Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You

   
The Greece Central School District's Board of Education isn't talking about a lot of very important things the Greece community needs to know. Personally, I'm sick and tired of the dysfunction these secret-keepers are bringing to the local headlines. Since people appear to be paying attention, at least momentarily, (400 attended a BOE hearing!?!? Holy crapple! That's UNHEARD OF IN GREECE!), I'm going to go out on a limb here and air some dirty laundry.

The Interim Supt. is VERY seriously ill and unlikely to return to work in Greece. My understanding is that he has been under treatment during most of his time as our Interim Supt. He has cancer, so those treatments have included chemo and/or radiation therapy. I'm told he has missed work at various times. He is NOT at work currently due to the need for surgery ~ thus, the quotes to reporters by Deputy Supt. Don Nadolinski yesterday. Again, no one is sure of when or if he will return to work in Greece. (While I heard this weeks ago, Sean McCabe verified that with a statement he made at last week's BOE meeting.) All of this is understandable and I'm sure that everyone wishes him well.

It's also true that during a serious illness and while being treated with some very toxic therapies, this man was given the daunting tasks of : 1) developing a budget that held tax hikes to less than 2% AND 2) crafting changes to the School Choice/School Option programs.

When SCATS hears of ideas like not offering Social Studies or science for a full year to elementary students, or the suggestion to cut 30 minutes of instruction time from the elementary school day, SCATS can't help but wonder if chemo-brain might be an issue for this poor fellow! Even if that were the case, it does NOT explain why the BOE hasn't challenged some of these ideas with tough questioning in the board room with the public listening in.

Onto the subject of the school district budget ...

 If you think the 1.65% tax hike is low, or too low perhaps, you need to understand another reason about why that is the case. Although it was stated in public, it has only been mentioned once that I'm aware. During the presentation of the budget to the BOE, it was "recommended" that the Greece Central School District have a second vote next fall to cover: 1) the need for a bus proposition AND 2) a capital repairs proposition, an item that exceeds $170 million in cost to fully cover!

Yes, you heard that right. They were told to consider holding another vote seperate from the budget vote (because history shows they are most likely to have a successful vote if held in December ... i.e. the seniors are in Florida!!). Clearly, their intent is twofold: 1) to keep the tax rate low to get the budget passed in May AND 2) to take advantage of the best opportunity they have each year to get a "yes" vote out to the polls a second time.

Interpretation: They are using you!
They are playing you!

They think you are too stupid/naive/ignorant to understand what the
COMBINED EFFECT IS OF THIS ON YOUR TAX BILL!

Now you know more of the "truth" than this BOE has told you at one time in a very long time. Vote accordingly. But don't let them make you vote again in the fall.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gosh, sounds like the BOE President is having difficulty in comprehending all of the issues facing the district and devising an effective path forward. Or is he just a lousy communicator? Or he is a sly, cunning and devious villain out to destroy our educational system and/or con us out of our money?
What a choice. Guess I cannot defend this guy.

Anonymous said...

Why do we need an Interim Super at $800 a day, when it appears that this is Oberg's Budget? I question how likely it would be that O'Rourke would have EVER presented a budget with cuts to the school day, fine arts and elementary education in his former district, PITTSFORD. I strongly believe this budget in fact is that of Frank O'Bergs and Mr O'Rourke is the tool in which Frank's personal agenda is delivered.

Anonymous said...

SCATS would it be feasible to use one of these unneeded buildings as a satellite college classroom building? If it was empty it could be used daytime and evenings. MCC and Brockport could get many students in Greece. They could rent the building for the SD or buy it and remodel and area. Either way it could create revenue

SCATS said...

To 1:27PM ~~ While O'Rourke is out, Nadolinski is "Acting Supt" and probably being given $800/day too. They did it just prior to O'Rourke coming to Greece.

When it comes to Oberg, ask yourself "what isn't the BOE discussing in public?" There's a lot they don't want us to hear before they decide it and there are EIGHT OTHERS GOING ALONG WITH IT ALL!

SCATS said...

To 1:34PM ~~ I don't see why it wouldn't be possible, but I'm sure the district could erect the necessary roadblocks if you give them enough time to hire a consultant, commission a study, form a committee and let them all report to the BOE on their findings ;)

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that a bill that recently passed the state senate and will probably pass the house would cap school property tax increases to 2% or the CPI (in Jan 2011 was 1.6%) that is why the BOE is keeping the increases to these levels. And why increases in salaries/benefits alone bring the district well over 2% with no other cuts. Is this indeed true? Proposing to cut music, art and library sure got peoples' attention. Maybe this year we will get more than a few thousand voting on the budget.

SCATS said...

To 2:52PM ~~ Yes, both of those things are true according to Frank Oberg's remarks at the start of last night's meeting.

As for getting people out to vote, MAYBE this work. However, my concern is that the SHEEPLE OF GREECE will vote yes out of fear that further cuts will be made, instead of voting no because the budget contains the wrong cuts. I hope to be proven wrong about this ... but it hasn't happened in the years I've been watching.

Anonymous said...

The cap would first apply to the levy of taxes for the 2012-13 school year. ( from the bill)

Why is Mr O'Berg presenting this budget as his hands are tied under the proposed cap? Again I agree with the need to cut but to say that we are bound by the CIP or if voted down a 0% cap is not pertinent to this budget proposal or up coming school year.

Make the non-essential non academic cuts end the SOC, the bussing, close a school or 2, get back to work with GTA, a stop the foolishness of offering a salary of over $225k for a super,and get it together before we NEED a 50% approval to pass any budget even with a 2% or less increase or else be capped at the 0%.

Shannon

Shannon

SCATS said...

To Shannon ~~ Don't forget that the GCSD fiscal budget runs from July 1 to June 30th each year ;)

Anonymous said...

1:27 you are wrong on all counts. Frank Oberg is a stand up guy. This budget is a representation of the current financial state of the State, County, Town, Country. I heard a commercial today the gist of which is the kids are shortchanged and that the big bad governor is taking away worker rights. The commercial ended with " New York is Not Wisconsin" right but I and a lot of other people wish it was. The budget problems lie solely at the feet of Don Palozzi and the GTA and complicit prior school boards (GP BR and company). The Union has now become the evil it was formed to combat. They are now the evil monkey on our backs sucking the life out of US. I overheard a conversation in Panera bread recently three teachers(ID Tags on) were talking (not softly) next to my table. One of the teachers stated that in her opinion the GTA members have been acting like a bunch of "Spoiled Brats". I agree totally.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the added info Shannon and SCATS, that is a big difference 2012/2013 not 2011/2012 for the CAP. Although with the way greece usually votes more than 2% would go down anyway. Are you the Shannon from last night? You did a great job! I agree totally with your comments...

Anonymous said...

Scats, the current budget proposal is for fiscal year July 2011-2012 yes? So that says to me the cap would effect the NEXT years budget process. If I am misunderstanding can you explain. I just want to know should law this pass is our current budget proposal subject to the terms of the cap. Thanks Shannon

Anonymous said...

4:21 poster #2 I am the same. Thank you.

SCATS said...

To Shannon ~~ I think you are on the right track. I am not sure WHEN the NY state bill might be enacted though or if the verbiage in that bill might cover a Jan-Dec fiscal year. That was why I mentioned the July 1- June 30th fiscal year for Greece.

Anonymous said...

Yes, let's blame the people who actually work in this state. They must be evil. Folks, blame the lazy people who won't work and will take free hand outs from society. That is what is driving up the costs in this country. Let's keep fighting with each other. It does wonders for morale. The reality is this country hasn't been the same since 9/11/01. Congratulations everyone, Osama Bin Laden has already won his war. Look at the world since. So let's keep hating our own instead of the real Evil!!!

SCATS said...

To 5:10PM ~~ I blame the people who have sat at home on their keisters for years and never questioned what the powers-that-be were doing ... or who didn't bother rising from in front of their TV, computer, etc. long enough to get out of the house and informed after becoming informed about the candidates, the issues, etc.

Anonymous said...

One of those Hubbard boys writes on the Thursday D anbd C editorial page. This is in regard to FOIL requests. Sort of brown-nosing up to the D and C (smile).

But gosh almighty why can't we get that dude to run for the school board. He sure is passionate when he sounds off about school direction.

Anonymous said...

Vote NO for several reasons:

"Some" of the proposed cuts should not be made or not cut as much.

There are other important cuts that should be made (several outlined at this site).

There will be a later vote for capital projets that will have safety issues as the propoganda tool.

Maybe (just maybe) we can get a couple common sence school board members elected.

The govenor/legislature may offer new tools to help school districts manage employee costs.

Anonymous said...

There is enough blame to go around for everyone. Please remember for every contract that is in place now for teachers, police, state workers, municipal workers, it took TWO sides to sign the contract. Management, City Councils, Board of Educations locally and across this country had to sign the contract. It is NOT just the unions!! Now the teachers, the workers are the bad guys. Not fair. Remember management played an equal role.

Secondly, many pension funds are in trouble. Why? Remember Wall St. and the crimes committed by them with all of the toxic assets rated AAA. Many pension funds bought those safe AAA packages. Our econmony, house foreclosers are a product of Wall St., not the teachers and union workers.

How many Exec. at Wall St. have been arrested? NONE! NOT ONE.

What has been cut out of the Federal budget for this year? Not a penny. What did the new legislators promise to do? Cut the budget.

At the grassroots we suffer for the mistakes of others. In this case the students of Greece will not have Sci/SS K-5 and alot more cut from the K-12 inst. program.

Sincerely

Doug Skeet

bscheuer said...

I have decided to throw my name into the hat for one of the Board's positions. I dont claim to have extensive knowledge of the nuts and bolts of all of the issues but do have opinions on many of them. I do absolutely think that there seems to be a need for more common sense and transparency in the decision making process. I have been trying to find out about the current members(length of time on the board, children in the district, etc) but have been unable to locate anything. I currently have one child in first grade and two more(age 3) who will be joing shortly. From what I have seen, open and honest communication, without the "us vs them," is the main thing that is needed. I am hoping that I will be given the opportunity bring fresh eyes to the table. I understand that money is tight and trimming needs to happen, but there are many things that, in my opinion, need to be looked at before cutting any educational programs. The things closest to the education of children should be the last things to be touched. No matter what gets cut, somebody is not going to be happy, but the kids should be the last ones that feel the effect. As I said, I am trying to learn as much as I can about all the issues. I feel that quality, diverse education in a safe comfortable environment comes first, then extra-curricular activities. I support the discontinuation of the school of choice program. It seems to me that a large amount of money could be saved by having kids attend schools in the neighborhood in which they live. I strongly support better controls over non-resident students attending schools within this district. I certainly dont have all the answers, but I am very willing to learn, work hard, be available for everyone involved and give open, honest answers to the best of my ability. Of course, I first have to get on the ballot and I need 148 signatures on my petition to do that. If anyone is willing to help me get the chance to serve you, I would greatly appreciate your signature.

Brett Scheuer

SCATS said...

To 9:48AM ~~ FYI, both of the Hubbards have served on the BOE already.

To 10:07AM ~~ I agree about voting no on this budget. As for getting a couple of common sense folks onto the BOE is concerned, it takes FIVE VOTES to accomplish anything on the BOE.

To Doug Skeet ~~ Not having science & Social Studies had nothing to do with the budget. It was an idea driven by the need to make our kids literate. On the other hand, the Greece BOE has RETAINED K-5 by keeping schools-of-choice, but only for the few. They do this at the cost of keeping open half-filled schools and providing buses to locations all over town. It's a values statement.

SCATS said...

To Brett Scheuer ~~ You can enlist the help of others in getting signatures for your petition. I think you are allowed to photocopy it and have others collect the signatures. Try getting them at school events (before/after plays, musicals, sporting events, etc), work, from friends, families, neighbors. In reality, that's a VERY SMALL number to need. Don't forget to get extras in case some are disqualified by the district clerk, for whatever reason.

I wish you good luck, but want you to know IT TAKES FIVE (5) VOTES TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING ON THE GREECE BOE. That's the unfortunate reality.

Anonymous said...

Scats,

Please tell us which schools are "half-filled"

Thanks

SCATS said...

To 12:48PM ~~ I'm sure you can scan through the district's enrollments data as easily as I can. The link has been posted here before. And for the record, schools that are using what was intended to be CLASSROOM SPACE for other uses makes no difference! I've heard that some bldgs now have "office areas" for janitorial/cafeteria staff, etc. That's a ridiculous use of ... i.e. waste of ... space intended to be used to educate students.

Anonymous said...

Scats

I have scoured the enrollment data for the last ten years and each elementary school seems to have a reasonably stable population. +/- 5%.

I see no school which in any objective judgment could be labeled "half-filled".

You make the claim that these "half-filled" schools should be closed yet can't tell anyone which ones they are.

Just because you keep saying they exist does not make it so.

SCATS said...

To 3:19PM ~~ I've been around long enough to know that Pinebrook's first enrollment tally was on the order of 625 pupils. Approx. 2 yrs. ago, I asked a Greece BOE member why their enrollment had fallen to just 570 students and was told that according to Don Nadolinski, when the district reduced class sizes the previous time around, it caused a large reduction in PB's enrollments. God knows they aren't at a loss for attracting students the way schools like Parkland (under 300 students ... i.e. FAR BELOW DESIGN CAPACITY) and others are!

I say it exists and not one single person in GCSD has disputed it. They know this district built to accomodate 17,000 students in the 1990's and that we added even more space in 2001. So please don't tell me we are "full." We're not even close to it ;)

Anonymous said...

I have often wondered if mandates for things like special ed have contributed to schools appearing to be at less than capacity. I don't know what the expected student capacity was for my child's school when it was built, but I know there are no empty classrooms and I'm guessing there weren't requirements for things like 12:1:1, 8:1:1, AIS, and various therapies back then. Also, students nowadays are expected to be computer literate (and computerized state testing will be mandated in the next couple of years) and again, I suspect having the need for a dedicated computer lab was not expected when a lot of these schools were built.

Anonymous said...

Scats,

What is the "design capacity" of parkland?
Enrollment this year is listed as 279. Last year was 314.
Can it really hold 550?

If we close it where do those 279 kids go?
The closest schools are English Village and Paddy Hill, or should we bus them all across the district spread them out equally?
Just wondering what the actually solution is?

SCATS said...

To 4:28PM ~~ I don't recall it off the top of my head but I'm fairly certain they accomodated over 380 students in the no so distant past.

When you speak of closing a specific school and where the kids will go, the answer depends on many factors. First and foremost is: the fact that we can't close ANY schools if we RETAIN schools-of-choice! Those schools must be closed in their current configuration to provide the opportunity to see how the students fill out their home schools. Looking at those numbers, birth data/projections, etc. will be indicators of which areas need more or less capacity. It is also true that Greece schools aren't all centered in the location best suited to serve where the kids are coming from. But we can work with what we have, and what we have is the ability to educate 17,000 students ;)

Anonymous said...

I have often wondered why we do not have one of these schools just for special ed.
The same could be said for an alternative school (Odysee)?

Anonymous said...

Closing schools of choice and completely redistricting to determine which schools, if any can be closed is a very different proposition than simply stating the district is "keeping open half-filled schools"

People, like me, come here to find information about our district. It would be a shame if they left with the wrong impression based on gross exaggeration.

I have seen reference to half-filled schools on this blog so many times that I almost believed it.

SCATS said...

To 7:38PM ~~ Of course there is NOTHING SELF-SERVING (or self-preserving?) about your remark, right? (wink, wink)

Just last night Odyssey's PTSA meeting had a big discussion about self-preservation, who on the BOE was "friendly" to SOCs and who wasn't. For weeks, SOC folks have been attempting to milk info out of this BLOG & its readers to fight the fight they know is coming.

You either intentionally misunderstood what I was telling you OR you yourself do not understand the role of the BOE in dealing with the school choice issue. So, I'll keep repeating it as loudly and as often as I must to get you to hear the truth:

Greece has schools designed to accomodate 17,000 pupils. We have fewer than 12,300 pupils currently. Allowing for some growth, Greece can easily close 3 schools, given the 4700 pupil difference between where we are and where we ought to be on the space issue. WE CAN ONLY CLOSE 3 SCHOOLS IF WE ELIMINATE SCHOOLS-OF-CHOICE!!

By the way, I've offered up facts, figures, etc. What have YOU offered, 7:38PM, aside from the hope to discredit info that can readily be FOIL'ed?

Anonymous said...

7:38- the schools of choice kids come from all over town. I think Scats was trying to explain that putting them back into their home territory at least on paper is necessary before studying which schools to shutdown can begin. The distribution of student populations in Greece isn't always close to the schools, so this issue is complicated by geography. It isn't Scats' place to tell you which buildings to close. We are paying big salaries to administrators who should be making those recommendations to the boe based on data, common sense, forcasted population shifts and such.

Anonymous said...

My point is a simple one.
I head the continuous claim that there are half-filled schools and they should be closed.
Upon further examination that seems to be demonstrably untrue.
There may be some schools that currently operate below that capacity they were designed for in the 1990's, but things have changed since then. Maximum class sizes have varied, special education requirements have drastically changed. Does that mean that the district could actually close them? Maybe.
Scats claims I have some self-serving or self-preserving reasons behind my questions. I do not. I say SOC should be ended today. I say the district should go to a strictly enforced k-5 home school design. I say OA should be closed and those kids sent to their home high school.

Anonymous said...

There is no way 7:38 writes back in on this post. I have seen it all too many times here, the intentionally ignorant. He or she will pop up again on some other post in the future though.

SCATS said...

To 8:53AM ~~ Sadly, some of the ignorant like to feign true intellect.

To 7:04AM ~~ It amazes me that the few times anyone disputes this claim about our ability to close several schools that the ONLY DEFENSE they have is class size and/or special education to blame. Guess what? VARIATIONS IN CLASS SIZES HAVE NOTHING ... I repeat ... NOTHING TO DO WITH CURRENT SPACE UTILIZATION!

Why is that? Because in Greece Central class sizes were reduced during a time when the student populations were much higher than they currently are. On top of that, the variations in those class sizes is not large enough to gobble up space for nearly 5000 students!

By the way, SCATS isn't the only person saying we can close schools. There are former administrators and BOE members echoing my sentiments as well. If you really wanted to know what you are talking about, you'd do some research before engaging your keyboard.

Anonymous said...

Funny that you get so fired up and still refuse to offer an answer to a simple question.

What school/schools are half-filled?

Could it be that the answer is simple?

There are no schools that are half-filled.

Anonymous said...

I say even if you question the need to close schools, we have space to currently hold all students and an increase enrollment in the elementary grades so there is no NEED to continue a choice program as a "release valve". The proposal calls for 3 clear zones of attendance in the GCSD. IF we are re grouping feeder schools and assigning to specific MS and HS, eliminate the choice of PB and WR and close OA. IF in fact the model of k-5 is a benefit, keep PB, WR and LR operating as K-5 schools but rezone each one into the 3 zones so that all 3 attendance areas have one k-5 school. Operate the K-5 schools as a choice ( if a"release valve" is needed) but with an immediate attendance zone around the school. This would be possible based on the facts that these schools are already set up to run as K-5 schools, there would be no cost as no modifications would be needed, and bussing would be reduced as the CHOICE is in the attendance ZONE. The zones created will have children re-assigned to school K-12. If we have the software and the technology to create the zones then include all children all schools and end the SOC as it is now.

Shannon Kozak

Anonymous said...

Just a note, there was not a mention of how the ending of secondary option but a tremendous burden on LR elementary. The schools population could increase by 100 kids it is already at close to 800. Based on the potential alone the re-zone will have to shift kids to other elementary schools...the re-zone is redistricting with a new name. It should include every school, and every child in this district.
Shannon

Anonymous said...

Its amazing. People believe that after losing 2000 students the extra space got sucked up by special ed. They must be the same ones who believe it costs $15K to educate a Greece student. Oops, I made a mistake. It costs $75000 to graduate 4 out of 5 kids. Maybe 1 or 2 of them is actually "educated."

Anonymous said...

To Shannon @ 10:23

Sounds pretty reasonable to me. Although I think the idea of schools of choice should be halted altogether.
If we have a k-5 option in each zone, then the district should be able to forecast enrollment trends and redistricting as necessary.

I might go a step farther I still think all elementary schools should be k-5. I haven't heard anyone say that splittingthe elementary schools has positive effect of education. It seems that I more often hear the opposite.

Anonymous said...

To Mr. Scheuer:

Your interest in the school board got my attention. I might be willing to help you, but first I have a few questions. How long have you been a Greece resident and where was your previous residence.

The following are Yes or No: Are you (1) a member of the Greece Chamber of Commerce? (2) a member of the Greece Rotary? (3) acquainted with Roger Boily? (4) acquainted with any present board members and if so, who? (5) do you understand the problems facing our schools? (6) have you formulated any ideas and opinions on what you are willing to put forward and stand up for what needs to happen to fix the problems that currently exist? (7) can you deal with strong opposition, criticism and pressure directed at you and your agenda? and finally, (8) do your job and family obligations provide you with between 20 and 30 hours a month to deal with board responsibilities?

If you are truly interested, reply to me by addressing your answers to the time and date of this post. Accordingly, I will find a way to make contact with you.

SCATS said...

To Shannon & 12:26PM ~~ The problem with your logic on this issue is that it completely ignores the hundreds of people who have been sitting on waiting lists, especially for Pinebrook, assuming there is no change to the sibling rule. While schools like Parkland & Brookside remain drastically underscribed (less than 300 students in each building), Pinebrook is typically filled ... to whatever faux capacity they are permitted to get away with ... and keeps HUNDREDS WAITING FOR ENTRY. West Ridge on the other hand has been losing enrollments which is what caused the kindergarten ruckus last year. Longridge has been fairly full in recent years and I'm not sure how many of those people actually "chose" to go there vs. went to the school for their area.

Anonymous said...

12:26 I also would LOVE for all schools to be the k-5 model. That being said I have been a life long resident in Greece and when I went to Craig hill 28 years ago ;) it was grades 4-6 and and other schools were k-3 4-
Shannon

SCATS said...

To Shannon ~~ I'm pretty sure that Buckman Hts. (and possibly one other school) was K-6 still ... 28 yrs. ago.

Anonymous said...

Scats I see your point! I guess it would just be best to end the choice option and have neighborhood schools. Re zone and if and when a zone has a population surge re-zone. If we have the software then use it.

In the 90"s when ATMS AT had an increase in enrollment the District changed the MS HS attendance to Apollo Olympia for areas south of Ridge Road near Elmgrove Road.

Shannon

SCATS said...

To Shannon ~~ They also changed homes out in the Autumn Ln and Renaissance Estates area that same way, if I'm not mistaken.

bscheuer said...

To Anonymous 3/25 @3:09pm,

As per your request:

Anonymous has left a new comment on the post "What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You":

To Mr. Scheuer:

Your interest in the school board got my attention. I might be willing to help you, but first I have a few questions. How long have you been a Greece resident and where was your previous residence.

The following are Yes or No: Are you (1) a member of the Greece Chamber of Commerce? (2) a member of the Greece Rotary? (3) acquainted with Roger Boily? (4) acquainted with any present board members and if so, who? (5) do you understand the problems facing our schools? (6) have you formulated any ideas and opinions on what you are willing to put forward and stand up for what needs to happen to fix the problems that currently exist? (7) can you deal with strong opposition, criticism and pressure directed at you and your agenda? and finally, (8) do your job and family obligations provide you with between 20 and 30 hours a month to deal with board responsibilities?

If you are truly interested, reply to me by addressing your answers to the time and date of this post. Accordingly, I will find a way to make contact with you.

I have been a Greece resident for about 6 years and before that I lived in Clarkson. I have been a resident of Monroe County my entire life. For your yes or no questions, I shall just respond with the qestion number and my answer:
1) No
2)No
3)No
4)No
5)I understand that there are problems that need to be addressed, but I can't say if everyone has the same thought on what the problems are.
6)I do have opinions and ideas and will strongly defend them but that does not mean that I am not open to suggestion and taking part in a continuous learning process.
7) Yes
8)Yes

Sorry, I tried to hold to your request for yes or no answers as much as I could.

Brett Scheuer

bscheuer said...

I would like to thank everyone who has given support to me through a variety of methods while I have contemplated running for election to the Greece Board of Education. I have decided to postpone seeking this position at the current time and revisit it again next year so that I may become more informed and develop a more in-depth knowledge base. This will allow me to better serve the community and more effectively defend my beliefs and positions on a wider array of issues. I plan to utilize the next several months to study the issues, learn more about the operation of the Board and to develop a stronger support base. The conversations that I have had with many town residents and the encouragement that I have received from so many people has been inspirational and has proven to me that the community is really looking for some common sense and transparency in the operation of the Board.

SCATS said...

Brett ~~ Best of luck to you!