employees sucking off the taxpayers boobs.

And we get the bottom of the toilet educational outcomes!

SCATS said...

Just an FYI ~~ I've notified two BOE members about this issue. Let's see if they intervene to stop this lunacy, as they should.

Anonymous said...

Exactly what do you believe to be illegal? It's a big web site to look through. Be specific if you can.

SCATS said...

To 12:24PM ~~ Since I'm not getting the $800/day the interim supt. recives, I'm not going to outline all of the details for someone who is too lazy to read through the appropriate documents. I'm sure Greece Central has loads of extra $$ they've hidden in the books they cook to hire a lawyer to take care of it for them. At worst, they could form a committee, hire some consultants, ask BOCES or MCSBA ... the possibilities are endless.

Anonymous said...

I bet Greece's attorney, Laura Purcell, is responsible for this mistake.

FYI...It only cost the taxpayers $500 an hour.

SCATS said...

To 4:24PM ~~ GCSD has MANY lawyers. In cases like this, these schools don't bother asking questions. They just do as they wish, unless/until they get caught. Then they plead innocence & ignorance.

Anonymous said...

FYI - they can play bingo. The just cant call it bingo. They have to call it game night or family fun. It isn't against the law to have families pay to attend a PTA function/fundraiser. It is against the law to have bingo, because of other bingo halls that are really considered gambling venues. This is just a matter of splitting hairs. Let the families pay a couple bucks to hang out together and raise some money for the school. This is a choice not a directive - your child must play bingo to get bonus points! It really isn't a big deal.

SCATS said...

To 7:01PM ~~ I don't know if you intended to joke about it or not. Charging people to obtain Bingo cards without a license to operate is against the law. FYI, offering free bingo requires adherence to a substantial list of rules too, so dropping the "admission" fee won't make it OK.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that Kirk Road has been holding Bingo games for YEARS as a fundraiser but West Ridge can't. And SCATS, don't you get tired of running and tattling to Board Members every time there is something you don't agree with. You want the BOE to make West Ridge call off a night were families can get together and have a good time and so what if they raise a few bucks. Doesn't seem like you are ever or are going to ever be happy with anything that any school does. So if they change the name of the evening to something other than BINGO will you be ok with it?? Did you have a child that attended Kirk Road that you are ok with it going on at one school and not another? West Ridge opened it up to other families outside of their schools that seems to be the only difference.

SCATS said...

To 7:19PM ~~ I always thought WR people were smarter than this. It's become obvious that I was wrong. Apparently, Kird Rd. people ARE smarter and don't take out ads in the local paper about their planned illegal activity nights. Where did you get the erroneous idea that changing the name of the evening changes anything?

Anonymous said...

It should be fun to watch the state come in and shutdown this event. I hope someone tapes it for the news.

Anonymous said...

Scats 1:27-
Nor do I have time to chase down your petty allegations.

You have lost a supporter on this issue.

"Show me" or "shut up".

SCATS said...

To 5:59AM ~~ I'm to believe that YOU are planning to take action on an item that this district should already have under control? I provided the go to place for the necessary info. If I can read through it, so can you. It's not my job to force feed the facts to those who are paid to know their jobs and carry out the details, even when it's hard. This is reminding me of a certain hockey coach who failed to read the handbook detailing the "Do's and Don'ts" applicable to his job, then screamed "foul!" when he got caught breaking the rules.