Steve was a possible recorder of a private meeting in Greece when he first arrived at the school district. Strangely, the circumstances surrounding the Greece recording and leaks are not terribly different than those that have been reported to have happened in Hamburg.
In September 2010, Mr. Achramovitch started as interim Superintendent of Hamburg Schools. Achramovitch was brought to Hamburg by Donald Ogilve. Despite a spotted records in Kenmore and Greece, Mr. Ogilve felt it was a good idea to recommend his buddy Steve for the job in Hamburg. Mr. Ogilve, you ought to hang your head in disgust and shame.
On September 21, 2010 just three weeks after Mr. Achramovitch arrived in Hamburg, the Hamburg Board of Education, Mr. Achramovitch, Mr. Thomas Bagley, Mrs. Mary Ellen Monafo and many others met in a secret location to hear a budget report by Lumsden & McCormick- the district's outside auditors. The auditors report meeting and the illegally convened executive session which followed was leaked to many members of the Hamburg community.
Below in italics is an article that was reported in a Rochester area newspaper regarding leaking of information in Greece in what became known as the bakers dozen scandal.
How coincidental that once Achramovitch arrived in Greece information was leaked from private meetings, and only three weeks after he arrived in Hamburg a very similar thing happened.
However, in the Hamburg incident, Achramovitch has spent over $500,000 on a witch hunt. The targets of the Hamburg taper caper are three innocent women who have done nothing but openly criticize the Board of Education. The victims of this farce are the children of Hamburg, the taxpayers and the defendants in the frivolous lawsuit launched by those claiming to be servants and stewards of Hamburg Central Schools.
Here is the article:
A week before a scathing draft audit was leaked to the press, the Greece Board of Education gathered for a retreat to work with a mediation specialist. But progress made that day, some say, has been scrubbed out by the audit’s leak.
Since the document’s release, some school board members have blasted whoever leaked it and have been squabbling over what the district should do next. Some say they’re worried about district confidentiality, community trust and even trust among board members. “This is really just raising so many more bigger concerns,” said Vice President Julia VanOrman.
The draft audit was released to the media before the district or the state. Comptroller’s Office had planned. Usually, the office shares its preliminary findings with the board and district, then the district responds to the office, challenging or agreeing with the findings, before the report is made public.Greece, board members have argued, never had a chance to do that. School officials have been told by the state not to say much, so the draft audit’s findings — that the district mismanaged money during former leader Steve Walts’ tenure — has been mostly what the community has heard. And, some fear, it might stick.
“Now, no matter what the final report says, people will remember what they first heard,” member Frank Oberg said during the board’s Feb. 12 meeting. Whoever leaked the report, Oberg said, “violated the trust of this entire board.”
No one has said who the source is. The draft audit was received by board members the end of January. Only 13 people, besides the Comptroller’s Office, reportedly had a copy: Superintendent Steven Achramovitch; clerk Lynne Armstrong; board members Roger Boily, VanOrman, Carolyn Hauer, Charlie Hubbard, Joe Moscato, Oberg, Gale O’Toole, Pat Tydings and Jeff Smith; deputy superintendent Don Nadolinksi and school business administrator Lou Alaimo.
VanOrman said some members of Achramovitch’s staff got a similar draft copy, but what was leaked to the media was the same as what was given to the 13 central office staff and board members.
“I’m really concerned that (the leak) subverted the process that the state put in place,” she said.And, on top of that, VanOrman said she’s worried that the leak makes the district look less trustworthy. Can the community and employees trust the board and staff not to release confidential information, like personnel matters?
“We talk about having the community trust us? Well, whoever did this is one of us,” she said. “It’s not the community. It’s our actions causing the community not to trust us.”
The leak has seemed to only compound the board’s struggle to get along better. At last week’s meeting, the first regular one since the audit was released, tempers flared. Board members pointed fingers at each other, saying everyone doesn’t follow the same rules when it comes to making motions and putting items on the agenda.
Joe Moscato criticized one of the motions, to authorize Achramovitch to talk to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office about the audit. A statement released by the district Feb. 8 said Achramovitch had the full support of the board in doing so. Not true, Moscato said.
He criticized Achramovitch for talking to the DA almost two weeks ago without the board knowing it. He argued that the district is heading down a “slippery slope” where the board is a “necessary inconvenience” that gets bypassed by the superintendent.
And, Moscato said that Achramovitch shouldn’t be involved in the investigation of another superintendent.President Roger Boily said the motion was retroactive and that Achramovitch talked to the DA’s office because the district didn’t want to wait on the matter. But will the possibility of a mole among them make board members suspicious of each other? Tydings thinks so, adding he doesn’t know who the leaker is and won’t bother trying to find out.“There’s going to be some unease between one (member) to the next. It’s just how much and how much of an interference it will be,” Tydings said. “Time will tell, but it’s going to have some type of an impact. And it’s sad that it will.”