Concerned is Concerned. In a email sent to Concerned Hamburger from someone claiming to be a math teacher in the Hamburg Central School District the following story was sent. (in purple)
I read your blog this morning. Sometimes, I really get upset with some of the things that are written on this blog, but it is like road kill- I just can't help myself I have to look. So, I looked this morning. I find some of your posts crude, but factual. I rarely read the comments. I am writing to you because the position that was filled in the Math Department at HHS should have been filed in November 2012.
In the fall '12 one of our great Math teachers move on in his career to an administrative job in a local school district. We were all sad to see him go, he is one of those people who should never leave teaching, but we are glad for him that he moved on to a new career. It was a great loss to Hamburg. He had been teaching in at HHS since 2002.
In November, the vacant math job at HHS was filed with a substitute teacher was was interviewed by a small group of people- I do not know who, nor does anyone in the Math Dept. The district hire a long term substitute instead of hiring a probationary teacher, a very unusual departure from what I have known in Hamburg. (I was a long term substitute for two years before getting hired when a job opened I interviewed along with many other people who applied.)
In November, the vacated teaching position was filled with a long term substitute who quit sometime in February 2013. She was only on the job for about 3 months. To replace the long term substitute, the district filled the position with a substitute who was not a long term substitute rather a general substitute teacher. To the best of my knowledge and that of my colleagues this person was never interviewed. She came to HHS in February and taught geometry until the June of this year. The teacher who was hired this morning was the general substitute, not a long term substitute. I will admit I do not know her nor have I heard anything bad about her (even if I did, I wouldn't release it in the cyber world :-).
The problem here is NOT the teacher. The problem is the district, and dare I say the High School Principal, Dr. Jetter and the former superintendent. When the tenured Math teacher resigned in November, the job should have been posted then as a permanent position- not a long term substitute job.
Instead, the district in an effort to same some money, I suppose, hired a long term substitute, who quit, and a second substitute who the board voted to hire this morning for the permanent position. This is highly out of the ordinary, and I am asking you to please post my email. I know people read this blog, and I know I can post here anonymously without fear of getting hijacked at work. I am disgusted with what happened as we never had the chance to reach out an find the best teacher to replace one of our very best veteran teachers, who left to become an administrator. It is my guess that this is why there was a special meeting this morning, it is my guess that the administration does not want the new board to know what went on at HHS when a probationary teaching position opened up in November 2012.
I am writing this on the fly, so please don't go all Concerned Hamburger on me if I have any typos. I am a numbers person not a poet :-)
Concerned looked at the Board minutes and the teacher's story adds up, the district seems to be trying to save money by hiring substitutes in replace of permanent jobs. So readers, we have conflicting stories, but the Board Minutes do not lie- so we hope. Hamburg parents you should be very unhappy with this way of doing business, the district's actions do not add up.
November 6, 2012 Board of Education Minutes
February 12, 2013 Board of Education Minutes
March 12, 2013 Hamburg Board of Education Minutes