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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hamburg Community Forum on School Finance

Well Steve, you have done it again.

You have managed an attempt to dupe the Hamburg taxpayer into thinking the financial problems in Hamburg are due to a reduction in NYS State aid and a tax cap on the revenue side, and, out of control staff salaries and benefits on the expenditure side of the balance sheet.

However, what are you failing to tell the taxpayer, Steve?  

In Christian parlance Steve, you are guilty of  lies of omission. 

On the expenditure side of the balance sheet, Steve has failed to address the skyrocketing expenses with legal firm Harris Beach and their attendant lawyers:  a seasoned Dick Sullivan, Esq.  and the young, wet behind the ears, daughter of former Williamsville Schools Superintendent, Ms. Marni Smith.

According to a mailing that was recently received by many in the Hamburg School community, since Steve Achramovitch started as superintendent in December 2010, Hamburg's legal expenses with Harris Beach has exceeded 
$400,000.  

$400,000 is 8 teacher salaries for one year!!!

The years prior to 2010, Hamburg's legal expenses were a mere $30,000.  

WOW, Hamburg!!! 
Wake up.  

Harris Beach is not the only law firm used by Hamburg, there are many others.  

It has been estimated that the legal expenses with all the law firms the district uses is somewhere closer to One Million Dollars, since Steve came on the scene.  

Is this how you want your tax dollars spent Hamburg??

Hamburg Taxpayer, do you realize that Steve Achramovitch, Joan Calkins, Patty Brunner Collins, Matt Dils, Diane Reynolds, Greg Wichlacz,  Casey Neyman and former Business Manager, Tom Bagley are using taxpayer dollars to sue private citizens, because they are individually and collectively liars and were caught on tape doing so? 

By the way taxpayer, Greg Wichlacz (who traveled to Africa on your taxpayer dollars in 2009), Casey Neyman (who did nothing while on the Board), and Tom Bagley who was business manager when all the financial disasters happened in Hamburg have nothing to do with the district any longer, but all are using your tax dollars to line their own pockets.  

Concerned was sent a copy of a meeting where the aforementioned individuals lied about many members of the school community.  When this lawsuit is all said and done, Hamburg, Steve and Joan will have spent over a half of million dollars of taxpayer dollars attempting to cover up their lies, and gain personally by suing private citizens.    


So where can Hamburg cut expenses?  

Here are three solutions:

  1. Fire Steve Achramovitch- his judgement is abysmal.
  2. Fire the Harris Beach law firm- they are sucking money from our kids. 
  3. Stop suing people using taxpayer dollars to cover up the lies told by the amoral Board of Education, Steve Achramovitch and Tom Bagley. 


Click here for Steve's propaganda presentation. 

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

I JUST READ THE HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM INCREASE....ITS LESS THAN WHAT THOSE PIGS SPEND AT HARRIS BEACh. FIRE STEVE!!!!!

SUE STEVE said...

I am a senior. My mom is a lawyer, and I am going to ask her if the students can sue the superintendent for stealing our money. SUE STEVE

Sue Steve Toooooo said...

Will Greg Wichliz sing "show tunes"? Maybe he can raise money money for the district. I hear the tape, I heard the lies. I heard Steve A call a meeting to order and talks about the musical at the middle school.....executive session material? No..just more lies and pregaming. Wichliz said her would sing show tunes, and then Joan does some kind of operetic bs. Would the community like to hear what those fat cats said in Sept 10? you know steve was only on the the job for a week...he was well versed in the lies. So, where is Mark Crawford. I know I talked to one of the defendents, and she is going to counter sue these people....its a matter of time. Tom Bagley, what you gonna do then? Greg I hope your wife is doing overtime. And Casey? WHo the hell are you...you are as anonymous as Useless Diane. So Greg can you sing on the corner???

Anonymous said...

Brent Jordan getting paid 20K more? Whoa, and the teachers are making too much?

Anonymous said...

The way we see it if they want to sue go ahead but tell that group to use their own PERSONAL CASH not our kids educational dollars. greed and what is the connection to the local judge?

Anonymous said...

This information needs to get out to the public, not just the readers of this blog. Can this be published in the Sun or the Buffalo News? What about an investigative report by a news reporter? This is sickening!!

connecting the dots said...

Why is any private citizen aka Andrew Flemming walking into any of our schools?. His two kids have always attend private schools.

No one has any right to go into any school office and ask questions regarding students or personel. What is his deal with Achramovitch? Something is not right here between achramovitch, Flemming and Harris Beech. We are connecting the dots finally.

turnaround is fairre play! said...

The district and the Board hate that this blog exposes the underbelly of the district. I heard that recently, they paid a lawyer McClarins???? to print this blog and submit it as record. OMG....if Concerned would please play the recording of the 9-21-10 BOE meeting, Andrew Flemming,Officer Sharra and Cullin and the Mayor Moses will have questions to answer. Like, why is this gang of bullies harrassing private citizens. We guess court will sort all of this out. What is up with the ethics charges against Justice Fleming....we heard he solicits business from the bench? I know the girls who were targets by this gang of crooks. Turn around is fair play! Andrew Fleming was in Mike Gallaghers office in an attempt to cover up the lies that were told....and several guidance counselors were involved too. Wait til Fleming has to run for office again....

Anonymous said...

WAKE UP TAXPAYERS!!!!!! STOP LETTING STEVE TAKE ALL OUR MONEY TO SUE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS!!!STEVE ACHROMO IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE!!! HE MAY NOT GET WHAT IS COMING TO HIM NOW, BUT HE CAN'T ESCAPE THE FIRES OF HELL!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I hear all of you loud and clear, but just one question...where was everyone Tuesday night? I read over and over on this blog that people are fed up and want change. I know, I'm fed up too. My kid is in a classroom with 25 kids, and will possible be gong to a Jr. High, not a middle school. By being passive we may be saving money, but at what cost? Many people talk the talk on this page, but only a handful actually do. Its not just the district, although that's a great place tro start. Its the mess at the state and national level too. We are making educational policy that is not proven to be what's in the best interest for kids. We are allowing politicians w/ no educational training to make educational policy. As a community we consistently agree to pay more in taxes for sports teams, new stadiums, tax breaks for muliti-million dollar companies, but we bitch when we are asked to pay more so our kids have a better education. Call me crazy, but I'm ok w/ the teachers making a good living. If you shop at the dollar store you are going to get dollar store quality. I want my kids to have teachers who feel valued, respected, and appreciated. Why? Because it trickles down to the kids. Get to the next community forum. Get to some board meetings. Speak up. These people work for us and let's not forget that.

I PLAY SOCCER said...

JOAN CALKINS SHOULD BE IN JAIL. ALL OF THE COMMUNITY SHOULD PROTEST AT HER OFFICE ON LONG AVENUE. SHE SHOULD BE CARRIED AWAY. JOAN IS a STEALING MONEY FROM THE TAxPAYER. JOAN IS A liAR, AND A VERY ANGRY WOMAN. ASK heR EX HUSBAND. SHE IS a HATER...SHE HATES TEACHERS. HER KIDS THINK SHE IS a FREAK.....

Anonymous said...

Deep pockets are now dry thanks to Dr. Calkins and Steve Achramvitch.

Play with your own $$$ not ours,could care less about your petty grievances

thanks for the info said...

Matt Dils you creep, our State Aid is reduced because of your screw up. Pay back is a bitch, not for you ass hole but for our kids.

Pay back to the State: 1.5 to 2 million bucks. Go run for village trustee and screw up the village, free us.

watching said...

Anonymous 11.15.12 7:49 pm

We need good candidates for school board this May, Dr. Calkins and her buddy Steve Achramovtich are up for election. Please consider running our kids education is at stake. Matt Dils foul up is costing us $1.5 million pay back to the State. Matt Dils is up for election this May also, he is incompetent.

Anonymous said...

Andrew Flemning has no business in school business. He has no connection to our school system, no kids in our schools. What is his deal?

Anonymous said...

This makes me sick, discusting, yes new schoolboard members.

sick said...

$30,000 to $500,000. what the f**k, any of those idiots running? I'll work my area

mad as hell parent said...

Sick shit, agree with other bloggers tell these idiots to use their own cash if they are so offended. What jerks, we don't care about this anymore. What we are beginning to care a lot about is how our kids are short changed because of this foolish behavior.

line your pockets not on my tax dollars. theft of my kids school services. theft

Anonymous said...

Not good, bouce them all

Fed up. said...

I just dont get it...Hamburg is stuck in one big old rut. We went to see Orchard Park play football and beat Chistian Bros of Syracuse. Op Kids go to top schools in the US, and the district is just run better. I dont get it. WHy is Hamburg horrible, but OP is much better. What the heck is wrong with their football team? The superintendent just move into our neighborhood, and if he had a kid, we wonder if he wouldntve moved one street over. OP Taxes, Hamburg third rate education.

concerned parents said...

are they for real? I'm telling all that if they want to get rich use there own coin. I work too hard for my school dollars to be poured down the drain like this.

concerned parents

duped said...

Didn't anyone learn from Greece that the cash would flow to his band of lawyers that run school districts for Steve Achramovitch.

friends from Greece

"he will lie to you even though he knows that you know that he's lying"

2nd rate education said...

Orchard Park alum, Hamburg Parents:

It wasn't always like this here. Right now we have a bad situation as we see it. This new Supt. not well respected in the education business, comes here and rips this school system apart. Teachers not respected, actually gone after viciously, morale not good, students last on steve achramovitch'slist as we view it.
Sick at the low levels that we should not become accustomed to. A second rate education in Hamburg, while OP is soaring. we should not become complacient that this is ok. we need candidates that will stop this. Dr. Calkins, Matt Dils and Diane Reynolds up for election this coming May. If we want change we need to consider three new people for the sb. Just a thought

Anonymous said...

No suprise with Orchard Park, look at their leadership

we are stuck with a reject Steve Achramo

Hubris said...

Steve, you could easily cut 3 guidance councilors in the high school. One does no work too busy trying to run the teachers union, the other does nothing all years except turn the high school into a food pantry and the one who had a baby does nothing. That department is a collection of do nothing's.....cut guidance and leave the classroom teachers alone. Music can go too. Who cares if kids can play the guitar if they can not read or write?

Anonymous said...

What is the school board retreat at the Hamburg Admin Bldg on Abbott Road on December the 5. I saw it on the district web page. A Retreat in Hamburg? Fishy. I wont trust those Board Members...

tom omalley said...

Those illiterate board members cant have a retreat so they can all go and lie about our kids and stuff with that blow hard steve achrmamitch. I am telling my husand to be at board meeeting on 12-5. they cant have retreats. do any of those people have a brain? Tom

Anonymous said...

Board retreats are not Executive sessions. They are open to the public, hence the public notice. Anytime the BOE gets together, they must tell the public. They can discuss anything they want, but it is subject to Open Meetings Laws and they cannot actually vote on anything.
My suggestion: Exercise your civic rights and duties as a citizen and ATTEND the retreat!

hhs teacher said...

RETREAT at the ADMIN BUILDING? WHAT THE HECK IS THE POINT. IS PATTY BRUNNER GONNA BRING FOOD FROM HER BROTHERS RESTUARANT LIKE SHE DID 9-21-10. I heard the recording on You Tube of the board meeting where the Board lied. Greg Wichlacz the fat head loser who was BOE president wants to sing show tunes. MATT DILS liar extraordinaire...and Joan thinking she is a AP Course expert. BTW JOAN, THERE IS NOT AP CURVE. STEVE LIES....and they are trying to sue the people they lied about. How about that dumb shit Tom Bagley..Hamburg owes 1.5 million to the state because dumb shit forgot to mail in a report. But he did didnt forget to get his daugther a job in the high school. Yep friends and family plan at HHS. I heard that tape on u tube, and I have been in the high school for years. They all should be in prison.

Buffalo news said...

Yippee to the buffalo news. Attorney client privilege, the same lie that Steve hides behind....in court. Wait and see.

Buffalo news said...

Yippee to the buffalo news. Attorney client privilege, the same lie that Steve hides behind....in court. Wait and see.

observer said...

Our schools are lagging behind because of our poor leadership. Education is suffering at the hands of Joan & Steve

Observer & parents