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Graduation Rates: Vorheesville CSD vs. RCS CSD

Maybe If the Residents and Parents in the RCS School District Would Shut Up Long Enough to Hear Some Good Sense and STOP Listening to the Self-Serving Lies of the Teachers Clique Guided by the Teachers Union This District Could Actually Achieve What the Vorheesville District has Achieved: 98% Graduation Rates!

If You Pull It Out
You May See the Truth!

And maybe, if the teachers clique on the RCS board of education–Alice Whalen, Howard Engel, James Latter, Edward Reville— would stop playing their stupid games and bullying the other members some real work could get done and this school district lifted out of the cesspool of corruption and scandal into which it’s been dumped by the special interest groups and the Coeymanazi greed machine!

Listen up, people: You’re bitching and moaning about internal accounting and missing the whole point: You’re trailing Vorheesville, YES MR ALAN MCCARNEY”S FORMER DISTRICT, by a good 20 percent in graduation rates!

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And Chicken Little Cried: “The Sky Is Falling!”

Cathy Deluca Is Going Ballistic on FaceBook and Her Mindless Dumb Clucks are Clucking In Agreement:
“Oh, My! They’re Going Legal On Us! How Dare They!”

Cathy Deluca and the
FaceBook Tubbies

Are in an Uproar!

Cathy Deluca and her FaceBook Tubbies have been in an uproar over the RCS Board of Education’s resolution to require everyone operating on school property to be accountable and to obey the law. Cathy is outraged! What? Obey the law?!? What? Be accountable?!?

Bravo, “Fabulous Five!” Make Policy Now! Clean House Now!
It’s For the Kids!

Cathy Deluca’s on the War Path!
(Again!)

Well someone said they saw Major Cluck a.k.a. Cathy Deluca on Main Street in Ravena, New York, and she was dressed for the fight! You GO! girl!

And all the commotion is about the RCS board of education proposing a resolution that requires anyone doing business on school property to do it legally. We realize that’s something really new and revolutionary in the RCS district but it had to come sooner or later.

Here’s the text of the resolution that has Cathy Deluca’s feathers in a tizzy: 


Cathy DeLuca
Here is the latest stunt from our “Fab Five” on the RCS BOE. Their new policy

2.13 BE IT RESOLVED that the Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools to implement the following procedures with respect to organizations that may lawfully use school district facilities for fund raising activities:
Prior to approving a use the not-for-profit organization must present the Superintendent with written documentation regarding the fee schedule for entrance fees, raffle prices and or goods to be sold on the school district premises; An estimate of the amount of proceeds must be presented to the Superintendent with written evidence of the actual cost of the goods or services that will be paid out of the gross fees and/or sales; The amount of money estimated to be gifted to a general educational or general charitable entity shall be set forth in writing, detailing how the monies will be paid over to such entity; The accounting of the gross sales shall be conducted in the presence of a school district official or employee; No use application shall be granted where the conditions set forth above have not been met, except for the accounting of the gross sales process that will be conducted at the end of the use period.

PLEASE NOTE: they are trying to not only control “who” can raise funds for the school but also “where” the funds are applied. They are UNBELIEVABLE!


Yes, Cathy, to the mind of a dumb cluck it probably is “UNBELIEVABLE!” It’s unbelievable that you’ll finally have to do things legally. But you can change, you’ve done it so many times before. When I listen to you I really believe that creatures the size of a dinosaur can actually live with a brain the size of a peanut. You’re living proof!

But Deluca is not the only dumb cluck in town, listen to Kathleen Ryan Gill’s come-back:

” This school board is more than ridiculous. They are so filled with self importance that they forget who they serve; the kids. It is more important to them to continue bickering and nitpicking and demean others that even a soda deposit bottle return needs to be regulated. My grandchildren attend Ravena schools and I am outraged by the negativity the school board is creating. I guess those running the soda bottle blitz were going to book a cruise with the money and not give it back to the kids? Those running the blitz are parents of students attending RCS. They PAY TAXES for their children to attend there. I think their paying school taxes makes them partners of the school and therefore, if they are running a not for profit fundraiser FOR THE SCHOOL, the school would be obliged to help them in order to help THEMSELVES. What egotistical idiots would bite the hand that feeds them? RCS school board, that’s who. By the way, I will take this time to thank the wonderful teachers who have given so much to my grandchildren in spite of the RCS leadership. Hurt my children and grandchildren and you will awaken momma bears who will not stand by and take it.”

I Think I’ve Been Insulted!

I guess if your name is Cathy or Kathy you must be sharing the same bird brain! Seems to me, Kathleen Ryan Gill, that the only “kids” you’ve served have been honey-roasted! The normally functioning intellect will not need me to point out the absolute idiocy of Kathleen Ryan Gill’s published stupidity. But I will…Gill seems to think that it’s  the school board who is creating “negativity” and that the “bickering and nitpicking” is from the “school board.” Well, when Kathleen Ryan Gill comes out of her senile dementia episodes and her drug-induced coma, she might actually realize that the board has been the model of cooperation and consensus and that the “bickering and nitpicking” has been coming from the Deluca FaceBook Teletubby bunch, who have done nothing but bellyache and point their fingers, and ambush the board at every turn, that is, when they’re not on Twinkie binges.

The Clucks Club
(How they work)

Other charter members of the Clucks Club: Cathy DeLuca (Chief Cluck), Jeanette Smith Borger, Tracey Traver, Mike Varney, Moose Misuraca (smh), don’t miss a beat in clucking idiotic opinions and misguided advice. Not one of them knows what she or he is talking about. It’s reads like a lonely hearts club, dear Abby mutation. It reeks of self-loathing and myopia! These people have a serious case of unrecovered children of dysfunctional families or serious co-dependence.

Cathy Deluca and her lackies, her clucks, function out of hate and envy, and apparently self-loathing. Nothing the present board of education majority would or could ever do would please them because the Coeymanazi Teletubbettes are a deeply unhappy, unfulfilled mob. The Delucas and their Coeymanazis are so envious and sour-grapes, they’ve lost so many times, they’re known as the Coeymans Losers Club, that they are blinded by their envy. Only misfits would join with them.

Kathleen Ryan Gill apparently comes from some still unmapped area of rural “Appalachia” that hasn’t yet heard that there are laws that regulate who operates what on school property. And Yes! Since about 1912, the government has been very interested in how people make money and what’s done with it. Maybe Kathleen Ryan Gill has never paid any income or sales taxes or never filled out a tax form. But that’s OK. We don’t think the RCS Sports Association or Cathy Deluca ever has, either. And they both claim to have some sense of business…Coeymanazi business. Crooks!

But the best of Kathleen Ryan Gill comes at the closing. GRRR! Momma Bears loose! Gimme a break! Grow up grandma! You’re starting to really scare me and I hope your neighbors know about you…do you get out much?

Momma Bear Scarwee!

And then there’s Brenda Biance Pommakoy, obviously a Teletubby of few words, who writes in response to grandma Ryan-Gill: “So sad what the district has resorted to!” Yes, it is sad, Brenda. So sad that the privilege of free speech can be used so frequently by the Deluca Teletubbies only to publish their despicable ignorance, and to continue to foster the apparently predominant impression, so frequently published in the Times Useless, that the people of this RCS district are a bunch of ignorant, illiterate, hypocritical cannibals.

Somebody say “Fitness Center?”
An RCS Beauty Ready to Pump Iron

Cathy Deluca has been involved in so many shadey deals in this community that the only one who’s probably shadier is her partner, Dirty-Hands Jerry Deluca. If they aren’t getting the kudos for their corrupt practices then they’ll lynch anyone who tries to do good. Deluca’s behind the idiotic Bruno corruption that’s insanely trying to put a fitness center in the library space. And what’s worse, she tries to justify the idea on her FaceBook page. She stands to benefit (she’s supposed to manage the fitness center, you know), so screw the library! Well, looking at most of the residents they sure do need a fitness center more than a library: to drop a couple twinky tons. And judging by what I read in some of those FaceBook comments, they don’t need a library, they wouldn’t know what to do with a book. Maybe Bruno’s not so senile as I thought.

I Must Be Losin’ It!
The Editor

Un-Memorable Quotes
This one is from the RCS Friends and More FaceBook Site
(September 17, 2012)

Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel: HERE WE GO AGAIN PEOPLE Ok listen up everyone I did this before and I will do it again and start deleting all this stuff…I have no problem deleting these posts or removing the people putting them up here. Grow up people. Thank you.

Maria Denton:  Just because people are discussing the issue?

[Editor: Yes, Maria. Are you surprised?]

P.s. What’s the deal with Albany Academy bringing their own refreshments concession to an RCS sports event? Anyone want to comment on that one?

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Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Smith a.k.a. Superintendent Double-Talk

Mr James Latter Recently Informed the Community that The Superintendent of Schools ‘Does Not have to Answer Residents’ Questions.’

Well, Mr Latter, Although You Were Out of Order and Very Wrong to Have Written that, You’ll Be Pleased to Know that RCS Central School District Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith Doesn’t Answer Residents’ Questions.

She Just Double-talks Them to Oblivion!

Well, That’s Being Too Fair, Actually, She’s Apparently Dyslexic … We’ve already Established That She’s Illiterate (see our article,  The RCS District RFP Is an Embarassment and a Sham!) but We Now Think She Has a Much More Serious Problem: Indifference!

But she did little when she was in the job, now she’s given her notice–after she’s padded her retirement checks with the $140,000 salary she’s ending with–and so she can wait it out another month or two, she’s a shorttimer now. She’ll leave the mess for the next crook who gets hired to the position.

We covered the illicit, delinquent, and illegal conduct of the RCS athletics coaches when they asked students to sell raffle tickets on behalf of the RCS Sports Association (see our article, Raffle, Anyone?). It was clear in that article that there was serious misconduct going on right under Brian Bailey’s and Elizabeth Smith’s noses!  We also published Superintendent Smith’s idiotic response (rather, refusal to respond) to that situation, as well in our article, No Response From District Office, Ms. Smith. It gets worse, still, because when we published our article on our suspicion of illegal money transactions at the National Bank of Coxsackie by the RCS Sports Association, there was still no action taken (see our article More Money Questions…Who’s Cashing the Checks?)

No Answers, Betsy?

So, even after all of that scandalous misconduct, we are still asking why the RCS district offices, the Superintendent, especially, and the Board of Education, too, have not addressed these concerns and put their foot down squarely on the culprits’ necks?!? We’re still asking WHO? is the RCS Sports Association, WHAT? are they doing having the coaches hand out raffle tickets to students to sell, and HOW MUCH? the RCS Bottle Blitz is paying to use school facilities!

We recently obtained a copy of a letter request addressed to Superintendent Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Smith, dated September 11, 2012 and received at the District Offices on September 12, 2012, in which a concerned resident requests information regarding the action taken against the RCS athletics coaches who writes:


“Could you please advise me of the action taken with the coaches that told the students to sell raffle tickets? It is my understanding that this is illegal and the students again were placed in a situtation that gave them no recourse except to do what they were told for fear of reprisal. Also, who is collecting this money, and who and what will these funds be used for? Many community members are very concerned that inappropriate behavior on the part of our teachers/coaches continues and feel it is essential that administration take immediate, legal action against any and all staff who continue to disregard policy and law further damaging the welfare of the students as well as this district’s reputation.
[Name Redacted]


The letter is very clear in that the writer asks specific questions:

  1. What is the action taken with the coaches who unlawfully told students to sell raffle tickets?
  2. Who is collecting the money?
  3. For whom and for what will the funds be used?
  4. The question is also asked impliedly “What action the administration is going to take against any and all staff who disregard policy and law, endangering students and damaging the district’s reputation?”

The questions are pretty clear, aren’t they? You’d expect the Superintendent of schools to be able to read and understand such simple language, wouldn’t you? After all, it’s clear English, and it’s really quite clear and plainly stated, isn’t it?

But the question is nagging: Why doesn’t Superintendent Smith simply answer the questions? She simply refuses to answer our questions or those posed by residents! Why is that, we wonder!?! So, here’s your Superintendent of Schools, Ms Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Smith‘s “answer” to the resident’s written questions:


Thank you for your letter, which I opened today.  [Name Redacted] delivered it to me after our Building, Grounds and Transportation meeting yesterday.   All RCS coaches of fall sports were notified of the law restricting raffle ticket sales to adults 18 and over. 

“Community Organizations and Parent-Teacher Organizations may conduct fund raisers and raffles.  Those organizations can be contacted for information about their fund raisers.

Regards,
“Betsy”


Am I missing something, or what? “Thank you…[Name Redacted] delivered the letter…All RCS coaches…were notified of the law restricting raffle ticket sales to adults 18 and over.” What about the coaches distributing the tickets to students and telling them to sell them? Did you miss that Betsy? Didn’t you understand the question, Betsy? Need your eyes examined, Betsy?

Wot Duhn’t U Understand, Ms Smith?

“Community Organizations and Parent-Teacher Organizations may conduct fund raisers and raffles.” Duh! So what, Betsy? Who cares?
Those organizations can be contacted for information about their fund raisers.” What in hell are you blathering about, Betsy? Have you lost your mind? Who cares? Answer the damned questions, why don’t you?!?

So parents, residents, community members, on September 18, 2012, at the very next board of education meeting, we urge you to press Ms Smith for a more detailed, responsive answer to these questions we’ve raised in our article about the raffle ticket sales (see Raffle, Anyone?), Smith’s command of the English language, and the progress made in getting the required documentation from the RCS Sports Association that verifies their legality.

Who’s Cleaning Up the Money?

We will also be interested in parents, residents, taxpayers, and community members pressing Ms Smith and the Board of Education to know how much the RCS Bottle Blitz was charged for the use of the high school cafeteria on September 14th. As an outside program not affiliated with the RCS school district and not a registered organization of any kind, the RCS Bottle Blitz would be subject to hourly charges for the use of the school property, just like the community sports clubs are being charged. We need to know, How much? Who’s paying for opening and closing the building, the insurance, the utilities, the clean-up, etc.?

Superintendent Smith’s Legacy to the RCS Central School District
(+ A Couple of Lawsuits)

So, Superintendent Smith, we have just one last question for you: If YOU, the Superintendent of Schools for this RCS central school district, can’t read and comprehend simple English in a short letter asking very clear and concise questions for the purpose of answering them just as plainly and concisely, how do you intend to convince parents, taxpayers of this district that they are getting what they think they’re paying for.

Also, will you please now answer the questions the resident asked in the above letter. Thank you!

It’s Those Voices In James Latter’s and Elizabeth Smith’s Heads that Are Causing
All the Problems!

The Editor

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The RCS District RFP Is an Embarassment and a Sham!

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this blog NOW!

When I See a Request for Proposals that is So Poorly Written or Fails To Attract Qualified Applicants Three Thoughts Come to Mind:

1) Either the writer has no idea what s/he’s doing and hasn’t a clue how to write an RFP.
(But what about the business manager the district is paying, shouldn’t she know how to write an effective RFP?)

Or
2) The writer has no intention of attracting qualified applicants and is simply complicating the application process to discourage qualified applicants.
or
3) Both 1) and 2).

Something I’d Expect to Find in the RCS Concessions RFP!

We’ve Received A Copy of A Reader’s Message to the entire RCS board of education and to both the RCS Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith and the RCS CSD business manager, Ms Diane Malecki. Rather than discuss it, it’s actually worth publishing in its entirety. The reader says it all:

Ladies, Gentlemen:
 
 I am forwarding this message to all members of the board with the exception of Howard “Bray” Engel,Edward “Teddy” Reville, and Judy Sylvester, whose e-mail links do not work on the RCS CSD BoE webpage.
 
I have read through the RFP that is available from the RCS CSD website and find it to be a completely substandard document in terms of clarity, composition, wording, pitiful grammar, incorrect terms, vagueness and ambiguousness, and general content.
 
The author appears not to have any knowledge of the purpose and intent of an RFP nor the difference between an RFP and a contract.
 
The document is entirely an amateurish embarassment to the district and anyone who had a hand in its drawing!
 
Quite frankly, the fact that it was released on or about August 9, 2012, and requires receipt of proposals by an express deadline of August 16, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. is absoulutely unrealistic by any standard! Notwithstanding the delays in mailing and returning the proposal by the bidder, the materials could not possibly be properly read and digested, not to mention discussed and questions formulated, in that time. It is ridiculous to expect that all of the required documentation could be assembled and submitted in that short period.
 
The general impression made by the document is that it was ostensibly drawn in haste, and with an with an express purpose of discouraging or rendering impossible any good faith response by any conscientious bidder. I also question whether this was in fact the sole intention of this RFP in order to satisfy one sector of the community while favoring another. This question will likely be brought up at the next BoE meeting.
 
Another troubling aspect of the release of this RFP document is the obvious fact that it was not written by a competent writer and quite clearly was not reviewed by a competent reviewer, much less by a competent business administrator or legal professional or paraprofessional. That fact notwithstanding, it is a gross violation of protocol and of the prerogatives of the board of edcuation that the document was written and released without apparently consulting the BoE. It is my understanding that the BoE should have reviewed the document before its release to the public and, further, that the BoE had final approval or rejection authority over the document. It seems that that protocol was egregiously and perhaps speciously abused and violated. That is another question that will likely be addressed to Mme Superintendent at the next BoE meeting.
Under no circumstances should this call for public bids be considered licit or even legal under the circumstances, and the entire process should be declared null and void, and the RFP recalled until it can be properly done.
 
I am attaching a copy of the RFP that I reviewed. I have included comments in the first 6 pages of the document but the overall quality of the writing and of the document content was so abominable that a thorough or complete commentary on it would have been prohibitive in terms of time and effort. The comments I have made in the first 6 pages are generally characteristic for the rest of the document, however.
 
Should you have any questions regarding this communication, I shall be more than happy to address them on request.
 
One final note: I have communicated on at least two occasions with Mme Superintendant Elizabeth Smith with specific requests and questions. The lead time for her responses is unacceptable. I have not received a single response yet to two previous inquiries.
Sincerely,
[Name Withheld by Request]
 
[Click here to read the Marked Up RFP]
 
So what’s the reason you put out such a piece of garbage, Ms Betsy Smith. Is it that you cant write an effective Request for Proposals, or is it more accurate that you intentionally made the process so unwieldy, so complicated, and so burdensome specifically to discourage local businesses from applying. That sounds more like an RCS tactic, doesn’t it. Make it so complicated and burdensome or expensive an no outside buinesses will apply. Then you won’t get any flack whey you simply say no one applied and so now we have to give the concessions to the “new” RCS Athletic Association. Right? Is that it, Betsy?
 
Another reader raises the interesting question of why it would be necessary for a local business to surrender anything to the District. After all, the local business is paying considerable amounts of tax to the benefit of the District and town, is providing a needed and desirable service for the spectators of sports (note: not “sporting”) and athletics events, in virtue of the bidding process are the best value for the money, and in contrast with the RCS Sports Association, are legal and authentic. And on top of that the District wants a cut of the gross proceeds from the concession. Give us all a break and dispense with the greed, Missy!
 
And are we correct in assuming that the “new” RCS Sports/Athletics Association will be held to the same standards as any other bidder? One would reasonably expect so, of course. And that their documents will be available for public inspection.
 
Note also, that this doesn’t let the “old” RCS Sports/Athletics Association off the hook, does it? Or does it, Mme Superintendant? That investigation should be and is ongoing, we would reasonably expect.
 
 
Well, we’ve seen through the trickery and it wasn’t hard at all to do. Are we paying more than $140,000 a year for an amateur? No, two amateurs: the Superintendant and the RCS district school business manager (Diane Malecki)! How much taxpayer money does that add up to?
 

We agree with the recommendation made by the reader: The present RPF is a sham and must be recalled without prejudice, and be reviewed by competent individuals, submitted to the board of education for review, comment, and ultimate approval, and then, ONLY then, be released to the public in a form that is clear, unambiguous, correct, and which makes it possible to respond professionally and in good faith.

Cup Seen on
Superintendent Smith’s Desk.

Ms Smith, Ms Malecki: You both should be embarassed, chagrined and personally shamed for allowing such a piece of rubbish to have gone out to the public in the first place. We shall discuss the technical apects in an upcoming article which we recommend you read and study for your own benefit. We shall be examining the possible motivations and purposes in sending out the RFP in it’s shameful form in yet another article. 

Is this in the budget?
The Editor

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