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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bond Issue?

Thank you to the District for posting the building conditions survey [click here for survey].  However, I am extremely suspicious that the survey posted online is not the actual presentation delivered to the Board by Scott Jones & Tim Mertzlufft on March 1st.  Why the need to rewrite the report?  How can we trust that this survey accurately reflects the actual report?  I'm sorry if I sound skeptical, I just have a hard time trusting this Board and Administration when I believe they are dishonest and attempt to thwart public expression and knowledge.


One another note, is anyone on the Board going to address why the buildings were left to fall into disrepair while pushing a bond issue on the taxpayer to build a turf field with lights?  Now this Board is going to have to put another bond issue before the public, only this time the health and safety of our children is at risk.  I find it utterly irresponsible and neglectful that the Board allowed the buildings to deteriorate.  The level of incompetence never ceases to amaze me.


Oh and by the way, HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY.  Enjoy the JibJab

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39 comments:

Michael Flatley said...

I think I saw Greg W. wear that outfit to a RSB meeting!! Well done CH!!!

The Romans said...

fixing roofs is not sexy and you don't get public adoration for doing the basics. Building a first class FB field with lights gives the former Supt and the RSB star power.


"Bread and circuses" keep the people happy.

Anonymous said...

This BOE is so incompetent. They really have no idea what is going on. Talk about reactionary. Too bad that reaction results in sucking taxpayer dollars.

Anonymous said...

The new athletic field was a wise purchase. The State paid all but 300,000 which the District will pay over a 10 year period of time. Girls sports needed the field to be done. Ask Sally if she thinks it was a good idea for girls sports.
The choice all districts face is to lay-off teachers/staff or obtain concessions from the unions.

Anonymous said...

The football field is nice, but why didn't the district do a bond yrs. ago for all the repairs. All staff, teachers, buildings and grounds , custodial knew the buildings were in sad shape.

Anonymous said...

"The choice all districts face is to lay-off teachers/staff or obtain concessions from the unions."

How about cut at the top? No Abbott rd administrator has been cut yet. If we can share an A.D., we can share useless positions such as curriculum.

Really? said...

Why would the field be necessary only for girls? How is it more important than safety? These buildings are falling apart. Windows have fallen on people already! A roof could collapse on a building full of elementary school children, but you are going to say the field was a wise choice? I don't care how little you think they paid for it. That was money that should have been spent on building repairs for the sake of SAFETY. Sorry, but safety should come before ANY sports.

Anonymous said...

They are cutting one administrator. Apparently they gave him the courtesy of notifying him. Well, apparently there was nothing courteous about the way they cut him.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, they cut the one guy he district needs to bring us out of the stone ages. Good thing we spent thousands getting students email.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine OP wanting to share anything.

Anonymous said...

People just threw a dig about girls sports because they are simple minded and think that they know what motivates people.

Anonymous said...

Teachers were not cut yet. They have to sweat it out another few weeks.

Anonymous said...

Achramo needs to voluntarily cut his salary.

Anonymous said...

Oh wait, he can't he needs to pay the rising gas prices for his SUV as he drive in from Rochester every day.

Anonymous said...

At least Roswell lived in our community and actually had a stake in its well being. Achramo doesn't care and is just collecting a pay check.

Anonymous said...

Girls' fields were cruddy and unsafe. They are no longer. The new field was cheap and smart by Crawford. Roswell/Osbourne failed to tax enough, spend right or bond work that now must be done. We need a large capital bond as bldgs must be repaired. Teachers/staff need to get out ahead and offer concessions. There's no other choice.

Anonymous said...

People were more than happy to help fund the football field. It passed fairly easily if I remember correctly. Not only is it state of the art but it also lets several sports play in one place. And if they're Varsity, you pay for them. Not to mention last year Hamburg hosted the Sectional track meet. Now that we have a suitable venue to host an event of that scale (40+ schools from around the area) we are considered "on the rotation" to host more events like it. That means money. So yes, the school buildings need to be repaired, but don't forget what good the new field has brought.

Been there, done that already said...

"Teachers/staff need to get out ahead and offer concessions. There's no other choice."

Already happened. Teachers bailed RSB and past Supts out of 2 recent financial blunders. Hamburg staff has 2nd lowest pay in E.C. and highest % towards H.C.

What needs to happen is to cut Administrators at Abbott rd. building The tech coord was cut, A.D. will be shared with OP. but those guys don't operate out of Abbott Rd. Curriculum director is useless position. Personnel is limited since there will be few hires. The supt and 1 asst(if that) is all we need to take care of these duties. Also fire CFO and share CFO position with another district. Our CFO has made too many mistakes. Or let Supt handle that job as well.

Anonymous said...

The question is not the football field, that is great and used by many. The issue is that the RSB and past superintendents did not take care of basic needs. The football field made Crawford look good, but fixing roofs isn't good for P.R.

Mad Mom said...

The teachers and staff already saved the district a substantial amount of money when they agreed to switch to one insurance carrier a few years ago. They are also lowest paid in Erie County and have the most expensive health care. How much more do you want in terms of concessions??? How long do you expect the staff to keep bailing out the incompetent individuals making these poor decisions? The change needs to come from the top. The way money is being spent and decisions are being made. We need people in charge that have our children's best interest at heart.

atotal fan said...

lol! That is a good one... Good to see you have some humor left in you....

Anonymous said...

The Field was the largest waste of money that our Town, County, State, and Country did not have. It's China's field because our taxes pay for WAR. We borrow from China like the BOE robs children of a grade A education.

dude pay for your own gas not my tax $$$ said...

We better not be paying for this dude's gas. FOIL request the information from the district and post it back, we would like to know.

sally fan said...

To anonymous 3/18 7:39am
Sally Stephenson has nothing to do with this school board,or the mess this district is in. Sally knows the open meetings and freedom of information laws, and for that matter the NYS Ed law, so school board members, she at least will bring something to this board that is sadly lacking if she is elected (knowledge). Yes knowledge in the education field, heaven forbid.

concerned fan said...

laughed my a** off.
more serious note, need you to keep up the good work with your informed news on the district. I have obtained more here than at the web page for the dist. I want the facts not the spoon feeding of the school dist.

Anonymous said...

Reminder,
not giving opinion on the sporting field. Would like to point out that the school dist held the vote for the football field or sports field I believe on July 3rd. Just imagine how many of us were away for the vote. Their timing was deliberate.

concernedparent1 said...

While athletics are essential to creating the "well rounded students", the primary purpose of schools is to provide an education. Priorities. When I am short on money, I skip the treats at the grocery store. BTW - the bond for the field was voted on and passed over the summer. I know I was away. Just saying...

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you missed that vote. It wasn't needed.

Anonymous said...

Great show the RSB is at least doing something productive dancing.

Anonymous said...

Meeting tonight,
told us nothing but the same o same o. Sad many of us teachers have a lot to say, but FEAR we will be targeted. What a sad state of affairs for our district when we feel intiminated by the bully's on the board who are pointing the trigger at us. Fellow teachers make sure that you bow before Greg W. so you don't offend his ego or he will taze you out of a job.

Anonymous said...

This is all a front to get the creative arts addition to the high school. This has been in the works for over a year. They will let 30 teachers got to get a performance center!

concernedparent1 said...

Yes, the field passed in a landslide, but I'm curious to know what percentage of the district voted.

Anonymous said...

People who were strongly for or strongly against were the ones who came out. If everyone in the district cared enough then they all would've come out to vote. Who cares what the turnout was.

morning joe said...

That's what they do after the door is shut...

Anonymous said...

The School Board should not discuss who is going to be let go in a public setting. Its not fair to the people who might get the axe. If my friend who is a teacher gets terminated I dont want her to learn about it from someone else other than the pricipal at her school in a private meeting. Am I missing something?

I sympathize said...

Yes there is something wrong with this. It is against the law to have any of these meetings in private no matter how difficult they are. It is not what you want or the school district wants, it is what the law reads. This is a black and white issue. Unfortunately livelyhoods and careers are involved and this is emotional. My frineds are being cut also and I hate it.

window dressing said...

The truth is out ,
30 teachers, 23 teacher aids or clerical staff. $34.7 million capital project,two employees from administration and maintenance $50,000 cut to athletics, Tax increase of 6.8%. Achramovitch said "To that end,a number of sessions are scheduled for residents to learn more about and respond to the district's planned capital project and school budget". Their decisions have been made so all these meeting are just window dressing.

Anonymous said...

The turf field had nothing to do with the tax payers money.

Get a Clue said...

Whomever keeps this facade that the turf field had nothing to do with taxpayers' monies must cease at once. The District presented voters with a very conveniently timed bond issue because the taxpayers would have to foot some of the bill. Operative word some. Now, with a 5 million dollar project that some amount is almost 1 million. the other 4 million, well that comes out of the taxes we pay to the state. Either way, school taxes or state taxes, it is your money.