Sunday, January 23, 2011

Special BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM

It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, employment history of partricular person(s) & pending litigation.


1 - Suspension of Policy ("Students are required to take at least six credits per year unless exempted by the school principal.")  in Course Offering Guide, Top of pg. 5

SCATS ~~ WHY would this be in the best interests of the students? Isn't this another educational watering down of curriculum?

2 - Capital Project Planning and Discussion

SCATS ~~ Watch you wallet alert!!!

3 - Bullying Discussion

SCATS ~~ Will the Greece Board of Education talk about why they permit themselves to be bullied into submission by small groups of loud special interest types every year at budget time? Will they tell us their plan for overcoming their own fear of dealing with school-of-choice parents when they know they MUST start tackling school choice options, transportation, school closings and other tough issues that represent areas where the Greece Central School District could save millions of dollars WITHIN THE YEAR?


Anonymous said...

When will the BOE ever deal with their own employees that are Bullies? The employees that have cost this district millions over the last 10 years.

Anonymous said...

NE1 been to CL r&r in the last 2 days? That's meant for you CC@aol.

SCATS said...

To 5:17PM ~~ Another great question! But then the BOE, administration & even the teachers themselves (also bullies via their union tactics) don't see themselves as role models for the kids. If a student does something wrong, it's ALWAYS the parent's fault, never the person in charge at the time it occurs in school. Can you say "Teflon?"

To 8:23PM ~~ I hadn't perused that site for several days. I just took a look and it certainly sounds as if a poster or two from here has been kept busy over there. Spreading the word & educating the masses about schools-of-choice, our ridiculous transportation costs, the bogus lottery, etc. is a tough row to hoe. I'm glad for all the help I can get. Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Eliminating the 6 credit minimum is the BOE way of reducing the budget. Instead of tackling the REAL issues facing the budget: schools of choice, transportation costs, and the OVER-BLOATED district office, they are choosing to limit the options available to kids.Let's eliminate the jobs that will have the MOST dramatic impact on our students. These kids are never going to get into any college by taking a MINIMUM number of courses nor are they being prepared for the rigors of college. Do we really need the overabundance of assistant supers and district coordinators? What do they do all day long? Surely eliminating several of these positions is better for our STUDENTS than reducing the already lean pickings available to them. Colleges are very competitive these days especially the state schools. Greece kids will not stand a chance.Hello BOE is anyone listening or does anyone even care?

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that there is some discussion on the capital needs of our schools. Better to have a plan on how to phase in big ticket items like boilers and roof repairs than to have 5 or 6 buildings all needing a new boiler or roof at the same time. We recognize our homes need repairs from time to time and need to fix them up or let them fall to ruin. Why would it be any different with schools that have lots of wear and tear every day. Hopefully we can get a plan that makes the cost spread out evenly.

SCATS said...

To 12:24PM ~~ I'm afraid you are right. They did this last year by reducing the number of electives and by encouraging seniors to go home ASAP each day. What's nnext? Promoting dropping out?

To 1:56PM ~~ They've failed to come up with ANY PLAN to maintain such things in the many years I've kept watch. I doubt they will do so now, especially with the budget being so tight. Of course, THAT has been their excuse for the last 20 yrs anyway, right? At least that's what I'm told.

Anonymous said...

1;56 the budget has maintanence costs does it not?
The cost of running the district (the budget) is not including these items?
Am I missing something here?

Anonymous said...

To 3:12. The budget has maintenance like the cost of paint, floor wax, and small repairs. That's like the cost of mowing the lawn and snowplowing your driveway. Occasionally (look at the CIP and EXCEL programs) major repairs like roof and boiler and other big ticket items come up that involve replacement, not just repairs. As homeowners, we can face costs with ice dams, gutters that get taken off, furnace and a/c that need replacement. Those are capital improvements items.I for one, would rather have a plan that recognizes the need every year and avoids the big bulge of a CIP that is difficult to do without major disruption.