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Sunday, April 6, 2008

04/06/08 - Now Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg Wants An "Agreement" With Parents - How About Betty We Agree That You Should Leave Now?

In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice.
Then He made School Boards.

-- Mark Twain


First Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg and the Board Of Education said that there would be independent testing.

Then Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg and the Board Of Education said that there would not be independent testing.

Then Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg and the Board Of Education said that the school parents could hire an expert to talk to thier supposed expert about how he did the test.

Then Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg and the Board Of Education said that the parents could test, but they could not test where the mold was found.

Now Betty "You Can Trust Me Sternberg and the Board Of Education want an agreement with the school parents.

Does anyone in Greenwich Still Trust Betty And The Board Of Education?

Here is the supposed agreement the Greenwich Board Of Education offered the parents:

It Appears To Be A Little One Sided.

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AGREEMENT REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING

AT THE HAMILTON AVENUE MODULAR CLASSROOM BUILDING

WHEREAS, it has been determined that mold exists within a portion of the modular classroom building at Hamilton Avenue School; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has undertaken preliminary testing as a first step to determine the cause of said condition and the manner in which it might be corrected; and

WHEREAS, a group of parents, in particular _______________________________, (hereinafter referred to as “parents”) have requested the opportunity to perform their own air quality testing at the site; and

WHEREAS, in spite of the Board of Education’s willingness to share its testing results, the parents listed above still desire to perform their own independent testing; and

WHEREAS, in an effort to continue its policy of transparency, the Board of Education has agreed under conditions set out below to allow the parents mentioned above to perform certain tests.

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

The parents will provide the name and the address of the organization and individual hygienist hired to perform the testing. Said individual must be a certified industrial hygienist or similarly qualified professional. The laboratory performing the analysis must be an AIHA accredited microbiology lab. Prior approval by the Board of Education of the professional is a necessary element of this agreement. Said approval will not be unreasonably withheld.

Any and all expenses incurred by the parents in conjunction with the testing process will be paid for exclusively by them.

Prior to the testing being conducted, the parents will identify the specific test(s) and testing procedures to be conducted.

Prior to any testing being performed, the parents will provide the Board of Education with what their expert considers acceptable standards or findings for this classroom facility for each test to be performed. Prior to testing, the Board of Education has the right to determine whether the standards are acceptable.

The only individuals allowed to be present during the testing in addition to representatives of the Board of Education will be the hygienist and one individual as a representative of the parents.

The Board of Education will identify its own certified industrial hygienist who will be performing equivalent testing procedures during the same period that the parents are present to conduct their testing. The cost of this additional testing will be borne by the Board of Education.

The testing will focus on and be limited to inhabitable portions of the building. In the event that the parents’ hygienist seeks access to those areas where mold is known to exist, (i.e. soffits, inside walls) then the Board of Education may insist on precautionary measures to limit contamination of the building. These precautionary measures will be established by representatives of the Board of Education, and any and all costs incurred in conjunction therewith will be at the expense of the parents.

Any and all results obtained as a result of the parents’ testing will be immediately delivered in writing to the Board of Education, and it is agreed will be made available for public inspection. Board of Education will provide the results of its testing.

The time for the testing will be established by the Board of Education. It is agreed that it will be completed in no event later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, 2008. A date and time for said testing will be agreed to in the immediate future.

If at any time during the course of the testing, the representatives of the Board of Education determine that the parents are failing to comply with the terms of this agreement or are engaged in activities which could result in contamination of the building, they have the right to terminate the testing procedure and to direct the hygienist and the parents representatives out of the building.

Dated at Greenwich, Connecticut, this day of April, 2008.

PARENTS BOARD OF EDUCATION

____________________________ By____________________________

____________________________ _____________________________

____________________________

____________________________


Here are the requests for changes by the parents:

Paragraph 1, Please remove the wording "within a portion of"

Paragraph 5, Please remove the wording "continue its policy" - Since when is there is no BOE policy re: transparency

Paragraph 9, The school couldn't provide this information, why should the parents have to? Since when is the BOE expert enough to determine if the standards are acceptable?

Paragraph 10 - parents want two BOE reps, two parent reps, the two hygienists and a member of the BOE ( Please see later how this will play into the last paragraph)

Paragraph 12 - the parents want no limit to where thier tester can test. They should not have to bear the costs to look behind walls or in soffits (by the way this is where they say it all started!) since if they remediate they will have to tear these places open anyway. Besides, these parents are the poorest parents in the district and this is over burdensome.

Paragraph 13 - an even exchange of results simultaneously is the only fair way to do this.

Paragraph 15 - this goes back to paragraph 10 - the parents want the member of the Board of Selectmen to determine compliance with the agreement, not the BOE reps. God forbid one of the parent reps sneezes or stumbles, because the BOE would kick them out immediately. The parents only want some common sense here.

Please Also See:

04/06/08 - "My son was in the hardest hit classroom," Laura DiBella said. "I want to find out what they found in there."


04/06/08 - Glenville Parents: Get Your Motors Running And Head Out On The Highway.


04/05/08 - School principal Stacy Gross was busy yesterday afternoon trying to respond to questions from parents and students and reassure them.


04/03/08 - Independent? - Word Is That Fairfield Based Architect John Brice Recommended Navigant Consulting, formerly known as The Metzler Group


03/28/08 - MABS - Mad Mothers Against Betty Sternberg


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-- Lee Iacocca



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04/06/08 - What's New from The Greenwich Diva


Dr. Deborah Williams was the keynote speaker at Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church in Stamford for a memorial breakfast for Dr. Martin Luther King.

40 years later, is Dr. King’s dream still alive?

Posted by Claudette

...King’s dream, I would not be living in Greenwich today...

...Me chilling with the Martin family...

...There are some people out there who might read this blog and say, “yeah, if it’s alive how come I can’t get a job, ...

Greenwich Diva - http://greenwichdiva.com/
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04/06/08 - "My son was in the hardest hit classroom," Laura DiBella said. "I want to find out what they found in there."


Leslie Moriarty, speaks from her board of education throne.

Quote:

"If they are going to limit our tester to places that we need to have tested, we have a concern with that," said Laura DiBella, a Hamilton Avenue School parent who had lobbied for an independently hired expert to perform the tests. "Our tester should be allowed to test where their tester tested."

Story:

Parents' expert to run mold tests

Reversing a decision that earned them much criticism, school officials have agreed to allow a parent-hired expert to run environmental tests on the Hamilton Avenue School modular buildings.

The Board of Education, which has hired its own environmental hygienist, recently told Hamilton Avenue School parents that their own expert would be allowed to run tests in the modular building. But their hygienist will be restricted to certain areas, a condition that does not sit well with some parents....

Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg And
Leslie "I Am Full Of Crap" Moriarty
Are Continuing To Mishandle And Cover Up The Hamilton Avenue Classroom Contamination Situation.


Leslie Moriarty, a Board of Education member, said that disturbing mold-infested areas, such as in the roof eaves or inside the walls, in order to perform tests could help to spread the mold. Officials don't want the mold spores to spread to other parts of the modular building because they want to leave open the possibility of remediating the situation and reusing the structure.

"The concern is that when you open the wall and disturb the space, it comes into the building," Moriarty said. "An option is to reuse the building and so we don't want to make that job more difficult."

But parents, such as DiBella, said that the whole point of the resetting was to confirm that the earlier tests done by the school-hired hygienist were accurate and that the mold infestation presents no health hazards.

Please Read More About Leslie "I Am Full Of Crap" Moriarty....

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A true terror alert, would be to wake up one morning and to find out the Greenwich Board Of Education is running the country.

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04/06/08 - Glenville Parents: Get Your Motors Running And Head Out On The Highway.


The Yellow School Bus Blues
Hopefully, Glenville Students Will "Arrive Alive" If Greenwich School Buses Have To Fly Down I-95 To Get To Their Stamford School On Time

Quote:


"This is the ONLY school building that has come available," said Leslie "I Am Full Of Crap" Moriarty, a Board of Education member.

Story:

Educators eye Stamford campus

Greenwich educators will tour the shuttered Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford tomorrow to see whether Hamilton Avenue or Glenville school could temporarily relocate there...

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Since then, they have been trying to sell the Strawberry Hill Road property, saying they did not want to go through the trouble of leasing the school. But their real estate broker recently told Greenwich officials that leasing remains an option, officials said. The broker and educators have scheduled a tour of the building to see whether it is big enough for Hamilton Avenue or Glenville school students and staff. Sister Sally Hodgdon, president of the order, said she had no comment on Greenwich's interest, adding the order has not discussed leasing the academy.

"The property is for sale -- that's all we can say right now," Hodgdon said.

Greenwich officials also said it is too early to know whether the academy is large enough for their needs or that parents and students would be accepting of the commute between western Greenwich and Stamford. Busing would be available, though the trip would be long.

"Clearly transportation is a big question mark," said Chris Winters, director of curriculum, instruction and professional learning. "Parents would have to drive the route themselves and think 'Is this something they would want?

Please read more about what Betty "You Can Trust Me" Sternberg And Leslie "I Am Full Of Crap" Moriatty has planned for the little children of Glenville School....

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“Public school is a place of detention for children placed in the care of teachers who are afraid of the principal, principals who are afraid of the school board, school boards who are afraid of the parents, parents who are afraid of the children, and children who are afraid of nobody.”


04/06/08 - May God rest Her Little Soul


The death of a 1-year-old Greenwich girl who became tangled in a window shade cord appears to be a tragic accident, police said yesterday...

...The infant's father discovered the girl in her crib unconscious and performed CPR on her, until police arrived, taking over primary medical care, Pannone said.

Greenwich Emergency Medical Service paramedics arrived at the scene, provided advanced life support, and transported the girl to the Greenwich Hospital Emergency Room, where she was pronounced dead at about 4:07 p.m., the press release said.

The body will be examined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Pannone said, but the death appears to be accidental and barring any further information the police investigation is closed....

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04/06/08 - Greenwich Sports News Wire - Living It Up After 40


Almost 8,000 Women Competed at the Fifth-Annual More Magazine Marathon + Half- Marathon

PR Newswire

... Tormey and Gordon Bakoulis, 47; NYC in 2:46:57. 3. Emmily Chelanga, 27, (Sleepy Hollow, NY); and Brooke Garden, (Greenwich, CT) 40, in 2:53:52 The top placing runners in each race were awarded a share of the $12,000 prize purse. The 2008 More ...

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04/06/08 - News Links From The Greenwich Time

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It is unlikely state lawmakers will eliminate July's scheduled 0.5 percent hike in the petroleum gross receipts tax to save drivers change at the gas pump. Full Story

Educators eye Stamford campus
Greenwich educators will tour the shuttered Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford tomorrow to see whether Hamilton Avenue or Glenville school could temporarily relocate there. Full Story

Greenwich resident Will Smith, 20, was geared up to play water polo yesterday among the elite competition, which included Olympic athletes, at the Greenwich Family YMCA. Full Story

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