Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Who Wants To Be BOE Pres. & VP?

  
The Most Likely Choices Are ...

Sean McCabe ~ He's been chomping at the bit to have his turn

Julia Van Orman ~ She loves the power!

Dave Ferington ~ God only knows why ...

Beth Race ~ Has high personal stake in the School Choice topic
 

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope that Mr Ferington got a good dose of how out of control parents are yesterday at the BH moving up ceremony held at Apollo. I no longer look forward to these school events as they are over shadowed by the rude behavior of many adults that attend. The VP as well as the teacher that requested the cheering and applause be held until ALL students had their name called was ignored. The hooting and whooping for some students was shameful. What should have been a fun memorable day was instead a sad example of how many lack the common skills to be a part of a larger group and act accordingly.

The behavior at the spring concert was equally appalling.

When are we going to have an administrator actually stand up and directly address the problems and explain how to behave at an event?

Money wasted on glossy Concert etiquette handouts. And yesterday the handling of the adults was left to a teacher to call on the adults to do the right thing and even after her second attempt the AP did nothing. The crowd even spoke over her as she gave the final remarks.

I could go on....it just disgusts me.

SCATS said...

To 12:04PM ~~ Sadly, Vanorman who oversaw the recent phony School Choice "hearing" not only permitted such behavior, but I believe endorsed it. The event's facilitator was telling specific individuals what a wonderful job they did! This district is completely out-of-control. Events ranging from BOE meetings to graduations have a hockey game atmosphere and Greece has become widely known for it.

Anonymous said...

McCabe and Oberg were the only board members who bothered to write me back when I emailed the enter BOE my deep concerns about our SOC here in Greece. I wonder if they wrote back to SOC parents...

Anonymous said...

Whomever is chosen will be presiding over a district with one of the top high schools in the nation. Newsweek's annual rankings are out and Odyssey is listed in the top 500 (#175) out of thousands of high schools in the US. Only Pittsford Sutherland. Pittsford Mendon and Brighton were ranked ahead of Odyssey. So let's celebrate by getting rid of it! It's better that all be mediocre than anyone be excellent!

Anonymous said...

Off the subject, but while discussing rude behavior, lets talk about the numerous field day/class picnic events at our elementary schools. If you have ever questioned the sense of entitlement felt by teachers, look no further than these events. Almost all of the teachers I saw at the 2 different school field days I attended were pathetic. Volunteers did almost EVERYTHING, while the $70k babysitters sat in the shade with a puss on their face. This is supposed to a time where kids get to see the teachers let their hair down a little bit. Yet they'll turn around next year and beg for volunteers again.

Anonymous said...

Here are CSEA's (NY's largest union) contracts for the next 5 years, as announced by the Gov. Cuomo's office today:

2011-12 0%
2012-13 0%
2013-14 0%
2014-15 2%
2015-16 2%

Surely our Greece teachers will also be doing their part in these tuff economical times, right?

Anonymous said...

Oh and I forgot to mention CSEA's new health care contributions: Family coverage will now cost the employee as much as 31% of the plan's cost, with the State paying the other 69%.

What % does a GTA member pay toward a family plan?

Anonymous said...

12:39 I have to wonder if some even got your email? They are still having issues with some of teh BOE email addys...

Anonymous said...

1:26 I volunteered at HR field day and have for almost 6 years. That has never been my experience with the staff. Yes I am sure that for some it is a dreadful day but in our schools I see many teachers having fun and participating.

And even with the teachers participating volunteers are still needed as the kids are not on the fields all day .

SCATS said...

To 1:20PM ~~ You failed to mention how far down the list Odyssey has sunk in just a few short years. They'll be with the rest of Greece's schools sooner or later, no matter what. You can count on that as much as you can count on your school taxes rising again ;)

To 1:26PM ~~ I saw that sense of entitlement while in line at Wegmans Mt. Read yesterday afternoon. I got into the "Express 5 Items or Less" line. Immediately in front of me was a Greece teacher with a FISTFUL of Wegmans gift cards, well over 5. He was wearing his bright red union T-shirt and his camp shorts & sandals. I really wanted to tell him how unprofessionally dressed he was, but decided that since he can't count beyond 5, why bother. After he left, the cashier had a few choice words of her own for him too. She had to remove a security strip, scan each card, enter some code, etc. for each card he bought. It was time-consuming and held up her line, her productivity. But hey, teachers are gods in Greece ;)

Anonymous said...

So only the teacher in the shorts with the fistful knows who scats is now. If he ever noticed who was in line after him he would be a hero. Would Wegmans give up who checked out right after him in line. Will he have the nerve to say how he was rude? Was he on district time as he made the purchases? Does Wegmans care if their employees make remarks about shoppers to the next shopper? Too bad the employee had to do her job. How does scats know that the guy wasn't told to go in the line by a front manager. It's happened to me a few times. The line I am in has a cashier that might be going on break. Who knows? When you are in the line with more than the limited amount and someone comes in right behind you , they might count your items. Then you might have to look back and explain that you were sent there by the manager.
But it's good to know that scats shops like the rest of us. Sorry he had to wait for a few extra seconds before going home to the computer blog.

SCATS said...

To 3:20PM ~~Re: "How does scats know that the guy wasn't told to go in the line by a front manager."

Because gift cards are located by/sold AT THE REGISTER. He cleaned out the rack ;)

Anonymous said...

@ But hey, teachers are gods in Greece ;)

I guess 3:20 thinks so!

Anonymous said...

GTA shirts are blue.

Anonymous said...

OA is 90% white and 16% disadvantaged just like pittsford, brighton etc. that is why it makes the list! Kids from that demographic do better in school. Kids in schools with low % kids on free lunch ALL do better in school!!!! Don't claim how great OA is with a class of 100 and educated, more affluent parents, while the rest of Greece suffers for it!!!!!! PLEASE give me a break!!!!

Anonymous said...

to 12:39pm

they did not.

Anonymous said...

Two things:

1. Newsweek changed its criteria this year so based on the new method it looks like all the Monroe County schools dropped a bit. Still, the top 1% is nothing to sneer at.

2. My wife is absolutely convinced that multiples of the same item count as one item in the express lane. I lose this argument every time.

SCATS said...

To 4:14PM ~~ Apparently not all of them are;)

SCATS said...

To 4:29PM ~~ A dozen eggs is one item. Two dozen eggs is TWO items.

SCATS said...

By the way 4:29PM, I'd like to remind you that according to Suzie Q Meier, the ranking is of little interest to her. She was quoted as saying: "We buy the little plaque that says the number (we ranked) and really don't do much else with it ... We're not really competing for that ranking. That's not what we're going for. We're going for kids to be prepared for college or whatever the next step is."

Falling from the top 100 a few years back to #175 is quite the tumble, regardless your lame explanation.

Anonymous said...

That poor,poor teacher. He's so underpaid he's still wearing his old union shirt. Blame it on a lack of a new contract Hahahahaha!!!

Anonymous said...

I wonder who the gift cards were for? Possibly for some of his students and their families?

SCATS said...

To 9:29PM ~~ Or maybe his colleagues? Whoever it was for, he pulled out a thick wad of cash to pay.

Anonymous said...

Well whoever is wants the play the role of 'president" this year they better be prepared to stand up to the next group of snot whiney tshirt wearing media calling parents when they it is brought to their attention ONCE again that our budget is screaming that a low enrollment school is going to result in a school having to be closed. God forbid it be West Ridge , then Beth Race will have to get her briefs in a knot and get all porky with the new Prez and the fur will start flyin. How long can low enrollment be ignored, well perhaps if enough crying is staged and a page is taken from the Odyssey school of drama book it can be put off for at least another budget year. I am sure we can just increase class sizes to 30 before we give up Schools of choice, or close a low enrollment school though, no worries! Maybe our BOE members can start volunteering to homeschool some of the kids on teh waiting list !

Anonymous said...

While our side is not popular on this blog, since the question was asked earlier in this topic, Van Orman was the only one who consistently replied to the letters from SOC supporters.

I bring this up not to redebate SOC.

I bring this up to highlight how disconnected the BOE is.

You'd think if a community member takes the time to send a letter, the least a BOE member could do is reply "Thanks" whether they support the stated position or not. Takes a nano-second to type "Thanks" and hit enter. But actions speak louder than words, and we do not seem to rate this nano-second of time on their parts.

Back to the original topic of this thread...

I am shocked that the previous poster got a reply from McCabe. My view of him is complete and total arrogance and contempt for the public from his demeanor at BOE meetings. He thinks he is smarter than most and that we can't read between the lines regarding his questions. Sean, we are not that stupid. I think he sees the BOE as a political launch forum like Duffy used the Police Chief role to launch his career #2.

This town would be mis-served having McCabe as BOE President.

Robert Bertoni from North Greece

SCATS said...

Regarding SCATS' experience in getting BOE responses to email ~~ Before Frank Oberg became BOE Prez. he used to routinely respond to my emails. In fact, he would often write email to SCATS that he didn't want published. After he became the all important BOE Prez. he stopped responding to almost all of my emails, even just simple questions. Often times I'd send the same email to Gale O'Tooole as a back-up. Most of the time she replied, but often the response was not very timely.

Anonymous said...

Just read the current Newsweek ... They also list the 5 TOP TRANSFORMATIVE SCHOOLS. I'd be impressed if our local schools were on that list- "taking students at all skill levels, from all strata, and turning out uniformly qualified graduates". Our SOC in Greece should reflect the demographics of the District.

Anonymous said...

So who will be the board president? And will the new superintendent really take the job. Rumor is maybe not.

SCATS said...

To 9:01PM ~~ Didn't she show up for work on Fri. July 1st? That was supposed to be her start date ... unless she considered it to be June 31st as the district calendar shows ;) I wonder if they paid an extra day to all of the folks who were supposed to retire as of 6/30 ... hmmm ...