Sunday, September 04, 2011

Former BOE Member Hopeful

   
SCATS:

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting our new Superintendent. As I walked into the office, a place I had been many times in the past, I felt something there that I hadn’t felt since Dr. Kehoe occupied that space. There was a distinct aura present that came in the form of a positive energy source, not present there during the Achramovitch era when the space was a vacuum, devoid of substance.

After an hour and a half discussion with her, I came away with a positive impression of our new Superintendent and the fact that last year’s school board finally got it right after ten plus years of failure. I found her approachable, charismatic, someone with a strong desire to succeed and someone with self-confidence in her ability to lead. She has no illusions about the challenges that lie ahead. Her approach to successful change is a simple, common-sense concept. It’s called team work with every member of her team from teachers, building principals and administrative staff performing up to her expectations. Most impressive was her understanding of the problems plaguing this district and a plan to deal with them, plans that will become apparent given the time to implement them. Foremost in my mind is that Barbara Deane-Williams is a “got-it-together” individual, the real deal.

What she needs and wants from the community is patience, input and support. Given this, she has a formula for success that will enhance the education of our students.

Joe Moscato
  

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

What this community needs is quick and decisive action.

She's from this area and is well familiar with the problems in Greece. You'd have to be a troll living under a bridge to be ignorant to that.

Bolgan Vargas, as *interim* superintendent implemented change immediately and got people's attention.

BD-W's meter is running. We don't need to show patience. We've been waiting a decade for a leader.

We need HER to do HER job. Now.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE.........I am willing to give her a chance but as soon as she starts spouting off the same crap as all Superintendents usually do...I'm done.

Don't tell me you need MORE money to fix our school district.

Eliminate Schools of the Chosen.

Stop bussing kids all over hell's green acre. Tell parents if they want their little kiddies to go to one of our schools outside of their attendence area then DRIVE them yourself.

Close two elementary buildings and shut down Odyssey.

Clean house at Central Office. Get rid of the leftovers from the Walts, Keller-Cogan, Achcromocih reign.

Get rid of our crappy elementary math program that kids don't understand and parents can't help them because they don't understand it either.

Eliminate non-required electives at all grade levels.

These are but just a few items the new super needs to address.

Just don't tell me you need more money to do this. Our enrollment is less than it was almost 20 years ago and the budget then was $100 million. We are now at almost $200 million with fewer kids than 2 yrs ago and our school system sucks. We are spitting out idiots that cannot even write their name.

Anonymous said...

Good job Joe!

Anonymous said...

2:10- The Math program I think you are talking about is Math Investigations and it was done away with 2 years ago. The new program is much more back to the basics and should not be difficult for parents to understand!

Anonymous said...

It looks like some have gotten the message and the exodus has begun. Carolyn Kritchlow, principal at Kirk Road has resigned to take a teaching position in Brighton. She was a disciple of Keller-Cogan and knew she couldn't cut it under the direction of our new Super. It will be a happy school opening for the staff at Kirk Road.

With any kind of luck, the rest of the Walts/Keller-Cogan administrators still infesting our district will see the handwriting on the wall and follow.

The days of "wine and roses" are over. Their 10 year reign of incompetence and their "our way or the highway" approach is over.

Our children will be the beneficiaries of a mass defection of those who have held the district hostage for their own pleasure and convenience at the expense of their subordinates.

SCATS said...

To 10:25AM ~~ So can we assume this is the principal Babs was referring to in a different comment where someone said Babs wouldn't give the name, but announced this past week that a principal was leaving?

Anonymous said...

Wow, a pricipal leaving for a teaching position??? What the heck is all that about? There has to be more to the story than someone leaving because "they are getting the message". Once again the true story is never told. Tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!!!!!

Charlie Hubbard said...

Perhaps someone would like to speak to the salary 'increases' associated with this principal in the last few years.

Keep in mind this is public education. A taxpayer funded monopoly with little oversite and little to no accountability.

Anonymous said...

Where's that comment? I must have missed it?

SCATS said...

To 11:40AM ~~ It was posted to the older thread titled: "Let's Change What Greece Central Is Known For"

The comment simply stated: "Anonymous said...
i was there. The supt said a principal has resigned. But would not say who. Any idea who it is?
9/03/2011 4:30 PM

Anonymous said...

Brighton is a District where another former principal of Greece is now the Superintendent, she was offered a Principal job there, so it is hardly a demotion. She is going to a much smaller district and is going to work for a smaller district and former coworker, hardly a bad deal for her. I am sure many would have taken the opportunity if given.

Anonymous said...

I heard she wil be a principal in East Rochester (only has two principals). But have no confidence that that is correct. Does anyone have the real facts!

Anonymous said...

I can only hope that her departure is the beginning of the end for the "girls" who have infested our district. Some of them are an outright embarrassment.

When Walts came in ten plus years ago, hundreds of our quality teachers and administrators left for positions in other districts. Walts promptly replaced them with his "taste" in administrators and the result was our slipping from third from the top to third from the bottom in Monroe County

When the rest of his people on the third floor are gone and replaced with people with new and objective views, we can begin to rebuild our district to what it once was. The rebuilding job will be difficult, but I have the feeling our new leader is up to the task.

jasper said...

1:04 pm....the Brighton superintendent was never a Greece administrator. Youbare confusing him with ray giamartino who was the principal of parkland and is now the supt in east rochester.

Anonymous said...

When you start out with a reference to Vargas, I had to quit reading. I doubt his ability to lead a sewing circle.

I'm all for our new super until I see failure.

SCATS said...

To 5:07AM ~~ Who are started out referring to Vargas?

You say you are "all for" the new supt. "until you see failure." Well I'd be very attentive then! Failing to lead isn't always obvious in the short term. Nor is failing to make meaningful change, nor failing to incur significant improvement. Greece needs all of that, not more mediocrity.

Anonymous said...

She is going to ER.

Anonymous said...

She will be the executive principal of the E.R. School district. Sounds like all K-12 will report to her (2 principals). Why add a layer of mgt. expense or did the Super owe Kritchlow something! He saves one direct report. Big deal. Of course they are still on cloud nine at Kirk Rd having gotten rid of her. Now let's try and get rid of all the other bad administrators. Note to D-W....many of those people are just down the hall! Except the one out sick!!

Anonymous said...

What administrator is out sick?

Anonymous said...

Palis

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? Pallas? The only good one is Nadolinski and that is because he is retiring!!!

Anonymous said...

My intent was to be sure Pallis was included in the "throw the bums out" list. But being out sick, she wasn't "down the hall".