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Monday, February 7, 2011

From a Reader: Citizen Revolt

Thanks to a reader who found this video on "Full Disclosure" [click here for video].  Sound eerily familiar? Schools are crumbling yet Fisher Bus gets a 3% raise each year, an administration that does not want board meeting time wasted with parent and student concerns about program cuts, the Hamburg School Foundation, a not for profit community organization to generate and distribute resources to support and enrich education for all students in the Hamburg School District sends the superintendent and the former school board president to Africa, an arrogant board that ignores (in the opinion of this blogger) Open Meetings Laws, etc.

WHAT'S YOUR FULL DISCLOSURE STORY?

36 comments:

Sally Fan said...

Video clip loaded so slow... I couldn't watch it. What is full disclosure?

Anonymous said...

Video clip loaded so slow... I couldn't watch it. What is full disclosure?

Anonymous said...

Thank you Concerned:
When are we going to break ground for the new concert center? I hear that it will seat more than our entire student population. I wonder who will get the construction contract, possibly someone from the HAMBURG FOUNDATION.
Cut teachers, cut probrams, raise administrators salaries as high as the Governor Cuomo's, pour are tax dollars into Harris Beach's (law firms) pockets. School Board doesn't have a clue what this new Superintendant is doing to our dist. He doesn't pay taxes here, nor does he care to squander our money. SENT HIM PACKING I HAVE HEARD ENOUGH.

Old School said...

KRS-One are you behind this post?

Anonymous said...

Tax Payer Revolt!

Anonymous said...

"you must learn" Krs-one

THE ROMANS said...

Howe Field and Art Center=BREAD AND CIRCUSES

Anonymous said...

I agree enough is enough! If it wasn't for our children they would not have a job! We need to make a change.....and sooner is better than later!

Anonymous said...

We're still waiting to see the letter from the lawyers you received.

Anonymous said...

I asked about Steven Achramovitch on the Greece School Blog and this is one reply:
"SCATS said... To 2:15AM ~~ His best idea put into action was to announce his phony "retirement" after the school board decided to not give him a raise or to renew his contract. His best ideas dismissed by the BOE were to fire drinking hockey coaches who were supposed to be chaperoning the team on an overnight trip and to eliminate kindergarten in order to phase out/close one school with declining enrollment. Both times, nasty and vocal special interest groups pressured our spineless BOE to overturn his decisions. They effectively neutered good ole Steve before you got him. Sorry for the bad news.
2/05/2011 8:59 AM"

Anonymous said...

Its a fact most businesses cut management before they do the actual workers....who actually do most of the work anyhow!

Anonymous said...

Go to Schools Webpage for FOIL?

From web site:

"Records requests
Individuals wishing to request public records by email, as allowed by NYS Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), may use the form below. Requests should be directed to Gregg Davis, Records Access Officer for Hamburg Central Schools, at recordsaccess@hamburgschools.org.

FOIL_REQUEST_FORM_(Electronic_Format).doc, 28.50 KB, 11/29/2006
Please Click the icon to download the file. Note: PC users should Right-Click to download the file to their computer. Apple users should Option-Click to download the file to their hard drive."

..... said...

"Its a fact most businesses cut management before they do the actual workers....who actually do most of the work anyhow!"


WRONG- read the news from the last two years. Accountants and secretaries cut, upper management and CEO's stay and collect bonuses.

DIANA must have forgot to sign her name.

Anonymous said...

We need to encourage the community to come to the board meetings and be a constant reminder to the BOE and super that they work for us and we are watching! Not sure the best way to do this...too bad the SUN wasn't an active newspaper willing to help expose corruption.

The ghost of Ken Lay said...

I really admire that Tom Bagley guy......

a nonny mouse said...

Can someone tell me WHY Hamburg is talking about laying off 26 teachers (at the beginning of February), when we haven't heard a peep from neighboring districts?

Are they not laying anyone off, or is our dustrict just poorly managed?

Anonymous said...

Most other districts know that state aid is not close to being determined yet, so they are waiting to find out more.

Anonymous said...

I can't see the District laying off one Teacher with out the public going nuts about Steven and his $170,000.

Citizen Revolt said...

Attention Parents:

Do you want you child jammed in a class of 24 (or more) because 19 teachers were cut?

Do you want your child's specials (library, music, art, gym) taken away?

Do you want to have to send your child to Kindergarten elsewhere because your BOE president and super cut it, saying "it isn't state mandated?"

Do you want your IEP child or AP child to go without the classes and/or services that meet his her needs?

Do you want your tax dollars spent on Achramo's lawyer fees instead of your children?

Do you want your tax dollars to pay your super a hefty $170,000, while slashing teachers, services, classes and programs?

Do you want a man in charge of your school district, running it as a business and looking at your children as numbers on a paper, not as individuals with needs?

Do you want your child to attend schools in a district that is run like a dictatorship?

Do you want a district leader that "doesn't want to hear from students or parents at board meetings?"

Do you want a board of education that supports all of these destructive items listed above?

Do you want to stand by and watch this district fall apart due to corrupation, greed, poor decision making, and terrible leadership?

No parent wants these things for their children. It is time to stand up and let the guilty parties know we will not tolerate the destruction of HCSD.

concernedparent1 said...

I'll tell you why he is doing this now...its a scare tactic. Isn't the HTA in negotiations w/ the district right now. The mentality is to break them down and turn them against each other. It can't be a great work environment knowing that you are probably going to lose your job, and looking at the people you work with and hoping its their program that gets cut. As a taxpayer - not employed by the district - I say make the district open their books. Go to fact finding. I'm damn interested to see what's in there.

Anonymous said...

Tye dye Day at HHS is so colorful...

Anonymous said...

If HCSD can't afford to pay their Teachers they need to borrow more money. The people in charge of the District's budget need to go first. They are the cause of all this and should resign or be let go.

Anonymous said...

CH thanks for fixing the Hamburg IDA link. :)

Anonymous said...

KRS-One (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone)

Open meetings said...

At least this school board has public debate amongst the board:

http://www.springvillejournal.net/news/720-Dynamics_of_Springville-GI_Board_shift_as_new_president,_vice_president,_take_seats.html


Maybe this could happen here:

http://www.springvillejournal.net/news/724-New_York_state_commissioner_asked_to_remove_Springville-GI_Board_in_explosive_310_filed_by_community_group.html

Anonymous said...

Review and determine appropriate class
size guidelines = 25 students per teacher

K12 Inc said...

Digital Learning???

. George Washington University Online High School
In January, classes opened at George Washington University's virtual prep school -- a private, virtual high school, officially known as George Washington University Online High School. The school has 16 matriculated students from nine states so far, according to The Washington Post. It is operated by online education company K12 Inc. (many of the current students are reportedly children of K12 employees) and has plans to open its virtual doors to students worldwide. One year's tuition at the school costs $9,995.
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Anonymous said...

Florida Virtual School
When it was founded in 1997, Florida Virtual School was the first statewide online high school. Today, it's the country's largest e-learning system, with more than 220,000 students taking at least one online course in grades K-12. FLVS courses are free to Florida residents and provide options for students who need flexible school schedules or who want to take classes that aren't offered at their own schools. School districts are also using virtual courses to meet a class size-limit law, which doesn't apply to e-learning labs, according to The New York Times.

Dana Chivvis
Contributor
Dana is a writer and multimedia journalist who previously worked at The National Geographic Society. She has a master’s from Columbia Journalism School.
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Hamburg's Future said...

The states that do not have state virtual schools or online learning initiatives are Arizona, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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Anonymous said...

We should Revolt if this is how the BOE runs the place.

The human race said...

online schools... ha ha, as if the future generation is not already socially inept because they stare at computer, tv and phone screens all day. Human interactions are just as important when kids become adults as knowledge gained in school, if not more so.


time to get off this computer and talk to someone!!

LIFE LONG RESIDENT said...

Answer to Citizen Revolt question

Unfortunately we don't have Inititive and Referendum process available in NYS. We cannot circulate a petition to have this school board or the Supt. removed. That being said we do have a process with the NYS Ed. Commissioner called a 306 Appeal to have them removed. Springville and a member of our community have 306's filed with the commissioner regarding their SB's presently. The outcome is to be determined. A petition drive was put forth in only a show of force against Steven Achramovitch's appointment as Superintendant. The petition contained over 5 thousand signatures. The petition which I understand was going to be presented to the SB at the Jan 2011 meeting. Achramovitch was appointed Dec. 14th at a SPECIALLY CALLED MEETING. Folks I want to remind you that, that day ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITES were CANCELLED due to weather conditions (snow storm) as well as the surrounding districts. Well this special meeting couldn't wait, because they knew about the petitions and didn't want them presented. Sorry, if there was a legal petition process available to us the ENTIRE SCHOOL BOARD AND ACHRAMOVITCH would not be representing us today.

tom. brokaw said...

Mubarak is gone. Next to go acramo.

Parents and alum said...

.Achram's legal bills at Greece are a revelation as to what is in store for Hamburg. My husband and I are graduates of Hamburg and our 3 children now attend Hamburg. I need to tell you, Achram. is not liked or RESPECTED here. We will have a citizens revolt as Orchard Park had few years ago. My family will vote for anyone that isn't an incumbant. I am glad that we have this forum to have someone listen to our extreme frustrations.

Hamburger Helper said...

I am voting for change because it is needed. Parents, Staff and our Government also think todays children need more. NOT LESS!

Anonymous said...

I too am ready to REVOLT.