Thursday, January 13, 2011

BOE Holds "Special Meetings" @Applebee's

   
Anonymous said...

If you really want to know what the Board Members are thinking you need to follow the group after the Board meetings and join them at whatever local establishment they are going to. Tuesday evening six of them went to Applebees. You could listen in on O'Toole and Race talk about how important they are, VanOrman just sticks to her normal constant rambling and thanks everyone for coming and for all they do for the district and the men just have a few drinks. Apparently this is why the meetings have ended so quickly the last few months because the board members have their own private meetings afterwards. Isn't six members of the board in one place a quorm and considered a meeting? Wait till the next meeting follow them when they leave and see where the extended meeting takes place, that's how we'll know the ral opinions of the Board.  
1/13/2011 7:41 AM

SCATS ~~ Let's see, O'Toole offered to give the Supt. her typed up list of budget recommendations privately at Tuesday's meeting, too. It's obvious from the lack of discussion before they vote on issues that they are having MOST discussions away from the public eye.

The Greece Central School District
Board of Education Is
CLOSED, CLUBBY & CORRUPT!
Thank you, Frank Oberg!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe they all got the car wash/applebees dinner specials from Steve for xmas before he left.
They will be going somewhere else after the next meeting.
And they should not be going to have meetings and disguising them as social gatherings. If there are 4 or more of them somewhere it is open to the public. And they should not be communicating 2 at a time before meetings to discuss matters which will require a decision, such as that which Ms Otoole revealed about herself and the absent Sean Mccabe. That is trying to circumvent the open meetings law. And they are getting away with it because we just don't care what they do and they know it. It makes them feel good to be on this very important board and that's all that matters.
And as far as the budget goes they only get to play at making decisions. The majority of the budget is set by contract. But again it makes them feel important and above the rest of us by "agonizing" over these decisions. Would y'all like curly fries with that vote?

Anonymous said...

It is apparent to me the "go along to get along" philosophy has returned to our current board. Oberg, above all, should recognize the danger of becoming a "rubber stamp" board. As a member of HMO he came to the board to put an end to this practice by previous boards. He should remember that this board is getting the same information from the same administrators who were in place at that time; he should remember the scathing comments contained in the Comptroller's audit regarding this practice of previous boards who never asked questions and, in so doing, allowed Walts, Inc. to rip off the taxpayers and the education of our students.

This board has now become the same board criticized in the audit. Plainly put, they have stopped asking question, the very thing Oberg and HMO put an end to in 2005.

As President, Oberg is responsible for this tactic that he once described as corrupt and perverse. So sad indeed!

Anonymous said...

How about red's brook house for the next meeting. The food is better and-you might meet some other glad handing politicians. I see the Boily republican rump there frequently.

Anonymous said...

I hope they charged it to the tax payers

Anonymous said...

I am one of many Greece residents who voted and actively supported the "HMO" line. I spoke with Joe Muscato and Oberg at several community events. Joe told me how he eventually quit to get access to records not available as a school board member. Oberg assured me that accountability to the taxpayer and the philosophy of "HMO" would be continued. I was thrilled when Frank was elected president. But now, there is no accountability, no transparency of the board, there isn't even action or discussion of the auditors report. How easy is that when an independent auditor gives you a "to do" list. I think it was too much for Frank to do it alone. And I think that CARE needs to put together another team, to campaign as a "voice". A team for the taxpayers, the students and for Greece and for each other while on the board. I don't know what happened that Frank became overwhelmed. But it is very sad and very disappointing.

SCATS said...

To 9:19PM ~~ Overwhelmed? I think he sold out and it seemed to happen the moment he took his oath.

Anonymous said...

no offense SCATS, to easy to say he sold out. Something happened, Frank at one time really was committed to accountability. I won't call names, or demean him, but he just didn't have the strength of convictions to do it alone. And that lack of strength hurts the whole community. Again, it needs a determined, committed TEAM. Not 2 who quits on the one, then sits back and lobs stones.

SCATS said...

To 10:54PM ~~ I agree he WAS committed sometime ago. However, after becoming BOE Prez. there was this new "let's hold hands and show how much we love one another" tone that took over from that night forward. He has completely failed to hold anyone accountable. He's become part of the problem. I can't help but wonder what sort of arm twisting he endured. He sold out.

Anonymous said...

So is there another team being assembled? HMO's win proved the Greece community will support the ideology of a student/taxpayer/accountable team. Maybe the special meetings at Applebee's should be the planning committee for the next school board member elections.

SCATS said...

To 11:08PM ~~ Not that I'm aware. After cozying up to the union during Walts' tenure, CARE seems to have dissolved and there's no one to take their place.

Anonymous said...

THAT is the MOST DISAPPOINTING absolutely .....there are no words to describe how you just made me feel. Like there is no hope. CARE is dissolved???? Without any organization to create a team...then there is nothing, nothing but name calling, finger pointing and no solutions to a very broken and sick process that our board seemingly falls into, despite auditor's reports and legal actions etc, etc. CARE REALLY needs to resurrected, soon, and stronger.

Anonymous said...

Won't everything get better when we get a new Superintendent? The BOE will finally have the leadership that GCSD needs. At $250,000 this person will obviously be focused on the job at hand after he/she does all his online shopping. Spending all that money will sure take up enough time.

Anonymous said...

How could someone be characterized as "didn't have the strength" and still lobby and accept the job of board president? He has strength and convictions it would seem. He just is not doing the job as many of the followers here see fit. But he has the job and is doing the best he can. The rest of you can run for the board member job. Probably there will not be many opponents. It is not easy getting the signatures and preparing for the debates and the phone calls and complaints. But they are doing it and let them have a little fun after the meeting.

SCATS said...

To 10:49AM ~~ God forbid we expect a board member to stick by their convictions (you know, the rhetoric they ran on) after getting elected and taking their oath! They can't even back up the policies they voted to put into place!!

I said it before. I'll say it again:

FRANK OBERG SOLD OUT!

Anonymous said...

to 10:49
You obviously have no idea what goes on in this District. O'Berg has been through plenty of "nasty things" that this district has brought about. He is either blind or ignorant to the "policies" that the DO has put in place. How many MORE Federal lawsuits does GCSD need/afford until things get better. There are currently two Federal Lawsuits against this that district that O'Berg & Co (BOE) are a part of. There are currentlt two more in the works. One is the former Principal of Athena and the other is a teacher from Brookside. O'Berg spoke of "bullying" (of students) in the last BOE meeting but does nothing about the employees who "bully" other employees! He, and the rest of the BOE, knows exactly what I am talking about but don't have the nuts to do anything about it.

This is BS!!!!

Anonymous said...

To 7:05 am
The BOE is waiting for the next Superintendant who still orders from the Sear's catalog that is delivered by Cliff Claven!!!!

Anonymous said...

to 6:46
very interesting comment on the federal lawsuits. I was unaware that we have those pending. Any more information? We surely won't hear about it in the D&C, Greece Post or (gasp!) the BOE. Oh, did you see the D&C wants stories about Greece. Are they serious?? All they have to do is ask for FOI, read the auditor's report, interview the BOE members, Auberger, the chief of police, and on and on and on..........they could have a second newspaper.

SCATS said...

To 7:33PM ~~ OR they could spend a few minutes reading this BLOG ;)

Anonymous said...

6:46:
The former Principal of Athena was the Bully. Thank God she is gone!

Anonymous said...

That is what I was referring to....it is the administration that is doing the bullying! It is not the ATHS principal is John Rivers, the former ATMS principal. And yes, he was a bully too!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

I have experience with being bullied by administrative employees at GCSD...After meeting standards for two years and being a successful teacher, I was forced to resign or I would would have been fired in my Tenure year. I was told that the district's standards had suddenly changed and I no longer met them. Funny I was never told of these changes and the union was of no help!!! This was after I had to take personal days due to court appearances for my divorce. I was bullied by the adminstration all that year and harrassed on my job. My divorce is now final and I am free now to pursue this.