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Friday, January 7, 2011

12 month employees? Ha, right

There are a few anonymous commenters who insist administrators deserve their inflated salaries because they work 12 months a year compared to the 10 months of teachers.  Well, let me just provide readers with some highlights of Achramo's contract:

  1. Contract extends from December 15, 2010 until June 30, 2014.  No need to have a probationary period like teachers.  I'm sure his outstanding service in past districts no doubt allowed Board members to think Achramo was above probationary status.
  2. Every June the Board will set Achramo's salary with input from the Superintendent of Schools.  When in Greece, Achramo had no problems recommending an increase in his salary [click here for an article about one raise] and had no problems denying raises to the teachers.  In fact, he denied the teachers so often that they needed to go to fact finding to settle their contract [click here for PERB report].  Hamburg teachers, good luck getting a contract out of Achramo.
  3. Performance evaluation written in consultation with the Superintendent.  Wait, not only does he get to propose his salary, but he also gets to write his evaluations?  Well, I shouldn't neglect the RSB that will be party to both his salary raise and stellar evaluation.
  4. 25 paid vacation days (that's five weeks).  Five of those days can be cashed in at his per diem rate and five can carry over to the following year.  In no case shall Achramo have more than 35 days a year.  Conservatively speaking, Achramo has to take 15 days of vacation the first year and 20 the next, and 25 the year after that.  So, that is 3, 4, and 5 weeks of vacation for the first three years.  
  5. In addition to vacations days, Achramo gets the usual paid holidays (plus the day before Thanksgiving) totaling 11 days and 3 other days mutually agreed upon by the Superintendent and the Board.  Those vacations days are one day shy of another 3 weeks off.
  6. 20 sick leave days annually (4 weeks) not to exceed 240 days.
  7. 5 personal days a year (1 week) and any unused personal days roll over into sick leave.
  8. 5 bereavement days
  9. A District established "health maintenance account" of $2,000 per year.
  10. The District will make available a 403(b), a tax sheltered annuity.  Achramo can put up to $49,000 of his salary away tax free for retirement.  Don't forget he also gets his state pension tax free when he really retires.
So, if you add up all Achramo's time he gets 64 days off his first year, not including bereavement or weekends.  Out of 52 weeks in a year, 12.4 off your first year isn't too bad.  Even if he chooses not to take any of his sick leave or personal days that still adds up to 44 days a year (8.8 weeks, over 2 months).  Anyone who claims Achramo or any administrator works 12 months a year should take a look at the contracts before making those claims again.

26 comments:

drrwhistle3 said...

Can someone compare this to a mid-grade teacher from point #4 onward. Thanks

HHS Teacher said...

No teacher gets a 105-h (health maintenance account) and certainly does not even come close to the $170k salary range.

Anonymous said...

WAIT.....HE GOT A RAISE IN GREECE FOR MEETING STANDARDS AND INCREASING STUDENT PERFORMANCE? Are these people for real? When was the last time this guy was in a classroom. I think after his 2 year stint in Hamburg Middle School...he ran to administration. When was the last time he EVER sat with a student, saw the child's confusion on a subject and figured out a way to meet that young person's needs???? Never...ever credit a superintendent with a student's success. It's the child, the teacher and hopefully the parents that drive our children. Most kids have NO clue who the superintendent is...and unless they get into some hot water, they likely have no idea who the principal is. If they know the superintendent, its usually as the guy that creates snow days. OLD MAN WINTER!!!!!

Anonymous said...

An idea, vote for a woman to run the place for a change. Where did Gregg Gibbs go? Is he still around? Still it's been White Males for as long as i can remember...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, You mention women, and then bring up greg gibbs. How about Jean Kovach? That was the golden days of the high school. Now, the place is a free for all, a ship without a captain. Just read the grade fraud stuff....Kovach would NEVER EVER make up grades and betray teachers like Gallagher (another white man in a suit!)

Anonymous said...

Got that right Kovach was professional, but i didnt like her policy of when my office door is closed do not disturb me. Students complain she never had time for them. Having a hard time understanding why Mike did that.

Anonymous said...

Mr. G probably did what he thought was right, its called a mistake. I think he enjoys his job and has a bright future working as a leader. And yes it sounds like he messed up, i understand that.

Disgusted Parent said...

The high school sounds terrible! Drugs, oversized classes, grade fraud, manipulative kids running the place? The teachers have to be so burnt out trying to do their jobs under these circumstances. The students have to be so frustrated trying to learn in such an atmosphere! This is a disgrace. Hamburg's top priority should be cleaning up this ridiculous mess. Luckily, my children are still young right now. If HHS is still in this sad state when mine get there, I will consider private school...and THAT is probably why the enrollment is going down. Get it together administrators: that's why you're making the big bucks!

Nardin Grad said...

If Mr G ever thought it was right to MAKE UP GRADES, if he ever felt it was a justified act, his judgement should be called into question. Under NO circumstance should a class of students be handed grades for not doing work and manipulating the system. Sorry, Mr G a Mia Culpa wont work in this case.

Anonymous said...

To Disgusted Parent --- I had a high school senior say to me just the other day -- "This place is ridiculous. I just walked around the hallways for two hours and not one teacher or hall monitor stopped me. We (the students) all know we can get away with anything. Anything goes - cell phones, lack of dress code, attitude, no respect - it doesn't matter." How sad is that to hear from a high school senior. One who is a "high profile", well-rounded, successful student. Wake up HHS - we all need to work together to get this monster under control.

Anonymous said...

Hamburg High has a problem, the junior high use to split the problem up. Now the middle school has no big issue but what happened to the ninth grade administrators? A whole class was added to HS with not much else. The problem started to snowball at that point. Thats how i feel. :) class of 2000

Anonymous said...

Common practice at hhs under Mr g just let the kids sleep it off. Then when its so bad Mr g calls daddy and send them to renaissance house no need for police daddy will clean up the mess.

Dad of 2 said...

Anonymous, Hamburg sends kids to Renaissance House? Id rather have these kids learning about the Renaissance, not visiting it. I am Shocked....Hamb High better not be covering up a drug problem....my kids are there.

Anonymous said...

I'm not from Hamburg, but I love living here. Can someone tell me why their are 2 districts in this town. If the 2 were to merge the ONLY thing that would have to change is we would have 1 set of top level admistrators and 1 BOE. Think of the decrease in cost and increase in efficiency. It would simply make the district around the size of West Seneca and Kenton, and still smaller than Williamsville. I don't buy the whole b/c that's the way its always been. Population is devreasing, its time to take a cold hard look at the way things are run at the top. I want a solid school system with solid curriculum experst making decisions, not one perosn who is the "curriculum superintendent" How can one person be an expert in all the areas. It talkes multiple degrees and certificaltions to teach diiferent areas.

Anonymous said...

Prescription drugs are destroying Hamburg High School students. You can see the zombies just walk in the place. the kids get sick at school on air dusters, whip its, and prescriptions. I begin to feel sorry for them but have enough to deal with and its not my job or at least none of my buisness.

Anonymous said...

Zombies? I think that the kids on drugs are tinderboxes waiting to explode. It is dangerous. Kids take loads of Rx pills. They steal them from legitimate people in need of medication, then pop them and run them around the school. Walk into HHS any day of the week, there are more kids in the halls than in the rooms. Where are the 3 principals who make collectively 300k per year...they walk right by the kids and say NOTHING!

Anonymous said...

Somewhere in your neighborhood tonight a teacher is grading and preparing lessons to teach your children while you are watching television. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are using their "free time", and often investing their own money, for your child's literacy, prosperity, and future.

Anonymous said...

tinderboxes until they run out of pills then zombies, ritalins chemical structure is similar to cocaine. You would think by now the police would have cause to have the daily tapes from the school cameras. Possibly they could be of use to a trained eye.

Teacher said...

There is no point in having this discussion regarding drugs in the high school. Mr. G is a pro at cover-ups. Until the community realizes that he is a just a friendly person, with 0 management skills nothing will change. The truth is, the man cant look you in the eye, and that should sum it all up. Grade fraud, drugs, and lies...heck the City of Buffalo is appearing kinda nice.

Disgruntled staff member said...

What about our superintendent? Has anyone seen him in any of the building?!?

At least Crawford had the courtesy of meeting with the staff of each building to introduce himself when he got hired.

All we got from this guy is a "I'm the new sherrif in town" email. I wouldn't even know what he looked like if his picture wasn't posted in this blog. He has no interest in doing anything positive for the school climate.

He and the BOE have their own agenda.

Disgruntled staff member said...

What about our superintendent? Has anyone seen him in any of the building?!?

At least Crawford had the courtesy of meeting with the staff of each building to introduce himself when he got hired.

All we got from this guy is a "I'm the new sherrif in town" email. I wouldn't even know what he looked like if his picture wasn't posted in this blog. He has no interest in doing anything positive for the school climate.

He and the BOE have their own agenda.

Teacher too said...

The new Sheriff was in my building, and walked right by a group of teachers and staff standing in the hall, he put his head down....maybe a sign. He's not in Hamburg to get to know staff, he is here to cut staff and continue the mess that Crawford and Kerr started. He does not have good intentions, just take a look at his record.

Anonymous said...

Achromo, how much have you racked up in Lawyer bills since you been in Hamburg? They already blew thru 30K this school year and signed the tax payer up for more legal bills...go back to Greece Achromo!

Anonymous said...

The teachers above have it right about our new Super, and this is who our BOE unanimously chose! They should be ashamed of themselves for making such a poor decision. THEY should be walking around with their heads down. This is a sign to all taxpayers in Hamburg to vote in new representation as soon as each one of these useless half-wit's terms are over. Please, let's vote in people who care and want to make a change for the better.

Veggieburger said...

Laughable, how we waste our time typing quips and self-assertions about the abominable situation in our school district and the pathetic lack of credible leadership there.

We, the taxpayers bear the responsibility for these conditions. The teacher's union bears the responsibility for allowing its members to be disrespected, undervalued, and contract-less.

Anonymous said...

Its clear that the teachers need a new contract soon. Mr. Huen has probably made this harder than usual for the union and leadership including any one responsible for the school budget. Students can learn from computers with out somebody like Cliff teaching them. He is no symbol of a Hamburg teacher or their union. Hamburg tax payers should feel good about the teaching staff. Teachers care, teach, help, go above whats asked of them, deal with special needs, act as role models, and do whats asked of them. They do so much that is not measured or noticed...