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In All Fairness…

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

The Residents of the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and the New Baltimore Community and School District Deserve Much Better Than They’re Getting.  The Only Description of the Situation that Comes to Mind is:

The Scandal is Everywhere!

This Blog, with the Cooperation and Collaboration of Many Residents has Recently Exposed the Snow Job and the Finagling that’s Been Going On and the Deceitful, Misinformation That’s Been Published and Circulated in Recent Weeks in Public Statements Made by the Teachers Association and in Letters to the Editor Written by the Major Perps and Pervs and Published by Needful Pulp Fiction Backwoods Reporters.

We’ve exposed the scandal of immorality in the major fingerpointers in a campaign to drive a fine member of the Board of Education from his elected seat; the very ones pointing the fingers were booted off the Board ostensibly because of their immorality and poor performance. As Matt Miller about his FaceBook promotions and his statements before and after the elections. But sit down when you do it.

We’ve pointed out that those very fingerpointers were the ones who saddled the RCS school district with a swimming pool that is worth as much to this community as a refrigerator is to Eskimos; built of materials that can’t withstand the stresses of blasting in the quarries behind it and so poorly designed it cannot host competions. Ask Jerry Deluca about this! (While you have him cornered you might want to ask him about the Coeymanazis and their secret meetings conspiring to undermine the democratically elected RCS Board of Education!)

We’ve argued against the disproportionate influence of the teachers and teachers association on the RCS Board of Education and how they favor anything the teachers association asks for and obstruct anything that might not be in the teachers’ interests. We’ve argued that teachers, former teaches, and the spouses of teachers need to be booted off the board and now! There has to be a level playing field! The Board must be able to exercise independence and autonomy in making its decisions and that is impossible if special interests have voting power on the board! Ask Schools Superintendant Elizabeth Smith about this.

 We’ve pointed out the problems in school sports and the fact that the coaches and assistant coaches may be endangering the players. We’ve pointed out a well-known problem with the aquatics director and his abuse (verbal) of the students–we repeat: a well known fact but he’s still there.Helmet Brain. Traumatic Brain Injury.

We’ve pointed out the questionable practices and concealment well-known in the RCS Sports Association and its code violations and vindictiveness. We’ve pointed out the total lack of transparency in its financial business and other suspect practices. Ask Bill McFerran about this, the financial recordkeeping (if there is any), where the money goes, the tax status of the Association, etc.

We’ve pointed out a number of discrepancies and misleading points in the Superintendant of Schools budget presentation and the impractical notion that a 6.8% increase cannot be sustained by this commuinity and we urge the community to vote down that budget. The contingency budget will keep the RCS districat at the previous year’s levy and even further require $1.5 million in cuts! We provided a list of a number of schools across the state that are biting the bullet and facing the reality that the policy of spending more to get less just doesn’t work nor or ever. The RCS community together with its neighbors in Greene County, in New Baltimore have no other choice than to VOTE NO! on the 2012-13 Budget!

We’ve pointed out the imprudence at this time of expanding the Ravena Public Library; it’s idiotic to consider a move and spending of that magnitude in a time when we need to be pushing AUSTERITY measures. The library board has no answers for such questions as HOW MUCH? WHEN? HOW? And the answers they do have are far from convincing. This is not the time! The library director and the library board must come up with concrete answers to concrete questions. You must not be asked to buy the Brooklyn Bridge (again)!

We are not aware of any figures in terms of library utilization or demographics that could support such a plan. In addition, the library board wants to more than double its space in an age when most libraries are reducing space in response to the trend in digitization and online resources that are replacing print-based newspapers, journals, and books! 1000 books fit easily on a Kindle or Nook but take up hundreds of square feet in a library. In 5 years the trend will only have become more obvious but the library board, to get any money from the state of New York, has to sign a 10-year lease for the new library and that doesn’t include adaptation work costs! It’s idiotic! Vote NO! on that crazy project.

Worse than all of the above is the situation with the teachers and their teachers association. Not only to they bully the Board of Education but Matt Miller, president of the RCS Teachers Association is consistently misleading the voting and taxpaying public to believe that the teachers are dedicated and sacrificing; that they have the students’ interests at heart. We’ve said in the past that they should put their paychecks where their mouths are. What do they do? The offer a LOAN, a half-year “pay freeze,” in response. But here’s the clincher: after the 6 months they get RAISES! Pay increases! It’s a win-win for the teachers. Here’s another fact: the average teacher ( called “instructional staff”) in the RCS district makes more than twice as much ($63,000-70,000 annual salary) as the average non-teacher (non-instructional staff) who makes an average of about $30,000 a year, and the teacher gets several months off every year, gets additonal support for “professional development,” and they still complain that they don’t have enough. Well, we think the taxpayers in this district have had enough. Don’t you?

Student or Teacher? You tell me!

The New Testament (Matthew 7:16)  tells us that we will “Know them by their fruits.” This has come unexpectedly to light in a recent development where a number of RCS high school students left some really nasty comments on this blog. One student actually wrote that her “teachers were there and laughing at the idiocy” of this blog. Since when is honest reporting and presentation of facts to the community and to taxpayers “idiocy.” If you read those comments–we published them on this blog and you can read the comments–you will have to ask yourself “What in hell is going on at that high school.” “What are those teachers doing all day?” “What are they doing with our kids?” You’ll have to read the students’ comments–they’re published on this blog– to understand the seriousness of what’s going on in the schools in your district.

After one of the students went over the top in escalating his abusive conduct, we had to advise him that he would be banned from the blog, that his comments would not be considered, that they would be immediately trashed. In addition, we had to advice the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board of the student’s misconduct. We even had to notify law enforcement of some of the threats the student was making. But that’s what’s going on in the high school. (For more information, read our two posts on the incidents.)

Speaking of the New Testament and Scripture, have you read our post on the RCS teacher who does not repeat the “one nation under God” in the pledge of allegiance and, when asked by his students Why? tells them that he’s an atheist! Ask Matt Miller, president of the RCS teachers association, the teacher, about this one.

Let’s be clear on one thing: We do not find the fact that the students commented or that they feell they have a voice in what’s happening. Commitment and dedication are important. What we are pointing out as a serious defect is that those students were on the blog all day long, from 9 a.m. through to about 3 p.m. and then from about 5 p.m to about 9 p.m. And the language they used and the thoughts they expressed were, well, not quite what you would expect from teenagers talking to and about adults! The language was filthy, disrespectful, arrogant…and “the teachers were there laughing.”

That’s what you need to be looking at. Where is your money going and for what? They can’t spell, they can’t write a sentence, the state report card shows that the RCS district is failing and it’s not because you are stingy with your cash…let’s be real, there’s a far more insidious and serious problem and you might want to start looking at the company your kids are keeping all day long!

And don’t blame the non-teachers on the Board of Education; they’re fighting tooth and nail for you…they have no special interests except an interest in justice and fairness but they’re hobbled too much of the time by the special interests of the teachers who are on the board.

Teachers Association Bullies

Read our report on the Superintendant’s Budget Presentation and read our recommendations and notes on the candidates. One candidate Edward Reville is married to Howard Engel’s (a board member) sister; Engle is a teacher and his wife is a teacher! It’s literally incestuous if you allow Reville on the board or Alice Whalen or re-elect Engel. You might as well make the RCS CSD Board of Education a department of the NYS Teachers Union, the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)!

You need to seriously look at the postings on this blog. Then you really need to ask some really serious questions about what we are saying and you have to ask the people in charge. But for starters, you need to think realistically and not in terms of an ideal world.

Vote NO! on the Budget. Vote NO! on the Library. Vote NO! on the buses for now. Find out who’s running for the Board of Education and who’s married to the teacher, who’s the former teacher, who’s the teacher and get them off the board! Find reputable intelligent moral persons in the community and get them to run as a write-in candidate. Send us their bios and we’ll support them. We have 400-700 readers every day and those readers will pass on what they think is good. Give it a shot; it can’t get any worse than it is now.

If you like what you’ve read on this blog send a link to a friend, a relative, your elected officials. Make your voice heard. You have power but you have to use it to better your life, your community, the future.

STOP THE SCANDAL!

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!
 
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What Your Kids Were Doing in School at RCS Today…

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

If You Are Wondering What Your Kids Are Doing When They’re At School–And You Really Should Wonder–, Here are some Examples.

Misfits Just Don’t Fit Neatly Anywhere.

 After Reading This You May Want to Think Again Why RCS is A Failing School and Whether Your Teachers and Their Supervisors Are Worth the Money!

You may also want to question whether your kids are  using those electronic gadgets you provide them with to best use, and whether your paying for telecommunications and computers so that they can write stuff like this:

This young man, whose real name is Timothy, started off with a pseudonym, “jack’s inflamed sense of rejection” and you might know him just by that assumed name if he’s your kid. “Jack-O” writes from e-mail kph@nycap.rr.com at 9:43 a.m.:

This is a vapid, short sighted, deceitful and overwhelmingly ignorant blog. Instead of real facts it is filled with morons who are appparently as anti-progress as they are anti-intelectual. I feel like the short sighted coward who runs this blog lacks any courage to present his “arguments” (I say this loosely because very little of what is posted here has enough truth behind it to even constitute as a real argument) in public to those he has singled out for dissent. Do the “smalbany” community and leave it. Remember that passing a 0% budget, rather than the well thought out 6.8%, would not only severely damage the school and town’s infrastructure but it will damage the lives of the children who attend it. Please keep this in mind next time you post you disgusting pedo-sadist.
“Sincerely, The Concerned Students Of RCS High School.”

Jack-O’s thought processing is a bit strange as is his language, but that’s what your paying for…this guy’s allegedly an RCS senior ready for the world!

Jack-O writes again from kph@nycap.rr.com at 11:10 a.m:

“Well seeing as you responded to not a single issue that I have placed before you and rather dodged the topic I see fit to dodge yours. You call me immature yet you reference my perceived ignorance with sphincter anatomy, how laughably asinine and poorly thought out. Now I know that on top of a blinding sense of self superiority you are also a childish megalomaniac who seems to succeed only in dodging real challenges when placed before you. Now to adress our anonyminity; and your own seeing as you are equally hyopcritical and cowardly. We are a group of students, mostly highschool seniors (amazing how someone pressumably half your age seems to work with twice the level of intelligence and decorum?) If you wish for names we are more than willing to oblige, knowing that you will remain hidden while shackled by your fear. As students and educated citizens (quite unlike yourself) we see it only fit that you either write a “fair, truthful and complete” blog as stated above, or remove your ill-conceived filth that you parade as “fact” from the internet. In the mean time please resume with your unbacked lunacy and borderline slander of otherwise upstanding rcs faculty.
Sincerely, Timothy, Cassie, Karin, Tyler, Sierra, Brandon and numerous other students”
“PS: I’m hoping your next argument might actually provide. Debatable counter points rather than the shallow and quite lack luster presentation you provided us in your previous attempt at a rebutal”

Well, our little backwoods Conan the Barbarian certainly can get riled, can’t he? Wonder how much class time he’s getting in today?

“Jack-O” the inflamed and rejected one writes AGAIN from kph@nycap.rr.com  at  11:50 a.m. (busy little beaver tail isn’t he?):

“Well after some recent enlightenment and research it is now apparent who we are truly dealing with. Failed justice and confirmed fraud [Redacted. The puerile little clown thinks he knows whom he’s addressing.]. Dishonored by the military and rejected in many aspects of life, it seems one might grow bitter over time. Lying about educational qualifications when applying for an appointed position seems about as intelligent as any argument you’ve presented today. At first there was anger at your short sighted attacks, now I find only pity for you. I wish you well in your future endeavors because good fotune is something you’re clearly lacking, [redacted].
“PS: commenting on grammar and spelling is usually the first sign of someone losing an argument, please keep this in mind when trying to construct arugments in the future. For someone who claimed to have such solid educational credentials you seem to be lacking in the most basic, maybe lying about your degrees wasn’t the smartest road you could’ve taken in life.
With pity, RCS High School”

After a diatribe like that you really have to wonder what his application essays look like…failing schools and substandard teachers…”rejected and inflamed” kids lashing out. Yup! Yer paying for the whole Magilla mom and dad. Ain’t you proud?

And again “inflamed and rejected” Tim a.k.a. Jack-O writes from his kph@nycap.rr.com at 11:52 a.m.:

“” Also guessing you missed the Fight Club reference. Maybe you and your adopted brother can rent it this weekend”

And again, our little inflamed reject Tim writes from kph@nycap.rr.com  at 3:08 p.m.:

“You refuse to publish anything I might post, [redacted]. How does it feel to be confronted with your lifes failures, turn blindly away and then miscontrude what you heard only to fit your ill percieved goals? A complete failure as a linguist, stripped of military awards and rejected as an appointed official due to aggregious fraud, this is what highlights your life. You hold a very self righteous demeanor (fitting for such a pompous theologian as yourself) but it all crumbles when somebody finds who you truly are, or worse; when someone begins to beat you. Also, I wish that you refrain from presenting me and my classmates as adults under our pseudonyms. Is the thought of losing intellectually to a high school senior too much for your poor battered ego to take? I’d like to think so. Expect more in the future, [redacted].

Our little “inflamed” and “rejected” Jack-O is a real candidate for counseling. There’s a lot of anger and frustration there. What happened to your little boy? Too much exposure to RCS high school environments. Is this person really going to be turned loose on the real world in June?

Then, for a little change, karin.rachael@yahoo.com chimes in at 12:28:

As I am reading the argument in the previous comment, I’m wondering why tearing down an innocent high school senior is “proving your point” at all. Yes, we are in high school and I will send you my transcript if you don’t believe me. You call him “incoherent” and “prepubescent” yet he is bringing up more of a valid argument than any other post on this page. His comment that started this mess had valid points as to the budget itself, our school, and truth backs every one of his arguments. Yet who ever is calling him out on his “anonymity” (which, ironically, we don’t know who that is yet) his/ her only point is to bash someone for pointing out the truth.
To put in my own two cents here, Why is this blog even up? I have seen nothing on here of truth until Tim [Aha! So Jack-O is actually Tim! thank you Karen Rachael!] started commenting, and everything else has been stretched out or straight up lies. For wanting to keep “an open forum for discussion” you don’t exactly want to hear the other side of the argument.
And yes, we are a product of our teachers, but the last thing I will do is take that as an insult. We have had a wonderful education which is proved by the high end vocabulary used that you so clearly need a dictionary for, seeing as you are misinterpreting EVERY word we say. [Well, isn’t this little minx feisty! “High-end vocabulary” without grammar…well, OK.]
“The reason our school district is turning to gumbo is because of ignorant websites like this one. You take the time and energy out of your day to post trash about whatever you can get your hands on, yet someone challenges you with the honest truth and the only thing you can do is insult them. How about we keep an open mind an actually read what he was saying in the first comment that you so rudely chose to ignore:
“Remember that passing a 0% budget, rather than the well thought out 6.8%, would not only severely damage the school and town’s infrastructure but it will damage the lives of the children who attend it.” Bringing up an honest, researched point is no excuse to insult someone.
“I am embarrassed to be living in this district after reading this and I hope some of what we are saying gets through to you. Just because we’re in high school doesn’t mean you can overlook us. We’re the future of this town. Thanks”

Well, young lady, it’s pretty hard to overlook you when you spend all day long bombarding us with comments using such “high end vocabulary”…and K. I believe high-end is hyphenated…but I’ll have to use a dictionary to be sure; you do the same, why don’t you?

And now Seamooney987@gmail.com vents at 12:34 p.m. [We haven’t edited anything for grammar or structure]:

“You are a decietful person who is not with whatthe people want.you are going to be the dick who makes the rcs school an awful boring school for the next to come so, you can have just some extra cash in your pockets.well I hope you happy. Wait, I have an idea, grow a pair and vote yes for the younger generation s”

Now that was eloquent and a real example of what RCS is pumping out…

Seamooney987@gmail.com at 1:11 p.m.

“Now you just follow some guy behind a screen and do something good for the community. Why not fight for the rest of the kids in the RCS schools.thats what you should do not rejected the people fighting for the schooland its kids.so vote yes from the while rcs student body. Ps. This website is for the nonbeilevers!!!!”

karin.rachael@yahoo.com at 1;33 p.m.

“I’m going to respond as calmly as possible because frankly your ignorance is driving me insane. I am not a minor, I am an 18 year old senior at RCS high school, believe me or not. While I was typing this, I was lunch, where I’m allowed to use my cellphone, and the other students commenting were right there with me so, yes, I AM convinced that it is a “high school senior”, thank you. My teachers were there as well, laughing at your idiocy.
“And who is the “WE” when you write that we are “misrepresenting every work WE say?” That would be an interesting question to have answered” and you will have it answered! Tim, Cassie, Brandon, Sierra and I, as Tim mentioned in his other comment, you probably didnt even read.
But again, you are straying away from the points I made, just to insult me. Believe me, sir, we (the students of RCS, incase that is in question again) are the ones shuddering. Because people like you, ignorant and disrespectful, are the ones making the decisions for our school. I’d prefer it if the students voted, we have half a mind as to what goes on around us, unlike yourself. But don’t worry, we’re too “irresponsible and incompetent”
Have a great day.”

K. is apparently losing it, letting histrionics take control of her. So, her teachers were there with her “laughing” I really would like to know what else they were doing…the mind boggles, doesn’t it.

Finally, the editor Fides Qua Creditur replies to the “Concerned Students” at 1:39 p.m.:

“Any further communications from you or your mentors that are of similar tenor or content will be sent immediately to trash. You are some of the worst examples of bad-mannered, poorly tutored, disrespectful, children presuming to be adults that I have ever had the amusement to have encountered. You have made no points, no credible suggestions, and make the impression only that you are being goaded by some toad into writing these comments.
 “Again, please refrain from your puerile diatribes until such time that you can dispense with the ill-informed tabloidism and the infantile bleating; otherwise we shall have no other alternative than to trash your comments without further consideration.
“Thank you in advance for your understanding.”

Enough is enough already. These unsupervised children have spent an entire morning pumping out diatribes, being disrespectful, insulting and even admitting that their teachers were there with them allowing themselves to be amused by their little pets. Scandalous, indeed!

A 2:09 p.m. karin.rachael@yahoo.com checks in with yet another installment of drivel:

“Sir, that was my exact point right there. The fact that you wont even LISTEN to us, our side of the story, shows how single minded you are. [Editor’s Note: They never presented their “side of the story” in any of their comments. All they did was FLAME!] Throw this comment to trash, go ahead. Because I will make a print out, I know it was sent. [So big deal!] But I know that I’m not bad mannered or poorly tutored, and as for disrespectful, who is the man bashing a teenager, and who is the one making valid points? [What the devil is a teenager doing writing crap like you children have been writing?!? Who’s doing the bashing?] You should have to trash your own comments because I have never said one bad thing on this page, yet somehow saying “you seem to have your head stuck up beyond at least two anal sphincters” is alright to say here. Pathetic, thats what you are. I’m guessing you run this page as well. Nicely done, youre showing the entire community how vastly incoherent you are. Please, feel free to respond to this with more ignorant comments. I’m through here for the sole reason that I fear that your idiocy is contageous. Have a fantastic life.

And then our little furry friend, Tim, pipes in from kph@nycap.rr.com at 2:58 p.m.:

“Thank you for your well though out (sarcasm) and very truthful (extended sarcasm) post. It appears you didn’t answer my 3rd post due to the nature of it calling you out as a failure and fraud. I hope the FBI enjoys your raving lunacy and overwhelming incompetance as much as I and many fellow students do!

Why thank you very much for your acknowledgment, Timmy. Likewise, I’m sure. So that’s the sum total of your upbringing and education, is it?

But Tim is back again [!] from kph@nycap.rr.com at 3:08  [Did he get lonely?] this time with a new pseudonym, “[redacted] encompassing sense of failure” formerly “jack’s inflamed sense of rejection”at 3:24 p.m.:

“Oh and one last addendum: for one who does nothing but debase others over the internet, why must you be so sore when the same happens to you, [redacted]? Also, I look forward to whatever frivilous legal action you might seek to impose (knowing how well that went over with your neighbors I’d say it might not be the best course of action for you to take!)”

This kid’s a real loose cannon! He really gets off on himself, doesn’t he? He’s been at it most of the day!

Then Seamooney987@gmail.com takes his cue at 5:04 p.m.:

“Well you and your blog followers are some of the most one sided absent minded peopleI have herd.the school is one of the poorestscolds put there but with the budget voting yes we can pull through this.but with the rude inconsiderate people in this town.if you think that you are an assault that is responsible(which your not) then vote yes.don’t do it for your 14 followers but for the student body. Have the best days in your life.”

Poor seamooney’s RCS education is really showing in that message. If you are his parents, you really should get him some therapy. I’m really sorry but I couldn’t make out what he was trying to say. If you can, I’d be interested in knowing.

It got really worse when Tim (Remember “inflamed rejected” Tim?) sent a threat note at around 9:30 p.m. “Please keep this in mind as you continue posting, nice house by the way. Maybe I’ll stop in for a face to face conversation? (Shouldn’t be hard seeing as you spend the majority of your time there) I’d hope you’d be up for a little debate seeing as you’re so articulate when voicing opinions over the internet.”  Would it be reasonable to say that this kid has some major problems? The note was reported and copied to the school authorities and to law enforcement.

So there you have it. What your RCS seniors are doing all day long today while their teachers are with them “laughing” at the idiocy. Really makes you proud, doesn’t it.

It was at about midday that we decided to put op a notice to the effect that the blog is only for persons over 17 years of age. But even that didn’t help–not that these teenagers would respect the notice. They apparently have not received the education or the upbringing that includes respect.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention one articulate and very impressive student comment–although it bore the signs of orchestration by others–that came from a writer identifying himself as “Kieth” and as an “18 year old individual with the legal rights and responsibilities that go with it.” His comment disagreed with our position but was civil and asked for more information. His comment was so impressive we responded privately and at length. Bravo, Kieth! (Now the poor kid will probably get death threats from students and teachers alike!)

Really, if you’re the parent of any of these kids, you ought to be ashamed and very, very concerned! And if you’re the parent of one of these kids, you’d better get your butt down to that school and find out who those teachers were, and why your [b]rats have so much time on their hands!

These incidents are so embarassing and criminal that we are not asking you to forward the link to friends, relatives, or elected officials. It’s dirty laundry that needs to be handled inhouse…and by law enforcement.

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!
 

Secret Meetings on Budget at Public School?

Can someone clarify for us why known cronies and culprits Miller, Deluca and Bartlett, and candidate Edward Reville are holding secret meetings at a public school to discuss the RCS CSD budget?

Is Jerry Deluca Chief of a Secret Society?

Known delinquents are using their FaceBook accounts to call “secret meetings” using public premises to discuss their conspiracies relating to the RCS CSD school budget. Isn’t private use of public premises illegal in this state?

The Coeymanazis’ Meeting

Isn’t the RCS CSD budget a matter of public concern and not just for a special group’s friends list on FaceBook? Just why was the meeting called any why specifically by the arch-villains of the RCS school district, the sour-grapers who lost the last elections and have since been slandering and libeling anyone who has a good faith interest in the district?

Deluca, Bartlett, Miller; Reville’s on his way.

We’ve already exposed Jerry Deluca, so-called investigator on the Town of Coeymans Police Department and his immoral affair with Cathy Long now Deluca and their having been booted off of the RCS Board of Education; we’ve already reported on Matt Miller’s questionable activities as a member of the RCS teachers association, his double-dipping at RCS,  his full-time teacher’s salary and taxpayers paying for his union activities, and his questionable conduct with students relating to the Pledge of Alegiance and other matters; we’ve already expressed our doubts and questions about Board of Education candidate Edward “Teddy” Reville, who  doesn’t have the smarts to keep clear of these shady characters in this soapbox opera playing out in Ravena-Coeymans but now it’s gone a bit further–secret society meetings on public property.

Well, to have a meeting on public property, the Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School, to discuss the Board of Education and the district school budget is one thing but to have it by “invitation only” is quite another. And who approved the use of the school property for the meeting?

We also call into question the prudence of the Superintendant of Schools, Elizabeth Smith, and the principal of Pieter B., Hakim Jones, and ask: Did you know about this? Did you approve of this? Didn’t you ask the purpose of the meeting? That’s very naughty Betsy; you, too, Hakim!

We were actually wondering under which rock the snakes were hiding because they have been so quiet lately and now we know; they’ve been hatching more of their infernal brood and, like all treachery, it had to be kept under wraps. It’s the apparent complicency of the Superintendant and the school prinicpal that really irks the public mind!

Deluca moonlights as head of the Coeymanazi Gestapo!

One of our sources has even reported to us that Jerry Deluca was keeping an eye on who was comiing and going and actually followed one board member out of the building–was that intimidation by the Coeymanazis, we wonder? Secret police work, Mr Deluca?

Won’t these oversized juvenile delinquents ever grow up? And it’s these characters who have everything to say about everyone else and want to be leaders? Give us a break!Well, Deluca, Bartlett, Reville, Miller, Smith, Jones you’ve been caught with your paws in the cookie jar AGAIN! You can’t run and you can’t hide…we just have to follow the scent…and there you all are!

The Stench is Awful!

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Superintendent’s Budget Presentation

We’d like to provide some highlights from the 2012-13 RCS Central School District budget presentation that was done at the May 1, 2012 RCS Board of Education meeting by Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Smith.

(Editor’s Note: The entire BoE meeting can be viewed in streaming video with annoying pop-up avertisements at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/22276965.)

More on an Impossible School Budget

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it. Proverbs 27:12

According to the superintendent’s presentation, 72% of the budget is represented by salaries and benefits! Another 8% is for debt payments.

72% Is Salaries and Benefits!

In the current budget, compared to the previous year’s budget, there is a so-called gap of $2,274,272 (two million two hundred seventy four thousand two hundred seventy two dollars) that has to be closed. The way the superintendent proposes closing that gap is by “a combination of budget cuts and levies (tax increases).”

The so-called “gap.”

$2,050,552 in Lost Revenues You Have to Make Up For!

The superintendent mentions also that the district has lost $2,050,552 (two million fity thousand five hundred fifty two dollars) in revenues. 

The teachers have agreed to a 1/2-year pay freeze (total savings theoretically because it’s what they would have received not what they’re giving up! So it’s not a real savings but just a hold on more spending!) is something like $130,000. But it should be noted that the teachers recover this and more after the six months! It’s actually a loan on money they might have received but you are paying it out for real. Go figure!

Here’s the clincher: The budget last year contained some fudge figures to cover “if needed things” (see the slide below), actually fake allocations because they didn’t really exist. Here’s the joke: part of the cuts in personnel would be the jobs of low-income earners (non-instructional staff) whle the teachers (instructional staff) can look forward to pay increases. Is there something wrong with this picture?

There will be a 6.8% increase in the levy for this year. The pie-in-the-sky is that the Cogen Pilot Project will theoretically contribute to revenues next budget year. Do you want to bet your house on that one? If so, I have an extra bridge to sell you. But the superintendent tells us that the future tax levy will be about 2%. OK…and where are those flying pigs roosting in Coeymans today?

The Contingency Budget

If the 2012-13 budget is defeated with its 6.8% increase on May 15th, state law requires that the district revert to a contingency budget that does not allow a levy increase to a rate higher than the previous year (in other words, the levy will be the same as last year). But the RCS CSD will have to trim $1.5 million from the budget. According to the superintendent this would mean “less staff, fewer programs, larger class sizes.”

What will the $1.5 million look like? Well it would eliminate about 16 teachers at $63,000 each or 4 teachers from each school (= a couple more kids in each class. Currently there are an average of 19 children per class; more in some classes (up to 22), fewer in others). Or 30 non-instructional staff (average of $30K per year salary). This might mean that teachers may have to do some work! But think of it this way: one teacher earns more than twice what a non-intructional” employee (secretary, janitor, etc) earns and works only half the year! Now is that right?

Possible Areas for Cuts

It would mean also eliminating the late bus run to cart the kids in the 10th period help period home. Come on! Is a 10th period really necessary? Where are you parents anyway? Can’t parents do some parenting and help their own kids out? How about a parents consortium to meet in the library on a weekend to help out kids in need? Why do they need a 10th period to learn what they should have learned in the first 9 periods????

The full-day kindergarten a.k.a. taxpayer subsidized daycare to free up parents…for what? If full-day kindergarten were to go to half-day, it would eliminate 4 teachers and save more than $275,000! It might also keep some parents home to do some parenting and spend some time with their kids!

More Questions Raised Than Answered!

There are five candidates running for four seats on the RCS CSD Board of Education. Here are some highlights from their public statements:

Alice Whalen: Retired Teacher. Champion of the Teachers and the Teachers Association. Whalen claims to have “institutional knowledge and expertise.” But she also has allegiances to her friends and colleagues, the teachers special interest group. Why not do it this way: Get her off the BoE and call her in as an unpaid consultant when the board needs her “institutional knowledge and expertise.” Get a non-teacher parent or business person to fill her seat.

 Sunilda Swann: A local parent with children in the system. What bothered me with this one was that she opted not to tell the community about her qualifications but went on and on about her “philosophy.” Doesn’t tell us much except…well, it doesn’t tell us much. Swann raised more questions than she managed to answer. Maybe next time? Too vanilla for our tastes.

 Judy Sylvester: Yes!~Sylvester is active in many community activities and has grown up children who are the product of the RCS CSD system. Sylvester knows quite a bit about what’s going on where and she may is committed and dedicated to many other areas and can do the BoE a great deal of good. She is unflappable, honest and dedicated. She is knowledgeable and well informed. She’s a definite YES! in our opinion. Seems like Judy’s the only real sincere one in the entire group running!

Married to H. Engel’s Sister!

Edward Reville: Seems like a nice guy but there’ve been some disturbing reports of his associations. While he may bring some business or management expertise to the team, his associations with some Coeymans troublemakers might not be such a good thing. Is his wife a teacher, we wonder? We’ll have to learn more about him. But he does have some suspicious connections with Jerry Deluca and the Bartlett pair and attends their “secret society” meetings. Sounds like a rat to us! He’s connected directly with candidate teacher Howard Engel! How incestuous can it get?

Howard Engel: A teacher married to a teacher! Does it get worse. The positive angle is that he justifies being on the RCS board because he has three kids in the system and he doesn’t teach in this district. I don’t know if I buy that bridge but Hey! He’s a teacher, coach, substitute bus driver, parent, husband, etc. Perhaps he should spend more time on his lesson plans and do more teaching! Now there’s an idea. Besides, he’s related by marriage to another candidate, Edward “Teddy” Reville; that would make the BoE nicely incestuous, wouldn’t it?

With that mix of candidates, we might as well make the Board of Education a department of the RCS teachers association or a unit of the teachers union!!!!

Overall, the Budget Review was not very upbeat. There’s a lot of doom and gloom and a lot of unfairness, particularly when you look at the teachers compared to the guy on the street. Parents and community must carry some load and we have to dump some ballast or the whole ship is going to sink with us on it!

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We apologize for some of the screenshots. They may be more clear if you view the video (see link above).

 

Library Proposal Still ‘In Press’

Is the RCS Public Library Plan Going to Be Another RCS Swimming Pool? Poor Planning, Too Many Questions, Too Few Answers…Kill It Now Before It Gets Too Far Along and You’re Stuck with an Monkey on Your Backs!

You don’t need another monkey on your back!

Digital Libraries are Here!

In an age of electronic, instantaneous data transmission, an age of iPhones, smartphones, Kindles and Nooks, where even university libraries are digitizing their holdings, subscribing to digital journals available online, and newspapers are transitioning from print media to digital, we have to ask why, when most libraries are conserving resources and space, rationalizing their holdings, why is the RCS district library telling us they need twice as much space to serve a socio-econmically miserable and declining community?

The RCS community library currently occupies about 3300 sq. ft. in the municipal building; the library staff complain it’s not enough and are proposing a plan, actually the plan is moving along, to move to the old Knights of Columbus building on Main Street, Ravena, a space of 8600 sq. ft., more than double what the library now has. That’s a really big upgrade. But it gets scarier so read on.

In the present library location the library pays rent to the village but gets its utilities paid there. In the new location it’s going to have to pay to have the building upgraded, rebuilt in part, and adapted. The library will not only pay rent to the landlord, it will have to enter into a 10-year lease with that landlord in order to qualify for any state money. In addition to paying the rent, the library will have to pay for utilities and other expenses.

Where’s the $$money$$ going to come from?

What we’d like to know is who is the owner of the property the library is going to be leasing? Is it one of the local robber barons or slum lords? If the library is now paying about $1200/month to the town, what’s the lease payment? Is the landlord paying for it all? Part of the renovation work? None of it?

What studies has the library conducted to justify the necessary 2x the current space? Does the library have any utilization statistics for who uses the library, when, for what? How is the library justifying the requirment for more than twice the space?

Why is all of this necessary now, now in a time of fiscal austerity, joblessness, record unemployment, political and economic uncertainty? Does the library directly need to leave the fiction section and return to the non-fiction section? Can anyone afford this kind of spending when the school budget is doomed to failure and everyone across the state, country is cutting? Why more physical space when the trend is in the direction of electronic books?

Mr Wolfe and Your Money

Mr Ben Wolfe, president of the library board,  stated that the library board is projecting to 5, 10, 20 years in the future to accommodate the library’s needs. My question is how on earth can they be so certain? I don’t put much stock in empty visions or crystal balls and that’s where Mr Wolf appears to be getting his double-talk. If the RCS district library can see that far in the future and accurately predict what their and the community’s needs will be, they should share their method with the federal government and apply for a Nobel prize in fortune-telling. I don’t buy it!

We’re not done yet. The district library budget goes up on the same referendum as the school budget. In addition, the library’s 2012-12 budget has to accommodate not only the relocation spending spree but also a 3% cost of living increase for its staff, increases in pension allocations, thousands in architectural and engineering fees needed for the rebuilding of the new location, and the list goes on.

When library director Judith Felsten was asked by a resident  $$How Much$$ the library director tells the public, “We’re not sure what the final cost will be?” Your response should be: “Well, when you do, then we can talk.”

Where’s it Coming From?

And where is the money coming from, she answered “fundraising,” (Bad answer! From where, who in the RCS district has any money to give?) and “Contributions in kind (translation: meaning people are expected to contribute their time and skills; a cat-in-a-sack), matching grants (translation: whatever is promised by the grant provider must be matched by the applicant, for example, state gives $100 you have to give $100), NYS Public Library Construction Grant (translation: you get this only if you commit to remaining on the property for at least 10 years, that’s why the 10-year lease).”

When pressed for more information the director was only able to say “We’re total novices…every time something comes up it’s more.” Well, that’s very encouraging.

While we don’t deny the importance of a public library in any community we have some serious doubts about this nutty plan. First of all, any such plan should be supported by numbers that support the need for more than twice the current space, and what those numbers tell the public about how the library is being used. There are no such numbers apparently. So, Good-bye! The general uncertainty of the plan is another hare-raising point; there’s no rhyme or reason to the financial sense of the proposal. It’s all very murky. Too many questions and too few convincing answers.

What is the population in the district doing? What are the needs of the community, the district? What is the socio-economic structure of the community, the district? What is the business climate in the community, the district (pretty awful, from where I’m standing)? What is the real justification for this half-baked, overly enthusiastic, very risky project.

Our advice at this point in time under these circumstances: Vote the Proposal and the Budget down. Vote NO! on the district library budget and expansion plan. It should be put on hold until more reliable facts and figures can be produced and made public!

Alternatively: Demand that the library board cough up some real concrete figures and have them published in the official newspaper for the RCS district for all to read and comment on.

Here is the email address for library director Judith Felston:  felstenj@rcscommunitylibrary.org. Ask your questions directly and please copy us with your questions and her answers. Here’s the e-mail address for RCS Community Library board president Ben Wolfe: president@rcscommunitylibrary.org. Ask him directly about the plan and copy us with your questions and his answers.

But it’s really late to do something like that which should have been done months ago!

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Your library. Keep it simple and cozy!

 

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Flying Pigs and Talking Pineapples…

NY Education Commissioner David "Pineapplehead" Steiner

Where is it all going — Maybe to London, Helsinki, Singapore or Rio de Janeiro — on Your Tab? Talking Pinapples, Trips to London, $32 Million to Test Prep Company, Illegal Lobbying, Attorney General Investigation. You PAY, they PLAY!

New York state awarded a five-year $32 million, yes MILLION dollars to Pearson Education, a testing company now under investigation by the NY state Attorney General for illegal lobbying in New York state! $32 million dollars of YOUR money to the company that included the fable of the Hare and the Pineapple as a reading comprehension test question for YOUR 8th graders. The idiotic question raised such a hullaballoo that it was removed from the test…and Pearson gets $32 million for treating your kids like half-witted garden slugs! (Did the Times Useless, the News Herald, or the Daily News report on this?!? Answer: NO!) Of course not, instead they picked on a citizen devoted to realtity and commons sense, a “sovereign citizen” (we’re all sovereign citizens!) on the RCS CSD Board of Education, they scandalized the sacrificing public servant (unpaid!) and smeared him all over the front page, while the real sluts pointed fingers and abused the board! Morons! Press and local sluts have been strangely silent!

Oh! And if you’re curious about the Hare and the Pineapple question, click here to read the-hare-and-the-pineapple.

Yeah! I'm stupid!

I guess the purpose is to make idiots out of the population and New York state can continue paying off it’s lobbyists with taxpayer money and the lobbyists can use their tax-exempt, non-profit foundations like the tax-exempt Pearson Foundation to funnel money to lobby for Guess what!: Fat State contracts to the tune of $32 million. And what pricks up the State Attorney General’s ears? Not the kids. Not the idiotic test questions. What got the State’s attention was at least four education conferences — in London, Helsinki, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro — since 2008, according to people familiar with the investigation. And, as the New York Times reported:

“In New York, Pearson Education most recently won a five-year, $32 million contract to administer state tests, and it maintains a $1 million contract for testing services with the State Education Department, according to state records. The last contract was awarded after David M. Steiner, then the state education commissioner, attended a conference in London in June 2010 that was organized by the Council of Chief State School Officers and underwritten by the Pearson Foundation.” Why London?

Really?

The Times goes on, “Dr. Steiner, currently a dean and professor at Hunter College, said on Wednesday that his trip had been cleared by an ethics officer at the Education Department. “I am sure that there was no sales pitch,” he said, adding that “given the many attendees and presentations, I cannot be sure that there was nobody speaking at some point in the conference who was from Pearson rather than the Pearson Foundation or other organizations.”

“But Dr. Steiner said “there is zero link” between his trip and the state’s subsequent contract with Pearson. He said that he had no direct involvement in the decision to select Pearson and that his role was to report the recommendation to hire Pearson, made by the department’s staff, to the Board of Regents. “I followed exactly our rules and protocols,” he said. “I still believe it was a useful and informative and professional activity that had been properly cleared.”

Somebody Seriously Needs To Go To Jail!

Put the Crooks and Double-Dippers Where They Belong: Behind Bars!

Yeah, Dr Steiner, and pigs have wings, too…and don’t forget talking pineapples in the reading comprehension tests for New York’s 8th graders, too!
Now back to RCS  CSD:

Read the Daily Mail and Times articles at these links:

Talking pineapple question on state exam stumps … everyone!

Testing Firm Faces Inquiry on Free Trips for Officials

Standardized Tests Hurt Kids and Public Schools: Teachers, Parents Take a Stand Against Corporate-Backed Test Regime

A reader, Mr L. Polyak, shared some thoughts with us this week and we’d like to publish them in part here.

 Mr Polyak: To  clarify:  “There is a formula it would be about 8.4% increase to RCS CSD  would be allowed  just to stay the Same.  keep in mind RCS is a “failing School” according to Feds And NYS Dept of Ed’s( we can’t teach our kids- too many drop outs [suspensions are high, too]. We are already in the crosshairs of the  NYSED. We lose pilot-programs money paid via our income taxes as a result. We lose money via property taxes (settlement out of court over 10 yrs ago, people  moving out of the district), fewer state grants  What  I was just trying to say is even with 2% here, 2% there and everywhere (tax caps)  8.4%  (RCS), 2% from town, 2-5% from Village of Ravena,  God knows how much the from Albany County around 130% a good guess, water and sewer 10 to-20% each, the Ravena library taxes (Note the only tax I would never have problems with because they do stretch their money a long way; you do see it working for you. [Editior’s Note: The director of the library recently reported to the Coeymans Town board that she expects to be expanding to occupy the old Knights of Columbus building on Main Street. How much $$?]) and some fire district tax (If I could I would write them a blank check I would God Bless them all!) etc. Simply it adds up and up and up.  There are RCS CSD workers themselves and fixed income folks who  can’t  afford all the increases as property owners–even with this new tax cap.  Some who lose or have lost their jobs never mind life long folks on fixed incomes and trying their best to stay here to be with the grand kids; some have already given up and moved out (about 1000). The reality: less kids in school less teachers needed. Then there’s the law suits and fines we are not told about. We use taxes rates from 4.5 to 6.9 % or higher out of 700 school dists. in NY we compare ourselves to our neighbors New Scotland. Bethlehem, etc they are not like us in any way; for that matter we could compare ourselves to South Hampton it’s so off base. This where RCS CSD hides the  real costs as in the past. For example, the pool there In reality, there are very few school dists out there who are like us in every way For example: Icabod Crane School Dist.  They have similar  problems…half the district is farms, rural,the tax base is similar, population (about the same), and number of students, etc. but they are $7 million less in their budget, 39 fewer teachers, and one less member on the school board (only 8), and they graduate 90% and their student go off to college. We have a failing teachers report card from the feds and NY state Ed Depts. and conflict-of-intrest left and right. [Here Mr Polyak provides a link to Ichaodcrane http://www.ichabodcrane.org] Compare for yourself and when you do you won’t be happy. Vote NO on the budget! The State Ed Dept (NYSED) is aware. I know I sent them copies of a [this] blog, too. if they take over RCS CSD half of the teachers will lose their jobs, half of the administration goes, too. It [should be] about placing the students first. What is your solution? 2 million New Yorkers have move out of NYS in the last 15 years US census Fact! Good Luck!”

Useful RCS CSD Links. Stay informed!

NYS DoE Accountability Overview Report 2011-2012

RCS Central School District News

RCS would lose $2.4 million in state aid under Governor’s budget proposal

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