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Saturday, January 8, 2011

2 + 2 = 5

The Ministry of Truth-5305 Abbott Road

In a January 7, 2010 Buffalo News Article, Achromo speculates that the Hamburg Central School District will again face possible teacher and staff reductions [click here for article].  What is most interesting is the statement "this year, the district has about 3,900 students — about 200 fewer than last year."  In the very next line of the article, it says, "the high school showed the greatest reduction, at 74 students, followed by the elementary level, 34 students. The middle school posted a slight increase — eight students."  I'm thinking Achramo should enroll himself in the elementary level to revisit basic math.  Thus reducing the number of elementary students by only 33.  Lets do the math:


- 74 high school student

- 34 elementary students

     + 8  middle school students
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- 100 students district wide

So which is it Achramo 200 or 100?  A hundred students is one secondary teacher's job.  You make $170k a year, get it right.

Something to consider:  Last school year 2009-10, the administration cut 12.7 teachers effective June 30, 2010.  Most of those cuts came in the high school where there were allegedly fewer students. (ask a high school teacher about class sizes).  The very next day July 1, 2010 the District reinstated approximately 6 teachers and since have hired new teachers.  Most recently,  Achramo welcomed a new special ed teacher at the elementary level.  Also last year, the District claimed to have a financial burden which was the alleged reason for the cuts.  In October of 2010, an independent audit showed a $4.2 million accumulated fund balance as of June 30, 2010 [click here for Board Briefing].  Back in June of 2009 the District had a general fund balance of more than $2 million and it was anticipated that the District would finish the year with a $1.4 million fund balance [click here for Board Briefing].  $1.4 million is a far cry from $4.2 million.  Let us not forget that in addition to cutting teachers and support staff, our taxes went up 4.9%, the District received $3.1 million in advance lottery funds [click here for bill] and administrators gave themselves a hefty raise.  If you followed the papers last year, every time Mr. Bagley was interviewed it seemed as though he pulled the fund balance out of his hat.  I think George Orwell said it best in 1984:

"In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they would make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was common sense."

27 comments:

Winston Smith said...

Oh Hamburger, this just keeps getting better. How embarrassing, the poor chap can't add. Is the clock striking 13..?

Anonymous said...

Achromo better sharpen his pencil. Last year, Greece taxpayers rejected the budget he put out there. Maybe Hamburg taxpayers ought to dig into the books and really learn about their district. The RSB meetings are a JOKE. In most districts, actual business is done. The members of a BOE hash out issues in front of the pubic, not behind closed doors. I hope we get new BOE members.

Anonymous said...

When the student level rebounds will they hire more? How many students does it take to fill a classroom? Why is so hard to become a teacher in WNY?

class of 2011 said...

You can have as many students as you have chairs in the classroom. Actually, you don't need chairs, they can sit on the floor, or on the window ledge. Some classes at HHS have almost 30 kids. In my one class my teacher can not even walk down the aisles, there is not room and he is not a big person. We wonder why our enrollment is going down, has anyone noticed the high school has been slipping in ranks. I have, and I am 17. Unlike Frontier, HHS does not acknowledge the (shhh.....shhh drug) problems. The guidance department is nothing more than a flop house. Kids go down there and manipulate the councelors, get out class, and do nothing. Sometimes they are so busy with manipulative students that they dont have any time to direct me on college application stuff. Any day of the week, I or any other kid can walk down the halls and get our hands on pills or pot. And there is grade fraud, I know it, I knew about it when it went on last year, we all did. I can not wait until June, cant get here soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Are they going to cut core subjects again? Is Gallagher going to make the "recommendations" again or is the RSB going to attack the departments they don't like.

Anonymous said...

To Class 2011 That sounds like about a full fisher bus load! Do teachers get paid extra for teaching classes larger than 25? You could make more money baby sitting at that ratio. or close :) Call the police when you hear or see drugs, that is a start. They cant just guess there is drugs and search. but inform them and you will see dogs, not bulldogs... Even with all the negatives just try to enjoy your friends and the teachers that care. Best of luck. :)

class of 2011 said...

We had the police in once in my 4 years at HHS. The administration knows and so do the police about the problems with drugs. I dont think its my job to call them, so kids are so out of it during the day you wonder if they are going to snap or something. Forget the city of buffalo schools, we have our very own druggies walking the halls. anonymous, i dont appreciate your making a joke out of kids using drugs, its not a nice thing to see and to know about. Prescription medicine is widely available. And I do love my teachers and my friends at HHS, its just not what I expected out of a high school. My parents are graduates, and they also think its not the same place they went to in the 1980s

Anonymous said...

to 2011 Im dead serious about calling the hamburg narcotics unit, the smile face :) is only a way to identify myself. Kevin Trask is who you need to speak to. I know a lot about drugs in Hamburg and the police do too. Hamburg police narcotic division has federal authority bc they assigned an officer to the DEA. My parents also went to hamburg and back then life was a lot different. The MOB still had local pull, now there gone from Buffalo. :)

Anonymous said...

and dogs are no joke, sorry about not bulldogs, that was an after thought, no pun intented. :)

Concerned Parent TOO said...

HHigh is in the Village, not the Town, so Mr Trask, who I know to be a good person, would not be able to help. Besides, according to this site, MR. G makes 125,000 to take care of these problems, not the 2011 student. Bad advice, the youngster should not be blowing in drug users and runners.....can you imagine if they were caught being a nark? 2011 go to your superintendent.

Anonymous said...

christ, the admins know about the problem, what can they really do?

Retired Teacher said...

HEY ANONYMOUS, If you are going to post, keep JC out of it. Is it really necessary to call on the Creator??? What can the admin do about the drug problem? Is that really your question? They can bring Mr. Martinez back to the High School and let him do the job he was hired to do. Martinez was the only sense of order the school had, and b/c a rather loud mouthed guidance person complained about the guy he was sent to handle crayon and glue issues with the little kids. Please. At the very least the Admin can have the right people in the right job...!!!!!

Anonymous said...

There have been 3 people transferred out of the High School for "talking about", "addressing" , "acknowledging" the drug problem and trying to do something about it so students and staff work in a SAFE place. If someone speaks up big brother addresses them, not the students but the staff gets penalized. Mr Martinez was great...and I hope he is happy with the little kids b/c he is a good guy.

Anonymous said...

Disgusted Parent, Call the village police and tell them to get into the high school. Why doesn't HHS have a police resource officer?

Anonymous said...

Kevin Trask can walk into the High School, what do you mean call the village? Hamburg has one of the largest and best narcotics units in the area. 10~22~10 they had a ten lbs plus cannabis raid in Boston. You cant find it in the news but it happened. :)

Anonymous said...

dont ever let somebody tell you its wrong to nark. dont be afraid of the police, they want to help. they have the resources and know how, and are on the tax roll. :)

Teacher said...

We had training in the High School about drugs.... the village police came in a few years ago and taught us about how kids take the fillers out of pens and fill the middle with drugs they can snif. So, in addition to teaching and all of the other things I love doing and enjoy being able to do, I now have to be on top of the latest most creative way kids administer drugs to themselves and others. Kids have been reported by me and many of my coworkers to the principal. Once I was told, we know that kids is on Rx drugs, but we cant do anything about it, just keep your eyes on him/her. If they act up call, but they will probably just sleep. YES this did happen at Hamburg High

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't the Hamburg Police have a resource officer in the school? That person could do programming and be a force to be seen. Are their security guards / hall monitors? In the district I teach in, our middle schoolers have a very comprehensive drug education. We spend an entire day, both their 7th and 8th grade yaers. It is very realistic, and invites open and honest discussion. Does it stop it from happening, no but it acknowledges that their is a problem out there and with support and guidance we can maybe stop some of it before it happens. (You'd be amazed at the things we as teachers find out, which makes it easier for us to be on the lookout. )

Diana said...

Who is going to pay for this officer?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Achrom could give up his $9000 raise to help pay for one?????

Anonymous said...

what raise, isn't he new

Anonymous said...

cant match words.?

Anonymous said...

only connect dots, Hamburgs English teachers. Taylor and Hull thxs, I cann't spell or read in the real world. It's not a raise just what he agreed they would pay him.

Herb Taylor Fan said...

Mr Taylor was one of the greatest teachers ever to have parked in the faculty lot at 4111 Legion drive. A true classic educator, who could not be bother with the modern gizmos of those who poster as teachers. He had a simple model, which Lucy Calkins may like to learn. It's called GRAMMAR.

Forestville teacher said...

Why hasnt anyone commented that the Superintendent can not add. Two hundred kids is a far cry from 100, could you imagine if you told the Superintendent in Forestville the enrollment was going down 200 when you really meant 100? Can you buy a calculator on the 170K?

Anonymous said...

The Board meeting is the only safe place to address that type of error with out being hung. We all probably read it. agreed and understand that we cant chage it. The truth after a lie may no longer matter because the message in this case was already thought up, written down, and read by hundreds. An oops now is almost pointless.

Wake up said...

Was there any mention of decreased enrollment in the budget hearings? NO. Achramo et al are going to cut a graduation requirement on Tuesday...wake up Hamburg!