Monday, October 31, 2011

Greece Cop Kills Dog Scaring Trick-or-Treaters

A Rottweiler in a side yard at 217 Kinmont Drive scared children out celebrating Halloween night at about 6:30PM on Monday. Animal control was called. A second police officer responded while a neighbor escorted children away from the dog. The dog began following the children and then charged at the officer. The officer shot the dog dead at the scene.

According to Greece police, a preliminary investigation shows that the actions of the officer were justified based on the circumstances and eyewitness statements given to police at the scene.

 The dog's owner was reported to be out of town and unavailable for comment. WHEC-TV reports that Greece police will not identify the officer involved in the shooting.

SCATS ~~ It's always interesting when they come right out & tell us that there is something they refuse to tell us!

Election Day Is "Make A Difference Day"



Return us to a more balanced,

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Why Can't Our Politicians Work Together?

Read story first

In 1981, Herman Ostry and
his wife, Donna, bought a farm a half mile outside of
Bruno , Nebraska , a small community sixty
miles west of Omaha . The property had a creek and
came with a barn built in the 1920's. The barn
floor was always wet and muddy. When the creek
flooded in 1988, the barn ended up with 29 inches
of water covering the floor. That was the last
straw. Ostry needed to move it to higher ground.

He contacted a building moving company and was
discouraged by the bid. One night around the
table, Ostry commented that if they had enough
people they could pick the barn up and move it to
higher ground.. Everyone laughed.

A few days later, Ostry’s son Mike showed his father some
calculations. He had counted the individual boards
and timbers in the barn and estimated that the barn
weighed approximately 16,640 pounds. He also estimated
that a steel grid needed to move the barn would
add another 3,150 pounds, bringing the total
weight to just under 10 tons. He figured it would
take around 350 people with each person lifting 56
lbs. to move the barn.

The town of Bruno, Nebraska was planning its centennial celebration
in late July of 1988. Herman and Mike presented
their barn moving idea to the committee. The
committee decided to make it part of their celebration.

So, on July 30, 1988, shortly
before 11 a.m., a quick test lift was successfully
made. Then, as local television cameras and 4,000
people from eleven states watched, 350 people
moved the barn 115 feet south and 6 feet higher up
a gentle slope and set it on its new foundation.

The reason most people think that something cannot be
done is because they know that they can’t do it by
themselves. But impossible things can be done if
we join together in the task. Working together,
we can not only move barns, but change the world.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Special BOE Meeting & Pre-Budgeting Hearing

Tuesday @6:30PM ~~ Sign-up to speak starting at 6PM

Budget Factors & Fiscal Year Enrollment Program ~ Check out the actual enrollment figures (11,923). Also includes tax cap info.

Compare to Nadolinski's Projected Enrollment Figures

SCATS ~~ Once again, we were told there would be growth in enrollment for the next 5 years. Once again, the projections were wrong! He claimed there were 12,270 students enrolled for 2010-11 & projected growth to 12,346 for 2011-12.

     12,346 (projected)
- 11,923 (actual)
                = 423 students "budgeted for"
                but who didn't materialize!

That's larger than the current enrollment
in several of Greece's elementary schools!
At $15,000 per student (est.),
there should be lots of wiggle room
in the current year's budget!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Town of Greece Preliminary Budget Shows Taxes Rising

The Greece Post reports: The town of Greece has released its preliminary budget for 2012, and it includes a lower tax rate for town residents. But changes to special district rates will keep tax bills relatively flat.

A house assessed at $100,000 would have a total tax bill of $728.52, compared to $728.67 in 2011, though the property tax rate is set to decrease seven cents to $6.33.

Drainage district charges, calculated by unit, are set to go up to $16.75 from a flat $16 last year. Lighting districts, applied per $100,000, would go up to $39.32 from $33.53 last year, and per-unit sewer charges are set at $39.94, up five cents from last year.

The total tax levy is set at $30,871,052, down about $50,000 from last year, and the town's total taxable full valuation is at $4.8 million.

Total operational spending, including those in special districts, is proposed at $55.6 million, compared to just over $54 million in 2011. Triggering factors include a $1 million increase in retirement contributions, the proposed addition of a new police officer, and $1 million more in spending at the Department of Public Works.

The public hearing for the 2012 proposed budget will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall.

SCATS ~~  Do they plan to spend any $$ to fill in some of the HUGE potholes/cracks/sunken manholes on Maiden Ln between Mt. Read Blvd & Fetzner Rd before winter snow covers them up and small cars disappear forever? I know they were hoping to repave it but the current condition going into winter will degrade to become hazardous.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Odyssey Tail Still Wagging The District Dog

The Dysfunction Continues ...
... Albeit An Improvement From The Past

From GCSD website:

"The Greece Central School District is in the midst of a school consolidation recommendation process. Three stakeholder teams are analyzing the options and their recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education on December 13.

It is the intention of district leaders to share information through channels that allow all parents and community members to receive accurate information at the same time. Of course, personal conversations that occur as part of the study process need to take place in order to complete an analysis.

On Monday, the unexpected announcement of a special PTSA meeting at one school made it necessary for the district to change its school consolidation communications plan.

All interested residents are invited to attend the Odyssey Academy PTSA meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in the Odyssey auditorium. Information about the school consolidation process thus far will be shared. To be clear, we are in the early stages of this process. There are no formal consolidation options. Only one small sub-group comprised of three secondary principals and one assistant superintendent have developed options for consideration. It is possible that other teams assessing the situation will present additional options for consideration. The official options will not be shared until the December 13 Board meeting.

In the meantime, the district will continue to keep parents and residents updated on the district website and through the use of Cable Channel 12. District leaders are developing a fact sheet for community members explaining the process, what is being considered, why it is being considered, and when a decision is likely.

The meeting at Odyssey will be videotaped and made available shortly through the district website via a podcast. It will also be sent to Cable Channel 12 for airing. Other recorded presentations outlining the very preliminary consolidation options will soon be available online.

Residents are encouraged to send feedback about the preliminary options to the district by emailing

SCATS ~~ In a truly FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM, Odyssey's Administration would be censured and made to cancel this meeting instead of DO changing their plans! I will give credit to Babs for inclusion of the entire district, instead of turning her back on this outrageous act of defiance. Thanks to those who informed SCATS about the meeting, allowing us to publicize this event and allowing DO to make the above announcement :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Safety Issue Communicated Late

This email was forwarded to SCATS by an angry parent who thinks such safety issues need to be communicated in a more timely way. SCATS agrees!

Subject: safety issue
Hello Parents,

We are in the process of investigating an incident where a middle school student was approached by a suspicious adult while leaving school grounds after school last week. The adult male (brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt and walking a small white dog) asked the student his name. When the student did not comply, the adult male grabbed his wrist and said, Come with me. The student was able to free himself and call 911. School officials, District security and the Greece Police Department are involved with the investigation.

If you have any additional information, please call 966-4993. Additionally, as it gets darker even earlier with Daylight Savings time approaching, I would ask that you review appropriate safety measures with your child should any suspicious person approach them, as well as, the topic of Stranger Danger.

Thank you for your support.

Ideas Surface As School Restructuring Approaches

"Initial Enrollment figures came out today." ~~ Babs @ the BOE study Session tonight

SCATS ~~ What the hell took so long to collect these figures? Are there that many city folks stealing services with their illegal enrollments at Olympia HS again this year? School started over 6 weeks ago!

Anonymous said...
Well the connect ed calls have started. Apollo sent one out informing parents that the pta and sue mier are holding a planning session on thursday and want parents to give input as to the possible plans for school is it that apollo had joined forces with OA. Something stinks sue m could give to sh$& s about apollo and the kids left there.    10/25/2011 7:39 PM

Anonymous said...
I heard an OA parent tell another (at a dr. office) that they were all told that there is a two year plan to move OA into Apollo ... usual racist and classist overtones also in the conversation... if I was black they would not have said the things they were saying...

IB is an expensive program to maintian and should be finished... there is no independent evidence that IB kids do any better in college than AP kids... it is an expensive sham that benefits a few at great expence to the district.    10/25/2011 7:50 PM   

Anonymous said...
Another plan in the works is to shut down the Westridge building. But because the parents caused such a scene last time, they aren't going to say they are closing Westridge but instead are relocating it to Parkland. All of the Parkland staff and kids will be moved to Brookside. The loudest and richest parents prevail in this district.   10/25/2011 8:06 PM

Odyssey Families
Hello Odyssey families, This announcement is to invite you to a special PTSA meeting Thursday night October 27 at 7 pm. In this meeting Principal Sue Meier will go over the current round of options being looked at for school reorganization. School reorganization initiatives in Greece now involve closing some schools due to severe fiscal constraints. While this process is in its preliminary stages, it is still of interest to many families to know what the initial options look like. There will not be handouts because this process is too preliminary, but there will be an explanation of the process used to date and the first set of options which one committee has brought forward. The meeting is Thursday at 7 pm in the auditorium. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you then. There will be regular PTSA meeting directly after the special meeting.

Thank you,

Odyssey Academy PTSA
The Broad Foundation School Closure Guide


Brooks To Debate Frankel

Thursday evening @7PM
on WHEC-TV Ch. 10

Monday, October 24, 2011

BOE Study Session, Tuesday @6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss the discipline of a student.

Study Session Topic

Dignity for All Students/PBIS Information Updates, Review District Goal #4 - Ensure a positive, safe, and secure work and school environment with a focus on prevention and effective intervention.

•Strengthen Districtwide PBIS and benchmark/report results

•Strengthen RTI implementation and benchmark/report results.

•Monitor full implementation of bullying prevention and violence prevention programs and benchmark/report results.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What The Greece Town Board Candidate's Say ...

Ward 1

Republican Shannon J. O'Keefe, 32, of Killarney Dr. is running unopposed (Incumbent).

Ward 2 

Republican Brett C. Granville, 45, of Picturesque Dr. is an attorney with the Monroe County Law Department. ~~ "We started using the library and community center, and it was eye-opening to see all the services offered if you take advantage of them ... I have always been highly accessible, and will maintain that if elected. I will be out there talking to constituents and helping them any way I can. The first line to local government is your town council."

Democrat Wendy J. Wright, 63, of Autumn Dr. is a retired College at Brockport professor of public administration. ~~ "I have taught everything from budgeting to intergovernmental relations. I have worked extensively with local governments in economic development in Tennessee. Local government is where a lot of actions are that certainly affect everyone, sometimes even more than the federal government ... With all Republicans on the board, there's a lot done behind the scenes that we as citizens aren't privy to."

Ward 3 

Republican Andrew Conlon, 27, of Mountain Ash Dr. is a director of constituent services for Sen. Joseph E. Robach, R-Greece. ~~ "Greece is my home, and I want to make sure we are taking the steps to make sure the town is going in the right direction for when I do have a family I will raise here ... We have to tighten our belts and do more with less ... Also, we increased officers in the police department this year, added patrols in areas where they were needed and moved Precinct 2 from near Fetzner Road to a new location in the Dewey/Stone area."

Democrat Rita E. Garretson, 55, of Wildwood Dr. is director of Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (C.A.S.H.), a coalition led by the Empire Justice Center and the United Way of Greater Rochester. ~~ "I hear talk of the clubbiness and the old boys' club, and I believe people are looking for someone like me who has the guts to stand up and ask tough questions and hold town government accountable for how they serve us. And I think it's important that there is somebody on the Town Board whose day-to-day job isn't dependent on them being a member of the Republican Party. I will be an independent voice ... "I worked in a variety of areas (at RG&E),  from operating to planning, budgeting, accounting and purchasing," she said. "I have experience that's important in knowing how to run a business. And being with part of a not-for-profit, I also know how precious every dollar is and how you need to think about how you're going to spend that dollar and make sure you stretch every dollar as far as you can."

Ward 4  

Republican Kirk Morris, 41, of Thorn Apple Ln. (Incumbent)

Democrat Norma J. Cummings,  is not actively campaigning.

SCATS ~~ Rita Garretson appears to be the best option for bringing some semblance of a balance of power (i.e. a voice for the community) back to the Greece Town Board.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Message To Future Teachers

Sent to SCATS by a retired Greece teacher who thought "it seems appropriate" for teachers who spend too much to get their education.

Friday, October 21, 2011

"Civility" & "Dialog" Greece Town Board Style

Town Atty, Ray DiRaddo ~~ " ... it is the intent of this portion (Open Forum) of the meeting to be used for a meaningful dialog with the public."

SCATS ~~ I wonder how long Mr. DiRaddo's nose grew after making that claim? I find NO REFERENCE to "dialog" in this 5-page Civility Policy. So where is their "intent" to provide it?  I've yet to see ANY "dialog" ... meaningful or otherwise ... during Auberger's previous & current term in office.

SCATS ~~ How could anyone ever have a "meaningful dialog" with the rude, stone-faced statues that pose as our electeds on the Greece Town Board? How can we ever expect to have "meaningful dialog" when the Supervisor has been given full control under this potentially illegal 5-page "Civility Policy" that flies in the face of Open Govt? How can we expect to have "meaningful dialog" when the Supervisor has been given complete control to  decide who may speak, on what topic, or even how a citizen may react sitting in the audience? How can we engage in "meaningful dialog" when the Supervisor can shut-down ANY & ALL utterances not only from Public Forum speakers and members of the audience, but also from others sitting on the Town Board?

This "policy" is complete POPPYCOCK! It proves the local leadership is DYSFUNCTIONAL to the core! They can't leave ANYTHING to chance, so they opt for complete control.   

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Candidates Night, Candidates Bios

Top Row: Shannon O'Keefe (1st ward incumbent), Andrew Conlon (3rd ward incumbent), Rita Garretson (3rd ward contender).
Bottom Row: Kirk Morris (4th ward incumbent), Norma Cummings (4th ward contender), Brett Granville (2nd ward, candidate).
Not pictured: Wendy Wright (2nd ward candidate)

Greece Post article provides biographical information on the six candidates for positions on the Greece Town Board.


First Bible Baptist Church plans Candidates Night Oct. 30th.

WHEC-TV reports: The First Bible Baptist Church on Manitou Road in Hilton will hold its 31st annual Political Candidates Night on Sunday October 30 at 6:00pm. It is open to the public.

New York Supreme Court candidate Honorable Nancy E. Smith, Monroe County Executive candidates Sandra Frankel and Maggie Brooks. County District Attorney candidates Sandra Doorley and Bill Taylor and County Court candidates Douglas Randall and Gino Nitti.

Also attending will be several candidates for the Monroe County Legislature as well as some who are running for Town Supervisor and Town Council from the Gates, Greece, Ogden and Parma. Candidates from all political parties were invited.

Several hundred concerned voters from across the area are expected to fill the audience. For more information, contact: Janet Erickson at 392-0777, x205 or at

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NYCLU: Police Misusing Tasers In NY State


Police officers throughout New York State are consistently misusing and overusing Tasers, according to a report released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The report, Taking Tasers Seriously: The Need for Better Regulation of Stun Guns in New York, analyzes 851 Taser incident reports from eight police departments across the state as well as 10 departments’ policies and guidelines for using the weapons, which deliver up to 50,000 volts of electricity and have caused the deaths of more than a dozen New Yorkers in recent years.

The NYCLU’s analysis found that an absence of sound policies, training and guidelines to direct the lawful use of Tasers is contributing to the disturbing pattern of misuse and overuse of the weapons and putting New Yorkers at risk.

“Our analysis shows that police officers are using Tasers in inappropriate, irresponsible and downright deadly manner,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “This disturbing pattern of misuse and abuse endangers lives. Law enforcement agencies that choose to use Tasers must adopt clear and effective policies governing their use, and they must do so without delay.”
SCATS ~~ The findings of this report are simply shocking!

Capt. Steve Chatterton, GPD (to D&C) ~~ "We document every case, every case gets reviewed. They are a tool, just like pepper spray or anything else, that we use on a case-by-case basis, and we have documented cases in which Tasers have been used but where deadly force would have been considered appropriate."  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Greece Town Board Listens With Media Present

Sign-carrying citizens and town officials clashed at Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting over what type of public comment is allowable at the Greece Town Board meetings. (D&C)

“During the last several meetings, we’ve had instances in which the use of the public forum has not followed our civility policy.” ~~ Greece Supervisor, John Auberger (SCATS ~~ Nevermind that Auberger & cronies didn't follow their own policy in how they went about shutting it down!)

“When you say that the supervisor has complete discretion to decide what is relevant and what is not, that is a vast overextension of the sense of the public forum doctrine. That is just not reasonable. The ultimate authority lies with the Town Board and not with the supervisor himself.” ~~ resident Brian Caterino

"At the last meeting Mr.Auberger chose to shut down a speaker who was communicating with this board about his displeasure with the supervisor's performance and behavior. He has a right to share his concerns with you, even if the supervisor doesn't like it. I'm totally disappointed with the people on this board that you do not show the back bone to stand up for people that elected you." ~~ Rita Garretson, 3rd Ward Candidate (Greece Post)

Following the meeting, Auberger said the concerns about public forum procedure was "political nonsense."

"It's the silly season. It's a political campaign, the Democrats in this community are grasping for issues." ~~ John Auberger

SCATS ~~ I'd say that grasping for issues is a huge improvement over watching certain folks in power grasping for their zipper during a murder investigation ;) If push came to shove, I can't imagine Baxter arresting or escorting out any of the people I've seen who spoke against Auberger & the Town Board. What would Chief Todd do?

NY Puts Sex Offender Registry On Facebook

"Knowledge is power. New Yorkers now have another way to access up-to-date information about sex offenders in their neighborhoods." ~~ NY State's DCJS Acting Commissioner Sean Byrne

SCATS ~~ This is a wonderful way to make useful the power of social networking!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Greece Dems Plan Press Conference

FROM: Dave Garretson, Town Leader Greece Democratic Committee

Press Advisory: Greece Democrats Press Conference

When: Tuesday October 18th @5:45 PM

Where: Greece Town Hall Atrium

Greece Democrats to all-Republican Town Board:
Stop silencing citizens during "Open Forum"

Greece Democrats have a message for the Town Board: We live here too, and we want to be heard.

At the last two Greece Town Board meetings, Supervisor John Auberger went to extraordinary lengths to silence citizens with whom he disagreed. On both occasions, the monthly meeting was momentarily recessed to keep citizens from speaking during the “Open Forum.” At the September meeting, Auberger took the further step of abruptly ending the Open Forum when a speaker took the podium to criticize the turn of events. The Open Forum is the only opportunity for ordinary citizens to address the Town Board.

Democrats will ask why Town Board members sat by quietly as citizens were being silenced by Auberger.

The press conference will take place immediately before the October Town Board meeting, which begins at 6:00 PM. Democrats plan to address Town Board during the Open Forum portion of the meeting.

VIDEO of the September incident.

For more information, contact: Dave Garretson, Town Leader Greece Democratic Committee

Regents Vote May Ban Teacher Scoring

The New York State Board of Regents will decide Monday whether to bar teachers from grading their own students’ standardized tests, a longstanding practice that state officials say creates a temptation for educators to cheat in an era of high-stakes exams.

The ban, which would start in the 2012-13 school year, would require districts to score tests in other schools, on computers or in regional centers. The change would most likely cause Regents exams, now held just before graduation, to be held earlier in the spring and could lead to additional costs for districts.

The state is in the process of introducing a new evaluation system that judges teachers in part on how well their students do on standardized tests. These rising stakes are behind the state’s push for better test security, as is an acknowledgment by state officials that they have not done enough to detect or prevent cheating.

The Regents and the State Education Department “are committed to putting in place a system that ensures the integrity of our state assessment system,” said John B. King Jr., the state education commissioner, in a call with reporters on Friday.

The ban was one of several recommendations made by Dr. King and a group of state officials in a memo released Friday. The board will also vote Monday on whether to request $2.1 million from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Legislature to improve test security this school year. That would include $1 million for erasure analysis to check 10 percent of tests this spring for signs of cheating.

An independent investigator will be named in the next several weeks to analyze how the state handles cheating complaints, the memo said. But officials did not for now recommend grading all state tests in a single location, saying it would cost $10 million to $12 million annually. It also did not advise barring teachers from proctoring their own students’ exams.

SCATS ~~ So the Regents don't trust the teachers to not cheat? What about the administrators? Is this really a big surprise?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Closed, Clubby & Corrupt Meet Tuesday @6PM

Preliminary Agenda

If you plan to speak at the Open Forum, make sure Auberger uses the correct procedure to shut you up! The Town Board has a FIVE PAGE "Civility Policy" they adopted to silence all who disagree, complain or have any issue with our local electeds.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Greece Dems Call On Rep. Candidates To Listen To Voters, Not Party Boss

October 14, 2011

Greece Democrats often make the point that Republican office holders show more loyalty to their political bosses than to the voters. This week, voters could plainly see how true that is. At the eleventh hour, Republican Chair Bill Reilich ordered his candidates to stay away from a neighborhood group’s “candidate night” where questions would be taken from the audience.

NorthGate Neighbors, a neighborhood association in eastern Greece, conducts a Candidate Night event every year. The public is welcome and local candidates from all parties are invited to participate. Typically, candidates are given time for remarks, followed by questions from the audience. No Republican candidates participated in this year’s event, which was held Wednesday evening. Minutes before the event began, Republican Chair Bill Reilich informed the group that he had ordered his candidates to stay away.

“This week, the people of Greece could clearly see where the loyalties of the Republican candidates are, said Dave Garretson, Leader of the Greece Democratic Committee. “Their Republican Party boss told them to stay away from a forum where voters could ask questions. To a person, the Republican candidates all obeyed, even though some of them had already committed to participate. We need public servants who owe their loyalty to the voters, not to political bosses.

“Why should voters elect candidates who make it obvious they care more about obeying Bill Reilich than listening to voters? In the case of Republicans on Town Board, they already demonstrated their unwillingness to listen to voters wishing to speak at their meetings. At the last two Town Board meetings, they muzzled voters with whom they disagreed. Now they are even unwilling to go into the community where voters might disagree with them or displease their boss.”

Garretson is a member of NorthGate Neighbors and serves on its Executive Board. The group is non-partisan. His wife, Rita Garretson, is a candidate for Greece Town Board.

These Republican candidates were invited to NorthGate Neighbors, but were ordered to stay away by Bill Reilich:

Monroe County Executive – Maggie Brooks
Monroe County District Attorney – Bill Taylor
Monroe County Court – Gino Nitti
Monroe County Legislature – Fred Ancello
Greece Town Board – Shannon O”Keefe
Greece Town Board – Andrew Conlon
Greece Town Justice – Charles Schiano

For more information contact:
Dave Garretson
Town Leader, Greece Democratic Committe

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Did Auberger Blackball Music Group When His Affair Became Public?

Posted To SCATS' Facebook Page:

Bob Neusatz ~~ "I want everyone to know that Len Hawley was not booked for any events at the senior center this year. Tickets for one of Len's performances at the senior center have always sold out,usually within one day....We believe Auberger has banned Len because he is afraid that I will be at town hall performing with Len." October 7 at 6:17pm

SCATS ~~ Greece Town Supervisor John Auberger admitted he had an affair with Bob Neusatz's late wife Monica. Mr. Neusatz has played with the Len Hawley Band for many years. The band played numerous times at the Greece Senior & Community Center until this year. Also, at recent Greece Town Board meetings Auberger started shutting down ALL criticism about his past behaviors.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Republicans Boycott NGN's Candidate's Night

SCATS ~~ I'm told by both email & anonymous comment that this evening's Northgate Neighborhood Group's Candidate's Night was boycotted by ALL Republican candidates. I guess they only appear when they can control the entire show.

Anonymous said...

It appears that no republican candidates showed up for this event. I guess they only show up if they are guarnateed the royal treatement they think they so largely deserve. 10/12/2011 8:53 PM

$21.4 mil (EXCEL I) + $34.5 mil (EXCEL II) = $0 Cost To Taxpayers


Anonymous said...
Article this am says there will be no tax increase. It also says we are just paying off the excel1 project. So we will just pay this project and the tab will be the same. It is like saying our home bills don't increase when we just pay off a car loan after 5 years and trade in the car for a new one and 5 more years of payments. Does Julia think we are stupid? There is nothing free in this world including her cost to taxpayers for the "repairs".

Whether you agree with her that the repairs are needed or not the cost to taxpayers will be immense. It's just that if it is not approved the taxes should go down for the installment payments for excel.   10/12/2011 6:41 AM

The Greece School Board has successfully emulated the Greece Town Board with their new hour-short meetings, lack of public discussion and board member votes that reflect NO dissent on anything at all!

Last night's meeting revealed that:
  • our middle schooler's performance on English Language Arts exams was so embarrassingly low that NY State is going to sick their Joint Intervention Team on us to try to figure out why. (We failed to make "Adequate Yearly Progress" for two consecutive years!)
  • there's essentially nothing new in the works to change the plight of our failing students
  • there's no concern over deciding which schools to close BEFORE asking voters to approve spending more money to fix buildings we may end up selling
  • spending MILLIONS MORE $$ on capital repairs was a given, as there was NO discussion before the BOE voted to take it to the polls
  • the new Supt. is as committee dependent as her predecessors, leaving the work on school configurations to the lay-people to figure out
SCATS ~~ SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! Send the senior citizens to Florida for the winter, then tell the remainder there is "no cost to taxpayers" for a plan they haven't dotted their "i's" or crossed their "t's" on! It's time for the SHEEPLE of GREECE TO VOTE NO and stop this nonsense!

IF we planned closing 3 specific schools (say West Ridge, Parkland & Brookside) AND eliminated the sports related components, HOW MUCH WOULD BE TRIMMED OFF the $150 million overall repair backlog?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Greece BOE To Seek $$ In December When Seniors Are Away

On the topic of holding a separate vote on $34.5 million in capital improvement projects in December, the current Greece School Board Prez. Julia Van Orman claims: "By doing it in December, that will let us get things done for the 2012-13 school year."

But that's NOT what Greece Central's previous Finance guru said. Lou Alaimo originally presented this plan to the BOE and told them that "historically,  December is the best time to get such a plan approved." The reason is that the snowbirds (i.e. "no" voters (a.k.a. senior citizens) will be down South for the winter ;)

Julia's other half truths include: "Over the last couple of years, in trying to keep our budget down, we haven't had that much money for our capital projects. But most of the work we're looking at here is related to student health and safety or building codes that have changed."

SCATS ~~ The D&C article FAILS TO MENTION that on the district's list of some $120 million in capital repair projects identified, some $20-25 million are for sports facility improvements, potentially including a lighted field, artificial turf, construction of outdoor restrooms & other NONESSENTIALS.


Without a plan for the future, you will be wasting our $$ once again!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Northgate Neighbor's Holding Candidate's Night


7PM, Wednesday October, 12th,
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
4115 Dewey Avenue

Former county legislator Fred Amato will be moderating & all candidates that will be on the ballots in the Dewey Corridor from County Executive through town justice have been invited.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.

Contract for Excellence Public Hearing

Overview of School Improvement Plans

NYSED Joint Intervention Team Overview (It appears our middle schools are in deep doodoo)

Adoption of Proposition for Special Election of Vote on EXCEL II Project

School Attendance Committee Update (Otherwise known as watching the BOE twiddle their thumbs while pretending to do something ;)

Friday, October 07, 2011

Greece Gang Tags Playground Next To Greece PD's 2nd Princint

Greece Post (10/06/2011 pg. 4A): KKK graffiti found ~ Police are seeking an unknown suspect after a citizen reported finding "KKK" and "Swag Money" written on a playground slide at 440 Maiden Lane, reported on Sept. 29.

D&C's sanitized version: Graffiti was painted on a slide at Barnard Park, 440 Maiden Lane on Sept. 23.

SCATS ~~ Our wonderful media can't keep their dates straight ~ the devil is in the details, but at least we now know that Greece has a gang (Swag Money) to call our own.

Babs' First 100 Days Ends Tomorrow

She promised to have an "Entry Plan" ready & vowed to take decisive action after getting acquainted with the district.


Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Why Is Border Patrol Helping Greece Police?

Bus station operators want to know where Border Patrol agents have disappeared to since the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Ironically, News 10NBC saw a Border Patrol car used to help man a roadblock for a Greece Police call this afternoon. But it apparently was not a border patrol issue.

SCATS ~~ I've seen these cars around town a lot in recent weeks too, definitely a "new" routine. What the heck is going on here?

Monday, October 03, 2011

Fran Tarkenton Compares Union Teachers & Football Players

What if the NFL Played by Teachers' Rules?
Imagine a league where players who make it through three seasons could never be cut from the roster.
By FRAN TARKENTON (from the Wall St. Journal)
Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality. Each player's salary is based on how long he's been in the league. It's about tenure, not talent. The same scale is used for every player, no matter whether he's an All-Pro quarterback or the last man on the roster. For every year a player's been in this NFL, he gets a bump in pay. The only difference between Tom Brady and the worst player in the league is a few years of step increases. And if a player makes it through his third season, he can never be cut from the roster until he chooses to retire, except in the most extreme cases of misconduct.

Let's face the truth about this alternate reality: The on-field product would steadily decline. Why bother playing harder or better and risk getting hurt?

No matter how much money was poured into the league, it wouldn't get better. In fact, in many ways the disincentive to play harder or to try to stand out would be even stronger with more money.

Of course, a few wild-eyed reformers might suggest the whole system was broken and needed revamping to reward better results, but the players union would refuse to budge and then demonize the reform advocates: "They hate football. They hate the players. They hate the fans." The only thing that might get done would be building bigger, more expensive stadiums and installing more state-of-the-art technology. But that just wouldn't help.

If you haven't figured it out yet, the NFL in this alternate reality is the real -life American public education system. Teachers' salaries have no relation to whether teachers are actually good at their job—excellence isn't rewarded, and neither is extra effort. Pay is almost solely determined by how many years they've been teaching. That's it. After a teacher earns tenure, which is often essentially automatic, firing him or her becomes almost impossible, no matter how bad the performance might be. And if you criticize the system, you're demonized for hating teachers and not believing in our nation's children.

Inflation-adjusted spending per student in the United States has nearly tripled since 1970. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, we spend more per student than any nation except Switzerland, with only middling results to show for it.

Over the past 20 years, we've been told that a big part of the problem is crumbling schools—that with new buildings and computers in every classroom, everything would improve. But even though spending on facilities and equipment has more than doubled since 1989 (again adjusted for inflation), we're still not seeing results, and officials assume the answer is that we haven't spent enough.
These same misguided beliefs are front and center in President Obama's jobs plan, which includes billions for "public school modernization." The popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. We've been spending billions of dollars on school modernization for decades, and I suspect we could keep on doing it until the end of the world, without much in the way of academic results. The only beneficiaries are the teachers unions.

Some reformers, including Bill Gates, are finally catching on that our federally centralized, union-created system provides no incentive for better performance. If anything, it penalizes those who work hard because they spend time, energy and their own money to help students, only to get the same check each month as the worst teacher in the district (or an even smaller one, if that teacher has been there longer). Is it any surprise, then, that so many good teachers burn out or become disenchanted?

Perhaps no other sector of American society so demonstrates the failure of government spending and interference. We've destroyed individual initiative, individual innovation and personal achievement, and marginalized anyone willing to point it out. As one of my coaches used to say, "You don't get vast results with half-vast efforts!"

The results we're looking for are students learning, so we need to reward great teachers who show they can make that happen—and get rid of bad teachers who don't get the job done. It's what we do in every other profession: If you're good, you get rewarded, and if you're not, then you look for other work. It's fine to look for ways to improve the measuring tools, but don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Our rigid, top-down, union-dictated system isn't working. If results are the objective, then we need to loosen the reins, giving teachers the ability to fulfill their responsibilities to students to the best of their abilities, not to the letter of the union contract and federal standards.

Saturday, October 01, 2011


Greece Central School District's 2010-11 scores on NY State required English Language Arts & Math tests for grades 3-8 defy explanation! To say the results are dismal is a gross  understatement of the reality! I urge every parent to take a close look at the "Results Book" produced by the district to address this topic. It makes some stunning revelations.

For English/Language Arts (ELA), the percentage of students displaying proficiency fell in 4 out of the 6 grade levels tested, remained the same in 1 and rose slightly in another. Worse yet, the percentage of students displaying mastery fell in all 6 grade levels, with numbers plunging from 20% achieving mastery in grade 3 in 2009-10 to merely 4% achieving it at grade 3 in 2010-11.
(pg. 9) How is this possible???

The figures for grades 3-8 on the Math tests aren't much better. The percentage of students displaying proficiency fell in half of the grades and rose in the other 3 grades. The percentage of students displaying mastery fell in 4 of the 6 grade levels and rose in the other two. (pg 10)

According to a memo by Deb Hoeft, GCSD's achievement was BELOW the state average for ALL sub-groups in the ELA results. Compared to the 19 districts in Monroe County, our best showing was 16th place! (pg. 16)

According to a memo by Eric  Blask (Director of Mathematics), GCSD's overall results on the Math exams showed a slight (2%) increase "but remain at approximately 70%." Grades 3 & 4 ranked 10th, grades 6 & 8 ranked 14th and grades 5 & 7 ranked 15th out of the 19 districts in Monroe County. (pg. 37

Other results are given for Regents, AP & SAT exams. There are definite problem areas in these upper level tests, too.

How does anyone explain numbers like these without firing those responsible for producing results that FELL so dramatically as these did when additional resources were used in an effort to improve the results!? "Continuous Improvement Plan" seems to mean we'll need to remediate everyone within another 5 years if we continue this program!