Friday, December 30, 2011

VanOrman Doesn't Understand Her Duties

  
Regarding the upcoming potential changes to the structure of some Greece Central School District Schools, Greece school board President Julia VanOrman told the Greece Post: "We have to make sure we have their (the community's) support and engagement."




SCATS ~~ Getting support from & engaging the community is NOT your job! Your job is to ensure that ALL Greece Central students receive the best and most equitable education possible at a cost that's reasonable to the taxpayer's who must foot the bill.
  

Thursday, December 29, 2011

True Transportation Cost To Retain SOC's Is Much Higher

  
Charlie Hubbard said...

After reading some of the committee reports (worthless as they are) and attending Tuesday nights meeting it was obvious that the preservation of schools of choice is first and foremost on the minds of those in charge.

When I asked 'what is the purpose of schools of choice' it took a while but finaly got one answer which was 'to give parents a choice'.

Schools of choice come with a cost - a big cost - for because of schools of choice we also have 'open enrollment'.

Because of schools of choice we also have 'signature schools'.

Because of schools of choice we transport kids to a school or baby sitter that fits your needs.

The cost of transpotation to provide these services is enormous. The educational benefit (for all) I have never heard. When anyone offers a dollar figure for the transpotation costs associated with schools of choice make sure that figure includes all the extra costs of transportation for all the regular ed kids outside thier home school area.

Also don't let anyone try to make these figures 'look better' by including state aid for 2 reasons #1 there is no guarantee the state will always be reimbursing at the same rate especially after the state is made aware of the extra money we are spending for touchy/feely choice.

#2 the last I knew state aid was paid for by state residents. It is NOT free.

As I said Tuesday night the resident who spoke about having 4busses line up on his street every morning to take kids to 4 different high schools did not believe his tax dollars were being spent wisely. So far that taxpayer has been disrespected and ignored along with so many others.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com   12/23/2011 12:40 PM

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Man Shot 3 Times At Greece Hotel

  
The D&C reports: A man was shot inside a Greece hotel tonight, police said.

According to Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton, the man was shot two or three times in the leg and lower extremities about 8 p.m. at the Extended Stay America hotel, 600 Center Place Road, off Buckman Road.

Chatterton said the man is from the Rochester area and was not a hotel guest. He did not identify the victim.

While police aren’t sure of the motive, they do believe the victim was targeted, he said.

A female companion was with the victim at the time of the shooting, Chatterton said, and she fled the scene. Greece police are asking this witness to come forward and help the investigation.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment; his medical condition was not immediately known.

No suspect has been taken into custody; police continue to investigate.

SCATS ~~ Do police tell us that the victim was "targeted" to try to give us a false sense of security about living in an increasingly crime-ridden town?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Breaking News ...

   
Anonymous said...


BREAKING NEWS...But certainly not surprising. My sources in Geneva tell me that Carol Pallas did not get the Superintendent position. How come the "leaders" from the 8th largest district in NY can never get hired any other place?

Merry Christmas SCATS!!!    12/24/2011 4:10 PM

Imagine If Mary & Joseph Had Facebook

  

Friday, December 23, 2011

'Tis the Season ...


   

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Congratulations, Babs!

  
You've Topped Achramovitch At BS'ing Us!

Tuesday night's meeting was rife with examples!
Here's a few that stand out:

Example #1 ~ "The power of the "and" ..."

SCATS ~~ We already have all different kinds of school configurations ~ K-2/3-5, K-5, pre-k -2/3-5, 6-8/9-12, 6-12 ... WE NEED YOU TO CONSOLIDATE!

Example #2 ~~ Will the proposed Odyssey move to Apollo create a combined school or two different schools?
Odyssey will reflect district demographics in fall 2012. It will become one Odyssey 6-12 school. The Administrative Task Force (Secondary Sub Committee) studied two parallel “House” schedules to continue the small school schedule with a larger group of students. This would enable the smaller learning community model to continue. It is anticipated that all middle and high school schedules will be reviewed for the 2013-14 school year as the district prepares to implement Common Core Standards in a fiscally constrained environment. It is anticipated that the incoming 6th grade class at

SCATS ~~ This question begs for a simple answer, but your response attempts to say two different things at the same time! First you say "it will become one Odyssey 6-12 school." Then you say the plan "would enable the smaller learning community model to continue." This is simply NOT possible unless you intend to keep two separate (i.e. "parallel") schools running!

Example #3 ~~ If Odyssey were to move to Apollo, would current Odyssey students be separate from neighborhood students?
Concepts such as Schools within Schools, Smaller Learning Communities, middle school teams, and parallel schedules are all designed to assign students and teachers to groups so relationships can be built and high achievement can occur. There is a perception that Schools within Schools would have Odyssey students scheduled separately from neighborhood students. That is not the case.

SCATS ~~ This is a "yes" or "no" question, but again you've mired us down with rhetoric in an attempt to play to and appease everyone ... which just isn't possible. Worse yet, the parents are going to be REALLY, REALLY angry at you when they find out how badly you've duped them! The "truth" is that while the students might all have the "same schedule" they will NOT all have the same Odyssey experience that is up and running today ;)

Example #4 ~~ "What is the purpose of a school of choice?"
"One purpose is that they've been successful." ~~ Sue Meier

SCATS ~~ For someone with a doctorate degree, you seem to have a hard time understanding simple English. Their "success" is NOT a purpose. And Babs should have stepped up and given a direct response to the question. Everyone knows that schools-of-choice have outlived their intended purpose. Currently, their purpose is to provide an escape hatch for parents who don't want their kids rubbing elbows with the kids who attend Olympia HS and Apollo MS. Their "purpose" is to segregate!

Example #5 ~~ Will Pine Brook and West Ridge continue as Schools of Choice?
It is recommended at this time that Schools of Choice would continue and the selection process adjusted to ensure the schools represent socio-economic demographics to the extent possible. The current proposal is to adjust the lottery system, ensure assignment through attendance zones around schools of choice, and to ensure that incoming kindergarten classes and future classes reflect district demographics.

SCATS ~~ If you actually do all that this response implies, then our K-5 schools-of-choice as we currently know them, will be gone within a few years! You are just grand-fathering in the squeeky wheel people for thes hort term and they will have to hope their kids make it through before the folks at Longridge realize what's going on ;)

Example #6 ~~ "What will happen to open enrollment?"

SCATS ~~ There was no response to this that made any sense at all. Clearly, there is no plan to end it!
 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Miss Tuesday's School Consolidation Forum ?


Fill Out This Questionaire
&
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SCATS ~~ I recommend answering Question 1 ~ Yes; Question 2 ~ No; Question 3 ~ Yes.
 

2 Greece Teachers Obtain National Certification

  
CONGRATULATIONS

Nancy Kehoe
&
Delaina Grasso-Infantino

"A good teacher is the single most important ingredient in student success.” ~~NY Education Commissioner John King

 
SCATS ~~ King is 100% correct. GCSD can stop blaming the parents, the kids and the free lunches now. It's frequently the poor teaching that pushed Greece's test scores down into the basement.
  
    

Monday, December 19, 2011

Despite Committees, Consultants & Studies ...


It's been 21 years since the creation of  schools-of-choice.

The original purpose for having them resolved itself when enrollment plummeted from about 15,000 students to a current  figure that hovers around 12,000.

NOT ONE IOTA OF DATA EXISTS

TO SUPPORT RETAINING CHOICE IN GCSD

They fail to reflect district demographics
They cost more to operate
They have divided the community
They provide NO benefit to the Greece Central School District
    

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Committee Reports On School Consolidation

   
Administrative Task Force Report

School Attendance Advisory Committee II Report


Finance Committee Report: An Examination of School Closings

Transportation Route & Attendance Boundary Study

Cabinet Analysis

SCATS ~~ If anyone finds evidence within these reports to support retaining SOC's, please show us what report & page # provides the data showing that schools-of-choice are:

  • fiscally prudent and cost-effective;
  • beneficial to the district, not just to lottery winners;
  • demographically defensible;
  • an efficient use of space;
  • an efficient use of transportation & other services;
  • serving a defined need that exists today!
I'm betting that NO SUCH DATA EXISTS ;)
  

Schools-of-Choice: A "Given"


SCATS,
Everybody please take a deep breath and let’s calm down and review what happened at Tuesday’s BOE meeting. I know ahead of time this is not going to be a popular posting but hopefully I can help to bring a little understanding to the current Greece Central’s School Consolidation Report.

I was at the meeting and listened to each of the five reports. I was happy in that there were school closings to more closely match building capacity to current student enrollment numbers. It was a mystery to me why I did not hear anything about SOC other than moving them to another location? Strange?

In talking with some individuals they said look at the BOE Goals for the 2011-2012 school year. So I did and then I read the Board Briefs on the District’s web site. Here is what I found:

Greece Board Goals for 2011-2012
1. Establish a strong governance team with the Superintendent, Cabinet, and District.

2. Take steps to understand the issues and options to:
-Streamlining school and transportation operations to reduce costs.
-Impact of closing a school building(s) by consolidating students/grade levels or programs.
-Study methods to align schools of choice with district demographics.

3. Initiate and support the development of a 5 year strategic plan to become high achieving and fiscally stable and cost effective.

4. Build effective and transparent communication strategies to establish common support for goals and strategic initiatives.

District Goal #3
3. Ensure economical and effective business and support operations with an emphasis on quality, service, and efficient use of limited resources.
-Evaluate efficiency of current transportation system/practice
-Evaluate use of district/school space and consolidate schools and buildings
-Implement long-range fiscal/facilities plan (Capital Project)
-Continue to evaluate programs using benchmarks for cost efficiency and quality performances.

I have been most critical of Greece Central for NOT having BOE Goals and District Goals. This year they have them! BOE Goal #2 and District Goal #3 is the charge to the school district’s superintendent. She is legally responsible to carry out and or implement the BOE Goals for the 2011-12 school year.

Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams was NEVER given a charge, by the Greece BOE, to evaluate/analyze open or close any SOC schools in Greece Central. She can not go off. on her own, and do what she wants to do. Goals, once approved by the BOE, become her charge and responsibility to do BOE Goal #2 and District Goal #3 as it is written.

I personally do not know where I stand on SOC schools. I tend to think they have out lived the original purpose. There has to be equal education and equal educational opportunities for all students enrolled in Greece Central. Currently this is not the situation in Greece.

My only point is that it is not the Superintendent’s fault for not evaluating the SOC schools. There was no direction or directive to her to evaluate them. This is just a fact not an opinion.

Sincerely,
Doug Skeet

SCATS ~~ Doug, thank you for refreshing my memory about the content of the goals! BOE Goal #2 makes retaining schools-of-choice a given from the gitgo. I can see your point about the charge to the Supt. However, District Goal #3 has not been tended to related to SOCs. I still want to see & hear about the DATA, the STUDY, the DISCUSSION by the BOE and whatever other "evidence" they used to decide that schools-of-choice are:
  • fiscally prudent and cost-effective;
  • beneficial to the district, not just to lottery winners;
  • demographically defensible;
  • an efficient use of space;
  • an efficient use of transportation & other services;
  • serving a defined need that exists today!
They've given us NO REASON TO RETAIN THEM! After all, our BOE is pleading poverty going into the budget season and everyone knows that SOCs cost more!
   

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Whatever Happened To The "KISS" Principle*?

       
School Consolidation/Options (Caution! Reading through this is likely to make your brain hurt, your eyes bulge & your blood pressure rise!)

School Consolidation FAQ's

Survey Seeking Your Input On The Plans

SCATS' Alternative 
  1. Close Odyssey & send them back to their home schools (most are from Apollo/Olympia) where space is already available to accommodate them. Let Odyssey's bldg. revert back to the folks who own the land.
  2. Close West Ridge & send these kids to Brookside creating a K-5 school. Move Brookside kids to Parkland creating another K-5 school. This plan provides proximity to Affinity for PL/BS students to continue GCSD's ongoing efforts to engage those parents.
  3. Close Paddy Hill & send these kids to Kirk Rd. creating another K-5 school.
  4. Retain whichever building (Barnard, West Ridge, or Paddy Hill) is least costly to maintain for potential future needs. Sell the others. Sell the $100,000 piano in storage at A-PAC that no one is permitted to touch & use that temperature/humidity controlled space to house the records now stored at Barnard.
  5. End signature schools, schools of choice and secondary options. Redraw boundaries as needed attempting to retain "traditional" boundary lines to the extent possible. Provide "walk zones" around each bldg. Reduce school staffing to align with need for fewer teachers, administrators, etc.
  6. Oust the kids from GCSD who are non-residents!! According to Doug Skeet, this may be as much as 600 students!! We may even be able to close ANOTHER school (secondary) down the road by getting this outrage under control. We could use that space for an ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL, in the future.
  7. Redo transportation for babysitters to some model that makes sense, reduces costs & waste. Redo bus schedules so that K-5 students are bused together. Consolidate bus runs/school schedules where able.
  8. This simple plan moves fewer kids, makes a good dent in moving back to a K-5 structure (PL, BS, KR & PB will all be K-5), reduces transportation costs, reduces administration/teaching & other staffing costs, ensures the trouble-makers who don't belong here aren't disrupting student learning for those that DO belong here and retains the secondary school model for all but those currently at Odyssey.
  9. Make future adjustments as able to return more schools to a K-5 structure.
  10. Look at the future possibility of creating an Alternative School for secondary students who need additional support, possibly using the elementary school we close, but retain in the near term.
* The KISS Principle ... Keep It Simple Stupid
  

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"I Could've Wrapped Your Package"


Julia VanOrman said to Joe Quirk ...

Quote of the Meeting ...
 

GCSD's 2012-13 Budget Starts With $7 Million Deficit


Coupled with a 2% tax cap, a loss of federal aid & "flat" state aid, the time is NOW to DOWNSIZE the number of buildings, buses and employees to match enrollment levels.

Creating new schools within schools is NOT the answer!

Ousting non-residents is an absolute MUST!
  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

  

SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION

The Administrative Advisory Task Force, Attendance Committee II, and Finance Committee will each present recommendations to the Greece Board of Education on December 13. The three groups have reviewed data related to school capacity, facility conditions, and enrollment trends. The Administrative Advisory Task Force also reviewed student achievement data, the direction of New York State’s Common Core Curriculum and Assessments and individual school schedules to ensure a focus on improved student achievement. Each group will make presentations to the Board on December 13.

Also on December 13, a Transportation Efficiency Analysis including projected savings will be presented. A financial and staffing analysis will round out the evening’s presentations.

Options Include ...

1 ~ Close Hoover Dr & move Odyssey to Apollo. Create another small 6-12 grade school on site and add a small middle school program to Olympia HS.

2 ~ Close West Ridge School and redistribute its students back to their home schools.

3 ~ Close West Ridge School and move it to Parkland. Relocate Parkland students to Brookside School, thereby creating another K-5 building.

4 ~ Close Kirk Rd. and move its students to Parkland. Relocate Parkland students to Brookside School, thereby creating another K-5 building.

SCATS ~~ Where is the "option" of eliminating schools-of-choice? Where is the "option" of eliminating open enrollment? Where is the "option" of holding the lotteries in an open meeting? It appears that GCSD has no intention of bringing relief to taxpayers by closing schools & eliminating redundant staffing in the form of building principals, vice principals, teaching staff, librarians, counselors & others. Instead, they plan to create MORE schools!

ONLY IN GREECE COULD CLOSING SCHOOLS RESULT IN RETENTION OF THE STATUS QUO!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dec. 13th: Vote Out the Incumbents Day


FIRE DISTRICT ELECTIONS
Dec. 13th.

Don't forget to vote (You must be registered with the Monroe County Board of Elections)

Ridge Road Fire District @1299 Long Pond Rd from 6 to 9PM (Why such short hours??)
Lake Shore Fire District @1 Long Pond Rd from 2 to 9PM
North Greece Fire District @1766 Latta Rd from 2 to 9PM
Barnard Fire District @3084 Dewey Ave. from 2 to 9PM

CONTROL YOUR TAXES!!
GET SOME NEW BLOOD INTO THESE POSITIONS
  

Friday, December 09, 2011

Let's Call It What It Is ... It's A Gang

   
Greece Post Headline of Note:
Greece Police Dept. Crack down on criminal activity (pg. 1)

The article describes how a recent GPD investigation led to the arrest of a group of mostly juveniles who committed a series of car larcenies & home break-ins in the Dewey/Stone area dating back to summertime.

Lt. Jason Helfer ~~ "The stuff that we attributed to them, we're not seeing any more. Calls for fights that involved this group of people to crimes that fit their MO has dropped off immensely ... the department took the criminal activity very seriously, and wanted to curb it as swiftly as possible, as the group was trying to establish a criminal enterprise."

SCATS ~~ I Say "Gang" ... Greece Police Say "A Criminal Enterprise"... Why are we sugar-coating this problem when the issue has already become an ongoing problem inside Greece's high schools?
  

Greece Soccer Coach Charged



WHEC-TV reports: State Police have charged a Hilton man with larceny and scheme to defraud after they say he stole money from the parents of players on a travel soccer team he coached...

According to State Police, 46-year-old Dennis Schuler was the coach of a girls' travel soccer team based out of Greece from August 2010 until April 2011. Police say that during that time, Schuler collected over $3,000 from parents of the team members to pay for soccer-related activities and services under false pretenses.

Police say Schuler, who is a former employee of the Athletic Republic on Lyell Avenue, used that facility for team and individual training and did not reimburse the company for the time used.

Schuler is charged with grand larceny and scheme to defraud, both felonies, for the Greece incidents. He's charged with petit larceny and falsifying business records, a felony, in the City of Rochester.

Schuler will reappear in Greece Town Court on December 13th, and in City court on December 15th.
  

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Car Larceny Suspects Caught In the Act



WHEC-TV reports: Three Rochester men have been arrested for going through vehicles in the town of Greece.

Greece Police were called to the area of Stone Road and McCall Road around 10:22 p.m. on Sunday for three suspicious men possibly going through vehicles. Police arrested 25-year-old Bocar Seck and 17-year-old Mamadou Bah. Both are charged with criminal possession of stolen property. They were arraigned and are currently being held in the Monroe County Jail.

Police say the third suspect, 19-year-old Frederick Walker, was later arrested following a short chase. He's being charged with criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. Police say Walker was on parole for robbery until November 29, 2011. Walker was arraigned and is currently in the Monroe County Jail.

An investigation found that all of the suspects had entered numerous cars throughout the area and were in possession of several stolen GPS units that were taken from unlocked vehicles.

SCATS ~~ Thank you to the alert neighbors who cared enough to call 911! Good job to GPD, too!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


WHEC-TV also reports: A 23-year-old Rochester man is under arrest after police say he stole Red Bull and soda from Wegmans and resisted arrest.

Greece Police have charged Adalberto Alers Jr. with petit larceny, resisting arrest and false impersonation.

Police say Alers tried to leave the Mt. Read Boulevard Wegmans on December 5 with more than $200 worth of Red Bull and soda. When he was stopped by store security with police present, officers say Alers resisted arrest and repeatedly tried to reach into his picket during the struggle. Police say they recovered a razor blade from Alders’ pocket.

Investigators say Alers gave them a false name and date of birth and his identity could not be confirmed initially. Police were eventually able to learn Alders’ identity and found out that Alders had five outstanding warrants from other police agencies.

Alers was remanded to the Monroe County Jail and is awaiting several court dates for the outstanding charges in numerous jurisdictions.  

QUESTION: How is it that GPD took this thief into custody when he resisted arrest while he REPEATEDLY attempted to go for a razor blade in his pocket ... AND they did it without the use of pepper spray, a taser or gunfire? If he had been a dog, he'd be dead!
 

An Excellent Suggestion!!

  
School boards approve most significant mandate

Once again, Jody Siegel of the Monroe County School Boards Association laments the lack of mandate relief from Albany (Nov. 27 essay).

Reminder: The most significant spending mandates school district residents support result from the employee contracts (wages and benefits), which are approved by school boards. Spending is the real issue; taxes are a result, not a cause.

I would like Siegel and her school boards to agree on and publish a list of the mandates they want the public to lobby to have eliminated. The key word is "eliminated." Mandates they want us to pay for with a different tax should not be on this list.

I look forward to real progress on mandate issues. I hope school boards will publicly recognize the cost of mandates they impose on taxpayers is as important as mandates imposed by Albany.

—TOM KACKMEISTER  (Editorial)

Just In Time For Christmas ...

    
For The Guy Who Already Has Everything?




SCATS ~~ Can you say "creepy"?
 

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Polls Reportedly "DEAD" Today

  
How Low Will Turnout Go??

Under 3,000??

Polls are closed & the tally is: 1538 Yes
924 No

SCATS ~~ Under 2500 turned out to the polls! Apathy has reached a new low.
   
  

GCSD Loves To Punish "Complainers"

       
 Attention ALL Craig Hill Parents!!

From a parent ...

So yesterday I find out bus 734 from CH Elem. is forcing kids to sit with the opposite sex on the ride home. This is grades 3-5. All so the bus is quiet. Is this called for? I called the bus garage and was told they are doing this for the reason of keeping the bus quiet. Just wait until something happens on the bus when a 3rd grade girl is stuck in a seat with a 5th grade boy. And if you challenge it they stick your kid inthe front seat by themselves. Like they are in trouble..... REALLY??? Wish I had a school list for all the kids to let the parents all know about this!!!

SCATS ~~ Don't district employees realize this is a form of bullying also?

UPDATE 12/8/11 ~~ Situation resolved! Parent notified that driver & attendant have been reprimanded.
  

Monday, December 05, 2011

Round-Up the Voters, Get 'Em To The Polls ...





VOTE TODAY ~~ 6AM - 9PM
@Elementary Schools
  

Friday, December 02, 2011

Remember This When You Vote Tuesday On GCSD's EXCEL II Bond


TWO OUTHOUSES ... ONE PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS!


Thursday, December 01, 2011

10 Reasons To Vote "NO" On EXCEL II


  • Holding a second vote this year wastes money.
  • Waiting until December when seniors are away is a scam that reflects poorly on GCSD's motives for doing so.
  • They haven't figured out which schools to close yet!
  • They don't know exactly how they will use our money, because if they close a school, they'll reallocate its repair funds elsewhere without needing our approval.
  • Capital repairs should be part of the annual budget !
  • Financing door hardware & other small items over time makes no sense fiscally!!
  • Our BOE is not worthy of our trust, and has proved that once again.
  • GCSD's dishonesty over what this funds, since some sports related improvements are included.
  • It makes no sense to build new structures (like dugouts) when we haven't been financing repairs to existing structures!
  • Once they get our approval, they can spend it on anything they want ~ even turfed fields!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Dug Outs & Tennis Courts ~ Infrastructure Priorities?


"As the infrastructure ages, there becomes a point where you can't fix things, you have to replace them ... Our goal is to provide safe, clean schools for the children to attend."  ~~ Lou Bianchi, district architect & engineer.

"I ask the voters to carefully consider the needs of the district and the economics of this particular proposal." ~~ Scott Hoot, GCSD Superintendent of Finance.

SOURCE

SCATS ~~ It sounds like Don Nadolinski's replacement is Lou Bianchi. He's towing the same old district line of the past ...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Things We Can't Afford To Do ...


From The EXCEL II Projects List:

Apollo MS
  • Add ventilation & cooling to library computer lab
  • Asbestos abatement (AGAIN!?)
Arcadia HS
  • Build dugout (We can't afford to maintain current structures, why build more?)
  • "Improve air quality in pool area"
  • "Install dust collection system in wood shop"
  • Reconfigure traffic pattern (While I agree it needs doing, it can wait.)
Arcadia MS
  • "Install dust collection system in wood shop" (Isn't this redundant?)
  • "Enhance exterior lighting"
Athena HS
  • Relocate/replace tennis courts (Another "want" vs. a need)
  • Upgrade seat lighting in auditorium
  • Install dust collection system in wood shops
  • Build dugout for softball
Athena MS
  • Install dust collection system in wood shop
Odyssey MS/HS *
  • Install fire-rated doors & hardware
  • Repair co-generation equipment
  • Add dehumidifier to gym area
  • Make main entrance handicap accessible
  • Reconfigure north exterior stairs for code compliance
  • Replace classroom/corridor walls for code compliance
  • Install water temperature controls
Olympia HS
  • Build a dugout for softball
West Ridge Elementary *
  • Replace pavement
  • Partial sidewalk replacement
  • Reconfigure sewer lines
  • Replace outdated air conditioning equipment
  • Install fire-rated doors & hardware 
  • Upgrade classroom sink/cabinetry
  • Replace some ventilation & exhaust equipment
  • Provide covered walkway to exterior freezer
  • Replace kitchen ceiling for code compliance
  • Partial flooring replacement
  • Replace plumbing fixtures
  • Expand exit & emergency lighting
  • Install water temperature controls
* School Should Be CLOSED!!!

SCATS ~~ In these economic times, we should NOT be funding athletic facility construction or  improvements when we can't fund routine building repairs!
  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

GCSD Emulates Walmart ...

    
... Watch For
"Falling" Prices  










"Needed" Capital Projects Cost Timeline
(SOMETHING STINKS!!)

Jan. 25, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. O'Rourke; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ Capital Project Planning; Need for Athletic Facilities Master Plan;
TOTAL Capital Project Pricetag with Athletic Upgrades: $169 million

Mar. 22, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting/Budget Hearing: BOE ALL present; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Lou Alaimo ~~ $170 million in capital improvements are needed

June 14, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. O'Rourke (his last meeting); Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ $170 million in capital projects need to be done within next 10 years.

July 11, 2011 ~~ Reorganizational & Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE (Stenglein absent); Supt. Deane-Williams (her first meeting); Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ GCSD has $156 million construction project list. (Alaimo's last regular meeting)

Aug. 9, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE (Boily absent); Supt. Deane-Williams; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski ~~ We need to make $150+ million in repairs over the next 10 years. The district has "$120-130 million in infrastructure problems." BOE adopted Option 1 of  3 options presented for capital repair projects.

Sept. 13, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. Deane-Williams; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski ~~ Nadolinski's last meeting

Sept. 27, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting on EXCEL II: BOE (Stenglein absent; Supt. Deane-Williams; Bernie Donegan; Lou Bianchi ~~ $120 million in projects includes $20-25 million in athletic projects, upgrades to fields, artificial turf; lighted field; outdoor toilets.

SCATS ~~
  • How did we get from $170 million (including athletic upgrades) down to $120 million in needed repairs (still including ALL athletic upgrades), given that the $170 million was based upon a thorough walk through required by NYSED?
  • What were the other $50 million in repairs that got dropped from the original list?
  • Why were they dropped?
  • Why is the total $20-25 million in "needed" athletic projects included in the reduced $120 million option the BOE adopted?
  • Why are the sports projects being FULLY funded?
  • Did they decide which projects were to be dropped based upon which buildings would be closing?
  • How do they justify spending $20-25 million on "wants" like athletic facility upgrades at the same time that we've cut academic programs, classes, services for students?
  • Why did the figure suddenly drop from $170 million in the June meeting (never mentioned again!) to $156 million in the July meeting when Babs starts?
  • Does Babs realize what's happened?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pallas Still Trying To Jump Ship


Geneva School District names four finalists 
in superintendent search

Carol Pallas, assistant superintendent for k-12 schools in the Greece district will be interviewed Nov. 1st. She is a former elementary school principal and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Rochester. (Source)

SCATS ~~ I wonder if Babs knows?
  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Remember, Holidays Are For Children


Register Today For School District Vote


Greece Central School District residents age 18 and older who aren't registered to vote with the Monroe County Board of Elections, but who want to vote on the upcoming $34.5 million EXCEL II capital project referendum Dec. 6, may register with the district today. Voter registration will be held from 9AM - 1PM at all elementary schools & from 4 - 8 p.m. at Apollo Middle School, 750 Maiden Lane. Photo identification is required.

Also, call Lynne Armstrong, the District Clerk at 585-966-2010 to request an absentee ballot today! No need to go out in the cold, wet December weather to vote "NO" when you can do it from home ;)
  

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dear Teacher ...

    
Hand Gels Are NO Replacement For Hand Washing

Cold and flu season is upon us, and experts say keeping hands clean is the best defense in spreading germs.

So what works best, hand washing or sanitizing gels?

"Hand washing. Hand washing is better. Every study I see shows that it's preferred," says pediatrician Dr. Larry Scherzer.

Even the company that makes Purell says gels are not meant to replace hand washing.

Dr. Scherzer says if gel is all you have, make sure it's at least 60 percent alcohol and apply it liberally.

It should take a few seconds to dry on your hands.

Dr. Scherzer notes sanitizing gels it won't remove dirt on hands or under nails, which a thorough hand washing will do.

The Centers for Disease Control says hand hygiene is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. (WHEC-TV)
  
SCATS ~~ So parents could save a bundle by not sending these to school and encouraging teachers to have children wash hands.
  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Walts Legacy Lingers ... and Replicates

    
Anonymous said...


First, I would like to thank you for your blog, what a great resource for your school district!

I am a PWC VA parent and a little late to the party in terms of researching Dr. Walts.

I am having other areas of concern within our district and have gone back to do my homework and start at the beginning.

  • I was wondering if anyone has figured out the total cost to GCSD of doing business with Dr. Walts et al? (after adding up the lifetime health insurance, costs of age discrimination suits, legal fees for forensic audits etc., travel expenses, cell phone bills, $25k vacation days, inflated CIP construction costs)?
  • Were they ever able to determine if Dr. Walts or any member of the administration personally profited from the CIP overages? (if you were charged $10,000 for a $150 water fountain - where did the extra $9850 go?)
  • Did Exxon Mobile bring Math Investigations to your district?
  • Do you know if anyone personally profited from the adoption of the Math Investigations program?
I appreciate any insight you are able to provide.   11/20/2011 3:01 PM
  
SCATS ~~ The total cost is likely known only by a few BOE members.
  

Greece Town Board Meets Tuesday, 6PM




Come watch the closed, clubby & corrupt group
shut down the public while spending 
YOUR TAX DOLLARS!
     

Friday, November 18, 2011

Get Your Absentee Ballots Now!


Our BOE insists on WA$TING OUR MONEY by holding a second vote* in their effort to get another EXCEL PROJECT approved while the senior citizens are away in Florida for the winter. Don't let them leave you go out in the cold!! Stay warm, stay home ~ wherever that is for winter.

VOTE by ABSENTEE BALLOT
and
BE HEARD!

Call Lynne Armstrong
Greece Central School District's
Board of Education Clerk
at 585-966-2010 today!

Ask her for your ABSENTEE BALLOT for the EXCEL II vote planned on December 6th.

SCATS ~~ Why is this project paying for MORE ASBESTOS ABATEMENT at Apollo MS? We paid for asbestos removal work when we acquired the building, again in the mid- 90's, again in the CIP project under Walts, and yet again under EXCEL I!

* NOTE ~~ Yet, they refuse to hold a second vote when the budget goes down!!
  

Rahn Apologizes To Parole Board


  

    
Transcript of Parole Hearing Shows Rahn Is Taking Responsibility

Claims he wanted to "preserve integrity of the police department" from the embarrassment of the Nick Joseph accident.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Congress: Pizza Is A School Lunch Vegetable


Congressional spending bill would:

  • Block the Agriculture Department from limiting starchy vegetables, including corn and peas, to two servings a week. The rule was intended to cut down on french fries, which many schools serve daily.
  • Allow USDA to count two tablespoons of tomato paste as a vegetable, as it does now. The department had attempted to require that only a half-cup of tomato paste could be considered a vegetable. Federally subsidized lunches must have a certain number of vegetables to be served.
  • Require further study on long-term sodium reduction requirements set forth by the USDA guidelines.
  • Require USDA to define "whole grains" before they regulate them. The USDA rules require schools to use more whole grains. Food companies who have fought the USDA standards say they were too strict and neglected the nutrients that potatoes, other starchy vegetables and tomato paste do offer.
"We are outraged that Congress is seriously considering language that would effectively categorize pizza as a vegetable in the school lunch program," Amy Dawson Taggart, the director of Mission: Readiness, said in a letter to lawmakers before the final bill was released. "It doesn't take an advanced degree in nutrition to call this a national disgrace."

Source: 13WHAM

SCATS ~~ Who elected these morons? A tomato is a fruit, not a veggie! 
    

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reminder ...

   
Today is the final day to pay to participate in Friday night's illegal Pizza/Bingo Night at Arcadia MS ;)
   

Monday, November 14, 2011

Closed, Clubby & Corrupt Reschedule


The regular meeting of the Greece Town Board will be held November 22 at 6PM, instead of on November 15th. No agenda has been posted.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Did The ARMS PTSA Get Their Bingo License?

  
SCATS ~~ It appears that this "Game Night" ( previously called "Pizza Bingo") is NOT a legal operation in the eyes of NY State's Racing & Wagering Board which oversees all games of chance.

NY's Rules for Free Bingo clearly states that: participants may NOT pay "anything of value for the opportunity to participate in a game of bingo" and that "the total value of all of the prizes awarded shall NOT exceed one hundred fifty dollars in ANY calendar day."

Since the ad clearly shows that prizes will exceed $600 in value, this can NOT be considered as an operation under the Free Bingo guidelines, therefore a license is required.

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The Trouble With Logic ...

  
Two rednecks, Larry and Doug, are sitting at their favorite bar, drinking beer. Larry turns to Doug and says, "You know, I'm tired of going through life without an education. Tomorrow I think I'll go to the Community College and sign up for some classes." Doug thinks it's a good idea and the two leave.

The next day, Larry goes down to the college and meets with the Dean of Admissions, who signs him up for the four basic classes: math, English, history, and logic.

"Logic?" Larry says. "What's that?"

The dean says, "I'll give you an example. Do you own a weed eater?"

"Yeah."

"Then logically speaking, because you own a weed eater, I think that you would have a yard."

"That's true, I do have a yard."

"I'm not done," the dean says. "Because you have a yard, I think logically that you would have a house."

"Yes, I do have a house."

"And because you have a house, I think that you might logically have a family."

"Yes, I have a family."

"I'm not done yet. Because you have a family, then logically you must have a wife. And because you have a wife, then logic tells me you must be a heterosexual."

"I am a heterosexual. That's amazing, you were able to find out all of that because I have a weed eater."

Excited to take the class now, Larry shakes the Dean's hand and leaves to go meet Doug at the bar. He tells Doug about his classes, how he is signed up for math, English, history, and logic.

"Logic?" Doug says, "What's that?"

Larry says, "I'll give you an example. Do you have a weed eater?"

"No."

"Then you're gay."
  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Schools In Need of Improvement

  
NY State Education Dept's latest list includes:

  • Arcadia Middle School (Basic Elementary-Middle Level English Language Arts)
  • Athena High School (Basic Secondary-Level English Language Arts)
  • Olympia High School (Basic Secondary-Level English Language Arts)

No Terry, You Are NOT Alone ;)


    (Click item to Read)

From print edition Greece Post 11/10/11, pg.11A



Food For Thought ...


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Americans: Let's Begin A New Holiday Tradition

    
A friend forwarded this gift-giving idea to me a couple weeks ago in an email. I've been holding onto it until the time was a bit closer to the actual holidays. In light of Obama's new CHRISTMAS TREE TAX to "support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees," now seems like a perfect time to share it.  I like this idea so much and I hope you will like it, too ... so much that you join me in carrying out a new holiday tradition that will help Americans get back to work.

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans can give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the paper money on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre. Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about the US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Feel free to forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn't that what Christmas is about?
   
SCATS ~~ Let's make this year's holiday celebration the best Merry Christma-kwanza-kah ever!!
  

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Election Results of Note ...


BROOKS DEFEATS FRANKEL
 
DOORLEY TROUNCES TAYLOR

RANDALL BEATS NITTI

ANCELLO TAKES BEEBE

SCHIANO SLAUGHTERS KING

GRANVILLE DEFEATS WRIGHT

CONLON CREAMS GARRETSON

MORRIS UPSETS CUMMINGS

WHY Are You Reading This?


VOTE TODAY ...

... BLOG Tonight!!
  

Monday, November 07, 2011

CONLON REPUDIATES MAILER, NOT THE PARTY


The D&C reports:

As requested by the Fair Election Practices Committee, Republican Greece town board candidate Andrew Conlon has repudiated a campaign mailer the committee ruled Saturday violated the Fair Campaign Pledge.

At issue was a mailer sent by an outside party — the Monroe County Republican Committee — denouncing Democratic town board candidate Rita Garretson as a “liberal activist.” According to the committee, the mailer featured images of people holding various signs and placards stating phrases such as “we want bigger government” and used a photo of Garretson to suggest she was being supported by the crowd.

The committee ruled on Saturday that the mailing violated the section of the pledge which reads “I will not use or permit the use of any campaign material or advertisement which uses quotations or images taken out of context and to misrepresent the other candidate or other candidate’s position.”

In a letter dated Sunday to FEPC Chairman James Morris, Conlon noted that when signing the pledge, he agreed “to repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my behalf (directly or indirectly) violate the Fair Campaign Pledge.”

Conlon asked that the letter serve as his “formal and public acknowledgement to do so.”

SCATS ~~ Does a letter sent solely to the FEPC Chairman on Sunday afternoon before a Tuesday election fulfill the pledge when he repudiates the mailer and not the individual or group that sent it out? Here's the pledge so you can decide:

I will publicly repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my campaign’s behalf (directly or indirectly) violate this Fair Campaign Pledge.
 
  

Conlon & Garretson: Clarifying the FEPC Ruling

  
Rita Garretson said...   

A word of explanation about Saturday’s Fair Campaign ruling. There were three components to the complaint filed against Andrew Conlon: 1) That he inappropriately used a term to describe me ( I won’t repeat it), it was a mischaracterization, 2) That he attached my name and photograph to a statement I did not make and do not endorse, 3) that he failed to identify himself on the mailer. All three are components of the pledge which Andy and I both signed in September.

On Saturday morning, the FEPC dismissed #1, ruled in my favor on #2, and dismissed #3. The third item, “candidate not identified,” was dismissed because the Republican Party, not Andrew Conlon, sent the mailer. In such cases, the candidate is expected to repudiate those who violate the pledge on their behalf. The Fair Campaign Pledge ends with this statement: “I will publicly repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my campaign’s behalf (directly or indirectly) violate this Fair Campaign Pledge.”

There was a fair amount of discussion upon hearing the FEPC’s decision. Republican Chairman Bill Reilich sought clarification on who should issue a repudiation statement and what it should say. The committee informed him that Andrew Conlon should make a statement repudiating the Republican Party and its violation of the fair campaign pledge.

There were ten people in the room: two Democrats, three Republicans, and five from FEPC. I believe it was clear to everybody in the room what had transpired and what was expected from Andrew Conlon.

Later that day, we issued a press release calling on Andrew Conlon to repudiate the Republican Party for its attack on me. In retrospect, I wish we had not said that FEPC “ordered” Andrew Conlon to make a repudiation statement. Clearly, that was expected, but the word does not appear in their written decision.

The fact remains that Andrew Conlon and I both signed the Fair Campaign Pledge. A committee of two Democrats and two Republicans ruled that I was unfairly attacked. Andrew Conlon should honor his word and repudiate the Republican Party for their unfair attack against me.

If I am elected on Tuesday, you can expect me to keep my word. If I catch myself in a mistake, you can expect me to step forward and say so.

Rita Garretson    11/07/2011 10:35 AM

Sexual Harassment Epidemic In Grades 7-12

   
WHEC - TV reports:

A new survey says sexual harassment is an epidemic that's pervasive in America's middle schools and high schools.

The survey by the American Association of University Women finds that during the 2010-11 school year, 48 percent of students in grades 7-12 experienced some form of sexual harassment.

In all, 56 percent of the girls and 40 percent of the boys said they had experienced at least one incident of sexual harassment during the school year.

The survey finds the harassers often thought they were being funny. But nearly a third of those on the receiving end said the harassment made them feel sick to their stomach, affected their study habits or fueled reluctance to go to school at all.

After being harassed, half of the targeted students did nothing about it. Only 9 percent reported the incident to a teacher, guidance counselor or other adult at school.
 

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

  
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.
AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

Common Core Standards Training Update
School Consolidation Study Update
Budget Development Proposal 2012-13
Budget Status Report
Approval of Course Offering Guide
  
SCATS ~~ Let's hope Babs & Co. can get the BOE meeting started on time for a change AND that WGMC actually carries the BEGINNING of the meeting this month! It's VERY RUDE to keep the audience in the boardroom AND at home waiting.)

  

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Saturday, November 05, 2011

FEPC Orders Conlon To Repudiate Republican Party

  
November 5, 2011
For Immediate Release


Andrew Conlon ordered to denounce Republican Party

Today, the Fair Election Practices Committee ordered Republican candidate Andrew Conlon to repudiate the Republican Party for violating the Fair Campaign Pledge.

The FEPC reviewed a Republican Party mail piece in which Rita Garretson’s name and photograph were tied to a statement she did not make and did not support. Such misrepresentations violate the Fair Campaign Pledge, which Conlon signed in September.

Conlon’s name did not appear on the attack piece. The FEPC decided that the Republican Party was responsible for the mailer. The pledge requires a candidate to “publicly repudiate any individual or group whose activities on my campaign’s behalf (directly or indirectly) violate this Fair Campaign Pledge.”

Accordingly, the FEPC directed Conlon to make such a statement.

“I eagerly await Andrew Conlon’s statement repudiating the Republican Party,” said Rita Garretson, Conlon’s challenger for Greece Town Board. “The mailer was a dishonest attack on my reputation. I expect him to forcefully speak out condemning the Republican Party, as the FEPC instructed.”

It was not a good week for Conlon. On Tuesday, Conlon lost the main issue in another fair campaign case, in which FEPC agreed with Rita Garretson that, in fact, Conlon had never spoken out against John Auberger's misconduct. Auberger was the object of public outrage when voters learned that he failed to inform police of his intimate relationship with a married murder victim. FEPC sustained Conlon’s secondary complaint that Rita Garretson said he relied on party bosses for his livelihood. Conlon is employed in the district office of Republican NY Senator Joe Robach.

Rita Garretson, Wendy Wright, and Norma Cummings are running for Greece Town Board on the Democratic line. Currently, there are only Republicans on the Town Board. Between January 2010 and September 2011, the all-Republican board voted unanimously with John Auberger 941 times. None of them voted against Auberger, not even once.

For more information, contact: Dave Garretson ( DaveGarretson363@gmail.com )

The FEPC Pledge

SCATS ~~ For those of you who can't figure it out, the above item is a Press Release, not an item written by SCATS. So, what will Andy do to denounce the Republicans? Stand in front of his bedroom mirror and repeat three times "Bad, bad Republicans" ?
   

Friday, November 04, 2011

RAHN DENIED PAROLE

 
13WHAM news reports:

Statement from Parole Board:

"It is the determination of this panel that if you were released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live at liberty without violating the law, and that your release at this time would be incompatible with the welfare of the community.

Discretionary release on parole is not granted merely as a reward for good conduct or positive programming while incarcerated.

This panel is concerned that while you were the police chief - you used your position of public trust to file false documents and to cover up a motor vehicle accident involving personal injury all leading this panel to deny your discretionary release at this time."
  

Dog Shooting Update ... The Rest of the Story?


Another reader shared the following link with SCATS. It appears the Greece Police Dept. is now included among other "DogMurderers" for the Halloween shooting of a Rottweiler on the loose in the Kinmont Dr. neighborhood.  

Also, this week's Greece Post (print edition, pg. 4A) has an interesting entry (see below) in the Police Calls section for the recent arrest of one resident who claims to reside at the same address where the dog lived. I say he claims to live there, because I'm told property records show he owns a different property around the corner from the Kinmont Dr. address.

DWI charge on Kinmont Drive: Around 3:40AM on Thursday, Oct. 27, Vitaly Maksimchuk, 20, of 217 Kinmont Dr. was charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful fleeing. Police say Maksimchuk allegedly refused to stop on Latta Rd. and continued to drive to the area of his home where he was taken into custody without incident.

SCATS ~~ Now I know why Dennis Maksimchuk seemed so calm and docile when talking to reporters right after his brother's pooch was shot. Vitaly had already had an encounter with GPD just a few days prior! So was the dog's owner really out-of-town? Or sitting in jail?

And when will GPD give a special sharpshooter award to the officer who "was less than five feet away from that dog when it charged at him, when he fired the shots” according to Capt. Chatterton? I mean they say they need 21+ feet to use anything less than a bullet to bring down a man wielding a knife, so firing 2 rounds into a dog that's charging from only 5 feet away is a Super-human accomplishment that ought to be awarded.