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Thursday, February 10, 2011

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PARENT-TEACHER FORUM
Thursday February 17
7:00PM
High School Auditorium

38 comments:

LIFE LONG RESIDENT said...

TOTAL FAN,
The first time Achramovitch was caught LYING to the School Board should have been the last time. The SB should have sent him packing. That being said, it tells the character of the people we elected, no better than him. He doesn't want to hear from students and parents. Well I ask you why is he here than. STEVE do us a favor and leave. LIFE LONG RESIDENT

Mrs Burke said...

What is this all about?

Anonymous said...

I want to yell at the BOE not Steve.

TOTAL FAN said...

Answer to Mrs. Burke,
please read the entire blog, you'll figure out for yourself. Check out past posts. Yes he has serious character flaws. Not the type of character I want around my family or my school dist. LIFE LONG RESIDENT

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many people will actually show up...teachers included.

In you can't take the heat.. said...

It was offered to the school board to be a part of this event.....they declined the offer.....wonder why??

Anonymous said...

It may be better for our students if the BOE works with us teachers and parents. 4 extra students per class = 8 extra parents per teacher in most cases.

Anonymous said...

why would the BOE decline showing up?!?

it's pretty sketchy on their part, if you ask me.

Where is the transparency?

enough is enough said...

CH - Please explain the purpose of the Parent - Teacher Forum...Lots of questions about it. What can parents expect if they go?

Anonymous said...

From what I understand teachers will be there to answer parental concerns.

Anonymous said...

The parent-teacher forum is to create a discussion and plan to stop the cutting of programs that will hurt our students. THe SB can make cuts at the top levels to save programs, but will they? Public pressure is needed from parents and students for this to happen.

Anonymous said...

It is my understanding that the forum was designed as a way for the community and the school community to come together, understand what challenges have to be met, so that maybe together the absolute "worst case scenerio" does not have to become reality. It is also my understanding that the BOE and the super were asked to be a part of it. It is a shame if they do not come. They work for us, the taxpayers. If they do not come, it will say a lot oabout the folks we have elected, and I hope the community rembers this in May.

mom of 5 said...

Parent of two HS students,

Parents wake up if they cut electives as the Supt. has recommended our kids could have 3,4 or 5 study halls. What a lousey education my children will get in the Public School System. I hope someone will start a good charter school for my 3 younger kids. Concerned we love you.

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding they all will be there as well as building administrators.

It's All About Our Kids said...

Also, this is a chance for community members, parents, and students to speak up, since the super said he didn't want them "wasting time" at board meetings sharing their concerns. Now, they have a forum where they can do just that. This meeting is so important to attend, because it is an opportunity to let the people doing the slicing and dicing with no concern for our children, that we will not stand by quietly and tolerate it! Please show up, speak up, stand up for Hamburg's children!!!

Anonymous said...

I hope you are not a teacher.

Anonymous said...

Don't leave the kitchen!

Anonymous said...

The BOE should show up, but I won't be surprised if they don't because they don't care what parents or teachers think. SA doesn't either, but he will be there to try to defend his terrible actions.

Anonymous said...

If the BOE doesn't show up it will be saying a lot about the people that we have chosen to represenet us and serve us. A few of them are up for re-election in May.

Anonymous said...

Actually the super said he didn't want teachers telling their students to come in and speak for them.

teacher at hhs said...

Anonymous, StevE O said he didnt want parents and students wasting the time at the school board meetings. Did he forget who pays his salary?

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Anonymous said...

I don't know where the information is coming from that the SB is not attending, because they sure are. It is the teachers that just wanted it to be between themselves and the parents.

Educate yourself... said...

PLEASE come out to support education in Hamburg, and become INFORMED about what the true fall-out will be if these cuts are allowed to go through.

and......

No, the teachers WANT BOTH the superintendent & the BOE there.

We have alot of questions and concerns for them that need to be answered in a public forum.

It would be absolutely insulting, and very telling, if they do not show up.

enough is enough said...

"Pursuing Excellence Through Partnership" is the distict's mission statement, which appears on almost any page of the district website. Let us be reminded of this goal. This is what we all want. We are in a time of crisis and we need to ALL work together for the benefit of our students and their futures. Let's work to preserve all the things that give Hamburg students an edge over others.

Power to the People said...

Anonymous 11:44: you couldn't be more wrong in your statement "the teachers don't want the BOE there"... actually, the teachers INVITED the BOE and administration to this meeting. The BOE and SA don't want their precious board meeting time "wasted" with the public's concerns? Well, now a forum was created where the public CAN voice their concerns. I can't wait to hear what the people have to say, and what kind of responses this conniving crew will dish out.

Anonymous said...

I give a lot of credit to the individual who sent out the e mail to all the teachers asking them to make it non confrontational. Keep it professional, not a free for all like the meeting last year. It is about the classes offered at the high school, not a chance to yell at the SB, save that for actually school board meetings.

Larry said...

The High School is FULL of people! Sports, Arts, Parent/Teacher Forum, and more. We need more parking!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you to all of the teachers who came and gave a great presentation. Thank you also goes to the BOE and Super for showing up. I as a parent still have a lot of questions though. I wish the BOE would conduct an open forum. I only know what "cuts" are being explored via the NEWS and this website. As an educated person, I tend not to believe 100% of what I hear unless it comes from the horse's mouth. So I looked at the items of interest on the website and found nothing. I am being told I need to be concerned, but I don't actually know what it is I should be worried about. What are the worst case scenerios being explored? I'm sorry that I missed the board meeting. Had I had an agenda before hand, and knew what was going to be discussed I would have made every attempt to attend. How and when are the BOE going to relay this to the public.

Anonymous said...

6:19: The BOE don't want to relay anything to the public. They don't want to hear from the public. They don't care what we think! That is the problem. You will not be able to believe what you hear from the horse's mouth because the super and BOE talk in circles and contradict themselves. They don't give straight answers or just flat out LIE! It is sick, because these people are supposed to be representing us. The best we can hope for is that people will start showing up to BOE meetings and asking these questions. Show up on March 1st and ask these questions. Remember that you must sign in to speak.

Anonymous said...

I think it's also telling that the teacher's union signed their contract as well as the union not asking the questions asked by parents on the cards. Very telling indeed.

Anonymous said...

The BOE didn't set up that meeting last night, the teacher's union did. I know that my parent question wasn't asked, as well as other parent's questions. The only questions asked and answered were the ones the Union chose to talk about. But go ahead and keep us in the dark. Sounds exactly like what the union accuses the board of.....

village taxpayer said...

I thought it was a time we as parents were able to speak our concerns.I was shocked that it was presented the way it was.How are we supposed to be heard if we cannot speak!!!!!And my questioned was not addressed and I am sure many others as well.If the community cannot have an open discussion how are we to solve anything.All we are going to get is frustrated and hostile.When do WE get a chance to" SPEAK" up freely and not on a piece of paper.

Concernedparent1 said...

Let me start by saying I am not a hamburg Teacher. I do not believe that the teachers have signed anything yet. In fact I believe that they (The general membership) have not even seen the contract yet, let alone voted on it. Second, I believe that the union did what they needed to do. They attempted to keep their end positive, but at the same time they made a huge point to the BOE and the super - people are feeling betrayed and in the dark. We want answers. Outside of people directly connected to the school district, how many people really know what cuts are being considered? So far it has been a lot of rumors and second hand information. I would have liked to see the Board step up and make a presentation and feild questions, I have a ton. they were not willing to do so. (If they had been, they would have sponsored a town hall meeting) Kuddos to the union for covertly making the BOE understand that the community is not happy. 3 of their seats are up in May. Right now I hope people will vote for the nonincombents.

enough is enough said...

Village taxpayer: Please attend the Board meeting on Tuesday, March 1 @Charlotte Ave School. This is your chance to speak and ask questions that the teachers couldn't answer. It may be one of the last before the new budget is put into place and action begins to ensue.
Concernedparent1: You have hit the mark on every point you mentioned. Thank you.

enough is enough said...

Village taxpayer: Please attend the Board meeting on Tuesday, March 1 @Charlotte Ave School. This is your chance to speak and ask questions that the teachers couldn't answer. It may be one of the last before the new budget is put into place and action begins to ensue.
Concernedparent1: You have hit the mark on every point you mentioned. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

The teachers have NOT settled on a contract. The contract isn't even complete or ready to be presented to the teachers yet. This is going on 2 years with no contract. I wish parents would have been able to ask their own questions as well, but the teacher's union encouraged parents to do so at board meetings. Last night's meeting was designed to inform the public about all of the programs that could face cuts, and why each one is so important.

$1.25 said...

Vending machine money goes to pepsi or school?