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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Not so Far Away
Far, far away in a city called Buffalo lie problems that one would never possibly believe permeate the suburban buildings of Hamburg Central School district. Sunday, the Buffalo News ran a lengthy article about James A. Williams and his arrogance, incompetence, secrecy, and willingness to ignore regulations at every level of government [click here for article]. Hamburg's very own Donald Ogilvie wrote "of the culture of distrust and disrespect that he said permeates the Buffalo Public Schools." It is of the opinion of this blog that Mr. Ogilvie had a hand in creating that very same culture in Hamburg that he now publicly criticizes in Buffalo. In fact, this blog would argue that all of the adjectives used to describe the Williams are adjectives used to describe Achramo and the RSB.
It was this very secrecy and arrogance that forced Sally Stephenson to bring her Article 78 Charges. Dr. Calkins and Achramo, despite being given a school board publication guide to Open Meetings Laws in October [click here for publication], the RSB chose not to read the publication and dug in their heels. Judge Devlin was too kind to an RSB that was told their multiple violations for months. The Buffalo News had it right "Superintendent Steven Achramovitch, who surely should have known better, continued to insist after the decision that the district believed it was complying with the law. That's a little like a student who flunks insisting that he passed, but never mind. The district has changed its policies, Achramovitch said. That's good, but district residents would be wise to keep tabs, anyway. This is a slow-learning School Board." [click here for article].
Instead of admitting his fault, Achrmo is using the District's website to draw more negative attention to himself and the District. What a shame that when people go to Hamburg's website, the first thing they see is a court decision. Nothing positive about all the great things happening in classrooms or around Hamburg, just a losing court decision where the District has to pay back the petitioner's legal bills. Just this past January, this blog wrote about Legal Defense and the Erie County Executive's decision to waste taxpayer money to defend his illegal actions [click here for post]. Instead of learning vicariously from the mistakes of Mr. Collins, the RSB continues to waste taxpayer dollars defending their illegal actions. I just wonder how many of the other several legal proceedings the District has been battling are a frivolous waste of taxpayer dollars. Actually, I wonder how much it cost Achramo to consult with a Harris Beach lawyer to come up with his feeble defense? Oh, and one more thing Achramo's claim of being "foisted into court" is like someone who gets caught stealing saying the police "foisted" them into jail. Well, if you did not violate the law, you would not end up in court
Despite knowing the ruling and charges, it of the opinion of this blog, that the RSB continued and continues to conduct the real business of the District in secret [click here post of continued violations of Open Meetings Laws] Most recently, it voted to cut Modified Cheerleading and the Girl's Varsity Cross Country coaching position (both of these interest groups were well represented at the last meeting and both the program and coaching position were restored). The point is simple, the public should know EVERYTHING except for personnel matters, litigation, negotiations, and the purchase or sale of property. If the RSB is not discussing these matters, they cannot go into executive session and they cannot discuss anything else. Judge Devlin wrote, "it is necessary to set forth the reason for the executive session as a guidepost to Board members that other matters are not to be discussed in the executive session no matter how tempting it is to discuss other issues once they are in executive session. The motion reminds everyone that the executive session is only on that issue mentioned in the motion."
So, wake up RSB! You are not in a Disney princess fairy tale, you are in a Dreamworks ogre love story. You are in charge of the Hamburg Central School District. You can stop the waste and illegal actions. You are in control of Achramo and his administration. As Buffalo Superintendent James Williams recently noted about the future of his tenure in Buffalo,"There's nothing I can do . . . The board is the governing body."