August 8, 2007

The Mess In North Tonawanda Schools

We’ve covered some school board issues in earlier posts, focusing on the fact that it's a thankless job and fewer and fewer people are willing to serve. This morning I’ve received some information about what’s going on in the North Tonawanda school district, which makes you wonder; of those who do serve, are any at all competent? And what can be done to clean up this mess, and who should be held accountable? Can't we at least expect a school board to check references before hiring a superintendent?

This is what I’ve received from some very reliable sources, it will make you sick:

Sail Away,

I’m told that the North Tonawanda City School Board recently offered Superintendent Vincent J. Vecchiarella, $160,000 to leave the district with nearly four years remaining on his contract. According to those same sources, Vecchiarella declined the offer, instead telling the school board that they’d need to pay him the full value of the contract whether he left the district tomorrow or at the conclusion of his contract, which reportedly expires in 2010.

Intense labor strife, accusations of dirty business dealings by the purchaser of the former Lowry Middle School building, and attempts to reward loyal followers by hiring them to important instructional positions for which they weren’t qualified have made Vecchiarella’s brief tenure with the district tumultuous.

Even more disturbing, are the accusations that Vecchiarella has made numerous unsolicited phone calls to the cell phones of female high school students. According to a parent of a 16 year-old student whose friend was one of those allegedly contacted by Vecchiarella, “It has to be the worst kept secret in North Tonawanda.”

Creating turmoil in a community is nothing new for Vecchiarella. A recent Tonawanda News story recently quoted a source who worked in the Pine Valley School District during Vecchiarella’s tenure there, but chose to remain anonymous, fearing reprisals from Vecchiarella. “I feel bad for the people in North Tonawanda,” the source said. “If anyone came out here and actually talked to people, they never would have hired him.”

In the same Tonawanda News Article, Arlene McLaughlin said she’s seen Vecchiarella’s penchant for creating teacher turmoil firsthand. McLaughlin is the director of career and technical education and a longtime teacher at Buckeye Union High School District in Buckeye, Ariz., where Vecchiarella was once superintendent. McLaughlin indicated that Vecchiarella did “unbelievable damage to the Buckeye Union district.” In the story, she said that Vecchiarella ripped the community apart by forcing people to battle one another. This, she said, to cover up the fact that he was completely incapable of doing his job.

Teachers in North Tonawanda echo McLaughlin’s sentiments. One teacher, who also declined to be identified fearing retribution by Vecchiarella, said, “In my nearly 20 years with this district, Vincent Vecchiarella is without a doubt the worst thing to happen to this district. He has been caught looking through the desk drawers of teachers and secretaries, he calls girls on their cell phones. I mean this guy is disgusting.”

“Even worse, everything about Mr. Vecchiarella’s actions tells us that he doesn’t care about the kids”, he added. “Class sizes are sky high, even at the elementary level. Course offerings, including Advanced Placement at the High School, have been cut. How are our kids going to have any chance at being successful beyond high school?”

95 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a product of this school system myself not too long ago, and still resident of North Tonawanda, I can most certainly attest that these descriptions about the behavior of Superintendent Vecchiarella are sadly very true. The class sizes at all levels of education are going nowhere but up. Advanced Placement courses, which many students truly need and rely on before college, are on the path to extinction, which is a real shame because they prepare high school students for the next level of education more than anything else IMO. Lastly, the discontent of Vecchiarella's work is quite obvious, to the point where many teachers are not afraid to share these feelings with students themselves. Changes need to be made sooner rather than later.

Virtual Unreality said...

I didn't go to NT schools, but I do remember reading the newspaper story about this guy. He sounds like a real peach.
If they did offer him $160k to go away, that's a ridiculous offer, and it shows their ignorance in dealing with Vec.
How the NT school board could hire him without checking references is indicative of their incompetence.

Big Daddy said...

Incompetence is one thing. An adult in a position of power calling girls on their cellphone is another...it's sick, it's disgusting and it needs to be dealt with.

If this can all be proven, it needs to get into the mainstream ASAP. Heck, DA Matt Murhpy should probably be involved.

Get this sick SOB out of NT on the next train.

cg466 said...

I am going to run for the Niagara Wheatfield School board.AKA The new Taliban.Becuase i dont care about the kids.I care about the taxpayer.AKA the folks on fixed income . I say let this guy stay till the end of his contract.School board members arent the sharpest tool in the box.But how about those Egos.

Maverick said...

I live in North Tonawanda and I have heard that you can pretty much take this story to the bank. Why aren't the Red Jackets from Channel 2 pounding on Mr. Perviarella's door? Why hasn't the Tonawanda News done some follow up reporting on Mr. Perviarella's taste for young ladies? We need to get this out in the open. This clown should be sent back to the hinterlands of the souther tier where he belongs.

miss muffit said...

I am a product from North Tonawanda School District and also have relatives that work within the district. What this man is doing is awful. He is bringing in his people to jobs that are opening in the district when there are more qualified people applying for the jobs. For example, I know of 3 people who had part time or long-term subbing positions in the district for a few years, and none of them got the jobs. One lady had been working as a sub and long term sub for over 15 years!!! This man has not only turned the faculty of the district against him, but also the administration. You would think that as superintendent he would want some allies, but even the principals are refusing to work for him. There are so many people that are leaving, that have been as asset to this district for so many years. With the number of students in the school dropping as it is, this man is just driving away more families. If this man is still here in a few years, there is no way that I am bringing my family to the district!

A concerned citizen said...

As a 2007 graduate of North Tonawanda High School, I too feel that our current superintendent needs to be dealt with. This is the first time I've heard about accusations regarding calling girls' cell phones, but I've seen first hand the damage he has done. During the winter and spring sports seasons, Mr. Vecchiarella heard accusations from a female teammate of mine (who the rest of the team and the community as a whole know to be a fabricator, probably as a call for attention) of sexual harrassment between a volunteer coach and the female. That coach was immediately terminated from the program -- no reason given to the coach, no hearing, nothing. Assuming that the head coach of that team somehow was not doing his job, this superintendent made it virtually impossible for the coach to run his team effectively. We still managed to go on to win our competitions and perform fantastically in our coach's name, and repeatedly showed up at school board meetings to voice our concerns and support our coach. Mr. Vecciarella heard none of that, and eventually caused our coach to resign his position. I'm not saying these types of accusations shouldn't be taken seriously, but there was never a hearing, never an investigation into the matter, witnesses were never called upon, he just decided for himself what must be the truth.

Mr. Vecchiarella is tearing North Tonawanda apart at the seams just as he has done in the past. Maybe some do not see it, but to those directly involved, it is far too evident. I am glad to be out of this district now, but fear for my younger brother who will have to pay for Vincent's mistakes throughout his tenure at the high school starting this year.

The time for change is now; the time for the community to come forward is now.

William Wallace said...

wow

Anonymous said...

Wow is right! The district has to be accountable to someone higher up in Albany. People really do need to get this out in the open and get it all investigated. There is no other way to get this guy out of his contract?? Why are people afraid of him? I like the idea about calling a news station to check into it all. No one, NO ONE should be involved in education at all if it is not about the kids.

Anonymous said...

Miss Muffit,

Spoken like a true union leader hack. Wow, someone subbed for a bunch of years and didn't get the job. Well, maybe they just aren't very good. I didn't know putting in the time made you a good teacher.

Clearly this superintendent is a dirtbag who should be canned if he is calling female students on their cellphones. But it seems like a lot of these posts are coming from internal N.T. school personnel who have an ax to grind.

It makes me suspicious of the allegations.

Anonymous said...

It makes sense to me that NT school personnel who have had first hand experience with this guy are upset with his lack of moral and ethical behavior. A forum like this is the only way many people have to get the information out there without reprisals. The question that burns in my mind is "Why exactly was ths guy hired?" You can't convince me that board members didn't hear rumblings from Pine Valley and Buckeye. They had a reason for bringing this scum bag to town.

This guy has called female students on their cell phones. A mother of one of the students told me herself. She works for the district and fears reprisals if she takes her complaint anywhere. How about the stuffed animals he gives to women? How about his carousing on Oliver Street? How about his fast and furious connection with the mayor of NT? Hey just look around the alumni center at the high school for those trophy cases that he "did not" remove from Lowry School. How about the hire of a new director of special education who was refused tenure in Springville?

Get this guy out of here. Restore class and integrity to the district

Anonymous said...

Just be at the Board Meeting on Aug 21 . Speek your mind . Your child's welfare and education is at stake .

The agitator said...

I don't understand why this calling of female students isn't in the mainstream media. This is a big deal so haven't any of the school personnel thought to call Luke Moretti or the Redcoats?

I agree with the one Anon who said this could be grumpy school personnel whining about not getting more days off in the summer.

But if it's true, he should be escorted out immediately and never let back in.

Anonymous said...

These comments are so far from the truth it isn't even funny. We are hearing from people who are afraid of change and who have had it easy for the past fifteen years with the last superintendent. Sounds like Mr. V. is making waves because he is asking people to do the job they were hired to do. This blog is full of slander from people who are being called to task.

taxed said...

As a tax payer in NT I am glad to see we have someone making some changes. For years we have been uninformed and left in the dark. Now we have someone who is informing us and what are we doing but taking cheap shots at him. The N.T. staff may want more of what they had but as a tax payer I'm glad to see things being done differently.

Truth Detector said...

So many anonymous posts here, it's hard to decipher the truth. If school personnel have inside information about inappropriate conduct, why would that not forward it to Matt Murhpy, even if done so anonymously?

And I remain skeptical that many of these threads start off with serious allegations and then wonder into typical union/management fingerpointing.

Anonymous said...

This guy is a big bully. Real professional for a superintendent to put the messages he did on the sign out front at Lowry when he was having problems w/ Gersh. He said he didn't remove anything from Lowry, yet everything removed from Lowry is being stored at another site. He has student's cell phone numbers, calls them and gives them stuffed animals. There may be some disgruntled workers in the district, but I don't believe this is why he is being attacked seeing as there are 2 other districts that had problems with him. Why did the board hire him? On top of this, the board approves his recommendation for a special ed. director who was not granted tenure elsewhere. This man brings in his friends and they get $400/day to work for him. For a district who is "tight" on money and looking to save money, it seems like they sure are spending it lately. What is up w/ the elem. teacher in NT being hired to a $103,000 job? He was a long term Elem. principal for half a year. You are telling me no one else was more qualified than him for the job at the ad building? I wonder how he worked his way up the ladder so fast.

Anonymous said...

Alot of what is here is rumor and speculation, but the fact is the superintendent ordered the removal of things from Lowery school. Instead of making money on the sale, it will end up costing US (yes the taxpayers) money! With Gersh suing the district who do you think will pay the bill- You and me!

Anonymous said...

Ok Giving the Cheerleeders stuffed Teddy Bears for winning a Championship is just too tacky !!I don't think Mr.Pervarella gave any other team Teddy Bears for winning thier Championships . He makes me sick !!

Anonymous said...

Any school board can get rid of a destructive/incompetent superintendent by proceeding with a "3020A" investigation and hearing. The BOE president needs to extend a hand to the teachers association at NT - and by working together, this guy will be history! Where does the BOCES (regional)superintendent stand in all of this? Somewhere - someone wanted this guy hired at NT in the first place...I hope you folks act now to take back your school district!

Anonymous said...

I work in the district. It's not disgruntled employees looking to complain. The BOE definitely did not do their homework, and now they are afraid to stand up to him.

Anonymous said...

Check it out. Vecchiarella resigned from Buckeye Union High School District in 1997, 10 years ago. It is interesting that the Arizona Education Association (www.arizonaea.org/news.php?page=295) posted a link on June 29 to the Tonawanda News article that reviewed his first year. Thinking that he must have had great accomplishments in Arizona for the professional educators association to be tracking him 10 years later, I perused the Buckeye Union High School District web site (buhsd.org)and read the district history. It is telling to note that the accomplishments of previous superintendents are listed but none for Vecchiarella! It simply mentions his arrival and departure. I can't wait for the day when he becomes history in north Tonawanda.

Anonymous said...

Ijust read an article online from the Buffalo News published July 23, 2006: School Board Announces 3 Candidates for Superintendent. Here is the last paragraph from the article...what a joke!!!!!!!!
"Once the final candidate is selected, Schultz said some board members may want to travel to that person's current school district "to check it out and actually look at what they are doing there a little more closely." Schultz said it's always prudent to check everything out and make sure before a final decision is made. He said it is better to know if there are any problems now than find out later, when it is too late"

Anonymous said...

I am not an employeee of the district, I am a parent of a highschool child.
I have also heard that he has made these phone calls to cheerleaders at the high school and is bringing his own people in to fill vacancies.
I will be attending the board meeting 8/21

Anonymous said...

I was at the NT School Board meeting last night and was interested in one of the comments made by an audience member. A young lady spoke at the end of the meeting about things being stolen from the sports teams and the physical education department; the response was very intriguing to me! She was told that they should be locked away in a room...but this lady responded with the fact that the doors have been unable to lock for many years! Allegedly, the right people have now found out that the doors need to be fixed, so it should be happening! Well, I did some research and found out that Mr. Vecchiarella, and others received an email on October 2, 2006 stating that many things needed to repaired in the gym areas! Why weren't most of these things completed? Among things needing to be fixed were the doors inside the gymnasium (they don't lock), the divider for the gym (I don't know when that has EVER worked), the exterior gym doors do not close properly...water leaks through the CLOSED doors and onto the gym floor, exterior doors are missing closers, doors leading to the gym from the main lobby are coming off hinges and therefore do not close properly, and the water fountain outside the gym (near locker rooms) is broken. Well, I just wanted to bring this to the attention of tax payers, the issues were raised in October and if fixed then, these teams and physical education department probably would not have lost thousands of dollars in equipment!

Anonymous said...

"The Mess in North Tonawanda Schools" existed long before the appointment of Vincent Vecchiarella as Superintendent of City of North Tonawanda School District. Labor disputes and cronyism are no stranger to this district. After all, a Principal Administrator's wife was assigned a guidance counselor position at the high school. Realizing she had been tagged as "provisional", she mysteriously disappeared the following school year - where is this documented in Board of Education Records?? Also, with all due respect to the Blog Administrator, I question the reliability of your sources. The "purchaser" of the Lowry Middle School has quite a history, including charges of sexual harassment and male-age discrimination (public knowledge). And, although I am not for or against Mr. Vecchiarella, it would seem to me that Mr. Vecchiarella is made the scapegoat. Apparently, he does not choose to be part of the "Good Old Boys'" Network. As to the balance of the nonsense posted, READ UP!

tjf said...

The school counselor in question did an excellent job and left for family reasons. Our new superintendent is part of the good ol' boys they're just his own. However, I could care less about that because that is not just North Tonawanda it's everywhere!!! My concern is the safety of our students and our community. This man has been noted for tearing communities apart. Let's remember he sent the students to school after the October storm after being advised by the emergency board that he should kkep the students home it wasn't safe yet. During that week he also allowed sports teams to practice even thogh the schools were closed due to safety issues. When it was minus 35 degrees out and most western New York schools were closed he kept NT open(he had told a community member at local tavern on the previous Friday that NT will be open on Monday no matter how cold it was and he would not be answering his phone). That same Monday the NT middle school had no heat and he left the school open and students still took pool. He has young attractive female teachers at home, with lame reasoning. He has been pulled over for drinking and driving, however they let him have a warning. The class of 2007 nicknamed him the "Titman", because he stares at their chest. He has stood in the doorway of females that are at interviews blocking their exit for nearly 10 minutes. This is not about money this is not about teachers this is about the safety of our community. Do we need to have something really bad happen before people wake up(Jason Lorich, etc)

dharma said...

To the graduate upset about the track coaches. The "assistant coach" was a volunteer who was working with kids and did not submit the proper paperwork to be a board approved volunteer. The head coach knows why he resigned and it shouldn't be blamed on anybody but him. Maybe if you called him he would tell you why he wasn't reappointed but district employees should keep his confidence, it is the right thing to do.

The counselor in question was actually second choice. Interviews were held and choice one declined the position because it was a one year substitute position and they were offered a full time position elsewhere. The position was a one year appointment to fill a vacancy while another counselor was on leave. Nothing mysterious about the disappearance! The full time counselor came back to work!

There is cronyism and nepotism everywhere, that isn't new and that isn't the issue. The problem we have is a superintendent who claims serious labor management problems in this district. Hogwash. It has always been a good place to work because children and programs for children came first and foremost. Dr. George inspired committment from his people. The best this bully is ever going to get is compliance, maybe.

Dr. George maintained a quality education program by cutting administrative positions. How can we suddenly afford to add all of these new administrators in the superintendents office? We are at 103,000 + 94,000 for the two now hired with two more yet to be hired. What have we seen from this superintendent in this year except the creation of ill will? What are the accomplishments?

Anonymous said...

Did you see the front page of the Tonawanda News? I wouldn't call that committment or compliance!

Anonymous said...

It seems "tgf" does not agree with "Dharma". Also, "quality" education, if you can call it that, is not maintained when you have "management" doing double-duty. James V. Fisher is both Principal at NTHS and "Director" of NTHS Alternative School, located at the Boys' and Girls Club of Tonawanda, who by the way has a history of not providing heat to the building during the winter months; the students and faculty admitted to wearing layers of clothing to keep warm - pre Vecchiarella. It is my understanding that Mr. Vecchiarella is going to move these youth out of that "cave" to a "school" in North Tonawanda beginning this school year for reasons including the safety of the students (no "Director" on site and no surprise: he's at the high school as "Principal"). Moving on, Lisa Colburn is both Assistant Principal at NTHS and "Director" of Guidance Services, Paul Lyons is both Athletic "Director" and Assistant Principal at NTHS (for a complete listing of "double-duty" personnel visit NTHS website). TIME is TELLING.

Anonymous said...

What I want to know is what is all the talk...I have been to several board meetings and nothing is being done. This guy is simply wrong for the job. You can go around and ask any employer who worked with Dr. Geroge or any parent who has had a child in NT schools while Dr. George was there, how happy they were. Dr. George had a priority for making NT the best for his students, giving them opportunities that help them to excell their education...and now good 'ol Vince just swipes it all away!!! What kind of superintendent is that? It is suppose to be about the students, the staff and making an overall happy enviroment. What Dr. George did was wonders to this district and anyone with who directly or indeirectly worked or knows Dr. George knows this. Tax dollars were being used properly when Dr. George was running the system. Now with this guy running things and everything that NT has become for the students is being ruined why wouldn't you feel your tax dollars are not being used properly. As for all the old people in NT who complained about taxes even when DR. George was in charge, lets get real they would complain no matter what the dollar amount because they don't have kids attendiong schools any more so what do they care. I would pay money out of my pocket to get rid of this idiot. My children will be starting school soon and I hope he is gone and NT is recovered by then. We need Dr. Geroge back!!

Anonymous said...

Tax dollars are not, and have never been, used properly by the Board of Education of the City of North Tonawanda School District and bringing Dr. George back is not the answer!!! YOU CAN COUNT ON IT!!! Members of the community need to educate themselves to the Laws of New York (visit public.leginfo.state.ny.us) before they can address accountability and transparency in a pervasive culture of "white-collar" corruption that existed long before the appointment of Mr. Vecchiarella. An OPEN RECORDS REQUEST is in order.

Anonymous said...

Let this confirm that the Board of Education has "broad authority" over the Superintendent of Schools and you, the voter, are responsible
for the Board's current configuration. GOOD LUCK!!
§ 2508. Powers and duties of superintendent of schools. The
superintendent of schools of a city school district shall possess,
subject to the bylaws of the board of education, the following powers
and be charged with the following duties:
1. To be the chief executive officer of the school district and the
educational system, and to have a seat on the board of education and the
right to speak on all matters before the board, but not to vote.
2. To enforce all provisions of law and all rules and regulations
relating to the management of the schools and other educational, social
and recreational activities under the direction of the board of
education.
3. To prepare the content of each course of study authorized by the
board of education. The content of each such course shall be submitted
to the board of education for its approval and, when thus approved, the
superintendent shall cause such courses of study to be used in the
grades, classes and schools for which they are authorized.
4. To recommend suitable lists of textbooks to be used in the schools.
5. To have supervision and direction of associate, assistant and other
superintendents, directors, supervisors, principals, teachers,
lecturers, medical inspectors, nurses, claims auditors, attendance
officers, janitors and other persons employed in the management of the
schools or the other educational activities of the district authorized
by this chapter and under the direction and management of the board of
education; to transfer teachers from one school to another, or from one
grade of the course of study to another grade in such course, and to
report immediately such transfers to such board for its consideration
and action; to report to such board violations of regulations and cases
of insubordination, and to suspend an associate, assistant or other
superintendent, director, supervisor, expert, principal, teacher or
other employee until the next regular meeting of such board, when all
facts relating to the case shall be submitted to such board for its
consideration and action.
6. To have supervision and direction over the enforcement and
observance of the courses of study, the examination and promotion of
pupils, and over all other matters pertaining to playgrounds, medical
inspection, recreation and social center work, libraries, lectures, and
all other educational activities under the management, direction and
control of the board of education.
7. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, the provisions
of subdivision five of this section relating to the transfer of teachers
may be modified by an agreement that is collectively negotiated pursuant
to the provisions of article fourteen of the civil service law.

Anonymous said...

Nepotism and Cronyism survive at the hands of your Board of Education and only you, the voter, can extinguish nepo-cronyism!! Don't plead, don't beg. TAKE ACTION!!! THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:
* 18. a. Shall require, for purposes of a criminal history record
check, the fingerprinting of all prospective employees pursuant to
section three thousand thirty-five of this chapter, who do not hold
valid clearance pursuant to such section or pursuant to section three
thousand four-b of this chapter or section five hundred nine-cc or
twelve hundred twenty-nine-d of the vehicle and traffic law. Prior to
initiating the fingerprinting process, the prospective employer shall
furnish the applicant with the form described in paragraph (c) of
subdivision thirty of section three hundred five of this chapter and
shall obtain the applicant's consent to the criminal history records
search. Every set of fingerprints taken pursuant to this subdivision
shall be promptly submitted to the commissioner for purposes of
clearance for employment.
b. Upon the recommendation of the superintendent, the board may
conditionally appoint a prospective employee. A request for conditional
clearance shall be forwarded to the commissioner along with the
prospective employee's fingerprints, as required by paragraph a of this
subdivision. Such appointment shall not commence until notification by
the commissioner that the prospective employee has been conditionally
cleared for employment and shall terminate when the prospective employer
is notified of a determination by the commissioner to grant or deny
clearance, provided that if clearance is granted, the appointment shall
continue and the conditional status shall be removed. Prior to
commencement of such conditional appointment, the prospective employer
shall obtain a signed statement for conditional appointment from the
prospective employee, indicating whether, to the best of his or her
knowledge, he or she has a pending criminal charge or criminal
conviction in any jurisdiction outside the state.
c. Upon the recommendation of the superintendent, the board may make
an emergency conditional appointment when an unforeseen emergency
vacancy has occurred. When such appointment is made, the process for
conditional appointment pursuant to paragraph b of this subdivision must

also be initiated. Emergency conditional appointment may commence prior
to notification from the commissioner on conditional clearance but shall
terminate twenty business days from the date such appointment commences
or when the prospective employer is notified by the commissioner
regarding conditional clearance, whichever occurs earlier, provided that
if conditional clearance is granted, the appointment shall continue as a
conditional appointment. Prior to the commencement of such appointment,
the prospective employer must obtain a signed statement for emergency
conditional appointment from the prospective employee, indicating
whether, to the best of his or her knowledge, he or she has a pending
criminal charge or criminal conviction in any jurisdiction. An
unforeseen emergency vacancy shall be defined as: (i) a vacancy that
occurred less than ten business days before the start of any school
session, including summer school, or during any school session,
including summer school, without sufficient notice to allow for
clearance or conditional clearance; (ii) when no other qualified person
is available to fill the vacancy temporarily; and (iii) when emergency
conditional appointment is necessary to maintain services which the
district is legally required to provide or services necessary to protect
the health, education or safety of students or staff. The provisions of
subparagraph (i) of this paragraph shall not apply if the board finds
that the district has been unable to fill the vacancy despite good faith
efforts to fill such vacancy in a manner which would have allowed
sufficient time for clearance or conditional clearance.
d. Shall develop a policy for the safety of the children who have
contact with an employee holding conditional appointment or emergency
conditional appointment.
* NB Effective until July 1, 2009
* 18. Shall require, for purposes of a criminal history record check,
the fingerprinting of all prospective employees pursuant to section
three thousand thirty-five of this chapter, who do not hold valid
clearance pursuant to such section or pursuant to section three thousand
four-b of this chapter or section five hundred nine-cc or twelve hundred
twenty-nine-d of the vehicle and traffic law. Prior to initiating the
fingerprinting process, the prospective employer shall furnish the
applicant with the form described in paragraph (c) of subdivision thirty
of section three hundred five of this chapter and shall obtain the
applicant's consent to the criminal history records search. Every set of
fingerprints taken pursuant to this subdivision shall be promptly
submitted to the commissioner for purposes of clearance for employment.
* NB Effective July 1, 2009
19. Shall upon commencement and termination of employment of an
employee by the school district, provide the commissioner with the name
of and position held by such employee.

Anonymous said...

I think it is about time the hiring practices in this school system are looked into. Nepotism is showing it's full face this school year.

I am ashamed to say I live in this school system

Anonymous said...

Much more than the hiring practices of the City of North Tonawanda School District need to be investigated. PARENTS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IN YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION:

School officials will have you believe their Code of Conduct is the law. It isn't! There is a major difference between breaking school rules and breaking the law.

The purpose of any Code of Conduct is to set forth the school rules, standards of behavior, rights and responsibilities of students, parents and staff, and appropriate consequences. The Code of Conduct in itself is not the enemy, but an important ally. Be aware when a Code of Conduct is misused or misapplied, or if due process procedures are disregarded or skipped by school administrators, this is where the "railroading" starts.

Unfortunately, some School Districts all over the nation are using the Code of Conduct to hoodwink parents into signing away their rights. How? If you signed a questionable Code of Conduct, guess what, you may have just given permission for them to use it to do illegal things to your child and to you!

Depending on the wording, some parents have signed the Agreements or school pledges--often without thinking--as they have been told that their child can't attend school unless you agree. At least, that's what they're telling your kids. So what do you do? You sign it! Most parents think nothing of it...especially if their child isn't "trouble" -- until their child is questioned or possibly involved in an incident and you find out--the hard way--what you signed will work against you.

We ask: isn't this coercion? Your child has a right by law to a "free and public education" so why are these tactics necessary? Visit: totallyunjust.tripod.com and TAKE BACK YOUR RIGHTS TO THE EDUCATION OF YOUR CHILDREN.

Anonymous said...

North Tonawanda City School District 2007-2008 Student Activities Calendar is out with some interesting additions. PARENTS BEWARE: Review blog on Code of Conduct and read carefully Family Rights and Privacy (FERPA). A "school official" does not necessarily have a "legitimate educational interest" as the wording would lead the reader to believe. The following CLEARLY defines "Legitimate Educational Interest".

What is Legitimate Educational Interest?

* A "legitimate educational interest" is when a faculty, staff or other school office is:
o Performing a task that is specified in their position description or contract
o Performing a task related to a student's education or to a student discipline
o Providing a service or benefit related to the student
* It DOES NOT include
o Accessing information for any other purpose
o Viewing previous records/grades to see how a student performed
o Viewing a relatives (son/daughter/spouse etc....) academic record to find out how they did in class
* Examples of "legitimate educational interest" include:
o Faculty /staff on committees (retention committee, scholarship committee, etc...)
o An academic advisor who needs to review a student's educational record to determine what courses have been and /or need to be completed
* ALL RECORDS OF ALL STUDENTS are not open to all faculty or staff.

Additionally, REVIEW YOUR CHILD'S RECORDS ANNUALLY (if not required sooner) and make your RECORDS ACCESS REQUEST to the Records Access Officer. Ms. Mary Ann Woldarczyk, Administration Building, 175 Humphrey Street, NT, was alleged in 2006 to be the Records Access Officer for CNTSD and is to coordinate access to ALL records and make known the location of ALL records of your child or children. If the Records Access Officer does not comply with this request, I suggest that you both file a complaint with U.S. Department of Education (Good Luck!) and write individual letters to appropriate personnel (i.e teachers, social workers, etc.) for the records you are seeking. Visit FERPA website for more information on Family Rights and Privacy. You are entitled to copies of all records (generally at your expense) and you are entitled to make a written list of all records/documents at the time of review. PICK UP the records after they have been copied and compare them against your written list. If at all possible, DO NOT permit them to be mailed to you.

If you request a hearing, DO NOT permit the school board attorney as hearing officer - yes, they will try this!! Without doubt, the school board attorney definitely has an interest in the outcome of certain record request changes and any alleged hearing officer who has a "close working relationship" with the "school official" who refused to amend the record is not eligible. Of course we now know that anyone taken from the "Rotational List", in all likelihood, has a very "close working relationship" with most "school officials".

Anonymous said...

I noticed in the Student Activities Calendar that no "Principal" is listed for Grant Elementary School? Are they trying to disguise the fact that James V. Fisher, Principal of NTHS is again doing "double-duty" as "Director" of North Tonawanda Alternative High School at the Grant location or, did the PRINTER make an error?

Anonymous said...

It's one thing to write all this stuff on line so everyone opens thier minds to what's going on . It's another thing to grow some and stand up to the board and the Superintendant at the next board meeting . I was at the last meeting , and everyone was silent . The Board meetings are your forum NOT THIERS !!!See you there

Anonymous said...

NTUT packed the last School Board meeting to "protest the pace of ongoing contract talks". Their silence (not "OURS") was, for them, a SHOW of displeasure. BRILLIANT!?! If I am not mistaken, the public has a right to the content of the CONTRACT. Community members can also visit nysed.gov and search TEACH to obtain information regarding their child's teacher's academic "CREDENTIALS". Also check CERTIFICATION status of GUIDANCE COUNSELORS (some of whom worked very diligently I am sure to obtain CERTIFICATION).

Anonymous said...

The parent community must not only attend CNTSD School Board Meetings they must put their COMPLAINTS in WRITING, addressed to Board of Education President, Christine Porto with a copy to each individual board member. I would suggest that you send the correspondence to Porto CERTIFIED MAIL/RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED. Do not use an "ordinary" stamp (you will have no record of the mailing). You can request a PVI (Postal Verification Issue) at the Post Office. The PVI is generated from a computer and you will receive a receipt indicating the city and zip of the mailing.

Remember "You Are What You Speak". STATE the FACTS and PROVIDE the PROOF in WRITING.

Anonymous said...

Will the obviously frustrated legal eagle please just shut up?

Anonymous said...

Oh please! Anonymous sounds like the daughter of Dr. George! Of course she wants him back--life was so easy for her when he was! I like the changes Vince is making! He's holding teachers accountable!It's been a long time in waiting! Go Vince!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Grant school needs a principal--not only for the alternative school, but to keep those pre-k teachers in line! They get away with murder over there! All the kids do is play while the teachers type stuff like this on their computers!! Who do they hand in lesson plans to? Move the pre-k to the schools and make these teachers WORK for their paychecks--they make just as much money as all the other teachers in the district who work waaaaay harder. Must be nice to work at Club Grant!

Anonymous said...

Are you talking about Bertini? Ha! Yep, I could see her posting negatively about the Super, she probably even caused some of the rumors. She hates the guy because he is making life miserable for her now. I may not entirely agree with everything Vechhiarella does, but I love seeing her de-crowned!!It's good to be queen no more!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The indoctrinated mind is blind!

Anonymous said...

Anon - I missed something in the translation. Who are you referencing as the "obviously frustrated legal eagle"? And why would you want them to "shut up"??

Anonymous said...

I just read in the Tonawanda News that Jim Fisher, Principal of North Tonawanda High School refused to disclose the name of the printer who erred in the printing of the student NTHS day planner. You would think "Jim" paid for them himself. He's one to watch and very carefully. A RINGLEADER, who easily draws people into his scams - believe it!

Anonymous said...

Sail Away - Where are you on all of this?

Anonymous said...

I respect the principal for not giving the name of the company. I believe he handled the situation well. It seems like all this community does is fingerpoint and place the blame elsewhere. No one wants to accept responsibilty. If you owned the company that made an innocent mistake you know you would be pissed that someone named you. People make mistakes, you learn from them and move on.

Anonymous said...

Not that bashing anyone is right, but let's get back to the topic of this blog: the superintendent.

Anonymous said...

Anon - would more would you like to hear (or say) about Mr. Vecchiarella? "Bashing" says nothing about Mr. Vecchiarella or Ms. Bertini. It does however speak volumes about the persons bashing. Take a step back "kidz" because you are definitely part of the problem, not part of the solution to "The Mess In North Tonawanda Schools".

Anon - (principal "handled it well"). You have a lot to learn!!

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting what we consider newsworthy. Recently, I read an article that there was an error in the printing of this year's NTHS school planners. Recently, I also read an article in the Tonawanda News that a death threat was in a student's NTHS day planner. That incident made front page news two years after it happened. The error in the printing of the planner made front page news within days of it being reported. I wonder why we really don't know what is going on?

Anonymous said...

What I find interesting is that with everything going on in the world today people choose to complain about a typo on a school planner and the Tonawanda News makes it front page news. The Tona News takes any chance it gets to start trouble in the school district. They get the ball rolling and sit back to see who jumps on board the bandwagon. I saw the planner. It has the NT logo and the high school's address (which stated it was in North Tonawanda). I could see if the logo wan't included, but all that is missing is the "N" in front of the name under the logo. If it bothers you that much take a damn marker and write the "N" in. You have to love N.T., people find time to bitch and moan about irrelevant things but can't find the time to lend a helping hand to the community.

Anonymous said...

Anon - "the Tonawanda News gets the ball rolling"?? Surely, you don't think they sought out this story? You have to admit though that the article certainly drew attention to the fact that Jim Fisher REFUSED to DISCLOSE the name of the PRINTER.

Anonymous said...

WOW This blog went from the Superintendent Pervarella to the freakin planners . Are you all nuts!!!! This guy is a moron !! God help our kids .

Anonymous said...

This blog is titled "The Mess In North Tonawanda Schools". It begins with your BOARD OF EDUCATION, not with Mr. Vecchiarella, who was hired by the former board, leading "master" Scott Schultz who, as you know, is now running for a legislative seat. There was a reason Scott Schultz was not re-elected to the Board - let's hope he does not "win" on the 11th District.

On another matter, let's speculate: It could be the case that there is no Principal at Grant School because the North Tonawanda Alternative High School is a privately owned corporation and approved by the BOARD OF EDUCATION again, under Scott Schultz. It has a "Director" Jim Fisher, possibly a Board of Directors, shareholders, or whatever the "configuration" might be. It would follow then, that the pre-k program is also privately owned and approved by the BOARD OF EDUCATION. The "transfer" of the Alternative High School students from the Boys and Girls Club of the Tonawandas must have been approved by the BOARD OF EDUCATION. Interesting!

Anonymous said...

The Pre-K program is NOT privately owned!! That program is a part of the North Tonawanda School System. The teachers are all North Tonawanda District paid teachers with the exception of I think one teacher who might be a BOCES teacher. They get paid GOOD money for not as nearly as much work as all the other teachers in the district--I heard that they do not hand in lesson plans, and they do not have a principal. Wish I had that luxury!! But you are right-the school board should be taking some of the heat when it comes to the mess in NT, and the school planner complaint is lame.....there are much bigger issues that should be addressed in this district! I go to school board meetings regularly and I never here anyone complain.

Anonymous said...

Anon - you are missing the point on the planner complaint. It was clearly revealing and worthwhile reading for someone who knows how Jim Fisher operates. Jim Fisher works for the taxpayer and was hired under the former board leading "master" Scott Schultz. It is my understanding that Jim Fisher was assigned to Meadow Elementary School as assistant principal for 2 years because he was "not ready" for a principal position. It appears "Jim" still has a lot to learn. He will have to DISCLOSE the NAME of the PRINTER.

Emphasis is noted on the comment regarding pre-k. I am not quite convinced that you have all of the facts since you did not comment on North Tonawanda Alternative High School. Again, the BOARD OF EDUCATION had to approve the "transfer" of the students from the Boys and Girls Club of the Tonawandas to Grant Elementary School where there is NO principal on site? And the BOARD OF EDUCATION is SOLELY responsible for "The Mess in North Tonawanda Schools." You obviously have been lead to believe differently.

There is no need to complain at a BOARD MEETING. Just start ASKING QUESTIONS and DON'T STOP until you get the ANSWERS! Put your COMPLAINTS in WRITING.

Anonymous said...

I am not missing the point. For your information, Jim Fisher was the principal of Meadow school and then moved up to become the principal at the high school. The elementary schools do not have assistant principals. Check your facts. Secondly, he did disclose the name of the printer, don't you attend the board meetings? If you went to the past meeting you would know who the publisher is.

Anonymous said...

Anon - I am sure Jim Fisher did disclose the name of the printer at the (recent) BOARD meeting for the sole reason that he was caught trying to withhold information.

I accept the correction and thank you for helping me get my facts straight - Jim Fisher was kept at the "elementary" level because he was "not ready" for the responsibilities of a high school setting. Also, I now find it interesting that CNTSD elementary schools are in operation with NO assistant principals. Now, we have a pre-school setting and alternative high school setting in the same building (Grant) with NO principal and NO assistant principal??? Maybe you would like to ask, "Why?" at the next board meeting. Good luck!

gregg said...

If people actually opened the planner and looked, the name of the printer is at the bottom of the pages. Let's be done with this nonsense already.

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that you wouldn't be happy if there were assistant principals in the elementary setting. You'd probably find something else to complain about. If you don't like what is going on in the district then run for the board of education.

Anonymous said...

Anon - "Jim" made a serious error by REFUSING to DISCLOSE the NAME of the PRINTER and "Jim" drew attention to his REFUSAL. The fact that the PRINTER (Premier) is advertised throughout the planner - what more can I say - next thing you know "Jim" will tell you he never saw the planner and he decided to do the article based upon a conversation he had with someone else.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fisher is a class act. He revealed that the printer is correcting their mistake at no cost to the district. Why then would he name them in the newspaper when they are willing to correct their error? I could see naming them if they weren't willing to make things right. The writer who uses capital letters, posts school law, and is hung up on the planners and the alternative high school is quite obviously the same person who appears to be somewhat paranoid delusional. The private corporation conspiracy they have put forth is downright amusing!

Anonymous said...

I am imagining the happy day when an article in the Tonawanda News appears informing a joyous community of the passing of Mr. Vecchiarella. Cause of his demise: Chicken wing bones caught in his throat. It seems he just couldn't stuff them down fast enough. And just so everyone is happy, the name of the chicken wing joint would even be revealed! Taxpayers would be so happy because the Board of Education wouldn't have to use tax dollars to buy him out of his contract! Forget board meetings and blogs, let's just all send an order of wings to Vecchiarella's office everyday. It should only take about a week to accomplish the mission. Gobble Gobble! (or should I say Honk Honk!) Hey Vince, hot , medium, or mild?

Anonymous said...

Trainwreckiarella is creating chaos and ill will in the district because he has no idea how to do anything else. He is fighting with all the unions who certainly have much deeper pockets than the school district. Hopefully, the Board of Education will soon find that they can't afford the legal fees it is costing them to settle the Lowry business and the union grievances.

Anonymous said...

You people need a life! I agree, if you are so dang unhappy then go run for the school board yourself! My daughter has a planner--not to hard to figure out who the printer was! WHO CARES IF HE DIDN'T NAME THE FREAKIN' PLANNER IN THE PAPER? Sweet Jesus, printing accidents happen all the time--go get a marker like my kid did and write in a friggin' N!! Get your facts straight too--a lot of you THINK you know what the heck your talking about, and all your doing to talking out the side of your mouth! The Pre-K is NOT a new program--it has been there for years and has not been a problem. It is a regular North Tonawanda run program! The alternative school is board approved, but it consists of a small handful of students who just need smaller class sizes. All children deserve the right to an education--even these kids who are NOT BAD KIDS! I know someone who works at the Grant building--and you they said you would NEVER know that they were even there!! North Tonawanda has ALWAYS had its issues and it's not different than any other district. Getta grip and talk about something worthy. Quit your GD whining.

Anonymous said...

That chicken wing comment was funny. I wonder if the schools would close so the district could attend the funeral...I doubt anyone would go seeing as he gave people in the district a hard time about going to a funeral for one of their own colleagues. He is a very inconsiderate person.

Anonymous said...

Will the PARANOID DELUSIONAL please raise their hand? Who ever said anything about "private corporation conspiracy"?

It is a well-known fact that alternative schools can (and are) privately owned and approved by BOARDS OF EDUCATION if the Board sees it as beneficial in some way. You simply have to ask the question at the next board meeting. You do know how to ask QUESTIONS don't you?

And, you can thank Schultz and George for the Lowry "business" and Union "mess". You might want to start asking questions here too.

Here's one for starters: Why would a community permit a school board to sell a school building to a purchaser with a known public history of among other things sexual harassment and male-age discrimination? And all for $700,000.00??? Interesting!

Someone needs to post the Laws of the State of New York - City of North Tonawanda School District is NOT exempt from following the laws.

One last thing - not that anyone will consider it part of "THE MESS IN NORTH TONAWANDA SCHOOLS" - (and talk about DELUSIONAL) - this district can not justify a possible 70 million dollar project. Someone needs to ask the QUESTION - why haven't the buildings been maintained over the years?? No money available?? Oh, please! I would certainly keep an "eagle's eye" on the committee.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda. If we're lucky, Mr. Vecchiarella will share his chicken wings with you. If you know the law so well then do something about it instead of constantly talking about it.

Anonymous said...

It is very clear that you "kidz" are not being heard, don't know how to be heard, and simply are looking for a place to vent. Let's hope your students do not gain access to this Blog.

No teacher should be sharing "these feelings with students themselves."

Anonymous said...

We know the pre-k program is not a "new" program and that the alternative program was "approved" by the BOARD OF EDUCATION. The QUESTION: Are they private corporations - ie shareholders/stockholders. Jim Fisher IS NOT the "PRINCIPAL" of the Alternative High School, he is the "DIRECTOR". Is it the case that the pre-k has a "DIRECTOR" too. Interesting is that no data is available under "School Information" regarding North Tonawanda Alternative High School - another "PRINTING" error?

Anonymous said...

To the previous poster: get over it. You obviously are in need of some help. Quit "bitching" about things you obviously know nothing about. By the way, there is not a "printing" error in this post.

Anonymous said...

Hey chicken bones--shut the hell up--your just an idiot. To the jerk who keeps asking the STUPID questions about the Pre-K having private owners/stockholders--NO, it's not!!! It's not owned by anyone so get it through your thick head! It is however, run on state grant funding and/or BOCES. Go fish somewhere else cause you stink as this blogging stuff. You try to sound intelligent, but your the only one who thinks so!

Anonymous said...

Will the "FISHER" MEN please raise their hands?

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to post a opinion that was in a recent edition of soundoff:

"To the superintendent of North Tonawanda schools, you may think you can come to a parent home school meeting and dictate what the dialog should be but let’s get one thing straight — first, you may be able to order around the principles, the teachers, the cafeteria worker and janitors, but I and the rest of the tax payers, sir, pay your salary and I do not answer to you; you answer to me. Get it right for the next time you show up and think you always run the show. There are times that you don't."

Unfortunately as a school district, North Tonawanda is in the middle of a reactive rather than a pro-active state.

Also, has anyone else found it odd that contact information is hard to come by in North Tonawanda in regards to Board members and the superintendent. Just take a look at NT's http://www.ntcityschools.wnyric.org/supt.htm and http://www.ntcityschools.wnyric.org/board.htm
Then compare it to
Lewiston-Porter's (just one example) http://www.lew-port.com/1070104129734340/site/default.asp

LP was in a hole and got out without an official superintendent. Just buy his contract out, operate as a committee of elected officials (w/o a superintendent) for the next few years to counter the cost and move forward already.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for recognizing that information is hard to come by. CNTSD apparently has a lot to hide and they believe they can. Unfortunate for them that they are reactive instead of proactive.

The Board, unless they have expressed differently, does not see themselves in a hole. They definitely have an Agenda and it started with Scott Schultz and John George.

Anonymous said...

The Superintendent is the least of NT's concerns. The biggest problem is the Educational Services Office, particularly special education. IEP's are no longer in compliance with state regulations, subcommittee meetings are being held instead of full committees where a parent member and psychologist should be present. NT will probly be in the same boat as Springville, (where the new director is from) and have law suits due to noncomplaince in special education. Its only a ma tter of time.

Anonymous said...

Who do you think made the recommendation for Director of Special Education to the Board of Education? The Superintendent.

FYI All hirings are "screened" by the Superintendent and the Superintendent only before being presented infront of the Board. The Board never sees any other proposals other than what is "recommended" by the Superintendent. Nice system of checks and balances.

Anonymous said...

The Superintendent is permitted to make recommendations. The Board does the actual hiring - they don't have to accept the superintendent's recommendation. And, if Vecchiarella is doing it, George was doing it ie "Screening" - what is the difference? Vecchiarella is "not in" on the half of it and is a "scape-goat" for years of maladministration, only now coming to light.

Anonymous said...

I apologize; I don’t have a Google/Blogger or any other account so I too am Anonymous, but I won’t stay that way for long. I am Scott Schultz a.k.a. Leader “Master” Schultz as dully noted by anonymous or Mr. Anonymous if you prefer. I have never hidden behind an alias and I don’t intend on starting now. Hopefuly I will attempt to answer some of your issues.
1) First and foremost the purpose of Board President according to the Robert’s Rules, the school board’s policy and procedures manual and the New York State Education Laws is to preside over meetings and sign papers as board designee. The board president has one vote out of seven and can be easily voted down and doesn’t have any super powers.
2) Yes, we all know why I didn’t get re-elected as mentioned by a newly elected board member; the County Republican Chairman sponsored their whole campaign including the misleading smear flier that was mailed out all over the city to deliberately mislead the voters.
3) Lowry was sold to the lowest bidder for $700,000 and the highest bidder was $775,000. Mr. Gersh was going to pay taxes right away while the other two bidders were looking for IDA’s for the building or else they weren’t going to take the building. The taxes the city was to receive for ten years is about $150,000 with nothing coming in from the other two bidders. By the time the highest bidder would start paying taxes the difference to make up that $150,000 would take about 125 years. Sorry but the board wanted the money for the taxpayers now not later.
4) The alternative high school is not privately owned is not on the NYS stock exchange and Mr. Fisher is not a shareholder. It was an agreement between the Boys and Girls Club and the CNTSD and was in place long before I showed up. The school district would use their building and they would use Gilmore for after school programs. Now they do have a new agreement, but that is the post Schultz era.
5) Mr. Fisher was a principal at the Elementary School because we had a principal already at the high school and I don’t think Mr. Almansberger would have appreciated that.
6) Myself and two other present board members did make the trip to Pine Valley Central School District before hiring the present superintendent. We talked to staff and board members and toured the facilities. We received praise about the superintendent, administrators, curriculum presently being used and all aspects of their educational process.
7) The board was always part of the administrative hiring process the best two to three candidates were always brought before the board for final interviews. Under new leadership there comes new way of doing things including the budget process.
8) Yes, I am running for 11th district county legislator for North Tonawanda. Like this blog I have always been truthful and will continue to do that at the county level.
I hope this answered some questions without causing more. Like always my number is the phone book, call me we’ll chat. Oh and I concur LP does have a nice website for board members and administration.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone explain why "no data is found" at the Office of Teaching Initiatives site (TEACH) for Jerry Whitehead, Ed Carter, Brandon Schmitt, Tom Murphy, John LeMar, and James Fire? Surely, these "coaches" are certified. Peter Grinnell is listed as a Teaching Assistant Level 1 (9/1/07 to 8/31/2010). If Jennifer Johnston resides in Niagara Falls, she is certified in Mathematics (7-12) as of 2/01/07???

Anonymous said...

Because you don't have to be a certified teacher to be a coach. Jerry Whitehead, Ed Carter, Brandon Schmitt, and John LeMar are not teacher's, just coaches. According to (TEACH): Thomas Murphy - Health Permanent Certificate 1982
Jim Fire - Business And Distributive Education Permanent Certificate 1999 and these "coaches" are certified as teachers.

Anonymous said...

Anon - You might want to visit Guidelines for the Coaching Requirements Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Section 135.4 (c)(7)(i)(c) and Section 135.5, and SEL Article (6), Section 3001b.

Anonymous said...

John LeMar has been a teacher for years. If you don't know the facts please don't add misinformation to the blog.

Anonymous said...

The facts are John LeMar is not registered with NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives as a teacher or as a licensed coach.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps concentrating on the "minority" vote would have helped your re-election to CNTSD Board of Education?? There was no smear campaign; facts are facts. And the idea that CNTSD Board of Education would compromise the safety of the community because "the board wanted the money for the taxpayers now not later" is an insult to the members of this community.

Anonymous said...

Leader,Master????how about delusional? Here's a few questions for you ex Pres. How on earth could you have sat by and allowed the Lowry Bldg. to be vandelized by NT School employees??? Why did you allow such childish insuls to be posted on the sign in front of Lowry? Why were you part of sabotoging a school that want to help students with learning problems? Why did you NEVER speak up to challenge the supt' and most importantly, How could you hire someone who hates anything that has been done in NT Schools over the past 20 years, hates the prior administration (every single one), dismisseds experienced staff and hired all rookie administrators? All this your lordship was while you were president of the BOE. You've got some explaining to do. Now you want to run for a political office????

Anonymous said...

Schultz made the decision to sell the building to Gersh with knowledge of Gersh's history of sexual harassment, male-age discrimination and various other complaints that have been lodged against him. The question: Why? and why would Daemon College form a partnership with Gersh as well?

Schultz made the decision to hire Mr. Vecchiarella; note his comments are positive. Mr. Vecchiarella is here for a reason.

The Superintendent DOES NOT HIRE OR FIRE. He can make recommendations. If the superintendent is exceeding the scope of his authority, the Board is very aware of it. If the Board chooses not to act, the question is why would they let Mr. Vecchiarella exceed the scope of his authority?

By the way, the Board is not about the best interests of the community (parents or students), but the best interests of each other across the board; you can count on it.

curious said...

A full time AD at $77,000 a year? A 4% raise in the middle of the superintendent's contract? A Santa Claus for Spruce (aka executive director)at $103,000? Where did this money come from?

taxpayer said...

Looks like the new sup is robbing Peter (unsettled contracts) to pay Paul.

the bounty hunter said...

When is Mr. Fisher going to grow a set? It is pathetic to see someone who once had so much promise compromise his integrity to do Vecchiarella's dirty work.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fisher does not have tenure since he has been promoted to the HS principal position. If he doesn't play ball with the new superintendent he'll be the next good administrator that is replaced.

Anonymous said...

Connect the dots...The Western New York Service Council contracted with City of North Tonawanda School District for recruitment and secretarial services in the selection process of their new superintendent: http://www.wnyesc.org/searches.html