Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Friday, July 22, 2011

Quote of the Day: "...if children are not in school we cannot improve their academic achievement."

When School Board President  Louis Petrucci asked central office officials at Wednesday's evening School Board meeting:

"What are you guys doing to improve schools that have less than anticipated attendance?
Superintendent James Williams responded:
..."We strongly believe if children are not in school we cannot improve their academic achievement."  

Mary Pasciak, School Zone blog, Buffalo News, 7/20/11
If he had made the connection six years ago
instead of  abolishing  the jobs of attendance officers would the district be in the crises it is in today? And still, Williams gets to retire next year with a package deal that includes NYS to pay 70% into his life-time health care benefits.

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