Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Special BOE Meeting, Tonight @6:30PM


It is anticipated that the BOE will go into Exec. Session at 4:45PM to discuss matters made exempt under federal law, the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act;and to discuss the employment history of a particular person and the matter leading to the appointment of a particular person.*

AGENDA ITEMS

Staffing

Bus Bond Resolution

Copier Replacement & Lease Agreement

Professional Service Contract

Excel II Change Order

Qtrly Report on Service Contracts

* It sounds like we may have our new Supt. chosen tonight!

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

New interim super only

SCATS said...

To 9:51AM ~~ Interims often become perms ;)

Anonymous said...

In either case does anyone really care?
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SCATS said...

To 1:52PM ~~ ?Only after the new reign of terror begins lol

Anonymous said...

Why does it have to be presumed it so going to be terror? Shouldn't we give the new person a chance and not assume it is going to be a bad situation. Maybe this will be the start of a new beginning. Let's give someone a chance to fix all the wrongs that have been done by the current leader.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Kathy Graupman on permanent appointment, she will be exceptional. Finally a winner!

SCATS said...

To 5:37PM ~~ Please name the last Supt. we had who wasn't bad news. There have been so many!

Anonymous said...

Glad they went inside. Hopefully the compensation plan is reasonable (170k). Albert Ficus

Anonymous said...

She's no better than Babs. Glad I'm outta Greece next month.

Anonymous said...

As one of the largest school districts in the state, why wasn't a national search done to find the new superintendent? Nothing against Ms. Graupman, but what is her experience in leading large districts? I don't understand how this happens with no oversight....

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, it's too late to undo the damage done to Odyssey...aka Apodyssey

Anonymous said...

Dr Kehoe in the short tie she was here set the table for this district to change course and move forward. She illiminated over over 35 WALTS inspired administrative positions to begin with.unfortunately the board screwed up badly and hired a bum named achomovituch who quickly did nothing for 3 years. His replacement was equally in effective. That s what happens when you pay someone top dollars to begin with with an open ended contract with no measurable built in markers to meet.,$170k will not be attractive to take this job. Not saying it can't happen but board should set achievable markers in the contract for future increases over three years or no increase in pay.

SCATS said...

To 10:34AM ~~ Kehoe was as bad, maybe worse than ALL of the others! Her backroom dealings with the BOE, threatening to quit & embarass them if they didn't give RIDICULOUS RAISES to certain staffers is but one of her crimes. Threats like that are beyond juvenile.

Anonymous said...

I am very excited about the hire and hear many positive things about Ms. Graupman. Well done Greece!

SCATS said...

To 2:28PM ~~ Please name THREE of the many so we can all be in on the good news.

Anonymous said...

To 7:43AM ~~ We don't need expensive National Searches! Like I said in earlier posts...we are the 9th LARGEST district in the 3rd largest state. If we did not have at least a half dozen qualified candidates from within then this district failed miserably in their staff development. Personally I am glad that it is an internal candidate. We hopefully do not need to pay them an outrageous sum. High School Principal plus 10% is what I would do. I think that comes to around $175. Paying Babs over 200k was criminal. The state just hired a new head of the education department yesterday replacing Dr. King. That was for the WHOLE state and they got $250. The Greece School district, while large, is no where near as big a responsibility as the State. Face it...Babs negotiated a sweet deal for herself. Lets not make that mistake twice. Albert Ficus

Anonymous said...

I will put John Yagielski on top of my list for best Supt. in the last 30 years.

Enjoy

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Yes we do need a search! How did this person "win" the job? On what merits? Who was she up against? Why wasn't the town informed of who was involved in the search for a new superintendent? Someone was just NAMED. Not right!!! The top position is too important to just PUT a person in it.

SCATS said...

To Doug Skeet ~~ As I recall, Yagielski SOLD US DOWN THE RIVER with a teacher's contract that gave HUGE GUARANTEED PAY INCREASES, just as Kodak began its long sad saga of bleeding workers! Wasn't that the reason for the rise of CARE and the many voted down budgets of the 1990's??

To 6:34PM ~~ The "town" of Greece has no say over the school district. The BOE answer only to NYSED.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that grand. Maybe things need to change. Look at the YEARS of poor leadership thanks to our BOE. Anybody that would be good on the BOE is afraid to run, so we can only elect those that put themselves out there (not necessarily who would be the best for the position). Since our tax dollars pay for everything, taxpayers deserve a say in the most important position in the district. Just because is "is" doesn't mean it is right.......

SCATS said...

To 7:15PM ~~ I agree. Sadly, once elected, most on the BOE let the power of the position go to their head. Arrogance rules.

Anonymous said...

How can anyone else say Kehoe was the best super without busting into hysterics. She was a joke she was the boards puppet and gave ridiculous raises to her favorites like the person who had the head of security at the time and the same with the board clerk. She played a great part I why the board acts the way they do now. She let them get drunk on power and it was the start of them thinking they can micromanage and use their position as a Power Play.

Anonymous said...

To 6:34 pm~~Note I very specifically said we didn't need a national search nor an external candidate from outside the district. I never said we didn't need input from the community. I fully agree we needed community input as I said in a different post. While not required of the BOE it would have been the right thing to do.

That said my preference was to get an internal person that again hopefully costs less than an external. While we don't yet know her compensation we hope it's less than the 200k plus ridiculous package given Babs.

So assuming she is qualified I'm happy with the selection. A community Q&A session would have allowed us to validate her qualifications. That's what was missing.

Ficus

Anonymous said...

SCATS
You have a short memory> EVERY teacher contract in NYS has GUARANTEED pay raises. It is the step system used by all school districts.

John kept the salary schedule at 30 years to max. pay. Waltz lowered the salary schedule to 25 years to reach max. Very expensive as each teacher has more years to earn max. salary.

John negotiated for Cardinal Mooney, built Arcadia MS UNDER budget. Bought computers and RETURNED tax dollars to the public with lower taxes the following year. No one remembers that. He was the ONLY Supt who returned taxes.

Before John we were changing school boundaries every other year with the community up in arms. John introduced school of choice at West Ridge and we did not have to change school boundaries for over 20 years.

John change the school budgeting so we could plan our budgets for for 3-5 years. If we had money left it transferred to next year. If we were short, the deficit transferred to next year.

CARE started because of the UDC project. They wanted us to send the kids to four different schools instead of Parkland where the leaders of CARE kids went to school.

John started with GTA to bring in School Based Management. Some principals hated it. I loved it. It showed the teachers how complex it was to run a school. More importantly it showed the teachers how one decision affects another aspect of the school. They had to think outside of their own classroom.

I would work for John any day.

Enjoy

Doug

SCATS said...

To 6:21AM ~~ We ought to know the terms of her contract already!! It is BOE policy to know the COSTS BEFORE ADOPTING IT. It is also policy for them to DISCUSS THAT IN OPEN SESSION!! Our BOE continues to thumb their noses at the people who put them in office.

To Doug ~~ I wasn't talking step increases. I was talking PERCENTAGE INCREASES, which became ridiculously high when taxpayers were losing their jobs by the hundreds.

As for schools of choice, I do not see that as a "favor" to Greece! It divided this community for 20+ years!

We are going to have to agree to disagree, Doug.

Anonymous said...

To 621AM:
A national search ensures we have covered all of our bases to hire the most qualified individual for the job. For all the money that this District spends, why would we not do a national search? How do we know how Ms. Graupman stacks up against other candidates? We don't even know how she compares to internal candidates, since she was appointed! It's nice that people like her, but I want to know she has the qualifications and skills needed to lead a large school district. Remember, her predecessor came from Lyndonville!

SCATS said...

To 12:59PM ~~ In reality, our BOE & the unions do NOT want the "best candidate" as we've seen previously. Remember, Babs is the product of TWO nationwide searches! Her previous district fit inside Olympia HS with room to spare! Better candidates do not cut it with union hacks who want an easy relationship with little to no oversight.

Anonymous said...

Step salary systems are not required but nearly impossible to negotiate out.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Union Hacks, the new contract almost doubled the amount of paid union release time for the Union P-gs to conduct their business. Thanks for that McCabe fireman HERO, union hack and teacher apologist. WAH WAH WAH nobody respects us HOW ABOUT DOING YOUR JOB WITHOUT COMPLAINING FOR A CHANGE Teachers and firemen. Like Marx and Lenin, said useful idiots.

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't he endorse it his wife benefits from it. As far as the release time for gta president why in the world would they need more release time negotiations when they just settled. He will get as much release time as the teacher leaders now do. How are the substitutes paid for all the teacher leaders since they are only in the classroom half a day? What data is there to prove that this is an effective use of money. Not to mention how are all these conferences funded? I am sure the text book answer will be through a grant but I would have to think that that money could be spent directly on the students not teachers jet setting.