Friday, March 25, 2011

How Hard Can They Make Meeting The Supt. Candidates?

 
PRETTY DAMNED HARD!

They schedule the interviews at a time of day (4:30pm) that few residents (other than district employees of whom many are NOT residents) can be available. They tuck the meetings away in a Forum Room at a school (Athena) where you can walk 1/2 mile to get from your car to the building door and still be a long ways from the meeting location!

Anonymous said...

Wow it looks like they really don't want the community to go to the forums!!!! Who is ouu of work at 4:30?? Who wants to go to Athena's forum room?? What an out of the way location!!!   3/24/2011 12:55 PM

Anonymous said...

It is obvious that whoever set up these meetings is trying very hard to keep the public away. They could not be scheduled at a worse time. Most working people are not home from work at that time, housewives, retirees and students are usually beginning to prepare dinner or get their kids from school or taking their kids to after school activities at that time.

We need an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of the people who will be taking our tax money and running the schools our children attend. Everyone should email board members and demand that these meetings be scheduled at a proper time. This is too important to just take this lying down.

My guess is that this is probably just a formality and they have already decided. That's how they do things on the Greece School Board.   3/25/2011 2:23 PM

SCATS ~~ Just another day in Greece Central where the powers that be enjoy torturing the few residents who care.

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Anonymous said...

Not very excited about these candidates. But a larger question looms....
Why haven't we heard from the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary and Kiwanis, and other "leadership groups" in Greece regarding a proposed school budget that will severely damage the educational opportunities of thousands of students for many years. Do they all own oil wells that sell diesel fuel to the district? Why aren't they concerned about real estate prices going in the toilet when the impact of the budget hits the kid's academic performance?
A young mother with 3 young kids who addressed the board with her concerns and says that she would have to move out of Greece if the proposed budget is adopted represents a huge wake-up call to those who "represent" the best interests of Greece. This mom is a city school teacher and knows a thing or two about education. And she had her two kids join her in making her appeal to the board. This is the kind of resident reaction to the budget that should scare the devil out of every real estate broker in town.
Why haven't we heard from these people. Why are they standing idly by (as usual) when the BOE is proposing to further damage our school's capability to educate kids?

SCATS said...

To 9:54AM ~~ My understanding is that a couple of well known members of those groups were asked to run for BOE. Neither was interested.

Anonymous said...

Where would you like to have these meetings located and at what time?

And just so you know these meetings are just a dog and pony show. The Board Members are the only ones that get to pick the superintendent and they just do these forums to make you feel like you're a part of the process.

Sit back and watch the show, you'll get to see a repeat again in three years. No sane Superintendent will be able to deal with this Board. Would you like to have to deal with the likes of O'Toole, VanOrman and Race - I think not.

SCATS said...

To 11:28AM ~~ How about have them at 7PM? By then, people might be able to actually attend. In the past, meetings were held in Apollo going as far back as Steve Walts. Why change now?

bscheuer said...

This is a prime example of what I mean when I talk about improving community involvement and transparency in the decision making process. Candidates should be accessible to the community, and all efforts should be made to provide this accessibility. Even if there isn't anything shady going on, every attempt should be made to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

Anonymous said...

Move out lady! 1000 more of you and they may actually set up another committee to consider closing a school or changing schools of choise options. Report due in early 2012 (subject to change).

SCATS said...

To 6:22AM ~~ Pssst! They already have THAT committee ;)

BTW, Bscheuer is a fellow ;)

Anonymous said...

The advantage of the forum room is that it is a staged setting and the audience cannot mingle with the upper echelon people on stage. That keeps us away from the candidates. A mistake they found in the meet-and-greet with the lady from the city that came right over to people and shook their hands. She was well received by parents and community but did not measure up to the board and union leaders that looked down on her for her ethnicity. she was the best candidate we had and is far better than the 3 current finalists.
Let's look at 2 of them...Someone that is running her own business in education is an unemployed administrator. And the man from Pembroke-Corfu knows he will get a pay decrease if he stays where he is. Favoritism and knowing a top man here got him on the short list.

SCATS said...

To 1:20PM ~~ Yup, yup and yup. All signs of a deeply dysfunctional district afraid of relinquishing any small measure of control.