Monday, December 24, 2012
Shooter Shrapnel Hits Off-Duty Cop
WHEC-TV Reports: "An off-duty Greece Police officer John Ritter was also injured. He was traveling behind the fire trucks that were responding to the incident. He was struck by gunfire and Greece Police say at least one round penetrated the windshield of Officer Ritter's vehicle. Officer Ritter suffered minor injuries to his arms and chest. He was treated and released and is resting at home. He is a 20-year veteran of the Greece Police Department."
SCATS ~~ Just wondering ... why would an off-duty cop be following the fire trucks in a distant town before dawn on Christmas Eve?
Posted by SCATS at 4:08 PM
Thursday, December 20, 2012
To 9:55~~ No not OA nor PB. Your assumptions just go to prove my point in 8:13 post. There is much to be gained by the schools that under report. It removes them from under the district and community microscope. With eyes on Olympia and OA, Athena is forgotten.
In the past 3 weeks alone Athena experienced the armed robbery of one student by another, a knife recovered from a student’s locker after a threat was made, and the school whose students conducted a loop party off campus (purportedly attended by a GCSD Board member’s child). It was also the school that had the main entrance unstaffed for nearly an hour one day this week.
But lets get back to the original topic. Students and staff need to be protected from internal as well as external threats to their safety. Doing the best we can to reduce internal problems now will minimize the potential for more violent future events. Only in recognizing the true extent of these current threats can we implement measures to improve our schools safety. 12/20/2012 8:12 AM
SCATS ~~ FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!! WHY DON'T WE HEAR THESE INCIDENTS IN OUR NEWS?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Shaun Nelms named new Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the Greece Central School District effective January 14, 2013. He replaces Carol Pallas, who will become Superintendent of the Schalmont School District effective January 1, 2013.
Nelms served as a teacher and an assistant principal at Odyssey Academy and Arcadia Middle School between 1999 and 2006. He went on to become a middle school principal in the Rush-Henrietta School District and currently serves as Northeast Zone Chief of Schools in the Rochester City School District where he supervises 20 schools and principals.
SCATS ~~ So, is this an actual attempt at diversifying our district, or merely a token for appearances? Time will tell ...
Monday, December 17, 2012
President Obama seems to have lost count of the number of incidents in just his four years in office. In tonight's remarks, he says this was the 4th time he's had to address people after a mass shooting. Then he named the four. He seems to have forgotten Chardon Ohio from earlier this year where three died and three others were injured, one very seriously.
"Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the fourth time we’ve consoled the families of victims ... If there’s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that’s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try." ~~ Barack Obama
GCSD: School Safety Remains Our Top Priority
Greece Central School District leaders have received a number of inquires from parents and staff members unable to reconcile the events last week in Newtown, CT. This unimaginable tragedy has left a lot of questions about school safety and emergency preparedness. As educators, ensuring the safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority.
Please be assured that Greece has many safeguards in place to protect students and staff. On Sunday, December 16, the Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams, her safety team and a Greece Police representative met to double check safety protocols. Our schools have centralized main offices, video surveillance cameras and well thought out emergency plans. All staff members have been specially trained to detect and respond to issues of concern and we continuously work with the Greece Police Department and other local emergency responders to ensure we are prepared for any circumstance. Officers work with district security staff throughout the year; they are familiar with each campus, building entry and exit points and classroom layouts.
In the coming days, we will carefully reevaluate our current emergency procedures and the effectiveness of those measures. The Greece Police also remain vigilant in their protection of our community. They have committed extra resources to our schools this week and we thank them for their dedication and partnership.
It is equally important that we listen to and respond to the emotional needs of our students and staff. We will support students in developmentally appropriate ways and provide age appropriate information and counseling but only when prompted by the students themselves.
Experts feel strongly that it is important for children to remain in their normal routines, therefore, we would like to keep the school day as normal as possible. Please assist us in this effort.
SCATS ~~ I heard on the news tonight that this shooter used his weapon to shoot through the door, to gain entry. The building had a buzzer system in place. They had done their lockdown drills. Things were pretty much on par with what GCSD offers for security. Obviously, security isn't working. Even a cop inside with a weapon can't stop this kind of rampage. The focus MUST turn to some other solution. Should the emotionally disturbed be "mainstreamed" within our society? Should we limit who gets weapons, the types and the numbers?
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Over the years, I've heard lots of discussion about the negative impact of student absences on school achievement, test scores and graduation rates.
Little is ever mentioned about the impact of teacher absences on those same parameters.
It seems likely that when a teacher misses attending school that his/her students suffer.
Substitute teachers are often ill-prepared to manage the class, let alone teach the subject at hand.
Has your child ever had difficulty that you believed was connected to an absent teacher?
Arrest Accounts For Just 4*
of 6 Reported Incidents
|Nicholas A. Bloom, 21, Greece|
13WHAM reports: " Police say Nicholas A. Bloom, 21, was arrested on Dec. 14 in relation to a purse robbery on Dec. 9.
Police say Bloom was charged with robbery in the second degree, assault in the second degree and grand larceny in the fourth degree for the Dec. 9 purse robbery.
Bloom was also charged with two counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree in relation to two other purse robberies that occurred on Dec. 10, according to police.
Police say Bloom is additionally charged with criminal possession of stolen property for another alleged purse robbery on Dec. 7.
Bloom was arraigned in Greece town Court and remanded to Monroe County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond."
SCATS ~~ While it's great that Greece cops caught this creep, it should be pointed out that his arrest doesn't clear all of the other purse-snatching incidents reported earlier this month in the Town of Greece. In general, there were at least six incidents and this accounts for just four*. In particular, a purse was grabbed Dec. 5th from a customer at Aldis on Mt. Read Blvd.
* CORRECTED FROM 3
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Following completion of a police department internal investigation, the Greece Town Board fired Sam Ross, the K-9 cop. The firing came at the recommendation of Greece Police Chief, Todd Baxter. Ross is accused of providing alcohol to a minor on three different occasions.
The dog that trained with Ross will be returned to its orig. owner and a new dog & trainer will be sought.
SCATS ~~ KUDOS TO BAXTER!! This was the ONLY decision that could possibly retain the community's trust in GPD.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
WHEC-TV Reports: "Alicia Guastaferro's attorney, Dan Killelea says the Genesee County District Attorney's Office agreed to drop the charge during a court appearance Tuesday. The 21-year-old still faces misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation and possessing a controlled substance outside the original container.
She's due back in court March 12.
Guastaferro was arrested with Rochester attorney James Doyle at a New York Thruway travel plaza in August. Doyle initially was charged with soliciting a prostitute, but that charge was dropped last month. He still faces a drunken driving charge. He and Guastaferro have pleaded not guilty."
WHEC-TV reports: "Police in Greece are investigating six purse snatchings since Thanksgiving.
Greece Police Captain Patrick Phelan says four of the victims were elderly women who were at the grocery store and two victims had just returned home from grocery shopping. In one instance, police say the victim was pushed to the ground. She was otherwise uninjured.
The two instances that happened at private residences occurred in the parking lot of apartment complexes – one on Falmouth Street and the other on Kingsberry Drive.
Police say they have a general description of a suspect – a man in his 20s, approximately 5’10” with an average build. Police say they have not released a description of the vehicle as they have received conflicting descriptions."
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
UPDATE 12/11/12 ~~ The Karen Klein Foundation canceled an interview scheduled with 13WHAM today. They stated: "We can't advocate for personal bullying stories. That's not what we do."
Exactly WHAT DO they do? Other than dodge the media?
It seems as if some very reasonable requests were rejected!
Listen to the audio with Klein's daughter, Romig
Click in middle to start/stop audio
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM
WHAT: Press conference
WHO: Michelle Hare (Mother of Alex Hare), Family, and Supporters
WHERE: 207 Tremont Street (Suite 110), Rochester, NY
Anti-Bullying Rally in Greece, NY
Thursday Dec. 13, 2012
Barnard Park 410 Maiden Ln. ~ 4PM
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.
AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE
Budget Update/Revenue Information
School Facilities / Building Reports
STLE Grant Overview
Strategic Plan Update
2011-12 Audit - Corrective Action Plan
2011 -12 ECA Audit - Corrective Action Plan
2011 - 12 Contract for Excellence Agreed Upon Procedures
Approval of Purchase & Sale Agreement for Hoover Dr
Every student will be prepared to meet and exceed academic standards. Students will acquire academic, cultural, and technological literacy, respect and value diversity, be deeply engaged in learning and demonstrate high standards of behavior. Every district employee will be highly qualified, accountable, and continuously improving. The district will implement a strategic framework with annual goals established to measure improved results. A Strategic Plan will be designed to guide continuous improvement through 2014.
SCATS ~~ Only through 2014? Why so short-sighted?
Posted by SCATS at 12:29 AM
Monday, December 10, 2012
Police chief Todd Baxter said: "The derogatory racial statements and profanity is disturbing and has no place in our society. The actions of the defendant reached the level of criminal behavior and will be dealt with as such.”
Sunday, December 09, 2012
A Facebook friend brought the video shown below to my attention. Another blogger "Davy V." says he has tried to get media attention brought to it. He also claims that Greece police ultimately arrested and charged one Greece teen connected to making the video and posting it to the victim's Facebook page.
If the video and what has been written about it are all true (and I have no reason to doubt the authenticity at this point) then our town has a very long way to go before we get any handle on the insensitivity, racially-charged and violent attitudes our youth are showing to others of all ages, races and backgrounds. What a sad commentary for our community at this time of year.
Just as Davy V. has already asked, where is Karen Klein's anti-bullying group when this kind of behavior is still going on in the Twon of Greece?
WATCH THE VIDEO ONLY AT YOUR OWN RISK & DISCRETION!!
Video contains hate speech, racial slurs, swearing and other difficult to listen to verbiage.
The "victim" in this video is teen Alex Hare, an African-American. A hoodie given to him by Noel Parcells was a gift he received before Noel & her sister were killed by their father in a widely reported murder/suicide . A group of other teens ( Shawn Petrilli, Nick Robare and Amanda Farabella) apparently stole the hoodie from Alex, then made this disgusting video as they burned it, threatened to urinate on it ... all while calling Alex the "N" word and worse. How odd is it that the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Group is nowhere to be seen in relation to this incident that's happened in Greece NY.
THE HARES SEEK JUSTICE IN RACIST-BULLYING CASE (GREECE, NY)
WHAT: Press conference
WHO: Michelle Hare (Mother of Alex Hare), Family, and Supporters
WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: 207 Tremont Street (Suite 110), Rochester, NY
WHY: To demand justice for the Hare family, especially for 16-year-old Alex Hare, the latter of whom was publicly subjected to blatant, vicious, threatening, racist, bullying behavior by three white teenagers from Greece, New York.
Alex's mother, Ms. Michelle Hare was quoted as having said: "I don't understand the difference between the bullying that happened to Ms. Karen Klein, 6 months ago in Greece, New York, and what happened to Alex recently, also in Greece, New York. I don't understand how the bullying against Ms. Klein drew international attention, and netted her nearly one million dollars, but no one, including the anti-bullying foundation that Ms. Klein has established and mainstream media, wants to deal with what happened to my son. This cannot stand. It will not stand."
RGE To Upgrade Manitou Rd Substation
Addition of new circuit breakers to harden circuits prone to outages
SCATS ~~ FINALLY!! RGE has really dropped the ball on maintaining their equipment since the acquisition by Iberdrola. Getting them to clear tree limbs after years of neglect is a MAJOR undertaking ... I know, because I tried.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
TUESDAY DECEMBER 11th at the following locations & times:
Barnard Fire District
2 to 9 p.m.
3084 Dewey Ave.
CANDIDATE: Ronald Wood
Lake Shore Fire District
2 to 9 p.m.
1 Long Pond Road at the corner of Edgemere Drive
CANDIDATES: James Camiolo, Randy Jensen
North Greece Fire District
2 to 9 p.m.
1766 Latta Road
CANDIDATE: Joseph Meath
Ridge Road Fire District
6 to 9 p.m.
1299 Long Pond Road
CANDIDATE: Kenneth Bowers
One of the five members of the Board of Fire Commissioners in each district is up for re-election annually, according to state rules. They serve five-year terms. Their responsibilities include overseeing financial operations within the fire districts, including the salaries of paid staff, building maintenance & equipment purchases. Voters MUST be register with the Monroe County Board of Elections.
SCATS ~~ I wonder why RRFD, one of the most expensive fire districts in Monroe County, has such limited hours for voters to have their say. It appears they do NOT want people voting on something that has a great impact on their taxes. Better plan on parking at the park on Long Pond Rd. and walking over, just in case you can't get access to their lot ;)
Friday, December 07, 2012
Sale Pending for
Hoover Drive Property
The sale of the building is pending Greece Board of Education approval. Members will consider approval of the offer Tuesday night."
List Price: $3,160,000 Taxes: $3031
ASSESSMENT: $7,362,500 LAND: $132,800
According to the Sales Agreement, sale includes "personal property" ... i.e. building contents of furniture, equipment, etc. for $2,472,000.
SCATS ~~ Looks like this "gem" was significantly over-priced & over-assessed. I'm told it might be used to open a charter school. GCSD could use some competition ;)
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
The Greece Central School District's
Karen Klein/Bullied Bus Monitor Video
Ranks #3 On
Ranks #3 On
"When a cell phone clip of four teenagers bullying Karen Klein aboard a school bus went viral, it became the purest example of the Internet rallying behind what’s right. Reddit users created a fund to send the 68-year-old bus monitor on a vacation. They intended to raise $5,000, but the video of the cruelty Klein experienced while chaperoning the teens for the Greece School District in upstate New York was so infuriating that donations poured in, eventually totaling more than $700,000. The Greece Police Department disciplined the kids involved, and the 68-year-old grandmother has since started a foundation to combat bullying."
SCATS ~~ Yup, we finally made the big time.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo buys shoes & socks for homeless man, using his own money and expecting no recognition.
|Jennifer Foster/NYPD Facebook Page|
SCATS ~~Greece New York cops take kids shopping ("Shop With A Cop"), making it a media/publicity event after sending out fundraiser letters raising money to pay for their "generosity." So tell me, which cops have a better understanding of the meaning of "To Serve & Protect" ?
Saturday, December 01, 2012
SCATS ~~ This kind of underhanded activity doesn't surprise me in the least. It's part of what gives Greece its well-deserved reputation for corruption ;) Add closed and clubby, you have our Town and School Boards.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Ridge Road Fire District Elections
Dec. 11, 2012; 6-9PM
1299 Long Pond Rd.
You will vote on TWO items:
1 - The ELECTION of a Commissioner of the Ridge Road Fire District for a five (5) year term, commencing January 1, 2013 and ending December 31, 2017. Only residents registered to vote with the Monroe County Board of Elections on or before November 19, 2012 shall be eligible to vote. Qualified Candidates for District Office must file their names, and the position they are seeking, together with a petition for their nomination signed by twenty-five (25) electors of the district, with the Secretary of the Ridge Road Fire District, Richard Baart, at 1299 Long Pond Road, Rochester, New York l4626, no later than November 21, 2012. Candidates must be resident electors of Ridge Road Fire District at the time of the election.
2 - PROPOSITION
Shall the following resolution of the Board of Fire commissioners adopted on the 16th day of October, 2012, be approved?
Shall the following resolution of the Board of Fire commissioners adopted on the 16th day of October, 2012, be approved?
To authorize the Ridge Road Fire District, Town of Greece, County of Monroe, State of New York to acquire, subject to a lease, a lease with option to purchase, or other suitable financing alternatives, a fire fighting vehicle including apparatus for the extinguishment and prevention of fires in the Ridge Road Fire District, consisting of a new 1250 GPM fire fighting vehicle at a maximum estimated cost of $ 450,000.00
SCATS ~~ This really burns my behind because they recently sent out the annual Fund Drive letter asking for donations, but of course not a single mention of an upcoming vote! It would be good to see a vote go down in flames (pun intended) just this once. I bet it would grab the attention of more than a few ;)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
KUDOS TO THE ALERT COP
WHO STOPPED THIS CRIME IN PROGRESS!
|Mark Huff, 28, arrested 11/28/12|
According to WHEC-TV: A Greece man was arrested today on burglary and criminal mischief charges.
A Greece Police lieutenant saw a suspicious man at a home on Latona Road. According to police, when the lieutenant knocked on the front door, he saw the same man going around to the back of house.
Once the suspect exited the home, a short foot chase ensued. The suspect – Mark Huff -- was taken into custody.
Huff is also charged with possession of burglar tools. He was arraigned and remanded to the Monroe County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is due back in court on Thursday.
SCATS ~~ This is my favorite kind of cops & robbers saga: the kind where the police catch the bad guy in action!! Kudos to the unnamed cop (and those called to assist him) for a job well-done!!!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Reinvestigation of Holiday Inn
Arson Fire To Wrap Up Soon
"Now there's some additional testing that we wanted to do and is currently being done by the ATF off-site that's being done down south where they're doing a series of controlled burns for example, just to eliminate all possible other reasons. But the experts have told us and they're willing to testify in court that this is an arson fire." ~~ Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter.
Fire Chief Bud Phillips Still Not Interviewed By Greece Police
The reason: "We have not extended the invitation yet. It's definitely on our list of things to do. But when it comes to investigation techniques and it comes to investigative procedures, you get as much information as possible before you do any other interviews." ~~ Todd Baxter
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Greece Holiday Inn Arson:
34 Years Ago
On November 26, 1978 arson claimed the lives of 10 people at the Holiday Inn, located on West Ridge Road in the Town of Greece, New York. No one has ever been charged with this crime. The guilty still walk free.
"LOST IN THE FLAMES" ~~ Global News Documentary
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE
GREECE POLICE DEPT'S INVESTIGATION??
GREECE POLICE DEPT'S INVESTIGATION??
SCATS ~~ It's been months since the community heard an official update about the Holiday Inn murder investigation. Are there still two detectives assigned to the case? What about the Timothy Milgate murder case?? We were told that a possible break was made in that case several months ago too!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It seems records in the Assessor's office have over time been proven over and over to be inaccurate, so now Leo the Infallible is asking Greece's dumbass taxpayers to verify the information his office uses for your property inventory.
You can even confess if you added a pool, garage or shed and Leo didn't catch you to enable Leo to raise your assessment.
Funny thing is, NY LAW says Assessor information is perfect, and if you force a hearing, there is no burden on the assessor to prove the information he is using.
Even funnier to people who know how Greece Property Inventory was done in 95 is that 90% of the property inventories are WRONG, and mostly in the Town's favor. Anybody going in and looking at their Property Inventory card will get a surprise is the way insiders see it. Property condition is another favorite fudge on the Assessor's list of ricks.
Don't forget to fill out your form so Leo can send one of his lackies by your house for a close up look. If you're real lucky Blind Paul who can't read a ruler will get your job. You might wind up with a couple hundred extra square feet of house.
Don't miss this chance to screw yourself, and pay for an envelope and postage to do it too.
Greece Central To Develop
'Corrective Action Plan'
For Failing Radio Station, WGMC-FM 90.1
“Does this jeopardize the radio station? No. I don’t believe so ... We are reaching more listeners, so our listenership is up, and donations are up and things are looking good ...We are just a small mom-and-pop organization. We have right-sized ourselves."~~ Rob Linton, station manager
SCATS ~~ The fact that it takes 10 years BEFORE anyone decides to take "corrective action" and that the station manager sees this as no big deal is quite telling about the mindset of those who run Greece Central! They simply do not care, as long as they get to continue on!! In this economy, if the situation can't be fixed immediately, it's time to dissolve this white elephant.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Town of Greece, the Greece Central School District, Greece Fire Depts. & other agencies are collecting NEW books, NEW small toys, pet food, pet supplies & canned foods until early Dec.
Check HERE for drop-off points and times/days.
SCATS ~~ This is a truly charitable event that I support :)
Posted by SCATS at 1:32 PM
According to the Greece Post, the position for The position won't be filled until Jan. 1, 2014. An election for a new judge will take place in November 2013.
SCATS ~~ Can't help but wonder what political insiders will run for this position ...
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Ready For Another Full Year
Of Campaigning Ahead?
"McCann is calling for a special meeting of the Greece Republican Committee after 33 new members were added in September. McCann claims their additions were “improper and unauthorized” and also that many “include Jerry Helfer’s immediate family, family friends, and the children and relatives of select politically-connected people.”
“They're really related to Jerry Helfer who is the Republican town leader there is also a number of people with the last name Reilich, and other people who are politically connected," McCann said in an interview Wednesday.
Assemblyman Bill Reilich, another person added to the committee, is also the Monroe County Republican Party Chairman.
"Clearly this is an attempt by a couple of political leaders in our community to try to control the Greece Republican Committee," McCann continued.
"I have to say I'm disappointed with the tact that Jeff has taken today,” Helfer responded. “I was with him as recently as last night's legislative meeting and he didn't express any concerns to me at that time."
Helfer said he believes all the rules were followed in appointing new members to the Greece Republican Committee because the Monroe County Committee’s bylaws supersede the town committee’s. He also said that the addition of new members is meant to bulk-up the committee entering a key election year where nine town-wide seats are up for grabs.
That committee’s membership stood at 97 before the 33 additions. A simple vote of the members in that committee this spring will likely determine the Republican Party’s nominee for the supervisor’s race next year. Both McCann and Helfer could be vying for that vote which could begin to explain this clash a full 51 weeks before the next election.
"Running for supervisor is something I'm thinking about definitely,” McCann acknowledged. “But to me this is a bigger picture this sends a message to the community about how the Republican Party operates."
"It is something I'm seriously considering,” Helfer said of a supervisor’s run. “I've been meeting with Greece residents talking to family members and friends, political leaders, to take a look at this as a possibility. I have a great love for Greece I served on the Town Board for twelve years, but I feel we can do an even better job.”
Be Sure To Visit 13WHAM's report to see the list of names & their connection to Helfer, Reilich et al. It's the first document in the list of three shown. (McCann Calls For Special Meeting of the Greece GOP Committee)
McCann's Letter To Helfer
Greece Republican Committee Rules
SCATS ~~ Mr. Helfer, you did NOTHING for your ward when you were on the Greece Town Board!! So doing ANYTHING would immediately make your performance "better."
Mr. McCann, so you don't like the taste of what the Auberger regime has been dishing out?? Imagine that!!
Ray Levato of WHEC-TV reports via Twitter:
Rift among Greece Republicans? Monroe Co. Legislator Jeff McCann alleges improper/unauthorized actions by town GOP Leader Jerry Helfer.
McCann: "These 33 people include Jerry Helfer's immediate family, family friends & children/relatives of politically-connected people."
SCATS ~~ Interesting the timing ...very interesting!
YNN reports: "A Rochester attorney accused of paying a former teen reality show star for sex got a break in court Tuesday. The charges for patronizing a prostitute against James Doyle were dismissed.
Doyle is still facing DWI, providing alcohol to a minor, and traffic charges.
Police say a drunken Doyle and 21-year-old Alicia Guastaferro, who was half naked, were caught in a car at the Pembroke Thruway Service Area last August.
Doyle meanwhile had always denied that there was any arrangement for sex with Guastaferro.
"The case is really over predicated on it's underlying facts, or the underlying allegations, or the lack thereof," said John Speranza, Doyle's attorney.
Doyle will be back in court February 12 to face the other charges which his attorney said are also serious.
Guastaferro will make her appearance before a judge December 11th."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Since school opened in September, I've recieved numerous parent complaints and questions about how the Greece Central School District handles (or doesn't) students with special needs. Most of these complaints came from parents asking what they can do when Greece ignores the specifics spelled out in their child's IEP. Most of these problems seem to be happening at our infamous "schools-of-choice" - West Ridge & Pine Brook.
Several of these complaints involve IEP's designating that the student was to have an aide available to provide some form of support, in the classroom, on the school bus, etc. I'm hearing that GCSD is ignoring the student's needs/IEP by not providing the designated support and then punishing students for not complying with various requests by teachers/staff, or for not adhering to rules, policies, etc. Some parents who attempt to advocate for their children are told to stop communicating with classroom teachers, or are threatened with further troubles for their youngster (or his/her siblings) to face should they persist. Very typical, though sad for the parents to face and pathetic on the district's end, too. Certainly GCSD can and should do it better!
Several of these totally frustrated parents have begun jumping ship by pulling their special needs students out of Greece schools and opting for private or parochial schools at great expense. Some are pulling ALL of their kids out of Greece. Adding insult to injury, once they settle into their new schools, they soon discover how far behind their children really are in learning to read, do math, etc. Then they end up facing the need to enlist tutors or other help to try to get their children back on track academically. It's a disgrace!
Let's remember that Greece Central Schools were sued not all that long ago when the Walts/Keller-Cogan administrations created a mess for parents of such students. It sounds like we're well on our way to heading back to repeating that situation. Special Education is costly enough without factoring in more lawsuits. Other districts seem to get it right. Why can't Greece?
|Deb Hoeft, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent585.966.2343|
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Schalmont Central School District Announces
Carol Pallas To Become New Supt. In January
After a six-month search that included substantial community input, the Schalmont Board of Education has selected Carol A. Pallas, Ed.D, to be the district's next superintendent of schools.
"With more than 25 years of experience in the field of education, we feel Carol will be a great asset to the community, and an excellent academic leader as we move forward to meet the demands of the 21st century," said Board of Education President Sandra Beloncik, on behalf of the board.
Pallas is expected to be present and unanimously appointed to the position during the Tuesday, Nov. 13, board meeting at Jefferson Elementary School at 7 p.m.
She will begin her new duties on January 1, 2013, following current superintendent Dr. Valerie Kelsey's retirement. Pallas' three-year contract includes a starting salary of $157,500.
"I am honored and excited to become the next Superintendent of the Schalmont Central School District," said Pallas. "I very much look forward to meeting with the school and broader community and working together for the success of all students."
Professional educator with more than 25 years experience
Pallas is currently the Chief Academic Officer and Transition Coordinator in the Greece Central School District, where she has served in various roles over the past 12 years, including assistant superintendent of PK-12 schools for one year; assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for elementary schools and professional development for four years; and director/assistant superintendent of human resources/staff relations for four years. She also served the district as an elementary principal for three years.
Prior to that, Pallas served as principal of Mexico Elementary School in Mexico, NY. She also served the Rome City School District for 10 years as an elementary school teacher.
Pallas holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the Warner School at the University of Rochester, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from the State University of New York at Cortland. She earned a master's degree in education from Elmira College, and a bachelor's degree in education from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Greece Police Unveil New Police Cars
WHEC reports: "Greece Police have unveiled their newly redesigned Greece Police Department vehicles. The 2012 Greece Police Patrol Vehicle will feature a new make and model vehicle, as well as a new exterior design. The new cars will be transitioned in to the vehicle fleet as they need to be replaced.
For the first time since the early 1990s, the vehicle will not be a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor as the Ford Motor Company has ended production of the vehicle. After extensive research, the Greece Police Department chose the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle as the new patrol car for the department.
With the change in vehicle make and model, came a change in design of the Greece Police vehicle. The new exterior design will include a new charcoal gray with silver and white markings. The word POLICE will appear in large print on the side of the vehicle, with the words TOWN OF GREECE and the Greece Police Badge on the front doors. New additions to the design include the American Flag on the fender and a “September 11, 2001 – Never Forget” memorial on the back bumper. In a return to an old design, the Greece Police motto of “Serve, Guide, and Protect” is written on the back fender."
SCATS ~~ Lots of fancy verbiage but not a single word about cost!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
GET OUT & VOTE!!
From my Facebook friends ... "WHO IS IT??"
Barack Obama met with the Queen of England. He asked her, "Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?"
"Well," said the Queen, "The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people."
Obama frowned, and then asked, "But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?"
The Queen took a sip of tea and replied, "Oh, that's easy: you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle." The Queen then pushed a button on her intercom and said, "Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?"
Tony Blair walked into the room and said, "Yes, Your Majesty?"
The Queen smiled and said, "Answer me this please, Tony, your mother and father have a child. It is not your brother and it is not your sister. Who is it?"
Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, "That would be me." "Yes! very good," said the Queen.
Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden, his Vice President, the same question. "Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have a child. It's not your brother and its not your sister. Who is it?"
"I'm not sure," said Biden. "Let me get back to you on that one." He went to his advisers and asked every one, but none could give him an answer.
Finally, Biden ran in to Sarah Palin while eating out one night.
Biden asked, "Sarah, can you answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and its not your brother or you sister. Who is it?"
Sarah Palin answered right back, "That's easy, its me!" Biden smiled, and said, "Thanks!" Then he went back to speak with Obama. "Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle. ------ Its Sarah Palin."
Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face, "No you idiot! Its Tony Blair!"
AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS.
Monday, November 05, 2012
It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session @5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.
Pre-Budget Hearing following presentation on:
Budget Process & Adoption of Budget Goals (6:30PM)
NOT A SINGLE PERSON CARED
ENOUGH TO SPEAK @ the HEARING!
Other Agenda Items:
Special Education : Program Performance & Plan
SCATS ~~ Watch out folks! When they think no one's watching, they are likely to do something costly.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
I see from the Greece School District's website that applications for Schools-of-Choice & Secondary Option are being taken now. This brings to mind a number of questions, many leftover from the School Consolidation process. Among them:
- What changes are being made to Pine Brook to balance that school's demographics & bring it in-line with other district schools?
- Will the lottery continue to be a sham, or will we be able to see who the actual "winners" are this time around? If you are going to apply, then there should be NO reason to hide it, right?
- Will 6th grade be starting at Olympia HS next year?
- What measures do we have from this year's School Consolidation experience to use to evaluate whether changes made were for the better, or worse?
- Have we "consolidated" sufficiently? How do we know?
- WHAT is the purpose of a School-of-Choice?
- How much extra does retaining Schools-of-Choice cost us?
Friday, November 02, 2012
The COP UNION has gotten together with the GCSD UNION and Union Member teachers will pick about 25 kids "who could use a little extra help".
Who says Greece Cops don't have guts? Did any of the 4 cops fronting this deal make less than $100,000 from taxpayers last year?
Has anyone ever seen an accounting of previous Shop With a Cop outings? How much was paid to who's wife to stuff the mailers in the envelopes and mail them?
Is this even a legal function for a Police UNION in NY State? 11/02/2012 12:46 AM
SCATS ~~ You've asked some EXCELLENT questions! I had no idea that Shop With A Cop was funded from this, but I have wondered exactly HOW the recipients are chosen. Is there a process that makes it fair for all? I've long suspected that favorites are chosen ... especially since there's no proof required to determine how much "help" any of the families need.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Due to the oncoming Frankenstorm called "Sandy," Greece Town & School District officials have put a morataorium on scandals for the rest of this week. They realize that Sandy will grab the headlines, no matter how hard they try. It is expected that "business as usual" will return to Greece by Monday Nov. 5th ... and so will the scandals.
Posted by SCATS at 11:48 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2012
UPDATE: Couple Shares An Interesting Activity
"A retired firefighter from Greece’s Ridge Road Fire District was arrested on drug charges Friday.
Greece police say Thomas Channell, 53, of 80 Bright Autumn Lane, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and second-degree criminal marijuana possession, a Class D felony.
His wife, Leeann Channell, 51, was arrested on the same charges.
Both were arraigned in Greece Town Court. They are being held at the Monroe County Jail on $2,500 bail, $5,000 bond each."
SCATS ~~ First the PD, now the FD?
I have a soon to be 6th grader and they sent a letter asking which school we would select, if available.
Is there any difference?
I can't relocate and private school is not an option.
Really looking for some help from the community. 10/26/2012 9:08 PM
SCATS ~~ My choice would be Odyssey if only because I think that school's principal keeps somewhat more order in the building which results in less uproar, fewer fights, etc. By all means AVOID OLYMPIA!
Other input is welcomed, but PLEASE keep it helpful, folks.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
As i sit here contemplating what my educational career has come to, i am reminded that i chose this career because i thought that i could make a difference in the lives of children. I also thought that this profession was respected and admired, but i have quickly learned that it is neither. Teachers today are nothing more than a punching bag for right-wing beaurocrats who, to further their agenda, would sell out their own mothers for a quick buck. The left-wing democrats are no different pushing down our throats regulation and testing to justify thier own messed up school reform efforts, not realizing that any reform takes a minumum 3-5 years to show any results. When you have messed up a child's educational life, @ 13 yrs, you are messing with almost half of their learning. Mess that up and you have lost those children. BW, i recall when you were promoting the school consolidation efforts that that you specifically stated "we are doing this for the children and we teachers must work through this process for the sake of our children". Chris Sloan also sstated that we are " flying this plane as we build it". You are messing with the lives of children. There will never be another 7th or 8th grade for most if not all these kids and the education they are getting is sub-par at the most and deplorable at the least. When you were thinking this through i know you did not have the best interest of the students in mind, all you saw were dollar signs in closing down schools. Teachers and students a stressed beyond the normal stresses of schools. All the teachers are teaching in multiple rooms, sometimes with other teachers in the classroom trying to maintain and fulfill their professional responsibility. Planning time for most teachers is nothing more than an escape from what has become "hell" in the classroom. Teachers are asked more and more to give up things so as to meet the demands that regulation has placed on us and also the conditions you have placed us in. Why is it that i must work in these conditions but yet expect that my results be better than ever before? Did you not think that something would falter with these consolidations? What is happening is that the morale of the teachers and students is terrible. I am a prime example of what has become of your experiment. I hate going to school not because i hate the kids, but because i hate the conditions i work in. The kids hate coming to school because they hate the conditions also. I see their anguish in their eyes. Ironically the opening day speaker spoke of building relationship. How can you build relationships when you have no rooms to build those relationship? This is what i see happening with you. You will probably get another contract only becuase those idiots on the board have no clue about the situation at the schools. You will probably be lauded for saving the district money, and you will probably take the credit for any student success, if there really is one. You will then go on to bigger and better things on a national level and probably write a book on school consolidation pimping your own successful consolidation process, all the while the students that you hurt will be struggling to make sense of what became of their "free and equal education" under the law. Did you forget that students are entitled to a free and equatable education. And that any variation of that is denying a student their basic civil rights. Why is it that a child in the olympia school is getting a less that equitable education than the students at athena and arcadia? I hope you are aware that you have opened yourself and the district up for litigation should a parent ever decide that your actions and the actions of the board constitute a civil right violation. Maybe even a class action suit brought on by many parents. Your only hope is that these parents lay dormant enough so that you can accomplish your goal.
Sincerely a very bitter, sad and depressed olympia teacher 10/23/2012 9:39 AM
Monday, October 22, 2012
Agenda Items Include ...
Board Recognition (Will they pat themselves on their backs?)
Students & Principal on Dignity for All Initiatives (More "feel good" crapple)
New Polling Locations due to School Consolidation (Yawn ...)
SCATS ~~ With all of Greece Central's ongoing troubles you'd think they'd have a meeting and try to accomplish something worthwhile!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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Posted by SCATS at 2:54 PM
YNN reports: "William Reilich Junior was charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument. In court he pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument
In court he told the judge, "I'm sorry I made a mistake, I will never be back here again."
Court documents say Reilich illegally claimed more than $7,000 in unemployment benefits from June 2009 until January 2010. Reilich, who is the son of Monroe County Republican Chair Bill Reilich was sentenced to spend 12 consecutive Saturdays in the Monroe County Jail.
His attorney said his client has paid all the money back. He is also in treatment for a gambling addiction."
News10NBC has learned Reilich Jr. currently works at the airport.
The 31-year-old will work 12 weekend days as a sentence. He has paid $7,700 in restitutions for his crimes.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
A Greece Police officer and a suspect are both in the hospital. Investigators say it all started with a man stealing candy from a gas station.
News10NBC was there when the officer and suspect were put on stretchers and taken to the hospital.
Police say the man stole some candy Tuesday morning from the Hess gas station on West Ridge Road. The officer was responding and spotted a man who matched the description on nearby Fetzner Road. When he stopped him and started questioning him, police say the man started fighting with the officer in the street.
Captain Brian Uhrmacher said, “An officer doesn't know from one day to the next what he's going to be dealing with and the unfortunate part of this whole thing is this individual chose to engage an officer in a physical confrontation over some candy that was stolen.”
The officer and suspect have some cuts from the scuffle. The suspect also complained of chest pain. Both men are expected to be okay.