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Sunday, February 1, 2009

2/1/09 Principal Damaris Rau And Betty Sternberg Try And Get Thier Story Straight For The Greenwich Board Of Education And First Selectman Peter Tesei

GREENWICH ROUNDUP EXCLUSIVE: FROM BETTY STERNBERG'S MAILBOX - THIS LETTER IS COMING HOME WITH HAMILTON AVENUE SCHOOL CHILDREN SOON

LOOK HOW PRINCIPAL RAU AND BETTY STERNBERG ARE TRYING TO GET THEIR STORIES STRAIGHT


WHY THESE TWO STOP LYING AND PLOTTING AGAINST THE PARENTS AND SINGLE FAMILY HOMEOWNERS OF GREENWICH


THIS IS B*LL SH*T: SMALL CHILDREN ARE LEFT IN WET MODULAR CLASSROOMS WHILE SAFE AND DRY CLASSROOMS SET EMPTY AT THE "NEW" 31 MILLION HAMILTON AVENUE SCHOOL.

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON THE GREENWICH BOARD OF EDUCATION AND ANY ONE ELSE GOING ALONG WITH BETTY'S BULL CRAP



Dear Betty,

If you feel it is appropriate, I'd like you to forward this message to the

BOE members and to Peter Tesei. I am home on line or 917 445-7796



Dear Community Leaders,

Please let me take a few minutes to address some of the concerns expressed

by some parents regarding delaying the move to the new building until

April. Certainly Betty has expressed it clearly, but I would like an

opportunity to have you understand my point of view as the building

principal and as a human being.



After the last delay in December, I sat down and really thought of all the

things that I needed to do to ensure a smooth transition to the new

building. As the decision to move came closer and closer, I continued to

have many concerns about moving to the new building without a transition

period for students and staff to become comfortable in this new

environment. As Dr. Cline and I reflected, we realized that there were

many items related to student safety and emotional well being that needed

to be addressed before we could comfortably move the students and staff.

Although it appeared we could move without this transitional time, we

realized that we were very uncomfortable with the idea of moving without

opportunities for the students and staff to familiarize themselves with

the new building before they were to start.



I expressed my concerns to Betty and my PTA Co-president for the first

time the week before last. No one knew how I felt because I hadn't shared

my feelings with anyone except my Assistant Principal. In hindsight I

should have been more forthcoming but I felt a pressure "to get it done,

and "make it happen." So for the first time I expressed to Betty and Dawn,

that I couldn't do it. It was hard to acknowledge and say that I could not

in a weeks time do everything that needed to be done and to do it right. I

had never backed away from a challenge and it was hard to say these words

to people who were dependent on me and respected me. But with tears in my

eyes I was honest for the first time about the gargantuan task ahead of me

and the fact that I felt unable to do a job appropriately. I am a person

that expects to do things exceedingly well and hold the same high

expectations for everyone in my building. I knew I couldn't do this move

and make it happen like a well-oiled machine.



You may recall that before the move to the modular school we had a

transition plan in place which allowed the students and staff to visit the

building before the actual move. The students visited the new building on

two occasions. One with the teachers and once with their parents. Mind

you the modular is one floor in the shape of of T. If you stand at the

T-Intersection, you are able to see every single classroom, every single

child. I developed the procedures before we moved in and shared those

with the staff and parents though a building moving committee comprised of

parents and staff. This was almost a year in the planning. This new

building is twice as big; has 2 floors; approximately 12 stairwells; and

many more rooms. Because we did not have a TCO I was not able to get into

the building to begin the planning and developing process.This is why I

need 5 - 6 weeks lead time to get the children in.



My support of the PreK move in Feb. is based on several factors. First,

we are talking about 4 classes of 16 students each with 4 adults in each

class. At no time are those children ever let out of their classroom

alone. The four classes are situated all in the same first floor

corridor, right next to an exit and so the issue of safety is alleviated.

All their specials would continue to be held in their classrooms (except

for gym) so they do not have to go onto the second floor for any reason.

Lunch will also be served in the classrooms. Dolores Kenny, Deb Cline,

and I have agreed that between us (and with others help) we could provide

administrative supervision to the building so a supervisor would be in

place. We shared this tentative plan with the Supt. Should the punch list

items, and other factors listed by the Superintendent be adequately

addressed, I would feel comfortable with this small group moving into the

building.



As the building principal, it is my duty and obligation to plan for what I

believe is best for the health and safety of the Hamilton Avenue students

and staff. While there are some parents who oppose a delay until April, I

do not believe they understand the enormous task ahead. It requires

careful planning. To compare this to the emergency dispersal of the

students to 6 different site, is unjust. These students were sent to

schools with plans and procedures already in place at the host schools. As

you may recall, I canceled all non-classroom programs and staffed every

room with 2 adults such as the music and art teachers for 2 weeks to

ensure that my students felt comfortable when they had to leave the room

for any reason. And still there were many items that I and the host

principals contended with that we did not share to so as not to upset the

parent community.



As for the CMT's, these are indeed a factor. The children deserve every

opportunity to do well. I have over 100 students who come to school for

either our morning program or for the afterschool program to get academic

support. They and their parents have worked hard to get to school by 7:15

for the morning programs. To imply that the CMT's are not important is

just wrong. The children and their teachers have worked hard to increase

student achievement in what was one of the poorest performing schools in

town. When we were designated a Vanguard School for our significant

improvement, we were so proud and felt that we were rightfully a part of

the excellent Greenwich Public Schools system.



On a personal note, I have worked hard to create a climate of high

expectations in that building. I still have these and I believe it would

be demoralizing to tell the teachers the hard work they have been

dedicated to for the past 5 years is really not that important. It is

important. These scores reflect our work for our children. While I

understand that the parents may not see the importance of students

performing well on these tests, I am very disappointed that high student

achievement is not as important to them as it should be. We created this

school culture together. I invited the parents to challenge me and the

staff when students did not do well. I asked them to hold me accountable.

I have been accountable to them. But I am also accountable to the

children and to the staff.



As to the allegations of illness, there have been no observable increases

in health issues. This is the winter, with students more confined to

their rooms due to the cold weather, germs will spread more frequently.

The modular school is probably the cleanest in the entire district!



Dawn and Rose and the majority of the Executive Board have been very

supportive of my transition plan once I was honest with them about my

concerns. It has not been easy for them either, and I appreciate their

support.



These are my feelings which led me to make my recommendation to the

Superintendent for her to consider in her making final decision.



And so here I am just wanting to give you my perspective. Thank you .


Dr. Damaris Rau

Principal

Hamilton Avenue School

1 Western Junior Highway

Greenwich, CT 06830

THIS LETTER IS FROM THE PRINCIPAL THAT HAS FAILED TO FULLY INFORM HAMILTON AVENUE SCHOOL PARENTS ABOUT MODULAR CLASSROOM LEAKS IN FEBRUARY 2008 AND FEBRUARY 2009.

PLEASE SEE:

1/31/08 STERNBERG IS FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL TO KEEP KIDS OUT OF HAM AVE: Since health and safety didn't fly - the new "fear" NCLB

1/30/09 FAILED SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SUSAN WALLERSTIEN HAD BETT0ER WAKE UP: Parents Don't Like Her Plan To Keep Children Out Of New Ham Ave School

1/30/09 BRUCE HUNTER AND THE GREENWICH TIME SLEEPS AS HAM AVE PARENTS ORGANIZE: Plan to keep Ham Ave K-5 out of the new building until April

1/30/09 HAMILTON AVENUE PARENTS ARE MAD AS HELL AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE

1/30/09 Re: Greenwich School Children Once Again In Classrooms That Violate State Building Codes

1/30/09 BREAKING NEWS: Ham Ave TCO Received. Where Is Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter And His Cub Reporter Colin ??????

1/30/09: Hamilton Avenue School Building Committee Receives a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO)

1/29/09 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: News Tip - Is this really a surprise??? Bruce Hunter Ignores The Small Children In The Ham. Ave. Modulars



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1/31/08 Greenwich Roundup Just Can't Stay Healthy This Year

First I Got Food Poisoned By Subway

Then I Was Distracted By Greenwich Time Managing Editor Bruce Hunter's Great Hearst Corporation Copyright Case Of 2008

Now I Have The Head And Chest Cold From Hell.

I Will Try To Get Up Newspaper And Blog Links About Greenwich Very Soon.

Plus There Is More News About Greenwich Resident Walter Noel.

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2/1/09 Ridberg has had to delegate responsibilities normally handled by deputy chiefs and captains to lieutenants in order to keep things running

THE HEADLINES:

SINGLE FAMILY HOMEOWNERS IN GREENWICH SAY: THIS IS AN UNNECESSARY BAND-AID APPROACH TO GREENWICH POLICING

Greenwich Police Chief Ridberg fells "shot" because of the stress of thee past 18 months.

Ridberg is struggling at the administrative level: Is this a direct threat to public safety?

THE QUOTE:

"Clearly we are looking for the Supreme Court to adjudicate the matter," said First Selectman Peter Tesei. "That would be the most welcomed news I could receive."

THE STORY:

First selectman concerned about strained police department

Although a new year is here, the police department is still living in the past due to a nearly five-year-old injunction that bars it from filling any of the four vacancies at the top of the chain of command.

Officials said the promotion freeze on all positions above captain has strained the department, overtaxing the chief of police and causing the lieutenants below him to take on new responsibilities in order to shoulder some of the burden.

THE REPORTER:

Debra Friedman

THE SOURCE:

http://www.greenwichtime.com/localnews/ci_11602245

COMMENTS:

While Greenwich Time Rookie Reporter Debra Friedman Mentions The Following.....

The injunction was effected during the course of a lawsuit filed by Lt. Gary Honulik, who sued the town in 2004 for failing to promote him to police captain even though he scored the highest on the promotional exam.

In 2007, the state Superior Court in Stamford ruled in Honulik's favor, promoting him to captain and demoting Captain Michael Pacewicz back to a lieutenant. Pacewicz had been promoted to the job in 2003 instead of Honulik.

However, the town was granted an expedited appeal of the case by the state Supreme Court, which deemed the matter an issue of public safety.

As a result of the appeal, a judge ruled the injunction would stay in effect until a state Supreme Court ruling. Honulik has remained a lieutenant during the litigation.

Rookie Reporter Friedman Fails To Mention One Key Fact ......

That Former First Selectman Jim Lash And Former Police Chief Walters Added An Extra Step In The Hiring Process When Lt. Gary Honulik Had A Higher Test Score Than The Well Connected Lt. Michael Pacewicz. This Was A violation Of Civil Service Rules.

Virtually everyone in town, except Rookie Reporter Friedman knows that....

Town Attorney John Wayne has wasted scarce taxpayer dollars losing this unnessary lawsuit in the state Superior Court in Stamford and has flushed even more tax dollars down the toilet appealing this case to state Supreme Court.

John Wayne Fox was clearly wrong to advice former First Selectman and Police Commissioner Jim Lash that he could change the rules in middle of the civil service hiring process.

Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg could relive all of his stress and hire his four Captains And Deputy Chiefs Tommorow If Town Attorney John Wayne Fox Would Admit That He Gave The Town Bad Advice And Drop This Stupid And Expensive Appeal.

Why Didn't Rookie Reporter Debra Friedman Mention That First Selectman Peter Tesei Used To Be Oppossed To Town Attorney John Wayne Fox's Appeal .....

PLEASE SEE:


HEADLINE:

STORY:

Republican and Democratic nominees for first selectman in this fall's election said challenging a court decision forcing the promotion of a policeman to captain will hurt public safety and cost more than legal fees.....

.....The ruling also directed that Capt. Michael Pacewicz, the man promoted instead of Honulik, be returned to his former rank, with Shay ruling that Pacewicz was promoted illegally.....

.....'I think the situation is a very sad saga for the individuals involved, the Greenwich Police Department, the town, and I don't think we should exhaust further resources appealing the decision,' said Tesei, chairman of the Board of Estimate and Taxation. 'We need to move forward.'

Farricker, a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission, said the appeal would be another in a line of ill-chosen battles, part of a wider pattern of the town aimlessly taking cases to trial when settlement would appear wiser, and alienating employees by disregarding town poliies.

PLEASE ALSO SEE:




WHAT RECESSION ?
Did You Notice How Greenwich Slime Rookie Reporter Debra Friedman And Town Officials Failed To Talk About The Unearned Pension Benefits That They Want The Greenwich Retirement Board To Give Illegally Appointed Greenwich Police Captain Michael Pacewicz ?
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