Rome School Board election

Rome School Board election

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Since: Jan 08

Rome

#1 May 8, 2008
I attended the Candidates' forum hosted by the senior Government class last night at RFA Auditorium. The room was too large for the audience that was there and the PA system took some adjusting because most of students and candidates failed to speak up at first.

The students came up with some great questions and did a terrific job of presenting them and administering the forum. The audience wrote some good questions too. I wrote 4, three were selected for presentation to the candidates. As usual, Council President John Mazzaferro did a masterful job of moderating.

I attempted to rate the candidates based on my completely biasted and non-objective reactions to their responses to the questions. If someone gave a direct response, i gave them a plus unless of course, it was the wrong answer. In some cases, the questions didn't have right or wrong answers so I gave them a plus if they gave a direct response. If someone gave a wrong answer or failed to answer the question, I gave them a minus. In some cases, the response was ambiguous so I gave neither a plus or minus.

Here are my tabulated results, ranking the candidates from best to worst, in my opinion:

+9 Tom Wasco
+7 Susan Carvelli
+6 Frank Sanzone
+4 Leonard Summa
+1 Amanda Cortese
+1 Devon Coon
=0 Jay Kippen
-1 Charles Cashulette
-1 John Colangelo
-4 Christine Esposito
-5 Pat Reidel

I predict that the bottom 5 will be elected. Your mileage may vary.
Rome Native FED UP

New York, NY

#2 May 8, 2008
OK I am a little confused about your mileage at all lol. Please explain with a sample question so I can at least see if I agree, Thanks

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#3 May 9, 2008
Fair question.

One question from the audience was "Will you make a commitment here tonight to serve your entire term if elected?" (Guess who the author was).

Each candidate said that they would (barring unforseen health, family or job issues, of course)

Every candidate made the committment. Each one got a plus (+) sign under their name on my score sheet.

Another question:
[quote]Two-part question:
1. Will you support a resolution to overturn last year’s decision to close Gansevoort and Ridge Mills Schools?
2. If such a measure is approved, what will you do to make up the 1.2 million dollar gap that action would create in the coming year’s budget?[/quote]
If they answered yes to part 1, I marked a minus (-) sign under their name and a + if they answered no.

If they named a realistic method to address a budget gap (part 2) like raise taxes, cut programs or lay-off teachers, they got a +. If they said nonsense like "I would start with administrators" or "cut supplies and equipment" or didn't answer the question, they got a minus.

At the end, I added up all the plusses giving one for each, and subtracted one for each minus.

It's admittedly biased, subjective and non-scientific. But in general, people know where I stand on various issues and can base their choices on whether or not they agree with me. If you like my stance on issues, you can vote for the highest scores. If you disagree with my positions, you can vote for the lowest scores.

Make sense?
Rome Native FED UP

New York, NY

#4 May 13, 2008
frankcor wrote:
I attended the Candidates' forum hosted by the senior Government class last night at RFA Auditorium. The room was too large for the audience that was there and the PA system took some adjusting because most of students and candidates failed to speak up at first.
The students came up with some great questions and did a terrific job of presenting them and administering the forum. The audience wrote some good questions too. I wrote 4, three were selected for presentation to the candidates. As usual, Council President John Mazzaferro did a masterful job of moderating.
I attempted to rate the candidates based on my completely biasted and non-objective reactions to their responses to the questions. If someone gave a direct response, i gave them a plus unless of course, it was the wrong answer. In some cases, the questions didn't have right or wrong answers so I gave them a plus if they gave a direct response. If someone gave a wrong answer or failed to answer the question, I gave them a minus. In some cases, the response was ambiguous so I gave neither a plus or minus.
Here are my tabulated results, ranking the candidates from best to worst, in my opinion:
+9 Tom Wasco
+7 Susan Carvelli
+6 Frank Sanzone
+4 Leonard Summa
+1 Amanda Cortese
+1 Devon Coon
=0 Jay Kippen
-1 Charles Cashulette
-1 John Colangelo
-4 Christine Esposito
-5 Pat Reidel
I predict that the bottom 5 will be elected. Your mileage may vary.
I understand your philosophy but what I didn' get was you said that your bottom 5 would win based on your method. Those are the people with lesspoints. So am I mistaken but when you said the bottom 5 you meant Pat Reidel, Chrtine Esposito, John Colangelo,Chuck cashulette and Jay Kippen. I could be wrong but I am only saying what you wrote. If not I apologize and please list who you would support. Thank you!

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#5 May 14, 2008
I will support, and suggest to anyone who agrees with my views on the current plans that they too should support Tom Wasco, Susan Carvelli, Frank Sanzone, Leonard Summa, Amanda Cortese.

I would oppose Pat Reidel, Christine Esposito, John Colangelo, Charles Cashulette and Jay Kippen because their views are in opposition to my views. However, I think that because of the effectiveness of the FUD machine along with the many public relations blunders committed by the current board and administrators, those 5 candidates will collect the most votes at next Tuesday's election and will be seated on the board come July 1.

It is at that point, should they vote to overturn the decision to close Gansevoort and Ridge Mills, that the district will be faced with a $1.2 million dollar budget shortfall.

I apologize for any confusion my imprecise language has caused.
Rome Native FED UP

New York, NY

#6 May 15, 2008
Thank you for clarifying that and although I oppose a few of the candidates, I do support a few, 1 being Cortese as I know she has not just "lawyer background" but most importantly she has had clinical studies with autistic children not to mention a fair background in education law which may be a benefit for our district if not about the current issues they face some that they may need without the expense of taxpayers.

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#7 May 16, 2008
While I think Amanda Cortese has the potential to become a fine board member, please understand that any attorney realizes that it would be a mistake to provide legal services to the district as a member of a board of education in an effort to save legal expenses for the taxpayers. That is not to say that her legal experience wouldn't be an asset to the board's deliberations. But she couldn't serve as the board's or district's attorney.

The board of education is responsible for governance, not management or administration of the district. In that role they set policy, not execute it. I think we have board members currently who do not undertand that role based on the depth to which the board entwines itself in day-to-day operations.

For example, there are many who would strongly advise against one or more board members sitting on a labor contract negotiation team the way the Rome board does today. Another example might be the day care center negotiations with the Griffiss employees parent organization.
Rome Native FED UP

New York, NY

#8 May 20, 2008
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKE!! and the NEW MEMBERS WILL HEAR THEM AND ACT ON WHAT THEY HEAR, NOT JUST WATCH THEIR LIPS MOVE PRETENDEDNING TO LISTEN. LOL
ABC

New York, NY

#9 May 21, 2008
Who was elected? Please...not the bottom five of the plus minus system?!!
Blueturtle409

Cold Brook, NY

#10 May 21, 2008
According to the OD on line here.
http://www.uticaod.com/homepage/x194401549/Sc...

Pretty much the bottom five.

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#11 May 21, 2008
Here is my original ranking along with the vote totals and results. I picked 3 out of 5. I didn't give the public enough credit to be descriminating enough to pick Cortese and Coon over Kippen and Coleangelo. I believe both of them will be shown to be able to make decisions based on the good of the entire district than some of the other successful candidates.

+9 Tom Wasco incumbent — 1,223
+7 Susan Carvelli — 1,056
+6 Frank Sanzone — 1,060
+4 Leonard Summa — 719
+1 Amanda Cortese — 1,614 (3-year term)
+1 Devon Coon — 1,246 (1-year term)
=0 Jay Kippen — 1,024
-1 Charles Cashulette — 1,333 (3-year term)
-1 John Colangelo — 781
-4 Christine Esposito — 1,242 (1-year term)
-5 Pat Reidel appointed incumbent — 1,653 (3-year term)

What this means immediately is that Pat Reidel and Eric Jones will be replaced by Devon Coon and Chris Esposito. Both Reidel and Jones voted against the redistricting plan so the addition of Coon and Esposito will not alter the balance of votes on the board.

So for now, it's a small-craft warning. The perfect storm will strike on July 1 when Cortese, Cashulette and Reidel replace Wasco, Sanzone and Trinka.

I predict at that point they will elect either Lou Daniello or Pat Reidel president of the board, then move to approve a new redistricting plan that retains Gansevoort and Ridge Mills as operating elementary schools. I may adjust my predictions as I speak with and learn more about members of that post-July 1 board.
Rome Native FED UP

New York, NY

#12 May 23, 2008
I believe you are right. But there still will be storms going as long as deceitful things continue to go on in the district. I have a strong hunch that these ladies especially ARE NOT going to back down. After all, they already know more than the other current board members would want them to. The storm continues......
Watchdog

East Syracuse, NY

#13 May 23, 2008
I certainly hope that all members on the school board go to training to learn what the scope and function of their jobs are. Some school board members continue to break nys state laws governing school board members and procedures. Also why are the Rome Schools closed on Tuesday 5/27/08??? With a 65% graduation rate and with our drop out percentage being very high one would think that being in school would be a top priority. I thought we used all our snowdays how did they get the day off? I'm surprised Mr. Sallustio or Mr Perfetti haven't contacted the state to find out if the Rome City School District will get state aide for this day.
Watchdog

East Syracuse, NY

#14 May 23, 2008
IN tonights paper 5/23/08 Mr. Wasco wants new RFP's sent out for new legal counsel representation. Could this be because he and another board member went to the RPD and started the investigation of the Copper City Copper Caper", without first checking to see if there was really a crime. Only in Rome you are presumed guilty,tried and convicted before due process is followed. Now the district is going to get their pants sued off by "The Copper City Copper Capers Culprits" because of inaccurate information, false allegations and broken agreements is "Tommy Boy" trying to play the deaf dumb and blind boy aka the Pinball Wizard trying to pass the buck? Instead of a crown he should be passed the dunce cap. Did I really read that Mr.Simons said that "he's obligated to serve the board and will follow their direction"? Funny I thought he was supposed to lead the board and they were supposed to oversee his direction. Jeff pull your pants up and quit trying to position yourself so that the "board" will be at fault. How come its always someone elses fault? OOPS I forgot thats how your mentor and previous boss "Teflon Tom" trained you to follow him in his footsteps. If I also remember "Teflon Tommy" said by the time he left the district he would have "systems" in place so that the district could run itself. Well he must have gotten those"systems" in place because the district is ruining I'm mean running itself due to the lack of poor leadership or union leadership or both. Remember the Watchdog is watching and sniffing things out.
Watchdog

East Syracuse, NY

#15 Jun 1, 2008
Those two "CROOKS" were never indicted they were acquitted by the Grand Jury.
Rome Native FED UP

New York, NY

#16 Jun 2, 2008
I heard the DA has reopened the case due to one of the parties not following their end of the bargain? Anyone hear about that. Also what's this about fraudelant Foild request? I heard from some people that attended the meeting this past week that the FOIL request by some TAXPAYERS were falsified. Hope they turn that over to the DA. Also... what's going on with Wasco's wife? Could it be she is afraid that HER building might be cloised and she might go without a job. TEARS are FAKE> Heard she is trying to get signatures at softball games to NOT stop any movement and to MOVE FORWARD AS PLANNED WITH SCHOOL CLOSINGS? Could it be that her husband got the "boot" and now she THINKS people will be standing up and saying what they want at Fort? Lady sit down... IF YOU KNOW THE REAL STORY FROM YOUR HUSBAND AND THE "EXECUTIVE" MEETINGS, YOU KNOW THAT half of the BOE and ADMINISTRATIION TEAM ARE CROOKS!!!! You don't have a grill do you? I need one for my family barbecue this summer!! LOL

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#17 Jun 2, 2008
RNFU, that's pretty disgusting, even coming from you. I can understand ad hominen directed at public figures, but their family members? Go soak your head, you cowardly fool.
clipper

Elizabethton, TN

#18 Jun 4, 2008
I am glad one person on TOPIX has some integrity Frankcor! Someone still has the intelligence to bring some factual info to this mess. Give em hell! The only site more slanderous that this one is the Utica TOPIX, haha!
I have to admit that I DO enjoy reading these posts, but when sorting the wheat from the chaff, there is a dumpster full of chaff and a small pail of wheat to be gleaned from this forum.
Productive discussion is relatively absent from here, unless you bring a little to us Frank.

Since: Jan 08

Rome

#19 Jun 4, 2008
Your praise is appreciated yet unnecessary, Clipper. I'm just doing what comes natural. Thank you.
Amazed

New York, NY

#20 Jun 7, 2008
Productive discussion has been absent throughout discussion of many issues involving the Rome schools. A big part of this seems to be the idea that democracy is just a minor annoyance. The majority spoke last year regarding that referendum. The majority spoke this year regarding who got elected. We have another election coming up week after next. I have no clue what the result will be. I have even less clue as to whether anyone will respect that outcome as the will of the people, regardless of how they come out.

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