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

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last year?? Really ..we could only be so lucky. Her as a Superintendent would be at the top of many peoples lists, especially employees. She is the biggest offender of ignoring problems and hiding behind others.

SCATS said...

To 10:01PM ~~ I have seen that behavior myself, many times. Her absence in times of distress is quite apparent ... like during the Karen Klein debacle.

Anonymous said...

Despite administrative spin the anti-bullying campaign is an epic failure!

Anonymous said...

The appalling thing that this administration (mostly Principals)) does so well is that they want feedback, they want participation, they want involvement, they want open transparency, they want all these things and god forbid you say something that goes against them, they make your life miserable. Or they just do the opposite of what they promised and do whatever they feel like doing. These arrogant people think that when they are given the leadership position that it (GCSD) becomes theirs. Sorry, it belongs to the people of Greece and therefore the people should have a substantial say. BDW runs the district like it is her toy, her pet project, never really taking into consideration that her actions now will have negative ramifications in the future when she is sitting on some beach drinking (shhhh)Pina Coladas.

Anonymous said...

The hiring of male teachers would be a good start. We need to break up the Sorority that currently exists. Some of these kids could use a male figure in their lives.

Give teachers the ability to "customize" instruction, geared to their Students’ ability to understand and learn the subject matter. One size doesn’t cut it.

Remove permanently disruptive students from all classes and create an alternative program for them in another building much the same as was done when OA was originally established. The use of Barnard school would be perfect in terms of size and location.

Where practical, end "passing time" by having students stay in the same room all day with cart teachers moving from room to room instead.

Strictly enforce dress codes and rules of conduct while in school on school grounds as well as school buses with no exception. Consistency in this area is of the utmost importance.

Adhere to all established policies regardless of complaints from parents seeking a pass on some they don't like.

Make it perfectly clear to these types that this is our school district and if they don't like our policy, they should exercise other options regarding their child's education.

Top administrators should encourage and be open to suggestions from building
principals as well as individual teachers on how to solve building problems and instruction.

Consider contracting with a private investigating company to weed out and get rid of students who are non-residents. This figure is estimated to be about 5%.

This last one would be a tough one but in my opinion is essential if we are ever going to be able to achieve improved student performance. It has been
established in other problem school districts around the country with amazing results in the area of student performance. This concept is not new to this
county and is currently in effect in some of our schools. Here goes.

The school board should seriously consider the adoption of a "uniform" dress code for students. I placed uniform in quotes for a reason. In this usage of the term, I am not suggesting school uniform in which all students must wear the same required outfit in terms of colors and/or styles. What I mean to suggest is that all male students be required to wear casual slacks, colors of choice within prescribed parameters, along with casual long or short sleeve shirts, colors of choice again within colors outlined in the code. Females would be required to wear casual slacks and blouses again consistent
with the style and colors described in the dress code. I can already hear the discourse from students, and especially ,parents. who will oppose this policy.

It would obviously be a challenge for the board should they recommend this, but if they really care about the education of our kids, they should be willing to stand up and fight for this policy.

While on this subject, a dress code for teachers and administrators should be
established along these same lines. This has long bothered me as a visitor in our secondary schools. It was sometimes difficult to tell the difference between teachers and students due to appearances.

Readers, remember, these are my personal observations and suggestions only. Feel free, which you no doubt will, to take issue with them but please when doing so, point out your reasoning as well as your own remedy.

Scats, there are others but I thought I'd take a crack at a least establishing some talking points.

SCATS said...

To 1:45PM ~~ Good list, but your contention that only 5% of students might be stealing services is either very old, or for some specific building.

Anonymous said...

On a scale what greece high school is the best which one is the worst? From what I hear they all need work.

Anonymous said...

I would love to hear input about each greece middle and high school. We are at a crossroads with what school to send our kids.

SCATS said...

To 5:07PM ~~ Are you referring to test scores for the ranking? If so, you can see yourself on the NYSED site under the school report cards. I'm not sure how you could combine data like graduation rates, absenteeism, test scores, etc. to come up with some broader way to rank them.

SCATS said...

To 5:11PM ~~ Whose input do you seek? On what aspects?

Anonymous said...

My pet peeve: NOBODY ever answers their phone in GCSD. Not ever.

Anonymous said...

Why do the teachers fight against kids with IEPs? It's hard enough dealing with a youngster who has learning disabilities. When teachers don't agree with the IEP and try to change things, it just makes life hell for the parents. Special ed kids need to be given all that is spelled out in their plan. Don't try wearing parents down.

Anonymous said...

Way too much busing.

Anonymous said...

A superintendent that blames others , is a fake and is never seen when controversy or negativity rears its head. Coincidence that she is always attending to something else. It is old, and yet the board is still buying her bull and excuses.

SCATS said...

To 1:24AM ~~ I think I would broaden that by saying, Babs NEVER EVER steps up when she can have an underling do it for her. Nice way to keep her hands clean.

Anonymous said...

Only the 1:45 post contains anything of substance that could be brought to the Superintendant. The rest, with few exceptions, are insults and nothing that would change anything. Let's make some suggestions that you feel must be addressed to make a significant improvement in your broken system. I live in Parma and for a time we had some similar issues in Hilton. We got together as a community and elected board members from our group to go to the board and demand changes. It worked because we came together and pressured our administration to listen and make the right changes.

Anonymous said...

I never have seen her in my building!

SCATS said...

To 6:03PM ~~ Almost all of these could be worded for presentation. We're not holding a popularity contest here anyway. Our school system is broken & needs fixing fast! The buck stops with Babs, no matter how she tries to dodge it.

To 7:07PM ~~ Is she still riding buses incognito with the HS kids? Maybe check there. Look for her in clothes for someone half her age.

Anonymous said...

Despite administrative spin, all programs that they bring in, because of their inability to implement them correctly, are epic failures. (e.g. Avid at Olympia, RTI, PBIS, SIT, CCSS, APPR, etc.) If you are going to bring in programs then you should commit to doing them correctly. It is a disservice to all when these programs are not done correctly.

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 1:45 - good posting
For the record some of us board members wanted to pursue school uniforms about 6 years ago. It was a real eye opener for me. We had alot of info from districts across the country who had done it along with cost info ect. (some I still have). It showed alot of promise. We had 2 of the 4 highschool principals interested 'until' I made it very clear it should be 'them' to bring the item up at an open board meeting not a board member. Thats when the issue died. The elimination of hats in school had came from the board rather than 'leadership' being shown by those running our schools and we did not want that to happen again. Having those who 'run' our schools be responsible for 'running' our schools was a big part of the uniform idea.

The teacher dress code was presented but needed to be approved by the union - it was board members talking to the union (not administration). Because the item could have been controversial (and effort was needed) the union wanted nothing to do with it.

Dress code improvement was all about improveing community pride and directing student focus in a possible direction (acedemics). Public education cares little (if at all) about educational improvement, just read the contracts - nothing there.