Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oberg: Less Than Transparent ... AGAIN!

  
At the end of Tuesday night's Greece Board of Education meeting, BOE Prez. Frank Oberg went on a rant to correct the misperceptions (yeah, right ;) uttered by some (or did he mean someone?) earlier in the meeting. While defending how hard the school board worked, he mentioned how they are unpaid volunteers who often attend many meetings, often on a moment's notice.

While giving us his example of board member dedication required to tend to the duties of the position, he stated that the Greece school board met Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of last week, Monday of this week and again last night.

What he failed to mention is that BoardDocs shows the only meetings from last week that they bothered to post as required under the Open Meetings laws was the Budget Study Session meeting held on Monday April 4th!

This is not the first time they've failed to post meetings under Oberg's leadership. With his term on the BOE nearing its conclusion, we can pray that it might be the last ;)
 

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ans as he said the process began last fall...that was the process of the BOE and cabinet. I can find nothing to substantiate that the PUBLIC was aware of just how the BOE intended on closing the gap until MARCH. The preliminary budget mtg say what they want to keep and ah hem GOALS...but in no way gives anyone any idea of what is brewing until March . So as I stated the process for the community to be involved is less than 4 weeks. And that participation boils down to one meeting for public comments and there after emails that is IF the BOE email links work...There is no reason that any budget with a 30 min reduction of the school day should have been presented...it could not happen legal issue. 800 a day that kind of mistake should not happen.
Shannon

Anonymous said...

When I see the salaries and increases of those principals and vice principals. Who knew

THIS is transparency?

SCATS said...

To Shannon ~~ Handling the budget gap is always done by the seat of their pants. We have NO STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK or GOALS to lead them to any particular conclusion! The only thing that gets their attention are the special interest groups that show up to whine & complain. It used to be that the elementary school parents were counted upon to get budgets passed in Greece. Obviously, that's NOT the case any longer since the BOE really bit the hands that supported them in votes goneby! Now they will be looking to school-of-choice & sports boosters types to do that dirty work. We already know what kinds of folks they can be from the hockey coach mess.

MESSAGE TO SOC PARENTS:This budget PROVES that "chump change" like the 20% savings on transportation matters more than anyone ever knew! Look how much was restored with that extra $1.1 million in state aid ;) Your precious bussing will go a long ways in putting academics back into the schools. Just think of the savings we'll see by closing several schools, eliminating choice & reducing bussing. My gosh, we might even have enough money to actually repair something!

Anonymous said...

Oberg needs to quit whining about being an unpaid volunteer. When anyone runs for a school board position outside of the City of Rochester THEY KNOW it is an unpaid elected position. If you want to be paid then DON'T run for election. And if you do get elected it does not mean you get a pass to do a half assed job just because you are not paid. Either you are up for the challenge and all the time and effort that goes with this job to serve the citizens of your community or you are not.

The community elected you to get a job done Frank and you have taken too many sips of the Kool Aid! Do your job or resign. Eliminate Schools of Choice and bussing all over hell's green acres. Close school buildings and quit giving adminstrators pay raises they don't deserve since we are at the bottom of the barrel academically and have been for several years.
And you still want to pass a budget with a 2 percent tax increase???? I will vote no on every budget until the above issues are taken care of!!!

SCATS said...

To 7:12PM ~~ Let's not forget that Boily hates meetings and is always whining about wanting to get out earlier or have fewer of them.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if he was referring to them being together as a part of the superintendent search process. The candidates were in district Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The board was clearly involved in that process, as many of the BOE members (if not all) were at the candidate forums. I don't know whether or not their involvement is considered a meeting or not. That is not my area of expertise.

SCATS said...

To 7:41PM ~~ Actually, I was informed earlier today that my BLOG forgot to mention their meeting on Friday. In that case, the candidates were gone, so there was no excuse. This isn't the first time they failed to post. In fact, they held an Executive Session Monday night but failed to post that in their meeting notice. They can't claim it was an emergency either, since Oberg mentioned it the previous week ;)

Anonymous said...

I agree that the BOE gives too little time to allow the community to be involved, but the timeline and the frequency of change to the budget proposal was too rapid. Changes made on Monday night were voted on Tuesday. That is too little time for anyone else to learn about, process and respond. Seniors have to take 2.5 credits. That is just as insane as Elementary being cut 30 minutes. How will a senior with 2 hours of school A DAY be ready for college next year? They will not.
Frank is still having a mature moment when he forgets that he RAN for a position that was without pay and requires SEVERAL meetings. He was the only one opposed to continuing the executive session last night after the open BOE meeting. Didn't he take a role in scheduling the meetings? I thought the BOE set up the meetings and all of the side shows last week. The circus has come to town, and they are here on a permanent basis. We're DOOMED. Best case scenario is the budget passes, seniors loiter all afternoon, and admin gets another $15000 each in January. If the budget fails, the sky will be filled with fallig asbestos and locusts will come, Cranberry Pond will turn red and you dog will die.

Anonymous said...

The BOE was meeting at the Marriott (back room behind the bar) after each of the meet the candidates sessions!!

SCATS said...

To 9:26PM ~~ From what I've heard, this budget has no chance of passing. I've yet to find anyone who supports it (other than SOC folks).

To 9:32PM ~~ Maybe that was where they wined & dined the candidates on our $$ ;)

Anonymous said...

Scats; are they having a second vote in the fall to buy busses or not?
Have any changes been made to the amount of bussing planned for next year?

Anonymous said...

To 9;26 Most college bond seniors have more than enough credits to graduate. City buses run throughout greece- seniors can take one to MCC and take an affordable class. Part time jobs are also very important for young adults. I only went to school a couple of hours my senior year and I was more than ready to excel when I got to college- maybe more so as I was not burnt out...
I agree it is pathetic they cut any academics but it is not the same as cutting 30 minutes from elementary schools.

Anonymous said...

Why are we paying 76k to a charter school in the city? Eugenio Maria Hostos Charter School

SCATS said...

To 6:55AM ~~ I haven't heard the BOE have that conversation publicly, but that was what was suggested by administration, along with a capital improvement proposal. And by "fall" they meant Dec. when the senior citizens are away, because history shows they have the best chance of making us eat it then.

To 8:48AM ~~ HOGWASH! This is the second year in a row that the BOE has done something to encourage a shortened HS day for seniors! This sends entirely the WRONG message at the same time that our drop-out rate keeps rising! What happened to a FREE PUBLIC EDUCATION??

Do you realize that just a few years ago, the district was making excuses for kids to NOT graduate on time? They practically had a campaign on promoting how you could stay in the district until age 21!! Telling them to get the hell out after 2 hrs. their senior year is just as wrong of a message as telling them it's OK to take 3 extra years to graduate! We're supposed to be EDUCATING STUDENTS, not shooing them out the door! Wouldn't it be better if they allowed kids to more readily graduate earlier (junior year or mid-year IF prepared?)after COMPLETING their courses?

To 9:07AM ~~ I wasn't aware of that info. Is it in the budget book?

Anonymous said...

Scats check the Feb 8th board DOCS transfer of money tuition charge to that school. How and why that is a city school and for students in that district? 76K really

Anonymous said...

Scats that is exactly what I am saying- let kids graduate and be off to college or take a year to work and save money for college... I am talking about kids who have already taken more than enough classes to get into a good college... kids that drop out are already gone- we lost them by middle school ...

SCATS said...

To 10:20AM ~~ I see what you mean. I have NO explanation for it. I bet our BOE has none either ;) It's just chump change!

SCATS said...

To 10:36AM ~~ Isn't it wrong to discourage students who WANT TO CONTINUE LEARNING their senior year? I'm very disappointed that Greece didn't attempt to make use of technology to bring low enrollment classes together via some form of broadcast between the various schools. We've spent gazillions of $$ on technology and fail to use it to our advantage! Instead, we tell seniors to get out after 2 hrs. When you take something away time and time again and fail to replace it with something else, you soon have a different kind of problem on your hands. Teens with extra time to wander the streets, roam the mall, get into or make trouble ... we will pay for this as a community.

Anonymous said...

When parents of children who reside in a district choose to send their children to a charter school (regardless of where it is located)...the money allocated to the home district through state aid follows the kid. So, if we are paying 76k to that charter school, it's the share of state aid dollars equalling the number of Greece resident kids who go there.

Anonymous said...

Uh 7:13 you should look at the WHO can apply to that charter school...students in the "district" that the charter school is located in. Clifford Ave is in the CITY and thus any student from Greece is not eligible to apply...and look and a few others in rochester...they are for students in the city of rochester. Greece has no chraters schools so its either Greece or private....

Anonymous said...

Uh...how bout YOU look into provisions allowed for charter school attendance as a result of race to the top funding. Talk to you when you're done searching. .

Anonymous said...

9:36 Unless you can link the specific as to attending a charter out of your district OUT SIDE OF NYC, the fact remains that Greece has no charters. The provisions allow for kids in a district to attend a charter and funds are paid for by the districts state aid allocation. In the district means the charter would have to be with in the bound of GCSD. If you have a specific link that speaks to the Greece/ Rochester situation I would like to see it, if I am wrong fine.

BTW you should also call KB in the office of student services that said Greece students may not participate in charters or other schools out of Greece on the public dime, exceptions ares students that attend other schools for SE out of the GCSD.