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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The stars have aligned

Hamburg Central Schools released Steven Achramovitch as the Hamburg Schools Superintendent, and as of August 9, 2013 the taxpayers will be released of the heavy burden of overpaying a superintendent over $170,000 plus benefits.  Unless of course the Board of Education signs an agreement with an interim at or near the same level of pay. 

Meanwhile, approximately 2 miles as the crow flies across town in Hamburg, Frontier Superintendent James Brodziak tendered his retirement to the Frontier Board of Education on July 9, 2013.

What timing- Hamburg Central and its sister/brother/sibling school Frontier Central- will both be horse trading in search of the perfect superintendent.

Concerned Hamburger has an idea- Hamburg Schools and Frontier Schools should go halvers and share a superintendent.
Lets get real folks- the taxpayers can NOT afford these kinds of salaries of superintendents.  Many towns across NYS have far more students than Hamburg.  Williamsville,  West Seneca, the City of Buffalo and Kenmore are just a few that spring to mind.   Consolidating superintendents, but not merging the districts, is an option that must be explored.

Concerned received an email this evening reporting that the Hamburg Board of Education appointed Dr. Richard Jetter as acting superintendent of schools until a more appropriate candidate can be found.  Dr. Jetter, who has never served as a superintendent and who came to Hamburg from Kenmore where he was an elementary school principal has less than 3 years experience in the central office function.  Mr. Jetter was appointed to his position in Kenmore by Mr. Achramovitch when he was superintendent of Kenmore.  Concerned Hamburger was told that Dr. Jetter will be earning a sizable stipend on top of his current salary of approximately $120, 000 plus benefits.  According to sources, the Board of Education failed to notify the public of Dr. Jetters stipend.

It is time Hamburg and Frontier to merge the central office function of superintendent and take the hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on these positions and put them back in the classrooms across Hamburg.

Be responsible and do the right thing board members.  It is written in the stars, it is time for Hamburg and Frontier to get together.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a Hamburg parent who voted for the three new board members I would like to compel them to direct the "acting" superintendent to turn these emails over to them. The board is in charge of the district and they must look into this issue. There are board members on the board who were very upset when their family members were wronged....but will they react so strongly now when others who they are not related to are possibly wronged? This story could make national news and stop APPR state wide.

Audience dweller said...

Seriously- Dr. Jetter? What was the stipend? Isnt he acting, and doesnt he make enough money. BAD MOVE! There were many qualified candidates in that audience at the BOE meeting, I saw no fewer than 2 former superintendents, and wasnt MR. COPPOLA a great speaker, and we got Jetter? Same old Same old in Hamburg. Thanks Board!

Anonymous said...

So far, Dr. Jetter has proven himself to be an extremely competent administrator. I haven't even heard one rumor during his tenure thus far (at either Kenmore or Hamburg) of inappropriate behavior or unadvised decision-making. If we are truly on the side of Hamburg, let's pump our people up and support them-- then if they make a mistake worth criticizing, let 'em have it. If you go after absolutely everyone without giving them a chance, you show your true colors. Total turnover would be a DISASTER for the kids and staff of Hamburg. Let Dr. Jetter do the job for awhile before you start to tear him down.

Klozman said...

"The stars have aligned" my ass (they're crossed). Why is the board appointing an established crony of Achramo as acting super? (You should call Dick Holden for his opinion.) Remember, Achramo is still very much alive and no doubt working behind the scenes to secure an advantage.

Also, Sally Stephenson is by far the most qualified individual to be BOE president, both in terms of knowledge and experience...so you elect a Newbie? Great demonstration of brain power people. Could it be that deals were made?

Anonymous said...

Be careful. Mr. Coppola was the consultant that brought Connelly to Springville.

Upes parent and little league coach said...

I read the hamburgwatchdog.com. This is crazy. How do these superintendents think its ok to threaten teachers? Does anyone else think this is nuts??!

Anonymous said...

Wendy Hoke Evenden , you talk about Bulling , yet it was you and your group that were heckling one of the new school board members and it was you and your group who hissed at a parent after they spoke at the last board meeting. You can't have it both ways lady. show some class

Anonymous said...

Jetter, Hmm? He had NO idea what he is doing. Foolish, really stupid decision. So many qualified candidates and the Board Hire that inexperienced guy. Wow, same old same old in Hamburg. A new Board- seems like the ghosts are hovering around and pulling the strings. Fools- all 7 of them

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it- Jetter is getting $175.00 per day ON TOP OF HIS SALARY OF 120K- that is almost $165K per year. NICE MONEY FOR AN INExpERIENCED SUPERINTENDENT- FROM CANDIDATES WHO WANTED TO CUT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS. I HAVE THE ELECTION LEAFLET- SO- NOW WE HAVE AN ACTING SUPER WITH NO EXPERIENCE MAKING AS MUCH AS THE GOV. OF NYS. NICE JOB!

Anonymous said...

Hamburgwatchdog.com once again hits home on the important issues.

Klozman said...

Interesting connections:

Yovine---Fleming---Achramo

Jetter---Achramo

Looks like the "on leave" Achramo will continue to man the office.
Zounds!! Good luck, Board

Anonymous said...

A School Board Special Meeting tomorrow (7/12) at 7:30am?? What's going on? That looks to me like trying to keep people from coming out to see it...

Anonymous said...

...and the agenda says they're approving "personnel items". Does anyone know what those "items" are? Looks like 4 teaching assignments?

Anonymous said...

Just read Watch Dog's site, you are so right thank the stars for SS standing strong and protecting our great middle school teacher. Mr. Achramovitch is gone because of his acts and the exposure that he could not cover up or hide from. Former sb pres all so willing to turn her back on this shady behavior.

thanks for putting it all together for us. Joan's supporters only see the side of her she wants them to see. She has a very dark side.