Sunday, February 12, 2012

Greece BOE Meeting Tues @6:30PM

   
"It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) and pending litigation." (I wonder if Coach Webb will be the subject once again, hmmm... shall we ask Julia??)

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

  • School Consolidation Presentation, Timeline (This link has detailed attendance zone maps for Pinebrook, West Ridge & Odyssey)
  • NY State/GCSD Budget Development Update (Looks like they're pondering using reserve funds & possibly asking voters to approve a larger levy than the tax cap allows.)

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Scats,
Something has been bothering me a little.
With OA now having a distinct attendance zone, will they now have all varsity sports? Seems unfair to force a child to go to the only district school without a football program.

SCATS said...

To 6:54PM ~~ I've been wondering the same thing since Apollo kids have some sports OA didn't have. I don't believe it's unfair to go without something to get to attend an elite "academy" with stellar results & the opportunity for IB.

To the person who provided the FYI info, TY! I hope there's justice for this poor kid who was victimized.

Anonymous said...

It would be unfair because now some will be forced to attend, as a result of the attendance zone. These people couldn't have screwed this system up any more if they tried. The question about sports is way down on my list of concerns about this change, but it does point out yet another issue that's been created. There is no way this is ironed out by Sept. Why are we keeping SOC again?

Anonymous said...

The reason the original Odyssey was not going to have the same sports is because of size of student body and playing fields or lack thereof. If people chose that school knowing those were the limitations then it was ok. Now they are forcing students there and the enrollment could handle section V and there are suitable playing fields. So it's not a problem. What's next? Sound system and lighted fields. Everything old is new again.

SCATS said...

To 11:21PM ~~ Let us not forget that football is NOT an inexpensive sport. Since we are in a "fiscal crisis" there should be NO NEW SPORTS TEAMS IN THIS UPCOMING BUDGET. Period.

Anonymous said...

i fail to see how the "new" application process is simpler. It has added an application for current 6-11 students? It is a sham plain and simple.
Appears that no bldg. admins have been cut with the consolidation. The OA move now presents an implication of increased spending to fund sports teams...so the saving may be there but still not enough and all for SOC to stay in place.

SCATS said...

To 10:17AM ~~ What's very apparent about THIS school "consolidation" plan is that the motivation behind the end result was NOT fiscally driven! Had it been so, West Ridge would remain open, since we must keep it going until our agreement with Christa ends in 2020. Had it been so, we would be ridding the district of SOCs. Had it been so, we would have tackled the cost of limo rides, er ... uhhh ... I mean busing to babysitters all over town. Had it been so, we would have closed MORE schools. I could go on and on and on, but I'm sure you see what I mean ;)

Anonymous said...

@ 10:17am,

I agree with you that the old application was easy to understand. I think the BOE was simply pandering to a vocal few when they suggested a need to change the application.

There are no longer Bldg Admin for Kirk Rd, or Parkland. So, in fact, there are cuts in Bldg Admin.

The question of sports at OA is troubling and should be addressed.

Anonymous said...

1:13 look at admin assignment on consolidation link they admins have been moved with their students to the new school. The bldgs have closed but staff has just relocated!

Anonymous said...

@2:10pm,

There is one Principal for the combined Brookside/Parkland and one Principal for the combined Paddy Hill/Kirk Rd.

Last year there was a separate Principal for each school.
Seems like they were able to reduce by two Principals.

Same holds true for Asst Principals.

I am not saying these cuts are sufficient, just pointing out that there are cuts.

Accuracy is important. Right, Scats?

Anonymous said...

3:43 It would seem that logically your predictions will come to pass. But the implementation of the staffing is not known until Ms Pallas completes her work. There may very well be equal staff numbers at the schools considering union agreements. We will wait and see. So far only the utilities will see a possible savings if they indeed dump the buildings. If they don't sell them we will be stuck with heating them. And in the case of storage we could be cooling also.

SCATS said...

To 5:18PM ~~ West Ridge will NOT be closed, nor will it be sold.

Anonymous said...

Scats@5:20,
Barnard will be sold. (hopefully)
Does that not accomplish the same thing?
Or at least something similar?

SCATS said...

To 8:41PM ~~ Barnard should have been sold a couple years ago. Several schools need to be emptied & sold, not just one.

Anonymous said...

Like Kirk Rd.
That makes two.
I know it's not enough, but it's a start.

Anonymous said...

@3:43 The current principals at Paddy Hill and Kirk Road are "acting" - Kathy Graupman left Paddy Hill in December, not sure why there is an acting at Kirk Road. Next year they will be moved back to Assistant Principal positions in other buildings. The current principal of Parkland is taking over Paddy Hill / Kirk Rd. I don't see any cuts in all of this....

Anonymous said...

@10:06.
Really? No cuts.

If they had not closed Kirk Rd or moved WR, then how many principals/asst principals would there be?

I'll answer for you.
There would be two more of each.
Plain and simple.