Friday, March 30, 2012

Taxpayers Will Pay For Hockey Bully Mess

  
Victim's Family Sues 
District For Violent Acts

Lawsuit alleges Tyler Grimshaw “demonstrated a pattern of aggression toward his hockey teammates.”

Tyler Grimshaw


The suit further alleges that:
  • School officials & coaches ignored Grimshaw's behaviors
  • Grimshaw caused concussions in other players
  • Grimshaw shot another athlete with an Airsoft gun in the shower
  • Grimshaw aimed the gun at a coach
  • Grimshaw “opened fire on a bunch of ‘rookies’ (freshman and sophomore)”
The claim against the district says that currently, the victim is subjected to harassment at school by students who “consider him a ‘whistleblower’ against a popular older athlete.”

STORY

SCATS ~~ Of course the hockey coach is STILL WORKING for the Greece Central Sports Dysfunction (GCSD) endangering the welfare of other players by his inability to properly supervise those he is paid to watch over, guide and teach! How many more incidents will it take before we remove this employee?
 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

WHERE is the PUBLIC Discussion??


We've been scammed again!

If you've lived in the Town of Greece for any length of time, then you are likely aware of one or more instances where the community has been misled by the powers that be. Guess what? It's happened again!

It turns out that the publicly held lottery to determine who gets to attend a school-of-choice in the fall was a complete sham! Yup, we were lied to again and the evidence is all over the GCSD website.


February 21st they posted:

Public Lottery to Be Held the Week of March 12
Officials have asked a retired Brockport administrator to host the Greece Central School District's public lottery sometime the week of March 12. Names will be drawn in public for open spots at the district’s open enrollment schools – Pine Brook and West Ridge elementary schools and Odyssey Academy.

March 9th they posted:

Public Lottery Set for Friday, March 16
Greece Central School District Officials today announced that the public lottery for Pine Brook, West Ridge and Odyssey will be held on Friday, March 16. The date was selected to ensure that all families had adequate time to read and complete the applications.
Officials have asked a retired administrator to host the lottery. Student ID numbers will be drawn in public for open spots in kindergarten and grade 6 at the district’s open enrollment schools.

March 13th they posted:

Public Lottery Time and Location Announced
Greece Central School District Officials today announced that the public lottery for Pine Brook, West Ridge and Odyssey will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16 in room E46 at Apollo Middle School, 750 Maiden Lane. Numbers will be drawn in public for open spots in kindergarten and grade 6 at the district’s open enrollment schools.

In reality, it seems they drew numbers so that the "winners" didn't know they had won ... until contacted by District Office. How is this better than previous lotteries done in secret? The answer is that it does not!

When and where was the PUBLIC DISCUSSION to reveal how this process evolved from one of drawing names to one of drawing meaningless numbers?

If you watch this video of our recent Town Board's Resident's Forum, you will learn that the Greece Central School District has become as secretive as the Greece Town Board.

That's NOT good government for any of us!
    

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Budget Study Session Tuesday, 6:30PM

   
Come behold DO staff as they dazzle you with ever shrinking numbers!

Observe the use of smoke, mirrors, sleight of hand ...




WHICH cup is that little ball under now??

The one in the middle?

Are you sure??
  
  

Friday, March 23, 2012

Was SOC Lottery Meaningless?

   
 AnonymousAnonymous said...

What I wonder is how many other parents like myself sent in an application fro OA for 6th grade and oops did not get an assigned number for lottery? I know that application was received since I got a notification of acceptance in a secondary option school....

Also how is it an open public lottery if the parents were not given the corresponding "ticket number" PRIOR to lottery? Again is it only the higher powers that have access to that info? If so the lottery was meaningless, if you did not know your students number you can never verify if you were in fact a winner or not....more "trust us" at DO   3/23/2012 3:00 PM

SCATS ~~ You ask a very good question! I wasn't aware that parents didn't have their numbers BEFORE the lottery happened. Was this the intended method?
  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Meg Quitting Clarkstown

 
To Lead Elmwood Franklin School In Buffalo

“In the six years I have been in Clarkstown, it has been my privilege to work alongside a gifted staff on behalf of talented and exceptional young people. I am so very grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the support I have received.” ~~ Meg Keller-Cogan (Source)
   

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Where, Oh Where Was Auberger?

  
Anonymous said...
Breaking news: auberger absent at town board meeting. I don't know why. If anything the board rushed even faster than normal through the agenda.   3/20/2012 7:12 PM

SCATS ~~ It's my understanding that it was announced that he was "excused" from attending the meeting, but no reason was given. What's up with that?
   

The Budget Nobody Cares About

   
Not a single resident spoke at Tuesday evening's pre-budget hearing in the Greece Central School District ... not one!

Nobody cares that 21.4 teaching jobs are gone.

Maybe GTA should sit up & take note that no one cares about teacher layoffs.
  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Town Board Meeting Tonight, 6PM

    
AGENDA

Authorization to apply for an Earth Day grant through the Air & Waste Management Assn for dog waste bag dispensers for Town parks; further authorization for the Supervisor to review all related documents.

SCATS ~~ Could we get some of these "waste bag dispensers" to use at school & town board meetings to clean up after our politicians, too?
 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Let The Whining Begin!

  
Greece Central School District's
Pre-Budget Hearing
Tuesday @6:30 PM


The lie ... Julia VanOrman, BOE Prez. ~~ the district is “looking at doing business differently than we have in the past.” (source)

SCATS ~~ How is this "different" when all sorts of contortions were made to retain schools-of-choice but give NO REASON FOR WHY THEY EXIST? Oh, I get it! They "looked at it" but did little to make real change!
 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What The Lottery Podcast Tells Us

     
I just finished watching the drawing of the lucky lottery winners for Odyssey Academy's 6th grade, West Ridge's kindergarten & Pine Brook's weighted kindergarten lottery.

For Odyssey Academy's incoming 6th grade, a total of 117 numbers were drawn. That represents about the number of students (115 actual planned for) attending the lower grade levels at this school. The first 15 numbers "won" slots for the 2012-13 school year while the rest were put on a waiting list.

For West Ridge's kindergarten, 43 numbers were drawn for 15 slots. Again, the remaining were put on a waiting list.

Not surprisingly, Pine Brook's weighted lottery pulled at least 296 numbers (I didn't pay attention to be sure that was the absolute highest drawn)! That's about three times the number of students they can accommodate at any given grade level, meaning the waiting list is enormous, just as it always has been! Only 15 lucky numbers "won" entry for September.

The bottom line: It does not appear that the school consolidation plan has changed the desirability of the schools-of-choice from the previous pecking order they held. Pine Brook remains GCSD's most "desired" school, followed by Odyssey with West Ridge a distant third.

Can someone tell me WHY we are doing all of this shuffling around when little real change is being made?
  

Friday, March 16, 2012

SOC LOTTERY TODAY @10:30AM

  
Apollo Middle School ~~ Room E-46

Student ID numbers will be drawn in public for open spots in kindergarten and grade 6 at the district’s open enrollment schools. Interested residents can witness the public drawing. The lottery will also be recorded and posted to the school consolidation and district websites as a podcast.

According to Laurel Heiden, the lottery will fill only 35 kindergarten slots at Pine Brook, 15 kindergarten slots at West Ridge and 15 sixth-grade openings at Odyssey Academy

SCATS ~~ So now we get to see how few slots are REALLY open in this process. Once again, we must ask:
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE TO THE DISTRICT
OF A SCHOOL-of-CHOICE??
  

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Teacher Evaluation System Breakdown

  
News10NBC has the break-down of a new teacher evaluation system. Once it's signed into law, teachers in our area and across the state will be evaluated on a new ratings system.

A majority of the performance points – 60-percent--- will come from classroom observations along with student and parent feedback.

Teachers will also be rated on student academic achievement including state tests.

Teacher Performance – 60 points
Under the legislation, 60 percent of a teacher's evaluation will be based on rigorous and nationally recognized measures of teacher performance. The legislation requires that a majority of the teacher performance points will be based on classroom observations by an administrator or principal, and at least one observation will be unannounced. The remaining points will be based upon defined standards including observations by independent trained evaluators, peer classroom observations, student and parent feedback from evaluators, and evidence of performance through student portfolios.

Student Achievement in State & Local Assessments– 40 points
Under the legislation, 40 percent of a teacher's evaluation will be based on student academic achievement, with 20 percent from state testing and 20 percent from a list of three testing options including state tests, third party assessments/tests approved by the SED and locally developed tests that will be subject to SED review and approval. Under the plan, school districts will also have the option of using state tests to measure up to 40 percent of a teacher's rating.

Rating System
The legislation significantly tightens the scoring system to ensure student achievement and teacher performance are both properly taken into account for teacher ratings. Teachers or principals that are rated ineffective in the 40 points could not receive a developing score overall.

Ineffective: 0 – 64
Developing: 65 – 74
Effective: 75 – 90
Highly Effective: 91 – 100
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

GCSD Budget Proposal Eliminates 17 Teachers

   
13WHAM news reports:

The budget proposal calls for eliminating 42 positions, not counting those who are leaving due to retirement or resignation. Seventeen of those positions are teaching positions which include K-12 teachers on special assignment, elementary teachers, secondary teachers and librarians.

Other changes include:
- Eliminating math coaches and literacy coaches. Instead, teacher leaders will take on those roles.
- Field trips will be limited to one per grade and "virtual field trips" will be used to supplement.
- The Universal Pre-K program will be restructured to only use grant money, not district money.
- AP exams will be administered by district personnel to cut back on the use of substitute teachers.
- Athletic teams could be merged with the approval of Section V.
- The administration office will be reorganized over the next three years.
- Overtime for non-salary positions will be reduced.
- Tutoring will be restructured so that students are tutored with the use of computers and tutoring software.
- Teachers who act as club sponsors and sports team coaches will see a reduction in their stipends at the K-8 level.

On Tuesday night, the cabinet said they worked the budget to stay within the 1.73 percent tax cap.

SCATS ~~ I have yet to hear them say they've closed the budget gap. Have they?
  
 

NGN Meeting Tonight @7PM

  
Aldersgate Methodist Church

CHIEF TODD will be tooting his horn
  
 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM

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


AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

School Consolidation Update

Budget Presentation (Where's the documentation?)

Corrective Action Plan * - Extraclassroom Activity Fund Financial Report June 30, 2011 (W/A)

Independent Internal Audit Report ** Disbursements Examination

2002, 2003a, 2003b, 2004 Bond Refunding

* This report shows GCSD performs VERY poorly in overseeing fundraisers & in handling the money afterwards. I can't help but wonder if such poor oversight exists with the annual budget, too.
** This "confidential" report was posted to BoardDocs. SCATS has created & retained a copy ;)
    

Monday, March 12, 2012

Greece Central To Hold PUBLIC LOTTERY

  
Public Lottery Planned For
Week of March 12

Officials have asked a retired Brockport administrator to host the Greece Central School District's public lottery sometime the week of March 12. Names will be drawn in public for open spots at the district’s open enrollment schools – Pine Brook and West Ridge elementary schools and Odyssey Academy.

The district will announce the exact date, time and location of the public lottery as soon as it becomes available. Interested residents will be able to witness the public drawing. The lottery will also be recorded and posted to the school consolidation and district websites as a podcast.

SCATS ~~ Hallelujah!!!! It only took 22 years & 9 changes in administration to get a PUBLICLY HELD LOTTERY!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

GCSD Poor Stewards Of Fundraiser $$'s

   
Report shows numerous oversights, sloppy accounting practices in handling fundraiser monies

Corrective Action Plan * - Extraclassroom Activity Fund Financial Report June 30, 2011

SCATS ~~ If they can't handle the small things properly, can we be confident they are handling the budget/taxpayer's funds correctly?
  

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Can We Afford To Keep School Resource Officers?

  
Can We Afford Not To Keep Them?

SCATS ~~ We must pay top dollar (overtime rates) for the few hours/week each cop spends in our secondary schools. That makes them a pricey line item to fund in tight budgetary times. Are they a "want" or a "need"?
  

Monday, March 05, 2012

Mandating Life-Saving Techniques

  
Alesi Wants Schools To Train Students In CPR/AED

"It amazes me how few people know what to do in a situation like this." ~~ Sen. Jim Alesi

SCATS ~~ Good idea, or bad? Is it worth the time, expense?
 

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Common Sense Isn't So Common ...

  
Anonymous said...

Just close OA as it is only going to be the new Apollo and put all the kids into their home schools on all levels. If the parents don't like their choice MOVE or send their kids to private schools.

By closing OA and going to home schools transportation costs go down.

Eliminate modified sports altogether which would help the community teams thrive.

Teachers should be allowed to be fired based on poor performance - how about eliminating the Social Studies teacher at Athena Middle School who supports Syracuse and watches all their games at school during March madness!

Greece needs to tighten their belt just like many families have to do - let's eliminate the secretaries for each principal and have them share one in each building.

Just take a look and eliminate the waste!!!    3/01/2012 12:55 PM

SCATS ~~ I'm taking a minute to post this here since it was originally posted under an irrelevant thread.