Know What It Feels Like to Be BLED to DEATH?

13 May

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this blog now.

We have just acquired a copy of the so-called Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement between the Teachers Union a.k.a. the RCS Teachers Association and the RCS CSD and what we see in that document, submitted by the teachers union, is absolutely SCANDALOUS!

The Teachers Will Suck You Dry

If you vote YES! on the 2012-13 School Budget You’ll Know What it Feels Like to Be BLED TO DEATH!

Once you read this you will have to agree that the only way you can vote is NO! on the 2012-13 School Budget…and you’ll also have to agree that the teachers on the RCS Board of Education have to go!

You’ll Know Why When You Read This!

It’s all in the Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement offered by the teachers union and Matt Miller (remember him? the atheist teacher, also president of the RCS teachers union) and friends on April 17th, 2012. Before you misunderstand the document, it is a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) NOT a “contract,” and the terms of the agreement go into effect ONLY if the 2012-13 RCS School Budget is passed. So you must vote NO! to avoid being bled to death.

The teachers offer “a partial” = temporary “wage freeze” but subject to some pretty one-sided conditions (of course, the actual conditions were never made public for you to know!):

  1. According to the MOA, the Board must submit “a tax levy of 8.6%…or 6.8% based on efficiency measures that DO NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE ASSOCIATION.” (#1 of the MOA). In other words, the teachers agree that you, the voters, can pay the 6.8%…everyone else can drop dead but the teachers association cannot be touched. Nice, right?
  2. The teachers’ 2010-2013 negotiated contract will be extended for two years, to 2015, with a 2.5% pay increase in each year of the extension. (#2 of the MOA).Wait a minute, this means the teachers get a raise when everyone else is cutting back! Now that’s a real sacrifice, voters!
  3. The teachers who initially do not receive the 2.5% per year pay increase will start to receive the 2.5% pay increase on February 1 [2013]  (#3 of the MOA).So, even those teachers who don’t initially get the pay increase get the pay increase on February 1st. Nice deal for the teachers! Pay me now, pay me later–win-win for the teachers! Do you like that, voters?
  4. On July 1, 2012, all members of the teachers union would still receive all increases in the 2010-13 contract. Another win-win for the teachers.
  5. There would be NO losses of full or part-time positions for teachers union members (#5 of the MOA). In other words, ALL teaching jobs would be safe, cuts would have to come from somewhere else but not from teachers! That’s really a sacrifice…ALL teachers’ jobs are safe, get raises, to hell with you, voter!
  6. Any savings from the Supplemental Agreement would be used only to offset tax levy but NOT to increase reserve funds or for any other purpose (#6 of the MOA). Only the teachers benefit, in other words.
  7. Number 7 of the MOA really gets us sick: “three sick days can be converted to personal days…above and beyond” (adding time off to the already generous time off without excuse)! Nice! Teachers get more paid  time off for themselves!

    What You’ll Be Screaming If the School Budget Passes

But the Teacher is Your Friend!

The key to stopping this ridiculous arrangement is to vote NO! on May 15th. If the budget is defeated these self-serving, shameless teachers’ demands will NOT go into effect! There is NO sacrifice of any kind in this Agreement, it’s a LOAN agreement and you, the voters, will have to pay for it plus interest!

 That’s the TRUTH behind your wonderful teachers! They are out for themselves and this proves it and you have to thank Matt Miller, David Dykeman, and Bridget Engelhardt of the RCS teachers association for cutting your throats, and the traitor teachers, teachers’ spouses and retired teachers (Engel, Whalen, O’Connor, Traver) on the Board of Education for pushing this monstrous deal through.

Loaded Dice:
Teachers Win=You Lose

If you vote NO! the teachers lose nothing and will continue according to the negotiated contract for 2010-2013.

We are including a scanned copy of the Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement for your reading “pleasure,” and so that you can see for yourself that everything we report on this issue is true and factual. Just click here to read the actual document: RCS CSD -Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement.

On May 15th

By the way, did you know that Howard ENGEL, a candidate for re-election to the RCS CSD Board of Education is a teacher married to a teacher, and is head of the teachers union at Averill Park? Did you know that candidate for election to the RCS CSD Board of Education Edward “Teddy” Reville is married to Engel’s sister? Sunilda Swan is also a former teacher. A. Whalen is a retired Teacher. Sitting board member James Latter’s wife is a math teacher at the RCS middle school. Particularly disturbing is the Board of Education meeting of November 1 at which residents call for the immediate resignation of sitting Board member Latter for breach of confidentiality and endangerment of a student, RCS Sports Association misuse of funds, questions regarding the RCS Sports Association’s non-profit status and 990 tax returns (non filed). O’Connor is a teacher. An you still don’t think the teachers are running the RCS BoE? In the name of fair play, get the teachers off the Board of Education!

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20 responses to “Know What It Feels Like to Be BLED to DEATH?

  1. laszlo polyak

    May 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I’m a bloody bloody liberal and at some point you have to be real! I was at the meeting too to think she tried to accuse me of being the blogger too ! She had a child 6-9 yrs old with her wheres child protective when you need them ? that child didn’t need to be place in a confrontational situation via the mother


  2. laszlo polyak

    May 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    dito I have a brokers too! if I could move to bethlehem I would


  3. laszlo polyak

    May 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Nope our taxes are about the same currently. Simon knock on my door and Ill take you to the NYSED on Washington Ave and you can see for yourself. Don’t forget the Federal money the Feds Don’t Care About NYS teacher contracts they just charge you for misuse of funds and you go in front of a federal judge and your happy just to give up your pension to stay out of jail the US dept of Ed they dont play at all!


    • Simon

      May 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      A similarly assessed house within the Bethlehem district gets taxed at about 20-30% higher in net dollars. I know; I’ve been in the market.



    • Simon

      May 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      As a followup, I looked up the tax per thousand of the two districts. There are certain areas of the RCS district (sorry you poor souls in New Scotland!) which are notably more expensive than areas in Bethlehem. Going from the area I’m in to the area I was looking at, my taxes would go up. But in general, there are plenty of examples where that would not be the case.

      I stand corrected.



  4. springtime

    May 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Does it ever end – do these people ever think of what is best for this community?? My name is [Redacted for the protection of the commentor]. My brother and I own businesses in the Town Of Coeymans for 30+ years. Several months ago several businesses came together to start a business group. I agreed to coordinate and we started to have meetings, created a website and are in the process of formalizing the group which is called The Greater Coeymans Ravena Community Business Group. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. The web-site is
    Purpose of this group is to encourage open communication among business and community members, to ensure that facts and truth are provided on all issues, respect each others opinions and hopefully be able to compromise on issues that will benefit all members of the community. To retain existing residents/businesses/encourage new residents/business to the Town of Coeymans. At our meetings we typically have copies of newspaper articles, e-mails, minutes from Town Board meetings, planning board meetings, school board meetings etc. to distribute/discuss/ and ensure awareness and to research information to ensure that it is factual. We do not spread rumors and circulate information only once we have determined its accuracy, the facts must be true or the issue is dead—participants are apprised of all information circulating in our community that we become aware of that is of interest to the business community.
    Last week we had a business meeting. Individuals from the community who are in support of the passage of the School Budget came to the meeting for the first time. We welcomed them. Although, there was a variety of information and issues to be discussed, their focus was on the bloggers articles that were available for our participants to see and be aware of, and which are available to the interested public. The blog is no secret. We support open communication and freedom of speech…so does the United States Constitution, by the way. We provide News Herald papers, the Spotlight, the Times Union, e-mails, the blogger! If the information is about our community, is pertinent and/or requires clarification, we have it- we share it and we read it! We confirm facts etc!!!
    Now we find out that the attendee(s) did not understand our explanation of what we do with all the information — RUMORS/LIES are being spread about the blogger and its purpose at our meeting. IF YOU SHOULD HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING THIS I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CALL ME DIRECTLY AND/OR OTHER INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE ON A REGULAR BASIS AT THESE MEETINGS AND ARE AWARE OF OUR GOALS — IT IS NOT ABOUT ANY ONE PERSON/BUSINESS IT IS ABOUT WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR COMMUNITY. Awareness is essential.
    Needless, to say our words, explanations, sharing, discussion have been twisted and distorted into lies. At the meeting last Thursday night we did have to request one of the community members to leave because of their inappropriate behavior and accusations; she was out of control.
    On that same day I had an individual (said his name was boyer) taking photos of our property and threatening me that if the signs we had up were not taken down he would make sure that no one did business with us! He also accused “our people” of painting “their side’s signs”. I advised him that we don’t believe that anyone should be touching any signs other than their own. He advised me that the “yes” sign on our property was painted over. Yes it was and we were trying to find out who did it….we did not approve of it – the painting on their side’s sign nor did we approve of his side trespassing and placing vote Yes! signs on our property without our permission. He also brought the blogger up – I told him that it is a free country- – if he did not like what the blogger says he should tell him. I also said that it is very sad that people can’t respect each others opinions – I respect his opinion/beliefs to vote yes for the School Budget and he in turn should respect mine.
    Sad part is that he also called the SPOT prior to his ordering food to ask if the signs were theirs… and advised if they were their signs he would not do business with them anymore. Then we find out someone was in Stewards in Ravena telling people not to do business with the businesses down in Selkirk?? Who are these people with these unproductive opinions and threats.
    NOW THE LATEST TODAY…. More unproductive misled actions. Individuals in the community are calling businesses, and visiting businesses to threaten them that if they are associated with the Greater Coeymans Ravena Community Business Group that they will make sure no one does business with them. The Business Group does not take political positions without agreement of the core participants. The signs on our property DONOT represent the business groups position. IF THEY DID IT WOULD BE DULY NOTED. I am so disgusted with these people, with their threats, misinformation, and lies. For each baby step this community takes forward to enhance our community, their actions put us back into the stone age!
    But also I question What is wrong with our business people? Running scared all the time. Yes we have a list of businesses on the web DOES NOT SAY THEY ARE MEMBERS! This list — FREE ADVERTISEMENT, for anyone to SEE who goes on the web-site— to be aware of the businesses in the community. READ THE WEBSITE!!!! THE list is not complete because we are working on it in our spare time! Would you like to help?
    Who are these people that have such hatred for the community! When are we going to work together, when are these people going to stop focusing on their own self-interest, when are the lies going to stop! When are they going to respect us, god knows we are trying to work with them! They just keep cutting our community into pieces every chance they get; if they don’t control it they want to destroy it.

    Why don’t you violators of others’ rights and freedoms spend more time on helping us develop this community —more businesses, more residents, more registered students, lower taxes!! Then is the question: Where are the citizens who want a better community?


    • Fides qua Creditur

      May 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Bullying, harassment, intimidation. Like a pack of rats they ambush and backstab. That’s who they are. That’s the facts! That’s why there’s no tax base in the RCS district. Those bastards are driving everything out. Anyone with good faith interest in the RCS district gets treated like dirt by the dirtbags. Sure, work your asses off to make shit shine, see where it gets you! The Coeymanazis are right behind you burning the bridges you build. But it’s not over till the fat lady sings!

      Courage and don’t get discouraged. They’re slime, dirt, and they know it. Everything they touch becomes dirt and slime. They don’t know anything else! You just keep building your bridges but make them high enough so that when those bastid Coeymanazis go off, they don’t get back up again!

      This blog is being read by EVERYONE–let them do their dirty work; the whole world is reading and learning about what’s going on in this dirtbag community! COWARDS who work the treachery and COWARDS all who sit back and allow them to do what they please.

      This budget debate is central on our list but you just wait til after the vote. Do we have some delicious surprises in store for the Coeymanazis!

      If you can get us NAMES, we’ll take it from there. Just get us some names of persons doing this and we’ll take care of it.

      I would recommend also consulting an attorney; you may be able to sue the perverts for interfering with your civil rights and with your business.

      We’ll send you privately the contact details for the local NYCLU lawyer. The NYCLU and the ACLU might be very interested in this sort of misconduct. Let the NYCLU and the ACLU contact the law enforcement agencies to investigate. The rat pack is really ignorant and has no idea what troubles they could have for this type of misconduct. The individuals stand to lose a lot more than a vote!
      Just stay tuned 😉



    • Simon

      May 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      It disappoints me that people would “crash” a business meeting like that. To be fair (poor word, as they likely weren’t), their conduct was probably the result of the meeting being mentioned here. Seeing the ad here led me to believe it was a “No” vote powwow, which is what probably motivated those people to show up.

      The trouble is all of this will simply degrade and end up with a destroyed school, people moving away, and with that your customers. I don’t live in the immediate Ravena area, but the community really doesn’t deserve it.

      Hopefully, after this whole school debate is over, the community can deal with those other issues it’s dealing with, and start to heal.



      • Fides qua Creditur

        May 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        Regardless of where they saw the announcement, whether here or in the News Herald or scrolled on a latrine wall, their motives and conduct were deplorable.

        The business group was merely trying to express a positive effort to clarify issues, not to pour salt on wounds or to proselytize; what one resident, the weepy one who regularly takes the floor at BoE meetings and does a crying act, was in good form, I hear, ranting and raving…it was she who was summarily shown the door. I believe her name is Hummel.

        Nevertheless, if I understand what was said, the chair of the meeting did not want to hear idle accusations and speculations and actually had printouts of all of the blog pages for anyone’s examination so that they could point out specifically what the were bitching about. Of course, none of the “delegation” availed him/herself of that offered opportunity; it’s much easier to rant and rave than to read (gosh, they’re all four-letter words, aren’t they!).

        But this most recent conduct is egregious to the nth power and totally unacceptable. If the group can provide names of the callers, I’ll publish and forward it on to the NYCLU/ACLU with the request for inquiry and law enforcement involvement, especially since it’s being done allegedly by the “delegation” of YESers. I’m sure there’s civil recourse against the perps, too.

        We can live in hope but the expectation is that the budget debate is merely a forum in which to vent smouldering unresolved conflicts; it appears that those conflicts are years, decades, perhaps generations old in this community and are part of the fabric. It will take a true saint to get the stains out of the shrouds.



  5. laszlo polyak

    May 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I already sat on a school board where the school was closed we found every teacher a job except 2; they took a little longer a few months. We could cut 6 million e-z and still improve the quailty of education. There are dozens of school districts out there to model from. It requires homework by the BoE members ……but no-one wants to do the legwork! For example, no-one came down to see the waste just in the buses alone!


    • Fides qua Creditur

      May 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      You’re right, Mr P., they’re too busy stabbing each other in the back and planning the next ambush!


      • Simon

        May 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

        Very true…. running the school is definitely not their top priority.

        I was always open to the concept of combining districts; however for us the unfortunate likely candidate would be Bethlehem; that would actually make our taxes go markedly UP.



  6. Simon

    May 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    This agreement came down to picking your poison. At this point in time, the RCS schools needed the dollars. They got the dollars in favor of the other points in the agreement (personally I dislike the clause about guaranteeing no unit members affected).

    I don’t expect to get something for nothing when it comes to unions.



  7. Simon

    May 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    “Engel, Whalen, O’Connor, Traver”

    Who was the 5th vote for the agreement? There were 5 votes needed to approve it. You did not mention the 5th vote in your article.

    When can we look forward to your candidacy? (Both of you?)



    • Fides qua Creditur

      May 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Unconfirmed, but it was probably Latter, his wife is a math teacher at the RCS middle school.
      Quite frankly, knowing what I now know about this area, I’m really considering relocating. It’s one of the worst messes I have every had the misfortune of witnessing. Worse still, the population is so brainwashed and useless to anyone including themselves that anyone of quality who would seriously consider public office here would be shooting him/herself in the foot…or the head!

      Sorry if I disappointed you. But stupid I’m not 😉



      • Simon

        May 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

        You’re probably correct on the 5th person.

        Good luck in selling the house! A 0% scorched earth will make that difficult.

        There are plenty other messes in the Capital Region. You’re only most familiar with the most local ones. The folks in Averill Park could tell you some good ones. So could the people in Voorheesville.

        The issues we have are not unique to Ravena. It’s my opinion that as long as we have professional politicians, the issues will continue. Not that our non-professionals are much better… 🙂



  8. laszlo polyak

    May 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Wait to you see actual receipts such as 1000’s of dollars spent just to change light bulbs in the basements because they paid an electrician at the rate of about 90$ and hour to do it ….how many pencils does that buy at our kids don’t have. When NYSED comes down to do a line-by-line audit……well some folks need to learn the hard way. C&A CSD theirs is 2.99 % and ours is 6.8%


  9. Pundit

    May 14, 2012 at 8:30 am

    you are correct again-and proved it. Thanks


    • Fides qua Creditur

      May 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Thank you, Pundit! Try to get the word out. Tomorrow’s the vote. If it’s not defeated we can expect a lot more residents to be deserting the sinking SS RCS after it’s ben hit by the Budget iceberg. It’ll make the Titanic catastrophe look like a canoe overturning. All we ask is that people help themselves, get the facts, the information they need to make an informed intelligent decision. Do they? Hell NO! They still listen to the deceit and dysinformation and follow like sheep. Go figure!

      Thanks for being a loyal and objective reader. Thanks for your comments!




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