Saturday, September 24, 2011

Changes Are In The Wind ...

  
School Choice Timeline Adjusted for 2012-13 Applicants

The application process for Secondary Option, Signature Schools, and Schools of Choice programs has been adjusted due to the Board study process outlined on August 23. The Board established a goal of reviewing options that would enable Greece schools to be more representative of district demographics. The lottery process may change. A new version of the School Attendance Advisory Report will be submitted to the Board in early December in conjunction with a study of potential school reorganization. Any changes to existing programs or the lottery process will be discussed and decisions will be made to allow for an adjusted timeline that meets student and family needs.

BOE Study Session Tuesday @ 6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session @5:30PM to discuss the employment history of particular person(s).

Discussion of EXCEL II Project
Review Report on Tax Rate Analysis of EXCEL II Project
Data Book Presentation
   

SCATS ~~ While you are adjusting the lottery process, how about making it an open, public process so the suspicions of impropriety are eliminated?
  

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope this time changes are made and the opportunity for the Odyssey and Pine Brook Protests are not allowed. Just let the decisions be made and move forward. It is obvious changes are going to HAVE to be made this time and schools will be closed so skip the side show and just wiat for the announcement in December. Lets hope significant changes are made to the system if the lottery is left in place, if the demographics they keep referring to come in to play it certainly sounds like it could be some changes, maybe siblin priority would finally stop and they could actually take some other kids into the schools, that alone would shake up the demograics just for starters. But then again, we all know unless the BOE agrees even with the best thought out and budget friendly plan nothing is goin to move forward. But the glimmer of hope is nice for a change ! How many parents do you think are running for the phone tree as they are getting wind of the news? Are the tee shirts sbeing printed as we speak?

Anonymous said...

Unrelated, but some individual NYS exam scores finally received today. LOUSY ELA scores.....

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

Look at all the BS hoops that are going to be jumped through... and for what? This system has produced s### results for the district as a whole, not to mention the untold financial costs. Put down boundries and move on!

SCATS said...

To 8:44PM ~~ So they sent out just some scores? No math scores?

Anonymous said...

No they sent Math scores too, but the parents I talked to said their child's Math scores were ok, but ELA declined.

Anonymous said...

How about this......

Why not put the name of every student by grade level in the district on a slip of paper & put it into a tumbler. Start drawing names in a public forum. If your name is picked, you have the right of first refusal to a school of choice slot. slot. Use this process to fill the available slots.

Maybe this could be done by computer provided that the process in independently administered and certified. Every kid gets a number just like was done with the draft.

This method would not rely on motivated parents who know how to use the system. All kids would have an equal chance.

Anonymous said...

I am amused by the "Don't split up our families" message on the purple shirts. The vast majority of residents could very well have 4 different kids in 4 different schools at the same time. I guess it is OK for some but not others to be split from their families.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 11:11. Best way to reduce splitting families is to have neighborhood schools with each one being a K-6, a middle school 7-9, or a high school. If the schools are linked in clusters, people would know where their kids were going when they move into the neighborhood.
For you nit-pickers: Yes, I realize that some changes might be needed over time as population changes, but it would mean fewer changes than having the school structure we have now.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a picture of one of those T-shirts. It is unbelievable that they have that slogan on them. That is the poster child of the term "special interest group".

SCATS said...

To 8:06AM ~~ Would you believe that some of them wore their shirts to the focus groups that met with the new supt? Would you believe that some of them invited themselves back to watch over the other groups? I have it on very good authority that both of these behaviors were tolerated.

Anonymous said...

To 7:58 PM - "I hope this time changes are made and the opportunity for the Odyssey and Pine Brook Protests are not allowed. Just let the decisions be made and move forward."

While you're at it, are there any other of the Constitutional Amendments that you'd like to disregard? ;)

Anonymous said...

I agree an everyone OPTED IN method for lottery schools would be fair. If you are choesn adn dont want to atend then on to the next numbre , at least that way students whos parents do not understand enough to fill the lucky lottery papers out would have a chance too. And it would actually be an actual fair lottery for once everyone would have the same chance, not just the families. If you have a sibling there, oyu have just as much of a chance as everyone else, why should they have an advantage just because little johnny got in 4 years ago. Make it OPT in for everyone and fair once and for all.

SCATS said...

To 10:24AM ~~ Give-me-a-break! We're talking about the GREECE SCHOOL DISTRICT where rules, laws & even the school board's own policies are ignored frequently! When the BOE wants to shutdown a group, they do it.

Anonymous said...

Fill up Pinebrook with one half neighborhood kids and one half from Parkland/Brookside.

Only other bussing allowed would be to Parkland-Brookside which would be staffed by only outstanding teachers.

All other schools become PreK-5 schools.

Probelms solved.