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Monday, July 23, 2012

Big spender

Legal Bills in Greece Schools under then Superintendent Steve Achramovitch. Please keep in mind when reading these dollar amounts that Greece is a school district of approximately 13,000 students.  
Whereas Hamburg has approximately 3,800 students. If you simply focus your attention on the amount spent at Harris Beach Law firm, you will add up approximately $800,000 in fees from November 2006- June 2010-4 school years. This is a giant chunk of taxpayer dollars.  

Justapose Greece's expenditures at Harris Beach for approximately 4 school years, with Hamburg's expenditures at Harris Beach of $411,222  for approximately 2 school years, one can see Hamburg has become a "big spender" on legal fees at Harris Beach under the guidance of Superintendent Steve Achramovitch.  

Maybe this is what Dr. Joan Calkins meant when she made the claim on December 14, 2010 at Steve's coronation as Hamburg Superintendent that she welcomes his extensive legal expertise.   

Shortly after uttering these absurd words, Joan and the 2010-11 School Board of Education voted via a roll call vote to give an open check book to Harris Beach Law firm to pursue the "taper caper". 














104 comments:

sick of this waste said...

I don't care about their tape recording of any meetings, this shit has to stop. We are here for the kids not their personal profits and personal beefs. Our cash starved schools need these dollars to go towards our kids, . Sick of these blood sucking lawyers and this Supt. Dr. Calkins needs to wake up.

Anonymous said...

Steve Achramovitch needs to go, we cannot afford his incompetence.

Inside job , mole in administration

greed & we are paying said...

This make us all sick. You are not giving our children what they deserve a decent education. Get you priorities straight, the students, not your own personal hate agenda. Our children deserve better, this school board pres. has to have her head in the sand to direct the school board into thinking that it is ok to spend this kind of money, when are kids are losing teachers, classes, and larger classes, more study halls and for what to personally profit at our expense. This is against the law and I hope they all pay dearly for their GREED. Thanks for all the information on this blog, otherwise we would be in the dark on this one. We are spreading the word as you can see the # of increased viewers. We are fans also

Anonymous said...

This is sick!!!! Does Erie One BOCES USE HARRIS BEACH? Here is a question, why doesnt the HTA sue the district for not bargaining in good faith. Clearly the HTA didnt know about these legal bills. Cutting teachers to line the pockts of the big fat Pigs.

Anonymous said...

Flynn and Calkins never should have voted on that resolution. Check out General Municipal Law. Those two freaks gotta go!!! NOW.

Maple ave. Parents said...

I can see why they canned Achramovitch in Greece. Ken ton couldn't keep it in his pants. Why is he here again? " His legal expertise" is this what Dr. Calkins was referring to. Well time to let him go , buy out his contract it would be cheaper. Or let him go and let him sue us. He has violated so many laws. Education law for one, personally profiting with our money. We supported Sally, Laura and Joan. We will not be voting for Dr. Calkins again. Dr. Calkins shouldn't take out her personal grips with our money. I also don't care who, what, when or where someone taped a meeting. Doesn't matter anymore, we too believe that someone who saw the wrongs at that meeting wanted it exposed, especially to those that were harmed by them. Don't care who taped it stop wasting our kids school funds. Parents Maple Ave.

Anonymous said...

Wow

Where are their heads? Could they be up their ass. Theft of taxpayers money. You want to profit use your own cash not my kids.

Anonymous said...

ROSLYN....check out the grand larceny in that district with the super and the business person using district funds for their own personal gain. Whats the difference in this matter? Hey BOE you better watch the money or you will end up behind bars. Dils can tell you what that is like....he's a prison guard.

Anonymous said...

The hiring of Steve is a direct result of Gregg Davis and Joanie. Davis was the HR person at the time and Joanie helped covered it up so the board would approved it. They both knew the background of Steve and still hired him. Go Sally! Get this mess cleaned up!

not for Hamburg, alum said...

Steve Achramovitch is the new guy in town with deep pockets with other peoples money. Our childrens, teachers and loss of many of our programs. It is apparent the Supt. is in this for himself. Do what is right and start a search for a new Supt. We will never trust him here, we know his history and lack of integrity.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to report this to the NYS Comptroller and to NYS Attorney General. This needs to stop. Who voted for this? Steve Achramovitch's leadership is killing our district. Deep Pockets alright with our tax dollars. Stop this guy and anyone who has endorsed this.

arrogance said...

Someone had to vote for this abuse of money and positions. You use your own money to sue whoever you want, but not my money for your own profit. This is so corrupt, I want all to pay for this arrogance.

4th generation said...

How much more do we have to endure? $400,000. WE NEED TO GO IN A NEW DIRECTION. WHAT EVER IT TAKES, CHANGES MUST BE MADE FOR THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. Our children are more inportant than this Supt. who violates us as taxpayers, parents and staff. We are 4th generation, we need to get back on track. We don't care about the Supt. petty grievences. One thing we know he is going too far. The Sb, supt and any private citizens we are paying for with a law suit better use their own cash to line their own pockets. The community is angry with the school board pres. and Supt.

Long Island case said...

Concerned group tell us about the ROSLYN Case on Long Island. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Corruption?

Anonymous said...

big spenders with our money. Use your own money,stop abusing your positions and our money

illegal said...

I keep reading this and have to pinch myself that this has actually happened. This is so absurd and illegal. U

Anonymous said...

Harris beach & Steve need to get a reality check. We are getting ripped off by the this law firm and this Supt.

Anonymous said...

At the time it was Personnel (not HR) and GD does not make the call for the Super seat. Get your heads out of your asses.

Anonymous said...

At the time it was personnel, and Greg Davis did make the decisions. He was the first class bully assigned to do the job of the spineless senseless freaks running the district. Gregg stayed on to bolster the pension. He is a phoney, and a world class a-hole.

Anonymous said...

We heard Greg was out on a staycation during taper caper, and he wanted to be sure that the firing and the transfer that he was involved with went thru. We heard that greg got someone to tape the meeting, and from there it fell into the right hands. Taper Caper, Greg is at the core.

Go Sally and Holly! said...

Sally and Holly, THANK YOU for doing the right thing for the children of the Hamburg Schools and catching these money grabbing thieves!

Steve and Joanie appointed Gregg district clerk to try to help him include the money from that job into his Final Average Salary (FAS).

The information from the NY State Teacher’s Retirement states that this CANNOT be included in the final average salary calculation. Can someone make sure that Crook Davis does not get this included in his pension?

http://www.nystrs.org/main/library/handbook/benefits.htm

The Three-Year FAS cannot include:
-Pay for duties not reasonably incidental to that of an administrator or full-time teacher (e.g., bus driver, district clerk, clerk of the board, school attorney)
-Payments for services ordinarily performed by classified positions
-Non-regular compensation
-Payments made outside contract terms;

Disgusted on Abbott road said...

Steve turned 2 on your side, Ron plants reporter away. NHL wouldn't even let him in the building. Steve won't talk to the media about his extravagant spending at the law firm. All of us on Abbott are disgusted with this jerk. Did stevemthink his frivolous lawsuit wouldn't make the news?? Thanks red coats.

Klozman said...

Achramo in major screw up. Uses taxpayer money to fund a frivolous law suit, then has no reasonable defense when Channel 2 News arrives at Admin Bldg to get his input. To evade an interview he dispatches a lackey to claim unavailability (I have no doubt he was cowering somewhere in the bldg behind a bomb-proof door). Obviously he lacked the forewarning essential to concoct another lie.

The noose continues to tighten.

Catch these crooks stealing money from the Hamburg taxpayers! said...

Stevy and Dr. Joanie appointed their friends of Harris Beach to steal money from the citizens of Hamburg. One of the attorneys from Harris Beach is Marnie Smith.

Has anyone noticed how "close" Gregg Davis and Marnie appeared to be at the board meetings? They appeared to be as thick as thieves. They also had numerous meetings privately which ran up more $$$ to the taxpayers in Hamburg due to Gregg's incompetence and trying to cover up Steve and Joanie's lies.

Sally, please catch these hamburglars and run them out of the district! My husband and I can't thank you and Holly enough for your hard work on the board. It will pay off when these crooks are all gone from our district!

highland ave. said...

shame on anyone who endorsed this. Thieves.

Harris Beach what have you done here?

bad legal advise Harris Beach Lawyers said...

Harris Beach what kind of legal advise did they charge for?

We paid this law firm for this shit?

Why so they can drive up their legal meter?

This law firm needs to be canned, bad legal advise at our expense.

Steve Achramovitch attempting to line his own pockets with our money. We cannot express enough what others have said this is theft of our taxes.

parents said...

So this is how they are spending our tax dollars. Anyone who endorsed this should resign, starting with the Superintendant.

Anonymous said...

Absolute abuse of their positions and my hard earned cash.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Matt Dills is sucking on the taxpayers breast too. He is getting sued for being a liar, much like the others on the boe, but Dils got caught on tape. Yep, taxpayer dollars going to his defense.... And the pig is using taxpayer dollars to sue Sally and others. Dils your a pig...and loud mouthed slob... Dials was on the boe when the district misappropriated money to the foundation and lost 1.8 mill. Dils is not only a liar, he is a thug. A growing opinion.

taxpayer & parents pleasant ave. said...

Concerned, please check out the SUN"S editorial. They missed the mark. This school board never wanted the public to know how they are abusing their positions and using our tax dollars to benefit themselves. The law reads that a public official cannot personally profit from their position. This school board is asking us to foot the bill for personal profit using our tax dollars. I'm glad and I don't care how this was brought out to the public. THis is what we are all talking about, this apparently was done behind closed doors and now they are crying foul because they have been exposed. Shame on the SUN for not getting it. Taxpayer and Parents

A big thank you to all that exposed this.

Anonymous said...

Use your own money. Why is the sb Pres. doing this? who directed her to this? where was the legal advise on this/ what law firm (i presume Harris beech) give this advise? why our money for their own profits? is this legal? seems shady. please someone do something have them all removed.

removal from office said...

The bell has rung. File 306's on them all. NYS Ed Law spells out how to do this. Concerned please investigate this. Asking and using the school district funds to potentially personally profit from a law suit being paid for, by us the taxpayers.

This is a legitimate reason to have the sb removed from office. Perhaps Harris Beach did this intentionally to drive up their fees. If I got poor legal counsel like this I would fire my lawyers stat.

need to know said...

the public needs to know

Anonymous said...

This abuse of my $$$ makes me sick. I don't care how they spin this, it is mismanagement of our district finances. The Supt. legal advise is his dishonest mouth, he has no legal expertise as evidence of these outrageous legal fees. He is dishonest as we have all experiences. he has lied to all our unions and our officials, refers to some employees as IDIOTS. We know that he lets us know all the time that our positions are always on the line and he will be the one to harm us in his sneaky way with this unsuspecting school board. Our morale is low. Remember we can put you in office and we can turn you out. Dr. Joan Calkins is up this May again, this time if she continues on this path supporting a suit. who is dishonest and crude to our staff he should not be representing our district. Many are so throughly burned that we would vote for my pet dog before Dr. Calkins. Trying to Profit with taxpayers money is illegal and under handed. Mr Achramovitch and Dr. Calkins should take their personal agendas elsewhere. Message to them if they want to sue anyone (Sally or perhaps Joe Blow,) use your own funds not ours. Harris Beach Mr. Achramovitchs and Dr. Calkins I'm glad that all is exposed here. It is time to stop all your violations on our staff and community members. We don;t care anything about any meeting recorded.

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of angry comments here, but everyone is asking that someone ELSE do something. Any private citizen can file a 306. Directions can be found at www.nysed.gov. Write your letters to the sb, to the Buff News and to all the news stations. Anyone can file a grievance with the state comptroller office. Anyone can ask to initiate a state audit on the grounds they have not addressed the concerns found in the LAST state audit (also online on the Comptrollers web site: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/schools/2008.htm#ghi) Bottom line: You are waiting for someone else to come save you from this when you have the power to fix it yourselves. Vote the board members out of office. Attend and speak at every board meeting. You have the right to ask each board member individually to explain themselves and why they personally are voting yea or nay on everthing. Board members are legally responsible for the votes they take and they have neglected their fiduciary responsibilities here. Teachers, I have 3 words for you: No confidence vote.

Anonymous said...

to anonymous 8:20
thank you. i do agree with you. many angry comments here. however, as a teacher, it is often difficult to voice my feelings in public... the climate seems quite hostile and to be honest, i am afraid of what might happen to me at the hands of the district. i applaud those that regularly attend the school board meetings and speak up. i wish that all of those on this blog, who are so enraged by the things that go on in this district, would show up and speak up... with a clear loud unified voice. i love this community and i love my students, but this school is heading in a very bad direction. working for the current administration is becoming unbearable. as adults we try to teach our kids values, but all we see is dishonesty and a general lack of accountability on behalf of those running the district. i ask myself everyday, why is this happening? i strongly encourage, no, i beg, all of you on this blog who are fed up with the issues that are plaguing our district to go to the august meeting and sign up to speak. speak for the teachers who have to keep quite, speak for your kids whose education depends on it. demand answers and don't let them off the hook until you get them. put them on the spot and make them explain their actions. hold them accountable. remember... "if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor"---Desmond Tutu
thank you.

A Hamburg Teacher said...

Anon 11:21 PM is spot on. We need parents and community members to speak up. We teachers fear retaliation as you have seen by teachers who have been mentioned on this blog. These folks speak up and get hammered by the district.

Anonymous said...

STEVIE AND JOANIE, MAYBE IT WAS THE POPES BUTLER WHO TAPED YOUR LIES! On that tape you violated certain individuals constitutional rights. A word to the wise, you have opened yourself up to a serious liability.

theft of my money said...

The Supt. guiding this clueless school board. The supt. stepped into a big pile of shit on this one and on the way he will bring the entire board down. Removal from office all of them for attempting to profit themselves with taxpayer's dollars. I have been away and away from my electronics, I was shocked when a friend told me to turn in and weigh in on this issue. Matt Dils not coming to 50% of meetings and we are saddled with the bill. He should step aside and let someone who has the time and concern for our kids. This latest caper by the Supt. is a whopper. He should be removed for giving this direction to the sb. Where was anyone not to pick this misuse of our $$$. what legal firm would promote the use of tax dollars for the sb and others at our expense to personally financially profit. Use your own funds to sue anyone but not my funds. Get over yourselves, you have new sb members that are not rubber stamping all your moves and for this we are refreshed. Keep up the exposure and concerned group keep us informed.

stones big ones said...

Wow, what stones

parents said...

We are very angry, we need to have those who supported this to be removed, yes paper work needs to be filed with NYS Education Dept. and the legal arm of the State the NYS Attorney General. file official misconduct for using tax dollars to personally profit with our tax dollars. with the governor. This is wrong in so many ways that it has angered us beyond what I can express here. Bad move, get back to our kids and not the personal hate agenda of the Supt.

go away said...

I could care less about anyones witch hunt. We don't care about any tape. You are spending a lot of our school money for your own personal vendetta"s. We don't care. Go away and pay attention to the kids.

Parents

retired cost to cover lies said...

First time;

I've been involved with this district for almost 40 years. All our children went through Hamburg. My grandchildren now attend Hamburg. Steve Achramnovitch, who I know, is by far the worst Supt. to grace the halls of the Hamburg Central School District. We know the great expense and misuse of our tax dollars to protect his lies. Many of us know what went on. It is baffling to us as to why the school board cannot see through this mess. We will be hopeful for new board members next year.

Anonymous said...

the shit is going to hit the fan

Klozman said...

Go to the district web site and read the dying gasps of a sour grapes sore loser. Calkins should not be president of the BOE. In fact, she should not be on the Board – period.

Comparing Calkins’ statements with the truth:

1. ”These have been court actions, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, grievance arbitrations and claims filed with the New York State Division of Human Rights. The District has defended and been successful in every case.”

This is a lie. The district lost the case that Sally S. brought before Judge Devlin re illegally convened executive sessions. Several claims remain outstanding. The Districts legal attempt at discovery concerning the tapes got them nowhere.

2. “That executive session was recorded illegally by someone other than those present at the executive session. As it breached the sanctity of the executive session, we reported this incident to law enforcement for a criminal investigation.”

This never has been and never can be proven. Law enforcement declined to investigate for that reason. Someone in attendance taped the meeting. None of the defendants was privy to its location. The executive sessions have no sanctity. One of their chief reasons for meeting behind closed doors is to employ dirty tricks against those who are threatening to expose their shenanigans or those who are not playing ball with the administration. Any who doubt this need only listen to the tape.

3. “Board members Holly Balaya and Sally Stephenson have also been quoted saying a suit which enables individuals to benefit is illegal.”

That statement has no basis in truth. No evidence of such a quote exits. What was actually conveyed is that District personnel can not legally benefit financially from a law suit that is financed with taxpayer dollars.

4. “The claim that the District’s law firm, Harris Beach, has a conflict of interest due to the filing of the suit against Sally Stephenson (prior to her beginning her term as a Board member) is also unfounded.”

This is an outright lie. Why did the district wait until after Sally’s election to file a suit based on an incident that occurred nearly two years ago? This was a poorly conceived attempt to keep her off the board. Sally was sworn in as a Board member prior to receiving the summons, ergo, it would seem that she is a Board member being sued by other Board members. Does this not mean that she is entitled to be represented by Harris Beach, the same as Dils?

Behind every last shred of Calkins article lurks the imprimatur of that low life Achramo.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Of Course! Sally would be entitled to representation by the board's attorneys. Hahahahah! Love it.

What gets me is the "sanctity of executive session" line of bull. There is no such thing. Executive session is a priviledge a board may choose to go into within the context of a properly convened public meeting which demands that the time and place are posted publicly with proper notice. The whole idea that no one knew the time or place of this executive session means that it was illegally convened. There can be no sanctity of anything in an illegal meeting. They simply got caught! Joanie give it up. Nobody cares who taped the meeting, but we care what you're doing now. Do not take Hamburg down this road.

HHS Student government said...

Dr J CALKINS IS A VERY SICK WOMAN. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE AWARE THAT SHE HAS IMPAIRED JUDGEMENT AND SHOULD NEVER BE AROUND CHILDREN. SHE IS VERY ANGRY. JUST ASK HER FORMER HUSBAND...HE TALKS. OR MAYBE HER CHILDREN WHO THINK THEY ARE EXEMPT FROM REALITY. CALKINS NEEDS TO BE RUN OUT OF TOWN. SHE IS AN ELECTED MEMBER OF THE BOARD, AND SHE WILL BE REMOVED FOR HER LIES. WE HAVE HER ON RECORDING TALKING TO KIDS. JOAN YOU ARE CLEARLY STUPID.

HMS Mom said...

Joan, Did you violate the sanctity of executive session by telling the entire school community what happened in the JUNE Executive session. NYSED MUST BE CONTACTED. She is a freak using the district web site to libel private citizens. Get that shit off of there and tell me what my kids need for school. This stunt smells of steve achramovitch. If I were the teacher I would sue their ass off. We love the teacher and will support her all the way. Maybe we should pay her legal fees????

K.A. Urbanski said...

DEAR MOMMY DEAREST,

Never Forget Everything that Hitler did in Nazi Germany was legal....MLK.

You are a sinister woman.

T. Urbanski said...

I think the teacher should write a letter to all of Joan Calkins patients and send a copy of the cd she recieved along with it....tell her patients what a freak she is. I would pay for the postage. Dr. Calkins is a loose cannon. We also know what Mr. Dils said at the Jan. BOE Meeting. Thats gone viral. Get rid of these scumbags.

Super said...

Its must be nice to know the rules don't apply.
As many of you by now have read the latest Statement from Dr Calkins on our school districts website. As klozman has pointed out its full of lies. It also brakes the schools own Regulations ...the following is the schools policy from Regulation 3180R School District Standards & Guidelines for Web publishing

3. Staff / Community Member Safeguards
The full name, photo, video and/or other personally identifiable information for a staff member or school-related community member may be used with their signed permission. The section editor must obtain a copy of the signed consent form before the information is published. Consent forms can be obtained on the District Web site.
Just this morning I FOIL Requested the Consent forms that the 5 people named in the statement would have had to sign before it was posted to the District website .

You've tormented the wrong people said...

Hey mommie dearest and tricky dicky, get your self a copy of George Wills Leviathan on a fishing trip, and hang on to your hats. Civil rights lawyers are going to make tuna fish salad out of you bully's.

Rochester Hamburg roots said...

The LIE

It starts with Steve Achramovitch LIES. He has affected so many of our teachers in Greece. Manufactures events gets caught as in Greece and now same ol same ol in Hamburg. Steve is a serial liar. He goes from district to district lying and banging.

rules don't apply to Joan or steve said...

The pair Calkins & Achramovitch run in the same circles, they make up the rules as they go along. They have no regard to district policy or NYS Ed basic educational requirements for our students and my children. Just stating a fact.

HS teachers said...

What this is all about is intimidation of individuals who are about to testify regarding a board member Matt Dils. The teacher is to give testimony regarding Dils and the Pres. Joan Calkins is using the dist web site and other tactics to silence her. They have isolated and singled this individual out. They are fearful of the truth and Joan will do what ever it takes to get her way and hurt her for speaking the truth. Joan is using our money for her own personal agenda, making it look like she hasn't done anything wrong. Well Joan we don't care how much you try there are Fed and State Laws from going after a potential witness. Just watch the news.

wny said...

When Joan Calkins doesn't get her way watch out. WNY

WITNESS TAMPERING said...

Hey, I will go to bat for this teacher. I will give testimony of the harassment and different treatment this teacher has been given, as many of us have witnessed. We will not abandon this teacher. Anyone of us teachers or staff could become victim to Steve Achramovitch.

What went on with his plans for Chris C. Hey glad that Achramovitch and Connelly got busted. Thank God for some honest folks with a conscience We are at new lows with this one.

Because this teacher is to give testimony and tell the truth they are going to great lengths to harass
this individual.

Could it be witness tampering by the district leaders? There is no doubt with us.

Holly Balaya said...

Before Joan Calkins quotes me she should get it straight. I have no problem being quoted if it is accurate. As for her saying I put my own agenda forward just proves she is a liar. I never put forth my own agenda. I am speaking out because it is wrong to waste money, the money they spent was not for defense. This is the second suit they filed against the three named. They are not defending they are attacking.
Furthermore, an employee has a negotiated right to file a greivence or go to arbitration, it is a negotiated contractual right. It is how disputes are resolved. This is the prime example of why we need labor unions. Noone asked the board to hire two lawyers, one from wallstreet to handle a simple greivence or arbitration that had no other lawyers present but the districts.
Dear Joan how much did you pay the lawyers to write your current statment?

TOM said...

Morality is doing what's right regardless of what Of what you are told, obiedience is doing what you are told regardless of what is right. Joan calkins if you think that your attack on my former teachers will ever shake their inner core, you are on planet mars. Maybe you should leave Hamburg. Mrs. Kavanaugh was the best teacher in the social studies department. We learned about life...about government, and people like you that abuse power. We read James Madison, the Federalist Papers...we learned about factions and the supreme court, she taught us about open meeting laws, and made us read the paper. We learned, thought critically, wrote essays and as an adult, I now see that people like you are part of the political corruption. I called you and left you a message at your doctors office and u never called me back. Here is what I want to say to you, you are a nasty sick woman...you know nothing and are attacking the real changers in society. Go to Hell Dr Calkins, you have ruined my high school. I am a lawyer in washington and deal with scum like you and Harris beach every day. Leave miss k alone, she is a powerful teacher who changes kids lives and tells us about the real world. You Joan are an armchair loser who wishes life was the way you wanted it to be. Leave our teachers alone. Tom

Norwood Ave. parents said...

tell these dirt bags to use their own money to line their own pockets. I bet if they had to use their own cash especially this low life Achramo, non of this shit would go on. Yes they are attacking and using our money. we are happy that we have two strong women on this board not the bobble heads that you wish they were. You will not break these women, they are strong and right. We support them and are losing faith Dr. Calkins in your ability to lead. Yes you are attacking and driving up the legal meter. We all know that your secret meeting in your secret location was an inside job and that Steve got caught lying. We have spend a great deal of money to hide those lies. Steve Achramovitch is not a good person. He is not decent in any way.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Holly. What was done to her family by Steve and the lies is tough for any mother to swallow. Once a liar always one, I would defend my kids in the events that he manufactured about her daughter. Joan is for show, Holly and Sally are for real,just ask many of the parents in this community. The Supt. is on the attack and has been; when the people really wronged are the Stephenson family. Steve Achramovitch's attacks and lies are what is behind all this. Deal with this, these two women are elected. Dr. Calkins is here for less than one year.

Klozman said...

Someone correct me or expand on what I'm saying. I seem to recall that Martha K. and Lindsey S. were heavily involved in exposing financial irregularities and improprieties within the district immediately prior to Martha being transferred and Lindsey being axed. It sounded at the time like they were on the verge of exposing someone who had had his hands in the till.

TOM said...

Holly Balaya why don't your write a letter for the front page of the district web page?????

Hugh h said...

Is Joaner getting the ukrainian boner???? Any port in a storm Joaner the moaner????

Pat & John UPES said...

Thank you Holly,

We all support you and Sally. We are seeing what a vicious woman Dr. Calkins is toward the two of you. Dr. Calkins is Mad as hell that the two of you are on HER SCHOOL BOARD. We all believe that she believes that she OWNS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. Her behavior is nothing less than sinister and for many reasons we have taken our children out of her practice. You have our support. Keep up the good fight for our kids we know that you both care. Love Pat & John UPES

upes said...

Holly and Sally we love you. Yes they are attacking with our money, and to add insult to injury with our kids school dollars for their own pockets. This is as illegal as it gets. We also have been told that they have some but not all former board members listed and a private citizen that never served on the board. Who is paying for that person? Who the hell do they think they are. this is abuse of our money and abuse of their elected positions. I would like to tell Joan how about spending time with your Son and resign. You son and us would be much happier. Just an idea, leave us alone and go away

UPES parents too

Anonymous said...

The petty personal attacks here are just stooping to the levels of dr.calkins and company.
They are doing a good enough job embarrassing thenselves without this blog piling on.

I do wonder if other board members will have the chance to post their own notices nd interpretations on the website. Was there a vote taken to authorize the letter/

Joan said...

Any one watching the olympics??? Does hamburg have any olympians??

Parent and staff member said...

Thank you Klozman and Super;

you are so correct. Remember the first cause is Supt. Steve Achramovitch manufacturing affidavits on a non tenured teacher from the (Village Mayor and Village Dt.) He also throws in the Village Justice in another matter. All not true. THe character assassination went on . No AFFIDAVITS EVER EXISTED . He made up those documents to accomplish his task. Why? and we ask ourselves what was he up to with another teacher Chris C. until an honest individual from Springville left the email out to the public. When does it stop? A good deal of our district now have heard the slander and lies of STEVE ACHRAMOVITCH. He wants nothing more than to have SALLY and HOLLY to go away. He spends how much money with the HARRIS BEACH LAW FIRM to try to keep Sally off the school board? I would assume that they know the true nature of the man. He has the other five in his slick pocket right now. Some maybe not sharp enough to grasp this yet, but eventually they will.

The thing that gets all of us is that the former school board was made aware of the LIES & or AFFIDAVITS that Steve Achramovitch claimed to have possessed. They are also aware that emails between The Supt. of Springville and Hamburg exist concerning our middle school teacher for expressing his views in his home district of Springville. This Hamburg teacher was the target of perhaps more lies and tactics from our Supt.. We now know that there are no one single incidents. He has done this in Ken ton and Greece.
Our Supt Acharmovitch. while Supt. of Ken Ton went so far as to affect his lovers(Ken Ton teacher) husband (also a coach and teacher in ken ton) career as a teacher. We know all this now. He is behind a school board Pres.( Dr. Calkins knows that all is not true. ) It is apparent that this school community has no trust or faith in his ability to lead. He has cost us our dignity, he has embarrassed ;many in our school community. It will not be forgotten how he referred to some of our staff as IDIOTS. You see we will not support anyone who keeps propping this Supt up. Joan you message on Holly is all wrong. You hate it that the sb meetings are public and not pre staged. Remember we have open govt. laws. and free speech. Even though you have attacked Martha viciously. We are refreshed that all is on the table and out there. sentiments of dist.

Mom of 4 said...

Ask Dr.Calkins why she left WNY Peds. She can only work for herself.

Her way or the highway, she is a control freak. Anyone who stands up to her she will stop at nothing to silence. The problem is she is using our money not hers. I agree at 60 years of age spend time with your son he deserves it. Kids of single parents need double time. Just a thought mother of 4

witch hunt at a cost to my children said...

Holly and Sally

thank you from my family. We can see what they are up to. Please don't let this crew break you. We know that you are in the right. This witch hunt needs to stop, we all believe that like Springville (email released) that someone in there violated executive session had a conscience also. So glad to know and hear for myself the horrible behavior of the former school board. WE are not referring to Kelly Harper, she was the only decent person on that board. She apparently realized what a lost cause it was to serve with Dr. Calkins and Steve Achramovitch. Witch Hunt at a dear cost to our kids.

stop exposing us to further litigation said...

Thank you Super,

the web policy is a protection against liable and litigation. Now that being said, this irresponsible School Board President Dr. Joan Calkins has done just that exposed our school district to further litigation. Who would not defend themselves. The problem is it is with others tax dollars. Perhaps if it was coming directly from Dr. Calkins own pocket she would be much more responsible. This woman has something wrong with her, perhaps blinded by hatred or jealousy. Please stop this madness and stop this attack on our district. We are the ones paying for this irresponsible SB Pres.

Anonymous said...

I suppose paying Harris beach 250$ per hour to sit and read this blog everyday is included in the 100000$ that those individuals allegedly cost the district? Just a question.

Oliver St. said...

To Dr. Calkins,
yes we are watching the Olympics with our lap tops on. Dr. Calkins you have exposed this district to future litigation. I wouldn't blame anyone for pushing back.

Oliver St. parents

Joan Calkins can be reckless with her own$$ said...

I would hope that the Harris Beach Law firm did not advise the School Board President on her message. The message has opened up the dist. to some serious legal issues for the school district.

Lets propose that the Harris Beach Law firm did write or give the ok. This is beginning to look as though this law firm gave bad advise, in hopes of keeping this issue going thus generating future business for Harris Beach.
Joan Calkins can be reckless with her money, which is fine with me, but not my money.

Dr. Joan Calkins personal hate agenda said...

the trouble seems to stem when Joan Calkins pushed Greg Wachlzcz to the ground for the Presidency "he has driven this district into the ground". was her statement. all our problems do stem from her becoming Pres of the Hamburg Central School Dist. I am beginning to believe the reference to her as losing it, control freak etc.
Dr. Calkins appears to be angry and vicious. I agree at 60 spend some time with your 12 year old. As a single parent you cannot make up for that time in the future. The time is now for him, not yourself and your personal hate agenda. As it appears to stand this school district is fed up with Supt. Achramovitch. Sick of his bad advise, sick of his lack of regard for our once great educatonal system and mostly how dishonest he is.

Anonymous said...

How do you spin that Steve Achramovitch is not a LIAR? No way since it is captured out of his own mouth. He is desperate to cover his tracks.

Some HHHS TEACHERS said...

Holly, You are right. A simple grievance arbitration lasted three days because the district and attorneys Douglas Gerhardt and Marnie Smith of Harris Beach dragged it out for three days. Dr. Calkins and Patty Brunner were requested as witnesses, so they could testify about the lies that were told in Board Meeting in Sept. They did not respond, so the union had to get subpoenas (which the teacher paid to have drawn up by an attorney out of her own money), and they were subpoenaed, and a third day was needed because of this. Mr. Gerhardt lives in the metro Albany area, and according to his business card works out of NYC. In fact, thats only the three days of arbitration, the conference calls before the arbitration were well in the double digits. At one point Mr. Gerhardt whined so loudly about the "tape of the taper caper" being introduced in to evidence that Steve Achramovitch, who was there for all three days ( nothing better to do I guess) called Captain Melisz of the Hamburg Police department to come to the Holiday Inn Express and retrieve the "illegal"recording. Funny enough, the police, there were three that turned up, outside their jurisdication as the hotel is in the town, left without the recording and never once asked any of the people who had the recording any questions about it.

The district is going to great lengths to hide that tape anyway they can, but guess what? They cant do a damn thing about it. Joan you were in arbitration that day, it is recorded. So, Joaner why didnt the village police haul the teachers off in orange jump suits and chains if they possessed the tape that you claim to be illegal? If fact Joaner, you dont want anyone to hear the part of the tape where you utter that one of the teachers "taunted a police officer". Yep, a lie amid many lies that have come from that morally absent woman who is diabolical in her intentions. I am a teacher in the district, and I read each and every line of the transcription of the 3 day arbitration. Two harris beach lawyers, and superintendent, actually two superintendents, a few BOE members against two teachers, who paid out of their own pockets for legal counsel. So Joan, get your head out of your ass. You, Brunner Collins, Achramovitch, Crawford were well trained to lie, so it seems, but we bet when the judge in the black robes tells you to spill the beans on your bully sessions, I mean executive sessions, you better be ready. I just bet Harris Beach is frothing at the mouth over the legal fees coming there why.

Anonymous said...

If its all about the kids, then why is all the money going to Harris legal counsel? Why is the Hamburg School site posting legal matters and then blaming teachers for their legal woes? Why hasn't any of the board resigned, when the town of Hamburg is furious over the mishandling of power, status, funds, focus, ethics, attitudes, agendas, morals, ....really, what's the point of the board of ed??? I thought it was to represent the best interest of the community and welfare of the kids, staff, and education process. Wow, the board has really LOST those last few supporters by using money and now our community school website!! Please consider your legacy!!! You were a reputable doctor and now your in the entertainment tabloids-news? Is this what your life is now all about?
Please, administrators, think why you love your career...is it to leave again a lagacy concerning the worst management tactics ever? Please think, and think again, I know your wise enough to make the correct decision for the good of us all!
All the best in your decision.

harms way said...

Dr. Joan Calkins statement as School board pres. was irresponsible. Making a statement as a private citizen is one thing but to use her position on the school district web page has jeopardized this entire school district. Her irresponsible action as sb Pres has now exposed us to litigation. Dr. Calkins position is to protect the district not put it in harms way.

real trouble resulting in sb pres statement said...

who gave Dr.Joan Calkins permission to break school dist web policy? Thank you Super for the information.

I would like to know if they had a vote on this. You cannot canvas the board for approval; Where was the vote?

we are in real trouble now. This is the first time I know of a school district representative using a teachers name on the web page and speaking to the media regarding personal. This is a no no in all organizations. It looks like they have targeted this individual. More legal trouble for our sd. time to take the PRes personal agenda elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Calkins needs to take her personal grips elsewhere, not on the district web page.We are in real trouble now the sb President using her position to liable a teacher sb member and private citizen. who is advising her? Corrupt she is and we will pay dearly for her ill thoubht move.

Parents Highland Ave.

sunset dr said...

Using the distirct web page for her hate session is as bad as it gets Using our tax money to line her pockets is even worse.

Unemployed Sunset Dr

Anonymous said...

IT APPEARS THAT HARRIS BEACH LAWYERS ARE INTENTIONALLY GIVING BAD ADVISE TO THE SD, IN HOPES OF KEEPING THIS WITCH HUNT GOING. THEY WANT OTHER PEOPLES PROBLEMS SO THEY CAN REAP THE FINANCIAL REWARDS. WE ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF WITH BAD ADVISE FROM STEVE ACHRAMOVITCH HAND PICKED LAW FIRM. NO BID CONTRACT WITH HARRIS BEACH AND OPEN CHECK BOOK. HARRIS BEACH KEEPS US ON THE WHEEL AND DOESN'T WANT IT BROKEN $400,000 IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS.

THIS SEEMS SO UNETHICAL AND UNPROFESSIONAL. THEY ARE PLUNDERING OUR TAX DOLLARS THROUGH SUPT. ACHRAMOVITCH AND DR;. CALKINS. HE NEEDS TO BE TERMINATED
ALONG WITH HARRIS BEACH. ARROGANT

Anonymous said...

Steve has a personal agenda to harm the stevenson family in any way possible. he has harmed many a family starting with his own. we witnessed him in our district (kenmore) with a lovely couple both teachers he ripped that family apart as well as his own. he is narcisitc and serial womanizer. ken/ton teacher hamb res.

Anonymous said...

Hey I just read that piece of work on the web page. How can they use a teacher and private citizen name on the web? We have never heard of any school community releasing names like this. This sounds like another legal battle. Stupid move

no basis said...

Who said that the recording is illegal? was there any law enforcement charges? if not how can any sb member claim it to be illegal; how can joan calkins? from what we know the only two wanting it to be illegal and claiming it to be so is Calkins and Achramovitch.What gives them the right to make such charges? It is their opinion and for their opinion we are now going to have legal problems.

irresponsible use of the district owned web page.

harris beach law firms cash cow said...

This school district needs to be mindful of what they have exposed our sd to. A shit storm is coming from this in the form of more legal issues. Poorly advised, this sd web page is not one single members right to abuse. Get over yourselves and learn to act like adults. Adults that are to protect not expose our district to further legal problems. Yes the sd is attacking and driving up their legal bills and the attorneys are probably encouraging it and definately loving all the cash. We are the cash cow for harris beach.

Anonymous said...

In the real world Dr. Joan Calkins would be given the pink slip for going off like a loose cannon. The lawyers are loving her right now. She is their cash cow and we are the suckers who are paying. I agree sue for your own personal financial gain with your own money not other peoples. This is pissing us all off.
Dr. Calkins has to run again, pray we rid this district of her vengeful agenda. Respect those that stand up to her and the likes of her arrogant entitlement ways. As an earlier post Dr Calkins in her odd way believes that she owns the Hamburg Schools, that she is the only one worthy to be Queen. Dr. Calkins almost had her bubble bust this past May, time for real change. May is our target

Anonymous said...

Are there just a lot of people who don't know how to spell advice (advise) or is one person posting under multiple names in an attempt to make it look like a lot of different people are posting on this blog, when in actuality, it is just a few posting under different names.

Anonymous said...

Often touch pads misspell words. Like advice and advise, or joaner and boaner. It happens. Since teachers can't take off for spelling, dont penalize the writers.

Hamburg Teacher said...

Isn’t it time that we send the Dr. Mommie Dearest Joanie to Dr. Brian Joseph for a psychiatric evaluation?

Anonymous said...

I saw the statement when I went online to check out a teacher webpage. I wanted to throw-up. I can't believe that a sb member would use the district website to slander. I'm not surprised at all. Just read the Sun over the past year. Anytime Joan or Steve were asked about what might "help" fix the budget issues, they threw the teachers under the table. Even if it was a creditable idea, putting it out to the public makes the teachers look greedy if they don't accept it. I still can't bleieve the administrators were allowed to take their step before the froze their pay. What BS

3rd time now said...

Hey advise or advice whatever.

I for one this including this comment is my 3rd comment. I got angry two separate times and now I'm reminded how desperate they are to not have Sally S. on the school board. I support her and realize what a mistake it was for the Pres of the SB to use the districts web sight for her personal beef. Mention a teacher and private citizen is unheard of.

Anonymous said...

Joan is digging a big hole for herself and us taxpayers. Use your own site on your own dime not me the taxpayer.

Keep up exposing this Supt.

He is despised here, and full of tricks.

Use your own money Dr. Calkins to attack these three women. You are an attack DOG.

Blow Back is a bitch

Harris Beach fanning the flames said...

Harris Beach wants to fan the flames.

Harris Beach throws the match on the dry leaves and prays that it becomes a forest fire.

Fire Storm in Hamburg & Harris Beach doesn't want the fire company to come.

Anonymous said...

Tell your lies and get caught and blame others. Divert attention away from the scum bag Achramo. He is good at playing the victim when in actuality he is the perpetrator.

Hates us teachers, hates the staff.
He gets his rocks off with messing with the lives and families or others. Observation

entitlement Calkins said...

I'd love to be the one to run the campaign against Dr. Calkins and Matt Dils. I would have a picnic with the two of them next year. We will show Joan how much she doesn't own the school district in Hamburg. Sick of her superior attitude and entitlement

Anonymous said...

Calkins should use her own cash and stop acting so irresponsible with our money. Calkins is so arrogant she doesn't care, it isn't her money it is ours.

There will be strike back. We all know the whole story by now and am sick of this 2 year old saga. Holly B. is correct Calkins is attacking and the others will defend. Cannot personally profit at the taxpayers expense against public officers law. Basic common sense, which Joan has little.

retired Highland Ave. said...

Reckless move on the school districts part. Our elected representatives are to protect us not expose us. We are viewing the School Board Presidents message as damaging to all especially the school district. Take your personal agenda elsewhere, we cannot afford this type of irresponsible leadership.

Highland Ave. taxpayer retired

no joke we will pay dearly said...

Take the very personal war Pres. Dr. Joan Calkins elsewhere. No place on the districts site. I know the Supt. and Dr. Calkins may have a little thrill right now, but in the end this is no joke. I can see us paying dearly for this move.

Hawkins said...

The Problem

if Joan Calkins wants to give an opinion as a private citizen is one thing but to use her position as SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT is another matter. Using her position to speack as school board Pres. has a whole new meaning. Litigation against the district for that one gaff.

Hawkins

HAMBURG TAXPAYER said...

HEY BIG SPENDER, ARE YOU GONNA BLAME THE 1.3 Million that HCSD OWES THE STATE OF NY ON SALLY? HOW ABOUT TOM BAGLY WHO WAS THE BUSINESS MANAGER AND NAMED PLAINTIFF IN THE CIVIL SUIT. TOM, DOING NOTHING FOR ALL THOSE YEARS AND SCREWING THE DISTRICT ISNT ENOUGH FOR YOU??? NOW YOU GOTTA SUCK ON THE TAX PYER BREAST FOR YOUR OWN GOOD? ISNT YOUR DAUGHTER IN LAW A TEACHER IN THE DISTRICT? DID YOU GET HER A JOB TOM????? (OPINION)