Friday, June 28, 2013

Hoover Drive Property Sells For $2.5 Million


Discovery Charter School is moving from the Bishop Kearney building in Irondequoit to Hoover Dr. in Greece.
  • The NYS Board of Regents approved the move to Greece last March.
  • When the doors open on Aug. 19th,  there will be about 200 students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
  • Admissions are granted by lottery, with priority given to children living in poverty.
  • Discovery’s school year is 200 days for students, 210 days for staff, and the school day runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an after-school program from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Discovery will be the first charter school located in Greece.
  • About 95 percent of the school’s students are from Rochester.
SOURCE
  
SCATS ~~ I can't wait for this school to OUT-PERFORM other Greece schools! Watch out, Pine Brook!

 

Postal Thief From Greece


Investigators say that Jeremy Lieberman stole tens of thousands of dollars in diamonds & precious metals from local mail distribution center.

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Achramovitch Retires ... AGAIN!


Steve fought the bloggers,
but the bloggers won!

The Sun newspaper from Hamburg, NY reports that Steven Achramovitch resigned "with the intent to retire" during a specially called BOE meeting tonight.

Concerned Hamburger reports that local police were on hand "just in case."

SCATS ~~ Where will he go next?
  

One Robber, Three Banks?


Greece Police: Same Suspect May Have Pulled Three Heists
 
 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Gone Fishin' ...



(Google Image) 
 
 
Back for sporadic updates ... or for next scandal, whichever comes first ;)
 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

School Is Out!


Have a Great Summer Vacation All!
 
Congratulations Greece Graduates!!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

GCSD Anti-Bullying Efforts: FAIL!!

 
One year ago today, GCSD employee Karen "Keep-the-Money-Coming" Klein got her 15 minutes of fame as a video taken on a Greece school bus went viral. It sent both Babs & Julia underground, out-of-reach of media cameras and questions while underlings were left to deal with the fuss.

Lots of time and energy were invested in a "new" anti-bullying program for the district. From all accounts by district parents over this past year, little has changed except Klein has spent her fortune.

Along with her daughter, Amanda Klein Romig, Karen now fronts what appears to be a phony foundation which refused to show both its support for another bullied Greece student, as well as reveal its financial records (as not-for-profits are supposed to provide) when requested by blogger DavyV.

This past week, Karen told 13WHAM news: "The Foundation is using some of the money raised for Klein to promote books for children." So, I guess "literacy" is her latest cause ... not anti-bullying.

                                                                       

Greece School Enrollments Still Tanking


Only 11,029 students as of this month.

Jamie Warren, assistant superintendent for human resources blames decline on an aging population, young people leaving the area, and parents choosing to send their students to private schools.

"I think that Greece residents are such loyal people. They love the schools." ~~ Jamie Warren

"I don't look at it as a positive thing that enrollment is declining. I want families to say, 'Greece is where I want to raise my children and [is a place] where they will get an excellent education.'" ~~ Julia VanOrman, BOE Prez.

STORY

SCATS ~~ Greece parents, do you really "love Greece schools?" (That's not something I've heard from any parent in at least three years! )

Ms. Warren: Why would parents opt for private schools if they "love Greece schools"??
 

Barnard Carnival: Not For Family Fun


                                                                            
  


In case you missed it, last evening was the opening of the Barnard Carnival with the parade, the midway and amusement rides.

Based upon many remarks left by Facebook friends, it sounds like a great place to avoid, especially if you have younger children.

The comments spanned from observations about they felt too few police were present to the fact that parents were getting drunk and letting their kids run wild.

Many commented about the large roving bands of disrespectful teens who use loud, foul language, lacked appropriate clothing and attempted to instigate fights. One person described it as "a crazy ghetto now."
  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

If Their Lips Are Not Moving ...


... They Can Not Be Lying!

 


In May, The Greece Town Board appointed Mike Barry to fill a vacancy on the board. Dave Garettson asked them when and where they had discussed that appointment, because there was no public record of a meeting. One month later, he asks again. Instead of responding to the question, they sat in stone-faced silence. What's the big secret? Do they know how foolish they look?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monroe County: NY's Most Fiscally Stressed


Comptroller's report  judges municipalities by things such as cash on hand, patterns of operating deficits, population trends and tax assessment growth.
 
SCATS ~~ Are we also among the most corrupted??
 

Too Many Teachers, Too Poorly Trained


Scathing Report Criticizes Teacher Factories
For Churning Out Lousy Product


Findings include gems like this: Only a quarter of education programs limit admission to students in the top half of their high school class. The remaining three quarters of programs allow students who fared poorly in high school to train as teachers.

SCATS ~~ I've always said, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to become a teacher! Now, I have backing :)
  

Greece Town Board Meets Tonight


NO AGENDA POSTED, AS OF THIS WRITING!
 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Judge Rules On Hamburg Blogger's Anonymity


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Brought By Achramovitch & His BOE
 

NY State Supreme Court Justice Diane Devlin quashes a subpoena filed by the Hamburg Central School District . The district sought the identity of a blogger known as Concerned Hamburger who has often been critical of district administration, and who published excerpts from a secretly recorded closed-door meeting of the school board.

"They can blog their brains out, for all we care." ~~ Richard Sullivan, Hamburg School District Attorney

SOURCE
 
SCATS ~~ Congratulations to Concerned Hamburger!! You stood up to an over-paid bully and his clown posse, and you won :)
  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Out With The Olden ...


 ... In With The "Golden"
 

Don Pallozzi Retiring June 30th
Jason Cooney To Head GTA
  

Family Gets That Sinking Feeling


Sinkhole Reminds Family Of Florida
Who Is Responsible?

 



13WHAM News

Thursday, June 13, 2013

GCSD Lawyers Should Be Sued For Malpractice


Following Open Govt/Open Meetings Laws should NOT require a degree in rocket science, or even the law!

Anonymous said...
Whoever wants to accuse the board of violating the law should spell it out. It's not at all obvious that they're doing anything illegal. Wrong, maybe, in a general sense of not being responsive to their constituents, but the law seems to allow their conduct.

For instance, it is mentioned above that not being specific about which contracts they're discussing is a flagrant violation of the law.

But para 105 of the law says that what is required is only "a motion identifying the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered". So citing personnel issues, contract issues, etc seems to meet the requirement. 6/12/2013 11:39 AM


Anonymous said...
11:39 - Please. Leave your apologetics elsewhere It's clear as day. The board breaks flagrantly violates open meetings law.

http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/zehner.html

"Based on a recent decision of the Appellate Division, as well as earlier decisions, a motion cannot merely parrot the language of a statutory ground for conducting an executive session. It is clear that describing an issue as a “personnel matter,” a “legal matter,” or “contracts,” without more, is inadequate and fails to comply with law. In short, the decision confirms that a motion to conduct an executive session should include information sufficient to enable the public to believe that there is a valid basis for closing the doors." 6/13/2013 1:36 AM

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BOE Gives Us 5 More Years of Babs!





Babs' new agreement extends her term through the 2017-2018 school year with an increased salary to $204,000/year starting July 1.

Additionally,  the district agreed to pay up to 85 %  of the cost of her retiree health and dental insurance if she leaves the district after 2018.

Also, she will get an additional $6,000 payment in the 2013-14 school year only, to be applied to a tax-sheltered annuity.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Greece BOE Kills Transparency


At the Tuesday night BOE meeting, Julia added approval of the GUSS contract for 2013-17 to the agenda. That's a big addition and likely carries a big price tag with it.

Bab's contract amendment through 2017 was also up for adoption and already listed on the proposed agenda.

After starting the meeting late once again (it's part of their ingrained rude ritual), we were entertained by about an hour of meaningless fluff & feel good crapple better left to the individual schools to handle.

When the meat of the meeting was finally up for review, a presentation about Customer Service was all that we got to hear related to the business of the district. Following that, a motion was made to go to Executive Session for personnel & contractual issues.

I listened to the radio in the background for the next 2.5 hours. There was NO RETURN to the BOE meeting! By design, we were left in the dark about Bab's contract and about the GUSS contract, as well as all other items on the agenda.

Congratulations Julia VanOrman!
You've single-handedly destroyed all semblance of transparency in the Greece Central School District.
And your eight foolish followers on the BOE allowed you to do so.

Seniors Vandalize Athena HS


They Call It A "Prank" ...What Do YOU Call It?
 
WHO Cleaned it up? At what cost?

 


SCATS ~~"CONGRADULATIONS" Greece Central! You're graduating another class that can't spell!
  

Monday, June 10, 2013

BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM


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

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

Customer Service Standards

Supt's Contract ~ RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Greece Central School District hereby approves the Amendment to Employment Agreement with Superintendent Deane-Williams effective June 12, 2012 through June 11, 2017. 

Attendance Policies & Procedures

Code of Conduct
 

Friday, June 07, 2013

Tell Babs Your Pet Peeves About Greece Schools


Anonymous said...
 
As usual, the blind leading the blind. You can't keep messing up and saying "i am sorry". Eventually someone has to own up and accept responsibility. Over and over and over again this District fails at everything that it does. Scats, start a new tread with the title....."The things that GCSD does bad" and lets see what the responses are. Then I will print the responses and send them to BDW so that she can take some action against them in her last year. Just like a mandate of sorts.   6/07/2013 4:26 PM

Town Board Speakers Question Process


Two residents questioned the Greece Town Board about the process & timing of the decision to plug Mike Barry back into a Town Board seat just months prior to the next election.

Greece will NOT be having any July 4th fireworks, once again. Is it bad blood between Auberger & the folks at First Bible Baptist Church? Or another "shortage of volunteers" like was claimed last time?

 
Prayer & Resident's Forum 5/21/13
 

Newly Electeds Need A Reality Check


This week's Greece Post has an article asking the three recently elected BOE members to comment about the ridiculously low voter turnout at the polls and the lack of BOE candidates, interest in BOE meetings, etc.



Newly elected, retired teacher Terry Melore expressed worry about the status quo on low turnout. She simply said, "It's a cause for concern." Regarding participation by the public and, in particular, parents, she stated: "I look at it as I own a home in Greece and I want to be able to sell it someday. I want to keep the reputation good in our community."

SCATS ~~ Well Terry, which is better for home value: Reputation? Or actual academic performance? Reputation can be feigned. Greece was masterful at that in the 90's! It's the old "if we tell them how wonderful we are often enough, people will believe it" philosophy. It's not dealing with the reality of what GCSD is.



Gale O'Toole on the infinitesimal voter turnout ~~ "I think given everything that Greece has seen and been through in the last 10, 15 years, in an odd way I think the voter turnout is a sign that everything is kind of okay - that the budget was good, that there were no fights, no bad or, sometimes good, major 'something' that really made people go out and vote." 

 O'Toole on the disinterest of residents in BOE meetings/resident's forum ~~  "I think it means that we're doing better, which is great, but to go from overflowing lists [of residents wanting to talk] to nobody - someplace in the middle would be better."

SCATS ~~ Well Gale, if this means we're doing better, then I guess if no one shows up it will mean we've maximized improvements to absolute perfection at ALL levels, right?



Frank Oberg on the overall lack of interest in district business ~~ "I don't know what's going on. I really don't, but I don't think it's good that there's this lack of involvement."

SCATS ~~ Gee, Frank! So glad you're back on the board and ready to get involved when you have NO CLUE, by your own admission!
 
 

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

PIGNATO PAROLED!!

        




Former Greece Police officer Gary Pignato has been released from prison.

After serving a 2-6 yr. sentence for coercing a woman into sex, and accepting sex as a bribe, former Greece cop Gary Pignato has been released from jail today.

In 2010 he pleaded guilty to a similar crime involving another woman.

According to 13WHAM, in Dec. the parole board said they'd consider releasing him this month if he earned a two-year "good time" credit.

Here are the CONDITIONS of his parole.
  

Middle School Rankings 2013


Buffalo Business First Ranks Middle Schools
 
#12. Odyssey Academy (Greece)
#35. Athena MS (Greece)
 #45. Arcadia MS (Greece)

 

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Runner Mugged On Bike Path


Never Saw or Heard His Attacker Coming
 
Greece police say a man was mugged yesterday while running on the bike path near Latta Rd. and the Parkway.

Because the victim was listening to an I-pod, no description of the attacker was available, other than to say he was male.
  

Greece Elementary School Ratings Disgraceful


Buffalo Business First Rates/Ranks* 160 Top Rochester Area Elementary Schools

# 8 ~ Pine Brook (5 math, 5 English)

#41 West Ridge (4, 3)

#44 Craig Hill (4, 3)

#85 Lake Shore

#86 Brookside

#91 Buckman Hts.

#104 Longridge

* School subject ratings in English and mathematics based on a separate four-year analysis of test scores in those fields. The top 10 percent of the region's 160 elementary schools within each subject are given five stars. The next 15 percent get four stars. And the remaining increments of 25 percent receive three stars, two stars and one star respectively.

SCATS ~~ Wake-up Greece parents!! These results are disgraceful!
  

Playing Sports With Failing Grades


Dear SCATS,

Just thought I would let you know that at least at Olympia HS, kids that play sports are allowed to have failing grades and still play.

I had a nice conversation with one of these athletes who now regrets not listening to his parents. He told me that kids are allowed to play with two "F's" and if you have a third, you can't play for two weeks.

He will have to go to MCC before he can go on to another college. He was offered several scholarships but his grades were in the toilet. I asked him if the coach was insisting on the team getting their school work done and getting good grades. The nice young man said no.

This is so sad considering a policy was passed twenty years ago to stop this same crap. You can't have kids with failing grades continue to play sports or other extra curricular activities. It is a privilege not a right. And it sends the wrong message to the kids and our community. In the real world, if you fail you get fired. Plain and simple!

SCATS ~~ I thought Gale O'Toole was all over this policy ... guess the hockey mom and men on the board got their way! The Greece Central Sports District will ruin young lives to let their athletes play, because it's ALL about winning! Academics are an after-thought here.
 

Monday, June 03, 2013

MIA, FIRED or AWOL?

  
Cheryl Armstrong ~ Transportation Director
 
Missing for weeks!!
 
If anyone knows her whereabouts, please contact any GCSD transportation employee. She is missed.
 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The Face of Stupidity

Theresa Ruege, 37


Robbed Elm Ridge Center Walmart Saturday

She tried to flee the scene on a bicycle and was arrested less than a mile from the store.
 
Greece police say they located the money and a discarded pellet gun, which was used in the robbery. 
 
She has been charged with robbery, grand larceny and menacing and was sent to the Monroe County Jail.
 
SCATS ~~ If I were going to hold-up a store, I think I just might try to escape with something faster than a bicycle!