Monday, March 21, 2011

Getting the GCSD Budget Under Control

   
Instead of decimating academic programs & the school day,
this is what the Greece BOE must do:   

Close 3 school buildings ~ will bring economic relief over the long haul

Eliminate schools-of-choice ~ MUST BE DONE to enable closing of bldgs & to reduce bussing costs

Return Hoover Dr. School ~ the bldg is old, give it back to the family that owns the land

Sell old DO bldg (Latta Rd.) & Barnard School ~ provides some $$ while reducing spending
Reduce transportation ~ we MUST reduce this service due to the skyrocketing cost of fuel!
Streamline sports  ~ this really is a "no-brainer" ... we can't be everything to everyone any longer!

Eliminate stipends ~ find volunteers or discontinue the service due to lack of interest.

Cut administrative staff ~ by closing 3 schools, the number of principals, VPs, AD's, etc is reduced

Reduce teaching staff ~ we must  "right-size" for number of students attending

Oust free-loading students ~ it's time to get serious about students who attend Greece schools illegally.

Eliminate staff development, conference & travel funds

Eliminate BoardDocs, the PO Box, courier service for BOE

Sell $100,000 piano kept in storage ~ no one has ever seen it anyway!

Focus on providing quality,
essential academics & services
  

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with many of your suggestions but if they get rid of BoardDocs how do you plan to get your information about BOE meetings in a timely manner? I personnally like having the ability to look at the BOE agenda on line and chceking out the attachments. Wouldn't want to have to go back to FOILing for all the documents I want and waiting a month to get them.

SCATS said...

To 2:53PM ~~ They can still post the meetings & agendas online, just as they did before they started paying for this service. How do you think BoardDocs gets the postings now? GCSD provides the info ;)

Joe Moscato said...

Your assessment of what could have been done in this year's budget is on the mark. These facts have been obvious for some time now going back to my stint on the board. While we were able to make 4l administrative cuts, our scalpel did not go deep enough. Unfortunately, 3 or 4 top administrators escaped the axe. It's not that those positions weren't needed, but because those holding down those positions were, and still remain, incompetent and largely responsible for the dysfunction of our district. If anything is going to bring about meaningful change in making a positive impact on the education of our kids, they must go. Whoever becomes our new Superintendent must clean house and bring in new competent, objective administrators. These survivors of the Walts days are clueless as to what changes are needed.

This budget, as was the case in previous budgets, does not adequately fund capital improvements. This district has dug itself a $200 million dollar capital improvement problem with potential for serious safety and operational problems. Look for the district to float out another CIP next year.

Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain to me how eliminating the bussing of students to daycare services saves money? Isn't better to drop 3 or 4 students to one bus stop VS bussing them to 3 or 4 individual ones????

SCATS said...

To 7:55AM ~~ They aren't eliminating the bussing, they are limiting it to a sector of town associated with certain school boundaries they haven't drawn yet.

You do realize such questions are extremely complicated and only a BOE member could ever truly understand the complexities associated with the answer, right? It's Greece Central, where rocket science is needed to resolve the simplest problem ;)

Anonymous said...

7:55 to further explain we are picking up and dropping kids (2) near Latta road and Dewey Ave at daycare and they are attending Holmes road. The change to bussing would require that your daycare provider be in the "school zone" your child attends.

Anonymous said...

Cut music; get the public to donate CD's. Have sing-a-longs.

Cut kiddy gym; buy jump ropes and ask community to swing the rope.

Cut all non state mandated bussing. Organize walking clubs.

Eliminate anyone with title of assistant or assistant-to. Also all "chairman" and all members of the chairman's committee.

Make employees pay the salaries of any substitute needed for absences without a Doctors note. Opps -can't do that based on contracts so just publish names in the Greece Post. I bet this would work for a lot of "situations".

SCATS said...

To 9:44AM ~~ Better yet, scale the bussing back and use it to replace the kiddie gym cut ;)

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know who's running for the school board seats? I heard that three petitions are out, but don't ahve any names. I think it's very important who we put there this year.

SCATS said...

To 2:27PM ~~ There are only 3 seats up, so hearing that a mere 3 petitions have been taken out is rather disappointing. My understanding is that Dave Ferington plans to run again, so we can assume he has one petition out. Last year, Oberg said he wouldn't run again ... but that was before he drank the Kool-Aid, so who knows how he feels now.

Anonymous said...

All I know is that the three seats up for election are McCabe, Ferrington and Oberg so maybe they are all running again - Ugh!

Anonymous said...

9:44 am...
Apparently you have not read the contract! They can ask for notes, it would just cost you more money. Who pays your salary when you are sick? Although if you are a resident of Greece, there is a good chance you are one of the ones who take advantage of reduced lunches. ;)

Anonymous said...

I heard that McCabe has told people that he will run as he has his eyes on becoming board president. If you think Oberg is bad, wait until this wax head takes his place.

Anonymous said...

Re: absence rates: the public sector rates are about double the private sector. The school district makes it extremely difficut to get teacher absence rates but the last time it was talled, it was double the rate of private industry; over 6% vs 2.7%.

It is big money!!! I hope they make a big deal out of those costs when they present the budget. It will open many eyes.

bscheuer said...

How does one go about running for the school board?

SCATS said...

To bscheuer ~~ Running for BOE is fairly easy. You must be at least 18 yrs. old & a resident of Greece. You must pick up a petition to run from the District Clerk, Lynne Armstrong. She's in District Office on Apollo's 3rd floor. The petitions require that you get qualified signatures representing 2% of the number of people who voted a year ago, not so bad given Greece's low voter turnout. There is a deadline for returning them. Lynne can give you the details. Have fun.

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 10:19 - thank you for your posting. Absenteeism and contracts that do not address this is an absolute lack of respect to taxpayers that unfortunately has been ongoing.
Accountability does not exist within public education contracts and more and more people are starting to see this for themselves.
It is but one of the ways taxpayers have been and continue to be disrespected.

Anonymous said...

The administration in the GCSD needs to be cut back to "bare bones" like it was back in the days of Ray Page. Want to save money, taxpayers? Now there's an idea! Assistant principals at the primary level? Give me a break....