Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who Is Running For BOE?

    
Petitions are out for the following candidates:

Ferington (incumbent)
McCabe (incumbent)

Moscato (Former BOE member)

Quirk (newcomer)
Kozak (newcomer) WITHDRAWS!
   
SCATS ~~ ALL candidates are invited to provide SCATS with a 1-2 paragraph bio and statement of intent for posting after all petitions are returned to Lynne Armstrong.
 

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Scats...I am no longer running. Shannon

Anonymous said...

SCATS, did you see the early dismissal from Apollo today. We can't afford to keep the buildings from falling apart, but we can afford to ship a kid clear across town to any school they like!

Anonymous said...

BOE meeting moved to Olympia tonight.

SCATS said...

To 3:16PM ~~ The GCSD website has nothing posted on that. How do you know?

Anonymous said...

Joe,
Let me know what I can do to help you get elected!

Anonymous said...

SCATS- The "Special Annoucement" in red letters on the Greece website tell you of the locale when you click on it.....because the Greece website requires you to make 80 clicks before finding any important-to-hide information. But, of course, you already know all of this!

SCATS said...

To 9:10PM ~~ That info was NOT there coming up to 5:15PM today. I checked ;) By the way, I hear Apollo is closed tomorrow (via a bus driver on Facebook) BUT it is not posted on the GCSD site yet either.

Anonymous said...

Scats I went to the meeting. The Special ed report was very good. We passed the audit and there were zero ramifications met compliance. It was a great outcome considering the alternative.

Shannon

Anonymous said...

2:25 defeated budgets reduce the funds for repairs. I suggest also if you want to talk transportation numbers you acknowledge our cost is roughly 20% of the total. Oh and yea were you at the meetings over the past month? Voicing your concern with bussing?

SCATS said...

To 9:52PM ~~ The BOE plans to come back in the Fall with a whopper of a capital repair proposition AND a proposal to purchase buses ... whether or not the budget passes.

Not everyone has the luxury of making it to meetings that begin during normal dinner hours. Some people work second shift and some people have kids they try to help with their homework, take to activities, games, etc.

SCATS said...

To Shannon @ 9:50PM ~~ The BOE Prez. completely blew off telling the community anything at all about the Special Education settlement the BOE voted on tonight. If he's expending tax dollars to "settle" I think we have the right to know what the case was about. Just another lack of transparency in GCSD.

Anonymous said...

SCATS my mistake mixed up the special ed audit with the settlement. Yes there was no indication of what is was or how much.
Shannon

Anonymous said...

I love how 9:52 tries to infer that if I haven’t been to a meeting, reiterating the obvious about transportation, then the BOE might not know there is a problem. 9:52, are you serious!? How about the studies by committees, tax funded audits, the exit polls last year, ect., that have all been formed and completed… what did they ALL say about transportation. But 9:52 would have me believe that what’s ultimately needed is: I need to speak at a meeting, about transportation. I guess that if our cost is "only 20%" (the rest is free of course), then we would be foolish not to continue to spend, spend, spend! Heck, 20% sound like...chump change! You remind me a lot of my bride. She also uses your ("I know we didn't need this, but it was on sale") "logic". Plus, for that mere 20%, we're getting such great results out here in Greece, right 9:52?

9:52, do the world a favor and get back under your rock!

Anonymous said...

9:09 the problem is even after all the studies the BOE does not really know what the savings it appears that much of what is presented is hypothetical. We need to reduce any spending no matter if the 80% is state aid...the state gravy train is going to end. Why we are no reducing cost no matter "how small" escapes me.

Shannon

Anonymous said...

Shannon, please reread what I wrote at 9:09. I think you'll find that you and I agree on the issue. I was addressing an earlier writer that attended to dismiss transportation spending because the state (taxpayers) pays toward it.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, "attempted" not "attended", trying to type on this iPhone takes some getting used to.

Anonymous said...

2:49 We do agree sorry that was not clear in my post :)
We should reduce no question. I have sated before that no matter if it is out of our local pocket ( GH quote) or the states pocket it is tax payer money.

The bottom line is until the BOE sets the zones and the new bussing parameters...we will not know what the savings is. And based on a study session in march it could be nominal. It will reduce the fleet, gas and employee costs but given the associated budget it is a very small%.Still a savings :)

SCATS said...

To 3:44PM ~~ When you start talking about "nominal" savings and how "small" something is in relation to the overall budget, it causes me to wonder if you've fallen under Frank Oberg's "it's only chump change" spell. Nominal & small are still WASTED $$s! Yours & my $$s ;)

Anonymous said...

No I have not fallen under the spell... ( it was me Shannon)

I fear that given the latest study session that gave the transportation information gives fuel the SOC families.

I have said we should reduce no matter how little. Said it last night to the BOE. Bussing and school closures :)
Said they have info and they did not act on it and that they should so that any saving can be reflected going forward.
Shannon

Anonymous said...

Shannon, I have always believed that the savings actually could be figured out ahead of time. I know that records exist as to the bussing route from many years ago, when neighborhood schools were a practice. It wouldn't be hard to apply differences to fuel costs and salaries to come up with pretty safe estimates, especially since the district enrollment is back to where it was then anyway. Of course the BOE and the school of choice supporters would have you believe doing such math would take an act of God. I bet George Hubbard could have it done in a matter of hours if he was provided the aforementioned information.

Anonymous said...

SCATS @ 9:15, the announcement opened up in a new window and was there in the afternon between 3 and 4 when I saw it....hmmmm makes me wonder. Anyhow, I would think that the change would be out front in red letters, not a link that must be clicked on.

SCATS said...

To 9:37PM ~~ Lots of things about GCSD operations make me wonder. I'll just add this one to the ever growing list. I wonder if they posted that school was closed on the website today? I never checked. I assume school is open tomorrow ... ? I've heard nothing on the news and there is nothing on the website which I just now checked.

SCATS said...

I take that back. WHEC's website says Apollo will reopen tomorrow, despite asbestos. Go figure.