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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gordon Kerr: Coming or Going?

Last March the Buffalo News ran an article detailing then Associate Superintendent Gordon Kerr's plan to take a leave of absence [click here for article].  The article raised numerous questions:


  1. Would Mr. Kerr come back after a year or was he truly gone forever?
  2. How committed could Mr. Kerr be to public education if  Mr. Kerr said, “When people hear that I’m leaving and going to a music label, they say, ‘That’s been your dream for years,’ ”?
  3. If the job of two administrators, that of Associate superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Information Services, can be handled by one administrator how can both positions paid $156,774.00 and 153,562 in 2009-2010 respectively be justified?
  4. Why would Mr. Kerr uproot his family or leave them behind for only a year?
  5. Why would someone hire a man with no private sector experience to be COO of a music label and allow him to split his time between Orchard Park, NY and Nashville, TN?
I think most people actually forgot about Mr Kerr until his name popped up in a recent article discussing Terrence Pegula's, Kerr's brother-in-law,  supposed proposal to buy the Sabres [click here for article].  So my questions again seem relevant.  Can anyone explain what is happening with Mr. Kerr?*


*I recently checked the website and Gordon S. Kerr is still listed as the Associate Superintendent for Personnel. 

33 comments:

Peter McCarthy said...

This just keeps getting better. Keep "grinding the axe".

Retired Ann said...

I feel these administrative salaries are sickening especially in our present day economy. We have a hard enough time now paying our taxes on a fixed income and to see these arrogant individuals with no regard for those who are struggling to pay their bills.

Joe the Plumber said...

I thought this Kerr fella resigned and moved to the glitz and glamor of the record industry. Are the taxpyers still paying this guy, is he double dipping....where's his resignation??? arent these kinds of things what the board has to be responsible for??????

Anonymous said...

Gordon Kerr is on a sabbatical from the school system, and is not currently being paid by Hamburg Central Schools.

Sabbaticals are completely legal, and not out of the ordinary. After his sabbatical time is up, then he will have to either come back to work or resign.

Calm down... the district is not paying him for a job he's not doing. Please check facts before you start to try and ruin his reputation by saying he's double dipping.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe the author claimed he was "double dipping." I believe the author is trying to say why do we need his position if the district functions without him. I'm glad the moderator allows all comments.

Tom Dooley said...

Sabbatical is a rest from work, in order to accomplish some other goal..i.e. travel or education. Taking a leave from Hamburg in order to go perform duties at another job is a shameful excuse for a sabbatical. In what world does someone leave a $156000 year job, to go work as a COO. I have been in the private sector for two decades, and have never heard of someone becoming a COO for a year....esp someone from public education...unheard of!!!! I bet everyone would love their employer to hold their job when they went off to "try" something new. Besides, some of the secretaries in Hamburg have seen Kerr walking the halls of the Main Offices of Hamburg. Is he coming or going?

Mike R. said...

Didn't anyone read the article in the Buff News about the potential new owner for the Sabres-- Kerr's sister is married to this guy-- he's has billions, so why would Kerr need to work a real job again.?

"hey hun, could you give my brother an easy job since he's burned out with being an administrator?"

Michael Corleone said...

Really, Mike R? "Burned out as an Adminstrator" Ask any secretary in the Main Office building, Kerr created a toxic environment all over Hamburg. Word is, even Crawford had trouble with him. He claims to be a man of God, but actions speak louder than words. He has brought several people to tears. I bet if he tries half of the outrageous things he did in Hamburg on people in the private sector he'll wake up with a horse head in his bed.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you take the time to ask HIM these questions to his face instead of smearing his name behind his back? THIS kind of back-stabbing is toxic to HCSD .

In the know said...

How is it backstabbing if the questions are asked in a public forum such as this? Also, the person who made the last comment probably knows Mr. Kerr and maybe they should check their facts. It is well known around Hamburg that Kerr was a tyrant and teachers and administrators worked in fear.

Anonymous said...

YIPPEEE!!!!!!! GK RESIGNED! WHY NOT NOW? AND NOT JULY 1,2010? I SMELL A RAT!

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't he resign asap, HCSD will be a better place with him South of the Mason Dixon Line!!!! Too bad he leaves HCSD with such a terrible legacy. Best of luck Mr. K,

Champagne at HAB said...

Coming or Going.....thank the good lord he is GONE!!! I

Anonymous said...

WORD ON THE STREET. GORDON KERR LEFT HCSD TO BECOME THE NEW SABRETOOTH. WHAT ELSE WOULD HS FAMILY DO WITH HIM?

Anonymous said...

Just learned Kerr is leaving Hamburg for good, please dont let the door hit him on the way out. Why didnt he resigned immediately, rather than in June. He must be up to some snake-like thing.

Anonymous said...

He only cares about what his kids and wife want.

OPMS Teacher said...

G. actually cares about people? Shocking. In his experience in Hamburg and in his days at OP, no one would ever say that. Wasn't he buddies with the former OP Elementary Principal Mr. Stelmack who was brought up on charges in FLA for doing unspeakable things. In fact, I understand that G's father as the former Superintendent in Olean gave Mr. Stelmack his start in administration. G's Father runs an ultra conservative rightwing religious organization called, the teaching and learning institute. They call for RSB's to be trained in Christian Judeo ethics. I guess Mr Stelmack fell thru the cracks.

Anonymous said...

Gordon Kerr got to where he was and is by treating teachers like crap, using his old boy network of administrators, and now using his brother-in-law's money. Anyone who ever worked with him knows that he has to have his own way and isn't able to work with diverse groups of people, but especially strong women. Good riddance!

Nashville Nick said...

Hamburg are you clueless? This guy has been in Nashville only part time for less than a year,and so many people in the business are on to him and his ways. He has made no friends in Nashville, good thing his sister is looking after him. They would be better off paying him to stay home. We learned what everything on this blogsite in a few shot months. "Danger...Stranger". I hope you arent paying him thru June...suckers.

abbott road said...

Kerr harassed me beyond belief when I was at hamburg, he didnt approve of me or my lifestyle and cam after me because i am not a white male christian. he is a crazy man who i hope will be corrected by the earth. i left hamburg for a new job, but only bc he drove me out.

Coffee Lady said...

Gorden Kerr was in it for HIS kids.

Anonymous said...

Coffee Lady, THats hilarious...Kerr wasnt in anything for anyone other than his ego. He is a phoney.

Nashvile nos said...

Kerr has already made his enemies in Nashville. SO many of us down here are asking what is going on with this former elementary school music teachers who thinks he can play with music industry executives. THe whole city knows its only b/c his brother. So whats the scoop Hamburg ethics? Theres a people down here who would like the truth. Please post

Anonymous said...

This blog is such a joke. You all lead a sad existence attacking someone like this. If you have a problem maybe you shouldn't hide behind anonymous postings. If you knew this man for who he is, you wouldn't even think to say these words. I wouldn't doubt if all of these postings were from teachers, since there's no way you can understand the situation from your point of view. Why doesn't one of you just fix the district? oh wait, you can't because if you could, you sure wouldn't be writing about it under an anonymous blog name... grow up.

HCD Secretary said...

Anonymous 11:15, clearly you have been mislead. Dont know the man? I worked in Hamburg Schools Central Office for years, and never did someone so rotten cross the doorway until this man arrived. Rotten to the core. Dont be a fool...he left a nasty state at Hamburg. Good for all in the district he moved one, though he is reported to hang around the admininstrative bldg. Loser.

op special ed said...

chubby little boy with no friends...makes sense. he was a jerk when he was at orchard park middle, most of the teachers thought he was a big fat jerk. thanks hamburg for taking him away. good thing his brother in law made him a job.

pleasant Ave Resident said...

who cares about kerr...he was, is and will be the eternal jerk!!!!

Anonymous said...

I like the person (anonymous) who questioned the anonymous postings about Kerr. I take it it was either his wife (or himself) or one of the administrators. Obviously blaming teachers who work every day in the trenches is easier than asking the motivations behind people like Kerr who make HUGE salaries, going to numerous lunch meetings, all the while planning their golden parachutes.

UPES 1st Grade said...

i worked with GK at UPES....He was the worst School Principal, ever. He was a nasty jerk who should NEVER be around children!

Working 9-5 said...

Kerr Spotted in the Hamburg Admin Bldg last week Monday. He tried to play nice with the ladies in the office, but we know the mess he left from his lies. Go back to dixie.

shaggy dog said...

#4...why would any man leave his family? The self-righteous Mr. Kerr, who harasses teachers, is an infidel. He broke up a marriage of a coworker, 20 years his junior, and was banished to dixie. Everyone in Hamburg knows this now, and its no wonder he is around the administrative building, he is shagging one of the resident overpaid administrators

NYS Certification said...

Kerr, Associate Superintendent of Lies and Deception

eggert said...

I worked with him on Orchard Park, he was pulling tricks then. His buddy at Ellicott was showing him the ropes.