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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Missed the Bus



It is pretty easy to understand Hamburg finances: the administration has no idea what it is doing, the school board "rubber stamps" everything, and when they continually make mistakes they both look to New York State for bailouts. Despite the title, this post will not be about the exorbitant contract to use Fisher Bus and instead it will be devoted to the District's untimely filing for a $1.3 million reimbursement in transportation funds.  Although this issue dates back to Mark Crawford, it does not predate many of the Board members and it attests to the incompetent nature of the administration.  It also appears to be unresolved.  Dr. Crawford wrote to The Sun:  

“The matter that you are referring to goes back to 2005-2006 and involves a report that the school district filed about transportation.

The report was filed in a timely manner, but State Ed claimed that they did not receive it by the due date. 

At that time, the district resubmitted the report, and has a copy of the original submission of the report. The penalty would be a retroactive loss of $1.3 million. 

However, I learned about this matter when I was new to the district in November of 2007. At that time, I met with Senator Stachowski and Assemblyman Quinn, who said that they had submitted legislation in order to absolve this district of State Ed's penalty.

So, the matter has rolled forward up into September of 2009 when both the Senate and the House passed a Bill which included the Hamburg Central School District, along with some 30 other school districts [click here to see bill]. 

The legislation was intended to remove any penalty being imposed on the Hamburg School District by State Ed and the other school districts. Shortly after that, Governor Patterson vetoed the legislation.

At the moment, nothing is occurring regarding the matter. We have received no claim from the state and furthermore, Senator Bill Stachowski, with whom I spoke yesterday, stated that he and Assemblyman Quinn are co-sponsoring legislation once again to remove State Ed's financial penalties for reports that they claim were not received in a timely manner.

Again, what you need to understand is that no one here did anything wrong. The report was filed on time, but State Ed at the end of the 2005-06 school year indicated that because the report was not received by the due date, they would impose this penalty."

Despite possibly losing $1.3 million in state reimbursements, Dr. Crawford insists they did nothing wrong,  big surprise.  Anyways, I've been doing research and all I can find are transportation contract penalties removed for other other districts [click here for article on Paterson's passed Bills in August 2010].  I have yet to find that Hamburg's penalty was removed, so can anyone please explain how Hamburg missed the bus and how it was/will be resolved?


22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmm HOW is filing done? Next time, how about USPS return receipt, or FED EX overnight express?! They can give you a tracking number. If it is "filed" online, there must be a record of hitting "send" right? Maybe the authorities can look into the case of the missing $1.3 MILLION DOLLARS before searching for secret messages on this evil blog! For goodness sake, I sent Christmas presents THIS week and they arrived ON TIME!! Happy Holidays!

Hamburg-- the game show!!! said...

Bus....it that the Fischer Bus Company Running the Hamburg District? Take a look at the Hamburg School Foundation Board of Directors...is that the shadow government. Hamburg Ethics in Education, nice job too bad you werent around years ago when the political machine got its hooks! I bet the teachers and school support staff dont even realize that their union was in on the corruption. It was a case of Deal or no Deal, special attention was given to certain people and no one bothered to question. I just know what was doing a up until 2004 when I retired, but seems like same old news! Keep up the good work.

Veggieburger said...

To Anonymous: You said you sent Christmas presents and they arrived this week. Were these gifts sent from politicians to other politicians? Also, why do some of us, and I include my veggie loving self, make sweeping statements that say "everything" or "everyone" or "everytime" when we try to make a point?
VB

Jack G said...

I am not sure who to believe anymore. Lots of questions coming out of this blog. I would like to see the author speak to The Buffalo Evening News and The Hamburg Sun and WBEN Radio. Give the media the facts and help us decide what we should believe. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I'm not quite sure I would trust the media. They obviously missed the bus themselves when it comes to reporting the happenings in Hamburg.

Klozman said...

A blog is an alternative form of journalism, in this instance an expose of wrongdoing within the Hamburg School District. Bloggers do their thing on the web and seldom seek interaction with the local media. Would you really fancy input from a radio station that caters to the extreme right, or from a local newspaper that champions this administration and its RSB, accepting their word as gospel, constantly heaping on the praise and refusing to address situations or conflicts that might dimly illuminate them? If this Blog continues to engender input on controversial subjects the truth will out. Discourse among the many respondents is an excellent tool for ultimate verification. Achram knows this well. Thus he pursues a policy designed to stifle access and generate exposure of those involved; and why not?...it’s his neck on the block. Give this Blog its due…in time you will know whom to believe and what to accept as the truth...Alea Iacta Est!

The Local Media said...

In other words, Klozman is saying that we shouldn't take this to the local media because they would rain on our stupidity parade, and actually be rational about things. What's the fun in that?

Concerned Parent said...

"Anonymous said...
I'm not quite sure I would trust the media. They obviously missed the bus themselves when it comes to reporting the happenings in Hamburg."

Yes, don't trust the media, but continue to take the printed word of an anonymous blogger too afraid to come out of the shadows; that makes perfect sense.

local resident said...

To the local media: amazingly more people visited this blog than bought the Hamburg sun

Anonymous said...

Dear Hamburger,


Thank you, you woke me up to the antics!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!

Attorney, Class of 02 said...

Concerned Hamburger,

Dig up the Liberty Partnership Money and what the district did with it...that was a big mystery. It was intended to be for at risks kids...and at HHS it was squandered on....a student lounge. Some of the guidance department might want to contribute they knew what was going on.

Cooper said...

I believe the identity of those who are the webmasters of this blog must be revealed. If the HTA is funding this or allowing members to publish information while they are working, there are some questions that must be answered.

Anonymous said...

Cooper, who died and left you boss? Didn't read the posting from the person in Greece NY who posted an email from the super, and then someone wrote in that the BOCES blocked the blog from being accessed in Hamburg. What should be a concerned is the censorship which you are recommending. Seems like you fit in with the Hamburg model just swell!

Mr Rogers said...

Did the West Seneca BOE research or ask anyone in Hamburg about Crawford, or did they blindly take the Oligve lead?

Veggieburger said...

Cooper wrote, "I believe the identity of those who are the webmasters of this blog must be revealed. If the HTA is funding this or allowing members to publish information while they are working, there are some questions that must be answered." Thank you for reminding the readers why authors may be publishing their comments anonymously. Why not reveal our identities? How about intimidation and inuendo? There is fear of retribution from the super, board of ed, and administration. I think the HTA has openly made its point in "The Sun" which is a miracle in and of itself.

Anonymous said...

Why would any media waste time reading all this, then investigate half of it. Maybe that lame YNN but who watches that for an hour to catch a glimse of whats already on the web. News papers need to sell, Concerned Hamburger has not put Visa on the front page even with 25,000 hits. Find a clue and move on.

E. Murrow said...

Anonymous 8:36, this is not the Huffington Post! This is local citizen journalism. If you are smarty pants, disprove one once of information on this blog. If you are a paranoia administrator or one of the crooks implicated on this blog, your anonymous remarks wont scare one person away. And if you following the news so closely, you will know that many notable papers have suffered major financial issues because of blogs and online news. Read up on the Chicago Tribune bankruptcy, the print news is in a dire state. Perhaps it is you that needs a clue, or at the very least you should know what you are talking about before your fingers go for a walk along the keyboard. You read like a fool.

bus driver said...

Why did the business guy all of a sudden wanna tell the public about the 9 contracts with Mr Fisher Bus. 3 percent increase every year regardless of inflation? Do the bus drivers wages go up that much? And thats 3 percent of just the cost of the bus runs, not the gas and petrol for the busses. Taxpayer MAKE YOUR DISTRICT OPEN BUSES UP TO COMPETITIVE BIDDING.....WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN LAST??????? I am a driver and we are behind this blog 100 persent. Thank you, and thank you for not having us risk our lives and the precious lives of kids by going out in minus 20 weather.

Wage Freeze said...

3/30/2010 E-mail

Dear Union Leaders:
Yesterday, I sent a message to you about having a meeting on April 8 to address the issues of a wage freeze with all of our employees. However, I have heard from many individuals about their serious objections to a wage freeze, which I appreciate. My interest has been to find a way to save 50 jobs. At this time, I am no longer going to pursue any consideration of a wage freeze for any employees and, as a result, the April 8 meeting is cancelled. I will continue to search for ways to prevent the layoff of 50 employees. Please inform your constituents that the district is not pursuing a wage freeze and that I am sorry for any upset the consideration of a wage freeze may have caused.
Sincerely yours,
Dr. Mark J. Crawford

CH, I have a hard copy and my Doctor has one too, because the stress I was under last year when this happened. Steve is now after a future wage freeze, Art said at our last union meeting. I will fight it and take him to court if needed. Can you please get this out in the open for the Staff. Thx.
P.S. Is it possible to take him to court if I am an employee?

blind leading the blind said...

Depending on the bargaining unit the wage freeze needs to be voted on by the collective. I would not worry about a wage freeze. Mark Crawford was an idiot. (PERIOD) He and Gordon Kerr came up with the wage freeze thing on a whim. They ran the district on a whim. Consider this: at the end of last school year, the district had 4.2 million in a fund balance. That is JUNE 30th 2010, and Dummy Crawford sent this out on March 30, 2010....just goes to show you how planned out they are. Stupid is! Actually the fear you should have is of this new Boe member, Flynn. He talked about outsourcing your job at the meet the candidates night. Between he and Achramo...beware!

At the debate said...

In the debate Flynn mentioned outsourcing maintenance.

LIA Honda said...

I asked earlier this year about the Ray Laks car company donating large prizes to Hamburg. Has anyone looked into this? There had to be a quid pro quo. Please figure this out.