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Friday, April 22, 2011

School Board Candidates

Four candidates will compete for two open seats.
  1. Thomas Flynn III
  2. Holly Balaya
  3. Sally Stephenson
  4. Gary Klumpp
Noticeably absent are current board members Greg Wichlacz and Casey Neyman.  I wonder why they are not running?

43 comments:

Klozman said...

It is essential that both Holly and
Sally be elected. A motion to raise issues for discussion requires seconding. The current board members, under the aegis of Achramo, will continue to do all in their power to avoid
transparency; ergo, with the possible exception of Kelly H., none will second either of their motions. Sally and Holly are of similar mind. With this excellent duo operating in tandem we will finally learn the truth of the matter. Give credit to Neyman and Wexlax; they definitely know when to cut and run.

Anonymous said...

GK is crazy man. Don't vote for him. He exploded into a bizarre rage during my kid's open house for no reason.

SS FAN said...

RUN SALLY RUN!!! YOU GOT MY VOTE!

Anonymous said...

Go was fired from coaching for a drinking problem and exploding on kids

Anonymous said...

g.o. - who would that be?

Anonymous said...

Probably because they have been exposed by concerned. Our school districts finances have not been managed well.

kozman fan said...

Klozman,
spot on again.

Anonymous said...

Which puppet will the union be supporting? Didn't work out too well for them last time.

former hta member said...

And to think, some teachers wanna go back to the days of the old union prez. He can't give it up and get on w his life, I heard the old union man ran w his young lady teacher friend as Nysut delegate, so the union members can pay for them to travel to events and never attend. I went w them once to nyc and they didn't show up for anything. Wake up hamburg teachers some people involved in the hta don't want to speak up, they wanna sit like children while u get railroaded. You are on the right track keep going and change the board completely.

Anonymous said...

Tom Flynn 111

is the administrations puppet.

Anonymous said...

An endorsement from the HTA in this economy is the kiss of death.
An endorsement from administration even worse.

Klozman said...

VOTE FOR SALLY! ELECT SALLY!
Her name is synonymous with fairness and transparency in government. She, more than any other, while seeking no personal gain, has risked much to right the wrongs both instituted and perpetuated by the Achramo/RSB. Sally has achieved success in legally challenging their violations of the Open Meetings Law. That, in itself, is an overwhelming reason to elect her. Another significant feather in her cap is the prominent role she played in mobilizing the EMT’s and firemen to thwart the Olgilvie generated effort to move that curriculum to BOCES. This demonstrates the type of leadership expected from a BOE member. In the political arena Sally is even tempered, honest, trustworthy, and courageous. She is a sharp minded, independent thinker who will not succumb to pressure; she possesses the capacity to accomplish much in the face of opposition, plus, her past tenure on the Hamburg Town Board provides her with the essential budgetary experience currently lacking on the RSB. Most importantly, Sally will not be anyone’s puppet.

Pleasant Ave. Residents said...

KLOZMAN,
so right again. Sally has the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what is right and ask questions. She is fair minded independent and all about public involvement. Kudos to Sally for winning the Article 78. Just think of all the belittling of her and how they treated her in public and behind closed doors. Sally we are behind you all the way. Pleasant Ave. residents.

Anonymous said...

from
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/occ.gov/...08/hamburg.pdf

"Hamburg has budget ambassadors who
go over the budget with the Super.
They then make a recommendation to the board to pass/fail it. IF THE BUDGET AMBASS. APPROVE IT, THEN THE BOARD WAS GIVEN A COPY OF IT". Who is making the decisions here? I thought that we elected board members to do this.

Highland Ave. Resident said...

My tax bill is out of sight. Just got my village bill, I'm going through the roof when I get my school taxes. How much more can we take. Us SENIORS are being taxed out of our life long homes. We don't all have money like the Brunner's or Calkin's. They'll be the only ones left to pay the taxes.

blow hards all of them said...

Blow Hards all of them, new supt the biggest of them all.

Anonymous said...

Remember our Union Leadership is to represent us union paying teachers. Not the other way around. Anyone who wants to represent the administration has his/her head up their back side.

please don't drug test said...

pot in guidence. great leader, lets get cool, vote for the cool dude, school reporter.

Keep what we have said...

Can you image the supt. asking union leadership to recommend staff cuts to the admin. Do any of you HTA members see anything wrong with this picture? They wanted union leadership to eat their own. Guess what the union leadership told them, to take a hike. They represent ALL UNION MEMBERS and that they were against anyone losing their job and would not participate. I want our union leaders to continue to support all of us. I have been around the high school for 15 plus years and have it from excellent source that all is true here..

Sally no RSB'er said...

Don't need another RUBBER STAMP on the school board, or another BOBBLE HEAD. Need someone who will ask questions and do business legally. Thanks Sally

n.collins teachers said...

The mayor of our simpleton, or north collins, is running for hamburg teachers union. He is in with Kevin Gaughan. He wants to do to teacher unions and school district what gaughan did to the village of north collins. teachers need to be careful, anyone who smokes the ganga like this guy, will never be in the realm of reality to represent you. we are the teachers of north collins school, and wanted to let u know what we think.

wackey weed illegal said...

Last I knew it is illegal to spoke the wackey weed. Reported that guy seeking union seat, doesn't get it. I hope the school dist; doesn't start taking hair samples. wackey weed stays in hair and folicles for almost a year.

Joe Thompson- Union Street said...

Sally and Holly will bring a necessary dose of reality to Hamburg. FIrst plan of action should be to get rid of the policy that a kid gets a 50 for just being enrolled in the district. We have passed too many kids thru to a life a failure by duping them into thinking that life allows you just to sign up. Anyone who reads this blog and who agrees with the reality of its content ought to be ready to cast a vote for Holly and Sally.

union pleasant said...

To Joe on Union St.

My family is behind Holly and Sally also, we need at least 2 who will ask questions and make this superintedant accountable. I know both for years and cannot say enough good about the two of them. They will be a breath of fresh air.

a reader said...

I can't vote but believe Sally Stephenson is honest. The only resident of Hamburg who had the knowledge and courage to stop the Hamburg Central School District from illegal activity. Thank You Sally Stephenson.

James McCarthy-Toomey said...

Tom: knows his finances? What does that mean? He clearly has no clue about school finance. He actually recommended holding a 5% fund balance, which is a direct violation of NYSED Law. But, if he has these tendencies of not following the law, he will fit in great with the RSB. So, who has the crystal ball???? Has anyone noticed that Wall Street and the economy are turning around? And what multimillion business did Flynn run? The cardealership his papa owned? I did not hear any substance come from him at all. Other than, I will cut teachers and staff. Mr. Klump was great...he'd light a rocket under the seat of Dr Calkins and blast her off to Mars. Holly and Sally clearly are head an shoulders over the boyz. Despite the electioneering of Achramo, he will have two new bosses in a few months. I dare Stevie to try and sweet talk these intelligent women. BTW, what a hoot that the old timers of Rucker, Obsbourn and Sipprell showed up, they ought to be shamed as they are the reason we are here. Good Luck Sally and Holly...talk around the town is you have this wrapped up!!!! THose purple signs are popping up faster than the dandilions!

Datsun 210 said...

Flynn has clearly been fooled. He said teachers should be on the Ambassadors Group. Really???He should tell Steve Achramovitch that...he cut the teachers and then said he was going to have two ambassadors groups....never happened. TOm, you should save youself the headache and go back to selling cars. You are a nice man,and wanna get wrapped up with sweet talking steve.

shambles said...

Run Sally Run. Every dog has their day, and the day is near for the RSB, the thieves of Rucker, Osbourne, Roswell, Moses, Siprrell, Ogilve and on.... Ed Osbourne single handledly mislead the district..he lied, he was the only on overseeing money when the 1.8 disappeared and the Foundation also lost money. Then. Old Man Ed, got the likes of the HTA to join in the circle of thieves. Clifford joined right in, and didnt they make a mockery of him. He had his affairs with likely every miseable elementary teacher on Abbott Road, and in a final desparate act ended up with the Treasure of the Union.....how do you like that teachers? Time for a change, and if you are a hippy and wanna hit the weed vote for Johnie boy. Really, a hippy running the HTA?

Team Player said...

Gary, there is a ME in TEAM. I think you meant there is no I in TEAM.

Klozman said...

Do any find it surprising that the Achramo/RSB have a hand-picked candidate; that they are engaged in electioneering? What!? You deem such practice unkosher? Since when has legality ever been a feature of their reprehensible aspirations? It seems we can enjoy yet another example of your tax dollars at work in an area beyond your control. If you crave the status quo then support this faction that, through design or weakness, has functioned almost exclusively in secret, engaged frequently in deceit, displayed scant interest in honest dialog, spent scads of your tax dollars on attorneys because they can’t be bothered to learn or comply with applicable laws, dismissed staff without legitimate justification, and been corrupted by an absurdly elevated view of their individual and collective importance. If you want a refreshing change where the issues are above board, where you are privy to precisely what is on the agenda, and where honesty and integrity prevail, then vote for Sally Stephenson and Holly Balaya.

Taylor Road Old Folks, but our vote counts too said...

While having our coffee this morning at Tim Hortons, we overhead the old coffee klatsch saying how they are all supporting Holly and Sally because they have spoken up about the salary of the superintendent. In listening to their discussions, my husband and I decided we will vote this year for this team of women. We havent voted since our kids graduated from hhs in the late 1990s. Then my daugther, who graduated in 1999 with sally's daughter told me about this wensite, and I havent be off of it for the last 2 hours. I am voting for Sally and Holly, and I will be out tell my neighbors to do the same. Thank you for wanted to make our district honest again.

I love NY said...

If I were the Superintendent, I'd start cleaning out my desk. Clean House Sally and Holly! No more secrets...No more incompetence. Crack open the fraud, and send the crooks...packing.

Charlotte Ave. parents said...

Klozman, you said it perfectly. We need this school to be public with the district's business.
Sally has guts and brains and I too am supporting this female team. Just imagine having an actual say in how our school is run, what a novel idea. Thanks ladies for running.

Klozman we love you said...

Klozman, we love you. You know exactly what is at stake here.

Lots of Love

Anonymous said...

I spoke up at a board meeting about my daughters class size in the elementary school at Charlotte Ave. She is in a class of 24. Way too big. The board never responded. So I am supporting Sally and Holly, who I believe will not ignore us.

Doctors Patient next door neighbor said...

Joan Calkins is spreading rumors about Sally and Holly...she told my friend that Holly and Sally are hiding that they are related. Joan, can you please stop using your office a bully pulpit? Really, just take a look at the 100 plus signs are around the district for Holly and Sally...do you think it is a coincidence? The only one hiding stuff is you...you are the one doing the districts business in secret, and that gig will be up shortly.

Klozman said...

Re: Joan Caukins is spreading rumors. (Ain't fear grand?)

The relationship between Sally and Holly has been clarified on numerous occasions in this blog and also in the most recent Hamburg Sun. So what's the issue? They are both immensely qualified for the BOE, far more so than the current majority. On the other hand, Caukins shares responsibility with Achramo for illegally firing Lindsey S...word is that she unwisely told one of her student patients, who was offended because Lindsey lectured her class on ethics, that the administration was going to get rid of Lindsey (who at the time was in the process of exposing the grade fraud). The student blabbed this info to the world. I guess in Caukins case the sort of mind set that should be engendered by adhering to the Hippocratic Oath doesn't extend beyond medical confidentiality. When the Achramo/RSB fired Lindsey they extinguished a blossoming star. That was beyond doubt a serious and tragic loss for HHS.

VOTE SALLY...VOTE HOLLY

Anonymous said...

Dr. Calkins is using her medical office as a platform to campaign from. My wife came home from an appointment and said we cannot vote for the two ...... holly or Sally. Joan Calkins cried to my wife, in front of my children, about how horrible they are. I won't go into details. I am a teacher and said to my wife that proves she should not be our board president or our children's physician if she can be that inappropriate and unprofessional. As a teacher I feel I need Holly and Sally elected for job security.

Anonymous said...

FLYNN hand picked by school board.
ANTI UNION ANTI TEACHER. Just imagine doing away with our seniority rights, and everything that is going on in Albany now. Need someone on the SB with legislative esperience and pro union. My family will be voting pro union.
Vote goes to the GIRLS

Anonymous said...

No teachers on the Ambassadors group, wonder why? Achramo is so anti teacher anti union that he didn't want anyone on that little group who actually cares about us teachers or possibly all our kids. REMEMBER this ambass group recommended the cuts of our staff & teachers to our school board. Now they want me to vote for Flynn, are they crazy.

Ford Beckwith said...

Gary Klumpp is the only real candidate in this race that wants to actually hold the school board accountable for the money they spend.

Sally and Holly are linked to the "tax and Spend" Democrats here in Hamburg. Sally even admitted to it at the candidates debate.

Holly is her kid, don't expect her to side against mommy.

So if you want a real person to fight for your interested on that board then elect Gary Klumpp.

By the way Ford Beckwith is my real name, I dont have to hide like others when I say what I think!

stop harrassing people matt dils said...

Matt dils, did u really drop off kids tonight at their parents home and yell at the kids about the kids parents exercising their constitutional rights for having lawn signs for holly and sally? Matt dils, are u for real? U are a liar, and the corrections facilty in nys will know about ur lies. My friend is a commissioner for nys corrections and I have told him about u.

Anonymous said...

agree how can you bring kids into a sn election. Leave the children out of it.