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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Law Schmaw

Klozman has it right: "what is so urgent that a special meeting is even required?"  Even if the School Board follows the law to a "t" why didn't they conduct their business at the regularly scheduled meeting last week?  Why does the Board continue to operate in secret?  Why don't they want the public involved in their decision making?  We must not forget that ultimately the people have oversight over the District.  As I have mentioned earlier, school districts are the closest form of democracy we have in America and clandestine administrators and school board members are trying to usurp that power.  Although, the people are being lied to and deceived at every turn we the people still have options.  It just takes time.  Next May Greg Wichlacz and Casey Neyman are up for reelection and the people need to find candidates who stand for truth and openness.  A candidate that will work in good faith with all citizens and stake holders in our district.  Therefore, let this be year one and the goal of this very first year: get two school board members elected.



17 comments:

Klozman said...

This is a classic example of power corrupts. The longer the RSB membership is able to engage in plausible denial and remain unscathed, the more confidence and arrogance they will display in conducting business as it benefits their interests; those who disagree be damned.

Voting people out appears to be one answer but the most recently elected replacements exacted zero change. You need people with a more cosmopolitan perspective. There's too much small town provincialism at work on the current RSB.

Anonymous said...

I agree, lets get the ball rolling for the next school board election in May and oust Wichlacz and Neyman.

Anonymous said...

I'm not quite sure, but I am a teacher living in the district and last year was the first time I got anything in the mail from the HTA supporting candidates. Maybe this year they can get candidates that will actually speak up. A union can be powerful if it is united!

Anonymous said...

Well everyone, I know the weather is bad and Christmas is around the corner but try to show up at the administration building for the meeting at 5:30. No one will be able to speak so just show up and observe.

Anonymous said...

Another fast one for this RSB (rubber stamp board) on the possible appointment of Steve Achramovitch as Superintendent.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone expected more out of Kelly Harper and Diane Reynolds. Maybe they can vote no or ask it to be done at an open meeting in January as it should be where the public can address their concerns.

Anonymous said...

Today the public will not be allowed to express any concerns regarding the appointment of this tainted individual? How convenient!

Anonymous said...

They feel for us in Greece. Check out the blog

http://greeceschool2006.blogspot.com/2010/12/hamburg-begs-for-help.html

Anonymous said...

I was looking for a fresh start with Dr. Calkins, Kelly Harper and Diane Reynolds. Let’s hope they do the right thing today and wait to appoint a new Supt. at an open School Board Meeting in Jan. Right now, if what you say is accurate, they will disgrace our district by not being open and direct. I don’t know if they can legally do this or not, but it sure appears underhanded, and if so the bloggers are right, we need to run new candidates for school board.

Anonymous said...

This is completely typical for the HCSD.
They have done nothing positive for the STUDENTS in this district.
Does the community have any idea what an injustice there was in "deciding" who to hire as an Athletic Director?
Pat Cauley is highly qualified, passionate and dedicated employee in the Hamburg district. He has focused on what is right for kids and has supported them in every way a teacher and coach could for almost 20 years.
The time, dedication and qualifications for that position were overlooked due to the haphazard way Hamburg does 'business'.
As an outsider working in athletics in another district, it is appalling that Hamburg did not hire their own Health / Physical Education teacher and coach, Mr. Pat Cauley.
Does the community (and the rest of the district) even know he was OFFERED the position at the end of August when they were scrambling to put this position together?
He was good enough to be offered a position that was set up for failure then as "they" wanted him to work a FULL time A.D position (including supervision of the Health, P.E, nursing and coaching departments) as well as remain teaching his health classes.
When they posted the position "properly", and he interviewed for it knowing it was strictly an A.D position, they hired an outside person with absolutely no experience working in HCSD. Not only that --but the person they hired interviewed for a P.E position in the district and was NOT hired.
It is a travesty to say the least for the students and community of Hamburg.
What will be another district's gain (possibly my own) will most certainly be Hamburg's loss.

Anonymous said...

Wait till you get a load of the new guy. Two things motivate him and they both start with the letter B. He is gonna smile and schmooze his way through about a half to three quarters of a million of your money and then go looking for some other suckers to fleece this guy is a total BS artist.

Ryan said...

Who were the other candidates for the superintendent job? How many people applied? How many were determined to be finalists?

Anonymous said...

The RBS board is disguisting. They hire a superintendant who is notorious for being anti union and anti contract negotiations. Stevie A was already sued multiple times for violating peoples rights.

As for mr. Cauley not getting the athletic director job I think it is disguisting that a respected teacher and member of our community would not be given the first opportunity, what is the other agenda here. Did he piss off Mr. Gordon Kerr or Mr Ogilvie?

Now lets talk about the fact that our kids have lost many of their clubs. district has money for whatever else they want. Go ahead hire more administractors.

Anonymous said...

Safeguards over the District’s private purpose trust funds are not adequate. During our audit period,
the Board improperly transferred $83,000 in trust fund assets to the Foundation. The Board had no
authority to transfer these trust funds bequeathed to the District, to the Foundation, to administer
on its behalf. In so doing, the District was also not in a position to ensure that the trust funds are
adequately safeguarded and that the proceeds and earnings are expended in accordance with the
testator’s requirements.

What When said...

As the executive director and treasurer of the Foundation, the Board President has a significant
interest in the Foundation’s operations. Although he indicated that he did not receive a direct financial
benefit from the Foundation, the potential exists for him to receive direct and indirect fi nancial or
other benefits. In addition, another District Board member was also simultaneously a director for the
Foundation. The School Board President’s independence, as well as that of the other Board member,
may be impaired when presenting resolutions to the School Board regarding the transfer of funds to
the Foundation.

Anonymous said...

"We tested 74 claims totaling $649,242 and found that 37 claims did not include adequate supporting
documentation, three claims had no indication of approval by the claims auditor and two claims were
for questionable expenditures. In addition, of the 31 purchases requiring written quotations, 17 claims lacked documentation that the District complied with its purchasing policy. As a result, District officials cannot be certain that purchases were made in accordance with District policies and for
appropriate District purposes. In addition, the District may not have procured certain items at the best prices available.
Safeguards over the District’s private purpose trust funds are not adequate. During our audit period,the Board improperly transferred $83,000 in trust fund assets to the Foundation. The Board had no
authority to transfer these trust funds bequeathed to the District, to the Foundation, to administer
on its behalf. In so doing, the District was also not in a position to ensure that the trust funds are adequately safeguarded and that the proceeds and earnings are expended in accordance with the
testator’s requirements."
State of New York
Office of the State Comptroller

Anonymous said...

"Of the 74 claims reviewed, 30 did not indicate approval by
the purchasing agent. District officials indicated that the
purchasing agent’s signature was only stamped on the white
copy of the purchase orders, which were sent to the vendors.
Thirteen claims had a purchase order that was dated after the
invoice date. These included a $100,961 claim for textbooks,
and a $5,931 claim for software.
• Of the 74 claims reviewed, 26 were from blanket purchase
orders with a $1 limit. These included a $25,994 claim for a
foster care student’s tuition, two claims totaling $26,204, for
two special education students’ tuition, a $16,665 claim for
physical therapy services, a $7,297 claim for cafeteria food,
two purchases totaling $4,306 for asphalt products, and a
$4,055 claim for cafeteria kitchen inspection services.
• Three of the 74 claims did not indicate approval for payment
by the claims auditor. These included a $73,150 claim for the
partial payment of a construction project, a $11,373 claim for
special education tuition, and a $714 claim for travel."
OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER