Monday, December 27, 2010

How Is The Greece School Board Performing?

    
"Laundry List" Of Issues

The above list was formulated with O'Rourke's help back in July. Nearly six months later, it's been left largely untouched, NOTHING accomplished, nothing close to being "resolved." Only a phony "forum" on school options/choice was held.

Now the interim supt. is facing serious health issues and the Greece Board of Education has a monster budget they are trying to ignore. I can find NOTHING positive about the near future for this school district. Who is to blame? What will it take to make a difference? Or is Greece Central postured to accept last place in the county as their ultimate destiny regarding measurable educational goals?
  

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Several of these issues are linked by the "large" budget you mention:
1. Transportation (costs)
2. School of Choice/Open Enrollment
3. Closing some schools

Other items that weren't on your list but surfaced recently include the items addressed by Mr Valik but ignored by the BOA. Someone on tne Board needs to find some leadership and start to address these issues before they draw up a budget that gets defeated. It's very easy to promise every parent that the school their children attends will remain open, that class sizes will remain small, that athletic fields will have artificial turf and lights, etc, etc etc. The reality is that we have to pay for it somehow and, in case you missed it, the gov-elect wants to push the tax cap.Reality is coming to a neighborhood near you!

SCATS said...

to 12:49PM ~~ Yes, the budget is a common denominator for much of how the district operates. Refresh my memory please ... who is Mr. Valik and what items did he address?

Anonymous said...

The budget is going to be a big problem this year as taxpayers have voiced concern over bussing over and over. They see waste and the response has been? Another study.

Anonymous said...

Mr Valik was a distinguished member (now extinguished member) of the erstwhile Finance Committee. He wrote a letter to the Post describing the laundry list of potential savings that the BOE could investigate. He was ignored because there wasn't a "big hitter" that would save millions on the list. According to the old math I was taught, big money can be made up of lots of small savings. I went to school in another area, so perhaps the math is different here

SCATS said...

To 4:26PM ~~ Thank you. Oddly, I just found the column by him to the newspaper in my scanner about half an hour ago. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Question: These are volunteer positions, right? So how many hours a week can we realistically think we can can get from these folks. I would be surprised if it was more than 5-6. That laundry list would be tough if these were ful time jobs.

The board needs to delegate and spend their time listening to their constituencies and making informed votes. They are a decision making body and not a "working" body. They should be evaluating and making decisions on proposals developed by others.

SCATS said...

To 4:52PM ~~ Yes, they are volunteers. The number of hours appears to be greatly reduced in recent times, unless you count classes for certain individuals to earn title of "Master Boardsman." Even meeting times are down to an hour or so, when they used to spend 3-4+ hrs in one regular montly meeting. Are they more efficient? NO! They are just more secretive. This group doesn't know the meaning of the word constituent.

Charlie Hubbard said...

I would like someone (anyone) to tell us readers what the board heard in last years vote.
Has anyone heard a dicussion by the board as to 'why' they feel the budget was defeated AND what changes have been made to indicate the voice of the community was 'heard'.

Anonymous said...

Certainly, the budget for 2011-2012 is already in the bag.
Certainly, the voting public(all 900 of them) will vote the budget down.
Certainly, this board will push through another "contingency" budget.
All of the talk about closing schools and getting rid of schools of choice will amount to nothing.

Unfortunately!

SCATS said...

To Charlie ~~ I suspect the only response you will get to those questions is the sound of the crickets chirping.

To 7:17PM ~~ NOTHING gets by you, does it? ;)

Anonymous said...

Is there any sort of alternate slate on the horizon for 2011.

There have to be some intelligent voices around?

SCATS said...

To 8:45PM ~~ There are certain truths you need to remember ...
1 ~ It takes 5 votes to accomplish anything on the BOE.
2 ~ Private citizens have more power over getting access to information than a school board member (Remember, this is why Moscato resigned a few months early?)
3 ~ Lone intelligent voices usually drink the GCSD kool-aid sometime between taking their oath of office and signing the district's phony "ethics policy" ... which makes them talk stupid like their predecessors.

Anonymous said...

It is on par with the rest of the town, embrace it.

Anonymous said...

SCATS don't forget about McCabe. My theory about him is that was drinking the kool-aid from the bottle as a (presumably) fat little baby. Either then, or when he discovered that his voting directly affected his household income, oh, and where HIS kids go to school. Ethics policy, eh? We no need no stinkin' ethics policy!

Anonymous said...

There is no reason to have Signature School. One elementary school is not that much different than another. Starting in Sept. 2011 K students could start in their neighborhood schools and close Signature Schools over 3-4 years.

Close/sell Barnard school.

Close/sell Old district office on Latta Rd.

Close/sell either West Ridge or Brookside elementary.

If it is Brookside then make Parkland k-5.

Eliminate the ability to choose middle schools and high schools. Students at the secondary level would have to attend their neighborhood secondary school.

The district needs to keep ONE elementary school of choice and ONE secondary school of choice. The reason is to have safety value for change populations in the district. Boundry changes are so much more distrutive to a school district, and they never end, than a school of choice.

If the above changes were put in for the Sept. 2011 school year it would show the community the BOE was serious about cutting cost.

Happy New Year.

Enjoy

Doug Skeet

SCATS said...

To 9:16AM ~~ Many BOE members (former) were born drinking the Kool-Aid. McCabe is just a current example. What bothers me more are the ones like Oberg who suddenly change their diet after they get into office.

To Doug ~~ I agree with most of what you wrote. I do wonder why you would opt to close Brookside instead of Parkland though ... ?

I'm not sure that we need to continue with any lottery schools at all, but let's assume we do ... I'd add that we need to conduct the lottery in public and eliminate the sibling rule if any form of school-of-choice were to continue ... the opportunity to gain admission MUST be seen as open AND fair for all.

Anonymous said...

"What bothers me more are the ones like Oberg who suddenly change their diet after they get into office"...

I am personally offended that you were able to think of any other name than mine in regard to this discussion! Don't you remember how much I CAREd about the district?

Yours Truly,
The BLOB

Anonymous said...

The school of choice should be for special ed only.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but look on the bright side: At least we have SCATS spreading the joy of the season!

Anonymous said...

I see the posting becomes the property of SCATS, but who owns the copyright?

SCATS said...

To 2:24PM ~~ Who do you think? And why do you care?

Anonymous said...

If you were nice Scats all our problems would be over.
If you did not point out problems we would not have any problems.

Don't you see Scats if YOU went away all our problems would go away!!!!!! and all in charge could go back to playing simon-says.

SCATS said...

To 6:20PM ~~ I'm sure you are right ;)

Anonymous said...

How can a school of choice that is set with students except for the siblings of present students when they enter kindergarten , help to fix burps and bumps in enrollment across the grade levels? At first that is what they succeeded in doing by drawing children from oversubscribed schools.20 years ago. But now they are just a group of private schools with a legacy enrollment.

Anonymous said...

What does it matter, Greece schools might as well consolidate with the city. Stop fooling yourselves no one will ever care. They should use the school money to build more jails and fix the roads, we would get more.

Anonymous said...

6:20 pm- If scats wasn't here, we'd have no online entertainment.
(c) scats

SCATS said...

To 5:50AM ~~ You mean free, intelligent online entertainment that you can't stop reading? ;) Thus 26,000+ pageviews in one month!

Anonymous said...

26,000 views.
How many uniques?

SCATS said...

To 10:04AM ~~ Google doesn't appear to track that, but I am able to eliminate my own visits from the stats, which I have done. Either way, I was shocked to see the numbers as high as they are. Our friends in Hamburg have helped boost the stats in the last couple of months, too.