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Friday, October 4, 2013

Kudos

This blogger would like to begin this post with a quote from one of their favorite TV shows:

“Uh, because it's not Nazi Germany?"  

Last night, a group of community members met out of the community in West Seneca to "demand that the education of our kids will be put first."  As reflected in the Buffalo News article, "Hamburg Parents Discuss Intimidation in District" and the Channel 2 News segment, "Parents Meet to Move Hamburg Schools Forward", this blogger doesn't think that's what happened.  This blogger must admit a bias, as mentioned several times over the years, they absolutely love citizen involvement and they believe a school district is the closest form of Democracy we have in this country.  So, kudos to everyone who wants to be informed, involved and active.

That being said, this blogger must address some misinformation spewed at the meeting.  It is clear that many blame this very blog for preventing children from wanting to go to school, threatening people's jobs, bullying staff members and citizens, etc.  

Two comments stand out in particular: "Somehow that blog is connected the high school or the school district -- It's further than you think. It's affecting children and my daughters don't want to go to school" and "You know its one thing to come at me and call me names, but when you threaten someone's job and children -- we've got to find a way as a community to say enough is enough".  Breaking down these comments:

1) "Somehow that blog is connected the high school or the school district"--This blog is not somehow connected to the school or district, it is absolutely connected to the schools and district, and has been since its inception almost 3 years ago.  This blog was created to inform and comment about the educational issues in the Hamburg Central Schools, and allow bloggers the right to express their opinions on matters and people related to Hamburg Schools.

2) "It's further than you think"--The District did make the blog national news when they spent thousands of dollars to uncover the identity of the blogger and the courts upheld this blogger's first amendment right to be an anonymous citizen journalist, and the rights of commenter's to remain anonymous.  Although this blogger is still anonymous, the District now knows this blogger is not one of the three women they are suing, but yet continue to use innuendo to defy the very matters that were settled in the courts.   So kudos again, your hard earned tax dollars ruled out this blogger's identity by at least three people.

3) "It's affecting children and my daughters don't want to go to school"--Anything and everything can affect children.  That is why we have parental controls.  That is why we have ratings.  We can block what programs our children see.  We can deny access to what websites our children visit.  We can put back the rated "M for mature" video game.  We can even censor their dinner time conversations.  If anyone's children are being affected by this blog, especially to the point of not wanting to go to school, that is a shame.  However, this blogger would respond by saying, exercise some parental control and suggest there are probably other reasons why your kids don't want to go to school.  

4) "You know its one thing to come at me and call me names"--if you don't want to be a public figure and enjoy all of the scrutiny that comes with being a public figures, do not make yourself one by standing up and speaking to the press.  Interesting though that all of these newly found "concerned parents" were not concerned when the District lost 1.3 million dollars, laid off dozens of teachers, spent thousands of dollars as plaintiffs in a lawsuit, gave administrators huge raises while simultaneously claiming a budget shortfall, received bad audits from the state comptroller, funneled money into the Hamburg School Foundation, continually violated Open Meetings Laws, school taxes increased exponentially, and the district is the defendant in a lawsuit naming the superintendent and staff- by name, to name a few.  This blogger must question the motives of these concerned parents and wonder why they started coming to board meetings in the summer of 2013.

5) "when you threaten someone's job and children"--Talk about hyperbole.  As to both accusations, this blogger emphatically denies threatening anyone's job and children.  Furthermore, this blogger challenges anyone to explain how your job and children were threatened.  To be clear, if you don't want any of your information available to the public, do not become a public figure and set your privacy controls on social media sites to "private."

Interestingly it was reported that they only real solution offered was from none other than the former Hamburg Teachers' Association president: get a superintendent with experience and leadership.  Maybe if the District employed a superintendent the community, staff and board were behind that would be the first step towards uniting this District.  

Although the ultimate end result of the meeting seems to be a lot of people got to vent some steam about this very blog, this blogger does not believe that was meeting coordinator's intentions.  He wanted the District to move away from the Drama and get back on track, focusing on the children.  Again, kudos to Mr. Piazza for his intentions.  This blogger could not agree more.  If that were the focus and intentions of the District, there would be no need for this blog.  Please take the time to respond to questionnaire below:


1.) Are there problems the community must address
2.) How do you believe the problems can be addressed
3.) What are you prepared to do





42 comments:

Betty M. alum said...

Intent right Mr. Piazza on target and professional. We went to hear solutions and that was not accomplished. Not about education and little about our kids. Constructive solutions were not accomplished at that meeting.

Concerned thank you for this positive post we all need to move positively forward. So please keep comments civil. Concerned please reject those mean comments we all can do better even myself.

Anonymous said...

Hey Board of Education- YOU have all the power. I was at the E1B meeting and I am disgusted by the behavior of Mr. Martinez and many of the teachers. Teachers are trying to negotiate a contract and one staff member in particular got up and screamed in Mr. Yoviennes face. What kinda contract do you think we are gonna get after that display. Oddly, the loud mouths are all on top step and coming from the guidance dept where we all know nothing gets done. Shame on you for interfering with our contract. And the former union president should shut his mouth too, none of us will ever have the sweet deal he got in Hamburg. I will never attend one of those meetings again. I wont mention the behavior of Greg Wichlacz. He did nothing on the board and now he is all puffed up and in everyones face. Disgusting!

Anonymous said...

GLEASON, DENNIS G. vs. VILLAGE OF HAMBURG. Why did the police chief of the village sue the village and there was a settlement in July. Please Mayor Moses dont tell us that it is happy ville with this hanging in the wind?

Maple Ave Parent said...

New to this blog, curious from what I am seeing not the fuss it is receiving. Opens up my eyes as to what is going on in my kids school. I will check back

kids first said...

Lets stick to the education of our children not interested in union activities.

help with ans. said...

Got an alert finger imaging not finger printing of our kids. Anyone, what is the difference?

Grey Beard said...

We went to the E1B meeting, to see why “Now is the time to demand that the education of our kids will be put first.”. We put together our questions regarding technology, tutoring and transition from the middle school to the high school (my sons suggestion). Once we arrived I could tell that this meeting was not going to be about our children’s education by the questioner that was on all the seats but we stuck around to see what this was all about. There were a lot of things that were brought up where we thought some good could come out of this meeting, during the first half of the meeting.

The meeting had a lot to do about The Hamburg Educational Ethics blog site and people wanting to shut it down. (REALITY Check #1 – it can’t be shut down, it and the people that post on there are protected -- Amendment I -- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.)
A member in the audience mad a comment about the Hamburg School Board being made up of a bunch of loons, and another member stood up to defend the school board and Jim Martinez jumped up spouting that this member was revealing what went on in an executive session. (Reality Check #2 This matter at the meeting had nothing to do with what went on in executive session, it was about a comment made that night to someone who was not even involved in the executive session meeting) Jim Martinez revealed enough information while he was yelling , (yes, I mean yelling, his voice getting louder and louder as he spoke), for everyone to know who the executive session meeting was about and who was involved.

After this the tone of the meeting changed. There was a lot of teacher on teacher hate. Not sure what that’s all about but here is reality check # 3 ( REALITY Check # 3 – you have/and are in a union , they are there to represent everyone. Sometimes you win your grievances and sometimes not. There is a process that goes on when you file your grievance. It does NOT go directly to the School Board for review and sometimes doesn’t even make it to the School Board if it is found unprecedented. You should have a contract book (or it maybe available online) which covers the grievance process.)

But the I guess the most disturbing thing was when a School Board Member (Holly Balaya) went to talk to a gentleman in the audience( he's the one who spoke about our community working together and the need for a strong , experienced superintendent) a group of what I am assuming teachers behind me , stood up and started yelling “She’s Attacking Him” over and over again. I looked around the room and saw nothing as an attack. I saw Holly was knelt down having a conversion with this gentleman and he showed no signs of duress or being attacked. (REALITY Check #4 – WTF was that?!?!)

I’m not going to touch how I feel The School Board President may have spoken too much. Just keep in mind that One Member of the School Board Does Not represent the entire Board (this goes for all Board members present at this meeting).

As I said in the beginning, I feel that there was some good things that came from this meeting. Our community needs to sit down with our new/ mostly green School Board informally and get a feel where our school district is going. No blog, no he said she said, no bull shit. We as a community are getting more information from our School Board and things are getting resolved fast. This transparency is something new and I’m not sure we all know how to process the information; we may fear it or don’t understand it or the processes, so maybe the district can bring someone in on how we can all function together and unite.

Just to be fair to the people I mentioned by name, I’m Ken Kubik.
I am very active in my son’s education, pay taxes, and probably will not be attending another one of these meetings.

Anonymous said...

It's a sad day for the "ethics" blog. Now that you're identity is in fact known and the tide has overwhelmingly turned against you, you have resorted to backtracking previous statements and getting defensive. To suggest "emphatically" that you're not involved in the threatening of people or their jobs is laughable when you post the phone number of people's place of employment and suggest people call to complain to their employers. Sorry to the "three women", but the jig is up. We know who you are, the game you play, and how to beat you. One more election cycle and it will all be over.

JJ Clark said...

Umm, I think the phone numbers were to M and T bank where tom flynn works. He is an elected official,and M and T is publicly traded. Get a clue dummy. Maybe one of the idiots at the meeting at boces will run. And perhaps as was said the teachers realize that they f---ed up on this one. I hope the board gives them another pay cut- they sure do deserve it. Its all on video and no doubt the board will be picking out the teacher bullies if they dont know all already. Stupid is as stupid does.

taxed to death said...

That meeting was all political. We saw former school board members there,Mrs. R. calling "loons" sb members. The former Supt abruptly resigns with NYS auditors on his heels. As well as not reporting to the public a shortfall of almost a half million bucks. This is only the tip of the ice berg. And it became a teacher union meeting.

I pay almost $16,000.00 in property taxes more than 1/2 of that in school taxes. and I do not mind if we are giving it to our kids, but that mob wanted not to hear about the few of us who were there for what we thought would be to bring us together. I want more for my kids and I voted for the 3 new people for change. It was a mob mentality out there. The Administrator representing our schools should not have incited the audience. I know nothing of that man, other than the titles he gave about himself. I do know that he was alarming and certainly inciting and provoking.

Mary P. said...

I would not know if the moderator intended the meeting to become political, but it was sure that and more. Education not at all in anyones focus. It was not what we expected.

I will continue to get involved elsewhere. This is as civil as I will get now, angry.

Anonymous said...

Grey Beard you expressed it perfectly KUDO's for wanting something for our kids. You came with suggestions and ideas and there was absolutely no thought to having any of those kind of discussions. Disappointing, Mr. P did try, but it was a bash session of a handful of people.

Mom said...

I was at the meeting in west Seneca. I have never seen such a gang of bullies in my life. The moderators- who had no clue what he was doing allowed James Martinez to slander former teachers. If all of this bullying is going on why are we hearing about this now. Hmmm, Joan you are as disparate as it gets. I thought I could talk about the study halls my kids waste away in but I was terrified to speak. Mrs. Rucker- I remember you on the board and the community forum with the lost millions. You actually tried to defend mr. Osborne and had a hissy fit. Lunatics----? I think it is pretty clear Joan, Greg and Eileen- who the real lunatics are. I bet there will be more lawsuits coming down the road- sick group of people who are vicious and crazy. I witnessed what happened and I am reporting it to the district. Mom

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Laura Heeter is a stay at home mom can you explain posting her phone number? I have written several blogs and my name and numbers are out there for anyone who wants to know. Cowardly bitches the whole bunch of you. Go read my comment in the News if you wanna see what I suggest for anyone you feel you can intimidate. Discus name is Rastamaniac.

highland ave parent said...

Rastamaniac,

what is your name and phone# if it is out there? I think not

Henry said...

Laura Heeter is a publicly elected official. Her phone number is in the phone book. I know I looked it up an called her. If I knew her number was on the blog that would have been helpful. Go to the whiteshouse webpage- you can call OBAMA- he is an elected official. Rastamaniac- you punched a drunk out in Hamburg when others were looking on. Now that is a good way of handling things? Don't tell Mayor Moses, he is living in dream land- he thinks the village is cute and safe, meanwhile his police chief sued the village and they settled july 31, 2013. Be patient rastamaniac discus- there plot is being uncovered. Anyhow, thanks for being a citizen vigilante.

el ed teacher said...

MRs. Rucker, "lunatics on the board"?, and then the audience class and Piazza says this is exactly right. Whoa, why dont you look in the mirror, you might see the real bullies. I was there and I posted earlier my disgust. Jim Martinez said, " we allow people like this on the school board?" Like what Jim? What are you talking about. I am sick to my stomach by that meeting and I will be at more- but I will speak up and tell them what they sound like. I wonder what Kelly Harper thought sitting there...she was on the board and I heard Joan bullied her off. So, let the truth come out.

Anonymous said...

Hey bearded twins-you stated at the meeting that current board members helped you get needed services for your special needs child-I think not!! Your sevices are there because of Hamburg's Pupil services dept that goes above & beyond to provide the necessary services for children to insure a successful education! - not your friends on the board-stop trusting the wrong people!

Super said...

Anonymous5:34
Seeing that you need to know, I sent a letter and or phone call to each board member. All but one member school board member replied. Now your right, pupil services did take care of this situation the next day and we are very thankful for everyone’s immediate attention, but I did not contact them.
Pupil services do an amazing job. But you are wrong when you say my “My child’s services are there because of Hamburg's Pupil services dept. that goes above & beyond to provide the necessary services for children to insure a successful education.” My child’s services are there because it’s a Federal Law, I have an amazing child advocate and Pupil services does a great job meeting those requirements.
Seeing that you are so interested in kids education please post your name and email address and I’ll keep you in the loop.

Mom of special kid said...

To Super we appreciate your comments, we also have had similiar situations. Yes we have an advocate also, for various reasons. I am not going to tear anyone down as some here, but my child needed an advocate to make sure all were provided to her. I still am battling some issues, so yes I have had to make calls to board members who were promp on replying.

I was not at that meeting on Thursday, however a full report from friend, who said it was a political show of the people who lost the last election here. I did vote for Joan as well as Laura and Dave. But it is time to move on. From what she said this group does not want this board to come together no matter what they say and that is ashame. They should not misrepresent themselves and waste the time of those that were misled and want what is good for all here in Hamburg.

parent of disabled kid said...

Super

amonymous 5:34 was way out of line. Attacks not solutions from those who didn't like the results of the election. Sorry that 5:34 will not reveal his identy he knows nothing of your situation. Unless your childs confidential information is being shared by administration. And that is illegal.

Anonymous said...

Lets face it Joan is crying. Did anyone hear her at BOCES. What a crybaby and a vicious woman. Her number is being played. And sadly those involved in her sick scheme dont realize the liability. Her lawyer buddy who was in the audience is a also behind the sickness in this community. Thank god my kids are out of Hamburg this year. If Joan went away so too would all this insanity. Just take a look at the gang that was at BOCES. I went to hear about special ed or sports or restoring clubs but I had to listen to adults bully and threaten anyone who wasnt nailed down. Wow, what a sick group.

Anonymous said...

Lawyer friend "buddy" D.C.gave a hefty donation to her campaign. He has a vested interest in what is going on here.

Mark said...

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/hamburg-ny/TUH64UB8I6BNGQAUH/p4

Tom Moses- is this the village you worked so hard for. Looks like you should watch your officiers and leave the schools alone. How about when you cosy relationship with the district comes out. You might have some answering to do then.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Blogger. I love what you are doing with this blog. You are doing the community a great service, but please stop referring to yourself in the third person (i.e. "This blogger"). It makes you sound a bit pretentious, and is a bit off-putting to read.

Anonymous said...

If this group is so gung ho Hamburg why did they meet in West Seneca huh? why?
Go Bulldogs!

Anonymous said...

Joan, yes you took a beat down in the 2012 election. But in the 2013 election you were obliterated. All three candidates endorced by the WD got on. In a fair election you would have taken first, easily. The WD seems to be a bit of campaign superhero. His plans and ideas were truly a thing of beauty. So now joan, you are mad. You can sit around and bitch, but the only thing that matters is that election next spring. You have to know what to do and when to start doing it. My suggestion to you is to find someone who is able to get the job done and pay him to do so.

Anonymous said...

Dan chaichai sure
Seemed mad last night. Hmmm- what a strange man with strange things to say. Where does be get his info? I hope he is looking hard and maybe his head should go in the sand. Is partner the village judge must be proud of dans interest east in the schools.

Anonymous said...

GREAT KIDS IN HAMBURG IT'S THE CRAZY ADULTS LIKE EDDY WHO NEED TO SHUT IP.

Anonymous said...

The speaker Dan c, where does he get his info? I heard there is a tight relationship with his firm and the schools. He sure is misinformed exactly the same way as PBC. This is getting rich.

Hywood said...

Mr. Piazza and Daniel Chiacchia have been given private, legal information regarding my young child and family from someone on the school board.

M said...

I was recruited to join a group by a woman named Wendy. Since this was my only encounter with her, I listened and told her no.

Moving forward for our kids was not her intent.

Anonymous said...

ANONYMOUS 6:27 PM ANSWER

Patty Brunner Collins

Anonymous said...

Hey, what happened Concerned? I thought Tom Flynn was going to get thrown off the board. More bad information from you.

Anonymous said...

I just watched last night's board meeting on the district website. Gee,does Dan Chiacchia have a bit mouth for such a "little guy". You would think you would have leared about running your mouth from your friend. It is not good to speak if you do not have concrete facts. The real problem Dan must be that you are upset because you couldn't keep Joan on the board. You got out your "little guy" pocketbook and donated a bunch of money towards Joan's election, but you got smashed anyway. You and your little group of fools spread your pathetic little pamplet around town, but it did more harm to Joan than it did good. Your pamplet was negative against people who were not even running. Sending out nasty campaign literature is a kiss of death, so says "this writer", but you were not even smart enough to send out literature that attacked Joan's opponents. Your literature attacked people who were not even running. You stood out in front of the high school with Joan and then when the results came in you got smashed. Your little guy effort got you little results. If you were smart you would have made your campaign literature positive and highlighted all the great things about the candidate (Joan Calkins), but undoubtedly you sat down at your computer and you could not think of anything positive to write about Joan other than she is a pediatrician, which she reminded us of at every board meeting for years. So Dan you are mad that Joan lost...you should blame yourself, because you ran a shitty campaign and got roasted on election day. Perhaps you should take a look at yourself Dan. Get your facts straight and read a book on campaigning....a "big boy" book.

Jill said...

I was at the Board Meeting and I thought the Board was great. President Dave has a quick wit, and they all seemed genuinely interested in the schools. The last time I was at a meeting was under Ed Osbourne and Eileen Rucker. I think P. Roswell was Superintendent- nothing was shared with the public- it was one big secret. I think the Board is doing great. I wonder what on earth Dan Chiachia is thinking? He seemed to know stuff no one else would know- what was he talking about. If anyone knows, please put on this blog. I know Dan is partners with Andrew Fleming on South Park- there was quite a write up in the News about him today. What was Dan Chiachia talking about, and did he get his info from Patty Brunner COllins. Just trying to get back in the loop after being out for a while.

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing, how did Dan know about all that stuff. And what was with the short guy saying union contracts are on hold? What the hell, are those guys the shadow government? They were kinda a- holes, in my opinion. They wasted so much time- I wanted to learn more about the great art programs- what fabulous art made by our kids. I LOVE THE MARIGOLDS AND THE GREAT PHOTO BY SOME TALENTED STUDENTS. Kudos to our kids- they make those jerks that stand up and yell seem like bigger screwballs. Go away boys, we got kids to education

Anonymous said...

I thought the same thing, how did Dan know about all that stuff. And what was with the short guy saying union contracts are on hold? What the hell, are those guys the shadow government? They were kinda a- holes, in my opinion. They wasted so much time- I wanted to learn more about the great art programs- what fabulous art made by our kids. I LOVE THE MARIGOLDS AND THE GREAT PHOTO BY SOME TALENTED STUDENTS. Kudos to our kids- they make those jerks that stand up and yell seem like bigger screwballs. Go away boys, we got kids to education

Anonymous said...

BIG BOYS ROCK!

parent UPES said...

Why is confidential information regarding kids being shared with anyone? Those two guys need to be questioned.

Anonymous said...

District is liable if anyone in administration or school board spreading information regarding kids or staff. Finger pointing at Patty Brunner

Anonymous said...

District is liable if anyone in administration or school board spreading information regarding kids or staff. Finger pointing at Patty Brunner