You might start by asking our Community Drama Queen, Lisa Babb, how she and her Band of Badd for Boro Bullies get their production company of SEA/Springboro Baptist Church Union Youth group to stage these political protests that are so disruptive to our school children and the Springboro Community as a whole.Who do I see about getting movie rights to the never ending school drama here in Springboro?
#61 Jan 17, 2013
#62 Jan 17, 2013
I suppose Babb will want top billing? I've had better offers from her chubby friends.
#63 Jan 17, 2013
For this movie project why not delve into the talents of Boro's soon-to-be graduating class? How could anyone possibly go wrong by harnessing some of that good ol' Excellent with Distinction? However before you start producing that drama, make darn sure the "excellent" or "distinct" students you picked are able to read and write.
#64 Jan 17, 2013
Mr. Petrey has recognized how offensive this waste of our school tax dollars is to some voters who have taken the time to express their concerns.
However, Mr. Petrey addresses taxpayers concerns of this waste of OUR money by defending His "cost of communication" ...
stating his recent mailing:
"Because you invest in our schools, it is important that we find affordable ways to communicate with you. Since we started mailing postcards with district news last year, some have asked how much these postcards cost. It is less expensive than it looks. The cost to produce this card-from writing, through photos, design, pringing and postage--is less than 30 cents per card."
Boro Waste Watches would ask Mr. Petrey to calculate the math and state how many postcards are sent; and then taxpayers can see the big picture of this post card expense.
(Are there 10,000 cards mailed? Then there is about $3000 of WASTEFUL SPENDING; are the l0,000 cards mailed quarterly? If so, then there is about $12,000 of WASTEFUL SPENDING.)
Springboro school board member Don Miller has never been concerned about this wasteful spending of repetitive school news that is transmitted already electronically in three or four different forms of "Mr. Petrey's communication with the public";
So? WHY is Don Miller so very opposed to investing $15,000 of OUR money in a feasibility study investigating a change that could potentially benefit many students and parents?
Obviously the real concern of Don Miller, and his coalition of union activists, oppposition to this study is not the money; but Don Miller’s focus is just going along to get along with what the SEA wants; instead of focusing on the facts proving our students needs.
#65 Jan 20, 2013
Right on! This kind of brings a tear to my eye.
#66 Jan 20, 2013
Keep asking questions Mr Miller. We are entrusting your unbiased position in this subject. No predetermined position or conflict of interest here.
#67 Jan 20, 2013
How about the verbal abuse from our lovely BOE? Petroni and Kull decided to lecture the audience about their personal stake in their decisions. I myself loved the "I don't understand why this has become so personal" rant that was cast amongst the attendees. The person next to me said. "What the hell is he talking about, on and on" and "no wonder no one likes him."
Business at hand NOT personal agendas should be the motto here forward.
#68 Jan 20, 2013
Are you kidding me?
Do you not see 2nd amendment talks on every news agency and WLW radio a politically motivated agenda. No thought to kids safety here. Lets just use our position to gain ground after a tragic event.
Lets be smart!
And all the other interests put before the kids interests are simply pathetic. I enjoy change but wow! Kinda like sitting back, hearing the truck horn, and watching it run right over you! Bring everyone on board an listen.
#69 Jan 20, 2013
Again, It's all Don Miller's fault? What an amazing person?
For sake of time read the earlier post. The other side likes to repeat repeat repeat.
And for postcards, this district's #1 gripe has been communication with parents. The district tries to solve this problem and bam kicked in the teeth. You can't have it both ways.
#71 Jan 21, 2013
Your positive bias in favor of the status quo tunnel vision of long-time board member Don Miller is seen clearly.
Let's be clear: Don Miller's tunnel vision is in opposition to the newly elected reform minded board representatives who are doing what's right for our school children and community as a whole.
When Don Miller was BOE President, he refused public participation of community members during Board meeting work sessions; and threw out the TV cameras shutting community members out of the board of education business meetings. Don Miller joined with former board president Scott Anderson/Scott Maney in efforts to discredit the leadership of fellow board members in a community wide protest
(including our STUDENTS) falsely accusing board members publicly of making decisons that are hurting our kids! That is disgusting leadership!
But to give credit where credit is due... at least Scott Anderson gave up his disruptive political battle to discredit fellow reform minded board members and run them out of office, and then resigned his position as chief bully on board;
but Don Miller could not even follow the lead of his own chief; instead he hangs around through this last year of service in his second BOE term of keeping our children left behind, whining and bullying his status quo agenda of politics of personal destruction focusing priority on the collective wants of the public schools teachers union; instead of the individual needs of students enrolled in our public schools.
Don Miller needs to stop wasting our time and money as the only second term bully in chief "sitting" on the board. Isn't it time for Don Miller to stand up for doing what's right for all our children and our community as a whole; and stop falling for every wind of self-interest union indoctrination being huffed and puffed throughout Springboro by the SEA president, Scott Maney?
#72 Jan 21, 2013
Many of those attending the January 10 God Loves Panthers (but only those wearing the blue union label) pep rally were exclaiming amongst themselves the same "wonder" about the participants "personal agendas"... ranting about their husbands dentistry business; fixing up an old car vs buying a new car; being simple minded enough to "goo-goo-google" and on and on until finally the Blue Ribbon Winner of Personal Agenda rantings: "I don't want my child in a public school classroom without a Union teacher." That one line said it all, yet we ALL had to sit through personal rant after rant of how gifted are our kids and how great are our teachers; so by the time we got to the end of the meeting and the comments of board members OTHER than Don Miller's "sayins".....Petroni and Kull comments were like heavenly music to our ears!
Personal request - How about taking your union insiders personal agenda of hostility and suspicion of "community outsider" to North Park and Rally against "doing what's right for our children's future" without disrupting regular board of education business meetings? That would be great!
btw - post it on your personal agenda "blog" and only those who are interested in your personal agenda will have to be subjected to your personal "opinions."
#73 Jan 21, 2013
School district taxpayers don't have to call in the TV news to discover ways our school district is wasting our school tax dollars. Talking amongst ourselves, we already know that these wasteful "communication with parents" postcards delivered in the mail are "canned" in the trash along with gobs of other junk mail advertising "how great we are" .... like "we are the greatest plumbers; we are the greatest hair stylists; we are the greatest sandwich makers; salad makers, pizza makers, on and on and finally ..... we are the greatest teachers.....
The last postcard had nothing to communicate that had not been communicated by boro e-news; principal updates; PTO news; and other school district achievements communicated to parents and community members by the TV broadcasts on school board meetings.
Wasting money on mailing postcards in today's world of "bring your own device" is poor judgement on the superintendent's part; the superintendent should forfeit this fluff "communication with parents" and invest that money in our current technical needs of $100,000 worth of upgrades.
Keeping the "Needs of the school district" and the great things they do for you" constantly in the "face and down the throats" of voters, is the old tunnel vision mantra of the OSBA leadeership training of school superintendents/board members... to ALWAYS stay in levy mode... promoting a continuous stream of new money school levies, whether or not there's a real need. With the new philosophy of our BOE majority, we now have a better way of providing a quality education for our children while living within our means, by reforming our budget and problem solving levy alternatives.
#75 Jan 21, 2013
We must try to keep this current board in a proper perspective. We've got people on this board who understand the needs of our students and at the same time know how to run the store by balancing the district's budget and doing accurate forecasting. That's a lot more than you can say for the collective efforts of the Colston/Kruse-era!
Speaking of which, what if Mike Kruse and Lisa Babb had gotten more votes than David Petroni and Jim Rigano? The "shouters" at that Jan.10th board meeting wouldn'have been teachers, but rather district taxpayers demanding the resignations of Miller, Kruse and or Babb. Why? Because together they would have "supported our kids" by spending, spending, spending, levying, spending, spending, spending...then spending some more, until each and every Springboro taxpayer is squeezed into virtual oblivion.
#76 Jan 22, 2013
Mr. Miller should stop wasting our time at our public school board business meetings promoting the business of the Springboro Education Association. Mr. Miller's lazy mind has never shown conflict of interest. Just "sitting on the board" and developing no greater vision of higher achievement for our childrn's future has allowed Mr. Miller's tunnel vision to stagnate.
Mr. Miller has never had interest enough in doing what's right for our school children and community as a whole to problem solve asking the tough questions. Miller has never shown interest in "conflict" created by asking tough questions; but lazily prefers to go along just to get along; and always voting AGAINST our children first budgeting best interests.
"There are lazy minds as well as lazy bodies."
#77 Jan 22, 2013
Don Miller "sitting on the board" has wasted a year of taxpayers time and money; since he has not grown one bit in leadership skills.
Don Miller started off 2012 underming the work of our children first budgeting reform minded BOE elected officials (leading protests and false accusations that our new board members were making decisions that were harming our children by supporting the promotion of Mr. Malone to higher achievement as an educator with 40 years experience).....
2013... a year leater, same old status quo leadership of lazy-minded board member Don Miller,....protesting our reform-minded elected officials' new philosphy of using the school tax dollars (which are paid by all Springboro families and taxpaying homeowners) in the best interest of the best education for ALL our children throughout ALL our community/school district.
It's OUR money; and Mr. Miller doesn't have the right to impose his tunnel vision protests that our money can only be spent on hiring "union" professionals. Mr. Miller needs to stop wasting valuable time with his tunnel vision repetition of Springboro "has been an excellent with distinction" school...just sitting on the board, year after year....
"Every day is lost in which we do not learn something useful. Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time."
-Ludwig van Beethoven
#78 Jan 22, 2013
SPEAK FOR SUCCESS - SPEECH SESSION 1
Welcome to the Speak for Success communication course. This speech lesson, like all the speech lessons in the course, follows a format that explains the speech problem and presents several speech exercises so you can work on the problem. Each speech lesson closes with a homework assignment designed to provide further practice eliminating or correcting the speech problem that you’re working with that particular week. To get the most out of this course, you need to follow the program, working on only one lesson each week and completing all the exercises and homework assignments.
Ready? Of course you are! The speech problem of sloppy enunciation is the topic for this week.
THE SPEECH PROBLEM
For listeners, one of the most irritating speech habits is a speaker that doesn’t enunciate clearly. When you don’t bother to pronounce each syllable of each word properly and words get slurred together, you sound uneducated. Worse, your listener has a hard time hearing you – especially if there’s other noise around you or when you’re speaking on the phone.
Dropping “g”s is one of the most common examples of poor enunciation. Say this list of words out loud:
Did you say “go-ing” or did you say “go-in”? If you said “go-in”(or “walk-in”,“jog-gin”, etc.), you’re a G-dropper.
Be warned; this was not a fair test. Pronouncing words in isolation is very different than what we normally do when we speak.
Say these sentences out loud:
•I’m going to have to rethink that bid.
•Waiting to hear back from the bank is very nerve-wracking and stressful.
•Before starting my business, I looked at a lot of different business opportunities.
•There’s more to learning than just reading, writing and arithmetic.
Did you drop any Gs? Did you enunciate each syllable of each word?
SPEECH EXCERCISES: THE MIRROR FACE TEST
A mirror is a great aid when you’re working on your enunciation. I call this the face test. When you’re enunciating properly, your mouth, tongue, lips and jaw move.
Stand in front of a mirror and watch yourself while you say,“I’m going to have to rethink that bid”. See how your lips purse and retract when you say “go-ing”? See how your lips jut out to pronouce the “b” in “bid”? This one sentence is a real face workout.
Say the rest of the sentences out loud, watching yourself speak in the mirror. Now say them all again, slowing down your rate of speech and exaggerating the facial movements.
This week, you should have a mirror session of five minutes every day. You’ll immediately notice that this practice will carry over into your “normal” speaking life, causing you to be more conscious of the way you speak and speak more clearly.
#79 Jan 23, 2013
The more that taxpayers see of the no-class opposition at public board meetings attacking the character of board members (who are also parents role models of good citizenship);
instead of their addressing the challenging issues of meeting each one of our student's academic needs; the more convinced we become that our school district does not need new money; but our school district's self-serving proud ones need a new attitude.
The biggest problem facing school superintendent, Mr. Petrey, right now is educating his newly formed District Parent Council that the mission of Springboro schools is to produce good citizens; not to produce Arrogantly-Proud Bully-Parents of Boro Grads.
Building A Passion for Lifelong Learning
The Mission Of The Springboro Community City Schools,
A Pioneer In World Class Education With Small Town Pride,
Is To Motivate And Empower All Students To Become
Life Long Learners, Productive Citizens And Future Leaders.
#80 Jan 23, 2013
District voters, be very careful when you go to the polls this November 5th.
"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it"
George Burke (1729-1797)
#81 Jan 23, 2013
Todd Petrey's new District Parent Council represents Springboro school's proverbial fork-in-the-road.
Will Petrey lead this council along the "high" road? Will he encourage this group to strive for the best possible educational opportunities for ALL of this district's children?
Or, will Petrey instead take the "low" road? Will he choose to turn a blind eye to many teachers within Springboro schools who have consistently demonstated little more than apathy toward hundreds upon hundreds of academically stuggling, as well as gifted students?
#82 Jan 24, 2013
As the mind thinks, so it is...
At the January 10th no class performance of those participants publicly protesting "we are the best of the class" and we are as collectively good in Springboro as we can be, so don't go making any changes promoting greater individual student achievement" ....
there were also those amongst the attendees exclaiming thanks and appreciation for the expertise and leadership of our reform-minded BOE majority board representatives for all they are doing, putting our children first; including the person next to me who said, "did you notice not one parent nor teacher said thanks to board member Jim Rigano who personally donated a kindle fire to be awarded to a student participating in writing an essay on the U.S. Constitution?"
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