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This is an old article, and not really worth repeating. But a question remains. If the board is truly looking out for the students' best interest then they would identify what needs there are and then try to fill those needs with the conversion school (or come up with some other approach). However, this board is looking first at the financial end of things, figuring out if we can afford the converstion school and then if we can't scrapping the whole idea. So I ask you, how is that putting children's education first?
Please please join the conversations. Gifted students not getting enough services, special ed not getting enough services, the number of students that are getting D's and below (Proficient) very high. The question is why stop with one school? If it will help why not make all of our schools conversion schools. It appears that all of our students need something other than this traditional system. This system is not working for the smart kids we have here in Springboro and these parents should know it.
Once the parents know what Proficient really means they will be angry and blame the school district. Oh I just now got it, this is why the Babb and group does not want us to talk about it anymore. They know that any investigation will reveal that all of our students would benefit from an alternative or charter school. I get it now.

They don't want parents to know the truth about academics just like they did not want parents to know the truth about not needing the levy money. Good try but Tabling the subject just gave the board more time to educate the public about your big fat lies.
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The facts have been presented clearly. In the best interest of our children's future, we need strong leadership on the board to bring back basic common sense to our children's classroom education; and no OEA political indoctrination.

The strong opposition to our children first budgeting is coming from a few union activists who are so into their own lives of community activisim for political gain, that they don't see what is going on with others whom they consider "are not one of their own."

The passion of our union/community activists for the status-quo present means embracing our "has been excellent with distinction" rating and trusting that it is enough. The bad news is that if we are in a good place right now, it won't last forever.

The good news to Springboro families and taxpaying homeowners from our common sense BOE majority leadership is "don't let where you are become a prophesy of where you're going to stay." How fortunate our school children and community are to have the leadership expertise and financial resources needed to broaden our vision for our children's future, stretching status quo tunnel vision beyond the union/community activists comfort zone.
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I enjoyed reading in the paper today that the union lawyer, who also happens to be a Centerville School Board member (and you think we have conflicts of interest), says bargaining in public is evil.

If GM and the UAW want to bargain in private that is their business, after all, it is private money they are haggling over (or used to be anyway).

Teacher's unions and School Boards, however, are haggling over PUBLIC MONEY!

I do not wish to see us go down the same road as California. It is in the Golden State that unions elect officials to aid them in pillaging the public coffers. So many municipalities are headed towards unsustainable debt as a result of these "negotiations" being held in private. Years later, when the hens come home to roost, the people of that fine state are learning just how advantageous those negotiations were for the unions. The people paying the tab were kept in the dark and sent the bill.

Only cockroaches and union lawyers like the dark, hold the meetings in the sunshine that everyone around here so fervently supports.
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Just Watching wrote:
I enjoyed reading in the paper today that the union lawyer, who also happens to be a Centerville School Board member (and you think we have conflicts of interest), says bargaining in public is evil.
If GM and the UAW want to bargain in private that is their business, after all, it is private money they are haggling over (or used to be anyway).
Teacher's unions and School Boards, however, are haggling over PUBLIC MONEY!
I do not wish to see us go down the same road as California. It is in the Golden State that unions elect officials to aid them in pillaging the public coffers. So many municipalities are headed towards unsustainable debt as a result of these "negotiations" being held in private. Years later, when the hens come home to roost, the people of that fine state are learning just how advantageous those negotiations were for the unions. The people paying the tab were kept in the dark and sent the bill.
Only cockroaches and union lawyers like the dark, hold the meetings in the sunshine that everyone around here so fervently supports.
Not evil, just not required under Ohio Law. I believe the electorate voiced their opinion on changes to the collective bargaining law for public employees in a previous election, and whether you like it or not, they voted overwhelmingly for the status quo.
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The Ohio Revised Code says that the meetings are private, the public cannot attend.\

4117.21 Collective bargaining meetings private.
Collective bargaining meetings between public employers and employee organizations are private, and are not subject to section 121.22 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 04-01-1984

The amendment to this section by 129th General Assembly File No. 10, SB 5,§ 1 was rejected by voters in the November, 2011 election.

Agendas, proposals, and contracts are, however, public records and may be accessed by any concerned citizen.

Let's see both side's proposals.

I believe we as a community are smart enough to decipher the information contained within each one.

It is PUBLIC MONEY, our money that they are haggling over, so let us stay informed.
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Not evil, just not required under Ohio Law. I believe the electorate voiced their opinion on changes to the collective bargaining law for public employees in a previous election, and whether you like it or not, they voted overwhelmingly for the status quo.
Look at election results. Issue 2 failed, FAILED here in Springboro. Meaning SB5 passed.

Issue 2 Failed here in Warren County =FAILED. Ohio voters were dupped but, not here in SPRINGBORO. We are much smarter than the average Ohioan.
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It's too bad that real reform cannot be discussed here. Anybody who says anything contrary to the Petroni line is labelled a union thug and dismissed without consideration of their actual ideas.
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It would be awfully nice for this community to be able to discuss conversion schools all on its own.
Whoops! I almost forgot! So far that conversation has been stifled by Babb's mob of paranoia.
Yes we can discuss conversion schools all on its own, but only when we stay focused on the facts and issues of "why consider a conversion school."
We see presented on this blog an attack on the character of community members who are trying to learn more ways that local taxpayers can put common sense finances back into our kids' classroom education; and take the politics of status quo rules for radicals out of our children's classrooms.
We must stay alert to the bowmans and babbs attacks on the good character and leadership expertise of those not of their own "union kind." And we must refuse to allow their false accusations and misleading emotional manipulations of the true facts pull us into their "radicule rule of ridicule." The bowmans and babbs seek only to devour our school tax dollars for union self-interest; and their only agenda is to discredit their
neighbors who vote for no more status quo.
Let's stay to the task of educating community members of the good work being done for our children's future, and the many accomplishments of our reform-minded school board members in their quest to lead us far beyond the status quo tunnel vision of unionism indoctrination for our children's future.
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Look at election results. Issue 2 failed, FAILED here in Springboro. Meaning SB5 passed.
Issue 2 Failed here in Warren County =FAILED. Ohio voters were dupped but, not here in SPRINGBORO. We are much smarter than the average Ohioan.
All politics are local and Springboro voters are Boro Proud of our BOE majority conservative elected officials!
Springboro voters are proud of our schools and community and thankful! to live in Warren County with like minded conservatives (like these majority voters recorded on the Board of Elections website who showed up at the polls to vote for common sense values of peace and prosperity for ALL Americans)! God Bless America and May God Bless You and Your family.
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It's too bad that real reform cannot be discussed here. Anybody who says anything contrary to the Petroni line is labelled a union thug and dismissed without consideration of their actual ideas.
The truth shall set you free!

Who cares what anyone here says, explain your side of the story.

The rest of us are waiting with rapt anticipation.
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While we discuss reform, let us all not forget who that reform effects the most, our children. All of them deserve more than what we are giving them now.
They may cry about getting an education today, but will thank you many years down the road in ways you cannot begin to fathom today.

See page 12 for key
http://www.oagc.com/files/OAGC_Grading_On_A_C ...

6th grade 2011 OAA Test Cut Scores and Scoring Bands
(This represents Springboro Class of ’17)

READING
Advanced.......76%-100%
Accelerated.....61%-75%
Proficient.........35%-60%

If a student was able to answer 17 out of 49 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in READING.
In 6th grade READING, Springboro had 172 students out of 502 students (34%) fall in the Proficient or below category
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MATH
Advanced.......68%-100%
Accelerated....58%-67%
Proficient........40%-57%

If a student was able to answer 20 out of 50 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in MATH.
In 6th grade MATH, Springboro had 127 students our of 502 students ( 25%) falling the Proficient or below category

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7th grade 2011 OAA Test Cut Scores and Scoring Bands
(This is Springboro’s Class of ’16)

READING
Advanced 81%-100%
Accelerated 66%-80%
Proficient 45%-65%(45%=Proficient)

In 7th grade READING, Springboro had 172 students out of 413 students (42%) fall in the Proficient or below category
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MATH
Advanced 72%-100%
Accelerated 58%-71%
Proficient 32%-57%(32%=Proficient)

In 7th grade MATH, Springboro had 140 students out of 413 students (34%) fall in the Proficient or below categories.

8th grade 2011 OAA Test Cut Scores and Scoring Bands
(Springboro Class of ’15)

READING
Advanced.......83%-100%
Accelerated.....71%-82%
Proficient.........48%-70%

If a student was able to answer 23 out of 48 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in READING.
In 8th grade READING, Springboro had 136 students out of 443 students (31%) fall in the Proficient or below category.

MATH
Advanced.......78%-100%
Accelerated....61%-77%
Proficient........35%-60%

If a student was able to answer 16 out of 46 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in MATH.
In 8th grade MATH, Springboro had 203 students out of 443 students (46%) fall the Proficient or below category.
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Ohio Graduation Test Cut Scores and Scoring Bands on the 2012 test

READING
Advanced.......79%-100%
Accelerated.....63.5%-78%
Proficient.........40.6%-63.4%

If a student was able to answer 19.5 out of 48 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in READING.

Of the 380 Springboro sophomores who took the READING portion of the Ohio Graduation Test, 88 students (23%) fell in the Proficient or below category. This test is taken in the spring of their sophomore year and measures what they have learned in grades 1-9.

MATH
Advanced.......75%-100%
Accelerated....61%-74%
Proficient........42%-60%

If a student was able to answer 19.5 out of 46 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in MATH.

Of the 380 Springboro sophomores who took the MATH portion of the Ohio Graduation Test, 40 students (10%) fell in the Proficient or below category. This test is taken in the spring of their sophomore year and measures what they have learned in grades 1-9.

They further REDUCED the number of questions correct that you needed to reach the various achievement levels down a question from the 2011 already low levels.
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It's too bad that real reform cannot be discussed here. Anybody who says anything contrary to the Petroni line is labelled a union thug and dismissed without consideration of their actual ideas.
At the 1/10 BOE meeting there were scores of community attendees who certainly would've liked to have heard more legitimate community discussion regarding the potential of a conversion school. What a shame SELFISH UNION THUGS had to ruin that opportunity.
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While we discuss reform, let us all not forget who that reform effects the most, our children. All of them deserve more than what we are giving them now.
(This represents Springboro Class of ’17)
READING
Advanced.......76%-100%
Accelerated.....61%-75%
Proficient.........35%-60%
If a student was able to answer 17 out of 49 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in READING.
In 6th grade READING, Springboro had 172 students out of 502 students (34%) fall in the Proficient or below category

MATH
Advanced.......68%-100%
Accelerated....58%-67%
Proficient........40%-57%
If a student was able to answer 20 out of 50 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in MATH.
In 6th grade MATH, Springboro had 127 students our of 502 students ( 25%) falling the Proficient or below category

7th grade 2011 OAA Test Cut Scores and Scoring Bands
(This is Springboro’s Class of ’16)
READING
Advanced 81%-100%
Accelerated 66%-80%
Proficient 45%-65%(45%=Proficient)
In 7th grade READING, Springboro had 172 students out of 413 students (42%) fall in the Proficient or below category

MATH
Advanced 72%-100%
Accelerated 58%-71%
Proficient 32%-57%(32%=Proficient)
In 7th grade MATH, Springboro had 140 students out of 413 students (34%) fall in the Proficient or below categories.
8th grade 2011 OAA Test Cut Scores and Scoring Bands
(Springboro Class of ’15)
READING
Advanced.......83%-100%
Accelerated.....71%-82%
Proficient.........48%-70%
If a student was able to answer 23 out of 48 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in READING.
In 8th grade READING, Springboro had 136 students out of 443 students (31%) fall in the Proficient or below category.
MATH
Advanced.......78%-100%
Accelerated....61%-77%
Proficient........35%-60%
If a student was able to answer 16 out of 46 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in MATH.
In 8th grade MATH, Springboro had 203 students out of 443 students (46%) fall the Proficient or below category.

Ohio Graduation Test Cut Scores and Scoring Bands on the 2012 test
READING
Advanced.......79%-100%
Accelerated.....63.5%-78%
Proficient.........40.6%-63.4%
If a student was able to answer 19.5 out of 48 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in READING.
Of the 380 Springboro sophomores who took the READING portion of the Ohio Graduation Test, 88 students (23%) fell in the Proficient or below category.
MATH
Advanced.......75%-100%
Accelerated....61%-74%
Proficient........42%-60%
If a student was able to answer 19.5 out of 46 questions correctly they were deemed Proficient in MATH.
Of the 380 Springboro sophomores who took the MATH portion of the Ohio Graduation Test, 40 students (10%) fell in the Proficient or below category. This test is taken in the spring of their sophomore year and measures what they have learned in grades 1-9.
They further REDUCED the number of questions correct that you needed to reach the various achievement levels down a question from the 2011 already low levels.
WOW! You're so smart! According to you Springboro graduates are failures with an inadequate education. What does that make the colleges that offer millions of dollars a year to our failing school children? How is the college acceptance rate so high in our graduating classes of barely proficient and less than proficient students?

Back in the day when you were in school where did your test scores fall? In the anti-tax-the-schools-are-run-b y-union-thugs-who-want-a-hando ut-and-dont-take-personal-resp onsiblity-for-leaching-my-hard -earned-money why is your child's success contingent upon the effectiveness of the babysitter in the classroom? Why don't you take on the responsibility of sitting with your child and studying at home? Aren't you pushing the blame for your child's poor performance on the teacher instead of yourself. It's your kid. If your kid needs a private tutor, extra hel, or motivation to succeed isn't that your responsiblity?

Btw. I study with mine no complaints
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WOW! You're so smart! According to you Springboro graduates are failures with an inadequate education. What does that make the colleges that offer millions of dollars a year to our failing school children? How is the college acceptance rate so high in our graduating classes of barely proficient and less than proficient students?
Back in the day when you were in school where did your test scores fall? In the anti-tax-the-schools-are-run-b y-union-thugs-who-want-a-hando ut-and-dont-take-personal-resp onsiblity-for-leaching-my-hard -earned-money why is your child's success contingent upon the effectiveness of the babysitter in the classroom? Why don't you take on the responsibility of sitting with your child and studying at home? Aren't you pushing the blame for your child's poor performance on the teacher instead of yourself. It's your kid. If your kid needs a private tutor, extra hel, or motivation to succeed isn't that your responsiblity?
Btw. I study with mine no complaints
Bull, thank you for your kind words. It is not according to me but rather the results from the state, an unbiased assessment of what our students have learned. Many children in our district are doing quite well, however, just as many are not getting the education that we, the taxpayers, are funding. Those children, nearly 3/8 of each class, are not graduating with a plethora of scholarship offers.

When you address the college issue, you may also well note that 25% of our Springboro graduates in Ohio colleges are taking at least one remedial education class to make up for the deficiencies in the high school program of study. Parents are paying hard earned cash for classes in college that should have been mastered at the high school level for free.

Not everyone is as good a parent as you evidently are, some struggle with life in a variety of ways you cannot imagine. Yet each one of those children has been promised an education, a real education that helps them prepare for life after high school.

If you have a problem with the reporting of our test results, perhaps you should investigate why and how this is happening. Fraud is being perpetrated upon the parents of this state by a system that euphemistically labels failure Proficient.

When the people accept these semantic whitewashes as truth, we are entering the dystopian world made infamous by George Orwell.
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At the 1/10 BOE meeting there were scores of community attendees who certainly would've liked to have heard more legitimate community discussion regarding the potential of a conversion school. What a shame SELFISH UNION THUGS had to ruin that opportunity.
If there were people who wanted to speak in support of the conversion school, why did they not sign up to speak?
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The first thing we need to do is disabuse ourselves of the notion that we are the best thing since sliced bread. We have some deep systemic issues that need to be dealt with in this community in regards to educating our children.
1) We need to realistically evaluate where our deficiencies exist, both inside and outside the classroom. Education is not a drop your child off for 7 hours and they return educated. It involves the parents backing up and supporting the teachers at home, Requiring and helping with homework to make sure it is done. Not all parents are created equal, so we need to make sure that the parents have the resources to learn the material being taught so they can help the children learn. There seems to be a need for a study island for parents who wish to help their children but have been away from school for many years.
2) Just like there are no two children who are alike in their abilities, we need to recognize that teachers are much the same. Not all teachers are created equal, some are excellent, some are good, some are mediocre, and some are bad. Nodding our head at the union mantra that all teachers are excellent is a bit too Animal Farm for me. Let us begin to call a spade a spade and utilize our resources in house to bring those less talented up to speed or show them the door. The ones paying the price for mediocre or less ability are the very ones we are here for, the children.
3) Raising the standards by which we choose to operate and then enforcing those standards will pay huge dividends for all involved, from administrators, to teachers, to parents, to children, to taxpayers. We are not condemned to troll the base standards that the state employs, we are perfectly free to aim so much higher.
4) Real achievement that can be measured and quantified. While some may call that teaching to the test, I call that basic knowledge required to function productively in this society. Feasting on semantics to cover up failure is no substitute for actual learning and academic achievement. Rote learning of your math tables may seem boring, but the results are undeniable. Build self esteem with actual accomplishment, not with a false Honor Society where the top 70% of your class is recognized as deserving that accolade.
5) Recognize that not all children learn in the same environment and realize that other choices may be necessary. Some may thrive under a more rigorous discipline setting, while different children wilt under the same authority. Build programs that allow parents the choice of where their child should attempt to succeed.
6) We are not fated to repeat the past in hopes of gaining an alternate ending. We are free to reinvent the system, let us grasp this opportunity and move both our school district and our children forward now.
7) Speak up against the status quo and demand true excellence throughout the school district. Only the vox populi can stem this tide of mediocrity.
Thanks to factual information presented by just watching, we can see that the next step that should be taken by our Springboro Board of Education, is voting on a contract to hire a professional consulting group to guide our schools/parents/community members in seeking answers to why Springboro needs to consider conversion schools.

Our status quo board member Don Miller will continue sitting on the board protecting our public schools union employees and our public schools outdated rating of excellent with distinction.
Long time status quo board member Don Miller has voted consistently against our children first budgeting; and will continue protesting in favor of our public schools status quo; just preaching to the choir his tunnel vision arguments that our kids need not strive for greater achievement, because they are already as good as they can be.
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whole lotta bull wrote:
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WOW! You're so smart! According to you Springboro graduates are failures with an inadequate education. What does that make the colleges that offer millions of dollars a year to our failing school children? How is the college acceptance rate so high in our graduating classes of barely proficient and less than proficient students?
Back in the day when you were in school where did your test scores fall? In the anti-tax-the-schools-are-run-b y-union-thugs-who-want-a-hando ut-and-dont-take-personal-resp onsiblity-for-leaching-my-hard -earned-money why is your child's success contingent upon the effectiveness of the babysitter in the classroom? Why don't you take on the responsibility of sitting with your child and studying at home? Aren't you pushing the blame for your child's poor performance on the teacher instead of yourself. It's your kid. If your kid needs a private tutor, extra hel, or motivation to succeed isn't that your responsiblity?
Btw. I study with mine no complaints
Aren't parents also responsible for taking charge of their child's school tax dollars (paid for by all taxpayers) making sure that each child gets that one-of-a-kind education that "motivates" each child to higher achievements, such as would be the advantage of conversion schools that could their child's "unmet needs" in the public schools classroom? How selfish of parents who are content with "no complaints" that "one size doesn't fit all in education" and "status quo" is the tunnel vision way for our children's future.
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And what do we do with the kids with the crappy parents who don't give a darn?

Tell the kids, "Sorry for your luck" ?

Somehow that rings quite hollow.

A teacher friend of mine suggested we get some retired teachers in the primary disciplines (reading, writing, arithmetic, etc) and then have them run the study halls. Place kids in the math study hall with a former math teacher to aid the children struggling in math. Aggregate the poor readers in a study hall that caters to those with reading difficulties. Etc, etc, etc. These teachers could work part time each day to run a couple of study halls.

It seemed like a simple solution to a vexing problem. Hiring people to come in and baby sit study halls is insane. I have been in more than a few and the lack of focus is appalling. Put people with educational skills in these halls and let's get something productive done.
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And somehow that pep squad rally in support of our wonderfully amazing teachers "rings quite hollow."
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Dear Mr. Petrey and Board Members,

I would like to thank you for doing your best to restore truth and full disclosure to our school district. I know you are inundated by a few hundred in the community led by Lisa Babb and David Bowman, telling you what you are doing is wrong, unethical, damaging to our students and tearing this community apart.

The union seems to lie in wait for you to do anything they can attack. Perhaps if they spent a fourth of that time trying to work with you to rid our school district of corruption and truly putting kids first, the district could make more progress.

I have heard this group numerous times state the "whole community" agrees with them. I would like to ask you not buy into that! Please! While I would never be so arrogant as to say I am speaking for anyone other than myself, I do feel that we have "proof" that the majority of this community does NOT agree with them.

4 of the 5 of our current board members were VOTED in to office by this community. Mr. Petry and Mrs. Kull were CHOSEN by the people we voted in. Personally, I voted for you all based on what you said you would do. I have been very pleased. I realize the silent majority of this community does not show up at board meetings to yell and behave disrespectfully. This silent majority doesn't call park meetings to "save our schools", "save our sports", "save our principal", "save extra curriculars" or to "save" anything else, but PLEASE know that we are still here! We support YOU and have entrusted YOU to "save" our schools.

I appreciate the updates on what you all have done and what you are trying to do. I believe since this community, through our taxes, pays the salaries and benefits of our teachers and staff, we have every right to know what is happening with negotiations. I do understand that some things may need to be kept confidential, but I want to know who is offering what and is being refused and accepted. I sympathize with our staff when changes have to made that are not easy or well liked. No one wants to pay more for insurance or not receive a pay raise etc, but that is what the rest of us are having to do.

Why does the staff feel they are entitled to more than the majority of the community they work for? It is very frustrating to hear staff members out in public saying the board wants them to take a 30% pay cut across the board, or the staff is one of the lowest paid in the surrounding area, or that we can't keep bus drivers because they are paid so poorly. None of this sounds like putting kids first!

In this economy, I think they should all be thankful that they have their jobs to begin with. Having to pay 20 or even 30% of your health care benefits may seem terrible when you are used to having to pay 5%, but, times have changed! While I truly want them to stay here and work with us, I believe that if they are not happy with a fair wage for an honest days work, then this school system is better off without them. There are hundreds of well qualified teachers that would be honored to work in Springboro Schools and help keep our district at the top. Instead of being thankful for the opportunities that are here for them, they want to spread lies and use bullying tactics (like those our children are taught NOT to use) to try to strong arm you into giving into their demands.

PLEASE stay true to your values!
Do not succumb to the bullying of a small few. I am counting on you to stand up for us, to be who you said you would be during your campaigns, and to do what you said you would do.

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