EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): While many are – still today – fearful of the blackmails and the threats by the Andriotis – Koularmanis “gang”, a former student council president at St.Demetrios School in Astoria, sent to “Helleniscope” a written statement regarding his experience at the school when dealing with the “bully”, “sexist”, Koularmanis… Some of his jaw-dropping accusations, verified by other students (as you will see at the bottom…): “He would bring up my female classmates and the mothers of other students making inappropriate comments…”,  “Homophobic”, “brought up my sister’s relationship”,  “Stole money from students’ fundraising events on multiple occasions”(!), “discussed how he had a bad relationship with his wife” (!!)

The name of the student is available to the Archdiocese as they still (!!) consider whether to fire the “thug” Koularmanis or not, from his position as the Education Director… And whether they should tell the “godfather” Andriotis, (Koularmanis’ “adopted father” – as they both proudly declare on every occasion), to finally remove his disgusting claws from St.Dememtrios and let the parish pass to a new generation of leaders. Let there be no doubt: Andriotis had detailed knowledge and authorized most of Koularmanis’s wrongdoings… Or covered him after the fact and “blessed” his predatory acts….

The Archdiocese does not have many choices left: The office of the State AG will be soon involved and the Federal investigators, who are already performing “colinoscopy” at GOA, will soon arrive at St.Demetrios because of the multiple conflicts of interest with ALMA Bank and ALMA Realty…

But AB Elpidophoros does have a choice and this choice will be one more test for his leadership: Will he side with the corrupt “Archons” and the “mafia”, or will he side with the faithful?  We are truly hopeful that he will not fail the test one more time…

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BELOW YOU CAN READ THE FULL STATEMENT BY THE FORMER STUDENT COUNCIL PRESIDENT:

As Student Council President

  • As the Student Council President in my senior year, I met with Koularmani on a weekly basis to discuss the ideas brought up by the Council.
  • More often than not, I would try to meet with him after all my classes were finished, where I would have to wait a ridiculously long time even when the meeting was scheduled in advance.
  • When we did meet and all the topics were discussed, he would often speak to me about totally off-topic things such as gossip and even about other students.
  • On occasion he would even bring up my female classmates and the mothers of other students making inappropriate comments, unbecoming of an educator.
  • He once told me a rumor of my friend’s parents going through a divorce that I had no prior knowledge of, which made me feel uncomfortable knowing that type of information. – It made me feel uncomfortable because it made me wonder if he speaks about me to other students or faculty in the same inappropriate manner.
  • He would even speak to me about the sexuality of one of my close classmates and how weird he finds my classmate’s homosexuality to be. The homophobia made me feel uncomfortable.
  • In one meeting he awkwardly brought my older sister’s past relationship, and how she should have stayed with her ex-boyfriend since she would have lived a good and easy life. After I said how she could provide for herself through her own career as a nurse, he continued his sexist rant about how she wouldn’t have to work if she was with her ex and could just be a good housewife. – That whole conversation made me feel uncomfortable since it was my sister he was talking about and it was very sexist
  • Koularmani’s discussions about sex made the female students feel very uncomfortable to be around him.
  • After a fundraising event for charity I held with the Student Council, I never received a confirmation of any charity receiving the money we raised (approximately $600.00).

As a Senior Student

  • Koularmani was one of my 12th grade English teachers. It was rare for him to even show up and to even have an actual class. On the rare occasions that he did show up for class, he would either show up late or ramble about random topics.
  • Random topics would include how he has a bad relationship with his wife and how love is fake. He would follow up by using my own relationship at the time and would embarrass me in front of my class and say how my relationship will not last and how love, especially in high school, is fake and a waste of time.  Although my relationship did not last, that type of topic was not appropriate for teacher and students to discuss and was humiliating for me since I was used as an example.
  • He even once mentioned how he had secured a donation that consisted of millions of dollars and was nonstop praising himself of how much money he made for the school. Although it was a great sum of money and is something to be proud of, it wasn’t something to discuss with students.
  • Many times, students would be caught with drugs, and these students were supposedly expelled, but only to have them return the following school year.
  • It wasn’t a rare occasion in the school to see a student be expelled and have them return the next year, leaving many students wondering how they even came back.
  • Many of us would speculate that they just had to pay the school or just Koularmani extra money to come back.
  • My 12th grade class raised a large amount of money through several fundraising events to give to charity and to use some of it to help with senior expenses, and, just like he did with the money raised by the Student Council, that money was taken from us and no explanation was given by him
  • When I tried to get my classmates together to confront him about the whereabouts of the money, they all backed out fearful of his reaction, which is a great example of his bully personality.  The reasoning we were given was that the money belonged to the school which was not true, since we raised the money with legitimate plans as to how we were going to use it.
  • Taking money from the senior class that was raised through events was a regular occurrence as senior classes from the past have confirmed to me that the school would take the money raised with no explanation as to where it went.
  • I was highly involved in most school events from 9th-12th grade, which allowed me to see Koularmani more than the average student.
  • A regular student who simply goes to and from school and who has no involvement in school events could easily forget Koularmani was principal since he would never visit the classrooms, or interact with students, choosing instead to be locked in his office and avoid people.
  • He was either not present at school or he would lock himself in his office all day, and once that final bell rings, he was in his car or you could catch a glimpse of him walking down the stairs to the parking lot.
  • My own mother who has sent and still sends her children to the school found it almost impossible to have a meeting with him.
  • Regardless if the meeting was scheduled in advance or not, he would make my mother wait ridiculous amounts of time to speak to him, to the point where she would have to get up and leave in order to not miss any more time from work.
  • The pattern to make parents wait a long time to get to meet with him was designed to avoid parents and discourage parents from trying to meet with him.

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Below you can also see what another student, posted on a social media account…. Congratulations to the “thug” Koularmanis, to the “mafioso” Nick Andriotis, his “adopted father”, and to the Archdiocese who has him on its payroll!!…

 

 

 

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  1. I sadly make known a similar experience of no show with Mr Koularmanis . I phoned his secretary in Spring of 2019 and arranged for a five minute visit with him at 11am. I parked my car on 31 st and put in the parking meter coins for 1 hour. I was at the school a few minutes ahead of schedule and I announced my presence. The secretary said Mr Koularmanis was on the phone in his office and he would see me ,when he would be off the phone.
    One hour and a half passed and he was still busy on the phone!
    The teachers Ms Tsoutsa and Ms Syntilas passed by and I showed them two books
    out of print SELECTION OF ARISTOTELIAN TEACHING and SELECTION OF PLATONIC TEACHING in ancient Greek, modern Greek and English ,that they saw and liked and I donated the books to the School Library. I left and when I approached my car I saw a 105$ fine ,as the parking meter expired!
    How I wish Mr Koularmanis would realize to do his duty as a teacher and live up to the expectations of the St Demetrios Community ,that was in debt for decades to build and maintain the ONLY Greek Highschool in USA, so the children of Omogenia in NYC would get the Greek education their parents thought they deserve!
    AS I AGE, I ALWAYS LEARN A LOT!- Solon

  2. B”H lately, and unfortunately, the parish, and the once flagship school have repeatedly drawn unwelcome, even scandalous attention. The prima facie evidence indicates lack of rigorous oversight, administrative collusion at the top (including in the not so new Archbishop’s office); dysfunctional community council, and not only. Standards must be reset, and individuals enjoying trust and public confidence must be found and promoted following a crash course in simple ethics and morality: after all, such persons play a fiduciary role on behalf of parents and students. Adults in high places have betrayed them. A broad-based advisory committee can begin repairs, tomorrow is not too soon!

  3. I attended Saint Demetrios middle school back in the early 2000’s when he has just become principal and I can say with confidence that things were the same then and seem to have just gotten worse over time. He is an absolute AWFUL educator and I say this as someone who has now spent my entire life in academia. My remaining memories from St. Demetrios all involve Koularmanis’ lack of professionalism (ironically, I was able to recognize this even as a middle school student..I recognize it even more now as a doctor). I was a quiet, polite middle school student at the top of my class who got into a specialized high school in the early 2000s. Koularmani had made it a habit of calling students at home to let them know if they had gotten into a specific HS. The day he called my house to let me know I was accepted, I had friends over. I of course shared my happiness with my friends. The following morning I was called down to the office and was chastised for “bragging” to my friends that I had been accepted. As an incredibly quiet, shy student who never got into trouble, I naturally broke down in tears in his office. His response was screaming at me “I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT”. This is something that TO THIS DAY, i will NEVER forget. The months and months of hard work that I had put in to gain acceptance was not even mentioned. If I wanted to tell my friends, it was my choice. I had worked incredibly hard with a mediocre education that I had gotten at St. Demetrios and after all, he was the one who called my house to let me know. To make matters worse, for students who were transferring out of St. Demetrios to other high schools that he did not “approve” of, his response would be “What possessed you to enroll there?” Educators empower. They do not make their students feel terrible over an accomplishment. Those who have referred to him as a “bully” are 100% on point, in my opinion. The irony is that the students who TRULY reached these accomplishments on their own were chastised, while those students who had failing grades or disciplinary records were all able to gain admissions to top colleges. It is no secret anymore at that at St. Demetrios grades are super inflated, grades are changed and disciplinary records are just erased. I myself as a straight A student was not even immune to this-as I took the Math regents in 8th grade, my teacher looking over my shoulder whispered “check your last answer” to which I responded “I don’t need your help”. I was then called out of the classroom and asked not to tell my parents about this interaction.

    For years and years, I have been pleading with the Greek community to expose this terrible educator and the school for their incredibly unethical behaviors. Our Greek community’s education is suffering because of this! If we care about our children and their futures, we NEED to put people in administrative roles who deserve to be there and who can fix the mess of a school he left behind.

    When I left St. Demetrios, I was asked to write an opinion article for the National Herald thanking St. Demetrios for my success. My admission to a top NYC high school and my future as a physician had nothing to do with Koularmanis’ education. In fact, it was despite the terrible education, lack of guidance and gross lack of professionalism that I was able to get where I am. Now that is something I am willing to write about.

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