Here is the latest from Ebenezer Achramovitch:
Apparently, Mr. Mrozek and Mr. Achramovitch struck a late in the day Friday deal on the NYS required APPR plan. All districts in NYS are required to submit their agreed upon and ratified APPR plan to NYS by January 15, 2013. Hamburg remains the only district in Erie County, other than Buffalo Public Schools, that has not submitted a plan. And Governor Cuomo has repeatedly stated "No Plan No Increase in School Aid"
Great News for Hamburg, right? Nope, wrong!
From what we were told, Hamburg School District and the Hamburg Teachers Union had in place an APPR committee. The APPR committee which has been in place for about two years has six representatives from the school administration, and six teacher representatives. The teacher representatives are selected by the Union President John Mrozek. The sole purpose of this committee is to develop an effective and fair annual review of teachers, which would also affect building administration- a trickle up evaluation.
The APPR committee submitted a plan to Mr. Achramovitch early the week of December 17, 2012, and he apparently did not like what he saw. So, Mr. Achramovitch called a meeting of the Article VII committee, which is a joint union administration committee to deal with matters related to curriculum and instruction. The Article VII committee was called together late Thursday for an emergency Friday meeting. From what was reported to Concerned, APPR and Article VII are separate committees, neither having anything to do with the other. From what we were told Mr. Achramovitch gave the APPR committee developed APPR plan to the Article VII members, and harangued them into making the changes that he wanted in the document. Article VII members complied with the Superintendent's requests, and in so doing effectively nullified the work of the APPR committee.
It looks like foul play and a dirty way to get what Steve wants.
So, what does the UNION do?
Here is the part that most of the people who wrote in were concerned about: President of Hamburg Teacher signed the document that Article VII mutilated. So, the questions are pouring in: Why did President Mrozek sign the document that was not what APPR created, and that was not voted upon by the membership? Some teachers are angry because the APPR plan never was reviewed by the teachers contract committee.
Teachers are reporting that Mr. Mrozek went around them and signed a deal because he too was harangued by Mr. Achramovitch. What kind of union president allows themselves to be bullied? (seems like another post for another day) The teachers were told in a email by Mr. Mrozek that they must vote on APPR the day they return to school January 2, 2013, because the APPR document is due to the NYS on January 3, 2013. This is simply not the case, APPR plans are due January 15, 2013.
It appears the teachers in Hamburg have a spineless union President, who takes his cues from a bullying Superintendent. Mr. Mrozek: You can not sign an agreement that modifies the language of the teachers contract without the changes going before the teachers union for a vote, first. Signing a document, and hoping, or manipulating it into reality is a dangerous game. It was suggested by all of the teachers who wrote into us, that they want the vote to be delayed until they are told what is going on. What union would every schedule a vote the day the staff returns from a 10 day break from work?
Many teachers are concerned and smell a rat.
In additional to wandering the conference rooms and offices at the Hamburg School Administration building, the rats have taken up a home in the office of Dr. Joan Calkins. A teacher wrote to us and told us about a young male student who came to school reporting that Dr. Calkins told him at his last doctors appointment early the week of December 17, 2012 that if his teachers do not sign this agreement, the school would be forced to cut his wrestling team.
NICE JOB DOCTOR CALKINS, GLAD TO KNOW YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR PATIENTS, AND THEIR FEELINGS. YOU SHOULD LOSE YOUR M.D. LICENSE FOR THIS KIND OF THING, YOU ARE A CRAZY WOMAN.