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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cloudy with a Chance of Rain

Why didn't Hamburg's local newspaper, The Sun, recognized the brazenly obvious and intentional violations of Open Meetings Laws by the Hamburg Central Schools? Instead, The Sun chose to publish Mr. Achramovitch's spin on the NYS Supreme Court Justice Devlin's ruling.  The Sun failed to report that the Board of Education and Mr. Achramovitch were in 100% violation of NYS Open Meetings Laws.  Are we to believe, that Dr. Crawford and Mr. Achramovitch, former superintendent of Ken-Ton and Greece schools did not know how to properly convened a public meeting?  Are we to believe that the scores of journalists from The Sun, who have attended these illegal meetings over the years didn't recognize the violations?  Did the reporter from The Sun, who was in attendance at the October 2010 Board of Education meeting not hear Dr. Calkins  propound that she and Mr. Achramovitch attended training in the Summer of 2010 on Open Meetings Laws given by the Erie County School Boards Association featuring Robert Freeman (a man who takes his name very seriously), NYS's guru on all things related to the Sunshine Laws. Furthermore, why did The Sun wait over four weeks to report on Article 78 charges, and inso doing only presented one side's feeble attempt to spin the story in the public eye. Perhaps, The Sun ought to call Mr. Freeman and get a crash course on Open Meetings Laws, then and only then will they fulfill their obligation to adhere to The Constitution. 

It is the opinion of this blog, that no sun is shining on The Sun and The Sun should be boycotted by any free man/woman until they officially change their name to, "Cloudy with a Chance of Rain."

91 comments:

good journalism said...

Biased, slanted, fluff, what do you expect from the SUN? An editorial should be just that their opinion. A real article askes both sides for their input for an unslanted, anti fluff and unbiased news item. A good editor ALWAYS knows when to rise above this.

Super said...

Does it really surprise you that the STEPFORD SUN would cover anything that wouldn’t happen in PLEASANTVILLE? This newspaper is so far out of touch it's just a glorified Penney Saver it should just stick to printing wedding and anniversary announcements. Back in February on the 17th there was the meeting at the high school, I remember it well because I lost it and said a few choice word after Dr. Calkins wanted to talk about AP classes. The following week the Sun ran TWO stories written by two different people, one ran on the front page and the other was inside both were basically the same, saying that parents had a chance to have their questions answered and that the meeting was lead by the nice man from the Southtown Teachers Center. It’s my opinion that the parents did not get their questions answered that night. We got around about form of our questions asked but did anyone get a real answer. Neither article mentions the outburst that came from me nor did the sun print the letter to the editor that I wrote them the Friday after the meeting. I also find it odd that any time you comment on stories that run online your comments are removed. Not due to vulgarity but because the Sun doesn’t like what you have to say .It happen to me last week when call to their attrition that the superintendent had broken the districts own policy about using community members Names without permission on its website . I say just Boycott the Sun and save your money hell four dollars a month is an extra gallon of gas! The question is why the local TV news stations do not cover the corruption that has and is going on at Hamburg School District the way they cover Dr. Williams in Buffalo

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as unbiased media. It's impossible. The constitution protects the biased writer as much as the "fair and balanced" writer; if you call the writing biased to begin with. This post is ridiculous.

money talks said...

The sun only caters to those that buy adds on a regular basis. Such as the school districts, real estate adds advertising of public notices. They look for the $$$. The Sun is a small circulation paper that caters to its advertisers. These small papers wouldn't exist without the advertisers. So when the money speaks they say how high or what do you want us to print. I don't want to bust anyones bubble but that's how this works.

Anonymous said...

Next time anyone with a conflict of interest should not be allowed to serve on the ambass comm. Or perhaps this group should cease to exist.

Anonymous said...

Concerned group you said it perfectly. When the SB hands the media a packet with the entire meeting spelled out even before the regular meeting has even begun, they are in violation of open government laws. Now if that isn't advertising that they are in violaton than nothing does.

Anonymous said...

Super
the Sun reports nothing. Stepford wives and pleasantville is right. Yes we have a serious prescription drug problem in our high school.
H. is cheap and on the rise in Hamburg. I as a parent would rather know about the problem than to hide the fact that it is in our community. My kids will tell you they know who and where they could get just about anything in the High School.

Anonymous said...

Super we love you, you keep us all on our toes.

stoner said...

high school a free for all, party central

where were you said...

Where were you when I was burned and broken
While the days slipped by from my window watching
And where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless
Because the things you say and the things you do surround me
While you were hanging yourself on someone else's words
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the waiting had begun
And I headed straight..into the shining sun.

Anonymous said...

CH will you just give up already. I'm afraid this roll your playing may damage the brain. Please take a step back for your own health.

truth will out said...

Anon 4:39? Really? Roll? The only Roll that CH doesnt do is to roll over any play dead. Perhaps you mean Role? In which case, it seems that you may be issuing a threat to the CH group? "Please take a step back for your own health? Is this an admonition? Frankly, the only health at risk is the health of democracy. Hmm, a crooked School Board, a corrupt District that runs through almost 60 million dollars per year, a Superintendent who wouldnt tell the truth if his life dependent on it, a shady Village Justice, a high School Principal who makes up grades and who too has trouble with the truth and CH should be concerned about their health? Oh please, honesty is not damaging to one's health, tis lies and deception which will send one to an early grave.

village taxpayer said...

I just cancelled my subscription to the SUN.

And to Super I was at that meeting and you were the only one who stood up and made your self heard for parents.Thank you

Anonymous said...

The school district needs to step back and do this right. We now know what the open meeting laws are and what the intent is. Why continue on with all the secrecy? There isn't anything wrong with the truth. Honest open government of our school district is what is expected ethically and legally.

need new paper or editor said...

Will not renew my subscription to the Sun either. Hamburg Business run the editor.

reefer said...

Pleasantville in the high school yes HIGH school. Reefer

fan said...

Concerned group, please update on next meeting date.
Thanks a fan

Simpsons still got it said...

The Simpsons, Season 22 Ep.22
"The Ned-liest Catch" is worth watching as it mocks the School perfectly. You can watch it on Hulu.com free and safe. It's very funny.

Administration said...

Snakes and Mice, nice to know you are trolling around the blog. Even as Anonymous, you still cant tell the truth?

Derek Frank said...

Hamburg/Boston is a hub for the cannabis trade. It's so bad the town police have a DEA officer in the dept. It will not stop but the laws will change and the cash will go to the State eventually. This issue, over the next decade, is due for big changes. Hamburg has a multi-million dollar drug trade with NYC, Canada and California.

nice spin said...

The Sun News
Hamburg School District found to be in violation of open meetings law.
Hamburg School District found to be in violation of open meetings law | News | thesunnews.net
www.thesunnews.net
Four of five claims brought against the Hamburg Central School District were dismissed, but the State....



May 19 at 9:07am · Like · Comment

Anonymous said...

Who owns the Sun? I am searching but can't seem to figure it out.

atotalfan said...

Hamburg Sun is a newspaper in Hamburg, New York, USA covering local news, sports, business, jobs, and community events.
The newspaper is published once a week on Thursday. The Sun covers Hamburg, Boston, Eden, North Collins, Brant and Evans.
Circulation: 10,000 copies
This newspaper is owned by Metro Group, Inc..

corruption on the bench said...

Readers, drugs are the very undercurrent of the discontent in the village. If you think for one minute the justice (system) in place to assure innocent until proven guilty, or perhaps the notion of due process, you are sadly mistaken. The corruption in Hamburg goes well beyond the school district..there are many noses that are itchy and eyes bloodshot. Next time you get a ticket in the village look at the face of the judge...it attempts to hide so many dirty secrets. But truth will out.

Anonymous said...

Are you including pain killers,
caffeine, alcohol, tobacco
and also sleeping pills. They are all well known drugs.

Debut said...

If you are going to use the word debut, you need not attempt to make yourself seem educated by stressing a vowel. As a Hamburg graduate we are starting you off on a curve.

Anonymous said...

Tarquin, No?

clamp down on drug dealing said...

The drugs in our community and in the high school are so serious that I feel for my kids safety. Our sb needs to have a serious converation with our high school principal. He needs to step up and take some responsibility or come up with a plan with the local police to clamp down on the drug runners in the high school. The drug dealing needs to stop.

whatever said...

Put the drugs on tampons and insert male and female. Walk around high, students can sleep it off in class or where ever. Principal doesn't want any problems so ignores the situation. Some parents care and are alarmed and other parents on drugs themselves and don't pay attention. Some kids steal or trade favors for pills. We can get just about anything at school.

2010 Grad said...

Goodness gracious. You people make Hamburg High sound like it's a crack house. I'm not denying a drug problem but it's definitely not as serious as you all make it out to be. Multi-million dollar? Really?

Anonymous said...

Congrats...Kathy Hochul.....

drug problem in hs said...

Too many kids fall through the cracks because the drug problem is ignored by the powers that be. The drug problem is serious. My Kids and their friends will tell you that on Mon morning they could have more access to pills than anytime during the week end. Check out the wooden playground on Highland/Prospect you would be surprised what goes on before school. It is ashame that we have a DEA (drug enforcement agency) in the town police dept. and our Principal doesn't use them. Come on stop denying that our kids are in danger from drug exchanges at our high school. If I wasn't paying close to $6,000 just for school taxes I would sent my kids to a private high school. You owe it to all our children to clean up this problem.

Anonymous said...

What good could possibly come out of the high school principal turning his back on this drug proplem. Let the police handle it, this would sent a strong message that it is taken seriously. The school district needs to do something soon. We expect to send our children to a drug free zone. I agree check out that playground it is more than a teenage hangout.

Anonymous said...

This drug issue has my family concerned for a long time. I can see that wooden playground from my home and I witness the suspicious goings on there. You wonder why it is ignored and who in power is involved. A lot of money in drugs.

thanks said...

Watched the Simpson's "the Ned-. Liest Catch" had a good laugh
Thanks concerned bunch

Anonymous said...

Dear 10:45 pm. Like many comments made on this page, the truth-if not completely unrecognizable-is so stretched as to border on falsehood. The soapbox this site provides for a few shrieking shrews is an unlikely candidate for truthfulness. The claim that all comments posted are valid and verified as truthful is shameful, as are the bitter and distorted people that post them.

Reminder to BOE said...

A public body is required to give notice of the regular meeting for its actual starting time including the executive session. It then opens the regular meeting and may then entertain a motion to go into an executive session. The motion to go into an executive session must have a reason stated. Public Officers Law Section 105 provides eight topics that can be discussed in the executive session.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:20. Finally another sane soul that posts on this blog and manages to not have their post denied by CH. I appreciate your understanding.

Anonymous said...

To anonym 10:20 am 5/25

sorry but we do have a drug problem in the high school. I wish it wasn't true. But putting your head in the sand isn't solving anything. Why can the kids tell you the where and who supply drugs, but the principal and authorities can't. They need to clamp down on the source. Yes we are disgruntled and angry, something needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

Anonym; 10:20am 5/25
opinions of those commenting are just that opinions, of the writers. Prove the rest wrong. I don't think that we can. Of course many on this blog are disgruntled. Issues need to be addressed and the sb doesn't want to hear or address anything that isn't pretty. I agree the drug issue is a bad scene. Just look at all the home break ins almost all drug related in our community.
Young kids in need of cash for drugs.

Anonymous said...

Concerned group,

It is my opinion that the local village judge is posting again. Possibly as anonym 10:20 am 5/25 Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:20 am

Did you ever hear of freedom of expression or free speech. No one is forcing you to check in here.

atotaltotalfan said...

Andy, Move to Israel now!

does honesty matter? said...

Really, I doubt the village judge cares about being truthful and honest... Does he validate all his claims or just rely on the last guy that snorted the white stuff.

20 + saw it all said...

Article in Bflo. News today in MY VIEW;
Dan Schwarz of Amherst named a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow for outstanding teaching wrote in My View.
"My first yr. as a teacher we had an elecion to have a closed shop.. In a closed shop. all workers belong to the union and pay dues; Some who voted against it thought school taxes would go up and their neighbors would hate them. When the provision passed, they became a significant voting bloc that fought the union from within.
The administration's LAP DOGS, often among the worst teachers, weren't active in the union. Their classes were zoos, but as long as things didn't get too far out of hand, they supported the administration, and the administrators protected them.
Among this group was "Fizz." Whenever we had a union meeting, Fizz would wine a lot and vote against everything. The minute a meeting was over, Fizz would break for the administrator's office and tell all".
Sound all to familiar. I believe that Fizz is beginning to sound a lot like are own CLIFF our former Union President. As many have said before, he represented himself and his self intersts and whoever was his current attraction. Administration took care of him with approx. $30,000. additional dollars. Sweet deal for selling FTA members out.

Highland Ave. said...

Come on concerned group,
do you expect a small town weekly newspost to have a first class editor? Think not. Insignificant people pushing the editor. Sorry,but this is how it goes in Pleasantville.

friend from Greece said...

Achramovitch
"will lie to you even when he knows that you know that he is lying." Need to constantly remind you of his dirty little tricks. Has he found a new lady friend in the district yet?

Harris Beach Law firm loves him. He loves them to. They keep his ass in a job.

abuse of power reeks said...

Too many people with power are abusing their positions. This reeks.

Anonymous said...

New school board members please address the drug issue. Set some guidelines for those in possession or using.
Please don't ignore this problem. The kids using and dealing need help to.

Anonymous said...

We need a change in leadership.

Anonymous said...

Just got a ticked on Sunset Dr. for speeding. Curious how the Village Judge operates. I'll be reporting back.

support staff with eyes and ears said...

Fizz....is the man running for president of the hamburg teachers union. he was put up to running by hhs principal. the wanna be union president is in principals office spreading lies about teachers. i have a great position where i can see and witness this. principal is doing everything in his sneaky ways to break out the union. i heard him say it to the assistant principal, and mr long hair guidance is the only one who will run to break up the union and send it back to cliff ways. the teachers are fools to let that happen. watch out for the hhs principal...sneaky.

Anonymous said...

Why would Achramovitch want to censor anyone? He is going to great lengths and expense with our school taxes to censor us. Just watch and see what he racks up.

Anonymous said...

Principal of High School is proposing that our seniors attend school only a half day. This is his new plan half day for all seniors.

Anonymous said...

If Mike Gallagher is proposing half days for seniors the community should be involved in this discussion. I would hope that the school Board would not sneak this through.

Anonymous said...

Why is everything in this school district always done in secret? Why not have us informed and involved? What is wrong with the actual process and the truth? I keep asking what is being hidden from us?
Now administration involved in our union process. This is most alarming.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:33. It's called a senior day. They get their yearbooks, have a breakfast with their friends and then take the day to enjoy themselves. They used to do a senior trip but they don't anymore. I'm sure you would complain about that too. Get a life.

Teacher in Lake Shore. Kids in Hamburg said...

ANON 9:29. There is a Senior trip. They went to Cedar Point. And the Senior Day is a nice jesture, the students have a good time and usually all show up to school (even the ones that do not go to class). The 1/2 day that the other Anon is referencing, perhaps, is the concept that the HHS Principal and Superintendent has shared with many people. Starting next year, 12 graders will only have to come to school to do their classes and all 12th graders will be dismissed by 12 noon. This is a reality. The Board has already discussed it and are planning to vote on it in a concensus vote so no one will know nor be able to comment. Its a done DEAL!!!! The next Board meeting in June the BOE will vote to change the graduation requirements so 12th grades can leave at NOON. HHS Principal doesnt want the 12 graders in the school. THey are too much, "trouble". He already got rid of the last period of the day for them, thats why they all leave at 2:00 when school doesnt leave out until about 3. So, it will be 11 i/2 years of high school for hamburg kids, and as the world churns...your taxes are going up! Nice job HHS Principal, is this what $127,000 will get ya? Dont want the kids around so shorten their high school career?

clarification said...

To anonym 9:29 am

I'm sorry I wasn't clear. I was not referring to one day. I was referring to the whole school year. Just go to school a half day every day. Now the problem is that these young people need more education not less. Approx 40% + need remediation when they attend college in math or english or both. The students at great expense and no college credits are required to take non credit courses before they start their college studies. Sorry about not being clear.

sneaking what through? said...

What do you mean only 3 1/2 years of high school?
This is the first time that I'm hearing about this. I will have 2 kids in the high school next year and I have had no information on this topic. I cannot believe that we were not able to weigh in on this. No information, no discussion, not aware of this until now and now you tell me that this 1/2 day for all seniors is to be voted on at the next board meeting. Something stinks. I am beginning to see that this sb and supt. operate in a vacuum.

Super said...

Senor’s getting a half day how is this possible! I can’t say that I’m surprised that the Principal at the High school would suggest this , after all it’s the administrators at the High School that said that system is set up for you to fail classes and still graduate (maybe that is because he will just change your grade ). If this is the case the district should really look into the class loads they are asking student to take and maybe shorten the whole day for all students. Or change this whole A day B day thing, Hell why not make Hamburg an Online High school just think of all the money he could cut and move to administration then! Although I do feel that in this day and age our children would only benefit from more education. How is Hamburg getting around the state requirement of 180 days a school a year? Why wasn’t this talked about before we voted to raise taxes and cut programs? What is this going to cost us at far as bussing and is that why our bussing cost has gone up? What is this going to cost us as a community! Having young adults running around with this extra free time while parents are at work is this going to lead to more crime, drug use, teen drinking, and burglary? If they do go with half days I would also expect the superintendent to be more willing in calling snow days for all students (because I will not be buying the 180 days line again) especially with the poor conditions of some of our schools the last thing the district needs is a bunch of wrongful death lawsuits due to a roof cave in.

Super said...

Upon reviewing state guide lines( ATTENDANCE AND THE SCHOOL CALENDAR:
Guidelines and Reporting for State Aid Purposes (Revised May, 2011) )I say its bull the state requires 180 days of school for the sake of the argument we will say high school students go to school from 8 am to 3 pm minus ½ an hour for lunch is 6.5 hours a day times the required 180 days a year is 1170 hours a year .divide 1170 hours by 36 weeks of school is 32. 5 hours a week now according to the state The attendance of students between the ages of 16 and 21 enrolled either in a regular day school part-time or in an alternative school not meeting the minimum session requirements of Section 175.5,(the 180 days) and who are pursuing programs leading to a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma, should be recorded in hourly instructional units. One thousand such hourly units equal one unit of equivalent average daily attendance for the purposes of calculating State Aid. So if Hamburg cut seniors to a half day or 2.5(the min amount that students must go ) hours a day they would only get 12.5 hours a week times that by 36 weeks of school and you get 450 hours that is well below the 1000 hours they would need to keep state funding for the high school .

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked the High School gets any funding from the State. For years now the HHS has been a failure and has been set up to be a future failure.

Occam said...

This is absurd. The administrators are the administrators because they have the qualifications, and it's ridiculous to assume that they have ulterior motives. You are not the administrators because you probably do not have the qualifications. If you have the qualifications, get certified, apply, and catalyze change, because posting on a blog with a million hits and having a thousand anonymous writers pat you on the metaphorical back and say "ur so right" has no real value.

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe the administrators and school board have the students best interest at heart? Have you considered that most of them are parents and would project their hopes for their children onto the children of their neighbors?

With the half day option, seniors would undoubtedly still be able to take a full day's worth of classes. However, their peers who are more interested in joining the work force would have a head start in job experience, giving them an advantage over their peers at other schools. And if the state (which will obviously find out) is ok with it, then it cannot be an issue, unless you are more qualified to make decisions regarding education than commissioner Steiner.

No pat today said...

Occam,

Commissioner Steiner resigned in April. If you would care to be extended the anonymous pat on the back, you need to get your facts straight.

Anonymous said...

@ Occam
Thank you for your post, I could not have said it better. These administrators (former and current) who are getting bashed by anonymous posts must be doing something right. Their children are or have been Hamburg students. These kids are hard working, repectful, and frankly just what you would want your kids to be like in school. It defies all common sense to even think that decisions they make do not have the best interest of the students in mind. They are not the bad guys. They are just the ones who have to make the difficult decisions.

charlotte ave said...

5:33. Not bad guys? Tough decisions? Moral Nihilism is rampant in "the guys" to who you reference. There is nothing right, nor wrong in their attempt to lead. These "guys" do not know right from wrong, lies from truth, educated from ignorant.

Totalfan said...

Occam, Of course they do whats best for kids. Your HHS principal made up grades....weren't you defending this practice a few months back? He clearly is a great role model for children. Esp, the ones who didnt have their grades made up, and worked very hard to EARN every point in their class ranking. And, the kids who worked hard and struggled only to get a C. Or the ones that hate school and only wanna get out and would have given anything to have a few points to push them thru so summer school or a 5th year wasnt in their future. He is a fabulous role model for the kids who never took a drug nor drink, but let kids that do slide thru the system with little consequence. I wonder these kids share your faith in administrators and the school board? Easy to say when ones is the beneficiary of a corrupt public body and an amoral principal.

No kiddies said...

To 5:33 Anonymous who i"bashed" anonymous posts. As I run through the administrators in the district, past and present, as I have been around for while. few have sent children to HSCD. Hmm, in the Admin Bldg, no kids, HHS, only recently after 5 years finally moved to district, HMS, NOPE, UPES, No kids, Charlotte, Not one kiddie, Boston Valley, NONE there, Armor Elementary, no kids. So, who has kids in the district? I know there are atleast 100 teachers and staff with kids in the district. So, ya see, you have it wrong. The bad decision makers are affecting not their kids, but kids of community members and staff...please check your facts, sir.

frustrated said...

Thank you concerned,

The problem with 1/2 day for seniors is that I have never been informed on this. The first that I have heard of changes in graduation requirements. I am an involved parent, follow what is going on. I was never made aware of any of these changes. I need to be heard and need more information from this school district where my children attend school and I pay my taxes. I am very frustrated with the way this is handled.

we need input & discussion said...

As Oprah has said "people just want to be heard." School Board should know this. My husband and I are concerned about our children and their education and in this case it appears lack of.

parents of 5 said...

School Board should sent a message out to all high school parents regarding the changes that we are reading about on this blog. I should say our blog. Since I have only heard of changes in graduation requirements. What changes in graduation requirements? What is the discussion on 1/2 days for seniors? I have had no information on this either. I have 5 children and I want and need to know what you have in mind.
Why are we hearing about these changes on a blog, OUR BLOG. I have more information on a blog than on the school dist. web page. I now agree this is a corrupt situation when we are sucker punched by our school board.

Anonymous said...

This new guy Achramovitch I will never get use to. This latest stunt to change my kids graduation requirement and to sent my kid to school 1/2 day has me angry. I cannot print what I feel. What concerns me is I have no informaiton. This guy is a disceptive fool who apparently has this sb behind him. Who is pulling his strings? Oz

Super said...

Occam and Anonymous 5:33
Have you ever heard of the constitution it guarantees us the right to free speech. The opinions expressed in this blog are just that. If you feel that this Board is absurd I would hope that you would start your own Blog and take your Opinions to the people. We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. ~John F. Kennedy. The Superintendent of the District was touted by Dr. Calkins as “financially astute, legally experienced, educationally well-read, thoughtful and inspiring,” Yeah legally experienced; I guess you could say Breaking open meeting laws and breaking up families is legally experienced and paying thousands to Harris Beach financially astute . I’m sure any of the teachers who jobs were cut find him thoughtful and Inspiring. He must have been the Best candidate for the position being that he didn’t apply for the job until after the position was closed. He took that job while still receiving his state Retirement all of this was done in secret. You feel it's ridiculous to assume that they have ulterior motives. I am telling you right now I don’t assume they have ulterior motives I know. Fact the district ran an AP French class with only 3 students in said class and yes one of those students was our own school board presidents Daughter. Fact if you look at the grade books from teachers who graded the2009-2010 seniors you could not tell me there was no grade changing going on. If the school administrators and the school board had all of our students best interest at heart. They would not have a problem having an open and honest meeting let the people know what you are talking about. Stop voting everything under consensus. The reason why my (our) kid(s) are hard working, respectful, and frankly just what you would want your kids to be like in school. Is due to my parenting and the Instruction they are getting from the teachers at the school. I have NEVER heard a student say because of the superintendent, school board or administrators I now love math or they inspired me to become a scientist .As the saying go if you can read this thank a teacher.

Anchors Aweigh said...

SB members past and present have their own kids best interest in mind. Well, heck, if that were true, why did Eileen Rucker preside over a SB that "lost 1.8 million"? Her daughter, who teachers a non mandated course is in the district. 1.8 the SB magic number. If the administrators had their own childrens best interest in mind, why would they "carry on" at work? Besides, who cares if their own kids are in the district. They get paid to make sure MY kids are getting a sound basic education. They do not get paid to make the world special, by making up grades for the friends and family plan. I agree with someone earlier who said, Mr. Martines should run the high school. The place would be run like the US Navy... Anchors Aweigh.

Boston Mom said...

$1,800,000 are you serious? Do you have any proof that it wasn't spent on education for our children? Was this money spent and unaccounted for or missing?

Tea Time said...

Boston Mom, Wake up and smell the coffee....the missing 1.8 is from the early Crawford Days. Check out the early posts on this blog by Concerned Burger for the skinny on the district finances. Its a BIG GAME. Hide the money, say we are broke, and then give administrators a MINIMUM of 4.5 % raise every year. And then bring in Achramo to run up legal bills, and give him 9k more than Crawford made when he was here doing nothing except raising your taxes to build a football turf, while the kids in some buildings risk the roof falling in. GO FIND YOUR SCHOOL TAX BILL, SIT DOWN POUR A GLASS OF WHISKEY ( ONLY THE STRONG STUFF WILL WORK), and then think about why the tea went in the harbor. You are being robbed by an errant Board of Education.

Anonymous said...

@ no kiddies
There are 2 administrators in the HS with kids in the district. There is also one in the admin. building who is still technically employed by the district, with kids in the district. I also believe that at least 2 members of the school board have children in the district. So maybe you should verify your facts.
@ Super
Freedom of speech is what makes this blog relevant. People can have different opinions as well as different knowledge regarding certain situations. Alot of good has come from this in regard to how school board meetings are to be conducted and more progress needs to be made. Yes, it is parenting and teachers and counselors that have the greatest direct impact on students' academic and personal success. But please remember that these administrators interviewed these teachers, hired these teachers, tenured these teachers so they do have students' best interests in mind. AP French is not the only elective that has run with only a few students in it and when the economy allows it I feel the district should offer any elective that has a single student in it. But this economy is causing all industries and educational institutions to cut where it affects the least number of people. I personally would like this blog to steer away from targeting individuals because there are students reading this blog. The children of those targeted are great kids and deserve better from those who say they want the best for Hamburg kids while simultaneously spreading stories about their parent. No kid deserves that.

hang your head in shame said...

Super, thank you.

to the writer I agree partially. Where I disagree, these same individuals that were carrying on were the same individuals who were dicipling employees. How in the world can you discipline employees when you are carring on with your subordinate. Achramovitch and the others mentioned are angry only because they have been exposed. Just think of all the horrible deeds that Achramo and our past HR
director has done to many of our employees trumping up charges, starting rumors, lies against individuals when they are the biggest violators. Hyprocrates plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Yo

Super said...

Hey Achramovitch this just in the superintendent position at Buffalo School District is open. Make sure you get your resume in now, Oh wait you could always ask your bud Don to slide it in for you. Just think of all the money you could pass along to Harris Beach.

Harris Beach said...

millions thanks

Fleecing the Taxpayer said...

And the Golden Fleece Award goes to:

Achramo and his cadre from Harris Beach.

Anonymous said...

From what I overheard this weekend, teachers are also fleecing us taxpayers. Apparently some teachers are still getting paid even if they used all their sick days. So those of us struggling to make ends meet due to job loss at home are paying for services not rendered. And doesn't that mean we are also paying a sub to come in and teach? I understand the concept of a bank of days provided by employees to help each other out on the rare occurance of a devastating health mishap, but not for planned events or procedures. We need teachers who are dedicated to our students and who only take what they earn. So how can these teachers complain about their salaries when who knows how many of them aren't working for their pay. Speaking of which, is it possible to know how much money teacher absenteeism costs us taxpayers?

Anonymous said...

Steve Achramovitch's incompetence is covered up with our tax dollars with his favorite law firm from Wall St and Albany HARRIS BEACH. He operates like Dr. Wm's hires everyone to do his work, lawyers, consultants and contractors.. Just look at the contractors from the Rochester area he has brought in here and the sb just rubber stamps his every wish. It makes you wonder what is in it for Steve?

Anonymous said...

Achramo is a deceptive jerk.

Anonymous said...

duh

local advice said...

This blog could make a huge step if the writers would identify what they wrote & who they are.

Broken Record said...

"Achramo is a joke. The SB is a joke." It always goes back to the same old song. Let's get something new.

Anonymous said...

Concerned,
What changes in graduation requirements? Why no discussion on 1/2 days for my kid. Please give some info tomorrow is the meetings.

Anonymous said...

Hey Achramo, how about applying for Dr Williams job since your savior Olgivie has declined the position. You need to be honest on the application process.