Sunday, January 22, 2012

What Will The BOE Do To Make Ends Meet?

  
School Consolidation Special Meeting
&
BOE Vote On The Plan
Tuesday @6:30PM




"We know what our financial picture looks like ... we can't bury our heads in the sand." ~~ Julia VanOrman, Greece BOE Prez.
  

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the smart money here is betting that the BOE takes their girl’s recommendations, absurd as they are, and f*** them up even worse. These people can’t get simple issues correct. Since they are so dead set on keeping SOC at any cost, this is no longer a simple issue. My prediction is that come Wednesday morning we will have set the “laughing stock” bar at an all new record height. I want to see the BOE tell parents (of those affected) to their face that to keep SOC, they’ll be sending sixth grade students to Olympia. OMG! Will this be the closing statement Tuesday night:

“I’m sorry to inform you that your children will be treated as guinea pigs and placed in Olympia to start sixth grade, as a result of school of choice. Unfortunately, we still haven’t established a purpose for having schools of choice though. Thanks for coming. Good night.”

Anonymous said...

I'm confused.
Don't we already have 6-8 graders at Athena and Arcadia?
Why all the uproar about 6-8 graders at Olympia?

I know. SOC BAD, Busing BAD, Neighborhood schools good!

SCATS said...

To 10:27PM ~~ Re: "Why all the uproar about 6-8 graders at Olympia?"

Let's see ... where to begin ... let's start with the fact that most people who send their kids to Odyssey do so to AVOID SENDING THEM TO OLYMPIA HS!

Why do they want to avoid Olympia? Olympia HS is among the WORST PERFORMING SUBURBAN SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTY! And Olympia HS is KNOWN FOR ITS RACIAL UNREST, FIGHTS, GANG ACTIVITY, BEING A HAVEN FOR CITY KIDS ...

Get the picture??

Anonymous said...

@10:27 Don't you know Olympia is a scary, scary place full of gangsters who live in the city and have their parents drop them off alternately on Black Walnut and Bonesteel so they can evade the fuzz and infiltrate our schools?

Anonymous said...

Arcadia MS is a seperate building from the HS and Athena has an entire floor for the MS (seperate from the HS).

At Olympia, 6th graders will have to walk the same halls as 12th graders (11 year olds with 18 year olds)because they need to share the gym, offices, cafe, art/music/tech classrooms, etc.

A disaster waiting to happen. If your child is slated to go to OLY as a 6th grader.....its time to move.

Anonymous said...

10:27, Who was kicked out of their neighborhood school at Arcadia to allow the 6-8 graders to come in?

Of the (then) incoming 6-8 graders got into the NEW Arcadia middle school, how many were selected to attend via a mysterious lottery?

How many of the (then) incoming 6-8 graders were being bussed clear across town to get to Arcadia, nather than to their home school?

Frankly, your assertion that this proposed move at Olympia/Apollo is even similar to when Arcadia opened up a NEW building, dedicated as a junior high is, at best, insulting to readers. Newsflash, Olympia is a hole, you know it and I know it. It has performed well below other schools in even our own low performing district. The reasons are fairly simple for that. Now your rationalizing placing a 6th grader into that environment in the name of keeping SOC. The same SOC that nobody (even the Supt.) can rationalize spending a nickel on, by the way. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

24 hours until a dumb idea get's made even worse. Maybe even another quick study group or community forum to buy a little more time before you tell families their sixth graders will go to Olympia... but you can't explain WHY their going there.

Anonymous said...

To All:

Just for the record, when the first Arc. M.S. school opened at Arcadia HS in 1987 it was in portable classrooms. The first year was only 6th grade. Next year 6 and 7. The third year was 6,7, and 8. Middle schoolers had the cafe,art, music, gym in the HS and rode the HS bus. We had limited problems with Arc. HS students. Admittedly that was 24 years ago.

Enjoy

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Yeah Doug. It was 24 years ago and Arcadia wasn't full of vile city thugs.

Anonymous said...

I am ok with my children moving to OL next year and years after. I also did get a clarification via a phone call that the 6th graders next year and the following year will be together there will not be 2 parallel school with in OA as was initially proposed. I filled out the survey and wrote a letter. I will support the change and in return I have reiterated that non residence illegally attending OL need to be dealt with. Other than that there is not much else I can do. I will continue to support my children academically and support those that teach them. Best wishes to all during this change/transition.

Anonymous said...

We all know Olympia has turned into a cess pool academically so my question is this.........Why is the Principal still there????? She has been at the helm for several years there and it appears a leadership change is needed. If results were this bad in the private sector she would have been fired. The academic outcomes at this H.S. are a disgrace.

The district also needs to get on the ball and get rid of all the non Greece students. Not just at Olympia but district wide!

Anonymous said...

I think the Principal was awarded with an "Administrator of the Year" award within the past couple of years (not by the district, but by some other org.)

Believe it or not.

Anonymous said...

The veiled racism displayed on this blog is becoming disturbing.

"gangsters who live in the city"
"vile city thugs"

Come on folks. I half-expect to see sheets and pointy hats at the next board meeting.

Anonymous said...

8:04, so what your saying is that your ok with your children being shafted in exchange for other (more special) kids receiving a private education. All the while, your ok with the idea of spending the extra tax money to afford them (other kids) their private education. Oh, and because you never said otherwise, I'll assume your ok with a Supt. making a small fortune annually, who can't explain why any of this is necessary or beneficial.

You should write a parenting book. Title it "How to raise pushovers".

Anonymous said...

For sure we will be making some tough sixth graders. See, not all is lost!

SCATS said...

To 2:52PM ~~ I almost didn't post either of the comments you quoted ... but my decision to do so was based upon the idea that:
1 - I think we need to be aware that SOME folks feel that way, even if it is disturbing and
2 - in comparison to half a dozen comments I haven't posted, these were relatively tame.

To 3:14PM ~~ Don't forget, SOME PEOPLE actually like the taste of the Kool-aid ;)

Anonymous said...

2:52, your right, we should stop the 'veiled' racism. We should, as a district, flat out move toward total segregation.

Oh wait, we've got SOC, we're well on our way!

Anonymous said...

Anyone attend the basketball game at OL last night? Not pretty.

Anonymous said...

5:07pm what happened at basketball game? Parent of next year 7th grader wants to know :) thanks

Anonymous said...

I was wrong! I predicted the BOE would screw up a bad idea even worse. It turns out that just a bad idea was approved. Wow, great job folks! Jesus, could we please get Walts back here?

Babs, is there any chance you get the hell out of here before my daughter is forced into Olympia as an 11 year old next year? Great job on the national search that ended in Lyndoville!

SCATS said...

To 9:47 & 10:12PM ~~ According to one esteemed BOE member tonight, this community needs "to move beyond" talking about the many problems at Olympia. His kid goes there. He's deemed it safe ;)