Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Will 3rd Time Be A Charm?


Hamburg Appoints
Steve Achramovitch
Superintendent of Schools

New contract expires at end of 2015.

“Steve is financially astute, legally experienced, educationally well-read, thoughtful and inspiring. He has worked for us tirelessly and enthusiastically. He really cares about people.” ~~ Dr. Joan Calkins, Hamburg BOE Pres.

SCATS ~~ Boy, has Steve ever snookered them! And to think, he was their top choice out of 20!
  

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does that mean we are off the hook for the retirement and healthcare costs?
Sorry for them, but YIPPEE for us!!

SCATS said...

Good question!

Anonymous said...

and we still have nothing....still no one wants to come here. How many will be in our candidate pool this time...one, two? Funny how everyone that leaves here still manages to find work .....butte no, really our BOE has nothing to do with our problems, think they will ever wake up and realize that they play a key part in why no one is applying here?? Naaah...it is easier to keep sitting back and thinking that they are the saving grace of the district...

Anonymous said...

After being involved for almost 30 years with school district including a 3 year stint on the school board, it has been my experience that all the people who apply to a Superintendent job all to to the same "Superintendent School." Regardless of where these candidates come from, they all speak the same "Superintendent" language. And they could really care less about educating children. It is all about their ego and how much money they can make before they 'retire" fat and happy. They all want to bring in "new" programs and tout how great they are but in the end it is all about surviving long enough to collect a fat pension and be able to on to "consult" other school districts.

Public education is all about the adults who work with in and run the system. It has nothing to do with really educating out kids. If you think this is not so, just look at the ton of laws on the books in NYS to protect the adults with job protections and slew of other perks. The children be damned.



Anne Miller

Anonymous said...

11:46 PM I say AMEN to that! It appears It's not the past superintendents that are the problem. They all get jobs and go on to work well in new districts. Our board continues to have a hard time finding anyone to work with. Who really has the problem?

Anonymous said...

When Achramovitch left he got 80% of his medical for life as long as he was retired from education. Now that he is back in the education business, we are off the hook and Hamburg can pay his bills.

Anonymous said...

It's sad to realize that Hamburg's School Board is dumber than the majority of our 2006 board that hired Achramovitch. What idiots!! It's kind of scary that he was the best candidate for the Hamburg job when one considers what's available out there for us next year.

The Hamburg job must pay less than the $206,0000 Steve made when he left here. While it's true that we are off the hook for his health care since he officially retired, in order to peg his retirement pension amount at 60% of $206,000, he would have to get a waiver from the State Retirement System. Without the waiver, three years at a lower salary would reduce his monthly pension check at the end of his Hamburg job. If he got the waiver, and I'm sure he did, two things are in play. First Hamburg would not be required to contribute to the pension fund on his behalf. Secondly, the Retirement System could allow him to collect his retirement check from his "Greece job" along with his salary from Hamburg. The phrase "double dipping" has taken on new meaning. Question: How in hell do losers like this keep landing on their feet?

Anonymous said...

10:56

The state would not grant a waiver for someone taking a full time 3year regular position. They will grant waviers only for interim positions, for short periods of time, after the home districts has submited a list of all candidates and shown why each of the other candidates were not acceptable.

Here is my guess and it is only a guess. I think the Steve A. never applied for his pension. First of all he thought that Boiley was going to be able to save him here in Greece. Secondly I am not sure he is 55. Thirdly, he could have been on to this Hamburg lead while in Greece and took the job to increase his percentage of his pension by at least, it is either 2% per year or if he is a tier 3, then the increase is 1.5% per year increase. He is a young man. He could work for another ten years. That would be 20% or 15% increase in his pension.

Where I think he is foolish is he could have his pension and continue to take interim positions for ten years. This way he would be making $300,000-$350,000 per year.

Enjoy

Doug

SCATS said...

To Doug ~~ He's also a slippery, shady man. He's capable of doing a lot of things, many of them unsavory.

Anonymous said...

Slpppery no slimey yes. New sheep to shear, That is this boys game keep smiling while you empty their piggy bank and fill yours.The kids what kids?

Anonymous said...

He is 56 (whatever that means,doug) and his wife/ex is 55. His house in Greece at the address of Countryshire Dr or Gordon Dr...must be a corner...is valued for taxes at 182,000 and is still owned by him. It does not have a star exemption so he must still own his first house in Buffalo at Deerhurst park blvd.
( you can't have star for 2 houses) Isn't Hamburg near Buffalo? Maybe he is living there now again. Whitepages.com show both him and Patricia Achramovich with address there at same house. That's convenient. Maybe that's why he left here and is there. Any port in a storm in so many ways. Sorry CP.

SCATS said...

To 7:10AM ~~ No STAR exemption? Interesting ... GOOD CATCH!