hey public record...really getting skewed with your posts, eh Wade sucker ?Jack Chrisman is an idiot who's trying to ruin the fire department like he and Kelly are trying to ruin our schools.
CLEARCREEK TWP., Ohio - Trustees in Clearcreek Twp. - third among 11 Warren County townships in net property taxes - disagree about asking voters for an additional 4.5-mill levy to fund fire protection and ambulance services.
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#662 Apr 10, 2013
#663 Apr 10, 2013
Cathy is, from what I understand a democrat...imagine that, a democrat that is trying to save our township money, instead of the corrupt Wade goon squad.
#664 Apr 10, 2013
I had heard she was sleeping with Crisman too...
#665 Apr 10, 2013
I totally disagree with your meaningless criticism of the transparency project, and your rude ridicule of Mrs. Kohls.
There is no confusion here, no smoke and mirrors, an no meaningless numbers. This tranparency project offered to the public represents tireless hours of hard work on the part of Mrs. Kohls and the board and school district leaders.
How can borodad possibly find criticism of such a useful on-line tool being made available to the public, without costing the expensive time of our school administrators to comply with individual parents and community members making publics records request? It has been mentioned that these lengthy and often unnecessary public records request cost our school district about $10,000 of our school tax dollars. Now that is "what a waste!"
It was more than a year ago that the BOE approved an effort to create an online clearing-house of school-related public records called the Transparecy Project.(Anyone can go back in the old school board minutes and read the public discussion and vote on this). The initial Transparency Project is now live on the districts's website ( www.springboro.org ) with more than 65 documents posted for review. Additonal documents will be added.
The Transparency project provides information to anwer many frequently asked questions regarding finance, performance and staffing. The Springboro School district hopes that this will reduce requests for public records, while providing the entire school community with immediate access to information on capitol expenses, contract services, materials and supplies, athletics, technology, staff salaries, benfits, revenue sources and more.
Most of us remember back in 2009 when Mrs. Kohls ran for school board election. She worked just as hard for our school children and community as a whole during her campaign as she works every day "on the job" as our elected school board representative.
Mrs. Kohls ran her campaign on the promise of committment ensuring that the children of the Springboro Community receive an excellent education, while keeping the costs of that excellent education affordable by carefully adhering to responsible spending.
Rarely do we see elected officials get to work for the people doing what was promised during campaigns; but that's just the kind of good public servant that we have in board representative, Kelly Kohls. Thanks, Kelly, for standing firm doing the right thing; even when doing the right thing is not the popular thing to do.
#666 Apr 10, 2013
So, she will do better with tax money than her own personal financial affairs. She walked away from almost $1million of personal debt!
#667 Apr 10, 2013
Yeah, doesn't seem like the poster child for fiscal responsibility!
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??
#668 Apr 10, 2013
Well, let's do the math then, shall we?
You say that this project took over a year to pull together. I assume there were probably several people involved, but let's say there was JUST ONE FTE dedicated to the project, and that that person makes a modest salary:
40 hours of work a week at $15.00 an hour =$600.00
52 hours of work a year at $600.00 a week =$31,200.00
Last I checked $31k was a lot more than $10k. If Kohls thinks that was a good idea, no wonder she had to file bankruptcy.
The best part about it - "Although this site will be updated regularly, the most current document versions may be available through the district board office." In other words we reserve the right to change the facts at any time they don't support our position.
And I dare say the "many" records requests they were dealing with before were probably coming from the same tea party extremists that request report after report as a way of leveraging power against the school district administrators by wasting their time. The old tea party mantra - "do as I say or I'll bog you down with unnecessary paperwork"!
This is absurd.
Where do I get one of those red ribbons to support the teachers?
#669 Apr 11, 2013
Petty attacks on Mrs. Kohls reveal the dearth of ideas that exist on the other side.
The opposition once again fails to take the opportunity to define their disagreement with Mrs. Kohls.
Rather, we are entertained with a personal smear campaign as opposed to actual ideas that may benefit the 2000 plus children mired in a system that is failing to provide them the education they were promised.
Taxpayers are hoodwinked into thinking everything is wonderful in Candyland by the careful use of semantics to paper over failure. Much like George Orwell's "1984", a classic tome against the socialist mentality, the public has been fed news the schools believe they want to hear. The truth is much more taxing, thus a new form of communication, DOUBLESPEAK emerges. The definition from the official party manual in the book reads as such:
" The keyword here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink. Doublethink is basically the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. "
The message of fiscal conservatism or fiscal responsibility cannot be allowed to stand if those who put themselves before our children are to prevail.
The messenger of such tidings must be destroyed if the true edict of strength through wanton spending is to reign. How else can the public be expected to accept failure as success? Irresponsible spending as husbanding of resources for the greater good? Or the desire for more personal wealth for altruism?
2000 plus children are failing in this district year in and year out.
No amount of petty attacks on proponents of reform will change that salient point.
Our children deserve better.
We demand better.
#670 Apr 11, 2013
And Kohls wants to solve all those problems by giving all the teachers guns. That seems sensible.
#671 Apr 11, 2013
Here's a great big thank you to all our classroom teachers who have earned our trust doing a great job (many of whom do not agree with the SEA Victim Project that falsely portrays our teachers being underpaid and under-appreciated by our Springboro parents).
Sorry, but NO red ribbons to support the teachers union Victim Project!
Our hearts do not go out in sympathy to this Victim Project of the Springboro Education Association.
The SEA "Victim Project" is transparent to Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners and recognized as status quo strategy to get back to the "good old days" of power and control of our school tax dollars.... "back to business as usual of the SEA," promoting continuous streams of unnecessary school levies to support increased salaries and health care/benefits packages for union members employed by our Springboro schools.
After five failed levies (based solely on the SEA Victim Project) isn't it transparent to all school district voters that our BOE majority school board representatives are committed to 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?
So why this "war of words" being launched by the OEA/SEA against Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners? No Value Added at all to our kid's classroom education by the Victim Project; which is clearly seen by all as nothing more than "SEA business as usual" emotional blackmailing...you know... The old Springboro Education Association mantra...
telling Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners:
Do as the union masters say or we will cause harm to your child's education and ruin the property value of your family homes.
#672 Apr 11, 2013
hey 'focus' and 'voice of reason'...
Your union buddies only care about lining their pockets. If they REALLY cared about the children they would get rid of the poor performing teachers and replace them with someone who wants to teach.
Each year my kids have to schedule classes they already know who are the good teachers and who are the bad teachers/classes to avoid.
Prove to the district how much your side cares for the children.
To start, how about getting rid of the grotesquely overweight JHS spanish teacher that can't use a computer and uses hand written assignments to pass out to the kids.
#673 Apr 11, 2013
Red ribbons to support the teachers and staff of the Springboro Schools are available for pickup at the SEA office at 50 South Main Street.
The Springboro teachers conceded any raises for the past six years to keep expenses down in the district. After years of illegally ignoring the contract negotiation process, the school board has finally sat down with the teachers union to negotiate. The initial contract offer by the school board was a slap in the face.
The board is seeking to balance the budget on the backs of the staff, freeing up money to pay their friends who work on these all important "transparency" jokes.
I hope they stay strong and take these strong-arm tactics by Petroni, Rigano, and Kohls to arbitration. It's sad the days of treating your employees fairly without them having to take you to court for it seem to be over. And we wonder why labor unions were formed....
#674 Apr 11, 2013
My name has been pirated, I am the one trying to stay on topic..that being the fire levy, not school issues, where there are an abundant number of different sites to go.
#675 Apr 11, 2013
Do us favor and give us an example of these so called 'strong arm' tactics so we can judge for ourselves. Don't just spout off because your have personal issues against certain board members. FACTS, where are the FACTS?
While you're trying to manufacture some, consider this...
The union business model—designed during and immediately after the Great Depression—fits poorly into the modern competitive economy. As a result, unions can no longer deliver the same benefits to their members that they used to.
Union vs Non-union pay studies have found that union members earn 20 percent more than comparable nonunion employees.
Your union model is simply a money laundering branch of the democrat party and could care less about the community. Like all cartels — helps its members at the expense of the rest of the economy.
On top of that, Union benefits/pensions are notoriously underfunded, bordering on criminally. A union member should be asking where the union bosses are getting all those millions to make political contributions. Unions were a good thing until the criminals started controlling the unions and skimming union dues to line their own pockets but good luck convincing a union member of such misdeeds.
Union workers should have their pay and benefits reduced to match non-union workers. It's a matter of basic fairness and will promote equality in employment.
#676 Apr 11, 2013
We all know "why the labor unions are formed..." But, the real wonder is why should teachers be forced to pay union dues, whether they choose to join or not? Why aren't our good teachers allowed the same work place freedom rights that professionals in the private sector are allowed? You see, we wonder why, IF the union is such a great deal for our teachers, then why doesn't the teacher have the right to choose, or opt out, with NO PENALITIES?
WOW, what a blow to the teacher's morale, to be enslaved to the union masters and unable to declare their independence and freedom in the workplace!(No wonder that our union officials are so up-tight and mean-spirited toward our Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners)!
Where is transparency in your budget to implement the SEA Victim Project? How much of taxpayers school dollars are wasted in paying union dues to financially support your silly "war of words"... we all know it costs taxpayers a lot more money to fund "waging war against taxpayers" than it cost our Springboro School Board of Education to "just tell the truth."
Just tell us the truth... Where is Transparency in the finances of the Springboro Education Association? How much of SEA funds collected from Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners go into our children classrooms? How much of these forced union dues go to political agendas, whether or not the teacher being charged the dues agrees with same politics as the union master? How much money does the president of the SEA get paid from the teachers in our school district? Of course the union masters would tell us that union dues are forced out of our teachers' salaries; not from taxpayers' wallets!
But LOL, unionman, WHERE DOES THE TEACHERS'SALARIES (from which the union so heavily dips) COME FROM, EXCEPT FROM THE TAXPAYERS WALLETS?
It is certainly fitting that the Springboro Education Association would choose RED ribbons to promote their "VICTIM PROJECT" ....
and that is surely exactly where our school districts finances would be ....IN THE RED.... if the SEA has their way of REVERSING our children first budgeting process back to business as usual putting union priorities FIRST, and leaving behind leftovers for our children's classroom education.
Let's keep our school district budget balanced while living within our means. Why not show support for Our Children First budgeting school board members by wearing a BLACK ribbon for fiscal responsibility and transparent accountability to taxpayers?
#677 Apr 11, 2013
This is why Ohio is declining, business, is leaving, etc. Following the Michigan path!
#678 Apr 11, 2013
What?? Screw Michigan!
Q. What does the average Michigan player get on his/her SAT?
Q. How do you keep your family safe from a Wolverine?
A. Move to Pasadena.
Q. How do you make Wolverine cookies?
A. Put them in a big bowl and beat them for three hours.
Q. How do you get a Michigan graduate to stop knocking on your door and get off your porch?
A. Pay for the pizza.
A guy in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and says, "Wanna hear a Michigan joke?" The guy next to him replies, "Well before you tell that joke, you should know something. I'm 6' tall, 200 lbs., and I am a Michigan alumnus. The guy sitting next to me is 6'2 tall, weighs 225, and he's a Michigan alumnus. The fella next to him is 6'5 tall, weighs 250, and he's a Michigan alumnus. Now, you still wanna tell that joke?" The first guy says, "Nah, not if I'm gonna have to explain it 3 times."
#679 Apr 11, 2013
Where is transparency in the records of Springboro Education Association finances?
What about the old union members' mantra to taxpayers -- we don't think the taxpayer has any right to know anything about the teacher's union business.
And I dare say that most of those public records request (which increased significantly in 2012) came from former pro-union school board members and pro-levy supporters who fought desperately to take leadership control from recently-elected board members, Mr. Petroni and Mr. Rigano, in the Maney-Malone-Babb effort to REVERSE control of our school tax dollars to pro-union BOE majority rule.
#680 Apr 11, 2013
Well, let's just forget about the math, stop the undermining tacts, and all agree, in a mannerly mantra that all those involved working on the Transparency Project simply "worked" at home with NO pay; just like our teachers working on their "Victim Project." Can't we just all get along?
#681 Apr 11, 2013
O, we don't give a d**n for the whole state of Michigan
The whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan
We don't give a d**n for the whole state of Michigan, we're from Ohio
We're from Ohio...O-H
We're from Ohio...I-O
O, we don't give a d**n for the whole state of Michigan
The whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan
We don't give a d**n for the whole state of Michigan, we're from Ohio
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