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?
  

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

My neighbor was told applications where numbered as they came in and I was told they were randomly assigned numbers. We both received our answers from the same person at DO. The lottery, in my opinion was no different that the computerized random lottery in past years. This process of podcasting the drawing and hiring someone to pull the tickets was a way to manipulate the district into believing that the process was changing. For all we know the 15 winners for OA had been selected and then assigned the winning numbers...and no matter what DO states to be the truth, they did not take the time to rule out any question of impropriety so they once again fail to regain trust from the parents in this district.

Anonymous said...

If the process cannot be transparent, then that is prima facia evidence that it is not open, fair and legitimate.
It is time to stop the farce, eliminate schools of special preference for a few selected students and return to neighborhood schools that must each perform and teach our children.

Anonymous said...

The number of inconsistencies in what was said and actually took place are typical of this district. These private schools are going to be zoned to include neighborhoods, there going to be filled via the lottery, they're going to reflect district demographics, it's all one big damn joke, period.

Neither our boe nor our super can explain why we have school of choice. He'll they can't even tell us accurately what it costs us, yet it continues.

Anonymous said...

That means that people could attend the open lottery and not know whether their child was chosen from this process? That's ridiculous.
The district will probably say there were numbers instead of names to protect privacy of the winners. Even if that is the case the contenders should have known on the spot of the drawing whether they were winners or not.
Were the waiting list winners also picked at that time? They must have been because the wait list is in priority also.
The writer that said the winners could have been selected ahead of time, predetermined, and then assigned the winning identifying numbers is right.
It's even more deceptive than before because they are covering it up with more levels of deceit. Premeditated and calculated.

Anonymous said...

Can't you tell by the few open spots that were available for the lottery, something as low as 12 or 15 that the whole process is basically returning to a neighborhood school. Most the spots are now filled by neighborhood students and siblings. So there were only 15 spots left after this. In a few more years it will be just a neighborhood school populated by the students in that attendance zone. The SOC are on the way of being fazed so there won't be any more of this nonsense, and everyone will be going to a school based on their home address. By restricting the lottery to only 6th and Kindergarten it the starting point.

SCATS said...

To 4:40PM ~~ While what you say might be true (time will tell) it's still disgusting to think that DO is playing some sort of mind game with parents about the lottery!

Anonymous said...

4;40 As long as we have open enrollment what you say cannot be true.

Anonymous said...

It's even more disgusting to think that although they are basically returning to neighborhood schools, they'll continue to waste taxpayer money transporting those who choose to cling to their school of choice. How about growing a set of stones and just saying enough is enough everyone back to their neighborhood school.

Anonymous said...

They will not return to neighborhood schools for the same reason the RCSD busses all over. It is to "balance poverty...I know it is not balanced but that is the reason. It is my understanding that NYS also has a law that requires district to bus especially when there are highly concentrated areas of poverty.

Anonymous said...

The districts own website states "NAMES"will be drawn when announcing the public lottery date. NO WHERE does it say numbers associated to student id's that only someone at DO know the identity of said winners....

SCATS said...

To 9:54AM ~~ In that case, they outright LIED TO US! I watched the podcast, they drew numbers, not names ;)

Anonymous said...

Per the Greece Website
NOt only did they lie and state names, then student ID's but did neither!

Posted on: March 13, 2012

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. The exact time and location of the public lottery will be released 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.

If you or someone you know has a child who will enter kindergarten or sixth grade next year and would like a school choice application, please call 966-2600 ASAP.


Posted on: March 9, 2012

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.

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 said...

To 2:01PM ~~ You are two steps ahead of me today. I looked that up earlier and planned to write a BLOG about where was the discussion about the changes in what they planned to do. There's too much closed door, behind the scenes canoodling going on with our BOE!