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Friday, April 22, 2011

Achramo: WNY Man of Mystery

The hiring of Achramo gets more and more mysterious. 
  1. On January 12, 2010 the Greece CSD Board of Education accepted the retirement of Steven Achramovitch, effective 7/01/10 [click here for minutes].  Achramovitch salary at Greece was $210,000
  2. On August 12, 2010 the RSB  RESOLVED, that the President of the Hamburg Central School District Board of Education is hereby directed and authorized to sign an Employment Agreement with Steven Achramovitch to serve as the District's Interim Superintendent [click here for minutes]. BOE did not disclose the amount it approved to pay Achramovitch to serve as Interim Superintendent.  
  3. On December 14, 2010, in a SPECIAL MEETING, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Hamburg Central School District appoint Steven A. Achramovitch as Superintendent of Schools for a term of employment commencing December 15, 2010 and ending June 30, 2014 and further authorize Dr. Joan G. Calkins to execute an employment agreement consistent with the appointment of Mr. Achramovitch. (Roll Call Vote) [click here for minutes]. Salary of Achramovitch $170,000.
  4. Unknown date, Achramo applies for a retirement waiver from the NYS Department of Education [click here and search Steven Achramovitch].
  5. On March 8, 2011 the Greece CSD Board of Education accepted the resignation of Steven Achramovitch, effective 2/10/11 [click here for minutes].  
Oddly enough there is nothing in the RSB minutes to reflect Achramovitch needing a waiver to work in Hamburg.  According to the NYSED.gov website
Q: In what instances may a request for approval of a retiree be submitted?
A: An application may be submitted where a temporary need exists and a thorough and good faith search for a non-retired individual to fill the position has not yet been successful.  All certified non-retired candidates for the position must first be considered. The position must have been broadly advertised, taking into consideration the location of the district.  The recruitment effort for a permanent employee must continue during the service of the interim employee.

An application may also be submitted in an emergency/extraordinary situation requiring an immediate interim appointment, which precludes the district from conducting as thorough a search as would ordinarily be conducted.  In this case, a description of the selection process the district uses to identify a temporary employee is to be included with the application.

Q: Are there other circumstances where an application for employment of a retiree is not required?
A: Yes. If the retiree’s earnings from public employment will remain under the maximum amount permitted by the Retirement and Social Security Law during the calendar year of employment (at present this amount is $30,000), or if the retiree has the retirement system of which he or she is a member suspend his or her benefits, approval of employment is not required. 

[click here for information about the waiver process].
IS THIS THE KIND OF ABUSE OF THE NYS PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM THAT GIVES HARD WORKING, MODESTLY PAID PUBLIC SERVANTS A BAD NAME?  

50 comments:

Klozman said...

If I interpret the written word correctly, Achramo was appointed illegally, either through complicity or ignorance of the law. In either case, and considering Hamburger's accurate research, all involved should lose their jobs. Who and where is the state level watchdog that is supposed to prevent such travesty?

Den of Thieves said...

I think it has been well established that the man is questionable. I am sure he is using Harris Beach to guide him through the mine field of "legally" "taking" outrageous amounts of money from taxpayers. Sadly, Hamburg sleeps while this man recommended to the RSB, a collective of negligent bums, to cut and dice the long serving honest teachers. Or maybe he is consulting with David Hoover, Don Ogilve's right hand man, who had is own run in with the State over collecting pension benefits. When will the taxpayers of Hamburg WAKE UP?

PAY FREEZE said...

And now he is going to ask us for a pay freeze. I will show him the letter Crawford wrote after asking us before, and having the Union's rep read him the riot act...

Lake Shore Teachers said...

I am surprised that the teachers had the nerve to read Crawford the "riot act". For what I have heard at NYSUT meetings Hamburg Teachers think its best to play nice with BOE, despite their stupity and that they break the laws. Word on the street is that the Article 78 charges filed against the district were made in favor of the resident who filed them. The BOE was NOT following open meetings laws, despite Dr Calkins saying in public and ON record that they do. When will the teachers realize they need to speak loudly because if not, they will continue to look like fools. Speak out teachers, and you really need to support Sally Stephenson, and Holly B. If Flynn gets on the BOE, he will be another Achramo/Ogilvie bobbling head.

Klozman said...

Lake Shore Teachers...how certain are you that that there is an Article 78 court decision favoring Sally S.(it has already been noted in prior entries that she was bringing this action). Hamburger, how about getting to the bottom of this? I'm getting ready to light up this Blog.

crooks said...

Yes this kind of abuse give public employees a bad name. The average NYS pension is $13,000. a year not what these crooks are getting.

investigate oz said...

Donald Oglilvie should be investigated. I served on that search comm for supt.and I can tell you he was not our choice. Out of the number that applied there were many good candidates for supt. Achramovitch was not one of them. We were discussed that he was allowed to apply after the deadline, we asked why? Don said "you're going to like this guy, trust me". What a SHAM and a waste of our time. Concerned Hamburger group FOIL REQUEST the vote even possibly bring on an investigation of Don and this our school board. Subeona the members of the search committee. Demand that you get the actual emails from ERIE 1 BOCES Chief Donand Oz. Stop this fraud, remember Don makes over a QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS of our hard earned money. He wants these tainted guys that owe him, essentially controls them, and in the end retains his power structure. This school board needs to be investigated for dereliction of duty to our school dist.

bad faith appointment said...

Thank you concerned for great post. As I read it the new Superinatendant is here illegally. He has been appointed in bad faith. Just as illegal as their violation of the open meetings laws. Dr. Calkins and the rest of the school board owe our community an apology.

Anonymous said...

dishonest, manipulative and creepy achramo and oz

Anonymous said...

Show Oz an d achramovitch the door stat.

atotal fan said...

Steve will be asking all staff to vote on wage freeze or loose more jobs... I Heard he has already talked about it to some.

dumber than dumb said...

Wage Freeze??? This must be a joke. The BOE only 4 months ago agreed to pay Steve 170K, more than Crawford made and more than ROswell made. And they gave him an OPEN checkbook to send hundreds of thousands of dollars to Harris Beach to coverup his illegal actions and those of Crawford, Kerr, et al. Please! these people are plain stupid.

Beasts of England said...

If they freeze my pay and lie much more, I may loose all hope and become angry, crazy, etc. Back to the doctor for more drugs as I have amused myself to death.

Anonymous said...

Still too much admin. Cut there first. They have no effect on classrooms.

Sally was right said...

Klozman,
you can take it to the bank that
Supreme Court Justice Devlin ruled in Mrs. Stephenson's favor. The School Board has been having illegal executive meetings.

Congratulations Sally, all along they mocked her claiming that their meetings were legal.

is he here illegally,fraud said...

Concerned, if he is taking his NYS retirement, and it has not been more than a year since his retirement than he is here in our district illegally. Concerned get to the bottom of this OZ deal and expose them both.

Happy Easter said...

Happy Easter

Concerned Hamburger

Klozman said...

“O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

Sally Stephenson est nulli secunda. This wonder of a mere mortal, who, in court, challenged the ignominious, corrupt Achramo/RSB for violating the Open Meetings Law, has emerged victorious! That smug, fraudulent, deceitful mob of charlatans deposited a considerable chunk of change in the Harris Beach coffers in a futile attempt to both discredit Sally and continue manipulating the law for their personal benefit; all the while perpetuating your ignorance through their clandestine strategies. And, for this injudicious employ of your taxes, you pay the aspiring law-breaker Achramo $170,000 a year and elect seven sycophants whose greatest achievement is to genuflect in his presence. Those numskulls should have heeded the Hogwarts motto vis-à-vis dragons: “Draco Dormiens Numquam Titillandus” (Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon). Their first major blunder occurred when, with malice aforethought, they unjustly terminated Lindsey S. through furtive manipulation most foul. Their second gaffe was to assume that their respective positions in the educational system positioned them above the law. The Gang of Eight has been dealt a severe blow. The Star Chamber will dissolve! Taking into account the excellent expose from Hamburger, it becomes far more evident that the Super illegally gained his position through the machinations of Oz. Sic Transit Gloria Achrami.

Dingus Smingus said...

Klozman, SWF wants to Polka all night long with you!!! You are my fantasy, your brilliance makes my heart and feet want to dance. Please strike me with a pussy willow, and I will squirt back with my supersoaker. The rite of spring is upon us. Today is the moment! Daj Mi Buzi.

Jabberwocky said...

Klozman, a Lewis Carroll Scholar and language genius!!! I will be awaiting a dance as well, if your dance card has a spot.

Klozman said...

ACHRAWOCKY

Beware the Achrawock brave Sal
The lies that soothe, the plots that hatch
Beware the throbbing jub that shuns
No lust loving maidencatch

She held her mighty pen in hand
Long that foe’s demise she sought
She rested near a maple tree
So brilliant in her thought

In contemplation as she stood
The Achrawock with groin aflame
Burst forth into the neighborhood
And blathered as it came

Now, to wit, the fight was joined
That potent pen struck firm the mark
The Achrawock no more ablaze
Found refuge in the gathering dark

Brave Sal has crushed the Achrawock
Hugs all around, let’s not be coy
O splendid day! Hurrah! Hurray!
All clamored with great joy

Anonymous said...

Klozman, do you dance like you write?

crosby said...

what happens if a board of education violates the open meetings law?? what happens if a superintendent was illegally appointed?? i would like action not rulings....what can be done, by the public or the courts/law???

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your thoughts about Achramo and our RSB.

Hat's off to Klozman said...

"'I'd rather finish my tea,'
said the Hatter."

Anonymous said...

Why is the public all over teachers and staff for "eating up" tax dollars when this guy is riding the taxpayers' backs and laughing at us. What action will come of this? Now that a court ruled in favor of Sally, what does that mean for us. These people should be censured and made step down. Unbelievable, What an abuse of power. They are just big fish in a little pond.

Sick and Tired said...

Ambassadors Secret Society met again tonight in SECRET (duh) Patty Brunner Collins brother from Pizza Baron hand delivered free pizza to the group around 7. Why would anyone, drive from Boston to Armor with gas at over $4.00 per gallon to deliver a very small order of food? Perhaps someone who gets a big TIP????? Teachers should not buy their pizza from Pizza Baron as the owner verbally attacked one of our own, while the teacher was in his establishment buying food. Talk about biting the hand that feeds, or perhaps there is a secret hand on Abbott Rd.

Anonymous said...

The ambassadors are a group of volunteers who are trying to help. I guess no one is off limits to the ananymous attacks of this crew. They don't stand to gain a thing. And, Bob Brunner is one of the most generous people in Hamburg. He does more for Hamburg and the District than anyone running for the Board could ever do. His efforts on behalf of the Alumni Association have been nothing less than stellar. He has given literally thousands of dollars to support good things for the District's students, including free pizzas, free meeting places, gifts to fundraisers, etc. You all should be ashamed. His sister's participation on the Board has nothing to do withhis sense of generosity. I will continue to support Mr. Brunner and his establishments.

Anonymous said...

Ambassadors should ask where the staff is and why achramo axed them for the secret club. No one doubts the Brunner generosity, but its a two way street.

Anonymous said...

According to the logic of the person who wrote that teachers shouldn't support the Pizza Baron no teachers should be participating in or attending this week's Music Festival. Members of the Ambassadors' group have been active in putting the festival on. In that they are alleged to be some sort of secretive set of bad people, we shouldn't support their efforts. This is the case even though the money raised from the festival goes to support the music program at the District. The money is maintained by the School Foundation for the benefit of those who put the festival together. And, of course, we all know that all of the members of the Foundation board are also bad, mean and evil people too. So, don't go to the Music Festival and don't support any of their generous sponsors. It's all a grand conspiracy; the Festival's goal is to hurt teachers.

Anonymous said...

Yes Mr. Brunner did attack teachers, blaming them for all the districts financial problems. Yes he may be a generous, businessman, but for him to blame teachers for the present tax situation is foolish. His sister Ms. Brunner/Collins is to blame for the district financial situation, she is the power behind this mess, not the teachers.

Anonymous said...

The ambass. group was appointed in secret and meets in secret. They recommend what programs go and what programs stay. The supt and sb certainly doesn't want anyone with educational knowledge on that secret board. As an earlier writer posted, the ambass group is only being used to justify what achramo and his group of 7 want anyway. So teachers you were lied to (suprise) by the Supt. Nothing new to that item, just check with his two previous districts, they will tell you right out that "he will lie to you even though he knows that you know that he is lying". from Greece former school dist.

Judge Devlin opened the door said...

To Crosby said,

Sally Stephenson can do a lot of things with what has just happened in Judge Devlin's Supreme Court. Since she is the successful petitioner in the school district's violation of open meetings laws (illegal meetings) she does have options available to her, but it is up to her to pursue. Judge Devlin opened the door for her. Give her a call she is a wealth of information.

Anonymous said...

Another silver spooner on the school board (owner of car dealership) I hope not.

discusted taxpayer said...

Did he or did he not retire? If he did he must go. Taxpayer

maintain said...

I work hard to support my family. Actually work two jobs, this is a time to step back and say to myself and everyone, how much time do I have for leisure, 2 jobs, kids, housework, and now another tax increase. Step back we are not all wealthy and are having a difficult time just maintaining. I want to enjoy life a little more and this group is keeping me from it. My school tax bill is half of my total taxes. Going Under Fast you are affecting my life and my kids life.

Klozman said...

Perhaps someone in the know could explain why highly a over-compensated administrator is hired and a BOE is elected to act upon administrative and budgetary issues, yet a group of "volunteers" dubbed "ambassadors" (interesting moniker) exists, and meets, sub rosa, to craft suggestions and decisions that should lie exclusively within the purview of the Achramo/RSB.

Malpfie said...

Klozman, The Banks do this. Give ordinary humdrum folk a title, " Vice President" in banking parlance, or " Ambassador" in Ozzie/Osbourne jargon, and they become giants in their own mind. They know little about school finance. My guess, the hamburg ambassadors were set up by the chamber of commerce, or rotary (code words for: teacher/education haters)

Anonymous said...

This guy is really starting to creep me out. You have it right he isn't telling us everything, what else is he hiding? I'm concerned.

what gives said...

It looks like the dude is double dipping. Greece school dist accepted resignation on 2/2011 in actual minutes Greece school board. What is his deal or does Oz give him special priviledges? Help us out with this one Concerned.

Anonymous said...

Ya , this kind of abuse with the New York State pension system is what gives us low level employees a bad name.

Klozman said...

My position on the "Ambassadors" is that if they are engaged in any activity intended exclusively for elected or salaried officials then they are acting illegally. In fact, I see no legitimate basis whatsoever for their existence. Sounds to me like someone is attempting to avoid or circumvent responsibility.

Black Sabbath said...

hahahahaha (Don) Ozzie (Ed) Osbourne are the authors of this corruption. Its been going on for years.

Support Bella's instead said...

Well teachers BELLA PIZZA is just around the corner from BRUNNER'S PIZZERIA. The owner of BELLA'S
AT 5699 Herman Hill Rd. is a generous man to. I'm sure BELLA's will appreciate our business.

abusing their power said...

How I see it, if you do things right and legally you wouldn't have these problems. I myself know that you violate me I am coming back at you, so good for any of us who are successful stopping this ABUSE OF POWER. A sincere thank you. Solidarity

Anonymous said...

Good for anyone who stops this abuse.

Anonymous said...

How I see it the Board and Supt. picked on the wrong person at the wrong time. Glad that Sally fought back, and pushed back on their bullying. Anyone who doesn't defend against a lie will be a continual victim. Klozman you are spot on about Achramo, you know him well.

Anonymous said...

So glad Sal is back> Worked with Sal on the transportation item for the County League of Woman Voters. We inherited this item from the wonderful and gifted Lorraine Sabin who had passed away. We had a great time, tough shoes to fill, Lorraine was superior. We did it, then on to the inititive and referrundum issue. Sal you are back at it again. I'm not a bit surprised that you challenged this board on this issue, good job again. I'm glad that my friend put me onto this site, quite a bit here. Good luck and my vote. Love Liz

please investigate said...

Ok Concerned Group,
did some digging myself. Need someone to investigate further. In the State Education Acramovitch as it reads

RETIREMENT WAIVER, status pending.

What is with this? If what I read we may have a problem with his employment here in the dist. Please have someone dig further, thanks.

Anonymous said...

in·ad·vert·ent/ˌinədˈvərtnt/Adjective
1. Not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning; unintentional.
2. (of a mistake) Made through lack of care; negligent

Upon reading the district's response to the court decision:
Since when did the word "inadvertent" mean "minor"? And the judgement said "inadvertent and numerous". So can we please get some members on this board that will not be repeatedly negligent of the rights of Hamburg taxpayers?