Recently, New York State Education Department published the results of the 2014 Math and English Language Arts exams. Concerned Hamburger reviewed the data as it was presented by the Buffalo News (click here: 2014 Math and English Exam Results).
The test results of the Hamburg School District should shock the conscience of every mother, father, teacher and taxpayer. While some schools like Charlotte Avenue scored about 70% in Grade 3 Math, other schools like Boston Valley scored around 40% in 3rd Grade Math. Boston Valley's 3rd Grade English scores were below 40%.
The Hamburg Middle School results are equally appalling. In 8th grade English, Hamburg has about a 40% proficiency and in Math it is closer to 30%. The numbers speak for themselves. Some might say, these results mean nothing because it is the nasty doing of Pearson testing in an effort to undermine public schools, others might say the kids are too young to be tested and still others may just "blame it on the rain".
In most regards, the flaw-finders of NYS testing do not need to go too far to find support in their arguments. In some cases, the arguments against testing are undeniably strong. However, until NYS gives up the testing culture, the stakeholders need to take responsibility. Perhaps if the Hamburg School District made an effort to put money in the classrooms and not in the pockets of overpriced administrators and zany bow-tie clad attorneys, the testing results would be different.
In the case of Hamburg, the 2014 test results were predictable. From the weekly onslaught of drama that occurred in Hamburg during the 2013-14 school year, it is no wonder that the kids have suffered. Each week, a new spectacle unfolded in Hamburg with a handful of parents lead by local attorney Daniel Chiacchia, Esq. leading the charge to disrupt the school board, and the functioning of schools. This dirty dozen of so called, "concerned parents" pushed hard to anoint the disgraceful Richard Jetter as Superintendent of Schools, a job he screwed up in just two short months. On May 5, 2014, Doctor Jetter was out drinking heavily, during the school day, with Hamburg Middle School Principal Jennifer Giallella. Perhaps, Ms. Giallella should have been running her building that day.
To further turn the Hamburg "carnival into a circus show", the Hamburg School Board tossed Boston Valley Principal James Martinez a stipend of $2,500 to act as district safety officer. Mr. Martinez disrupted each and every school board meeting by casting aspersions at board members, and community members. Mr. Martinez took his job to a delusional level in making the claim he would arrest Hamburg School Board members with his NYS Administrators license. The man has exhibited very strange conduct. One does wonder about the Boston Valley School break-ins last October. Additionally, it was reported to Concerned Hamburger by several people, that on the last day of school in June at Boston Valley, Mr. Martinez told the teachers to hold the children in doors, thus canceling field day activities, because "there were Russians in the woods". (We trust Safety Officer Martinez notified US Department of Homeland Security to sweep the woods in search of Russians and other aliens who may be in the Town of Boston)
Once upon a time, not too long ago, Charlotte Avenue Elementary School enjoyed "Blue Ribbon" status and now it is struggling to maintain a 70% passing rate for 3rd graders. Where were the dirty dozen parents group when Charlotte Avenue sank in the rankings from a top 10 school to a middle 30s school? That would seem to be a very large concern for moms, dads and school boards.
Hamburg is not the school system it once was, and the numbers reveal that reality. Hamburg has become tolerant of staff, superintendents and community members who lie, connive and exhibit unstable and irrational conduct.
With any hope the Hamburg School Board will wake up and realize how incredibly foolish they are. The Forcucci hearings, the 306 appeal of Mr. Daniel Chiacchia, Esq, the petitions passed by staff members during the school day to remove Stephenson and Balaya, the community "hate-meetings", the alcohol guzzling school administrators, fake pep rallies, high taxes and low results are on the shoulders of a school board run by a president with little if any back bone or integrity.
It is hoped that in the very near future, for the sake of the children and the teachers who try hard to do good things, that a person with honor will be seated at the head of the table, and she or he shall be called the Superintendent of Hamburg Central Schools.
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