Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hueber Talks To John DiTullio



Radio INTERVIEW with the object of Julia's scorn.

He plans to follow-up on Julia's comment that the BOE has info that he and the community don't.

If that info exists, then they damn well better tell him what it is, since it casts him in a negative light as he attempts to get another job.

WTG Julia! Another lawsuit is just what GCSD needs.
  

"One Bad Day" Caused Amber Alert


WHEC-TV reports: "Cassidy Geffert appeared in court Thursday and was told by a judge that she will no longer have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. However, she will still be monitored under supervision and has to abide by a curfew.


Representatives from pre-trial services say Geffert has been 100 percent compliant with her monitoring and has undergone a mental health evaluation. The teen's attorney says Geffert has received a number of letters from the community supporting her. 
Sarah Wesley, Geffert’s attorney, said, “She's smart, she's talented, she's kind and she's typically responsible. I think what this comes down to is one bad day. We are all entitled to have a bad day here and there. Thankfully, nothing more serious came out of it.”
Police say Geffert say she stole a gun from her home and left a fake abduction note with blood on it. That set off a massive search. Police found Geffert unharmed hours later at a motel in Brockport.
The judge also is allowing Geffert to go on vacation with her family."

SCATS ~~ Imagine what might happen if this girl ever has a bad week!!! As expected, she gets a mere slap on the wrist. We can thank Judge Schiano for being lenient.
   

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Town Board Calls Special Meeting


Thursday, July 31st at 5:30 PM at Greece Town Hall, Eastman Room.

To appoint a Deputy Supervisor pursuant to New York State Town Law § 42 and the appointment of Munipro board members.

   

The Most Powerful Person In The District?


Haven't We Had Enough??

Julia VanOrman
During her 8+ years on the Greece School Board, this three-term board member has acquired quite a resume of "personal accomplishments." (Keyword: "personal") Among them are the items listed below, a non -exhaustive list:
  • She "led" the BOE to overturn former Supt. Steve Achramovitch's decision to fire the hockey coach who ADMITTED to drinking while on an overnight trip with the team he was supervising.
  • She "led" West Ridge School parents into an evening where they lambasted the Supt., the school board and the district for several hours after former Supt. Steve Achramovitch suggested cutting kindergarten as a budgetary constraint at the school whose enrollment had severely declined. The board rejected his idea after listening to women and children wail into the mics for nearly 4 hours. His "suggestion" was based upon orders by the BOE to come back with severe cuts!
  • She "led" the BOE to oust Supt. Achramovitch following #1 and #2 from above.
  • She illegally instructed ("led") everyone to "Get out and vote 'Yes' on a school budget. This message was broadcast on the radio, but later mysteriously vanished from the tape of the BOE meeting.
  • She "led" the local clergy into forming an illegal partnership with the district.
  • She "led" the BOE into hiring her kid Zach to work for GCSD as a cleaner.
  • She "led" DO staffers into tutoring her youngest so he could attempt to graduate.
  • She "led" Interim Supt. O'Rourke into removing the idea to eliminate the Sibling Rule from the proposed changes to the School of Choice Proposal WITH NO EXPLANATION.
  • She illegally abstained from voting on the "retirement" of accused sex offender Barry Morris without explanation. We can only wonder what her "conflict of interest" in such a case might be!
  • She illegally counseled newly sworn BOE members Cristoffel & Maloney that they "can abstain if they don't understand" early in the Reorganizational meeting of July 8th. It is likely that this improper advice from a SEASONED BOE MEMBER created the soccer coach sh*t-storm for McCabe to deal with over the last two weeks.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOE Votes NO To Reappoint Coach



By a 5 to 4 decision, they vote to NOT rehire the coach.

NO Votes         YES Votes

VanOrman           Oberg
Crandall               McCabe
Cristoffel              Melore
O'Toole               Maloney
Grinnan

WHEC-TV: "Hueber says one board member's son was on his team and she consistently complained about his playing time. Hueber says another board member was cut from the team as a student."

SCATS ~~ Go figure!
  

Will A "Do Over" Matter?


Gift Idea For Greece BOE



Will The Vote On Hueber's
Appointment Be Different?
 
 NOT NECESSARILY
   

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREECE BOE TO REVOTE ON HUEBER!


SPECIAL BOE MEETING,
Tuesday July 29 @6:30PM 

Hueber's Atty. Jim Maslyn: "It's clear to me nobody at the meeting understood the rules. It's in everybody's best interest that (the board members) realize they made a terrible legal mistake and they (revote on) him as coach."

Maslyn questions whether it was proper for two BOE members to abstain from voting which left the opposition to rehiring Hueber in the minority.

BOE Prez. Sean McCabe claims he was "blindsided" by Julia VanOrman's request to vote on Hueber's reappointment separately.

SCATS ~~ I wonder if we could get this fellow Maslyn to monitor future BOE meetings for additional blunders, bloopers and bungles ... despite our highly paid clerk, Robert's Rules, district policy & NY State Education and other laws are routinely bastardized!
  

Greece Govt Employees Top Pay Charts


THE PROBLEM: From  April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014 the Town of Greece's 298 general employees had an average pay of $45,868, while the town's 98 police had an average pay of $97,716.

A SPECIFIC EXAMPLE:  The Empire Center's top 10 list of highest-paid government employees in the region includes Greece's Deputy Police Chief  Richard C. Downs at $151,703.

THE EXCUSE: "This is what I inherited." ~~ Bill Reilich, Greece Supervisor

THE IMPACT: Sky high assessments that frequently do NOT reflect current real estate sales prices.



Anonymous said...
Now I understand:

My attempt to have my property tax assessment lowered was rejeceted. 

Now I get it. The D and C today (Friday) published data showing Greece has the highest paid public workers in the area. 
Of particlual note was the pay of the Greece police. Their average annual pay is just under $98,000.
At least when I get pulled over for speeding I know I will be ticketed but a serious professional. 

So why was my attempt to have my assessment reduced rejected?? DUH!   7/25/2014 4:27 AM
   

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Print Media "Payback" GCSD


GCSD "Pays For" Dropping Local Press 
As "Official" District Newspapers

I saw this coming, a very predictable response to a still curious "business decision" (or was it??)  that carried a nasty financial sting to two struggling newspapers. The Greece School District dropped both the Greece Post and the Democrat & Chronicle as their "official" newspapers a number of weeks ago. That means thousands of dollars in lost business for both papers who can no longer count on the annual income provided by publishing legally required notices for school district budget votes, elections and other such business. And now, the backlash is felt. The signs are quite prominent in both media.

First, it was the D&C's turn to reveal that the carefully orchestrated ballet between the district and the media had been interrupted. I thought it a bit odd that it took them ELEVEN DAYS (purposeful foot-dragging??) to get out the story about Kirk Rd. School becoming another Rochester City Charter School. Even more strange was the fact that the reporter was left to admitting she'd been left out in the cold over the specifics of the deal: "Details of any pending lease agreements were not provided by the Greece Central School District. Minutes and agendas of Board of Education meetings posted online do not reflect any specifics of the arrangements with Renaissance." 

When I read that, I thought, "Welcome to MY world!" and laughed. But I knew it was a sign that the relationship between the district and the D&C had changed. I'd never read any such admission in my many years of district-watching.

Then yesterday, the Greece Post published an even more bizarre item: an "editorial" composed by the school district's PR person that supported the school board's decision to thumb its nose at the Supt's recommendation to retain a longtime soccer coach! 


This unusual posting brings up a number of questions. Since when do District Office staffers write editorials on behalf of the district while on the clock??  Hint: They don't! 


Are we to assume the content was merely "opinion" or are we supposed to realize this is the district's collective "position" going forward? It appears to me that the Greece Post decided to be uncooperative in getting the "message" out, leaving the District to choose between using the "editorial" route ... or getting nothing published at all.


And then there's the misleading title: "Board of Education Reaches Out To Community" ... it doesn't reflect the message contained within! But then GCSD doesn't get to choose the title on an editorial, the Greece Post does!


I've seen tiffs like this play out years ago when a former Supt. "punished" one local TV station by making them cover a meeting from the sidewalk on Maiden Ln. instead of from inside Olympia HS where their colleagues were able to get the story up close and personal. In the end, it proves what most of us knew all along: there is an attitude of "I'll scratch your back, if you scratch mine" between the media and those they report about. In other words, "unbiased media" is an oxymoron, something we should frequently remind ourselves when reading or watching paid media coverage.

   

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Babs Backs BOE Vote on Coach


Fear of facing widespread community backlash at the August BOE meeting causes GCSD's top administration to make the unprecedented move of having their PR person submit an editorial "supporting" the BOE's vote on the Athena soccer coach choice.

CLICK IMAGE to enlarge. From Greece Post 07/23/14














SCATS ~~ Exactly WHO is really "reaching out to the community?" Is it the BOE? Is it Babs? Or is it Laurel Heiden? Looks to me like Laurel Heiden at the behest of Babs! She must fear what caused the demise of Steve Achramovitch who dared to oppose the district's sports supporters!!
   

Saturday, July 19, 2014

GCSD Posts Dreaded School Supply Lists



SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS by SCHOOL

This year, you will need a computer with internet access and the ability to access Adobe Acrobat Reader and/or Microsoft Word files to view MANY of these lists.

So much for a "free" public school education ... KA-CHING!!
   

Friday, July 18, 2014

What We Don't Know CAN Hurt Us


Anonymous said...


Even a broken old fashioned clock is right twice a day. Our board is broken. They have closed sessions for "real estate" when that should be open. They keep information off the agendas so we don't know the whole story. They are confused about Roberts rules in general. They don't know that a request for separation when there are sequences of resolutions does not require an "amendment" of all things. At least they may know that request doesn't require a second or that was just a fluke. They bully new members as they try to orient themselves.
The choice of this man as coach was vetted at the building and the administration level. We have shared decision making. Basically the superintendent used the counsel of the school community as she presented her list of choices. They chose to unwittingly (or not) thumb their noses at the superintendent. Apparently the main crusader to oust this man knew she had the proper number of votes going into the meeting and they only flubbed it up because she didn't get her choice of board officers and the man who did become prez wasn't aware of her plot. Hence the aura of confusion over abstentions and amendments. In the end she got her way. This was not just. But we in Greece get our just desserts for being unaware of what is going on at our very closed school board meetings.    7/18/2014 1:09 PM
SCATS said...
To 1:09PM ~~ Yup! On top of that, they either don't know or don't care to follow their own policies, State laws, District Regulations, etc.

I sum it up by calling it ARROGANCE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

Frank Oberg should be ASHAMED! He DOES know better, but has sold out to the closed, clubby and corrupt group's methods for doing business.

As a result, the next HUGE SCANDAL is just waiting around the corner!    7/18/2014 1:15 PM

Thursday, July 17, 2014

R.I.P. Steven Derooy

 



Churchville: Suddenly, July 15, 2014 at age 50. 

Predeceased by his father, Gerald. He is survived by his loving Mother, Gerda; brothers, Dan (Vickie), Don (Stacy), Jeff (Jennifer) DeRooy; Nieces and nephews, Brianna, Jacob, Andrew, Nicholas, Valerie, Christian, Joshua, Alana, and Emma.

Steven leaves behind countless students friends and coworkers whose lives he has touched with his dedicated, humble and generous spirit.

Family will receive friends Friday July 18th 3pm to 7pm at Greece Assembly of God, 750 Long Pond Road. Where his service will be held Saturday the 19th at 11 am. 

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Autism Speaks in Steven’s name.

Service Info
  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Town Board Meeting Tonight, 6PM


Come "PRAY" With Atheist, 
Dan Courtney

Tonight's AGENDA*

* I can't believe they FINALLY posted one!
  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Athena Soccer Coach Booted After 25 Yrs.


13WHAM @11pm reports: Bill Hueber, a 25 year veteran Varsity Boy's Soccer Coach at Athena is suddenly out of a job. 

By a 4 to 3 vote, the Greece school board decided to not renew his contract. No other applicants have shown interest in the position. 

"I'm shocked ... I am just shocked ... I didn't do anything wrong ... I've been so enraged for three days. For what?" ~~ Bill Hueber

"He's an unbelievable role model." ~ A Greece parent

It appears this was a personal decision made by some school board member whose children didn't get to play enough.


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

 Anonymous said...



Did you know that Julia was able to get a highly respected soccer coach not renewed for the fall soccer season. Seems she wanted to get back at him for not giving her little darling enough play and he did take any of her son's crap. We should be so lucky as to have her leave the board!     7/12/2014 7:55 PM

 Anonymous said...
She abused her power by pulling that crap with the soccer coach at the BOE meeting. It is just plain wrong that she ruined someone's coaching opportunity because she didn't like that her snowflake didn't get the playing time she felt he deserved. I hope the superintendent doesn't let her get away with it and has the employment revoted on.    7/13/2014 10:28 PM

SCATS ~~ I really wanted to title this: 'Revenge Of The Helicopter Parent'
   

Another BB Sniper Incident?


WHEC-TV reports: "Another driver has reported something striking their windshield while driving.

In this case, we’re told the driver was westbound on West Ridge Road in Rochester when he heard a pop and then noticed a small circle on the windshield. It happened just before 11 a.m.

Police say it is unknown what struck the windshield. No one was injured in the incident.
    

Greece's Deputy Supervisor Dies


Jerry Helfer, 48, died Sunday following an illness.


Jerry Helfer

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Greece Teachers Top Local Pay Chart


MEDIAN TEACHER SALARY  2013-14
Greece Central Schools Ranks #1:
  • 973 Teachers
  • 13% Turnover Rate
  • 42 Median Age 
  • 12 Years Experience
  • 13% Advanced Degrees
  • $67,000 Median Salary

Supt. Pay (ranked by total compensation) 2013-14
Greece Central Schools Ranks #8

Barbara Deane-Williams
  • $204,000 Salary
  • $67,442 Benefits
  • $0 Other Compensation
  • $271,442 Total Compensation

Greece Central Ranks #13

  • 11,372 Enrollment (this is even lower now)
  • $4,676 Taxes on $200K house 
  • $205,511,990 Total Expenditures 2013-14
  • $17,520 Per Pupil Cost
Links provided by WHEC-TV

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Charter School Location KNOWN In April ...


Still NOT "Officially" Divulged To 
Greece Residents Or Kirk Rd. Neighbors

4/16/2014 ~ 1 pg. notice of receipt & pending action from NYSED for revision to charter to change district from RCSD to Greece Central @Hoover Dr.

5/13/2014 ~ Public Hearing in Greece with NO MENTION MADE FOR LOCATING TO KIRK RD. SCHOOL!

  • May 13, 2014 - Public Hearing for Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts and Regular Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 pm, Sign-up for the Public Hearing begins at 6:00 pm outside the Board Room, Executive Session, 5:30 pm, Odyssey Academy
6/10/2014 ~ GCSD Regular Monthly BOE Meeting

  • Draft minutes from public hearing/meeting held 5/13/2014 do NOT reflect location change! "Public Hearing for the Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts "Dr. Donna Marie Cozine, Head of Academics provided information to the Board and the public about the Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts"


6/16/2014 ~ 3 pg. request to revise charter school's district to Greece Central and location to KIRK RD. SCHOOL.

  • "In compliance with the public hearing requirements in the Charter School Statute, public hearings about the proposed relocation of the School were held in both the Rochester City School District and the Greece Central School District in May 2014. At both hearings, information was provided to the public about the proposed re-location of Renaissance Acadamy Charter School of the Arts. There were no speakers and no comment at either hearing."
7/1/2014 ~ NYSED Institution Data showing it's ALL a done deal!

SCATS ~~ ARE THEY BUYING THE BUILDING, TOO?  WHEN WILL GREECE RESIDENTS BE TOLD?

*all linked documents are being retained in hard copy :)
  

Why The Big Secret About Kirk Rd. School?


Dear SCATS,

The Greece School Board and the Renaissance Academy of the Arts Charter School Board conspired to keep their new location (Kirk Rd. School) of the City Charter School secret at the required public hearing of May 13, 2014. 

This hearing is referenced in the document in this link from the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents was approving the re-location of the charter school from its original proposed location. The document states that there was a hearing in the city, as well as in Greece, and that the new location was part of the information that the public should have been aware of when the hearing took place. 

For some inexplicable reason, there was no information about the Kirk Rd location provided before, during or after the hearing on May 13 in Greece in the Board room (no wonder no one showed up!).  In fact the website of the Renaissance Academy stated on May 13 (and still does this evening)  that the "new location" was 133 Hoover Drive, and it appeared they would be sharing space with the already up and running Discovery Charter.

Maybe the Board of Regents would like to know they were been misled and lied to when the Charter and Greece Central came to them for approval of the final location.

There may be nothing wrong with this school. The building is perfect for a school. However, if a public hearing with information is necessary for the Regents approval and that information is lacking, then the community was essentially left out of the process. 

It is the LAW. 

Why did they not want the Kirk Rd. building's surrounding neighborhood to be notified as happened when the Discovery Charter had a nice meet and greet with the Koda Vista community before their school was approved? 

Are they afraid of the Kirk Rd community?

And is this a done deal? The regents doc says that they will be leasing until a possible sale April 2015.

BTW it was really difficult to dig up this information. If we didn't, no one would know they were trying to cover this up until it was too late to give the community a voice.


(Name withheld at author's request)
  

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

KIRK RD. SCHOOL SOLD*



GREECE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 
TO PROVIDE FOOD SERVICES TO NEW OWNER


City kids to be bused to Greece residential neighborhood by same group that took over Hoover Dr. bldg.

Greece Residents Were Lied To 
About School's Location At Public Hearing
  
*As of April, 2015 for bargain basement value
  

Mother Advocates Against Abuse Of Autistic Son By GCSD


Sam Maloney ~~ A Gifted Photographer & An Autistic 14 yr. Old Greece School Student.

Last night, Sam's mother complained to the Greece Board of Education that she wants an IEP for him and she wants the abuse he suffers in school (restraints/seclusion) stopped.

Five allegations of abuse have been lodged against the district. (See photo of injury HERE)

SHARE Sam's Facebook page ~~ "Sam was restrained on May 13, 2014. The school uses abusive tactics to hold down our kids. They are called Take Downs and they did a three person take down on this day. After the take down they held him on the ground for 13 minutes. I am doing everything I can to take Sam out of this school for a different placement and the District won't release Sam from the constant abuse that happens in this school. I will not stop until the abuse stops."


Monday, July 07, 2014

BOE Meeting Tuesday @6:30PM


Annual Organizational BOE Meeting

  • Swearing-in new BOE members
  • Election of BOE officers
  • Annual appointments, designations, authorizations, etc.

It is anticipated that the BOE will go into exec. session to discuss the employment history of particular person(s) (WHY leave your audience sitting there waiting for the rest of the meeting?? It's very rude!)

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

GCSD Electronic Record Program Analysis & Recommendations 

Amendment to Cabinet Admin. Assistant's, District Clerk, & Internal Claims Auditor Employment Agreements (Nevermind that earlier during the organizational portion of the meeting that it states: " ...  no additional compensation, to serve at the pleasure of the Board.")

Adopt Updated 2014-2015 School Calendar

Flu Clinic ~~ "4 Greece school pairs will be assigned based on age equivalence. One school receives the flu vaccination at school through an electronic consent process (intervention school). The other doesn’t receive the vaccination (control school). Immunization data will be obtained through the New York State Immunization Registry for both control and intervention schools to determine immunization rates. Attendance data can be reviewed internally and compared as well."

SCATS ~~ Parents, if your children's school is chosen, will you opt your kids in or out of receiving a flu vaccine at school?
    

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Who Wants To Be BOE Prez?



< ===== NEW POLL

  

Friday, July 04, 2014

Do YOU Know Why We Celebrate July 4th?


Sadly, many don't!!
Is that the fault of our educational system?
Or is it the fault of the parents?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Two Injured Working At Athena


Contractor & District Employee 
Both Burned By Transformer


Questions Arise About Neighborhood Group



Anonymous said...
When is our illustrious police department going to investigate so called neighborhood groups charging fees to join yet no one knows where the funds are going? ????    7/01/2014 6:28 PM
 Anonymous said...
Its $10 and newsletters haven't been mailed or issued in ages. Exactly where is this money going? Sounds suspicious if you ask me.    
7/01/2014 9:25 PM
 
Anonymous said...
I believe the President is some lady named Carol Messina. Apparently it is totally reorganized according to her, but still following same by laws. So how is that a total reorganization?????     7/02/2014 1:36 PM