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April 1, 2014

Last week, Gloversville’s Board of Education voted to appoint Helen Stuetzel as interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, at a pay rate of $425 per day....

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jeffwalters108

Apr-04-14 1:26 PM

the way I think I would handle Mr Pickis is the school board need to call a meeting with him and his lawyers as well as our own school lawyers and explain that it is in his best interest to resign or this can go to hearing and be made much more public then it already is its his future jobs that's on the line I am willing to gamble he would resign what do you think quite no more embarrassment and he would be gone

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Pards13

Apr-04-14 10:51 AM

Jeff, I don't disagree that he should be sent packing however it needs to be done right with the least cost to the taxpayers. The Board of Ed needs to take a hard line with this crap but not at the expense of the taxpayer. No reason he should be here any longer than two months. Unfortunatly it sometimes is easier and cheaper to pay them off to go away. That being said maybe it is time to say no and send him packing. By the way 35 years in business and much of it in contracts.

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jeffwalters108

Apr-04-14 8:19 AM

Pareds13 I owned a company for over 20 years that built equipment trailers and sold to trailer dealers all over the north east now I also own property in and around Gloversville and pay well over 10k in taxes to the school as well so I have dealt with contracts a lot and I know that a contract can be broken for major infarctions such as Mr Pickis has done it is a fact he was caught with drugs on his person he need to go one way or the other if that mean going thru the legal system to end his contract and make this matter more public that would be his choice remember its not slander if you state facts he was arrested and he did have drugs on his person and he is a Gloversville school administrator in charge of children ages 4at preschool thru 18 years of age is this the typ of admin we want near our children I say send him on his way or the public disgrace will ruin him far more then stepping down gracefully it would be his choice but the matter needs to be addressed and soon

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laker88

Apr-04-14 7:45 AM

Even though I back the "innocent until proven guilty" doctrine, the process for terminating employees needs to be greatly streamlined!

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PleaseGetAClue

Apr-03-14 1:30 PM

Lizie, "It used to be that the "higher up" contracts contained clauses that "the contract could be terminated by either party, without cause, with 30 days notice". I understand that clause is gone from all of them." My understanding is the contracts used still contain this clause as a cover for both parties.

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PleaseGetAClue

Apr-03-14 1:28 PM

That's absurd...these are not positions in the Teachers Union...you are way off base. get a clue before you post something stupid. Then post it anyway because the rhetoric resonates for you.....and I enjoy pointing it out. lol

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Insane

Apr-03-14 11:33 AM

we are being held hostage to the teachers union.

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Hilltopper

Apr-03-14 11:31 AM

BoB: We are on the same side of this proposal. Because of the turf field that we don't need being bundled with what we do need, and the AC being included when you don't have classes in July and August, I'm giving the whole thing thumbs down. The district can find my $68 among what they waste in the $3K I pay already.

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MrBoB51

Apr-03-14 11:17 AM

Hill, the FFCHS flyer states 'upgrade or replace Co-Gen which is wearing more quickly because of the increase in technology devices'. Can somebody PLEASE tell me what the he*l an 'increase in technology devices' has to do with the co-gen plant wearing out???? As I said, this whole proposal was written by somebody's kid and is nothing but meaningless BS. Mr Coluccielo, time is running out for YOU to straighten out this mish-mash of a garbage budget proposal, ditch the Unicorns and give us the REAL facts, real numbers and a real plan...what we've got is NOT. With all due respect, you have a PhD. in Educational Administration and we are paying you $5oo/week, either you did NOT read this flyer or you did NOT comprehend it or worse..you thought it was great. To claim this one also 'got by you' is the height of hubris sir.

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Pards13

Apr-03-14 9:47 AM

Jeff, our country was built on a few ideas that have made it great. Among those are innocent until proven guilty and trial by a jury of your peers. Pickus has had neither. I currently pay in excess of 10k in school taxes to G'ville and no one is more upset over this crap than I. Our elected Board of Education needs to hear from us and not allow this to go any longer than necessary. You would be really upset if they made a mistake and violated his rights and he walks away with million bucks. If he is guilty ( I think he is) the Board should take a hard line with him as a message that this is not going to me tolerated.

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Hilltopper

Apr-03-14 8:33 AM

Co-gen has been used since about the year 2000 and it was supposed to last at least 20 years. It is powered by natural gas which is down in price. Since the co-generation plant was fired up the school has been off "the electric grid." I can't imagine how going back online and buying electric from National Grid will be cheaper.

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jeffwalters108

Apr-03-14 8:19 AM

I don't understand you people innocent until proven guilty lets look at the fact as we know them Mr Pickus was arrested in Colony on his person meaning in his pockets he had drug's meth to be exact that is the facts that we know now he also is a Gloversville school administrator that works in a drug free zone meaning no drugs on in or around school property. How can we know how many times he had drugs in his car while at work or if he was using on lunch hr and high while preforming his job. Sure he has a problem but he and he alone made the choice to try take and over indulge in the drug and his contract says he can't be fired I am sorry if I was his boss I would fire his ass and take my chance in court and if Mr Pickus wants to push his contract issues I can play as dirty as the next guy buy making this so public be will never work in a school again or he could leave quietly and be gone

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MrBoB51

Apr-03-14 6:56 AM

Hill, we bought FFCHS a co-generation plant around 8 years ago.

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Hilltopper

Apr-02-14 6:48 PM

Climate control for all the classrooms at FFCSD has 3 costs. Once you pay for the AC units you still have to buy the energy to power them and pay service contracts to maintain them. Was this included in the cost projection? And, if the turf field is a teaching station, what instruction will be enhanced because of it? $1.5 million for a turf field will only benefit athletics and band by getting them outside a week or two earlier at a cost of $100K a year for 15 years. For what the artificial turf cost, you could pay a professional $50K a year to maintain the sod, mow it, and stripe it for the 10-15 annual home games for the next 30 years.

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Hilltopper

Apr-02-14 6:48 PM

Climate control for all the classrooms at FFCSD has 3 costs. Once you pay for the AC units you still have to buy the energy to power them and pay service contracts to maintain them. Was this included in the cost projection? And, if the turf field is a teaching station, what instruction will be enhanced because of it? $1.5 million for a turf field will only benefit athletics and band by getting them outside a week or two earlier at a cost of $100K a year for 15 years. For what the artificial turf cost, you could pay a professional $50K a year to maintain the sod, mow it, and stripe it for the 10-15 annual home games for the next 30 years.

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Hilltopper

Apr-02-14 6:22 PM

Have all the programs cut at FFCSD in the last few years been restored? There were 35 staff members terminiated, and if everything was restored with 35 fewer people, was there that much dead wood, or that much waste? District staff are in for modest salary increases because they settled under the guise that the district was broke. Now, a year later, the district is pulling $1 million out of their hat. You can bet your bottom dollar that when this contract is up in three years the teachers will be out for blood to re-coup what that gave up and and what ever else is in the fund balance. I can see their point. That's when your taxes will go through the roof, and your "projected" $63 annual increase will be closer to $500.

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Gofigure

Apr-02-14 12:30 PM

This is yesterdays editorial. Isn't there something new to complain about today?

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lizzie

Apr-02-14 12:23 PM

It used to be that the "higher up" contracts contained clauses that "the contract could be terminated by either party, without cause, with 30 days notice". I understand that clause is gone from all of them - who ever let that happen isn't watching the store.

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lizzie

Apr-02-14 12:19 PM

I agree, but where was the editorial when Mr. Moss was the interim Superintendent at $600 a day, with Mondays off?

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MrBoB51

Apr-02-14 12:00 PM

DO WITHOUT. Sorry to leave that hanging, I just finished a conversation with Mr. Colucciello, FFCHS Superintendent who has assured me he will publicly correct the aforementioned deceptive statement plus provide more information to District residents in the near future. He had the honesty to admit that that statement got by him and offered no excuses. I believe his sincerity and will give him the opportunity to follow through but it would not hurt to contact him at 853-4415 ext. 4230 to express your opinion, one way or the other. We have to regain control of our Schools in every way that counts...and your voice and vote counts, no matter the District you live in.

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Annarondac

Apr-02-14 11:53 AM

From the article, "Gloversville Superintendent Michael Vanyo said district administrators, including himself, would temporarily share Pickus' duties" was a lie. Shopping for a replacement takes a good amount of time and must have begun right after Pickus was arrested. Secondly, to pay for a replacement that earns more than Pickus is a slap in the face of the taxpayers. It appears to me the school does NOT care about those that support them and I'm amazed there is little uproar.

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MrBoB51

Apr-02-14 10:12 AM

How about no GSD Budget until this is resolved? It's time School Administrators start dealing honestly with the Property and School Tax payers. The following comes from the FFCHS proposed budget. "Residents will be asked to vote on a proposition on the May 20 ballot totaling 19.5 Million. If approved by a 60% margin, it is projected to increase the tax rate by 52 cents beginning 2016. This equates to $3 or less per month for the average FFCSD 'resident'." This is nothing more than deception and fun with words ...ALL RESIDENTS DO NOT PAY PROPERTY/SCHOOL TAXES...PROPERTY OWNERS DO. This garbage was written by some low information 7th. grader using common core math with small numbers so people will think ' whats a few cents or dollars'??? No FFCHS, the property tax payers ARE NOT as stupid as what your spitting out of our School. Re-do this budget without Texas style Football. It's high time our Schools adapt like The property tax payers; use it up, wear it out, make it do or

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getreal

Apr-02-14 7:02 AM

Why do they need someone to fill his spot...Why can't the superintendent do it. I'm sure its not very hard. probably just signing his name to stupid letters.

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Flapper

Apr-01-14 8:36 PM

All public wages should be capped at the community wage average the public employee is serving in.

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Pards13

Apr-01-14 4:28 PM

Sorry folks until he is "proven guilty" he is presumed innocent. He is not a at will employee, he is a contract employee and he has to be dealt with under the terms of his contract. However the Board of Ed should be applying pressure to get this resolved. It should not take more than a couple of months to solve. Time to play hard ball with the big boys and girls. I know if I had a kid in Gloversville and they got in trouble I would demand that they are reinstated until proven guilty.

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