Monday, June 27, 2011

Dear Babs ... Here's What You Need To Know About Greece ...

  
Later this week, you'll be arriving to start work as our full-time Superintendent. Congrats on landing the job. We can only hope you understand what you've signed on for ... if not, here's some insight.

Our district and town are both led by overly-controlling, dysfunctional and politically connected groups. Members of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary and other special interests like the sports boosters or school-of-choice parents will eat you alive, should you do something ... anything ... to oppose them or their "causes."

The Board of Education will undermine you at every turn. In fact, they've begun doing so long before you've set foot in your new office. They've set the "hot topic" of School Choice on the back burner so you can "weigh in" on an issue that will cause you nothing but misery. You can't win, no matter what you do with this one. They know it too. They rather let you take credit (i.e. blame) for whatever happens than to have to make a decision themselves that upsets anyone. They are cowards through and through.

They've also begun hiring new faces at a feverish pace. Several building principals have been named. District office staffers ... some who will be YOUR cabinet members have been chosen, all without consulting YOU! In fact, you might find it interesting that they want you to "weigh-in" on School Choice, but not on who you will be stuck working with! See how they work ?

Don't look to GTA for any warmth either. If it's not in their contract, they won't do it. In fact, even if it is in their contract, you better keep watch ... they are not much better with doing their work than many of the students they supervise.

Soon you will learn that Greece schools aren't performing better because the parents are all self-absorbed, the kids are all on free/reduced lunches, the community doesn't "value education" and rejects budgets ... yada, yada, yada. What you will never hear is that the teachers are in any way responsible for the products of their labor. Please don't try to hold them accountable for anything. They are Teflon and to be revered, never ever criticised. Of course, you may ignore ALL of this if you are talking about Odyssey or Pinebrook, where every single day is magical ;) West Ridge is teetering on the edge of extinction, so they aren't too vocal about how wonderful they are ... unless you suggest doing what needs to be done: closing schools to get the budget under control. Then, they will come out in droves, cry into mics, beg if need be ... to keep you from doing the job that makes things "right" for the entire district.

Well that about sums it up, but I'm sure others will have some insights to share too, so please be sure to read the comments that accumulate inside. One last piece of advice: Don't EVER try to fire a coach for drinking on the job, even though his contract and handbook explicitly state it is forbidden ;)

Best wishes & welcome to Greece. You'll soon "Discover the Promise" just like those who came before you. You might want to hold off on buying a house for a few months ... in case you decide you don't like your new job.

SCATS
   

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Always have to get the jab in about free lunches. Good thing you can afford to feed your own brats. And why didn't you drive them to Odyssey instead of having them bused since you are so against school of choice.

SCATS said...

To 2:39PM ~~ What "jab?" Are you suggesting that students on free or reduced lunches are succeeding in GCSD? The boardroom diatribe suggests that there is a huge association between how much one spends on their lunch when compared to their ability to learn. I think it's something that's gone bad ... maybe with the govt subsidized milk ;)

Anonymous said...

I have also written her a letter.

It contains none of your points.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the new superintendent should be also made aware of the problems with the police in the recent past. Yes many of them are serving in prison but those that remain were aware of what was going on....cover-ups, sexual extortion, covering the drug using cop who crashed into a family and then "wandered" away, who picked him up? This one's for you.

Anonymous said...

Aw, don't be too concerned about Barbiedoll, she's very adept at reverse accomplishment.

Hell before she even officially left her previous employment their Board put all the computers Barbie bought for thousands of tax dollars up for sale. The computers brought a few hundred return on the taxpayer investment.

Barbie will fit right in at GCSD. It's not like anybody actually expects her to do more than sit at the desk and pretend. A few years, a couple contracts and Barbie goes down the road to a new Retirement On Active Duty assignment in the wonderful world of School Superintending. What's that, another 10,000 kids screwed out of an education? Does it really matter to the American welfare System?

Work Hard, pay your taxes, Millions on welfare depend on you! Do NOT ask questions of the PROFESSIONALS, they have better things to do than answer you. Defining pathetic down isn't an easy task!

SCATS said...

To 2:54PM ~~ Congrats on that! What's the purpose of telling us it contains none and then not sharing what it does contain?

To 2:56PM ~~ Let's not forget a mention of the Assessor's scandal, Auggie's indiscretions & the Holiday Inn fire's prime suspect ;)

To 3:39PM ~~ Ouch! The truth stings!!

Anonymous said...

If I were to write her a letter, it wouldn't have been as endearing as what SCATS wrote. You forgot to mention the Walts era district office leftovers who continue to cause lawsuits to be filed by employees who feel discriminated against. When you sit back and really look at how things have been, it's impossible to conclude that the new super will be successful on any level, especially in moving Greece up in the academic standings. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Such a waste.

Anonymous said...

Dear Barb,

My advice to you is quite simple - TRUST NO ONE. The board is composed of a bunch of people with their own personal agendas to promote. District office staffers are looking out for themselves, not you. The teachers don't care what happens as long as no one cuts their wages or benefits.

The rules, policies, procedures, regulations and laws are broken with predictable regularity. Get used to spending huge dollar amounts on settling lawsuits instead of educating kids.

Will this position really be worth the headaches you get for the extra $25K you'll earn? I don't see you here 2 years from now, but maybe you'll find a way to prove me wrong.

Don't forget what happened to our last female supt. Maybe you should have a chat before starting here. Just sayin' ............

Anonymous said...

No mention of the Gang of Four youths arrested last week for breaking and entering into houses? Why is that SCATS????

SCATS said...

To 7:42AM ~~ Time constraints. So little time, so many thugs ... real thugs.

Anonymous said...

3:51 I wanted to let you know others were also writting. My letter was of the form: problem; recommended solution.

I think you get better results by communicating in private first and then in public only if that fails.

SCATS said...

To 10:33AM ~~ OK, thank you for explaining that. Please let us know if you get a satisfactory response. I'm not too worried on this end, because I have it on good authority from several sources that she's a fan of this BLOG ;)

Anonymous said...

3:39 your computer comment is incorrect . Where is your proof ?

SCATS said...

To 7:05PM ~~ Probably with yours ;) lol

Anonymous said...

7:05 80 proof from what I've heard.