Do you think the Springboro Board of Education has a political agenda?
Posted in the Centerville Forum
#1 Apr 9, 2013
Springboro schools have become a hot topic. So hot that Kelly Kohl's travels around to other school districts and tea party meetings to speak about the good things she has done here. Check out her roadshow on you tube. Creationism was another hot button. Then the dynamic duo of Rigano-Petroni tout their zero based children's first budget. Their desire to pay a charter school advocate thousands of taxpayer dollars to see what unknown unmet needs they can turn into some sort if revenue stream. And don't forget. The school age Petroni children do not attend Springboro public schools. Aren't they either homeschooled or attend some sort of online charter? What political affiliations do these three share! Who was involved with the notorious Sonny Thomas and is ill fated Springboro Tea Party? Who supports an anti-tax platform -regardless of the impact? Who is so rigid in their personal and political beliefs that they accuse anyone with a differing opinion of being pro-union or disrespectful? Who bought a home that somehow was eorth so much less then the loans taken out against it? Who then filed for bankruptcy after taking her family of 7 on a vacation to Mexico? Don't many of you continue to pay down debt vs walking away when you choose to? Who has brought charter/ conversion advocates to the mix? Who publicly supported a presidential candidate whose platform clearly did not support public education? Who is on the district's health insurance? Which members are "self employed"? Who recently began trying to work with charter schools! All questions to ask and find the real answers to. Who are these people? They have the power to shape the future of the schools and as a consequence this community. Is their political agenda yours?
#2 Apr 9, 2013
I remember there was a big to do about Dr. Malone being forced out as the high school principal or something. Then Petroni, Kohls, ans Rigano didn't attend a very public meeting to discuss. Why weren't they there when all the news crews around were?
#3 Apr 10, 2013
Nice going 'for the kids'. The politics of personal destruction is a liberal tactic of demonizing the opposition.
With some obvious exceptions, you cannot judge someone’s moral worth by their political posture alone.
Keep up the smears and avoid the real issues like a good little liberal!
#4 Apr 11, 2013
Don't you remember? The now infamous "Save Malone" evening was nothing more than a SEA dog and pony show designed to use Springboro's schoolchildren as union pawns.
History tends to repeat. Tommorrow, many Springboro students will be again be manipulated by the SEA when they come to school dressed in red to... "support the teachers".
#5 Apr 11, 2013
Kelly Kohls doesn't seem like the poster child for fiscal responsibility to me!
SPRINGBORO — City school board member Kelly Kohls, who ran for her seat last year on a platform of responsible spending, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 8.
Kohls and her husband, Thomas P. Kohls, listed assets of $678,580 and liabilities of $908,110, records with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dayton show.
Kelly Kohls, a former college nutrition instructor and real estate developer, said Wednesday, June 2, her family is like many others these days — as the mortgage period on their home neared an end, they couldn’t get refinancing because the value had fallen below the loan amount. Also, their bank had failed.
“We’ve never been late on any payments on anything in our whole lives, ever, including this one,” she said.“Definitely this community is suffering in a lot of financial ways, and I’m one more.”
Court records show the Kohls value their home, 4151 Belle Terrace Lane in Lebanon, at $450,000 but state they owe $829,016 on the property. They own also nearly eight acres of undeveloped residential land in Clarksville in eastern Warren County valued at $35,000.
Board Vice President Michael Kruse said he viewed Kohls’ bankruptcy filing as a personal issue.“We’ve all made mistakes, we’ve all had situations,” he said, acknowledging it could be a distraction to the board’s official business.
“Anything that shows a negative against the board concerns me, because our focus should be to help the administration provide the best quality of education to our kids and anything that’s negative to that takes away from that,” Kruse said.
Kohls is not the only member having financial difficulties.
Board President Craig Colston recently settled a $60,000 debt with the Ohio Department of Taxation before resigning from the board May 25. He said his resignation had nothing to do with his tax debt, but with his growing frustration over division on the board and in the district after its top two administrators resigned and the failure of four consecutive school levies.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows the court to liquidate the filer’s assets but lets the debtor reaffirm some debts and select certain property to retain. The Kohls, who have five children, intend to surrender their home and one vehicle and reaffirm the debts on two vehicles. Court documents also show Thomas Kohls works for Bill DeLord Auto Center in Lebanon. He expects his income to be lower this year because the dealership no longer sells Cadillac and Pontiac and because the government’s Cash for Clunkers program has expired.
So let me get this right - they filed bankruptcy because the government ended the cash for clunkers program? Really??
And we are supposed to take these people seriously??
#6 Apr 11, 2013
About as seriously as we take you.
You obviously have a personal hatred for Mrs. Kohls bordering on obsession. Go take your meds and STFU.
#7 May 16, 2013
Springboro Parents Love Kelly Kohls because Kelly Kohls loves
our Children FIRST!
Springboro BOE president, Kelly Kohls, has remained steadfast in her 2009 school board election campaign to Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners ... working tirelessly, in her committment of ensuring that the children of the Springboro community receive an excellent education while keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending.
Thank You, Kelly! for helping make Springboro schools stronger and our community a way better place to live, work, learn and play Sports!
#8 May 16, 2013
Rarely do we see elected officials getting to work in the best interest of the people they serve, once they get elected to public office.(Many times, the strong arm tactics of political opposition wears down the will of the public official who is only in it for "self-interest"
to win the next election.)
Kelly Kohls has refused to cave to the politics of personal destruction launched by OEA/SEA political oppostion; and has continued to vote in the best interest of our childlren first; even when it would have been easier to have just "gone along with union first status quo."
Kelly Kohls has proven herself to be just the kind of good parent and board representative that is in it to win it for our children first! And that is just the kind of strong board member that has earned the privilege of our support for re-election in November! Vote for Springboro schools renewal levy (with no new taxes) and Support Our Success!
#10 Jun 11, 2013
#11 Jun 11, 2013
Nearly two years ago, the Ohio State Board of Education adopted the Obama administration’s educational program of Common Core only 16 days after it was announced. There was no time for evaluation of the standards by those most closely connected to student learning – parents and local teachers.
Now we are seeing the problems inherent in Common Core as a top-down bureaucratic system. Common Core’s one-size-fits-all standards have not sufficiently been proven to work, turning our students into lab rats for federal experimentation. Furthermore, these untested standards are expected to cost Ohio taxpayers multi-millions of dollars to implement at a time when families are already struggling to get by.
Among other costs, Ohio taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for new libraries and equipment. Because Common Core requires standardized tests, schools face the burden of buying additional computers and updating textbooks to comply with this regulation.
And it’s not just the costs! Inherent to Common Core is massive intrusive data collection. Additionally, because of the push to standardize many exams, including some that private and homeschool children take, even privately educated students have reason to be concerned.
Contact your legislators and ask them to repeal Common Core! Every student is unique. It’s simply naïve for bureaucrats to assume all children and classrooms must fit into the same mold. Instead of all the red tape, schools need to hold teachers accountable for their classrooms and allow parents to choose what institution is best for their child. Parents and teachers, who are daily involved with our children, know what individual students need to succeed and how best to reach the goal of a quality education.
For the good of our students, every concerned Ohio citizen should speak out now on the importance of repealing Common Core standards and returning education decisions to the local level where they belong. Make sure everyone you know knows the facts about Common Core. Help us take a stand against education bureaucracy!
“Civic Innovation Designer”
Since: Mar 11
#12 Jun 12, 2013
What are the problems were seeing with Common Core? Is there a report available online with more information?
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