Monday, July 30, 2012

Pondering Parents' Pet Peeves ...


... SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!

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Since the curriculum for each grade level is supposed to be the same, shouldn't a second grade student from Holmes Road need the same supplies at the same cost as a second grade student attending Pine Brook?

If a Pine Brook kindergarten student's supplies cost $50 but the supplies required for a kindergartner at Autumn Lane cost only $18, will the Pine Brook student get a better education for spending more money?

 

Friday, July 27, 2012

703,833 Reasons To Retire ...


Karen Klein:
 Takes The Money & Runs

A Real Head-Scratcher Involving GPD

  
Why Did Greece PD Help
420 Emporium Owner
Evade Media Questions?


In an apparent attempt to intimidate news reporters from covering the activities of her stores, the woman who has identified herself online as the owner of at least four outlets of The 420 Emporium contacted law enforcement on Monday and accused The Batavian's publisher of harassing her.
A police officer with the Greece PD contacted Howard Owens at 9:18 p.m., Monday, and ordered him to not have further contact with Amber Snover.
Snover was the subject of a story on The Batavian on Monday identifying her as the self-proclaimed owner of 420 shops in Brockport, Fulton, Henrietta and Syracuse. It's unclear if she also owns the Batavia store at 400 Ellicott St.
When contacted via phone on Monday, Snover denied ownership of all five locations and Owens followed up with a text message question and an exchanged ensured in which she accused Owens of harassing her even though it was his first contact with her.
Owens, who had identified himself clearly on the initial call, informed Snover further via text that he was a reporter with legitimate questions.
When Owens told the Greece PD officer the same thing, the officer told Owens he had no right to contact Snover, that she was "alarmed and annoyed" by the contact and that if he contacted her again "we will issue a warrant for your arrest."
The Public Information Officer for the Greece PD, Capt. Steve Chatterton, said today the contact by the officer was a typical courtesy call placed by a police officer at the behest of an individual who wanted to request no further contact.
Chatterton said no police report was taken and no charges are pending. He said if Owens felt obliged as a journalist to seek an interview in the future with Snover, an arrest warrant would not be automatic. He said the circumstances of the case would be reviewed with the Monroe County District Attorney's Office before deciding how to proceed.
  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Another Karen Klein Moment Waiting To Happen?

 
Anonymous said...



Scats how this for irresponsible behavior

http://www.greecepost.com/latestnews/x814447599/Greece-Board-of-Education-votes-to-allow-cell-phone-use-in-schools.

"But board member Joseph Quirk said these and more problems would have to be addressed in the future.

"I think its going to bring tech into the classroom," Quirk said. "If there are issues down the road we can always come back and address them, but we're in the 21st century. Gulp and go forward and see what happens."

Now, I don't know about anyone else, but what Quirk said says it all about the disfunctionality of this board and how out of touch they are with reality. This is just another "Karen Klien" moment ready to happen. Apparently making comments that are as idiotic as this one are the norm on this BOE.    7/25/2012 9:13 AM




SCATS ~~ I'm very happy to see I'm not alone in thinking this statement was totally irresponsible!! When I heard it, I thought he may as well say "Go ahead & sue us now, we deserve it." Maybe the 33 page Discipline Code was too much for our BOE to fathom ...?

On another note ... why the heck are so few BOE members attending meetings regularly?? If they do not have the time for this service, then they should step down & step aside for someone who does! A newly elected member should NOT be missing meetings. A couple more senior members have been missing quite a few. Last night, it appears that Sean McCabe, Joe Grinnan & Gale O'Toole couldn't be bothered attending the Greece Board of Education meeting. I think I'm going to start to track their attendance.
  
    

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SOCCER TEAMS FINED!!

  
Greece Eclipse & Attica Girls Soccer Teams Fined For Melee*

  • Teams fined $500 each
  • Eclipse player barred for rest of season, fined $400
  • Coaches fined for NOT controlling crowds & their teams
  • ALL FINES by team ($1550 Eclipse; $850 Attica)
  


   SCATS ~~ Finally, someone is starting to take the attitudes of Greece athletic teams, players, coaches & supporters seriously! It's about time!!
  
* ~ As reported by 13WHAM on noon news & internet posting later
 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Grimshaw Gets Anger Mgmt

   
Former Greece Thunder Hockey player Tyler Grimshaw pleads guilty to a violation harrassment charge. He had been charged with a misdemeanor assault following an altercation with a teammate in February.

According to the D&C, Grimshaw must complete a work weekend program and attend an anger management class. A notice of claim filed by the younger student’s family against the Greece Central School District is still pending, and the student has an order of protection against Grimshaw.



Tuesday ~ BOE Meeting & Hearing


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.

Public Hearing on Code of Conduct, 6:30PM, Sign up to Speak begins at 6:00PM
(This policy is now 33 pages long!! How do they expect children, or even parents, to remember that much crapple?)

District Results 2012

Strategic Plan Update/Data Summit Review

School Opening Update

GTA MOA APPR

EXAMPLES FROM PROPOSED DISCIPLINARY CODE OF CONDUCT:

"District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to develop self-discipline." (pg. 11)

SCATS ~~ So ... this is up to each individual employee to decide? How does this fit into the need to be consistent, fair and deal with the problem when it occurs?

"Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that students view as fair and impartial. School personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in self-discipline." (pg. 15-16)

SCATS ~~ Please tell me how a Superintendent's Hearing ever deals with the problem at the "time and place it occurs"? It doesn't!


"Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair, and consistent so as to be the most effective in changing student behavior." (pg.16)


SCATS ~~ There's no such thing as consistent application of discipline within any Greece school, let alone between Greece schools!
   



Friday, July 20, 2012

Are YOUR KIDS Vaccinated?

   
PARENTS: In case you haven't heard, there is a huge outbreak of WHOOPING COUGH/PERTUSSIS in the local area, as well as around the country. The CDC says the US is on track for the worst year in 50 years, with more than 18,000 reported cases so far! It's time to stop behaving like we're some third world country.

GET YOUR KIDS IMMUNIZED!!!!

  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Just 32 Hours Left ...

   
To Make Karen Klein A Millionaire!

Contribute To Her 15 Minutes of Fame ...

... and ensure her bus monitoring days are over forever
  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cops & Ex-Cops In The News

  
Greece Police Officer Bitten By Dog In Owner's Home

Chad Rahn Caught Speeding in Wayne County
  

Court Battle Over Prayer @Meetings

   
Article details the court battle over prayers given at Greece Town Board Meetings

Retaliatory behavior used against these women:

" ... Greece not only refused to change its ways, prompting a lawsuit, it became openly hostile to Galloway and Stephens. In October 2007, Pastor Vince DiPaola opened a meeting with a direct attack, saying those who oppose prayer before government meetings are “in the minority and they are ignorant of the history of our country."

And ... :

"Both Galloway and Stephens were disappointed by the defeat, and Stephens took it hard because she experienced “quite a bit of flak for sticking my neck out about this issue.” She said someone came by her house during the night, dug up her mailbox, and placed it on top of her car. In another incident, part of a fire hydrant was thrown in her pool. She also said she received an anonymous letter suggesting she leave Greece, and several people in town stopped talking to her."
  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

GCSD Must Approve COMIDA Plan For Mall

Wilmorite & GCSD have "made significant movement."

The plan would freeze the mall's assessment at the current level ~ approx. $91 million. GCSD would get a 2 %/yr. increase in payments under a PILOT agreement for 15 years. The town & Monroe County would receive a 0.06 %/yr. increase. The PILOT agreement would be revisited after 15 years.

SCATS ~~ All the fear about Greece Ridge mall becoming like Irondequoit mall can't be alleviated with this (or probably any other) deal!! That's just political hogwash to try to scare people into getting onboard with this tidy little giveaway that hurts other retailers AND taxpayers!
 

Monday, July 16, 2012

BOE Meeting Tues. @6:30PM

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

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

Code of Conduct, Dignity for All, Electronic Devices Presentation

APPR Presentation

GTA Jazz Club MOA (More $$ for stipends!!)

Amendment to Statement of Donation

2012- 2013 Board Goals (Read this for a good laugh!!)

2012 - 2013 District Goals (To be made up as we go along??)
     

Tia Gerstner Pleads Poverty In Court

  
WHEC-TV reports:

 "Gerstner asked the judge to drop $300 worth of surcharges until her prison term ends. Her attorney says it is so she can use her money to buy things like toothpaste and toothbrushes. The judge denied the request."

SCATS ~~ I'm having a tough time feeling sorry for her, aren't you?
    

More Bad Press: Fight @Eclipse Game


What happened at the Girls Eclipse Soccer Game between Greece & Attica on Sunday?
  
From rochesterbuzz.com:

Pat spoke with Greece Police Lt. Steve Chatterton about the incident. He said Greece Police responded and arrived as the fight had come to an end. The referees essentially told police that both Greece and Attica parents were in the wrong. No one was seriously hurt in the fight. No arrests were made as both sides admitted to wrong doing and walked away peacefully. A police report was filed to document the incident.
  

  

Holiday Inn Arson Investigation


"THINGS ARE MOVING FORWARD ..."

Posted at approx. 9AM today to the Holiday Inn Truth Fire page on Facebook was this message from Gpd Task Force:

"Just want to take a moment to let everyone know that we are still hard at work on this case. For obvious reasons I can't discuss details, but I can assure you things are moving forward. We do have other cases to investigate from time to time, but this remains our primary assignment. As always, if anyone has information they believe would be helpful, please contact Sgt. Welch or Sgt. Voelkl of Greece Police Department." -Sgt. Voelkl
  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Making Punishment Fit The Situation


Following the infamous Karen Klein incident & the resultant "1 year suspension ... loss of regular bus rides and 50 hours of Community Service" bestowed upon the 4 boys, WHAT discipline can we use when the behavior is even worse? (See example in Editorial Below)

Some have suggested that Greece Central went too far in the bus monitor case because there's little left to use for "discipline" when students fight. What are YOUR thoughts?
One reader suggested:

Anonymous said...
Scats just a suggestion but with all the concerns about bullying and lack of respect and unexceptable behavior by the current younger generation, I would ask you to consider a thread about a related topic "SPANKING" I think it could be interesting to have people discuss the pros and cons of this age old remedy.  7/13/2012 2:53 PM


(Greece Post 7/12/12, pg. A8
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Thumbing Their Noses @ Court Order

   
"THE TOWN OF GREECE IGNORES COURT RULING ON SECTARIAN PRAYER ...  SOON THEY WILL SING ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS AT MEETINGS"



SCATS ~~ So now we've got some "clergy" who begins AND ends every sentence with "Lord." Could this group be any more arrogant?
   

COLD CASE BREAK!!

  
News10NBC reports:

59-year-old Edward Laraby will be arraigned Monday for killing music teacher Stephanie Kupchynsky 21 years ago!!
  
SCATS ~~ Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could make an arrest in the Holiday Inn arson case?
  

The High Cost of COMIDA


“Mall tax breaks increase taxes for others”
Tax breaks for Greece Ridge Mall will raise taxes for all other taxpayers. By how much you ask? About $25 million if future taxes track past inflation! Check my math.
The pending COMIDA plan freezes mall assessment at $91 million and calls for first-year PILOT (Payment-In-Lieu Of Tax) payments of $3.4 million. These will grow 0.6 percent annually totaling $92 million over 25 years. By comparison, projected full-share tax payments growing at inflation (2.4 percent) would total $117 million. The $25 million shortfall becomes problematic for Monroe County, Town of Greece, and Greece Schools to either reduce their tax levies/spending or raise taxes.
For all who own or rent residential or commercial property, the pending tax breaks should give pause to contemplate three questions. First, should payers bear higher taxes for purposes that are not tied to public spending, and are not ratified by the respective elected governmental boards (county, town, school)?
Second, should public funds be used to subsidize tax expenses for private retail businesses... in a way that favors only a few among many competitors?
Lastly, should taxpayers pay an extra $25 million in exchange for mall renovations reported to cost $11 million, including 5 restaurants?
George Hubbard (Greece Post, 7/12/12, pg. A8)

SCATS ~~ According to GCSD documents, Greece Ridge LLC's estimated FULL valuation for 2011 was $76,087,200. The Assessment Roll lists them as the school district's 2nd largest taxpayer, next to RG&E.
 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Inappropriate Artwork?


Hi SCATS!

I just had to share this with you as I was in awe when I took my 3 little ones to the town hall park and found this. Apparently the campers from the town of greece community center program all painted their feet and silly names next to them leading up the walk of the playground. What a beautiful surprise to see this as the very first one and hear my 8 year old read it aloud with his friend to my twin 5 year old daughters! And of course the laughter ensued by them and other young children around along with the gasps from myself and the other mothers in ear shot! I cannot believe that they allowed a camper to express this filth on the walk of the playground (right at the entrance to the playground from the parking lot) and not make an effort to clean it off or cover it...and so close to Auggies office! Oh thank you Greece for the amazingly creative youth you are unleashing upon us! I am disgusted! Do I call auggies office or the community center to chew someone about this? What are your thoughts?

DC



To DC ~~ How about I post it & your comments to SCATS? I bet it gets cleaned up ASAP ;) They DO read the BLOG.
  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Like Fingernails On The Chalkboard ...

   
  
Can You Guess Who's BOE Prez. Again?

How About Vice Prez?

Guess Who Made The Following Ridiculous Statement About Our Supt.:
"She works 7 days a week, 24/7 ..."
Guess Who Is likely To Buy A Townhome In Greece?
  
Guess What Two Newly Sworn BOE Members Voted To Adopt The Consent Agenda That Included Minutes For Past BOE Meetings?

Monday, July 09, 2012

Town Board Takes Holiday On Proposed Agenda

   
At the June meeting of the Greece Town Board, they changed their July meeting date from the 17th to July 11th @6PM. They had NO agenda-setting meeting this month, so now no one knows what is to be considered at this month's meeting.

CLOSED, CLUBBY & CORRUPT CONTINUES
  

Saturday, July 07, 2012

BOE Reorganizational & Regular Meeting


TUESDAY JULY 10, @6:30 PM

WHO WILL BECOME BOE PREZ & VP?

AGENDA ITEMS OF NOTE

School Opening Report
 School Lunch Prices (Going up!!)
Ignoring Our International Renown*

*An ongoing district-wide effort to pretend our dysfunction isn't reality ;)
 

Friday, July 06, 2012

More GCSD Employees Behaving Badly ...

   
AnonymoAnonymousus said...

Scats:

Its that time of year where the graduation party circuit is in full swing. Several times at the last few events, a tenured GCSD teacher has been observed talking about some of her past students' academic performance to other GCSD parents and children.
She does not present them in a positive light and goes on to even indicate that she did whatever she could to make their lives more difficult while she was involved with them because she didn't like the parents or them.

She appears to be very proud of how much influence she can have. We know the ones she talks about and ironically they have gone on to do better in sports, land better internships and get better grades than the ones(mostly her own children) she brags about that she promoted.

We find her conversations very unbecoming of what we believe to be a very professional staff in the district and uncomfortable.

There must be a code of ethics or conduct even tenured teachers sign up for somewhere?
7/06/2012 6:23 AM

To 6:23AM ~~ Sadly, within Greece Central the policies, rules, regulations and even laws are frequently broken, ignored, purposely misapplied, etc. Our own BOE sets the tone every July with the dog & pony show they have over signing their own "code of ethics." Some years, they have immediately turned around and voted without attending to policy at the same meeting!

Disciplining a tenured teacher is essentially unheard of. Perhaps public embarrassment will help to control her proclivity to tell tales out of school about other people's kids. We can only hope.
 
  

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Could YOU Pass This Test?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

FIREWORKS W/FREE PARKING



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Paradoxical Quote of The Day
From Ben Stein:
  "Fathom the Hypocrisy of a Government
that requires every citizen to prove
they are insured... but not everyone
must prove they are a citizen."

 

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Re-Engagement Center @ West Ridge School

  
Position Title: Acting Coordinator Middle School Re-Engagement Center @ WR - INTERNAL CANDIDATES ONLY

Salary/Pay Scale: Competitive (GASA Contract)

Requirements:
* Must possess a valid New York State administrative certificate (SAS/SDA, or SDL) or be eligible for the same;
* Knowledge of the NYS assessments and curriculum;
* Five (5) years experience as a classroom teacher, teacher leader or coach preferred;
* Meeting or exceeding standards as a teacher as determined by the Professional Performance Review Process;
* Proven success as a classroom teacher with students with learning challenges and high needs;
* Commitment to and belief in high achievement of all learners and commitment to ongoing professional development to meet the needs of all learners;
* Demonstrated leadership skills;
* Ability to understand and integrate technology;
* Ability to identify and access resources both material and human to address individual student needs;
* Ability to establish a rapport with students with diverse needs;
* Creative problem solver demonstrating an ability to monitor and adjust to individual student needs;
* Ability to build relationships and communicate with various external agencies, administrators and staff district wide to support student needs

Description:

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Administers and oversees Middle School Re-Engagement program: collaborates with administrative team as appropriate
  • Provides leadership for students to ensure mastery of course expectations using Right Reasons Technologies and alternate methods
  • Provides leadership for students in preparation for proficiency examinations
  • Supports alternate teaching and engagement strategies to support students exhibiting learning gaps
  • Engage with instructional team in Professional Learning Community to identify what students need to know, assess knowledge/skills, respond using tiered interventions matched to learner needs
  • Facilitates communication and fosters teamwork between and among students, staff, parents, and community; Facilitates outreach and intake services based on strength-based assessment
  • Provides discipline for students with behavioral issues; Assures compliance with special education regulations; Provides professional guidance to staff through ongoing communication, observations and evaluations
  • Other duties as assigned


TIME: GASA Calendar Year (annual appointment)

RATE OF PAY: Competitive (GASA Contract)

REPORTS TO: Superintendent

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Carol Pallas – Assistant Superintendent, Schools

966-2323