Friday, May 18, 2012

Little White Lies?

Or ...
... Great Big Fat Fibs??

From a Greece Post supplement titled:
 "2012 Greece Community Guide"
(pg.5,  May 17, 2012)

"The Greece Central School District is the ninth largest suburban school district in the state, and the largest suburban district in Monroe County. Providing services for about 13,500 students,* the district's strong academic program prides itself on meeting each student's individual needs, and students consistently achieve excellence** ..."
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*According to the Greece Central School District's own documentation, the school district has NOT had 13,500 students enrolled since the 2005-06 school year!

**According to the NY State Education Dept's School Report Cards, it's been years, if not decades, since Greece Central "met each student's individual needs" or its "students consistently achieved excellence."
      





16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What else could you expect from the most out of touch media source in this area. Every time they print the paper,they embarrass themselves.They never get anything right. When it comes in my mail it goes straight to the blue box.Actually the one positive aspect is the quality of their paper. It puts the D&C to shame when it comes to turning pages and reading it without laying it flat on a table to keep it from crumbling like the D& C does.

SCATS said...

To 2:16PM ~~ I am not blaming the media on this one. I'm blaming the school district who put out this phony PR piece.

Anonymous said...

They do embaress themselves quite nicely. Does GCSD do anything right? It makes me laughthat we really dont have to do anything to discredit this school district, they do a great job. From the principals down to the techers. If you ask me i would like to know what does a principal have to do to get fired? Does it matter that their scores are in the crapper (olympia) or that a hockey team member nearly disabled another player (athena) or that some members of a graduating class get arrested for robbery and are still able to walk the stage
to get their diplomas (arcadia) That is amazing. You cant make this stuff up.

Anonymous said...

Big deal. It's off by about 10%. "About" is a nice round word. And is this different than every business that says they're "the best"?

SCATS said...

To 9:25PM ~~ It IS a big deal when they are undergoing consolidation and can't even show us they've got a handle on the problem. Besides that, since when did Greece Central ever emulate any sort of "business"? If they did, they'd be bankrupt long ago!!

Anonymous said...

It is a big deal seeing that the taxpayers are footing the bill.

Anonymous said...

....and SCATS helps by saying.................................welcome(?)

Anonymous said...

The blurb you posted says that the district "provides services" for about 13,500 students. It does not, as you insinuate, say that 13,500 students go to Greece Central Schools. If the district buses a student to a private or parochial school, it has "provided service" to that student. 13,500 sounds just about right.

Try again.

SCATS said...

To 9:02PM ~~ I know you don't believe that any more than I do ;) That's because the rest of that sentence refers to the 13,500 students GCSD provides for, inhouse. I know we aren't "meeting the needs" of parochial school students or concerned about their academic success. If you want to argue that the 13,500 is separate, then we've once again proven we have no business attempting to educate anyone else when our own staff can't write a grammatically correct sentence that communicates effectively ;)

"Providing services for about 13,500 students, the district's strong academic program prides itself on meeting each student's individual needs, and students consistently achieve excellence**"

Anonymous said...

Scats, I agree with you. GCSD always tries to show a side of them that is not true. Rather than fix the problem they hide it, distort it and then get caught with "their pants down". Their moto should be "do the right thing the first time, not the second, or third time"

Anonymous said...

Does this number include pre-school "students" or are they already in the 12K+ number from the state?

SCATS said...

To 1:53PM ~~ Why wouldn't the state include them in the district's numbers?

Not for nothing, but this PR piece wasn't written with details in mind. Ask any Apollo parent and they can tell you Apollo MS hasn't been in good standing with NY State for several years! That means we certainly weren't including them in the statement that "students consistently achieve excellence."

Anonymous said...

SACTS, I don;t know that the state does or doesn't count them, or that the state is any more accurate than GCSD. I would suppose every taxing authority might have something to gain by a "little fudging" of the numbers.

SCATS said...

To 3:31PM ~~ I looked up GCSD's School Report card on the NYSED website. For the 2010-11 year, it shows that 431 Pre-K students were included in the count with ONLY 11,838 students enrolled for ALL GRADES. So I guess the 13,500 figure used in the PR piece is even more out of date and unreal than I first thought ;)

Anonymous said...

Just one more thing to add to the long list of what Greece Central can't do right, or get right.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like there are more schools to consolidate in the near future!