... parents and students must learn to adapt to new school rules
even when they are made after the fact ...
Let Them Eat Cupcakes !!!
Was The "Serious Allegation" Cupcakes Or Tampering With School Documents To Cover-up Administrative Actions?
Will Administrators Manipulate Modular Classroom Documents Or Test Scores Next Time?
Hamden lawyer John Gesmonde says: After the run-in with Carbino. D'Amico needed to make things clear by adding the section to the student handbook.
"All I've wanted to do was just clear my name of the whole thing," Glenville Parent Frank Carbino said. "It's more of an integrity thing."
Cupcakes center of dispute
What has become a raging controversy consuming Glenville School began as a mission to deliver cupcakes to a third-grader's classroom and a dispute between a principal and a parent over school policy on celebrating birthdays...
...But district officials who talked to D'Amico told Carbino the principal was right and the school had a policy dating back to "forever" asking parents to refrain from delivering birthday treats, Carbino said. But he and his wife had never heard of this policy, having attended many birthday celebrations at classrooms in the school, Carbino said.
Carbino said that when he went to the school's Web site to find the student handbook, he found the document with a section titled, "Birthday Celebrations," had been created at 2:18 p.m. on May 6, a few minutes after he had argued with D'Amico and left the school.
"Parents are not permitted into the classroom for birthday celebrations in order to minimize distraction," the section read.
The "Birthday Celebra-tions" section was absent from a handbook the school had issued parents at the start of the year, according to Carbino. Finding the discrepancy, he said he believed D'Amico added the section to make up for a policy that didn't exist.
"It takes it into a whole new level," Carbino said. "To do this is very devious to me."....
...But Carbino disputes whether the practice existed in the first place, saying parents regularly delivered cupcakes to classrooms, even in the presence of D'Amico.
"He stopped in at my daughter Ryan's birthday party," Carbino said of his daughter in the first grade....
...D'Amico, who has been asked to refrain from speaking to parents and others on the matter, expects to meet with Sternberg on Monday to discuss the situation, Gesmonde said. Assuming that the principal did something wrong, an apology may be in order, Gesmonde said.
"Between an apology and termination, I think probably listening to the parent, maybe communicating to the parent could have been clearer and that may be the basis for an apology," Gesmonde said.Update:
The Bloggers Are Starting To Buzz About The Great Greenwich Cupcake Scandal Of 2008 - Or should we call it Cupcakegate?
Blogger's Take The Bait As D'Amico's Supporters Claim That The Story Is About A Daddy And Some Silly Little Birthday Cupcakes.
Cupcake Controversy In Greenwich
The blog is not complete without a good cupcake story. This time a principal is under fire for enforcing the “cupcake policy” in Greenwich. Apparently, the Greenwich BOE does not feel compelled to ban the cupcakes from schools, ...
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Initial Article About Greenwich Cupcake Drama
by Stamford Talk
GREENWICH - Glenville School Principal Marc D'Amico was suspended pending an investigation into "serious allegations," school officials said yesterday. D'Amico, who took over at Glenville School three years ago, was suspended yesterday ...
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News of the Weird in Greenwich: Principal Suspended Over Minor ...
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I just posted under the Advocate's useless comments system: "There MUST be more to the story than adding a cupcake rule to a website... or else why would the principal be suspended?" (It's useless because I can't follow the discussion ...
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The Blogger's have allowed cupcakes to get in the way of the facts.
I've read these comments and find some people to be clueless.
Does anyone think Principal D'amico was really suspended over cupcakes?
I hope not!
Looks like the principal D'amico got caught trying to cover up his poor judgement. How can anyone respect a principal who would lie to a parent and then try covering up the incident by changing a school document?
If this happened to any other Glenville parent they would also be upset.
Since these out of town bloggers don't get it, I am going to have to scream out a response.
THIS WAS NOT A POLICY UNTIL MR. CARBINO SHOWED UP.
THIS POLICY WAS PUT INTO PLACE AFTER THE PARENT LEFT THE BUILDING.
IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE WAS A PERSONAL ISSUE AND THE PRINCIPAL DECIDED TO TAKE IT TO A NEW LEVEL.
FOR A PRINCIPAL TO CHANGE A SCHOOL DOCUMNET AFTER THE FACT TO MAKE HIS POINT IS UNACCEPTABLE.
MANY OF THESE SAME BLOGGERS KNOW AT THEIR JOB IF THEY WERE TO ALTER AN EMPLOYERS DOCUMENT AFTER THE FACT THEY WOULD MOST LIKELY BE TERMINATED.
THIS IS NOT PRINCIPAL D'AMICO'S DOCUMENT. IT WAS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT THAT IS GOVERNED BY SEVERAL STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS. TECHNICALLY MR. CARBINO IS ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE ALTERED DOCUMENT. THIS DOCUMENT BELONGS TO EVERYONE IS ONLY HELD IN TRUST BY THE GREENWICH BOARD OF EDUCATION.
ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT"S POSSESSIONS CAN FILE A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST AND GET GET A COPY OF THE ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT AND ALL OF THE REVISIONS THAT ARE ON THE SCHOOL COMPUTERS AND BACK UPS.
IF MR. CARBINO HAD ALTERED OFFICIAL SCHOOL DOCUMENTS AFTER THE FACT, THEN HE WOULD MOST LIKELY BE ARRESTED FOR FORGING PUBLIC DOCUMENTS.
IF ONE OF MR. D'AMICO'S STUDENTS ALTERED AN OFFICIAL SCHOOL DOCUMENT, AFTER THE FACT THEY WOULD BE FACING A SUSPENSION.
SHOULDN'T GLENVILE PRINCIPAL D'AMICO ALSO BE HELD TO THE SAME LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY?
A PRINCIPAL SHOULD HAVE INTEGRITY AND HONOUR (OBVIOUSLY THIS ONE DOESN'T) AND I FIND MR. CARBINO COMPLETELY CORRECT!
DO WE WANT GLENVILLE STUDENTS TO LEARN A LESSON THAT THE RULES DON'T APPLY TO EVERYONE.
SHOULD PRINCIPAL D'AMICO BE FIRED - IF THIS IS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT PROBABLY NOT.
SHOULD PRINCIPAL D'AMICO FOLLOW HIS LAWYERS ADVISE AND QUICKLY ADMIT THAT HE MADE A MISTAKE AND APOLOGIZE TO MR. CARBINO - YES.,
THEN A GLENVILLE FIRST GRADER MIGHT SAY, "IF I MAKE A MISTAKE I AM GOING TO BE LIKE MR. D'AMICO AND APOLOGIZE.'