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Sunday, November 28, 2010

School Board Contact Information?

I've been trying to contact our school board members, but I'm really having to jump through hoops to get their info.  Why doesn't our school board post their contact information online?  I went to Orchard Park and Frontier's websites and all their school board member's information is readily available.  Please go to Hamburg, OP and Frontiers websites and compare:


  1. Hamburg School Board
  2. Orchard Park School Board
  3. Frontier School Board


NOTICE:   Hamburg's is posted under the administration tab and Frontier and OP have separate tabs.  It's almost as if our school board is under our administration and not a separate, objective entity.  If you have the school board's contact information, please send to me to be posted in an effort to promote open government.

42 comments:

Concerned Hamburger said...

Thanks to all who provided contact information. I still need phone numbers and/or emails.

Anonymous said...

How do we get the school board to start publishing board minutes? I've been to a few meetings and the board briefs do not reflect the meeting at all.

Anonymous said...

I believe they do not have to post their minutes online. Rather, they have to have them available for the public to view. If you want to see the minutes, you may request them from the DIstrict Clerk.

Anonymous said...

All staff as well as board members have email addresses @hamburgschools.org.

Concerned Hamburger said...

Staff have emails on hamburgschools.org, but the school board does not. I just rechecked this morning.

Anonymous said...

yeen13@aol.com (Collins), mdils@verizon.net, caseyneyman@yahoo.com, gregwichlacz@verizon.net, jgcalkins@gmail.com

(from a Mark Crawford email last year!!)

Peter Roswell said...

Actually you can send emails to the SB using their first init and last name then hamburgschools.org

they have admin email access

Anonymous said...

It is their first initial and last name @hamburgschools.org. It is in the directory.

Concerned Hamburger said...

Checked staff directory again and the BOE is not listed. I sent an email with first initial, last name and hamburgschools.org and the delivery failed. Please see notice below:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

jcalkins@hamburgschools.org

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 5.7.1 ... jcalkins@hamburgschools.org... No such user (state 14).

Stevie A. said...

it doesn't work for Calkins, but search using Steroid man's name and it works!!!


http://tinypic.com/r/2yxr97o/7

Concerned Hamburger said...

Yes, I understand Mr. Wichlacz does have a district email as he was one of the district ambassadors to Rwanda.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree with some of the followers that as Hamburg Central School District property owners have had their school taxes doubled in the last eight years, and what have we gotten for this? As I understand our teachers are some of the lowest paid in the county.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't appear that you had any trouble getting their contact information since it's now posted on your website.

Also, have you really tried to get a hold of Dr. Calkins? She the town pediatrician... her office is on Lake St. She has an office phone number. If you really wanted to get in touch with her, you could have.

Anonymous said...

Anyone else think it's a conflict of interest for the district to promote a costly Lucy Calkins writing program while Joan Calkins is the Board President?? Suspicious! Dare I suggest nepotism?

Anonymous said...

Hamburg Schools has been trying to get the Lucy Calkins Writing program for over 10 years.

Lucy Calkins is the Robinson Professor in Children's Literature at Teachers College in Columbia University (isn't that convenient that it happens to be Lindsey Stephenson's alma mater), and is internationally renowned for her work as an educator.

Currently she is in Jordan, invited by the Prince of Jordan, consulting about using her writing program for their entire country's education.

Her program is also used across the United States and is proven to increase children's knowledge in reading and writing scores.

Are we really going to ignore these facts simply because her sister happens to live in Hamburg. Let's also mention that Lucy Calkins is an alumnus of the Hamburg School District.

Why are faulting Dr. Calkins for having a famous and highly successful educator for a sister?

Anonymous said...

Staff Development Day: While the primary grade teachers sat and listened to Lucy Calkins preach about writing, the secondary teachers were subjected to Ken O'Connor, the grading expert.
Is this irony?
The administration brings in a grading expert to teach the teachers how to grade, but it was the administration who made grades up. Maybe they need a morning with the grading expert.

Anonymous said...

Isn't also known that Dr. Joan Calkins got her sister to come here free of charge. Dr. Lucy Calkins was more than happy to come back to her hometown and help for FREE.

Anonymous said...

It seems inappropriate with all money Hamburg has stashed away that Dr. L Calkins was not fairly paid for a days work. Did it ever occur to either Dr L or J Calkins that if were not for the teachers they had in Hamburg that they may not have accomplished the great things for which they are both known. How easily one's accomplishments can be reduced to nought! How easy it is to stand on the sidelines and dictate what "should" be done in the classroom, or what "could" be done! Strangely, none of it seems to matter much when an administration, supported by a Board of Education, lie and manufacture tall tails and grades, and the pretend, out of arrogance, or disconnect, that its all OK! I wonder what Dr. L Calkins would think of an administrator who make up 100's of points for kids. Something to think about on the long journey home from Jordan!

Anonymous said...

Of course I am familiar with the background of L Calkins, and yes, the ONE DAY was free. My point is that the program is extremely costly. In the past, several theories have been presented and adopted such as whole language, dimensions of learning, 6+1 traits of learning, etc. The district buys into these for about two years, and jumps onto a new bandwagon, spending who knows how much money on them. The administration forgets that the Hamburg teachers are the greatest asset to the district. When was the last time an administrator came to see the innovative and creative things that are happening? They need to put some cash into what is already working in the classrooms!

Sort of Anonymous said...

Anonymous 3:09PM has it correct.

Each time the wind changes direction, Admin comes up with the latest and greatest teaching method.

Anonymous said...

9:26... Adopting the program is not an issue because LC's sister "lives in Hamburg" it is because she is the president of the schoolboard!!!! That is a HUGE conflict of interest and just downright nepotistic. Anyone that believes it would be free is a fool. It's easy to come in the first day for free and then laugh all the way to the bank when the program is adopted and the money rolls in.

To the person that said Hamburg was already "trying to adopt" this program for 10 years...REALLY? Just a few short years back it was 6 plus one, and that didn't go very far. By the way, you can find plenty of reviews out there written by real teachers actually using the program that call it "shallow, not creative, canned and scripted" complaining that they are "not teaching" that this program is "existing ideas with new stupid names invented by LC" and "discourages academic language."

For a district in financial trouble, that cut and/or reduced programs (namely GT and library for crying out loud), layed off teachers, cut clubs and combined classes are we in a position to take on such an unnecessary expense? Hamburg teachers do a wonderful job teaching writing. For no cost we could get together on a staff development day and share our own creative processes and ideas. That would be more beneficial, allow for more creativity, and FREE!!! If only the people making the decisions would listen to the teachers. We know our students needs.

Anonymous said...

Whether Hamburg adopts the Lucy Calkins program or not isn't solely in the hands of Dr. Calkins, and quite frankly I don't think she really cares either way if her sister's program gets used or not. It's not like Lucy Calkins needs the money...

People are claiming the ONLY reason for Lucy's program is because Dr. Calkins is the school board president and that's not true.

And, if there is a better solution, great... then start speaking up and telling the administration about what you are doing. As a public school teacher myself, you have to take some responsibility and make your administration see the great things you are doing rather than just complaining about what isn't working. Be proactive - don't just bitch and complain after that fact. If you don't want the Lucy Caklins writing program, then say so - set up a meeting with your principal, speak your case, be professional, and maybe you'll see results. Complaining to each other after hours does nothing.

Anonymous said...

Been there,done that, still doing it! Hamburg is notorious for not listening to their staff or valuing their professional judgement. After a while you feel like you're beating your head against a wall. Many good teachers get beat down here because we simply are not valued. As long as we make administration look good, everything is ok. I love my profession, I love my students, but the state of the school district makes me second guess my choice to be in Hamburg. For those of you unaware, there is true dysfunction at the highest levels of the district and no one wants to take responsibility for it.

Administrative salaries are to damn high said...

Obviously the District needs to keep rotating the curricula. How else would Maryellen Monafo justify her salary and job?

Stuart Scott said...

7:25am. You must not teach in Hamburg. Whenever admin has an idea, it becomes policy, regardless whether it is a good plan.

Staff sometimes is afraid to speak up.

I questioned techpaths at a staff meeting with Mary Ellen, she just gave some b.s. about how it is the greatest idea since sliced bread. Many dollars and wasted time later, how has techpaths helped the kids? The paper version of our curriculum maps was good enough.

Anonymous said...

I agree. We are offered absolutely no professional courtesy. We know our students and their needs. Our suggestions do not matter to the administrators. I have invited admin. to see what I do. I received no response. I have advocated for my programs to no avail. Do I feel beat down? YES! Do I feel like I'm talking to a wall? YES! For the amount of money the administrators are paid, they need to be in the schools OFTEN to see what goes on. Part of their job is to know what is happening, if I'm not mistaken. I am not in marketing and public relations along with teaching. The Board of Ed. also has no clue what great things are happening, despite the dog and pony shows each building puts on every month!

Queen Noor said...

If Lucy Calkins is in Jordan with the Prince, I certainly hope the King knows about it! Also, I didnt realize her writing program applied from right to left as arabic is scripted! Additionally, I find it a form of American cultural imperialism that an armchair "professor" from an elite American university is jet-setting around the globe teaching American intellectual babble on writing. I thought America trailed behind on the global education scene? Perhaps, Jordan would be better off if they hired someone from China.

Anonymous said...

If you are all so unhappy, why not go find a job somewhere else? You're clearly all very educated, intelligent, hard working, and better than everyone else. So, why Hamburg? If it's such an awful place... leave. Honestly, we'll be fine without you.

Anonymous said...

You obviously miss the point of this blog: to expose ethical violations. Now I ask you, who is happy when their district is unethical? It is actually quite an interesting point that despite all the problems in Hamburg the teachers love their jobs.

cooler than you said...

Obviously we are better than everyone else. Did you see the ad in the Sun? Hamburg ranks higher than most school districts in Erie County.

Anonymous said...

7:30pm...read the posts better...the reason why I stay is my love for the teaching aspect of my job & my students. I believe that there is a greater purpose to what we do here.I would have to be a zombie not to be bothered by all of the issues plaguing this district. This is not the same district I was hired in years ago. I worked for people who had integrity and we shared a common vision of where we were going.The reality of where we have gone is disheartening. With that being said, I suppose many of us hope that there is a possibility for positive change. And isn't that the type of person you want in a classroom? Judging from your short, curt response that was not thought through...

Anonymous said...

How do we get the State Education Department to make Hamburg Schools accountable....or are they paid for too?

Anonymous said...

To all you people that complain about the teachers in this district, I think you should think twice...I believe many of them started with the intentions of making a difference...once they were tenured they were then told what they could do....NOT MUCH!!!!! I believe many of them do not agree....but need a job. I sure hope the others can sleep at night knowing they are hurting our children everyday but getting paid for it!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Board members have freedoms and need to speak up.

Anonymous said...

RSB will never speak up. They are the rubber stamp board. The only one joan Calkins talks to are student patients and members of the community about teachers. Get rid of her and Brunner.

Anonymous said...

Joan Calkins is the worst kind of elitist. A liberal elitist. She is a snob, and has no business on the rub.

Anonymous said...

Mr Gallagher has a list of teachers and will stop at nothing to bring them down. Teachers at HHS need to petition him out of a job, he cares nothing about teachers.

Klozman said...

Concerned Hamburger...Consider pursuing the Joan-Alex-Lindsey connection. Do some digging, for therein lies something of value. A gross breach of ethics awaits exposure.

Scientia potestas est (knowledge is power)

Concerned Hamburger said...

Klozman, Your last posting peaked my interest. I must say that I am slightly confused by the threesome you mentioned. I think I know the first and the last names mentioned, but who is in the middle? Please send me a private message, and I will investigate EVERYTHING. Thank you for your tip.

Anonymous said...

Concerned Hamburg needs to update Google search some how and or Put note on THIS POST and all other pages to CLICK on HAMBURG SCHOOL ETHICS to update BLOG. Search Engines Bring up OLD posts!

Anonymous said...

Who are you Klozman?

Anonymous said...

BOE doesn't want their personal info out.