Voters approve 5.5-mill school levy

Voters approve 5.5-mill school levy

There are 18 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Aug 3, 2011, titled Voters approve 5.5-mill school levy. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

The Pickerington Local School District found favor with voters this time around, easily passing a 5.5-mill levy in a special election Aug.

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Bring Central up to date

Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 8, 2011
Maybe Pickerington Central can actually have a football field to play on to itself now. They have been sharing the Junior High's field since Central's new high school was built. Would be nice to see them go the artificial turf way like most Franklin Co. high schools have done so they can rent it out and garner revenue from it. In the long run these fields are more cost effective, as well as being multi sport friendly, and allowing the school to rent it out for other activities. Nice article about artificial turf in today's Dospatch. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local...
really

United States

#2 Aug 9, 2011
"We know how difficult it is for anyone to take on an additional burden," he said. "The board and administration are very serious about containing costs, and we will continue to do that. There are a lot of smiles here right now, and it feels good."

This is the BS line of the year, they don't give a hoot over trying to save any money and the "yes to any levy" is enabling them. "They don't foresee any cuts"... until next year when they will be back asking for more money...the cycle has started again.
Pick Resident

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 9, 2011
"What a relief," PLSD interim superintendent Jim Sotlar said after the results were posted. "It's nothing but excitement. It's a great day for the Pickerington school district and a great day for the Pickerington community."

And then he continued "Now I can keep my $500 per month car allowance and my $2000 monthly stipend!!! THANKS VOTERS!!"
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#4 Aug 9, 2011
Glad to see the community realize the relationship between a top quality school district and a quality community. Thank You Pickerington residents.
really

United States

#5 Aug 9, 2011
Another Picktown Proud wrote:
Glad to see the community realize the relationship between a top quality school district and a quality community. Thank You Pickerington residents.
Really throwing money at a problem is your idea of a solution?

Pouring more money on the problem doesn't fix it (nor make a better community), look at the Columbus school system, the spend the most money per student and have the worst stats.

All you did was give the addict more drugs... how are you going to justify next years levy or do you really think his will be the last time they have their hand out?
Part of the Problem

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 9, 2011
This is what we need to fix.

In the last 5 or so years, Pickerington has experienced a population boon which made our community much more diverse. With that increased diversity came issues our district has not experienced in as broad a range as before. Speak with most students within our district schools (elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools) and they will tell you who allot of the students disrespecting teachers and other students, and fighting are. The influx of African American students into our district within the last 5 years has caused a spike in student related problems in all our schools from an increase in disrespecting teachers and other students to fighting and an increase in theft of student’s property. Not a racist statement. Just a fact. And at the same time teachers will tell you these student’s parents are the ones coming in yelling at them and telling them they are picking on their kids.

Now go to www.greatschools.org . Look up our district. Individual schools within the district are rated by their overall test scores. Look at a particular school and its rating score. Now click on that score and go into the breakdown and see the racial breakdown of testing scores. The same students that are causing a large part of the recent spike in disciplinary issues are also causing our district to slide down in its quality rating. Pickerington Central, for example, has an overall rating of 6. Its Caucasian students’ rating is up at an 8. African American students’ rating is at a 3, while the Hispanic students’ rating is at a 2. Both severely bring down the school’s overall rating. Diley Middle school, same thing. Caucasian test rating is at a 9, while African American rating is at a 4. The Pickerington school district schools with higher African American and Hispanic student populations have the lower overall ratings, and ultimately bring down the district’s overall rating. Facts are facts. Some of these recent Pickerington residents need to address these facts, better teach their children respect, discipline, and the advantages of a quality education, and become a part of increasing the district’s overall quality rating. If a minimum education is all they want for their children then Pickerington may not be the right community for them.
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 9, 2011
really wrote:
<quoted text>
Really throwing money at a problem is your idea of a solution?
Pouring more money on the problem doesn't fix it (nor make a better community), look at the Columbus school system, the spend the most money per student and have the worst stats.
All you did was give the addict more drugs... how are you going to justify next years levy or do you really think his will be the last time they have their hand out?
Whatever dude. That dog won't hunt. Our school district is high quality and has been for a long time. It has also been part of what has made the Pickerington community high quality for many years now. The levy was needed, period. If you don't want to invest in your community when it is needed, probably better to find yourself a different community with lower taxes and a higher crime rate. There are allot of them around. Pick one.
really

Reynoldsburg, OH

#8 Aug 10, 2011
Another Picktown Proud wrote:
<quoted text>
Whatever dude. That dog won't hunt. Our school district is high quality and has been for a long time. It has also been part of what has made the Pickerington community high quality for many years now. The levy was needed, period. If you don't want to invest in your community when it is needed, probably better to find yourself a different community with lower taxes and a higher crime rate. There are allot of them around. Pick one.
What exactly was the levy for?

You are part of the crowd that doesn't care if they are in your pocket all the time, maybe you should be the one to leave so that I can get the wasteful spending under control...
really

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Aug 10, 2011
Part of the Problem wrote:
This is what we need to fix.
In the last 5 or so years, Pickerington has experienced a population boon which made our community much more diverse. With that increased diversity came issues our district has not experienced in as broad a range as before. Speak with most students within our district schools (elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools) and they will tell you who allot of the students disrespecting teachers and other students, and fighting are. The influx of African American students into our district within the last 5 years has caused a spike in student related problems in all our schools from an increase in disrespecting teachers and other students to fighting and an increase in theft of student’s property. Not a racist statement. Just a fact. And at the same time teachers will tell you these student’s parents are the ones coming in yelling at them and telling them they are picking on their kids.
Now go to www.greatschools.org . Look up our district. Individual schools within the district are rated by their overall test scores. Look at a particular school and its rating score. Now click on that score and go into the breakdown and see the racial breakdown of testing scores. The same students that are causing a large part of the recent spike in disciplinary issues are also causing our district to slide down in its quality rating. Pickerington Central, for example, has an overall rating of 6. Its Caucasian students’ rating is up at an 8. African American students’ rating is at a 3, while the Hispanic students’ rating is at a 2. Both severely bring down the school’s overall rating. Diley Middle school, same thing. Caucasian test rating is at a 9, while African American rating is at a 4. The Pickerington school district schools with higher African American and Hispanic student populations have the lower overall ratings, and ultimately bring down the district’s overall rating. Facts are facts. Some of these recent Pickerington residents need to address these facts, better teach their children respect, discipline, and the advantages of a quality education, and become a part of increasing the district’s overall quality rating. If a minimum education is all they want for their children then Pickerington may not be the right community for them.
But the rating didn't go down, the school district received an "excellent" rating so I guess you're wrong and throwing money at the problem is still not the solution...
yeah thats the problem

Reynoldsburg, OH

#10 Aug 10, 2011
Part of the Problem wrote:
This is what we need to fix.
The influx of African American students into our district within the last 5 years has caused a spike in student related problems in all our schools from an increase in disrespecting teachers and other students to fighting and an increase in theft of student’s property. Not a racist statement.
And all the Caucasian students are angels...

Since: Jul 11

AOL

#11 Aug 10, 2011
Another Picktown Proud wrote:
<quoted text>
Whatever dude. That dog won't hunt. Our school district is high quality and has been for a long time. It has also been part of what has made the Pickerington community high quality for many years now. The levy was needed, period. If you don't want to invest in your community when it is needed, probably better to find yourself a different community with lower taxes and a higher crime rate. There are allot of them around. Pick one.
What an asinine reply. This seems to be the only response against those who want accountability from the district for their tax dollars. Pick schools have been great but in the last few years they have started going downhill. Money is being spent and not accounted for. The administrators who make the most money are getting even more each year and the district is hiring even more while teachers are fired. Most of the ones on these sights love their community and are trying to do what they think is best to enable them to remain in a quality area with quality schools. Unfortunately I know of quite a few that will be losing their homes because they cannot afford to pay the taxes. It would be nice if the ones who love paying more and more taxes would pony up all the extra money they have to the district so that all these families could stay in the homes they have been in for decades. BTW this investment you call necessary at this time is FOREVER. Why doesn't the district raise money by an income tax on everyone's earnings rather than property owners? This way everyone in the district would have a stake in the schools and payment would be equal throughout the district.
Definitely a problem

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 10, 2011
yeah thats the problem wrote:
<quoted text>
And all the Caucasian students are angels...
No, they aren't. But when you look at the percentages of students from both races, there are a larger percentage of the african american students causing trouble than the percentage of caucasian students that are, based on the total percentage of both.
Just Thinking

West Jefferson, OH

#13 Aug 10, 2011
Pick Mama must not work outside the home. If she did, she would realize that there already is a 1% school income tax. Nothing is ever enough for this district.
It would be interesting if the school district would at least require the parents of current students to prove that they are actually paying this tax before their children are permitted in the school.
Wonder Why Guy

Columbus, OH

#14 Aug 10, 2011
Bring Central up to date wrote:
Maybe Pickerington Central can actually have a football field to play on to itself now. They have been sharing the Junior High's field since Central's new high school was built. Would be nice to see them go the artificial turf way like most Franklin Co. high schools have done so they can rent it out and garner revenue from it. In the long run these fields are more cost effective, as well as being multi sport friendly, and allowing the school to rent it out for other activities. Nice article about artificial turf in today's Dospatch. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local...
Yes that really helps the GPA. We know where the priority it put.

Can't wait to see how many of the laid off employees will return.

Since: Jul 11

AOL

#15 Aug 10, 2011
Just Thinking wrote:
Pick Mama must not work outside the home. If she did, she would realize that there already is a 1% school income tax. Nothing is ever enough for this district.
It would be interesting if the school district would at least require the parents of current students to prove that they are actually paying this tax before their children are permitted in the school.
I do work and pay the school tax. It just makes more sense that if the district thinks it has to raise taxes it should be the same across the board and not just on the home owners. The ones who live in apartments or rent need to have a stake in the district equally with the home owners. I'm sure the BOE realizes though that if everyone has to pay more, new taxes won't pass. As it is everyone votes, but if you don't own your home, you don't see the cost in your personal finances.
Been here awhile

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 11, 2011
Wonder Why Guy wrote:
<quoted text>Yes that really helps the GPA. We know where the priority it put.
Can't wait to see how many of the laid off employees will return.
An artificial turf field has proven to be more cost effective in the long term time and time again, as well as a revenue generator for the district. It is much more fiscally responsible to use turf fields than sod fields.
Been here awhile

Columbus, OH

#17 Aug 11, 2011
pick mama wrote:
<quoted text>
I do work and pay the school tax. It just makes more sense that if the district thinks it has to raise taxes it should be the same across the board and not just on the home owners. The ones who live in apartments or rent need to have a stake in the district equally with the home owners. I'm sure the BOE realizes though that if everyone has to pay more, new taxes won't pass. As it is everyone votes, but if you don't own your home, you don't see the cost in your personal finances.
That would only be true if property owners did not raise the rent when they end up with an increase themselves, which does not happen often. Most renters feel the tax increase as an increase in monthly rent. No one gets a free ride. Don't fool yourself.
Spooktackular

United States

#18 Aug 11, 2011
Would bet that Pickerington school district will be begging for more money in the 2012 primary. Shake down never stops it just takes a few months break .

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