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Thursday, February 14, 2013

PAYOLA SCANDAL IN HAMBURG SCHOOLS

Hamburg School District promised payola, and failed to make good.
Last year, Hamburg teachers exchanged their salaries for the jobs of less senior teachers.  

Shortly after the teachers  exchanged their salaries for jobs, Achramovitch cut the teachers anyhow. 

Last week, the district continued its agenda of making a mockery of the teachers by failing to make payroll. 

A teacher in the Hamburg School District wrote to Concerned Hamburger expressing concern that approximately 90 percent of the teachers in the district did not receive their payroll adjustments due February 1, 2013.  

"Hey teacher, you're  not getting paid, see ya in March"
Rick Jetter, Director of Human Resources

So, what is the issue?

Concerned has learned that the Hamburg School District was due to pay teachers compensation for  accepting a pay decrease last year. 
Teachers agreed to cut their salaries in exchange for jobs.  
Last year the district approached the teachers and asked them to discontinue their increases in salary until February 1, 2013. The teachers overwhelming agreed to forfeit their pay raises in an effort to assist the district.  

Sadly, the teachers got burnt from a Superintendent and payroll department that seeming could careless about meeting payroll on time. 

The district was due to pay deferred compensation to 90 % of the teachers in exchange for their overwhelming acceptance of a pay freeze last year.  
This payment was to kick in on the payroll date February 8, 2013.  

On February 6, 2013, the President of the Hamburg Teachers Union sent out an email to the teachers indicating that 90 percent of them would not see their payroll adjustment until March 8, 2013, 30 days after the due date as agreed to by the district.  The district responded with an obligatory apology.  But the truth is the district had planned the payroll grab many months ago.

It was reported to Concerned by an employee close the situation, and who is prepared to retire in March, that the district intentionally withheld payment awaiting the March 2013 state aid payment. Simply put, the district lied to the teachers, and withheld the teachers salaries.  Meanwhile, many teachers who were expecting their pay adjustments were left bewildered and angered by the district's lack of concern.  

How many times will the teachers have to be burned before they say enough is enough?

26 comments:

kids disappointed said...

very little done by the Achramovitch administration that is in concert with our contracts. Steve Achramovitch is behind every bad decision in this school district. He cares less about contracts, he lies, he deceives and he has most of the school board members hood winked by his false charm. Achramovitch doesn't know what he is doing he bumbles along. We were planning on our rightful payment for our spring break with our kids. Now we don't have the proper amount of cash to take that trip. Sorry we planned our check as was promised by this Supt.

kids said...

I am going to pay my town & county tax bill late. My step pay was ear marked for our property taxes.

I wonder if the school district will pay for my late fees, since they are the cause of our late payment.

supt. has disruped so many district employees lives here, but most of all he is disappointing my kids and students. He has cut our educational experience here to the bare bones. We put on 2 beautiful musicals, in spite of the supt. Our community, volunteers and Music dept. have gone above and beyond.

Anonymous said...

Any school board members who voted against Sally's motion to discuss what transpired between the HTA & Administration will not get our collective support and that is a loss of many. Not only the HTA but 80% or more of the schools employees. Holly voted in the affirmative for her mothers motion (good). We watch as this guy Achramorat twists with the feeble minds of the ignorant. He is the reason why APPR went down. We will be supporting anyone who is willing to can his sorry behind. We deserve much better than this dishonest SOB. Thanks for listening. Staff

Anonymous said...

I supported Tom Flynn, didn't know much about him, I thought I would give him a chance. What a major disappointment. Tom apparently is anti classroom at his core. Shame on you Tom,not shame on us teachers. Tom 1 condoning and allowing the abuse of Steve Achramovitch with our school staff. We care about our kids Tom we also care for other peoples children not just our own. Shame on you for not seeing Steve Achramovitch in the true light, a dark cloud in our schools.

Anonymous said...

Steve Achramovitch's greatest fear?

EXPOSURE,
he doesn't want the school board to hear how he refused to meet with our contract committee regarding appr on numerous occasions. Steve ignored our HTA requests to meet and ignored our appr questions and concerns . Steve would not get back with us. We are volunteers we had questions and concerns and not even a thank you or any guidance from administration. Steve left out important attachments to our contract Dec 21st 2012. Well when we finally got the attachments in January 2013 we went into shock what he kept from us. This was as dirty and low as it gets. During this whole process Steve met 6 times. He intentionally caused confusion in the end and than in his bully, sneaky fashion told us to get a vote on this, our time was running out. Our membership would not give him anything. Erie 1 Boces came in on Wed. 1/16/13 to encourage us to vote on 1/17/13 and we told Donald Ogilvie NO we cannot trust Steve, he is not a good fit here in Hamburg. When we went back to our HTA membership meeting 1/16/13 and reported that appr was dead, the hta cheered. Supporting anyone who is not in Steve Achramovitch's hip pocket. That means all encumbents are out.

steve has a problem with the truth said...

This pay thing may seem little, but it is just one more reason why the supt. isn't trusted. We gave up a lot last year, Steve assured & PROMISED us that if we gave back$$$ he would not lay off teachers. Guess what? He lied, Steve laid off all the teachers he said he wouldn't. He has no resprect for us. He uses anyone who he can benefit from. Namely our school board with exception of a few. We need to take a stand and fire Joan Calkins, Reynolds, and Dils. Just imagine our district without them and Steve. What a joyous day. We will sing and dance from the roof tops.

LOST $4500 said...

STEVE...THE CONTRACT SAYS FEBRUARY FIRST, NOT MID-POINT PAY ROLL. MAYBE THAT NASTY LADY LIBBY WHO CHASTISED US AT THE PAYROLL MEETING SHOULD STOP BEING PAID HER STIPEND. SHE IS RETIRED FROM HAMBURG MAKING $48,000 per year. YOU AND JETTER, WHO CAME LATE, HAD NOTHING TO SAY IN THE PAYROLL MEETING. WE HAD OVER $450,000 IN COMPENSATION- STEVE, RICK, MIKE G, AND LIBBY TELLING THE TEACHERS WHY THEY WERENT PAID ON TIME. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU SLOBS. I AM EMBARRASSED TO WORK IN HAMBURG AFTER 18.5 YEARS. STEVE YOU ARE HATED

Anonymous said...

HTA contract reads Feb payment. It does not distinguish between 22 or 26 paycheck employees. Achramo screws with us again

just sayin CAS said...

Dr. Joan Calkins and Steven Achramovitch are one and the same. If we rid our school district of her and the other two. Achramovitch should be gone also. What a glorious day. Just sayin

Anonymous said...

Libby has always been a nasty lady....and if they had not "re-hired" all of the people who "retired" other people may still have jobs!

And on another note: why have the Board Briefings from Feb. 12 not been posted?

Oldie but a goodie. said...

Libby retried in 2009, and she is back every year getting a big fat stipend to mismanage payroll. She and Jetter lied to the retireees last year, when the district said they had to take their retirement incentive as a future payment on health care..because the IRS wont allow anyother way. LIES, LIES and MORE LIES. Watch what she does, when she doesnt want people to get what they have earned she says the IRS wont allow it. HEY BOARD OF ED, GET A REAL PAYROLL CLERK. NOT SOME OLD HAG WHO HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE GERBRACKT!!! DONT YA WONDER HER STORIES? LIBBY AND OSBORNE. I RETIRED AND I AM GLAD I DID. WHAT KIND OF PAYROLL PERKS DID CLIFFORD HUEN GET???? A UNION PRESIDENT WHO DID NOTHING BUT LINE HIS OWN POCKETS.

Anonymous said...

JOAN IS A LIAR. HOW YOU GONNA LIE NOW JOAN???

Anonymous said...

Power and money attract the corruptible. When as a group you have all accepted the money and used the power, you move as a machine without conscience. It’s not about educating or administering, but surrounding your corruption with corruptible peers and keeping the momentum going forward. At the moment you choose to cross the line, you shifted against educating and administering.

Anonymous said...

Did the people representing us on the school board ask Steve why Alice Martin is getting paid off?

Anonymous said...

To February 18, 2013 at 8:27 AM, Davis is another one who lined his own pockets with taxpayer money!

Anonymous said...

The way I understand Robert's Rules of Order and other school board policy, the boe president cannot make any speech, any statement, post any letter on the district's web site, or even offer an opinion ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD unless the boe formally votes on said statement and approves by a simple majority. Even if Joan has the votes to pass such a statement, she still must go through the process of board approval. This way, if it's not unanimous, the public gets to see who voted for and who voted against it. It's called OPEN GOVERNMENT She cannot take this kind of shortcut and act unilaterally. The boe is in violation, again. Joan, perhaps you need to go back to school board member training. Your actions and your misplaced pride are costing your district big time. $450,000 cannot buy back the trust you have lost. Boe, if you want the district to move forward from here, you need to take the first step, and step down.
-Someone who knows

Anonymous said...

just learned that Dr. Joan Calkins is in some serious problems because of her vindictive actions. Dr. Calkins does as she pleases regardless of the consequences because she is special. Dr. Calkins and Steve Achramovitch are one and the same. She has allowed him to terrorize all employees in this district. We cannot wait to get back at him.

no more please said...

You are just learning Dr. Calkins sinister side?

It is dark, nasty and spiteful. I know that it is coming back to haunt her in a big way. Dr. Calkins needs to step away, you have allowed Steve to carry on in a bad way, and please don't expect us employees to support you, we have been mistreated and the morale in the entire school community is bad. We can blame you for allowing him to exist here .

In the know said...

Joan is going to lose her house, her practice and any other morse of money she may have squirreled away. Public agencies dont f around with laws, Joan.

Anonymous said...

Dr. CALKINS has placed this school district in a perilous situation, our taxes are not Joan & Steve's personel revenge fund. It is the culture of lying that is the norm for Dr. CALKINS and Achramovitch. We deserve better, the truth hurts live with it. You have crossed over to the dark side with your Supt.

Anonymous said...

Steve Achramovitch held our step payment as written in our HTA contract from uso . This was done spite for HTA not passing APPR. He is a vindictive bastard. We need to get rid of him. Will be supporting anyone but Joan Calkins, Matt Dils, or Diane Reynolds.

Anonymous said...

Who was Achramo kidding when he said this vote wasn't against him? This act of revenge against us by keeping our contracted payment in Feb. is just one of his sly tactics to screw with us.
My family will not be supporting any one of the three in the poll. We need change, it is trickling in.

Anonymous said...

Joan has done a lot of damage in the last 2 years under the direction of ,steven achramovitch. The main reason he cares for only himself not the students, teachers, staff or administration himself and his pocket book. If steven achramovitch was a decent person he would never have gotten this school board and Dr. Calkins in this position . Now the HTA vote was not only about steven achramovitch but also Dr. Joan Calkins. This was said in all 6 school buildings by our HTA members. There is no denying how unhappy we are at his dishonesty and this latest payroll stunt is just a small example how he enjoys screwing with peoples lives.

Anonymous said...

the supt cannot even follow our negotiated union contracts, and we are expected to trust achramo with appr. No way, he came on questionable terms, joe shmo aka Greg wachlacz stills defends the ??? Arrival of Steve. Steve came with a slash and burn philosophy at any cost. Lies, Steve wouldn't know the truth if it hit him in the puss

pink slip steven said...

ENOUGH, ENOUGH, give Supt. Steven Achramovitch the PINK SLIP. It will cheaper in the end.

staff said...

patience please everyone, that day is coming. staff