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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

The school board meeting was well attended and yes, there were only six speakers, most of whom spoke about saving the Finance Academy.  Am I upset that no one called for a lot of the action purposed on this blog?  No.  Change takes time and it is happening right before our very eyes.  The simple fact that people are going to the meetings and the RSB is slowly but surely opening up, is a victory.  This affords people the opportunity to become informed.  An informed public can then hold the RSB and administration accountable.  Eventually,  people WILL take action.  For example, (it is of the opinion of this blogger that) the one citizen speaking up about transparency and filing Article 78 charges have completely changed the way the RSB runs their meetings.  If you haven't noticed the school board meetings now begin at 6:30 and the Board writes "it is anticipated the Board will adjourn into Executive Session at 6:30."  However, it is also of the opinion of this blogger that pre-scheduling executive sessions is  a violation of NYS Open Meetings Laws.  Regardless, any concerned citizen now knows the RSB begins their meetings at 6:30.  After changing the meeting times the RSB still didn't explain why they were moving into executive session.  After more prodding, the RSB now posts why they are moving into into executive session.  This is a HUGE deal.  For all you teachers concerned about negotiations, before this citizen spoke up, the public had no idea why the RSB went into executive session and, according to a reader, the minutes do not reflect the RSB discussing your pending contract.  Therefore, to an outside observer it would appear as though the District is not negotiating in good faith.  Now, the February 1, 2011 agenda reflects the RSB discussed "negotiations with HTA."  Therefore, again to an outside observer, it would appear this was the first time the superintendent discussed negotiations with the RSB.  Think about the ramifications if someone investigated how the administration negotiated with the HTA.

For those of you who went to last nights meeting, it was different.  According to people who have gone to meetings in the past, meetings were sparsely attended.  Outside of people invited by the RSB for the dog and pony show and the budget meeting last spring where staff cuts were discussed people did not go to school board meetings.  Last year, cuts were made and according to at least one person serving on the board at that time, the board members had no idea what programs and teachers were going to be cut.  The staff and union were likewise blindsided.  Last night, there were people who knew ahead of time the staff and programs in discussion to be cut. It was reported to me that the superintendent visited the high school on Monday afternoon to present the purposed cuts to the teachers.   He deserves recognition for doing this, though there are people who see this action as political posturing.  Teachers and community members can now voice their opinions to the RSB before the decisions to cut have been made.  Yet another huge step forward.

In another step forward the RSB openly discussed the Fisher Bus contract.  I will say I am appalled that  Fisher Bus gets a 3% increase each year regardless of inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports inflation for 2010 as 1.67%.    Thank you for finally discussing the busing contract.  It is of the opinion of this blogger that Fisher Bus has profited greatly from this District at a great cost to other programs.  The busing contract is a discussion for another post.

Therefore, before people start complaining about the "lack of action."  Take a look back and notice all of the changes.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

maMr. Fisher Loves HCSD!

Well done said...

Great work Hamburger..... you have fired up the masses!

concernedparent1 said...

I am curious as to why Hamburg does not have its own transportation department. As someone who is did not grow up here, I was surprisd when I had to make bussing arrangements for my kids I was directed to Fisher.

Anonymous said...

I'm flattered that an entire blog topic was created for me and the other skeptics out there. I've been reading this blog since it started and all I've read is a bunch of hot air. Achramo is a crook, Calkins is a fraud, 'grade fraud-heaven help us- has come up several times, people demanding heads roll and the RSB be dissolved, this that and the other. So much to do and so little to say about it. How hard is it to stand up and say something? You all have said plenty on this blog. Say it to their FACES. Good for those people who spoke about the Finance Academy. I applaud you for actually taking some kind of action. What's going to happen at the next meeting? Wait, don't answer. I already know. Nothing.

pleasant Ave Resident said...

Anonymous 12:58......glad you are an avid reader. Do you speak up? My guess is not.

Diana said...

concernedparent1, Hamburg needs their own transportation department like they need their own school district. Merge the districts, cut the ridiculous benefits, end the madness.

Anonymous said...

Pleasant Ave Resident. Yes, I do speak up. In fact, I was one of those people offering suggestions of how to change things. Petitions, ads and such. You may remember that. I also suggested ways to improve the level of education in the district by raising the pass/fail grade, teaching harder curriculum, more demanding classes; you may remember that as well. Despite all of this, not one comment in agreement or even disagreement. Just more spewing of idiotic words. I do contribute. I contribute to the solution.

In attendance said...

Did anyone else notice that the board addressed many issues on this blog? They are obviously reading it and reacting to it.

? Fisher said...

I wanna know more about fisher bus

Anonymous said...

actually, the meeting on monday with Achromo was reportedly by invitation of the HS principal,I don't know if this is fact but it is what we were told.

HHS Teacher said...

Here is a tip to the High School teachers...do not believe what "you are told". I am not sure if you have realized, but your building principal is NOT on your side. A willow in the wind. And be more cautious of your building rep!!! They have been instructed to get the teachers plotting against one another...Huen is behind the scheme. Your building rep is selling you up the river. Caution.

Rachel said...

Bill Sipprell and Bob Reynolds for School Board in May 2011!

felice said...

Rachel....go back to sleep, been there done that. Bob R is Diana, dont you know? Bob and his wife...DID NOTHING!!!! Time they start thinking of a retirement in FLA.

Bill is a nice guy, but I think he is too trusting. And, these are not people to be trusted.

FISHER fan said...

It would be cheaper to have their own bus dept. but not better.

Class of '70 KK said...

Keith Fisher is a 1972 graduate of Hamburg High School and a graduate of Alfred University. He is President and CEO of The Fisher Group and possibly a member of the Hamburg School Foundation,maybe even the President. He is/was also President of the JESKAF Family Foundation, past President of Niagara Business Associates and past Secretary of the Alfred Community Corporation. Mr. Keith Fisher is worth every penny in my book.

Anonymous said...

How much cash will Fisher Bus get from next years budget? Is it 3% more then last year? Why can't the HCSD treat people fair? I feel upset about all the cuts when others get raises.

Anonymous said...

Staff uses fuel for work also! Give us what you give Mr. Fisher at least.
Transportation
$50,000 additional budget for gasoline •
Est 3% increase in contractual rates •
(Rate increase based upon
May 2011 CPI)
$120,000
IMPACT $170,000

What? said...

Fisher cost us two teachers, :(

WWHS said...

Isn't Mr. A in charge, Why is Dr. Crawford involved with Hamburg's MESS, he ran to WS so leave him out of it?

Anonymous said...

Felice- Bob R. could not be Diana. He is a true union supporter. Don't spread lies. You must be one of the RSB, admin or their supporters.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fisher may be a class guy, but he makes a ton off the contract with Hamburg. Everything else in HSCD is low bid: computers,windows, etc. Lets see if First Student is cheaper. Time for Mr. Fisher to see the economic reality and not take the 3% raise this year.

Russo Taxes © said...

Only Steven Achramovitch will make about as much as Keith Fisher does. Why do a few have to make so much? They must have super human powers...

Springville District said...

Why do some citizens think Fisher Bus is not a good deal for HCSD and tax payers? How much cheaper would i be and how many jobs could the District add if they did what most other Districts do and buy some Buses!

Sally Fan said...

Is fisher bus company getting a 3% raise while our BOE and or Steve cut educational programs? WTF? I want to speak up at the Board of Education meetings but I am trying to teach full time and can't ruin my chances. Someone who doesn't work for Hamburg needs to speak up about some important issues we are informing them about. The Community should speak up like Sally Stephenson because they can make big changes if they open their mouths and speak whats on their minds,

Teacher- Math said...

Bob R is no friend to the teachers union. He and his wife sat on the RSB at different times and both DID NOTHING to support teachers. If you think it is just this current RSB bobbling their heads, wake up!!! This is culture of corruption that didnt start overnight!!! The former HTA PRESIDENT said on many occasions, why would anyone go to the BOE Meetings? There are lots of Dianas....corrupt individuals that put this district where it is today, and now others are left to clean up the mess. With friends like that who needs foes?

WSW said...

Crawford is a phony!! Call the people from Dryden his employer before Hamburg he was not well liked there. He wrecked Hamburg by doing NOTHING!!! Except blowing tax payer money. He is impulsive and lies...Is that a requirement to be a superintendent?

Pleasant Ave Resident said...

Hamburg School Foundation changed their website. Where did OZ go? They eliminated the Executive Director's name...though it is still remarked that there is one, just dont tell us who it is!!! How strange...are they hiding something. I may go on the ski outing just to chat with some of these crooks? Hmm...K Fisher is the President. I say open the bus contract up to open bidding. Over 10 K the district has to operate by the state bidding rules.

Anonymous said...

It was in the Sun on Thursday that Frontier's transportation cost are a little over $500,000 less than Hamburg's. I am assumming, and I could be wrong, that frontier is more spread out and has less walkers. How is contracting out cheaper in the long run? I know its a moot point b/c of the large expense we cam't pay for at the moment, but Why wasn't someone from the past looking ahead? $500K would save a lot of programs.

M. Crawford said...

from a reader.....thank you concerned hamburger...if those vile people come after you, remember TR.....

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." T.Roosevelt 1910

Klozman said...

M. Crawford is swift to employ this particular TR quote, perhaps in an endeavor to bond with the RSB in their deification of the Achromuffin (such flattering radiance for this unfortunate $170,000 a year stud) while concomitantly denigrating the Hamburger. If not for the critics, the “strong man” becomes an unrestricted rough rider, ala Achramo, subjecting all, save his flock, to his loathsome, repugnant devices. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;” Oh please...the only people marred by dust, sweat and blood thus far have been Achramozeus’s ill-fated victims. The thrust of Crawford’s TR quote is the antithesis of Achramo’s demonstrated lack of moral fiber.

How about these TR quotes, in support of the Hamburger:
“We all stand against tyranny, by the few or by the many.”
“There is no greater duty than to war on the corrupt and unprincipled.”
“We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high resolution and courage.”

Anonymous said...

How about Fisher Bus using less buses but charging more...
Fisher Bus 1 of 6 contracts plus fuel costs and est. of future costs from the HCSD Website:

FISHER BUS
CONTRACT #1 TO AND FROM SCHOOL
YEAR COST BUSES
2008-09 $1,912,577 44 buses
2009-10 $1,869,110 43 buses
2010-11 EST $1,866,000 42 buses
2011-12 BUDGET $1,925,000 42 buses

YEAR COST FUEL
2008-09 $234,626
2009-10 $236,736
2010-11EST $285,000
2011-12 BUDGET $350,000

Look Walkers $65,000 to Fisher for fuel so one of your teachers needs to be laid off.

Eyes wide open said...

Where is Andy Who? I am awaiting the story on the meeting b/t Fleming and the HHS Principal. Cmon, you peaked interests. Village Judge...should not be in private meetings with Principal. OR was he trying to drum up some business for his lawyer firm. Heck Fleming must be mad they hired Harris Beachbums in stead of him.