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Friday, February 18, 2011

Questions?

Please email me your questions that were not asked/answered last night.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why do I have to write my question on a card?

Anonymous said...

I think it is quite odd that no one knows were the cuts will be? Really.....really.....no one knows? I just think we are afraid to say. And I also would like to thank the man that shut up Calkins last night! HE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

lifeskills/health said...

What about life skills. The kids need to know the hard facts of life. The pit falls with drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, protection prevention and treatment. The necessary lessons in life. We have great programs in Hamburg presently and Acramovitch I believe is going to slash life skill/health programs. Dr. Calkins you are a part of this, as an MD, Life Skills should be important to you. It is to our kids.

God Bless the speaker said...

My Heart goes out to the gentleman, who spoke out form the audience last night. You could hear the frustration in his voice. God Bless Him and his son. The challenges our kids face everyday and to have a school district not do the best by them is not right. IEP's should be followed not ignored. We want our children to be the BEST that they can be. Thank you teachers.

Ask the questions said...

At the next school board meeting, we need to ask the school board directly, what programs are going to be cut? Why should we tip toe around this issue. We have elected them to represent us. We didn't elect this Superintendant. Hopefull I, for one hope that he doesn't get too comfortable here. As has been stated by others. We had over 5000 signatures against him as supt. This petition speaks in volumnes.

Anonymous said...

The school board and supt. were there last night. The lay offs and more law suits to follow, because believe it or not this new guy has NO LEGAL EXPERTISE. A writer stated in an earlier post "that the only legal expertise the SUPT. HAS, IS SPEED DIAL to his lawyers". This school board knows how to punish and target departments, so a lot cannot be accomplished in the forum that occured last night. Oh yes do be told they are a vindictive group, so I hope that someone other than teachers ask the questions at the next school board meeting March 1.
THE SCHOOL BOARD IS A VICIOUS BUNCH, remember we have the power to start a change this May.

Anonymous said...

@lifeskills--That's the parents job.

Super said...

Owning my Sh*t
Do I regret my outburst at the high school last night? (2/17/11) No. I don’t regret it, what I do regret is that out of sheer frustration it turned in to verbal diarrhea. I think we all know that anytime there are cuts to programs, as parents we are doing a disservice to our children. It doesn’t matter if the cut is the EMT program at the high school, art classes at the middle school or cutting kindergarten. If it affects one student it affects them all.
I sat in the auditorium taking notes on the meeting, so I could talk about it with my partner and our child. Questions where read about what if, what happens to, and where to cut. Questions were written so only the school board could answer them. So the questions were changed so a faculty member could answer. I became upset.
When Dr. Calkins offered to answer the 4th question about AP classes, I lost it! When she stood up and started walking to the mic. Saying “as the School Board President can I answer it. “ it happened ,my mouth opened and out it came I said “No you can’t answer it” , I felt that letting her answer one question as “ the school Board president “ and not answering all of them was not offering any type of service to us as a community. My frustration just grew. At the end of the meeting out it came verbal diarrhea. What I wish I would have said is the following
If Dr. Clakins or the School Board really want to answer questions they know the ones we as parents and tax payers want answered. They know what needs to happen. Put the School Board meeting minutes back on the districts website in full, stop offering us the Board Briefings. It’s a pile of fluff. Post an agenda on upcoming school board meetings. Quit keeping the tax payers and parents in the dark.
Tell us why, knowing full well that our district would be facing budget issues. The school board hired a superintendent who is being paid more than the governor of the state of New York. Why was this man hired when his past record with the Greece and Ken-ton school districts is less than stellar? Tell us why the district spent the money to have a road built on the other side of the middle school? Because it’s not helping with traffic or the fact that parents are still blocking the handicap parking spots. Tell us why the school district is paying two different bus companies to do the same job? Tell us why school administrators are looking to receive a raise? Tell us why teachers and administrators who knowingly break the law by not following IEPS , still have their jobs? Tell us why it’s ok for the high school principal to change grades? Tell us why the same principal, High School Councilors, and School Social Workers were allowed to tell parents and students that it’s ok to “fail “and” the system is set up for you to fail and still have enough credits to graduate”?
It seems to me that the solution the School board has come up with is cutting programs. So when there are no more programs left to cut and the district is still facing budget problems is that when start looking for solutions that don’t affect the class room.
Respectfully,
R. Johnstun

Anonymous said...

Super. U are a superhero. Well done.

Anonymous said...

To Super....I'm glad you lost it. They need to hear all these issues...and be accountable for their actions too. I don't believe it was Calkins place to have anything to say. I though it was a parents opportunity to state their concerns...but as usual this was not the case. I agree with your bus issue, but I have a disabled child who needs that little bus...no matter what. I believe there are many ways to cut things without hurting the students programs...like not giving the administrators a raise!

enough is enough said...

Super: My heart goes out to you. Your frustration is evident. Everyone wants answers to these questions. The teachers have many of these same concerns, but unfortunately, not the answers. The place to start asking for answers is at the Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 1 - one question at a time. It is time for us all, as a community, to awaken and hold those in power accountable for what they have done while we have been asleep.

Johnstun for school board said...

Hats off to you, Mr. Johnstun! I think it was awesome what you did. It was what every parent there probably wanted to do. I hope to see you at the next board meeting!

Anonymous said...

Super, you are an honest man!!! You stand tall. I often think what a society would be like without quality education. Your child should be proud to call you dad!!!! Stand up and speak up!!!! Call these crooks out!

Admin should feel the pain too said...

I have a question. If we are cutting teachers, programs, and cramming students into oversize classes, why isn't there one cut in any way to the administrators? They could easily make do without one of the MANY administrators. Or the administrators could take a pay cut, or at the very least a pay freeze. There shouldn't be an untouched unit like this. Especially when it is the one that makes the most money and has the LEAST impact on the kids. Let's face it, many of these administrators are useless (and way overpaid) anyway.

David said...

I hope the HTA and this obviously concerned group of parents, are currently looking for new board of education candidates. You should post on this blog who is up for re-election this year and focus 100% of your effort to getting a new candidate in their spot. I am a teacher in Kenton, and last year we were having a lot of trouble with our board. It just so happened that 3 members were up for re-election. The KTA went out found suitable candidates and did everything we could to support them. It did get a little dirty in the papers, teacher bashing, but on Election Day the community showed their support by removing all 3 incumbents by a large margin. Since then the change in feelings in our district has improved by leaps and bounds. However, if you are not successful, it will only get worse because the incumbents will have a chip on their shoulders. This will be a very important board election for Hamburg.

Buffalo Street said...

Hamburg School Stakeholders. Achramo will lie about anything and anyone under any condition. I learned that he lied on an affidavit of service. He was served with papers to have him removed from office in a 306 Appeal to the NYSED by a 3rd party. He lied on an oath that he was served by the person bringing the 306 charges. I also learned, he wont get away with this lie as there were 2 other people present. WAKE UP SCHOOL BOARD. HOW CAN ALL OF YOU BE FOOLS. Classic example of groupthink. How much can he cost the district with Harris Beach-bummers lawyers? Concerned Hamburger, FOIL the legal bils.

Concernedparent1 said...

David - I say let's form a Community Action Group. In my district the union interviews potential candiates and gives endorsements. The union membership also has a telephone bank and a postcard campaign to alert the community of the election and the issues. I'm ready, who's in?

Anonymous said...

You go Mr. Johnstun.... I agree they do not care about iron. I am glad you spoke out because they just bully and belittle me that I just back down. You need to start a parents group to help the ones that cant speak out. Thank you.

Ist Amendment said...

Mr. Johnstun, you would be up in arms to know what this BOE, and Mr Acramo (appointee of Donald Ogilve) did to absolutely outstanding teachers in Hamburg that had the gumption to speak out. Calkins, Collins, Wichacz, Neyman, Dills, Reynolds, Harper, Crawford, Kerr, Gallagher, Fleming, Moses, Shara, Newell, Melisz, Osbourne, Ogilve, Fisher, and others think the community is not on to their corrupt ways. The truth will come out. Just sit back and wait. Ask the question, WHEN DID HAMBURG LAST OPEN ITS BUSSING CONTRACT TO OPEN BID? WHY DID RAY LAKS SPONSOR THE ALUMNI EVENT THE WEEKEND OF SEPT 10-12? FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL AND THE LIES. All roads go to Village Judge Andrew Fleming and his self interest in keeping clients in the pipeline. Slowly but surely, Hamburg will be revealed.

Time is on my side said...

‎"I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate (the) grave evils (of capitalism), namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in a planned fashion. A planned economy, which adjusts production to the needs of the community, would distribute the work to be done among all those able to work and would guarantee a livelihood to every man, woman, and child. The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow-men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society."

– Albert Einstein, Why Socialism?, 1949

TO DAVID said...

David,
the candidates GREG WICHLACZ and
CASEY NEYMAN are up for election this May. Look at the scathing audit, when our school district lost $1.8 Million dollars. AUDIT done by NY State controller DiNapoli, found this out. CONCERNED HAMBURGER exposed it when the district tried to bury it. Also sketchy transfer of $83,000. from school district to Hamburg Foundation uncovered by AUDIT done again by NY State Controller DiNapoli again. State came down hard on the district. Look at the lame excuse Wichacz gave for this huge financial loss to the dist. PATTY BRUNNER COLLINS was also on the school board at the time. DONALD (OZ) was Executive director of the Hamburg Foundatin at the time . We need to elect someone who will question this kind of ineptness. Someone who will challenge some of their CRAPPY actions. Not a RUBBER STAMP BOBBLE HEAD.

Anonymous said...

ACHRAMOVITCH = CHEATER & LIAR

Anonymous said...

To First amendment,
nothing new to this item. We know what went on. The new Supt. tried to interfere in our union on two separate occassions by putting up a small group to force our union leaders out of office. Achramovitch was unsuccessful. We are aware of the horrible manufacturing of lies against our own. As an earlier post "WHEN IS IT NOT A LIE?... ONLY IF YOU DON'T GET CAUGHT".
POWER CORRUPTS AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY. this is our little dirty secret.

Klozman said...

Ample evidence exists for discharging Achramo. The deception and mendacity in which he engaged to fire Lindsey S. are well documented on the alleged “illegal” tape (he really slammed into a brick wall with that contention). The lie under oath concerning who served him the 306 document is easily exposed. The two positions he enjoyed prior to his Hamburg coronation were unmitigated debacles. Yet, Ogilvie shoehorned him through the selection process and the RSB unanimously approved the appointment. So, what gives? I have no doubt that Achramo was hired as a hatchet man (or in this case a double-bladed ax man) to execute the bidding of his master and protector. We have been dealt a highly paid contrivance whose primary function is to exact revenge and deliver all faculty, staff and programs considered superfluous to the block, while simultaneously affording plausible deniability to the puppet master. As a corollary, the lack of decisive action by the RSB is an absolute disgrace.

Medina said...

1st Amendment, most of that group have been running hamburg for years. Its about time they are revealed. I was at the homecoming event in September, my uncle was inducted in the hall of fame. I wondered why Rya Laks, who I knew from Orchard Park was sponsoring the event. In my small school district, it is a SEVERE violation of school ethics, and perhaps law, to take donations and the advertising that goes along with it. I bet Ray Laks cars or whoever got them to be a sponsor got a favor from the district. Thats how those things work. Maybe a deal on a fleet of cars? Concerned, look into this!

Klozman said...

Ample evidence exists as a basis for discharging Achramo. I feel certain that the fabrication employed in the dismissal of two instructors is documented on the alleged “illegal” tape (why else would Achramo go to such extremes to question its legitimacy). The contention that he lied under oath regarding who served him the 306 document is easy enough to verify. His two positions prior to his Hamburg coronation appear as unmitigated debacles. Yet, Ogilvie shoehorned him through the selection process and the RSB unanimously approved the appointment. So, what gives? I have no doubt that Achramo was hired as a hatchet man (or in this case a double-bladed ax man) to execute the bidding of his master and protector. We have here a highly paid contrivance whose primary function is to exact revenge and deliver faculty, staff and programs considered superfluous to the block, while simultaneously affording plausible deniability to the puppet master. As a corollary, the lack of decisive action by the RSB is an absolute disgrace.

Anonymous said...

So what are we as a community going to do? It's time to turn our words into actions. It's great to blog and be in the "know", but unless people step up and fight for a change, nothing will change. I was at the last board meeting, and there were lots of teachers and administrators, but not a lot of parents / taxpayers. That is who needs to initiate this change.

its is for the kids not the administrators said...

Lets face it Mark Crawford and Gordon Kerr started all the issues that are plaguing the district. Between the two of them, they took in over one quarter of a million dollars in salaries. That is three teachers who have served for over 18 years each, or atleast 54 years of teaching, at about 100 kids per year, that 5400 kids! Here is brillance: Lets lay off teacher, cut programs and increase administrative salaries. Wake up Hamburg, you have an opportunity to change the road of public education in NYS. Get rid of the bloated adminstration, the incompetence !!! Get your signs out and start picketing! Start at HHS and run the boys out of town!

Citizen Revolt said...

Concerned Parent 1 and others that want to take action: What about picketing outside prior to the next board meeting, and calling channel 2 on your side to do a story? Call the PTA and ask them to make calls and notify parents. Hamburg's PTA is very supportive. We need to make a public statement FAST, because once these teachers/programs are cut, they won't be coming back. Once the class sizes get up to 24 in each they won't get lower any time soon. Can somebody get the ball rolling?

Midnight Cove is Calling said...

Citizen Revolt, You are on to it...get the PTA. Sadly, if the Hamburg Teachers Union attempt to do anything, the Administration and RSB harass the teachers. There is clear evidence to this end. Once the PTA starts this, the teachers and staff will come out in full court press. The superintendent should go to FLA and play golf and collect his outrageous NYS pension, before the state runs out of money. Siesta Key is calling Stevo. Put one the Bermudas, grab a Margarita and leave us alone!

Super said...

I for one will be there to protest before meeting. I have already been working on signs. I have also been thinking of taking it to the administration Building the next day. I would also be interested in picketing at the circle by the high school some weekend

1968 said...

Super, Schools are closed this coming week. But so many of us are here to continue to make change in this district. I wonder if we could plan to meet someplace this week, and share ideas? I just went to the garage looking for my picket sign kit. As a child of the 60s, I am ready for another 1968! I learned Achramo fired a teacher for talking to kids about academic integrity. The real reason is because her mom speaks out, and Crawford, Kerr, Gallagher, RSB and Achramo stole this young womans chosen career. A superstar alumni of HCSD and Ivy League tossed aside, because HCSD leaders dont like people who speak out. Talk about grade fraud, you get fired or banished to create an appearance of wrongdoing. Mr Gallagher made up grades, he gave away over 300 points to students, FOR NO REASON, the fall out from these actions are the material of a Frontline investigation. Did Mr Gallagher get fired, no. I will make signs Super, and bring my megaphone...(gotta change the batteries). Bless your good heart Super, you are a good man!

Klozman Fan said...

Klozman,
you are spot on as usual. This is why Achramovitch has hired (with our tax dollars) HARRIS BEACH LAW firm to make his lies go away. As many in the community believe one of the members present at their secret meeting taped the session; because unlike him have a conscience. To admit that they taped this secret meeting would cost them their job or position. So guess what, they must remain silent. This administration will go to great lengths and great expence to cover up their actions.

Anonymous said...

Super and 1968 - I think you can email those registered without the whole world knowing. Let us know if a meeting is going to take place. If I can I will try to make it. We can't leave it up to the teachers, they risk way too much if they are thought to be behind this. But what are they going to do, bully and threaten the community? Oops, that's ok we will just vote you out. :)

Democracy NOW! said...

Tunisia and the Fruit Vendor!

Anonymous said...

Correction,
Crawford and Kerr took in over $1,000,000. of our tax dollars not $250,000. Just wait to see what this new guy is going to saddle us with. Remember what he did to the Greece School system, he left them with millions in legal fees and still climbing there. We were warned by Greece of his lying ways. To bad nobody on the school board would listen. He is a problem here and we are not going to recover from him for a long time. Let's see he has been here how long? Less than 6 months. Leave Achramovitch and lets cut our loses. Oh, yes both school districts Ken/Ton and Greece sent him packing after all his wreakage. That should have been all the warning signs needed, I say stupid school board, discusting donald o.(OZ).

bootie call said...

Maybe Achramo ran thru his machismo in Kenton and Greece, and he is in Hamburg for a bootie call.

hold the cheese said...

WE NEED A NEW POST CONCERNED HAMBURGER! please and thank you

R Phd. said...

Concerned Hamburger
Hamburg, NY, United States
View my complete profile

Where??? who are you and I hope you don't teach.

Anonymous said...

"Pursuant to the provisions of Section 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hamburg recognizes that there are rules of ethical conduct for public officers and employees which must be observed if a high degree of moral conduct is to be obtained and if public confidence is to be maintained in our unit of local government. It is the purpose of this article to promulgate these rules of ethical conduct for the officers and employees of the Village of Hamburg. These rules shall serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the Village of Hamburg. The rules of ethical conduct of this article, as adopted, shall not conflict with but shall be in addition to any prohibition of Article 18 of the General Municipal Law, or any other general or special law relating to ethical conduct and interest in contracts of municipal officers and employees."

Is the BOE exempt?

M.Phil said...

R? Is that a Ph.D? I hope you do not have one. As you seem to have spelled it wrong.

alum said...

TO: R Phd

what difference would it make, this blog is here. We are appreciative to have this site to express ourselves. As you have read there is a lot of frustration out there. Secret meetings, administrators who don't want to hear us, Informantion that would make us informed citizens is hidden from us. Abuse of our tax dollars. Our kids our suffering and now, THE HIGH SCHOOL TEST SCORES HAVE DROPPED AGAIN. When I went to Hamburg we were a TOP TEN school. My kids are in a school no way near that caliber of school that I went to under LARRY HOOD. I blame the principal and school board for this. Loosing AP cources, lowering standards, grade manufacturing. Words to describe the working conditions of our teachers and staff "reign of terror" I'm sorry this is not a decent environment for anyone. No I am not a a teacher, but have many good friend who are teachers in Hamburg, and I have heard their complaints. Yes, most have used the words, UNPROFESSIONAL, VINDICTIVE, UNINFORMED, INCOMPETENT, and other adjectives I will not go into. Just listen to all the frustration out there.IEPS,ignored, kids not having the opportunity to reach for the stars no matter what their ability. The school board should be ashamed of themselves. THANK YOU CONCERNED FOR THIS FORUM
TO BE HEARD.

14075 said...

The bigger question is not whether the BOE is exempt from Article 18 and the Village Code of Ethics, it should be asked if the same rules apply to the village judicial office?

Gene Sharp said...

198 methods of non-violent action are being followed in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Iran et. al. its time Hamburg to stand up against the corruption. The corrupt ones in Hamburg new to realize that it is rule by the people in this country, in the open so all can have a voice. The arrogance of the BOE, VIllage Officials and other blowhards is ruining our community. Stand up and make your voice be heard

Anonymous said...

Answer to Anomymous

to answer your question, the school board and administration do fall under general municiapal law section 806 and article 18. I don't think they are aware of this as stated by others they are a group of incompetents, pretending to know all.

Anonymous said...

1st Amendment ... you are a paranoid liar.

fat wallet said...

Hey Anonymous, Atleast first amendment gives us the facts. Are you one of the blokes that manufacture lies out of thin air in an effort to harass members of the community? Maybe to enhance the wallet, perhaps?

First Amendment said...

Just because people are talking about you doesn't mean you are not paranoid. Disprove one remark made. Disprove that Hamburg hasnt had an open bus bid in years. Disprove that Ray Laks gave financial gifts and sponsored a 5K field goal kick at the Alumni weekend, and it just so happens that he village judge and other were on the alumni committee and the rep from the car dealership was a client of the village judge. Stinks of impropriety. Disprove this, anonymous. Why was Ray Laks sponsoring a Hamburg event? Answer the question ye who in the know. Perhaps astate audit would reveal the truth?

Anonymous said...

Again, how did Hamburg get into this mess? I understand that the powers-that-be, the staff, and the community need to work together to find answers that are acceptable to everyone and offer the best education for the kids. The key however to that is working together. The powers need to be open, upfron, and honest. The staff must not fear opening their mouths because of job lose or other punishment. the community must be aware and willing to tep up. I think right away, we would like to know why other district are hurting, but not in crisis mode. Someone screwed up. Its time to find out who and why.

CH Fan said...

Why is Don O name removed from the Hamburg Foundation website? Who is the Executive Director? , Foundation Board Members? Funny how his name was removed when Concerned questioned it on this BLOG? Who is the executive director?

Super said...

Things
First. Candidate Petitions will be available on Feb 28th at the District clerk’s Office in the Admin. Building 5305 Abbott Rd. If you are wishing to run you need 50 signatures. The petition must be filed by Monday April 18th at 5pm there are two positions open and it’s a three year term
Second. Budget Hearing Tuesday May 3rd 7:15 pm @ the High School
Voting is on the 17TH of May

Klozman said...

For those of you who do not have expertise in budgeting, have no ability to differentiate between excellence and mediocrity when selecting personnel, cannot think independently and are swayed by either group pressure or the lies of Achramo, please do not apply. We already have one RSB; let's not perpetuate this travesty. Hamburger, we need to establish an effective vetting process.

Vanna White said...

Klozman E A Poe---final Jeopardy answer. Do the teachers at HHS. teacher Poe? My guess is no! I loved reading the Tell Tale Heart when I went to St Francis. i know HHS had a teacher that qualified for Jeopardy about 5 years ago, a brilliant woman. Have any of the HHS kids qualified for jeopardy? Just wondering. I spend lots of money on taxes and Id like to see some homegrown people on with Alex.

1970 tree huger said...

When will all the Wars end? Should HCSD start teaching how to wipe out the Middle East?