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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Curious Case of Don Ogilvie

In the posts "Who's Oz?" [click here to see post] and "BOCES Budget" [click here to see post] I hint at the role Mr. Ogilvie plays in Hamburg Central School District.  As a resident of Hamburg, executive director of the Hamburg School Foundation and former superintendent of Hamburg, suffice it to say that Mr. Ogilvie has a stake in Hamburg.*  After doing a bit of googling for Donald Ogilvie, an audit from New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli popped up [click here to see the report].  According to the report, BOCES created four reserve funds with school district moneys and did not establish policies and procedures for the funding and use of the reserves.  In the instance where BOCES did establish procedures, BOCES did not get Board approval.  Lastly, one of the funds that was established was not established by a majority vote from the component school districts as required by statue and the activity was not reported to the New York State Education Department.  The report continues on,


"The failure of BOCES officials to ensure that all reserves were properly established and reasonably funded has increased the risk of the school districts’ moneys not being used in a productive manner and/or in accordance with legal requirements. Further, BOCES’ failure to clearly report reserve allocations to the component and participating school districts has compromised the transparency of BOCES operations and denies the school districts complete knowledge of how BOCES is ultimately using money paid by districts for BOCES services."

Interesting that this report was issued on July 15, 2010, shortly after our district laid off 12.7 FTE teachers and allocated an additional 7-hundred+ thousand dollars to BOCES.  I also cannot help but draw a correlation between the surreptitious and illegal operations of the Hamburg School Board and the operations of BOCES.  Did Hamburg's disregard for open meetings laws and era of secrecy begin under Mr. Ogilvie?  Isn't it a curious point that Mr. Ogilvie recommends a superintendent to Hamburg?  Possibly a conflict of interest?


*I'm not exactly sure what role Mr. Ogilvie played on the Hamburg School Foundation when the Hamburg Central School District transferred $83,000 to the Foundation [click here to see the state's audit report].  However, Mr. Ogilvie is currently the executive director of the Foundation and Mr. Osborne, the former executive director and school board president when the money was transferred, is still on the board of directors of the Foundation.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey fellow teachers, wait until you are out sourced to BOCES through the SMART classroom. When they will only need a teacher assistant to take attendance or stack the room with 50 kids and let the program run. Will you like Ogilvie or Achromovitch then. The Rubber Stamp Board (RSB) are centralizing us out of a job. We do a great job for our students. We need to stay united. Just look at a few administrative salaries, how many teachers could be brought back? Remember it is not at the administration building that the kids are learning in it is with us in the classroom. We are united.

Concerned Parent said...

When are they going to start testing teachers?

Reality Sucks said...

I just wonder if the BOE are on the "take" from the district....they work very hard to cover up the fraud. Does Mr. Ogilve give them gifts of gold, frankinscene and Myrrh? Do any of the BOE ask about the drug use in the High School? Strangely, Hamburg has a MD as a BOE President, a person who knows what drugs can do...and yet the drug use is "covered up" at any cost. WAKE UP HAMBURG BOE!!!!!!!!

WNED said...

That Donny O is one shady dude. He is on the Board of WNED, and I heard he was talking about Hamburg to some of the people on the BOE at WNED. You'd think he'd realize at some point his ways would catch up with him.....The Hamburg School Foundation is a big question mark.

free speech said...

Did Donny O and Stevie A get together and decide to bloc this blog from the districts that use BOCES' servers as a platform. I am reminded of the scandal between China and Google. Klozman, please give us your pearls of wisdom on iron fisted government being terrified of free speach.!

Klozman said...

Ref “free speech said…”

Credo quod habes, et habes (Believe that you have it, and you do)

All governments fear free speech. The more democratic create an appearance of tolerance until free speech jostles their comfort levels…then the demons from Hell emerge. The least open-minded bodies immediately attack and eliminate any and all who would oppose their ambitions. Maintaining power is paramount.

Don, the puppet master, does not abide a confab; he directs. In this instance Achramo is his lap dog, and any appearance of consensus between them is merely eyewash…fine fellow well met, etc, etc. After all, with the money Achromo is collecting he must demonstrate decisiveness. Fortunately, he is in league with the RSB, which has none competent to execute what he/she was elected to do. If they possessed one modicum of moxie they would have examined Achramo’s lack of bona fides.

Blocking this blog is a puerile, sinister action (by those who fear the loss of power, prestige, money and control), which will never achieve the desired result. The blog is out there and the liars, evil doers and naysayers cannot prevent exposure through censorship. Hey, fellow teachers, how do you like being treated as children? Apparently this blog carries an X rating.

Hamburger, if you want to open some eyes, follow the Foundation money trail.

Anonymous said...

Hamburger, Get on the Foundation trail. Its a501 c.3, the audits should be a matter of public record. What do they do? I heard they were left a load of money for scholarships that do not materialize. And, of course they sent Crawford and Gregg W to Africa.

Anonymous said...

Hotdog says everyone needs to wake up and see how corrupt the school system really is....regardless of our identity!

Anonymous said...

Thats odd I bet Ed was not happy about Boces deal with Africa and Jane O who enjoys giving money to other countries. Maybe after China out smarts us they will send WNY some funding. The US owes China so much money why not pay the debt rather then giving to Africa? Its the children of the Hamburg schools who will end up with that task.

Kofi Annan said...

Sending Africa money is an act of foolishness. Windows fall out of the walls of Hamburg HIgh School SERIOUSLY hurting two of our staff. Both had to take medical leave. Turns out the district was told years ago to replace the windows. I teach in the High School, and one needs to be the incredible HULK to open a window, and forget closing it!!! I had to put duct tape over the walls where the plaster was cracked, because the kids would pick at it, and who know what kind of lead and asbestos they could be exposed to. We FREEZE in the winter, and die of the heat in Sept and June. And the district sends money for a cafe floor in Rwanda. Why dont we leave that the USAID or the UN or something, My federal taxes go to foreign aide, not my local school taxes. Wake up you self centered fools, and trying doing the job that is in front of you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr. Mark J. Crawford and Gordon Kerr!

Dad on George Street said...

How about a post called, the curious case of Hamburg Village Judge Mr. A. Fleming? He sits on the bench and drums up all kinds of business for his practice. I know, b/c my kid got in some trouble in the village ( but more at home b.c i raise the kid not the disfuncational district), and next thing I know we are getting a mailing from fleming et al. lawyers and opportunists. When will the corruption stop. Stand up taxpayers and tell these jerks to go away.