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!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope it gets enough coverage so the public drawing will be continued. At least until we come up with a suitable neighborhood school plan.

Anonymous said...

with about half of open slots going to siblings... not a true lottery. Glad they finally are at least making it an open "limited" lottery...Remember low-income families would have to be OVER represented in lottery pool in order to be proportionally represented in final student body...What is the purpose of SOC and secondary option again? oh yeah...there isn't one

SCATS said...

Good point 9:20AM, but it is better ... relatively speaking .

Anonymous said...

9:20, don't you get it yet? The purpose of the SOC is to allow the favored children to go to a school free of "trouble-makers".It also allows the BOE to point out to critics that we do have a school in the district that excels at education, even if the students are hand picked.

Anonymous said...

I am requesting that the District release the socioeconomic demographics of the SOC as soon as that info is available. Perhaps before the school year starts!

Joe Moscato said...

In 2007',my second year on the board, I asked as a board member,for permission to be present and observe the computer generated lottery process. As I had already anticipated, I was denied access to the process. I was told it ,the lottery, was held in accordance with a Superintendant''s Regulation which specifically identified certain members of the administration who were the only ones involved in the lottery process and could take part in the "Section Process"
I was told that because it was a regulation and not a policy, as a board member, I had no STANDING to be able to observe the lottery process.Simply put, my position on the board did not the right of any stake holder of the district to attend the lottery.How convenient!!I excepted their decision but was not very re assuring to me as I always harbored doubts that the process was not as it appeared. Too
The proposed new method publicly held, will finally put an end to a process that could easily be compromised.renewingconfidence in this controversial policy.

Anonymous said...

It would seem to me that some numbers should be made available prior to lottery time as to how many slots are available and how many slots are filled do to sibling rule.
You can't have an "open lottery" without producing some facts.

Anonymous said...

It would seem to me that in order to justify all the extra bs involved in keeping school of choice, not to mention the untold financial cost, that a Supt. or BOE could explain the purpose of school of choice. I have never once heard 'why' we keep this system. I've never been shown a tangible benefit academically for the district kids as a whole.

Anonymous said...

I am curious to see how many people are choosing Westridge as an option when there attendance zone is the Affinity Lane apartments.

Anonymous said...

How many open spots do you think there are going to really be? My guess is hardly any at odyssey and a handful at pine brook as well since it is only kindergarten and 6th grade only. Which is going to equal a lot of unhappy campers. I agree it is about time the process changed and will slowly become just a neighborhood school since you are only accepting at the 2beginning grades but are they ready for all the sad sack complainers that are going to call and raise a stink that their snowflake didn't have a snowball chance of getting in to odyssey and is stuck at the new Olympia because of the pidly amount of open lottery seats. Maybe once and for all they will stand their ground and the district will tell them that they need to go where they have been assigned to and that is the end of it, no amount of whining will change your assigned school.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why it needs to be a slow transition into neighborhood schools, which I agree it appears they're doing. The wasteful transportation spending that will take place until they reach neighborhood schools is shameful. It's as easy as saying that starting on X date, these schools will be filled by neighborhoods only, period. That is until such time that anyone can show how this system benefits all district kids.