Concerned is Concerned.
According Sunday's Buffalo News, Mr. Achramovitch is scrambling for another try at an agreement with the Hamburg Teachers. The News reports (link below), that the first Mr. Achramovitch knew of the teacher's discontent with the appeals process component of the dead APPR plan was when he picked up the Saturday edition of the News and read the wise words of the Hamburg Teachers' Association representative.
This is simply, untrue.
Mr. Achramovitch was very well away of the teachers' concerns about the appeal process as he was informed by a member of the board at the emergency meeting on Friday evening. Mr. Achramovitch also states that a vote was never pursued by the teachers. This statement is in typical Achramofashion- misleading. The teachers in Hamburg were one of the first to have an APPR plan. The plan was voted on by teachers in January 2012, and was set to expire on June 30, 2012~after the school year ended. The teachers on the APPR committee on many occasions attempted to meet with the district, but the district personnel director, Dr. Rick Jetter and Mr. Achramovitch refused to give teachers release time to meet and hash out an new plan. The district's delay tactics went on for several months. The picture Mr. Achramovitch paints is simply, untrue. Upon learning of the teacher's overwhelmingly voting down the APPR plan, Bored of Education Vice President Thomas Flynn III uttered, "shame on the HTA". And Doctor Joan Calkins made threats to punish the teachers.
The district has now resorted to fearmongering in an attempt to bully the teachers into submission.
The district refused to meet or provide time for the HTA to meet. Many teachers believe this was intentional, and as result lost faith in the process and the plan.
Having heard from many teachers over the last several days, it needs to be stated that there are many other objections the teachers have about the dead APPR plan. Several teachers wrote, that it was not the appeals process on its face that troubled them, it was Steve Achramovitch.
It seems there is growing discontent about the Superintendent amongst the teachers and the staff in Hamburg Central Schools.
One teacher said, " I have never voted for any HTA measure, I just pay my dues, come to work, teacher kids, coach after school and go home. I love my job, I have been in Hamburg for almost two decades". This teacher went on to say, "I voted NO, because I do not trust Steve. I talked to my coaching associates in Kenmore, and a friend in Greece, and Steve is not a good fit for Hamburg. So, I voted NO, and I know many of my co-workers did also."
The Hamburg community must be informed that the teacher's resounding vote of No on APPR is a reflection of their discontent for Steve Achramovitch, and also a reflection of their collective concern about the future of education.
Hamburg Teachers have an observation and evaluation model. It has been in place for many years, and has been extremely effective.
The community must understand that the expense of implementing the provisions of the APPR plan have been estimated at an approximate $1-1.5 million dollars, and because the teachers voted NO on APPR Hamburg will NOT incur this expense.
HAMBURG WATCHDOG HAS BEEN UPDATED
Buffalo News Sunday January 13, 2013~ click link.