Monday, January 30, 2012

Babs Gets A "Thumbs Up"

  
Congratulations Are In Order

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, the Greece Central School Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Barbara Dean-Williams’ School Consolidation Plan. Let me say that again, “unanimously” approved the consolidation plan.

This is a landmark decision by the Greece School Board of Education. This is the first time in over a decade the Greece School Board of Education, has been able to put aside their political, petty, irritating and demeaning differences and come together for the good of the students, taxpayers and the Greece Community. This action finally shows a sense of maturity and professionalism on the part of the Greece Board of Education.

Superintendent, Barbara Dean-Williams, with her staff and community members, put together an outstanding school consolidation plan that reduces cost, improves education and attends to long over due needs of Greece Central School District. This conservative yet innovative plan was put together in a little more than six months after the arrival of Superintendent Barbara Dean-Williams. Her ability to think of instruction first, strategically plan, bring community members together and to be able to receive an unanimous vote from the Greece Board of Education, speaks to her outstanding educational characteristics as a school superintendent. In less than seven months, Superintendent Barbara Dean-Williams succeeded when, for over a decade, other school superintendents failed.

Much more work is needed to improve instruction, increase the effectiveness of the school district, raise standardize test scores, and graduation rates but for the first time in over a decade, I am confident that Greece Central School District is finally moving in a positive direction. Congratulations are truly in order for Superintendent Barbara Dean-Williams and the Greece Central School Board of Education.

Sincerely,
Douglas G. Skeet, Former Greece School Principal

SCATS ~~ PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Skeet knows that we're on opposite ends of the spectrum regarding his assessment.
  

18 comments:

14850 said...

Before you pat yourself on the back babs, maybe you need to weed out the teachers who are there for a pay check and a retirement package. and when that happens the children of this school district will win and so will the tax payers.

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Anonymous said...

I agree with Doug. This is an excellent start. For Act 2, let's put together another step in school closing, or an instructional improvement program (i.e. high graduation rates), or a way to evaluate teachers' performance that makes the test scores of the students just one part of the evaluation.
The work is just beginning; let's keep moving.

Anonymous said...

Question: Will the district, Dean-Williams or BOE, release the demographic statistics of the SOC particularly PineBrook sometime next fall? It would be a measure of good faith considering BOE members have family involved. Will they publicly commit to that?
I agree with Mr. Skeet, Dean-Williams is on the right track lets make sure she and the BOE continue.

Anonymous said...

I am curious Mr. Skeet how you see this move as a positive for improving education.
Please explain.

SCATS said...

BLOG Administration edited out a nasty phrase (uncalled for) at the end of 5:20AM's otherwise acceptable comment. It's been reposted below:

Anonymous said...
Skeet: "(The BOE has) come together for the good of the students, taxpayers and the Greece Community"

Umm...Doug, when a student gets removed from their neighborhood school and sent to a hell hole, only to have their now vacant desk occupied by a student shipped in from across town (who‘s parents won a magical lottery)...I would like to know:

A) How is that good for the taxpayer

B) Which of these two students has the BOE really "come together” for

All due respect Doug, please keep in mind that too much sun, xxxxx xxxxxx & a laptop computer should never be mixed together.

1/31/2012 5:20 AM

Anonymous said...

Well, seeing as Dougie approves, shouldn't we all?

Anonymous said...

Rumor is Helen Whal is being hired (out of retirement) to be in charge of the transition? The same Helen Whal who put Apollo on the list of schools needing improvement! OMG Why would Babs make such a choice?

SCATS said...

To 5:17PM ~~ I assume you mean Helen Wahl. Why do they need to bring her back? To do what?

Anonymous said...

Rumor also has it that several Westridge teachers want to put in for a transfer? I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

8:42, We can't even get the board or supt to explain the purpose of schools of choice! All they ask is that we keep flipping the bill.

Anonymous said...

Sort of resembles a 5 man Howard Handupme contest among Board Members.

What's the line they'll get together in 6 months and hang this mess on Babs A$$?

Anonymous said...

If the District and BOE would come up with a solid discipline plan fro K-12, and perhaps using a now vacant WR fro students that can not function in the classrooms then MAYBE there would be less parents avoiding certain sects of Greece. For me one of the most concerning factors of education is the constant disruption by children not able to follow the behavior expectations that are deemed acceptable to most parents in Greece. This solution still provides a "quality public education" avoids suspension? and parents of these children can say nothing. It is long over due that we overhaul the system and stickily enforce behavior and that unacceptable behavior no matter the age will simply not be tolerated.

Anonymous said...

Greece should see selling houses becoming more difficult. Usually online there is a guide that tells which are the schools for that house. It will be sooooo confusing now. They might as well say "open enrollment" or "whatevah". And people as they buy to a bigger house do so with the idea that the kids can attend maybe the same high school. Except for lottery schools they will have to go to another school if they move out of their geographic assigned school. Another inequity of the previous system.
Even in the future if student is in Odyssey part deux they will get to remain there if the family moves within Greece. If a family presently in Arcadia moves to Athena area they will have to possibly not be able to stay in Arcadia. Will there still be secondary choice? In any case there was never a guarantee for placement in a secondary school of choice after a move if you were not in Odyssey.

And now if a student is in Pinebrook and the family moves they can stay in Pinebrook. If a family is in Paddy Hill area and move to Craig Hill area they will have to change schools. The latter is the normal way it is in districts that do not have preferred status for choice school families. But the former is the elite system that we will still have in Greece even after the "consolidation".

Anonymous said...

9;08 you have identified why law suits will be forthcoming.

If our kids are in a school of choice we can move anywhere in Greece with no change in schools and transportation provided. With the elimination of signature schools that will no longer be the case for most = law suit and who can blame them.

Anonymous said...

You seem to know the job better than Babs. Why are you not in education SCATS? You seem to have all the answers. Typical sophomaniac. Oh course, you probably already know what that means since you think you are smarter than everyone else. Do you really love living in the armpit of Monroe County? I'm just thankful I teach there and use your money in my hometown. Keep up the love for us teachers. We certainly love you every other Friday.

Anonymous said...

To 2/1.. 7:45 am-- As a teacher, homeowner, and parent in Greece, I agree with your plan 100%. A solid discipline plan--which ALL students are parents are aware of. Our code of conduct is not enough. As a parent I no longer will need to worry about the effect misbehaving students have on my daughters. I won't have to worry about them disrupting the learning of my daughters or the horrible things they say to the adults at school, my children or other students. I would feel more comfortable about the safety of my girls when they were at school. As a teacher in Greece, it would be a tremendous plus to those students who want to learn. They are the ones who suffer when I spend up to 2 hours a week dealing with behavior issues. I am tired of my students who are interested in learning having to deal with other kids who don't care, don't want to learn, and come to school with very few positive social skills. I agree everyone has a right to education, but those students do not have the right to take education away from the students who want to be at school and find learning important, meaningful and even FUN! I would love to dedicate those hours instead to my other students and provide more rigorous and engaging lessons rather than spending my time dealing with discipline referrals that most times did not even happen in my classroom. As a homeowner, how wonderful would it be if all schools in our district were dedicated to teaching students who WANT to learn; to be that district that people WANT to move into because of the quality of our educaiton. I see it as a win-win scenario. I am sure SCATS will blame us teachers again though--I am sure it is our fault because we can't handle the kids, we don't model appropriate behavior, and we are lazy.

SCATS said...

To 12:37PM ~~ You've failed to show it's not your fault when you have these kids for 6 hours/day. What do you do with them???