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Really???? So the fact that the teachers willingly sacrificed five years of raises and three years of step increases has nothing to do with the district having more money??? The BOE has done everything they can to be financially responsible but on the backs of who - the teachers and students! Of course they are going to show more money on the books, their solution, remove all higher paid teachers and keep all other salaries the same - for an indefinite period of time. Oh and if healthcare should go up - teachers should pay for that too, reducing their salaries even more.
As for the children first philosophy: How is wanting to remove educational after school clubs (Club Med, JCOWA, Mentor, etc.) good for the students? How is giving incentives for good teachers to retire early good for the students? How is having a complete turnover of the administrative staff good for the students? Ask a student if they feel like the board is behind them 100%(not that anyone on this site really cares about the kids).
And as for the test scores, just curious, if Springboro is doing such a bad job lately, how come the ACT scores have gone up in every subject and the number of students taking the test has gone up almost 20% since 2007?
Look at the facts, the kids are getting what they have always had and more your own comments prove that. You are talking out of both sides of your mouth.
The district employees are getting more than what they had before. You are forgetting the step raises for 3 of those 5 years, education raises and the merit raises that actually match what the community has seen in raises so to imply that that was a sacrifice means that you can say that for our community members as they have "sacrificed" to pay their ever increasing property taxes while Sacrificing their raises also. If this sacrifice deserves enormous raises than we need to reduce property taxes by that amount to give our generous community and our sacrificing community members a raise for their sacrifice.
Maybe you should ask the treasurer what % of the Personnel budget increases have been for raises the last 5 years.
Mr. B. your rhetoric, is such a bunch of nonsense. Pay increases and benefits should match what the community they serve is seeing and not more. So lets see those #'s and maybe we can talk.