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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Budget Adoption Commentary


Just a few comments from Concerned about the budget:
  1. Administrators are not taking a pay freeze.  In fact, they will get a 2% raise (Concerned is not sure if that raise is on top of their step).  For someone like Mike Gallagher that amounts to $2,650.14 on top of his already egregious salary of $132,507 even if he does not move up a step in the pay scale.  So from the administrative ranks, no retirements, no pay freeze and a raise.  When push came to shove, only the teachers took a pay freeze and only the teachers and staff are losing their jobs. 
  2. Achramo would have you believe that Gregg Davis' job is getting cut again for the third year in a row.  Apparently, this year he is really retiring.  However, Achramo and the RSB have budgeted $220,000 for a new Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  Therefore, Gregg Davis' alleged retirement is not going to save the district any money and the administration costs of the district are going to go up.
  3. To correct Holly Balaya, the number of administrators ballooned in 2008-2009.  If one reads the Board Briefing of January 9,  2008 it reads that there will be two new assistant superintendents and one new associate superintendent.  However, probably due to the financial mess of the District, these administrative changes would remain in "name only" and no salary increase was to accompany the title changes. [click here for briefing].  This was clearly a short sighted statement as  the administration took huge raises in 2009-2010.  Please refer to the salary table below. Note the yellow column is the amount the person's salary raised from the previous year.  [click here for state reported administrative compensation]; [click here for a commentary on administrative salary compensation]
    2009-2010
    Superintendent of Schools
    Mark Crawford
    $162,978.00
    $30,883.00
    $193,861.00
    $2,693.00
    Associate Superintendent
    Gordon Kerr
    $128,863.00
    $27,911.00
    $156,774.00
    $12,343.00
    Assistant Superintendent For Instruction
    Maryellen Monafo
    $128,043.00
    $27,802.00
    $155,845.00
    $16,535.00
    Assistant Superintendent For Information Services
    Gregg Davis
    $125,961.00
    $27,601.00
    $153,562.00
    $19,788.00
    High School Principal
    Michael Gallagher
    $121,314.00
    $0.00
    $121,314.00
    $4,779.00
    Director Of Hper
    Charles Amo
    $129,903.00
    $0.00
    $129,903.00
    $9,648.00
    2008-2009
    Superintendent of Schools
    Mark Crawford
    $159,125.00
    $32,043.00
    $191,168.00
    $1,556.00
    Associate Superintendent
    Gordon Kerr
    $116,592.00
    $27,839.00
    $144,431.00

    Assistant Superintendent For Instruction
    Maryellen Monafo
    $111,931.00
    $27,379.00
    $139,310.00

    Assistant Superintendent For Information Services
    Gregg Davis
    $106,894.00
    $26,890.00
    $133,784.00

    High School Principal
    Michael Gallagher
    $116,535.00

    $116,535.00
    $4,589.00
    Director Of Hper
    Charles Amo
    $120,225.00

    $120,225.00
    $4,765.00
    2007-2008
    Superintendent of Schools
    Mark Crawford
    $157,555.00
    $32,057.00
    $189,612.00
    $8,676.00
    Assistant Superintendent
    Gordon Kerr
    $108,419.00
    $26,941.00
    $135,360.00
    $6,344.00
    Director Of Hper
    Charles Amo
    $115,490.00

    $115,490.00
    $4,066.00
    High School Principal
    Michael Gallagher
    $111,946.00

    $111,946.00
    $4,046.00

  4. The new teacher contract does not seem to be figured into the budget at all.  Despite voting to freeze their salaries, the teacher ranks are still losing 18.9 teaching positions.  Looks like saving the  District from a financial mess will fall entirely on the backs of the teachers once again.  Please read the State's report on the financial condition of the District.  Read Appendix A closely where Dr. Crawford states that the District is going to be saved by decreased payroll (cut teachers) and going to a single health care provider (a self-less concession by the teachers to bail out the district).  [click here for audit].  Maybe after reading this post Dr. Dolittle Calkins and Pom Pom Patty will realize how much the teachers have sacrificed over the years and how fat the administrators are getting.  
  5. The taxpayers of Hamburg will again have their taxes raised 4.35%.  That means your tax dollars have increased more than 20% over the past five years. [click here for posting on tax increases].
  6. As Concerned was passing by Legion Dr.  it was noticed that they are putting a new roof on the garage.  Did anyone consider selling this property to raise some money for the District?  It turns out there would be interest in the property and as recently as 2008 there was interest from a buyer. [click here for Board Briefing]
  7. As always, Concerned is upset at the lack of transparency.   The whole budget process is still under wraps and the public gets a lip-synced presentation.  Concerned was very pleased to hear Holly Balaya asking a few questions and offering alternative ways to save money.  How interesting that she suggested combining some administrative jobs and Steve's answer was we need all the administrators we can get to implement APPR.  I'm shouting this from the rooftops: "WHERE IS THE ALLEGED GRANT MONEY FOR ADOPTING APPR?  

43 comments:

top heavy said...

8% of our $57 million + budget is administration.

Anonymous said...

The top keep grabbing for themselves,because they can.

pink slipped said...

Puts a whole new meaning on FAT CATS. This is sickening.

UPES parents said...

Thanks for the good post.

This for God's sake makes me sick. The greed, the waste, the bull shit is beyond belief. My kids need teachers not study halls and limited educational opportunities. Love our kids teachers.

parent said...

THe salaries are sickening

Anonymous said...

Madden made a joke that drugs that are collected on drug drop off days should be sold by the school board to raise money. Is this guy a freak or what??? He works at first Niagara bank and he is advocating the sale of prescription drugs to raise money for education. Mr madden, do you realize kids die fron overdoses??? Our hamburg kids have died. Some kids are addicted to OxyContin and other pain killers, and you joke. You should step down from that board of education. Or issue a public apology. Do you live on mars???? Get a life mr madden and get away from children.

Anonymous said...

What is budgeted for legal fees?

Anonymous said...

How could the administrator salaries be increased by so much money and no one is screaming?

Anonymous said...

Gregg Davis should be ashamed.

Anonymous said...

Does First Niagara know the comments of Robert Madden?

Anonymous said...

Mr. John R. Koelmel is a friend of mine, I emailed him today with Madden's comment on Drugs. First Niagara is building a brand an one of its employees is talking about giving perscription drugs to kids. He should be fired.

Anonymous said...

I am appalled by what is going on by the School Board and the Administration in the Hamburg Schools. I can't imagine how you could sleep at night.

teacher, parent and voter said...

Are you for real Mr. Madden advocating selling prescription drugs that are turned in at disposal sites to help fund our financially strapped school district?

Mr Madden we just had two drug busts this Friday at the High School and the Middle School. This is a serious problem.

The Principals at the HS and Middle School were great handling this situation they let the professional police handle the drug situation.

I want to remind you Mr. Bob Madden, you just cut LIFE SKILLS again, don't you realize we have a very serious drug problem in this school district. Kids as young as 11&12. Yes Mr Madden kids 11 and 12 involved in drugs. Keep cutting our programs and maybe we will have more Hamburg High School Drop Outs. What chance do these kids have in life, with jerks like you representing our school district? You sent out a very bad message here.

Anonymous said...

Patty Brunner Collins, when will you realize that you are in over your head?

Anonymous said...

The BOE cut Life Skills and no sooner than 5 minutes later Board Member Madden said the school should sell prescription drugs to fund programming. This is no joke Madden. You should not be around children. Oddly, dr. Dollittle laughed at Maddens crack. Are they both smoking crack???? Seems like it.

Madden no laughting matter said...

Bob Madden the drug problems in our schools is no joking matter. We are losing a lot of our alums to drug over doses. Just last week we lost another young alum to drugs.

middle school parent said...

Sad about the drug bust. Good for the district that they are taking this seriously and calling in the local police to do their job. Drugs are illegal and the schools are drug free zones. Kudos to the two principals. The message will get out that the middle school and high school take this issue seriously.

Word is out police involvment, this is serious. Kids realize this.

wake up Joanie said...

Joan, when are you going to wake up to this ass hole steve achramovitch?

Supt. refers to staff as idiots said...

Steve Achramovitch has targeted certain depts. to get at people he doesn't like. Steve you need to go, this is a small community and you could give a care about the employees or students of our dist. \
Steve Achramovitch refers to some employees as IDIOTS. Yes Idiots in front of a group. He obviously has no respect for any of us. When our Supt. refers to us employees as idiots he doesn't deserve any respect from any of us or our tax dollars for his salary. AS LONG as Dr. Calkins and Patricia Collins supports him we will not be voting for these two.

Thanks to all the competition, we now have a choice.

salaries sick pissed off said...

Greg Davis is laughing all the way to the bank. Almost a $20 K raise in 09/10. Really: it is that pathetic board that approved that piss me off amount of money. School cut my kids aid for probably half of that amount. The greed makes us sick. The idiots are us taxpayers for allowing this shit.

steve likes it on TOP said...

Top heavy on administration, light on academics. Need to reverse this or do you like being on top Steve? No pun intended

aware said...

Obsevation;

men like JOHN EDWARDS who have a great deal of cash and power, or perceived cash and power seem to have women falling all over them. Now that being said why do female teachers fall for their Principals, Supt. or Human Resources Director? They are married men with children (new born babies) in some cases. You see when you start a class war with layoffs, as employed in the Hamburg
School District. People are willing to share their stories.

Now why care? Because these same men in administrative positions have POWER over these woman. These men have the power to affect the teaching positions, advancement of the careers or loss of jobs of the woman they are sleeping with. This places these men in an position to abuse these women. Now it seems to be a pattern here in Hamburg. Stop and think all the possible damaging effects these guys can inflict on their subordinates.

Anonymous said...

No administrative cuts.... Hummmm, at Williamsville Middle School, they have cut the admin position by letting a teacher teach in the morning and assign detentions to kids for discipline in the afternoon.
The Middle School Principal handles the tough cases but the teacher is responsible for most of the discipline reports. He probably gets a stipend. Creative thinking, but cuts the top heavy administrative positions and still handles the situations! Why doesn't Hamburg do this??

Anonymous said...

Good Point 6:29 pm. Hamburg uses Harris Beach as Lawyers. The former Superintendent of Williamsville is at Harris Beach now, he goes around and convinces(salesman) all the other superintendents in the State to use that firm ( and they hired his daughter...who happento cut her legal teeth at Hamburg). Wouldnt ya think that this model from Bill-ville would have been offered as an idea to cut fat from the budget? It seems that perhaps the Williamsville model is a good one. Speak up former superintendent...we cant hear you.

Lancaster Teacher knows the scoop said...

Law Firms dont have salespeople, they call them "consultants". Yep, Williamsville former Super is a Consultant..or perhaps a business development executive. Old wine, new bottles. Wake up Hamburg!!! Did Stevie talk about his budget for legal fees? What is it?

Ethel and Frank M said...

Isnt Matt Dils on the Hamburg IDA? This is a conflict of interest. He serves on the IDA Board and grants small businesses grants not to pay taxes, and therefore is causing a leakage in the school tax base. BTW, Dils who serves on the BOE with Brunner Collins gave a huge tax break to Patty Brunner Collins brother at the bar. Yep, and the bar just filed for an extension of the sales tax break. What a scummy system. And there was a school counselor whose family got a tax break to open an eyeglass shop. These tax breaks shift the tax burden to the other taxpayers in the community. My wife and I are retired, and our taxes keep going up a crazy amount...even with my veterans and star exemptions. We will never go to that JP Fitz again. Dils you have no shame??? Brunner Collins, tell your family to pay taxes like everyone else. This was all reported in the Buffalo News this morning.

Anonymous said...

SALARIES GROSS

Anonymous said...

How did we allow these ubelieveable
salaries to balloon like this?

Anonymous said...

LAID off just looking at all the administrative greed. A few of the "fat cat" salaries could save most of us. I live here and work here until the end of June when I start to lose my home.

Hopefully all current members of the board get voted out of office and than this guy achramovitch, who everyone universally dispises goes also. He has no respect for us who he considers pions. Refers to some of us as idiots. Yes our leader refers to the district employees as idiots. He even referred to his supposed friend Mr Huen as reason why the teachers are in this rotten mess.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:35 It's really hard to consider a person worthwhile (in the education sense) and intelligent when you can't spell or use correct grammar; it sure doesn't help your cause. Maybe while you are laid off, you can go back to school.

MS & HS parents said...

Kudos to middle school and High School for handling the kids who were abusing the drug free zone. The kids were sent a strong serious message. Parent of MS& HS kids

compassion lacking said...

To anonymous 12/35 pm

You snob the general content was the indivudual losing his/her job. Didn't state what capacity employed in the district. What was lost with you is your lack of concern and compassion. My problem with you as a writer is that if you teach or are in administration or on the Sb, you have exhibited yourself as a compassionless soul. Heaven help us if you are teaching my children.

Anonymous said...

This gives me an even bigger reason why not to vote NO this years budget.

Anonymous said...

This gives me an even bigger reason why not to vote NO this years budget.

Super said...

I just came from a meeting at the High school about the remodeling. All Parents of high school students got the automated phone call about it earlier this week. What the Meeting was really about was the removal of asbestos at the High school that will be starting next week on a 2nd shift. Now although they will be following all state and federal Laws for the removal and we where assured that our children will be safe. I do have an issue with they way this meeting was called I feel that if the school principal would have said in the automated call that the meeting would be about the removal of asbestos at the high school there would have been more then two parents in attendance. So for those parents who have children in the elementary and Middle schools when you get your phone calls in the following weeks I encourage you to attend.

Anonymous said...

The Union President didn't know who was laid off in our Union. Well I am one, just a number to them. I do pay dues, you should at least know who I am as well as the rest of us. No representation, no care, waste of our Union dues on these incompetents.

Anonymous said...

Compassion lacking - don't worry, I am not teaching your children. I know what anonymous' point was. My point is that if you do not want to be called an idiot by Achramovitch, don't come across as one. I feel sorry for all those who are losing their jobs, but unfortunately, that is life. I have lost jobs in my life due to cutbacks; you just have to move on and look for another job. It is not fair but life is not fair.

Not A Hamburg Teacher said...

I think the bottom line is that the financial mess we are in is no longer a crisis. It is now the norm. We must except that. But we also must expect our leaders to be good leaders. Complaining and attacking each other on a blog is not going to change anything. How about voting and getting the word out. I sent a text to all my friends in the district asking them to consider the new candidates for the board and reminding them to vote. Lets work together and help give these people a chance.

Not A Hamburg Teacher said...

I think the bottom line is that the financial mess we are in is no longer a crisis. It is now the norm. We must except that. But we also must expect our leaders to be good leaders. Complaining and attacking each other on a blog is not going to change anything. How about voting and getting the word out. I sent a text to all my friends in the district asking them to consider the new candidates for the board and reminding them to vote. Lets work together and help give these people a chance.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:55 - well said. Unless you are in their "inner circle" you do not matter. Unfortunately, we have very poor union representation. I know many people wish they did not have to pay union dues.

Anonymous said...

What was the word from the Hamburg Music Fest?

Who was campaigning?

Who was partying?

What did we learn from the big party in the village?

Anonymous said...

Hello? Where are the bios and photos of the 8 candidates?

Anonymous said...

Patty didn't graduate from Brockport, nor is she a registered nurse as she CLAIMED. Klozman I agree with in part. She is in this for a popularity contest, Unable to critically think. Achramovitch wants Patty on the board so he can continue to manipulate her into giving him everything he wants. (DESTRUCTION OF THE DISTRICT). Achramovitch did this in Greece and by the way Greece is still paying for his LIES. Greece at least had the good sense to fire him. Vote for Sally, Tracy and Laura to CAN STEVE ACHRAMOVITCH. He is destroying our classrooms.