Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Communications & Attendance Committee Recommendations

 
Communications Committee Recommends:
(I certainly hope we didn't waste even one penny on any of this drivel!!)
  • Showcasing school bldgs on GCSD website
  • Use cable Ch. 12 to show school videos
  • Use "Points of Pride" (a return to Keith Imon's ways)
  • Begin BOE meetings with "Good News" items & school videos
  • Interact with the community (invite neighbors near schools to be part of the school community)
  • Build community partnerships (like w/Chamber of Commerce)
  • Develop an alumni association
Attendance Committee Recommends:
(O'Rourke recommends implementing for 2012-13 school year)
  • Eliminate open enrollment & signature school options for K-5 (schools may retain signatures)
  • Maintain the 10 paired K-2/3-5 elementary schools, plus Longridge
  • Maintain Pinebrook & West Ridge as schools-of-choice w/open enrollment
  • Create attendance areas around Pinebrook & West Ridge
  • Eliminate open enrollment & secondary options for grades 6-12
  • Maintain Odyssey as an open enrollment school of choice
  • Establish attendance zones around the high schools (Olympia, Arcadia, Athena)
  • Realign elementary schools around MS/HS zones (I think I heard this correctly?)
  • Transport between homes and babysitters/day cares only within K-12 attendance zones
Orourke's Personal Recommendations:
  • Develop policy on "EQUALITY OF PROGRAMMING" ~~ "Every Greece child can be assured the same quality of education no matter what school he/she attends." (Unless it happens to be Odyssey, right?)
  • Establish budgetary line item for added funds (say $100,000) to be parcelled out to schools based on free/reduced lunch enrollment figures.
  • For the 2012-13 school year only, eliminate science & Social Studies from the K-5 curriculum to focus only on ELA & Math skills. (HOW MANY WAIVERS WILL WE NEED?)
  • Allow Odyssey to become a true "School of Inquiry" ... encourage experimentation, use it as an R&D arm of the district
  • A blank charter to study the feasibility of moving Odyssey School to Apollo and closing Odyssey Academy on Hoover Dr (Does he know we're like "The Hoarders" when it comes to school buildings?) Redistribute Apollo students  ... (Mostly to Olympia? Was that what he said??)
Other BOE business ...
  • By a vote of 8-0 with NO DISCUSSION AT ALL, they voted to terminate the energy contract with Jupiter Environmental Services.
  • In a discussion about BoardDocs, the majority of the BOE prefers paper and will continue to use it, but will continue to WASTE OUR $$ ON BOARDDOCS too!
  • Julia is appalled that Albany (i.e. the Gov.) might mandate districts to hold a second vote if budgets are defeated on a first vote. She's worried about the added expense, even though it falls within the "chump change" range established by Oberg. This is despite the fact that she supports retaining BoardDocs (around $80K, I think) along with paper which clearly exceeds the "chump change" standard! Anyone else confused by this??

Items NOT discussed/dealt with include:
  • The lottery system
  • The sibling rule
  • Reducing transportation costs ASAP!
  • Closing undersubscribed schools to cut the budget
  • Pre-K wasn't mentioned at all ... can we assume it will be axed from the budget this year?
  • Will the new Odyssey @Apollo be larger to accomodate more Apollo students?
  • Will O'Rourke's ongoing health issues get in the way of him completing the school year? That cough has become disruptive.

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm, an alumni association? Is the district going to send mass mailings to grads asking for donations like colleges and universities? Well, I guess that's one way to make up the budget deficit.

SCATS said...

To 8AM ~~ What a great idea! They are going to need to add some new revenue streams, given that these committees recommendations make it clear that not everything "is on the table" for review or the budget axe. In fact, pre-K is the only apparent victim here.

Anonymous said...

Scats.
Why is this so bad? Simply because WR, PB, and Odyssey are not recommended for closure?

There will be instant savings on transportation with the elimination of open enrollment for K-5 and secondary option for 6-9. Also the reductions to be realized from only bussing to child care within the "zone".

I am not saying I agree with everything on the recommendation list, but it sure seems that it has been thought out. I would personally have liked to see a strict neighborhood model with k-5 schools feeding specific middle and high schools, but the interim seemed to allude to the fact that k-5 was not feasible from a cost standpoint currently.

As for Pre-k, I would assume it was not discussed because it is paid for(except bussing) by direct State money. I'm sure Pre-k will stay.

If the BOE intends to keeps WR, PB and Odyssey open, they must create a more transparent process for determining enrollment.

As for closing schools, it would seem that was not specifically considered. Perhaps, the geography of the district and the demography of the population make it unreasonable to close buildings right now.

At any rate, I found the interim's presentation interesting and well reasoned (except the ELA / Math idea). And I am looking forward to hearing the BOE actually make a decision.

Anonymous said...

As long as PB WR and OA remain there will be open enrollment at the other schools. This is due to state law. Much like that of bussing kids to secondary option is required by state law BECAUSE the district busses to SCHOOL of CHOICE.

Anonymous said...

Oh I was reading about the charter school on Humbolt street. The have a 3rd party firm do the lottery and it is public, there is a date and time that it occurs. Perhaps greece should consider this, although it wold be hard control the outcome then hmmmm.

SCATS said...

To 9:02AM ~~ You can't be serious? How can we need the same number of buildings for 12,000 students now as we built to accomodate some 16,000 (+/-)students previously? Can't we close Barnard immediately?

How can it be that this committee could be non-biased when the principal of Odyssey and the district's best-known school-of-choice advocate both served on it? The fact that the lottery & sibling rule weren't even mentioned is very telling that less than complete attention to the full issue was given.

Your "instant savings" on transportation won't happen until 2012-13 at the earliest.

I'm guessing that a good portion of what was raised last night won't happen then ... or ever! Why? It requires our BOE to take SIGNIFICANT ACTION before the end of June ... and they've got a HUGE BUDGET DEFICIT TO TACKLE ... with no clue of what to do aside from imposing a double digit tax hike on the residents of Greece.

SCATS said...

To 9:26AM ~~ You make an excellent point! It gives them a great excuse for making few changes, too, doesn't it?

To 9:28AM ~~ Let's not waste money on something like that. Let's just make it a completely open process. Let people show up on a pre-determined date/time/place to enter their kid's name, roll the barrel, pull the names, fill the wait lists (another item NOT tackled by the committees), etc. ALL IN PUBLIC.

Anonymous said...

Scats< Barnard is closed? Is it not true that the state requires the district to maintain it?

SCATS said...

To 9:48AM ~~ Aren't they using that building for the employee gym and other things? If so, then it's NOT "closed", is it?

Anonymous said...

I have a friend with a child at Urban Choice Charter School, and unless something has changed drastically, his child was picked by the school secretary in their "lottery" (after making several phone calls to the school to beg to get in, FWIW).

Anonymous said...

9:26, There is also another reason open enrollment continues, as it relates to our lottery schools: It gives those people not selected in the "lottery" the feeling that their still getting something special.

It's those families that help to keep this nonsense going as well. Their basically being given sloppy seconds and their lovin' it!

Anonymous said...

Does this Info from Hamburg Central Schools Blog sound about right?
"Over the course of Achramo's 3+ year stint, he saddled the Greece taxpayer with $2,361,368.46 in legal fees."
That figure was added up from FOIL request and it's hard to believe. Sorry to hear that the founder of C.A.R.E., Mr. Ralph Bleier has passed away. Any and all of the comments or info is appreciated. Thank you.

SCATS said...

To 2:29PM ~~ Yes, the figures appear to be from a valid FOIL request. I'm not sure if it was fair to add in the BOCES costs though, as I'm not sure if they can be avoided. What caught my eye was the legal expenses for the other stuff doubled that one year, shortly after Steve arrived. The BOE here didn't sneeze without consulting an atty. He's known for his love affairs with consultants, and consultants cost big $$$.

Anonymous said...

Not on topic: However I am so glad that ATMS is really taking action and ensuring that the educational standards are being held high. Taking action with real areas of concern...Banning "purses that have straps to be carried like a backpack" as they can be a weapon. I now know that we are doomed. Next BOE agenda the Crisis in schools Vera Bradley Bags...and the failure of our children.

For the record a small purse of the same size is deemed acceptable but if had a longish strap of two straps you will get a referral. Glad we have time to police such items. Pathetic!

Anonymous said...

Different subject, but I was wondering how long ago the GCSD web site started requiring the entry of provided "security numbers" while searching the site? Any chance this enables them to identify who is searching the site, IP addresses perhaps? I believe that's what it provides for the site management.

SCATS said...

To 5:48PM ~~ I didn't realize an individual school could create its own disciplinary policy or dress code ... interesting! Maybe they took a lesson from Odyssey's principal who does as she likes, when she likes, despite district policy.

To 5:53PM ~~ I hadn't noticed that but I seldom try to search their site ... there's little of use on it anyway. You raise a good question. Anyone?

Anonymous said...

Just read :"Dress for success 2010" and GCSD code of conduct. ATMS is creating its own rules. The schools are spiraling out of control, behavior issue rampant, children falling behind academically, bullying is daily occurrence, suspensions are taboo, and they choose in the past month to have a PBIS assembly to appropriate discuss voice levels and have now banned purse like back packs.

I am appalled and furious as that these are the issues being addressed for 6-8 grade.

Anonymous said...

SCATS:

You can NOT be serious, the Supt. is recommending NO Sci/Social Studies for K-5 for one year. This is so againist every educational value and standard I really don't know how to respond to such a recommendation coming from a school Supt.

What has Greece Central become?

There will be no savings as you will still have the same number teachers to teach the increase ELA and math. Social Studies and Sci can be taught in an intergrated way to enforce the reading and math objectives.

This makes NO sense!!

It is so sad that they are now, in effect, admiting that the teaching and test results in ELA and Math is so bad that they see the elimination of Sci/SS as a way to improve ELA/Math.

They are sick people!!

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Why shouldn't a principal be allowed to shoot down certain things they may or may not want in their school? Oh yeah, there's district policy that is supposed to govern that sort of thing.

We also have a crappy pricipal at our elementary school. SHE shoots down any sort of field trip (Sea Breeze, ect.) for the 5th grade end of year celebration/graduation. Mean while the 5th graders at the BELOVED Pine Brook will be going to Darien Lake for theirs. Some schools get stuck with absolute duds. Meanwhile our lucky lottery winners keep on winning.

Anonymous said...

So what is the message at the time of the budget vote? Are we saying we are going to make these bussing changes NEXT year? We are going to make some cost reductions NEXT year?
With a new superintendant being hired why would we believe these changes won't again be put on hold?
What I am asking is why are these changes not being done THIS YEAR to show the voters we are trying to reduce costs in a serious way NOW?

SCATS said...

To 6:43PM ~~ If you just noticed they are spiraling out of control, where the heck have you been?

To Doug Skeet ~~I'm appalled by the idea! Won't this require a boatload of NYSED waivers to pull-off? And if they do it, how do the kids get back the year of lost Social Studies & science curriculum? I don't see how it can work since three grade levels will all be skipping this! IMHO, it's a REALLY BAD IDEA!!!!

SCATS said...

To 8:47PM ~~ Are you that jealous of Pinebrook that you can't look on the bright side & see that your kid is getting an extra day of actual classroom instruction? I'd like to know how any school can justify a "field trip" to an amusement park these days.

To 9:17PM ~~ never fear! I suspect few if any of these changes will ever be implemented. It will take guts, work and brains to plow through the list. It's not happening with Oberg at the helm of the Titanic.

Anonymous said...

Skeet,
Read any of Doug Reeves research in last, oh say 10 years???!!! You, a man of supposed intelligence and information, shoot down this recommendation of ELA/Math focus in the elementary school. Do some reading from people (researchers) who are waaay smarter than any of us on topics such as this. You continue to be someone whose opinion is anointed by the masses as "correct" because of your prior position as an administrator in Greece. Reeves' research should be no surprise to you. Right?

SCATS said...

To 10:34PM ~~ Doug's comments about staff are right on point. The fact that NYSED requires curriculum beyond ELA & math wasn't addressed by O'Rourke either. I would almost enjoy it if this idea were implemented, because then we can watch a mass exodus as people leave the Town of Greece for other areas, not because of SCATS ... but because of GCSD themselves :)

Anonymous said...

About the field trips. Schools are not able to take field trips anymore due to the budget. The transportation costs can not even be covered. If anyone is going to Darien Lake or Seabreeze, it's my guess that the parents are arranging it and taking them. I certainly don't think that anyone should be complaining because the principal won't allow that trip!!!

Jasper said...

You should join Mr. Skeet in some research. NYSED requires instruction in four core areas of English, SS, Science and Math starting in grades 6-8. You (and resident expert Mr. Skeet) are WRONG on this one, SCATS. You may not like it, but the instruction at the k-5 level CAN be modified to include only ELA/Math...you know why? Lots of reasons (research NYSED units of instruction requirements...but mainly because RESEARCH demonstrates that increasing performance and skill level in those two areas, by definition, increases performance in the other academic pursuits. Look up 90/90/90schools and Doug Reeves. It actually provides support for what O'Rourke is suggesting AND it addresses your legitimate concern about people whining about socioeconomic status and its impact on academic achievement.

SCATS said...

To 10:45PM ~~ I know that several years ago, schools could still take field trips BUT they had to pay for them, especially the transportation cost. PTAs were stepping up to do that at some schools. I agree with you about how people shouldn't complain about the trip to an amusement park not being allowed. It's not educational, but the waste of a day of instruction (and easy for teachers who won't have to plan a thing).

To Jasper ~~ Excuse me but it is NOT my job to research the school district's schemes. It's their job to propose and fully explain these ideas so that ALL STAKEHOLDERS understand them. The fact that the instruction "CAN BE MODIFIED" wasn't the issue with me. The method/s for doing that under NYSED regulations was my issue ... in particular whether or not waivers would be required. So far, for someone who deems themself such an expert on the topic, you have completely failed to answer that simple question. I'll assume you don't know.

Jasper said...

SCATS,
O k a y, l e t m e s a y it s l o w l y s o y o u c a n u n d e r s t a n d. Here is what you said...."To Doug Skeet ~~I'm appalled by the idea! Won't this require a boatload of NYSED waivers to pull-off? And if they do it, how do the kids get back the year of lost Social Studies & science curriculum? I don't see how it can work since three grade levels will all be skipping this! IMHO, it's a REALLY BAD IDEA!!!!"

You're appalled by an idea that you know absolutely NOTHING about. And, no, no boatload of waivers required (I never said I was an expert, but unlike you, I DO know quite a bit on the topic -- as should Doug Skeet who tries to act like the omniscient soul with all things educational). "Getting back a year of science or social studies curriculum" -- interdisciplinary studies. Look it up.
The simple fact is that the recommendation is a good one - it's proven by years of longitudinal research that increasing instruction in ELA and math IMPROVES performance in all other academic areas.

You don't need to research the district's schemes - you are absolutely correct. But maybe you could consider asking questions of appropriate individuals in a civil, information seeking manner rather than the vitriol that you are becoming known for.

Anonymous said...

Thanks again SCATS 2:40

Anonymous said...

Maybe I came from a much earlier day, but I wonder where the educational value is in a trip to Darien Lake or Sea Breeze. At least field trips to the museum or to Mumford have the cover of an educational experience. Or are these just an all day "recess" that is suppose to give the kids more energy for learning when they eventually return to the classroom?
I think we need more educational hours in a day, more educational days in a year if we are to avoid the results that Rochester has seen, where only 5% of their students are prepared for college.

Anonymous said...

To SCATS & 10:45,

First SCATS, the jelousy that you refered to isn't on target. The fact of the matter is that my child will STILL be missing a day of classroom instruction. The difference is that my child's will be spent at a local park, while the child living 2 doors down (who attends Pine Brook) will be spending his at Darien Lake. Does the district feel this is fair? Does the disrict not realize that do to open enrollment, we have next door neighbors going to different schools for the same grade(s), yet getting blatently different treatment by the district?

To 10:45, I'm not quite sure how to address you. Your totally wrong in what your saying, yet you seem to believe what your saying. I'm sure I'm wasting my time, but try this anyway... it's all true: Yes, Pine Brook will be taking and returning on a Greece school bus to/from Darien Lake this June. Yes, this taking place on a school day. The fact that you want to deny this as being true leaves me scratching my head.

Anonymous said...

It's also worth noting that the recent discussion shows yet another advantage received by the k-5 schools: The ability of certain school's PTAs to work towards, plan ahead, and save/raise funds for 4-5 years for these things, rather than the 1-2 years the other schools PTAs get.

My point again is that we have a district that allows school principals to set policies that really should be covered by District Office. Again, if your going to allow neighbors to attend different schools (which is ridiculous anyway), then the district should try it's hardest to ensure they get the same expierience. In fact, one could make the case that because the school of choice kids have cost the district so much more per pupil, that they should be the one's sacrificing the extras. You know, kind of like OA sports were supposed to be handled.

Anonymous said...

Scats I have long known it is spiraling out of control that is what amazes be about the stand on back back purses...really that is the most pressing issue? NOT

Anonymous said...

The State Ed and commissioner mandate these subjects which include social studies and geography and PE and health besides LA and math. It is strange that science is not included in grades 1-4 requirements.

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/1003.html

SCATS said...

To Jasper 5:02AM ~~ You can say it as slowly as you like. You can label it vitriole if you want. My skin has thickened over the last 5 yrs. You need to look at the link that 10:27AM has so kindly provided. It seems to state that curriculum is required for Social Studies AND science for Pre-K through grades 4. Grade 5 isn't covered in that particular document.

To 10:27AM ~~ THANK YOU for looking that up! I took a look and science & Social Studies are both listed. For grades 1-4, look under B 1 i: i.mathematics, including arithmetic, science, and technology.

SCATS said...

To 7:09AM ~~ You are very welcome!

To 8:16AM ~~ I can recall when they used to allow certain HS classes to spend the day at Darien Lake on the premise that they were studying the physics of the motion of the rides ;)

To 8:38AM ~~ I apologize for the fact that my sarcasm wasn't clear when I used the word jealousy. Again in reference to what 10:45 said, I believe the line item for field trips long ago disappeared from the district's budget book. But as I stated, it doesn't mean that field trips don't happen. In fact the BOE approves all sorts of trips at each of their monthly meetings. I believe the PTAs are the ones footing the cost of such expenses and that's why each school is different. If your kid goes to Pinebrook, they get the trip to Darien. If you don't win the lottery, your kid gets to feed the mosquitos in a local park.

To 9:02AM ~~ Don't try to make them consistent! If they had to be so, we'd see all of the different ways Greece kids are getting the shaft, it would be crystal clear ;)

To 9:23AM ~~ Of course it isn't. But it gets their mind off those pesky graduation rates, test scores, etc.

Anonymous said...

To scats from 10:27. Ooops. I guess I assumed that science would have its own category and not be a subset of math.
So that means the district will need to get a waiver? Unless the requirement could be read to mandate that somewhere in the grades 1-4 there will be all those courses and not necessarily each year. I bet that's how he was reading it. And if he was going to subtract anything why not the other more frilly courses?
And if it is possible to only offer art and music every other year, we could cut those positions by 50%. PE is the only course that has a specific time spent on task mandated by the commissioner. 125 minutes per week.
And none of those aforementioned courses need to be taught by a teacher that is certified in that discipline at pre-K through 5. The regular classroom teacher is qualified by NTE state exam to understand and be able to teach the requirements of art, PE, music just like they have to be able to teach math and reading and health.
It is only at the secondary level that those courses must be taught by teachers certified in that subject.
The other disciplines just need to be covered and the time spent on each is not specified. Maybe he is on to something. But science and social studies would not be the first to be deleted in my opinion.

Still once the interim is retired, the new superintendent will probably not follow any of his wish list. We hope the new person will have his or her own vision.

Anonymous said...

Cut music because it is frilly? Im sorry as much as I am all for academics but to minimize what music education adds to the academic areas should not be overlooked!

Anonymous said...

I don't think cutting music or PE or art is a good idea.
Obviously kids need exercise and need to get in shape. Arts and music are not really peripheral. Music and mathematics are often closely linked.
You carry that education in the arts throughout your life.

SCATS said...

To 12:08 & 2:56PM ~~ What should we cut then? No one wants to cut anything, but people don't want to face a 15% increase in their property taxes each year either. Somewhere, something of substance has got to give. The unions have sapped our budgets dry.

Anonymous said...

It is time to be creative and find ways to teach some of the lecture-type courses with TV. It has been mentioned here before that we could be more efficient with the teaching of some courses. Not the only way, but, remember, one million dollars in savings is made up of one hundred $10K savings. Maybe there ISN'T one thing we can do to save $5M, but there may be 50 or 100 things we can do to save it. If everything is on the table, let's not discard the items that "only" save $25K-$50K

Anonymous said...

2:56 The mandates say that PE HAS to be provided for the kids for 125 minutes a week. It was art music and library that can be cut along with science and social studies according to the interim super. He has just chosen to hold off on science and social students. And all of these courses at the K-5 level can be taught by the regular classroom teacher.There is no need to hire a separate Music or Art or PE teacher any more than they have to hire Science and English Literature and History and Mathematics certified teachers for those subjects at elementary. This would save lots of money. And the teachers could still have their free "preparation time" with teacher's aides babysitting.
At the 6-12 level the teachers of art and music and PE/health have to be certified in their subject. And there is a unit specification for the credits that must be studied per year.
The elementary classroom teachers major in teaching and are certified to teach any of the subjects that are required by the state at that level. The district only has to have a "Director of Physical Education" for the district as well as a "Director of Counseling" and a Counseling Plan at the district level.
There is no requirement that we have a counselor at each or every 2 or any of the elementary buildings.
The same goes for the librarians. It is not a mandate that we have a teaching certified librarian at each of the elementary schools. That program could be handled by a district librarian and staffed by paraprofessionals like many of the public libraries.

Anonymous said...

The fact that school of choice isn't on the chopping block is a slap in the face of all taxpayers.

SCATS said...

To 4:23PM ~~ Agreed!! Let's start by giving the axe to BoardDocs, a luxury and redundancy (since the majority on the board prefer & demand to keep paper) the BOE allows for themselves at a cost that is around $80,000/yr, as I recall.

To 4:38PM ~~ If I'm not mistaken, the certifications are for K-6 and 7-12, no?

To 4:50PM ~~ It's more like a sucker punch than a slap these days.

Anonymous said...

8:38 Am - I think you missed the point by 10:46 questioning the educational vale of these field trips. The question is why do them if they have no educational value for the students? They spend money and take students out of the class.

SCATS: this has been an excellent discussion post. Good to get the opinions out and shared. Thanks

SCATS said...

To 9:17PM ~~ Glad you enjoyed :)

Anonymous said...

FYI..the Attendance Commitee report is now posted on the website. There is some very interesting things in there when browsing about the Lottery Schools, at fist glance it appears that there are some changes in store for the sacred lottery schools. About time. Hope the board has the backbone to follow through on all the recommendations this time and not cave to the PineBrook and Odyssey parents this time. It is the first step in the right direction.

SCATS said...

To 10:34PM ~~ Thanks for the info about the links posting. You don't really believe the BOE will carry out even a fraction of this, do you?

Anonymous said...

I work for the district and know that BoardDocs does not cost $80,000 a year. It costs $9,000. And who cares if the Board Members use it, staff, the public and you SCATS use it frequently.

SCATS said...

To 10:28AM ~~ It isn't a matter of who uses it. It's a matter of what's on the table for budget cuts and keeping the 9 people who are in charge of that honest about their intentions. BoardDocs hasn't eliminated the need for them to use paper, which was the main reason given for spending the $$ to get the service started in GCSD a few yrs ago. Most of them still use paper. So it's like hiring a sub even when the teacher is in the classroom, REDUNDANT! Not to mention wasteful. And for the record, there is NOTHING BETTER about BoardDocs from my perspective than the posting of the agendas & minutes we used to get. In fact, those were often much more informative.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately things won't change in Greece until real leadership is in charge or elected. We don't have leaders on the BOE...we have individuals that don't make the best decisions for the entire community, the BOE simply acts in response to those who speak the loudest (ex., school of choice parents, WR parents when it should have closed, etc). There has also been zero talk about the BOE making it district policy to NOT have seniors take 6 credits. In essence, the BOE is dumbing down education in Greece, and indirectly is persuading schools to graduate students as quickly as possible. How are the graduates of Greece (and believe it or not, there are many talented ones - but you wouldn't read that from posters here) going to complete for college spots at SUNY schools and other universities without a background if diverse electives in art, social studies, science, etc.? I fear more of the have/have-nots. AP and IB electives will never be cut, but many other classes will be eliminated as deemed not to be needed. This blog is about the only thing in Greece that resembles protest of policies. There is zero leadership from the district, the BOE, schools, PTA, GTA or any other organization. It's a shame, but a reality. Greece won't change without leaders that are committed to making the district a more efficient, educationally focused place.