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Meaghan M. McDermott
Staff writer
Democrat and Chronicle


Posts: 8

 Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:31 am    Post subject: I have been a Greece business man for 32 years now.    


And during all these years I have NEVER 
had a good experience with the town officials. 
And in talking with other business owners in Greece I have found 
that NO ONE has ever had a good experience. 

So I am asking myself, you, and the Town of Greece 
why this situation has NEVER been resolved. 


Comments are welcome here: 

(February 2, 2008)  The Greece Central School District mismanaged taxpayer money and the school board did not provide proper oversight of a project that involved renovations to 20 schools and the construction of the Athena Performing Arts Center, according to the draft of an audit from the state Comptroller's Office obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle.

The document alleges the district overspent millions on the capital improvement project that was supposed to be complete in 2004 and that the school board gave a "blank check" to the former superintendent, who was able to use his discretion in authorizing purchases.

School districts in the state are being audited by the state Comptroller's Office. The office prepares a draft  which is not made public  of its audit and submits it to each district for rebuttal and review. The state then considers that response, includes it in the report and releases the finished audit to the public. Greece now is reviewing the draft.

"The board did not protect the district's financial interests from waste and abuse," the document states.

Greece Superintendent Steve Achramovitch, who joined the district in November 2006, said he just received the draft audit this week and wasn't prepared to comment on specifics.

"We take these issues very seriously," Achramovitch said. "And we will confront these issues."

Read a complete story with reaction to the state's findings in Sunday 's print and online editions of the Democrat and Chronicle. The draft audit also will be posted online.

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 Usually bids, over-runs, alternates, change orders, etc. are monitored by a clerk of the works -- probably a member of Christa Construction's staff. Was this the case in Greece or was district employee the COTW? It's easier than you think to have accounting 'approved' by the Board of Education which is really clueless because the reports are so technical and who can remember the immense amount of detail. I would point the finger more toward the accoutibility process than routine updates [usually prepared by the general contractor] for the Board. NEXT QUESTION: if there were millions 'misspent' -- how was this done? Another Schwab fraud story?

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:02 am


 There have been so many complaints about the Greece Board but they always fall on deaf ears. Their arrogence is beyond belief. There also have been many red flags about them that get swept under the carpet. When that outside consulting agency reported that they found the town of Greece school district to be the most toxic they have ever came across and made a long list of suggestions to change the attitude, the board completely ignored it. They refuse to listen to anybody. And to think they have influence and control over kids is scary.

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:51 am


 Let us not forget it is SCHOOL BOARDS who are the ONLY govern body that is allowed by state law to BYPASS the vote of the people. It's called a contingency budget. When we reach the point where a persons vote doesn't count GOD help us.
School board member or not you have to have 'communist' tendecies to do that and if my memory is correct the Greece school board leads the way in this area.

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:24 am


 It should come at no surprise. The accountability and allegiances can stand to be improved. Additionally, expenses should be looked at and trimmed diligently like every private company and personal home does. Here's a thought - let the pay and benefits of tax supported folks be aligned and on parity with the community paying the taxes.
And spend more time cutting costs than being creative at generating more revenues.

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:33 am


 **""The board did not protect the district's financial interests from waste and abuse," the document states."**

-The above statement could be said about most school districts. Most school board members want to be "friends" with the teacher's union and view the district superintendent as their boss.

Therefore, we get teacher compensation packages that deliver sky-rocketing pay & benefits without any accountability and superintendents who are worshipped instead of supervised. And spending that far exceeds any rise in inflation.

How to stop this cycle of waste and incompetence? Break-up the government monopoly and introduce competition and accountability at a lower cost through vouchers. Make the schools accountable to the kids and the taxpayers. Demand better. Demand vouchers.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:15 pm


 There is no accountability with school districts - Board or administrators.

In particular administrators get big pay (the highest paid local government officials almost exclusively), benefits not available in the private sector, and the "ability" to move onto another comfy spot when the heat gets too hot.

Is there any question as to why the public is skeptical? I think not.

How about going after pensions when the shXX hits the fan and when we have been compromised. If we can pursue legal remedies against Stanwix (justifiably), why not these folks?

a sane voice
Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:41 pm


 No wonder people pay $5500+, on $140K assessed, for combined property and school taxes. That's on the STAR program, no less.

The board wanted Greece residents to approve a budget plan which included additional work, on top of the already unfinished projects all around the district, a while back.

This is what the district gets for a corrupt super, an inept board, and sundry asst. supers/administrators.

Oh, well. The district will keep raising taxes.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:40 pm


 Voters should not take out fiscal incompetance on the students. Vote out the board. The board meetings should be open to comments from the public. We do not need secrets.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:38 pm


 If you live in Greece this is no surprise. They are the most inept and beligerent group you would ever want to meet. This is why people vote against their budget all the time. Now, will someone please be held accountable for the misuse of tax payer money ??? Any jail time?? Not likely.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:45 pm


 Why is there a "FALL COMMENCEMENT" ceremony? Now the schools are blaming Maggie Brooks for all the problems.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:21 pm