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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Budget Adoption

This evening,  Hamburg Central School District Board of Education will vote to adopt the 2011-12 school budget.  

Flashback
 April 22, 2010 Board of Education Adoption of 2010-11 school budget:
Projected $5.5 million budget gap, 
12.7 teachers laid off  
(the Board of Education meets in secret to review architecture plans for the proposed art-music entertainment theatre, meanwhile the roof is in risk of collapsing at Boston Valley Elementary School)
Mr. Bagley estimates the school district would have a $2.4 million fund balance at year's end June 30, 2010


THE BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO ADOPT THE 2010-2011 SCHOOL BUDGET AYES 7, NAYES 0 


REALITY CHECK
June 30, 2010 Hamburg Central Schools ended the school fiscal year (July1-June 30) with a $4.2 million  fund balance (audit report by Lumsden and McCormick)

Wait a minute?
 In April 2010 the Board of Education was facing a proposed $5.5 million budget gap, but 60 days later the bank account had an accumulated fund balance of $4.2 million.  That is a $9.7 million dollar difference.
Question:  How did this happen?

In the Spring of 2011 the voters will be asked to pass a bond issue in the amount of $34.7 million for necessary repairs to the buildings around the district.
Question: What happened the entertainment complex? And why weren't these necessary repairs made before they got so bad? Where was Dr. Crawford when the buildings were crumbling? 

In reviewing the Board of Education Minutes, that the district FINALLY put online, there is a glaring issue that ought to be addressed.
Question: Why does each Board Member always vote AYE?  Do any of them have an original thought or a backbone?  




52 comments:

Roman said...

Is Nero Fiddling near by?

BJ Thomas said...

Dumber than Dumb....Where is Drew Carey? We have a motion picture in Hamburg. Let us guess.... 7 Ayes, ZERO Nays. Was OZ behind the curtain pulling the strings?

Anonymous said...

You well heeled big wheel, ha ha charade you are.

village taxpayer said...

Too bad there wasn't any response from the Media on this.I guess it wasn't a big enough story.It would only take a little media pressure and there would be more of an outcry in Hamburg.(maybe)

Anonymous said...

First of all thank you for the minutes on line. Now we need to stop voting these consensus items. No one knows what is voted on, spell out all your actions and stop being secretive. Remember we are suppost to be informed and part of the process.

Anonymous said...

No, since they all rubber stamp everything, I'd say not they don't have an original thought.

oz in the driver's seat said...

Oz is pulling all the strings, the only person that knows this is achramovitch. The school board is kept in the dark, they think this new guy is in the drivers seat when in actually it is Ogilvie.

they lie said...

They lie obviously

RSB said...

Because they are BOBBLE HEADS all members of the RUBBER STAMP BOARD.

Anonymous said...

The timeline is excellent. The information is very intersting. Do you think that the same process of claiming a deficit, terminating teachers and ending up with a surplus will happen again this year? Does the State's reduction in funding of Hamburg and the other Districts make any difference? Did the Board pass the budget last night? I didn't see Hamburg mentioned in the Buffalo News this morning.

Anonymous said...

When is the school board election? Who is officially running? Any teachers?

Anonymous said...

The nine million dollar difference is because not one of them can do basic math; and just think they are running our school district.

voices said...

Hey; I heard some school board members speak last week at a meeting, they all actually have voices.

budget passed said...

Yes the sb passed the budget. Yes they can do this again next year. Scared the devil out of a lot of us I don't know if my nerves could take this again.

the butcher the bake and the candlestick maker said...

As long as the community keeps buying all the lies, they will keep playing games. Ed Osbourne, Peter Roswell and T. Bagley should be paraded down S. Buffalo Street with dunce caps on. Crawford is a Coward, a liar and a fraud...and West Seneca is on to him. Get that FAS Mark Crawford and hit the NYS Pension gravy train with the whole lot of the other crooks!

Cliffy back said...

Just heard that administration is back at our union leadership again. Cliff H. back he is a good friend of Achramovitch, and will sell us out for whatever he asks for. Remember he retired with a salary of #110,000. Ask youself how did he get so much more than our top salary. Answer, he was bought and paid for by admin building. Just imagine leadership the adm wants that doesn't represent teachers or staff but themselves.

overhead brain damage said...

Maybe Stevie achramos brain overheated from the overhead lightbulb when student teaching for cliff huen.

not all districts are RSB's said...

Not all school board rubber stamp all resolutions. Orchard Park board member David Nielsen voted against the majority. Kenmore-Tonawanda vote 4 to 1 Melissa Brinson voted no "I cannot perform as a rubber stamp on the process" Brinson stated. Sweet Home 4-1 Trustee Dirk Rabenold cast lone dissenting vote. Not all school districts are like Hamburg, there is discussion and dialogue. Yes our budget did pass last night, and fortunately some teaching postions have been restored and for this we are grateful. We have to remember that there are still some of our fellow teachers who have pink slips in this fragile economy.

Anonymous said...

Hey Marijuana stays with you for 6 months. Be careful

union pleasant said...

Female teacher, friend of female administrator running for union office, guess who is behind this move. Administrator afraid of losing her job?

Anonymous said...

Oh no not Cliff again. Why, I thought that he was retired. What is his deal?

guess who this is about? said...

cannabis is illegal, some need to be made aware of this. sold some of own down the river. no respect from us.

outrage in niag/wheatfield said...

Outrage in Niag Wheatfield, teacher layoffs and Superintendant gets raise. 24 lay offs. Supt. raise of $8,000. plus benefits and raise for the other administrators.
This is what is anticipated here in our district.

loud and clear said...

Thank you for this information, if you wouldn't have put it in this format we would have never known how much they played us. The past and present supers only wanted to dupe us and use this little tool to target some teachers that may be on there I don't like list. I get it now.

Anonymous said...

The BIGGEST CON was Mark Crawford, that is why we are in this sad state of affairs. I'm not going to sing this new guys praise, but he did walk into a mess. Where do we find all these supt.? I guess next time we better not have Donald OZ do our pick for supt.

parent said...

Concerned,

I can't thank you enough for keeping us in the loop, thus informed. I can't imagine how much is put into all this information. Thanks again
parent

Anonymous said...

Dr. Crawford may have jumped ship early, but he is not a fraud and he is not a liar. It was Osbourne and Roswell (with Bagley folowing directives) who ran the $$$ down to a deficit. Crawford walked into a s___ storm. Osbourne never disclosed how bad the finances were to Crawford. Crawford did his best and I wish he was still here. He is a visionary.

Anonymous said...

Who is running for the Board?

Village Coffee said...

Crawford is NOT a LIAR??? He had you fooled. Tell the teachers that he lied about that he is truthful. He is a sneaky self-serving man, who has no business being near children. He is a classic short man. I think napoleon alerted the world to the nature of short men. He spent Hamburg Taxpayer money to travel to Africa with Wicklax, and I heard pounded bottles of whiskey while there. He comes off caring about humanity, but behind closed doors is a liar and has ruined the lives of many people. Hamburg community, you are too trusting and nice, learn to open your eyes to the truth.

know him well said...

I would say that Donald Ogilvie is the BIGGIST CON of them all. He is sly and conniving. Know him well.

dishonesty prevails unfortunately said...

Osbourne and Roswell have been gone now for 5 years and I agree that Tom Bagley was given directives. Crawford didn't help the situation and Osbourne probably didn't give him a clear picture. Some in the district believe that a lot more shadyness went on that they don't want us the taxpayer to know. Some in the know have even suggested that one board member possibly operated illegally or at best unethically.

The school board never questioned any of these actions, as stated by other writers they just accept what is told them without questioning anything. This is what has gotten this district into trouble. Just look at the negative audits from the State Comptroller's Office. It is all telling, can't deny what went on. The school board is ultimately to blame, these supt's work for the school board not the other way around. and the school board works for us the taxpayer. If the business of the district was done honestly in the public arena with public scrutiny this wouldn't happened. Who ultimately suffers with this kind of mismanagement is our kids and their teachers. I agree anyone that is an incumbent should be voted out. Just for the simple fact that they did nothing to stop this train wreck. Conducting business dishonestly and in secret is against the law.

Anonymous said...

Crawford did nothing for Hamburg but collect a pay check. What he let happen behind the scene is what contributed to our districts problems.

Hey, remember when the Board and the taxpayers use to think Osbourne and Roswell walked on water. Well we don't think so any more do we? Well time will tell the same for Mark Crawford and all that he let happen during his watch. Glad he is gone, and yes he is dishonest, I agree with previous writer.

Anonymous said...

We were all blind sighted by Osbourne and Roswell as well as Crawford. I have heard a lot not just here but from my dear friends in education and I am shocked what is not out on this blog yet. I agree we need to elect new people to the board, because we cannot conduct business as usual anymore.

class of 2010 EMT said...

The school board tried to target our health teacher last year, now again this year. This is becoming an alarming pattern.

Calkins lol said...

"The Hamburg Central School Board is pleased to announce the unanimous (6-0) appointment of Steven A. Achramovitch as the new superintendent of schools, effective immediately. Mr. Achramovitch had been serving as Hamburg's interim superintendent since late August.
School Board President Dr. Joan G. Calkins said that Mr. Achramovitch has demonstrated strong leadership in the short time he's been with the district and that the board is confident he can take the Hamburg Schools “from good to great.” She added that Mr. Achramovitch's experience, skills and commitment are the best match in light of instructional, fiscal and labor relations issues faced by the district."

Right...

say your kidding said...

are you kidding me lol,

he is going to bankrupt our district. Lives in another district what does he care? "Take this district from good to great" is that what Calkins said. He was canned from his two previous districts as supt. what would make you think Dr Calkins that anything is different here?

teacher friend said...

Great information, thanks again for this blog. We have a place where we can vent without total persecution. Teacher Friend

Anonymous said...

SCUM BAGS THEY ARE

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Ogilvie is paid by our district, since he is so involved and meddling in our district affairs? No Achramovitch we are not talking about your affairs again.

Anonymous said...

The only skill he LAYS skill to is with the ladies. What a way to go Achramo

Achramo fiddling said...

Achramo
"Like Nero fiddling while Rome burns, they are pontificating while children's lives-and the health of a community-become toast". Buffalo News

we know something about ed. said...

Perhaps Hamburg could model what it means to trust teachers as educational professionals and allow them to collaborate with principals to develop and be responsible for curriculum.

A supt. who spent only 3 to 4 years in a classroom and administrators so out of the classroom loop need to step back and listen to us teachers. We know what our students need.

Conflict of Interest said...

When Calkins said Achramo will "take us from good to great" what she really meant was "he's buying my sister's writing program."

Count on it said...

I agree with you, "we know something about ed." This district does not value the knowledge of the teachers. They are making HUGE decisions right now without considering teacher input. As you stated, the people making the decisions have little or no classroom experience and are detached from teaching reality. Our children WILL suffer as a direct result. When their poor decision making all blows up in their faces, guess who they'll blame? You got it, they'll blame the teachers who knew better in the first place.

junior said...

same girl high at school every time she shows up. does drugs at the wooden play ground before school we see her and we reported her to guidence no one at school does anything. my mom and her pta friends about to go nuts at school.

drugs said...

U can get any drug you want at our school even the middle school

Anonymous said...

Follow the yellow brick road...

me said...

fast times at ridgemont high(hamburg).

Anonymous said...

class of 2010 EMT said...

No one targeted your beloved EMT teacher. He kept his job.... Again, more secrets of the RSB...

North Street Resident said...

Is Hamburg asleep? Read the morning Bflo News and see how the community is taking back the schools. What a great thing. Hamburg community needs to take back the high school and rid it of the drugs that kids sell in the halls when they should be in class. And the principal, hides it!

This Hurts said...

Our education system has little idea how to cultivate its most promising students. Since well before the Bush Administration began using the impossibly sunny term "no child left behind," those who write education policy in the U.S. have worried most about kids at the bottom, stragglers of impoverished means or IQs. But surprisingly, gifted students drop out at the same rates as nongifted kids--about 5% of both populations leave school early.

EMT Scranton said...

HTA has an ad in todays Sun ( a useless rag), but the union did come out to support the budget. My friend is a teacher, and I know there were several teachers at Hamburg upset that some in the union prevented the endorsement of Holly and Sally. The few who got in the way are puppets of the administration. In fact, some of these puppets are now running to take over the HTA and make them the puppets of the Achramovitch jerk. The HTA has never been stronger...

I say, vote for sally and holly...they get stuff done and will an honest eye for the public.