Tuesday, March 08, 2011

BOE Meeting Sham Tonight @6:30PM

 
HOLD ONTO YOUR WALLET ALERT!!

Come watch as their sacrificial lamb (the Interim Supt.) unveils another MONSTER BUDGET!

The Attendance & Communication Committee Reports disappeared off of Greece Central School District's website days ago ~~ They have NO intentions of doing what needs to be done ... again!
  

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

From what I have been hearing, the District is having all employees watch a DVD at their faculty meetings today. It outlines the grim future of GCSD. How much did we pay for that DVD?

SCATS said...

Good question 12:29. I'm sure they'll try to tell it us it was an "educational" expense ;)

Anonymous said...

We did watch a power point today. It was dismal at best. The school of choice and signature schools were not TOUCHED as predicted! Only 2 admin positions eliminated but by retirement!!! 70 teaching positions gone IN ADDITION to those retiring!!! District coordinators and directors left alone!! Class sizes from 28 to 32 at the high school. Way to go!! Student learning is the goal and yet all cuts are as close to the kids as possible.

Anonymous said...

Plus sports basically untouched... too bad if your kid likes art or music though...

Anonymous said...

With nothing done about schools of choice, signature schools, and open enrollment assures another budget defeat and rightfully so.

Anonymous said...

A budget defeat big deal...I agree they are not doing whats best for the students but defeating may send the message but does not save you any money.

SCATS said...

To 5:06PM ~~ How odd ... I was thinking just before I logged into the BLOG that we should be advertising for a Superintendent of a sports district instead of a school district ... hmmm ...

Anonymous said...

We were presented with a PowerPoint today that outlined the proposed cuts. 68.5 FTE positions across the district, but only 2 District admin. positions, and NO building admin. positions were included. Seems Bridges is moving to Arcadia High, and Community Ed is headed to the mall, all to close Barnard.

The real cost saving initiatives that Greece seems to want, probably won't be included by the BOE - END schools of choice, move Odyssey to Apollo and disperse Apollo students to Arcadia middle, Odyssey Middle, and Athena Middle, eliminate district positions at Apollo. We saw NONE of this.

BOE will do the easy thing, eliminate almost 70 teachers, increase class size, etc...but they won't do the right thing - things that would help set the district towards financial responsibility.

Lastly, I was sickened by the first bunch of slides that focused on the changing community of Greece. This has nothing to do with our district's money problems. There are districts across NYS that have 85%-90% free/reduced lunch, with much diversity also, and have more academic success, are increasing programs and opportunties, and have community support. I thought it was a complete distraction to the real issues at hand.

Anonymous said...

How how 'bout an update on those $125,000
SRO's that were infused behind the back of the voters? Were they included in the PowerPoint?

Anonymous said...

Any word on the pending litigation?
How much is GCSD being sued for this month?

SCATS said...

To 8:55PM ~~ They were discussed though I don't know what the dollar figure will be that is proposed. There is talk of redistributing them to where they are needed the most.

Anonymous said...

7:58 NOt sure what was included in the "changing community of greece" but it does have a lot to do with the money problems. There is not the income in greece as there was years ago when the majority worked for Kodak or Xerox. Now that those days are gone just who do you think can pay for the increasing budgets that are largely made up of salaries and benefits...the retired fixed income or those living below or just slightly above the poverty level. That is the Greece community so it is relevant.

Anonymous said...

Scats so there was no mention of secondary option or SOC at the budget meeting? does that mean that secondary option is not on the table to be eliminated?
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Who authored the PowerPoint?

SCATS said...

To 9:07PM ~~ The "SUPT'S PROPOSED BUDGET" was presented to the BOE. Nothing has been voted on. They had a tough time deciding to have the study session on March 15th because ONE BOE member couldn't attend ... and because SEVEN BOE MEMBERS DISCUSSED WAITING FOR THE NEW SUPT. TO BE HIRED BEFORE DOING ANYTHING. (By the way, this is absolute proof that the BOE is NOT BEING TRANSPARENT or open with the community by having these conversations outside of the boardroom during an open meeting.) They did agree to have a study session March 15th on the SCHOOL CHOICE issue. That's all I can tell you for now.

Perhaps you can conclude that secondary option will remain based upon Lou Alaimo's contention that "no significant changes to the transportation program" were included in the proposed budget.

Anonymous said...

Well since the called for changes in transportation would not take effect until 2012-13 school year I would expect that they would be in this years budget. As the Secondary Option discontinuance was for that school year.

I again question the authority of the BOE to get rid of said "options" with out a vote by the taxpayers. I understand it as any program voted on to start/create must be also voted on to remove/cancel...

SCATS said...

To 9:27PM ~~ I agree that the discontinuation was planned for a future year. However, I disagree with your mistaken notion that secondary option was ever voter approved. If you have documentaion you can point to that shows us that, I'd be most interested in seeing it and posting it. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

This BOE has learned nothing from history & thus are doomed to repeat it