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NEW- THE FLEECING OF THE TAXPAYER- HODGSON RUSS LEGAL BILL
*****NEW****Click on link below to be directed to the Hodgson Russ Legal Bills Jan- May 2016- THE FLEECING OF THE TAXPAYER.
2009-10 School Year Ended with a $4,212,289 fund balance
Since, May 2010, Hamburg Schools have lost approximately 56 teachers. Some of the teacher positions were not replaced after retirements, but many of the loses were due to program cuts and apparent mismanagement of funds.
According to the recent 2013-14 budget presentations, the district ended the 2009-2010 school year with a whopping $4.2 million dollar fund balance (surplus). Concerned Hamburger wonders, with that much of a fund balance why did former Superintendent Mark Crawford and former Associate Superintendent Gordon Kerr lay off 12.7 teachers in May of 2010. When there is money in the bank, and the kids are in the classrooms, there is no basis for cutting staff. Kerr and Crawford exited the school district abruptly, and the full extent of their lack of leadership and the damage to the schools is still unknown to the taxpayers.
Joan embraces Steve in August 2010
In August 2010, in comes Mighty Acramomouse- and swoops up Joan Calkins, to save the day.
Joan was swept from her feet and swooned by the "legal expertise" of Achamomouse.
More teacher cuts would follow, and Achramomouse went on a spending binge with taxpayer dollars. Under Achramomouse more than 40 teachers have been eliminated leaving many students in the high school and middle school sitting in study halls, and the elementary children have the shortest school day in the area.
In exchange for the teacher cuts, the Hamburg taxpayers received a permanent negative impact on the Hamburg Schools. Achramomouse who is charged with an ethical responsibility to guard the taxpayer dollars and provide Hamburg kids with the best education the district can financially manage instead chose to use taxpayer dollars on astronomical legal expenses, frivolous lawsuits and expensive consultants.
May 2010 12.7 teachers cut
May 2011 23.9 teachers cut
May 2012 18.9 teachers cut
With the Hamburg Bored of Education elections in exactly two months, it seems to Concerned that the school community must speak loud and clearly in their ouster of Joan Calkins as Bored of Education member and President.
Dr. Joan Calkins has presided over the darkest days in the history of Hamburg Schools.
Joan's blind and misplaced trust in Achamomouse has cost Hamburg Central Schools dearly.
Joan and Steve are revealed for their dirty antics