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Springboro, OH - Damage was done to base of trunk due to growth of tree against NON-biogradible nylon ball-tying rope.
This is 1 of 8 cherry trees in front of the main entrance to Five Points Elementary's front door

Picture of Five Points West cherry tree posted in the Springboro, OH gallery

Damage was done to base of trunk due to growth of tree against NON-biogradible nylon ball-tying rope.
This is 1 of 8 cherry trees in front of the main entrance to Five Points Elementary's front door

Picture posted by Mark Witsken on Feb 26 '09

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Mark Witsken

Yellow Springs, OH

#1 Mar 2, 2009
Wanted to add:
This type of damage is in no way any direct fault of Springboro Schools.

It can be directly attributed to the negligence of the Miamisburg contractor who installed Five Points & Dennis landscaping back in the summer of 2006.

If the district is to blame for anything at all, it is the fact that a certain unnamed party it has neglected to provide for ANY necessary maintenance (edging, mulching, pruning) since the two new schools have opened, in addition to his apparent neglegence in not providing for the required inspection for dead plant materials at the two newer elementary schools immediately prior to the expiration of the 1 year installation warranty!

The original Miamisburg landscape contractor has agreed to work with Springboro Schools to make amends for negligence, and replace some of the damaged cherry trees, like what you see in this pic...

Now, take a minute to drive around and look carefully at the landscapes and trees around Five Points Elementary, Dennis Elementary, & the High School.
Is Springboro Schools ready to admit that they've largely squandered away YOUR tax dollars when they've landscaped these schools, because they've cared next-to-nothing about MAINTAINING them?!?
save old millage

Yellow Springs, OH

#2 Feb 14, 2010
My kid goes to Dennis elementary & last fall we noticed some of the trees on the grounds were either dying or completely dead.
Is this from poor original planting practices from the landscape installer or from lack of maintenance?
If Mr. Witsken's claims are true then these dead or dying trees represent chips left on the table, or in other words a wasted part of our initial tax dollar investment in Dennis & Five Points infrastructure that people responsible for grounds maintenance in the Springboro schools district evidently don't care much about.
Bernie

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Feb 14, 2010
Mark has brought it to the attention of George Long. They did find that the landscaper was at fault. Not sure what came out of it. Mark is knowledgable on that subject.
Mark Witsken

Yellow Springs, OH

#4 Feb 17, 2010
save old millage wrote:
My kid goes to Dennis elementary & last fall we noticed some of the trees on the grounds were either dying or completely dead.
Is this from poor original planting practices from the landscape installer or from lack of maintenance?
If Mr. Witsken's claims are true then these dead or dying trees represent chips left on the table, or in other words a wasted part of our initial tax dollar investment in Dennis & Five Points infrastructure that people responsible for grounds maintenance in the Springboro schools district evidently don't care much about.
(save old millage- look me up & give me a call if you will.)
Congratulations!
Aside from a few others on this website who've posted their sympathy, you're probably the only other person around town that's physically taken the time to turn your head away from your daily routine to notice these dying and/or dead trees at Dennis & recognize that impact on your tax investment in the construction of Dennis (& Five Points) Elementary Schools.
The trees & landscape represent our spent tax dollars.
The district is responsible for the upkeep of the trees & landscape just as much as the turf.
They aren't doing their job, and our investment dollars are dying literally, day by day.
Of course, trees & landscaping that adorn the perimeter of school buildings don't cost anywhere near taken into perspective when looking at roofs, bricks, parking lots, furnaces, heating & cooling equipment, books, teachers, administrators & the high taxpayer costs of their public sector echelon health benefits many of us have taken a close look at the past couple weeks.
Because landscaping is at or near the bottom of his list of priorities, the business manager of this district pays it lip service only from time to time when yours truly lights a fire. He'll recruit some edging & mulching help in the form of WCCC co-op students. But as far as tree replacement goes...zip...nothing.
Some time ago there was supposed to be some effort put forth to replace X number of these dead trees thru the solicitation of donations from area nurseries/garden centers.
Even talk of a 'volunteer mulch day' at FP & Dennis.
Neither happened.
But y'know....the new year means new hope, right?
(-;
PTO mom

Englewood, OH

#5 Feb 17, 2010
At our school we plant a lot of the landscape and it is done via a volunteer effort. Perhaps you could organize such an effort at your school Mr. Witskin? I think that is half the trouble of getting volunteer days, someone just needs to step up to the plate and make it happen. If you are a parent over there, what better person than you? I can imagine a few parents could help out with planting, speading fertilizers, etc.

This is just one problem when we can't pass our operating levy for these schools.

My guess is the turf received a higher priority because kids actually play on it and use it. I like trees too:-), but they are more of just for pretty than something that is actually used by the kids.

Hopefully, by working together, we can have both.

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