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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

State Aid Cuts: Translation Staff Cuts

There is an article in the Buffalo News today quoting Governor Cuomo about cuts in state aid and he said, there should be "absolutely no need for layoffs" [click here for article].  Last night, the superintendent made it openly clear that program cuts are in the near future. As a matter of NYS School Law, districts have the authority to cut programs and then revert to seniority in tenure area for staffing cuts.  Targeting staff, while reportedly done in the past, is against NYS Education Law.  The superintendent specifically mentioned cutting Life Skills and the Finance Academy, two programs at the High School.  He also mentioned class sizes and the possibility of having 24 or 25 students in kindergarden class.  Before I continue on with this post it is worth noting that the District was going through "tough financial times" last year and used the cuts in state aid as an excuse to cut teachers.  Anyone who knows about the cuts can tell you that of the 12.7 FTE teachers that were cut, effective 6/30/2010 almost everyone who was cut was called back on 7/1/2010, the VERY NEXT DAY.  Where did the money magically come from over night?  Do we really have so little insight into our finances that we put many people through the pain of losing their job and then turn around and say, "just kidding"?  Through all of the proposed cuts this year and last, not once were the salaries of administrators mentioned.  If anything is clear from this blog, it is of my belief there are too many administrators, and administrative salaries have ballooned out of control.  It seems as though the RSB had zero foresight when they raised the salary of one administrator by 19 thousand in one year [click here for administrative salaries] and then proceeded to cut teachers the very same year.  I think any student or parent will tell you that it is the teachers, not the administrators that they and their kids barely know, that make the District great.  And in my opinion, the superintendent should to be embarrassed to face teachers and staff and talk of cutting into the fabric of Hamburg Central Schools when he raised the salary line for the superintendent significantly. Perhaps, he should offer the BOE and the community a reduction in his pay?

Now, I am sure the RSB will say we cut administrative salaries last year because there is no longer an associate superintendent (so sorry to see you go Mr. Kerr), they hired a new athletic director that makes no where near the salary of Mr. Amo, and the job left by the retirement of Mr. Grace was filled by a principal earning much less.  However, those are not real cuts.  What are they going to do this year?   If last year taught us anything, the District has no problem cutting teachers and turning around and taking huge raises (thank you Hamburglar Maryellen Monafo for taking a 10 thousand dollar raise).  Even our Governor believes administrators should cut their outrageous salaries.  He said, "maybe [school districts] look at their school district administrator compensation."  If the Governor is recommending cutting administrative salaries, why isn't the RSB looking at doing it?  Why go directly to the teachers?  Possibly because they know the teachers cannot do anything about the cuts and will divide and cannibalize each other?

Last night, five out of the six speakers implored the RSB to save the Finance Academy.  I think it is great that teachers and citizens feel very strongly about their programs, however, if Finance Academy is saved, what else will the RSB cut?  Will it be Math, Science, Social Studies, English, or EMT?  Last year, the RSB cut the two health teachers, with one of those teachers being the EMT teacher.  He was brought back after public outcry.  It is my understanding that the District is already in hot water because EMT is grouped under the health tenure area and the RSB brought back a health teacher without regard to seniority.  Since Life Skills is also under the health tenure area, is the District going to be cutting the EMT teacher again?  If so, what will happen to the EMT program?  RSB, there are seniority rights in NYS, whether you want to acknowledge them or not, they exist and courts will uphold them.

Although most of the cuts last year were in the high school, the RSB also cut the Gifted and Talented program.  So, our District is now failing to service our special education students [click here for report] at all levels.  Now, despite failing our students already the RSB is going to increase class sizes at the elementary level.  Is it true that classes can accommodate 25-30 students, yes.  However, did anyone think increasing class sizes will increase the number of student failures?

One more point, has the RSB addressed the crumbling high school building?

RSB DO NOT CUT YOUR TEACHERS!  LOOK ELSEWHERE TO SAVE MONEY AND I SUGGEST YOU START WITH ADMINISTRATIVE SALARIES.

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe the administration cuts programs and teachers and keeps giving themselves raises. Why doesn't the BOE say no?

Do the right thing.... said...

someone's been busy today..... ;)

They look at their teachers as NUMBERS, not on the human level.

There are SO MANY issues here.

Some of the rooms physically can't even hold 15 - 30 students. They are making BROAD statements & not researching the ACTUAL impacts that will occur under their propositions.

Would YOU feel comfortable with YOUR child in a kindergarten of 24 other kids?

Are our children better off without a Gifted and Talented program?

And since it looks like the HS is the target of most of the cuts, let's take a look there:

Would YOU feel comfortable with YOUR child being forced to be in a STUDY HALL because the art classes that he loves have been cut because there aren't enough art teachers to teach them?

Would YOU feel comfortable with YOUR child in a cramped science lab with 20+ other students, all of whom are working with things like chemicals, sharp and expensive equipment, fire, live organisms, glassware, and electricity?

Would YOU feel comfortable knowing that academics have been compromised in lieu of sports? What about reducing funding to sports and the atheletes could cover the difference?

Would YOU feel comfortable knowing that YOUR child will struggle a little more in college because some of the AP courses are no longer available because of staff cuts?

Would YOU sacrifice teaching positions, and put people out of work, so there is money available for a Perfoming Arts addition to the building?.... in which there may not be any music teachers for anyway?

It seems to me that if a FTE is worth $50,000 in their budget - then by cutting a $150,000 administrator could save 3 teaching jobs.


It seems to me that getting rid of teachers will result in:

misplaced students

lack of guidance

loss of remedial time with those struggling

more aggrivation

more stress

more apathy

more dropouts

more parental complaints

less academic achievement

less exposere to arts and music

less competitive in math and science

less literate

more likely to use drugs and alcohol

more likely to get into trouble

more likely to "slip through the cracks"

lower ranking in BUSINESS FIRST

lower respect

less people sending their kids to HSCD


.....And generally produce less educated children in a more competitive world.


MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION

Teacher at hhs said...

Did anyone hear Achramo talk about hiring a consulting firm to come in and teach us how to do more with less. Someone will be be hired to teach us to turn lights off and do more with less. Does he have a clue? We already do this!!! More with Less? That has been our motto since Peter Roswell. I'd like to do more with less. More, with less of Achramo around!!!!

enough is enough said...

Anonymous has it right. The board doesn't say no because there is no outside pressure to cause them to say no. Yes, some people showed up at the meeting last night - a handful of teachers and community members. In a district the size of Hamburg, why aren't these meetings packed? We should be seeing 300+ teachers at meetings where staff cuts are being discussed. The decisions that will be made will affect every member of the school community. EVERY teacher needs to be concerned and take action. Has the district been so successful at browbeating and intimidating us that they have taken away our will and tenacity for standing up for what is right?? And parents should be mad as hell that their children will be packed like sardines in classrooms that are already too small. Where is our voice? The school board needs to hear the same message sounding from many, many voices: that mediocrity is not acceptable; that students sitting in study halls because there are no art, music, business, or elective courses for them to take is not acceptable; that we (including myself)are no longer willing to stand by silently and watch these things happen. What are the chances of ever getting these programs back once they are lost?? Hamburg community, the time to step up and speak out is now. Let's see how committed to "Pursing Excellence Through Partnership" the district is. What other areas are they willing to consolidate or reduce to maintain excellence in our schools, besides teachers?
BTW - maybe our school financial officers should sit in on the financial literacy class - they just might learn something...

teacher too said...

enough is enough...kudos to you!!! Believe it or not, there are teachers who get angry when others call the RSB out for NOT following open meeting laws, and for generally questioning their actions. Some teachers in the district, "humbly ask" as happened last night by a teacher not to cut jobs. Forget humility..these people are carving into the backbone of a civil society: a well educated citizenry. Its time to forget humbly asking, and Storm the Bastille.

Klozman said...

I fervently believe that all the teacher cuts last June were a premeditated subterfuge, generated (per external instruction) via the iniquitous Achramo/RSB, and calculated to purge, through corrupt means, one or two targeted teachers. As a codicil, don’t be taken aback if Oz attempts to foil Sally S’s stellar accomplishment with yet another attempt to transfer the EMT program to BOCES. It seems to me that his previous failure and one teacher’s termination are inextricably linked and must be appraised in that context. As for our resident stud muffin Achramo, he is beyond embarrassment. I reiterate, his control over the RSB is total, and they will disdain any and all action contradictory to his agenda, lawful or not.

Speaking out at a board meeting will modify zilch...your exhortations will fall on deaf ears. Best case scenario, you will be told what you wish to hear. The blog is steadily spawning a positive though somewhat imperfect outcome. Legal action (in progress), the voting booth, and qualified, independently minded candidates are the keys to long term transformation.

ex nihilo nihil fit (nothing comes from nothing)

Kindred Soul said...

Klozman, are you single? I think I am in love!!!! Think of the romantic story...we met through a Blog on Groundhogs Day. How post-modern? You will not be disappointed, I love the language of the "dead". I mean, the, "dead language". XOXOXO

Klozman said...

Kindred Soul...Alas, I love another.

S said...

Klozman you turn my brain on too!

Anonymous said...

Teacher Helpers better speak up!

Pinky Q. said...

2009-2010
Superintendent of Schools Mark Crawford $162,978.00 $30,883.00 $193,861.00 $2,693.00
Associate Superintendent Gordon Kerr $128,863.00 $27,911.00 $156,774.00 $12,343.00
Assistant Superintendent For Instruction Maryellen Monafo $128,043.00 $27,802.00 $155,845.00 $16,535.00
Assistant Superintendent For Information Services Gregg Davis $125,961.00 $27,601.00 $153,562.00 $19,788.00
High School Principal Michael Gallagher $121,314.00 $0.00 $121,314.00 $4,779.00


If they could pay out all this then they should be able to pay their staff, all of them. This looks like Wall St. more and more.

Anonymous said...

Why should the BOE care about the Staff? The Students are what matter and we will get computers to teach if you keep complaining about how the district treats teachers. Computers don't need Health Insurance at about $10,000 each, they don't error as much as teachers, are more efficient and do not change grades. SA+StunGun+Computers=HCS Future

REPOST it's AWESOME said...

Teacher at hhs said... Did anyone hear Achramo talk about hiring a consulting firm to come in and teach us how to do more with less. Someone will be be hired to teach us to turn lights off and do more with less. Does he have a clue? We already do this!!! More with Less? That has been our motto since Peter Roswell. I'd like to do more with less. More, with less of Achramo around!!

Kindred Soul said...

Hey S, Back off. I hit on Klozman first, marvel from afar. Good bye Match. com, hello, Hamburg Educational Ethics!!!

Anonymous said...

Try having a special needs child who never gets to learn more than the basics for years....what a waste! It really upsets parents of these kids who always have to fight to get them the education they really deserve!

enough is enough said...

@Anonymous 9:52 PM: You clearly must not have any direct conact with or knowledge of the goings-on at HHS. If you did, you would know that there is barely a classroom that has one working computer, and that Hamburg is YEARS behind other districts in technology and equipment (no offense to the nice computer ladies who work diligently to keep us up-and-running in spite of the age old equipment - at least they will have job security). To think that computers could replace the one-on-one instruction, compassion, and profound impact that teachers have is beyond laughable.

In addition, if you think that most of these comments serve to complain about how teachers are treated, read again - carefully this time. Overall, our job satisfaction is derived from the success of our students, many of whom do express appreciation for the help and quality of instruction they receive. And, since you obviously missed the main point of this thread, our concern lies mainly in the potential loss of programs and opportunies that make a difference in the lives of students. These programs and experiences give Hamburg students an edge over many others. Without them, many students will be spending almost half of their school day sitting in study halls doing nothing. What a great picture of educational inspiration.

Anonymous said...

11:53.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but do you know what the special needs kids do in the High School? They pick up the recycling every Tuesday. I wouldn't call that much of an education to begin with.

An Administrator who is afraid to speak said...

Here is a question. WHY DOES EILEEN WERBINSKY of the BUFFALO SNEWS get a clandestine envelop at BOE meetings??? You have not noticed? Open your eyes? Mr. Dahl of the Hamburg Sun (does not shine) gets the same packet. In this packet there is a report that isnt given to the teachers or staff...and more importantly the community. Hey, Hamburg BOE...you and Steve O are going to be held accountable, and while Steve A thinks the feed back of students and parents are not part of his "ground rules"...I say, shame on you. Dr. Calkins you were in a meeting today when Steve A asked to shut down parent and student comments on cuts in the district. Why, DR CALKINS would you ever think this man had an iota of care for children..????? If you made a bad choice on this guy, back out now. Otherwise, it is going to be one ugly year. Dr Calkins, we have all made mistakes, get rid of Steve A. You are a smart woman..start listening to the voices who are in it for the kids and the honesty of a community that has run a muck. Dr Calkins, you need to start talking to the right people, Steve A is going to tell you what you wanna hear. Please be a smart strong woman, that everyone know you are and seek clarity!!!!! Reach out to the right people.

HBI-sees it all. said...

IF HHS got rid of Mr Gallagher the schools would be different. MG you ought to be embarrassed that you do nothing and collect a large pay check...you do nothing Mr Gallagher, NOTHING except ruin HHS. You need to resign!!!!!

Mad Mom said...

Students are able to walk right out of our High School, Skip class, do drugs, fail class, etc. Why is the principal changing grades when all hell is breaking loose in his School?

Anonymous said...

After you Graduate from HHS it becomes hard to find drugs! The local college students buy from kids who dropped out of the local high schools. Sort of back words but it works well because the High School over looks it. Alfred freakin loves Hamburg because of this.

Ski Holimont said...

I read in the Buffalo News about $20,000 dollar incentive for teachers to retire. Sorry to the 10 or so of you who retired last year...

concernedparent1 said...

Thankyou for speaking up administrator. I hope I misread that the super is trying to stop parents (AKA THE TAXPYERS) and Students (UMM- WHO THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT)from speaking up and expressing concern. If I did in fact read this right I am outraged, as a a parent, and a taxpayer. This is the point in time when they NEED any help they can get. Without pointing fingers and assessing blame on the cause, we as a community need to be aware and use our collective resources to find positive solutions. There are a lot of talents and creative people within the community. BTW - I wonder how many programs would be saved if we started to seriously consider consolidation with one of our neighboring districts. I teach in a district that has 2 sides of town, trust me we are not lost for cross town rivalries, but we have a really amazing group of people who guide us and support us as educators, with community and Board support.

Parent of honest kids. said...

STEVE A needs to offer a pay cut for himself as a shining example of a true leader. If he doesnt want to hear from those who pay his salary, maybe those who pay his salary should demand it back!!!!!

warning label said...

From the Greece Blog:
"One year ago, former Supt. Steve Achramovitch was told to craft a budget proposal bringing the anticipated deficits under control. He told the press that "everything was on the table" for consideration, for possible reductions and/or elimination. That lasted only a few days until the parents of West Ridge caught wind of his idea to eliminate kindergarten at their school. That's when Holy Hell broke loose in the Greece Central School District. Our Board of Education took their positions at a meeting at West Ridge School a few nights later and listened to children wail into the mic about losing their school, their teachers, yada, yada, yada."
I just read this today, it is a new post on SCATS Blog (Greece). Steven wasn't liked very much in Greece I guess, so he moved(?) farther West.

Anonymous said...

By the way, the special needs kids at high school not only get to recycle peoples garbage...but they also get to go to TGIF's to clean-up as well. They are sooooooo lucky Hamburg really cares about their futures! Really....get a clue Hamburg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Concerned Hamburger, I have been using the web site: www.ny.gov and it has great info about civil service exams, NYS, and lots more. Maybe you would like to add it as a link. Thanks

Anonymous said...

This is what NYS wants for our children with special needs. It is from their web page and Steve/BOE need to learn about what we (tax payers) want. "This is an exciting and challenging time for all of us working to ensure that students with disabilities achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to live independent and self-directed lives. Research shows that most students with disabilities can meet high standards when provided with meaningful access and participation in the general education curriculum and appropriate, high quality specially designed instruction and support services. The Office of Special Education works to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities through its roles and responsibilities to:
•oversee the implementation of federal and State laws and policy for students with disabilities.
•provide general supervision and monitoring of all public and private schools serving New York State preschool and school-age students with disabilities.
•establish a broad network of technical assistance centers and providers to work directly with parents and school districts to provide current information and high quality professional development and technical assistance to improve results for students with disabilities.
•ensure a system of due process, including special education mediation and impartial hearings.
•meet with stakeholders through the Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Special Education Services.
To assure that you stay up to date, you are encouraged to register to receive by electronic mail the latest memoranda and other technical assistance documents from the Office of Special Education."

Anonymous said...

Why not quit spending so much on administrative salaries? They are not worth the $120,000+ a year. After adding in benefits some are making close to $200,000 per year. Thats almost $1,000 an hour I think.

Anonymous said...

This Information from the HCSD web site and is worth sharing. Their Mission Statement is the best!



"Welcome to the Union Pleasant
Library Media Center

Mission :

The mission of the Library Media Center is to ensure that students and staff become effective users of ideas and information.

General Information :

Our beautiful Library Media Center first opened its doors in 1998. Embracing both the past history of our school and the future, the 3700 foot LMC offers many educational opportunities for our students. The LMC allows for several classes to use the facility simultaneously. Students also have access throughout the school day for reading and research purposes. The LMC offers an On Line Public Catalog, numerous data bases and Internet access, along with a collection of 12,000 books."

Anonymous said...

I just want all teachers to read the special needs students IEP's and see how they keep doing the same things over and over and over again. What a disgrace to this individuals that they just don't care what becomes of them. We need more parents to put up a fight on the wrongdoing that is really going on here! Before anyone has something to say about this...do the research first!

Anonymous said...

On the topic of special need students....for a laugh....look at their report cards. What a joke....they even get good grades for doing nothing!

OUTRAGED... and YOU should be too! said...

ATTENTION COMMUNITY:

Be aware that the BOE and Superintendent does not care about anything anyone has to say.

Dr. Calkins, herself, proposed that the KINDERGARTEN program BE CUT because it is not mandated by the state.

These are the people we elected, and this is the garbage that they are proposing.

It is time to SPEAK UP.

The district is proposing to cut 26 teachers. How will this affect YOUR children?

OUTRAGED and YOU should be too. said...

PS....

The district does NOT plan on saving ANY positions from the money saved from retiring teachers.

Instead of putting that money BACK into the schools - they will keep it in a fund balance - serving absolutely no purpose.

Anonymous said...

11:56 AM - don't worry...if the curriculum director gets her way, all kids will get good grades. HW won't count- so why work hard anymore? Lower expectations is the name of that PC philosophy of everyone passes.

Anonymous said...

Clarify...special needs students encompasses a large group of individuals - with different needs. What group(s) are you talking about and what do you mean they "do nothing"? If they are in a true "life skills" program, job training, combined with academics, is usually the norm. Are these students IEP diploma candidates, or on a regents track? More info please.

Mrs. Math said...

Try $100 an hour or about $1,000 per Day of work! Why does it matter what Steve's salary is anyway? Somebody needs to grow up...

concernedparent1 said...

How do I find out if the proposal to cut Kindergarten is accurate? If it is true (and can be proved) I will be speaking up at the next BOE meeting. This wasn't mentioned in the scenerios presented atthe BOE meeting Tuesday? Fund balance? Isn't that what were are living off of now? How can he worry about saving for a rainy day...it's pouring now! Are there any community meeting planned? As for the director of curriculum...why wasn't she visable at the meeting?

atotalfan said...

Stop stealing childrens education with those huge salarys!

Anonymous said...

It's hard to understand why they need 20,000 books in one grade school but, I love it. The LMC at Union Pleasant also has a dozen or so computers and is a source of knowledge, a corner stone of the school. HCSD has a lot to offer and should stay that way.

K-12 & HCSD said...

I doubt the BOE will try to cut KinderGarden or they would add more students to other KG classes else where. The RSB will not change the K-12 program unless they are crazy.

A Reader said...

link to buffalo news would be nice.

VOODOOO said...

Copied from HCSD Budget Impact off the HCSD web page. Is transportation getting a 3% increase or a %100,000 cut? Seems Both...


"2010-11 Budget Review

Program Reductions

Summer school

Clubs by 50%

Intramural Sports by 25%

Reduces school/dept budgets by 30%

Mentor position returned to classroom

Eliminates teacher coordinators (returned to classroom)

Reduces transportation costs by $100,000"

CIA pays Cheap? said...

Police, FBI, Secret Service. NSA, doctors, small business owners dont make 170,000.00 plus dollars a year. They make way way to much and, We have to try and stop the run away train. It will not be easy but it needs to end.

Anonymous said...

Cut out the so called super Steven to start with. Then the budget manager, Assistant principals, and bus services can be cut. Leave the educational/support staff alone they are the heart of HCSD.

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Lettuce is Green said...

I sat in that meeting with ACHRAMO last week at the Adminstration Building, I have read his handouts 5 times, and can not make any sense of his ramblings. Yes, NYS is cutting school aid, but we have known that the state is in trouble for a long time. My question is how could the BOE less than two months ago hire him full time at 170K per year, the highest salary of any superintendent in Hamburgs history? His presentation to the staff was a JOKE. His handouts were the wrong ones and he seemed generally disinterested in what people wanted to say. The kicker of all comments was his ground rule warning of not involving students and staff in the discussions. Start packing your bags Steve...that lit a fire and good luck putting it out!

Teacher too said...

Mr Gallagher gave his list of 10 teachers to the Superintendent yesterday....Gallagher stand up for your teachers for once. Say no to Achramo the blow hard. If they werent going to fire you after making up grades, they prolly wont take you down for telling him to cut his own salary ( and yours for that matter) before touching your teachers!!!! Show some character Mr. G!

Mad Mom said...

Yes, it is true that Calkins, A PEDIATRITION, actually suggested cutting Kindergarten because "it isn't state mandated!!!" Could it be more obvious that this "dynamic duo"(Calkins and Achromo) do not care AT ALL about students and what is best for them? What do you think will happen as a result of cutting kindergarten? A wasted year of learning! We will be light years behind neighboring districts. This is an unacceptable suggestion, and it just goes to show you the complete lack of concern and character in Doctor Joan Calkins.

The time has come, Hamburg, to stand up and raise hell. These destructive decisions are going ruin HCSD unless we stand up for our kids, like the community in Greece had to when Achromo was their super. Please, start by passing this vital info regarding cuts on to other Hamburg residents, and show up to the next board meeting ready to speak.

MAD DAD said...

YES - please speak!

He was very open to the teachers that PARENTS and STUDENTS speak up, it makes him mad because they are just WASTING his and the BOE's time!

I am dead serious that this actually came out of his mouth in front of a group of teachers and all the administrators.

Anonymous said...

"One more point, has the RSB addressed the crumbling high school building?"

Talked with a custodian the other day. He said that the district has a major asbestos problem in several buildings but is keeping that quiet because of the cost

Anonymous said...

Call OSHA!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

MAD AS HELL
You mean to tell me that Achramovitch aka (Achram) makes
$11,000 more that the asst. State Comptroller for the entire State of New York overseeing millions of NYS citizens finances. Achram. oversees a tiny school dist of 3800students. Are you F###ing kidding me.

Anonymous said...

ANOM
Concerned Hamburger,our kids need their teachers, they help our kids every day. The two assist principals at the high school are not needed, let Mr. Gallager figure it out. We could do without a number of administrators. Cutting these few positions with their fringe benefits could fund 5 to 6 teachers. Please advocate for out kids, the administration and school board don't have a clue this new guy is full of himself and is a pulling the wool over their eyes.

Go Packers! said...

Is the BOE going lay off teachers just to hire them back with in a few weeks or months? If anybody eliminates a position it should be their own first. BOE and Admin must elimenate themselves because their logic is insane.

Anonymous said...

Fisher Bus can charge more, simply because he can. He is tight with
this administration and others before him. Don't question this item, he is too well entrenched.
Good Luck, this is something that should be considered.

Anonymous said...

KLOZMAN:
YOU ARE THE MAN, A FAN OF YOURS.

K-Street lobbyist said...

Mr. Fisher,

We like how you operate, help run the HS foundation, and get in tight with the district so you can profit off it.

Haliburton said...

A could question to FOIL is whether busing is put up for bid?

Anonymous said...

Who cares if the High School doesn't update the sign out front. Is that part of someones job or do the students run it? Most students don't get away with late work so I assume it's someones job.

Anonymous said...

Lets talk about this March First.

Anonymous said...

For the one who said to CLARIFY.....why not give the special needs students the chance to do more than life skills or whatever else it is the school supposedly offers! These individuals are never given that opportunity. Just the same goals year after year after year....just worded differently on their IEP's! And to top it off....you same people lie to these parents about everything you do for them! If you think we don't see this...you are only fooling yourselves!

Parent of IEP student said...

February 8, 2011 6:35 AM-

If any of your kids have an IEP-- watch out the district sneaks in details without you knowing. Did you know that special ed teachers only help kids in social and sciences classes every other day? My kid is lost, the social teacher is trying, but with 25 kids and 13 special ed in a class what can that teacher do? I didn't even know this was the case until I talked with the teacher.

watch out for your updated IEP. The district may try to sneak other items in so it can cut back on teachers.

Anonymous said...

A lot of people read this blog for many different reasons. If you don't like Concerned Hamburger's thoughts or the comments of followers then quit reading their blog. If honest, hard working citizens of the U.S.A. feel like changing their school system for the better, then God Bless them.

Anonymous said...

Next year Seven will be making more then this year because his contract covers that. He can only go up each year unless he cuts his pay himself.

concernedparent1 said...

I was the one who asked to clarify. I am not defending any of the the districts SPED programs, I simply do not have all of the facts, Therefore I can not possibly form an educated opinion. I am a teacher in a different district. Trust me, I know the pitfalls of special education. I am constantly fighting for my students to receive appropriate services. While I am a fan of this blog, I sometime think we are quick to jump on the band wagon. CH info is correct (as far as I can see), but a lot of us throw in our "inside" info which throws us onto that fine line between fact and fiction. I hope we all are planning on attending the community meeting planned next week at the high school. It should be interesting.

Anonymous said...

Q: Why is the DOE investing in online and blended learning?
A:
DOE is making this investment for a number of reasons.


1. To serve the needs of our kids. NYC students have compelling reasons for wanting to access online courses and instructors, as many of our small schools do not have the staff or budget to offer advanced courses, a variety of language courses, or special electives, and students who are not successful in traditional settings need alternative pathways to success. Online and blended learning tools enable teachers to focus their instruction on the needs of individual students and enable students to move at their own optimal pace.

2. To meet a clear demand. More than 4,000 students in 42 schools are participating in this year’s iLearnNYC pilot. Based on this response and inquiries from other schools, the DOE believes there is significant unmet need for expanded online and blended learning in New York City Schools.


3. To increase student achievement. A recent U.S. Department of Education study showed that students in online and blended learning environments learn better than students receiving only traditional classroom instruction.[1]


4. To meet a new national standard. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia now offer online courses, and over 1 million K-12 students nationally take an online course each year.[2] New York State is one of only five states in the nation that does not provide such resources to its students. Moreover, 20% of all college courses in the U.S. are now online or blended courses, and companies increasingly conduct trainings and professional development online, meaning K-12 students need to develop skills for learning in online environments in order to be successful in college and careers.


[1] US Department of Education. (2009). Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. Washington DC.

[2] Keeping Pace with K12 Online Learning, 2009.

concernedparent1 said...

I also want to add that the SPED program should be appropriate to the developmental and educational needs of the students. There are some kids that truly need to learn essential "life skills", with the hope that they will be able to be semi-independent or independent functioning adults. This is a select and few number of students. This is not the average learning disabled student. In fact I believe that the percent of kids who can graduate w/ an IEP diploma - which is what most life skills kids earn - is controlled by the state. Know that there are different levels of need within the SPED department.

Anonymous said...

Keep class sizes at no more then 22 students per class.

Anonymous said...

Village Police are watching

Anonymous said...

no radar

Mike Mitchell said...

Theres no doubt the Village Police are watching. They can watch all they want. It will give them something to do on their shift. Then perhaps a few more lives can be ruined.

Anonymous said...

The Hamburg Central High School Head Custodian's salary for 2010 was about $52,629. Updated info can be found at seethroughny

atotal fan said...

Send CH the contract asap

Anonymous said...

$170,000 salary for a guy who thinks cuts are our answer!

Anonymous said...

Why did the HCSD paid Mark Crawford like $160,000+ for 09-10 school year? seethroughny

long live our blog said...

Just image the psychological barrier of FEAR that Crawford/Kerr created with their teacher lay offs when they were sitting on 4 million dollars. They targeted a large number of teachers as a ruse, when they really only wanted to target 3 teachers last year. They set them up as examples as to what they can do if you dare VOICE your concerns. The torch has been passed to ACHRAMOVITCH to continue this psychological barrier of FEAR. REMEMBER THE REVOLUTION ON LINE IN EGYPT, all the Egyptians wanted was free speech, when Mubarek blacked out the internet in Egypt, the country exploded into revolution. Once facebook was blocked the Egypticians took to the streets. In a fashion that is what is happening here. Our fundamental constitutional right of FREE SPEECH has been threatened by HARRIS BEACH Achram's legal team . This blog is not destabilizing the school dist. it is opening it up to those who live in psycholigical fear. The culture of FEAR that the past and present administration like to perpetrate. FREE SPEECH IS HERE TO STAY AND SO IS OUR BLOG.

Free Speech said...

long live our blog....you are so right. Imagine Steve sending an email out to staff telling them not to go on this blog.. YOU know why? Because, Don Ogilve hand picked Stevie A to come in an continue the reign of terror. Mr Ogilve, why was your name removed from the Hamburg School Foundation website? 501 C3 records are public...Its a tax code. You and your boys take other peoples money and hide what you do with it Does anyone take notice of the fellers on that Foundation. Andy Who, where are you? The village judge et al.

One on the way said...

Hamburg's Students deserve a world class education not some cut up program to save money.

K-5 said...

Cut Sports and Pay The Teachers until the State Aid problem is fixed. Sports need to be funded after Education! Vote for change may make it worse, let's fix it now with whom ever.

Anonymous said...

The Business and Budget Hotheads need to go. They say junk like "The State of NY has cut back on school funding so now we need to pass the BUCK." Stop this madness and borrow some money for our Childrens sake. HSCD may borrow funds to keep the level of Education at par or above.