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Friday, May 18, 2012

Money diverted from students to lawyers

Concerned recently addressed the attendance of School Board member Matthew Dils at Board of Education meetings. A member of the community filed a 306 petition with the New York State Department of Education requesting the Commissioner remove Mr. Dils because he fails to attend School Board meetings. In a letter dated May 2,2012, Hamburg school attorney Tracie Lopardi, Harris Beach,sent a letter to NYSED thanking the Commissioner for extending the due date of District's answer to NYSED. The District's answer to NYSED is due May 18, 2012, today.


 A few questions must be raised, 


 1. Why has Mr. Dils missed approximately 50% of 2011-12 school board meetings? 


 2. Why is Harris Beach, who represents the District, sending letters to NYSED to respond for Mr. Dils? Mr. Dils was not acting in official capacity by being absent from meetings. Surely, the District and the lawyers understand that Mr. Dils has no more status than any other district resident when he is not in attendance at a properly convened Board of Education meeting. Concerned is concerned that Mr. Dils is getting legal representation paid for by the taxpayer for sitting home on the couch.  


 3. Did the Superintendent authorize the use of District funds by directing Mrs. Lopardi to act on Mr.Dils' behalf prior to the Board of Education voting on this matter? The facts reveal this is true. Mrs. Lopardi's letter of May 2, 2012 is before the May 8th Board of Education meeting. What made the Superintendent so sure the Board would approve scarce District funds be used for this matter? 


 4. Why does the Board fail to see that Mr.Dils should not be rewarded with legal representation for being absent almost 50% of the time? 


 5. Why hasn't there been a re-vote on this matter because Mr. Dils should never have voted on an issue concerning himself. Perhaps, if he came to meetings he might know the rules. 

Programs for kids are being cut. Yet, most of the Board of Education voted to send more money to the lawyers. 


Shame on you Board of Education (except Holly Balaya who voted against the motion)


Concerned opines that the Superintendent has exhibited unbridled nerve in authorizing this spending before Board approval.

It is time for Mr. Dils to step down and sit down. 

Our taxpayer dollars should be going to our students not toward lawyers and cover ups.

48 comments:

Super said...

WOW first illegal meeting now the misuse of funds all of this under Dr. Calkins leadership of the school Board and all with smilin Steve as superintendent. Joan when do we see smilin Steves legal experience!! yet another reason your are not fit to be President of the School Board

Anonymous said...

OMG this is total bull shit, STEP DOWN

Anonymous said...

Unbridled nerve is right. Dils and Achramovitch need to BOTH go. What the hell does he know when Harris Beach makes all his decisions? We pay him an outrageous salary and on top of that a high priced law firm.

ACHRAMOVITCH NEEDS TO GO

DILS NEEDS TO GO

s"smilin steve" said...

Good one Super "smilin Steve", our school board President clueless about him. He has a cozy relationship going on right now.

stormy said...

Stormy

Until Steve Achramovitch is gone this district will not be at peace. As long as Joan continues to take his lead, and lead this district down the wrong path we will be putting all our efforts into defeating her. Patti you only have so many Pom Pom's and PARTY MOM'S.

Anonymous said...

Matt, You cut teachers and staff and you miss 50%+ meetings and now to insult us even more we have to pay to defend your attendance record. Matt you also are responsible for the 1.8 million fiscal problems in 07. You are not up to a check and balance on anyting especially a questionable Supt. Pay for this yourself.
Matt I have to ask you if you drive while impaired are we to pay for that also? This is total abuse of my kids educational dollars.

step down Dils said...

This is abuse of the system. Step down you apparently don't have the time or inclination.

Anonymous said...

If Dils was any kind of a decent man, he would step down.

Anonymous said...

Steve is caught in a web of lies...he dragged in jetter and spaz. Wait till all the lies come out. Wagons are circling,

shame on matt dils said...

Dear Mr. Dils,

I don't know why you are walking around with your head hung low as though you have been wronged? The fact remains that you have wronged a few people in this district by telling terrible lies about them, and now you have been caught. Because you are on the sb doesn't give you anymore rights than the rest of us. To inform you Mr. Dils your discusting mouth is costing us. Now to add insult to injury you miss more than 50% of the school board meetings and you expect us to pay to keep you on this school board. Well Mr. Dils with your track record as I see it you are just about done here. You were on that board when almost 2 million was lost to the district, now you want to remain on the sb when you cannot make it to less than 50%. What do you aspire to do now that your only purpose is to rubber stamp what ever Steve and Dr. Calkins wants. I can assure you that whatever office you run for in the future this record will be widely made known.

Anonymous said...

staff and Teachers are people too. No respect for us, morale at an all time low. No appreciation, administration killing everything good about hamburg. Need to improve, need more to speak up.

Alum & employee & parent

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:04 pm

what is going on? We know about steve, what about jetter and spaz?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the kinder gentler Joan only appears when she wants something. Otherwise the other side appears no compassion clueless how she has negatively affected so many of us, especially our children. Joan you have destroyed our morale, by letting that man Achramovitch trash our great Hamburg School district. Joan you are responsible for him and we will remember you at the polls this May 2013.

staff said...

Put a big smile on our face Pink slip Steve Achramovitch. Our district morale will go from 1 to 100 instantly.

Anonymous said...

Achramovitch/Dils community relations rebuilding tour. Matt at middle school with drug dogs. What after 10+ years on the sb. finally he realizes we have a drug problem with middle schoolers. Well Matt too little too late. What about the rest of us whose kids and neighbors were neglected for all that time you did nothing in the school district. Caught now too many people on to you.
50%er. Why Matt do you care now, because you have someone in the middle school. What about my kids in the HS do you give a damn about them?

Anonymous said...

Hey Matt how is Stevie going to spin the $1.8 million audit with the state that your were responsible for?

thanks sally for the? said...

Just think with the serious drug problems, Matt Dils cuts LIFE SKILLS AND GUTS OUR HS SCIENCE DEPT. What a way to go Matty. Need to let our children know with knowledgable, capable, individuals who teach the dangers of drugs and ethol. Get a grip that is exactly what it is called LIFE SKILLS, FOR ALL OUR KIDS. Glad to see that you are finally doing something.
Is it only because Sally made a serious issue of this in her campaign? I don't care though, I'm just glad that finally after so many of our young graduates have lost their lives to drugs you finally are doing something. Thank you Sally for raising that issue. My son is friends with your Jack.

middle school said...

Thank you Sally S. for bringing this drug topic front and center.

Anonymous said...

A big thank you to Sally Stephenson for raising the drug issue. We appreciate what you have basically forced them to do, ACT

Anonymous said...

Message to school board.

you have no idea what this community thinks about you blowing our tax dollars on this bull shit. We are in an uproar, wait and see how far reaching this has become. we are expected to pay for Dils to miss more than1/2 of the sb meetings. Let him use his oun funds, he chose not to attend. What's his deal? All three of you Dils, calkins and reynolds will be given a pink slip at the polls. You three have to get you head out of your behinds and become responsible.

gall said...

When are we going to demand that the culture of this dishonest Supt. be put to an end. He will stoop to any level to preserve HIMSELF and it is costing us. Latest stunt paying huge amount of money to defend Dils for being absent from 50% of our sb meeting. Please this takes gall and a self serving men Achramovitch and Dils. Calkins allows all this to happen under her watch.

stop it now said...

Stop, stop it all, my kids deserve better, we deserve better for all our kids. Need to get a grip, this is a total waste of our kids school dollars. We object, we are getting organized now, the old guard will be out and the new is starting to trickle in. Stop this guy from all his legal troubles cut him loose, let him defend his oun actions. I agree we are all sick of this. If they cannot attend and do the job step aside and let someone who will serve. We had 8 candidates for sb interested in serving, why Dils? Why Dr. Calkins do you not see we are educated and ready to change this culture of secrecy and dishonesty, starting with your Supt. and friend Steve Achramovitch.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Calkins "you are the company you keep"

Bong hits for dils said...

Steve is on a spin campaign for DIls. Sent a message to staff and community that Dils headed up the drug search at HMS? Nice jobs Dils, but where have you been the last 8 years? And, you as in individual have no authority as a single board member coordinating a drug search. The superintendent, HMS principal together pullin several hundred thousands of dollars. Why wasn't the drug search at the high school???? maybe they may find some drugs there....we bet they'd find bong hits in the councilingncenter.

Anonymous said...

Wow what balls, I watched them vote to pay for Matt Dils for simply missing sb meetings. Thanks to Holly Balaya at least one had the common sense to vote no on this bull.

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Anonymous said...

http://www.thedailybeast.com/

Now the district is attaching links to the district website from the daily beast. Whats next the National Enquirier?

Anonymous said...

Regarding "The Daily Beast". Their methodology for the ranking states "To compile the 2012 list of the top high schools in America, Newsweek reached out to principals, superintendents and other administrators at public high schools across the country. In order to be considered for our list, a school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2010-2011 academic year. In all, more than 2,300 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 1,000 schools."
So Hamburg High School made the "Top 1000" list out of 2300 schools. Not so much of an honor, especially when the "administrator" had to take time out of their busy day to compile data and complete a self-reported survey for such a prestegious award!
Maybe that time would be better spent interacting with students: stopping students from having sex in the bathrooms, smoking on the busses, swapping spit, swearing up a storm,or screaming and running through the hallways. The time would even be better spent hanging out at Tim Hortons telling all the skipping students who go there to go back to class!

Anonymous said...

OMG, good reason for new blood, things will change. How many years has this dude dils been on the sb?

Anonymous said...

to anony. 10:55 pm sound like
(FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH)

Diane Reynolds a disappointment said...

Too cozy a relationship with the supt.. Calkins, Dils and now surprisingly Diane Reynolds. I never thought that Diane would allow all this to go on, but from the sb meetings,( which I am thankful to be able to watch at my own time )I now realize that she does nothing but vote yes, not a question asked or a word spoken. She has become part of group think. I'm sorry that I supported her now.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they also put the website to Business First and Buffalo News? Maybe because they tell the true story. Well SPin Dr. Steve you are dishonest to the core.

4th generation said...

point a friend made to me, if Kelly harper had not resigned from the sb there would not have been a 3rd seat up this past May. Joan Calkins would not be on the sb. This new guy Achramovitch very disappointing. My friend tells me and from what I am digesting here, the Supt. is trying ro rebrand himself as something he is not A NICE GUY.

My family has been in hamburg for 4 generations and never have there been so much disappointment in a Supt. Roswell and Osborne did a number but this new guy engaging in no bid contracts has me scratching my head.

Anonymous said...

4th generation,
we're scratching our heads also with no bid contract. How would you like working for this guy? He has mislead our unions, referred to some employees as idiots, sents threatening emails, than finally the drug dogs and he sends out an email what a fine job the prison guard Dils did. He wants us to all vote for Dils next yr. The only reason he has extended a branch to a drowning district is that he wants to save his job, plain and simple. He needs Calkins and Dils elected to remain supt. as we see it. Achramovitch is not fooling any of us employees. He lied to our UNION Leaders to get us to give up half a step and a pay freeze, while he takes his. Not buying his rebranding 4th generation.

omg said...

omg, I'll be passing this site to friends. I cannot believe what is happening here. Ehis whole thing is wrong. Let the next highest vote getter take his seat. That makes a whole lot more sense to me than this crazy spending of my tax dollars. Kids first, don't blow those dollars on a guy who doesn/t come to meetings. You use those dollars to keep my kid out of 2 study halls.

unbridled nerve said...

Concerned

unbridled nerve for sure. SB pres calkins and achramovitch make up their own rules as they go along.

Abuse of power and other peoples money. Go to hell and stop the bull sh** spending on non education items. You are taking this from our kids.

Anonymous said...

Stay organized and push them out next year.

I see from the sb meeting on this site only one willing to ask questions on spending. Matt what do you do but vote yes on everything. This drug thing a little too late many kids already lost because you find no value in health education or our science dept. Not all want to settle for a second rate education.

Anonymous said...

Who is Spaz?

Anonymous said...

Spaz is Sporz the bummling business director

Anonymous said...

Will there be an article in The SUN and the BUFFALO NEWS about the Dils/not attending meetings lawsuit? If so, what dates?

Super said...

I'm not sure if the Buffalo New will do an article about Dils not attending .I can GUARANTEE you that the Sun isn't going to print anything but SUNSHINE and RAINBOWS about the district and this mess. The sun hasn't run one article or letter to the editor about any of the districts lies and Illegal activity

Anonymous said...

Th Sun would never print anything the school administration didnt endorse. That is why they pay Michelle Darstein over 80,000 per year plus benefits.

what next? said...

ACHRAMOVITCH will use as much money as necessary to keep his ally Dils on the sb (it is imperative) Achramovitch needs dear old matty"s vote. Dils is costing the district with his lies and attendance. Dils thinks just because he is on the school board he can slander anyone he cares to. Well matt hate to tell you, being on the sb should make you more responsible. Matt pay for your own legal issues, not us taxpayers. What next?

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Anonymous said...

Why are we paying for this? Who allowd this? Engaging before a vote of the board sounds illegal.

Anonymous said...

What are you talking about $80,000 to put out the focus 4 times a year. Give me a break, we are just getting by. Lucky to be able to buy ice cream cones and Micky D's for our kids.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe all the rotten, immoral, corrupt things that are going on in the Hamburg School district. It's appalling, as a resident of Hamburg and as a taxpayer! Also, I heard that some of the secretaries are losing their jobs due to budget cuts....really? What could the district possibly save in $$$ when they are so underpaid and overworked!!! Wow! totally disgusted!

Anonymous said...

Super, the Buffalo News came out with an article today 5/30/12 Wed.

We are sick over this. Not showing up is not doing your job. What is Dils shift at the prison?His good reason is work, then prove to NYS Ed that you Matt were actually at work as you stated to the news and Dr. Calkins. Get a certified affidavit from human resources proving that you were actually were you claim to be and not pouting on the couch.