Schools earn top report-card ranking

Schools earn top report-card ranking

There are 25 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Aug 24, 2011, titled Schools earn top report-card ranking. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

The Pickerington Local School District regained the highest score for academic performance on the state report card for 2010-11 after slipping in the rankings last year.

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Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#1 Aug 29, 2011
Great job PLSD.
I agree

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 29, 2011
Keep up the good work.
Great Schools

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 29, 2011
Nice to see Pickerington rebound so quickly. Keep it up PLSD.
Mike fm Taxerville

Dublin, OH

#4 Aug 29, 2011
The same score as Westerville and Gahanna - while doing it for less per student.
Way to go PLSD!!
Nice Job

Dallas, TX

#5 Aug 29, 2011
Where are the T baggers now? Probably scheduling the next lame meeting at their favorite corner pizza shop.
reality check

United States

#6 Aug 30, 2011
Mike fm Taxerville wrote:
The same score as Westerville and Gahanna - while doing it for less per student.
Way to go PLSD!!
again spending more money per student means nothing, Columbus spends the most per student and they suck...
waiting

United States

#7 Aug 30, 2011
Nice Job wrote:
Where are the T baggers now? Probably scheduling the next lame meeting at their favorite corner pizza shop.
waiting for your stupid %%% to move...
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 30, 2011
waiting wrote:
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waiting for your stupid %%% to move...
We have been here supporting our comnmunity for over 20 years. If anyone needs to move its the folks like the tea baggers that don't believe in community support.
Great Schools

Columbus, OH

#9 Aug 30, 2011
reality check wrote:
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again spending more money per student means nothing, Columbus spends the most per student and they suck...
In some cases, maybe. But the original poster was commenting on how much LESS money is spent per student at PLSD compared to the other schools listed, to obtain the same results. In this case it means a great deal, since the result is such a high ranking.
you are so wrong

Reynoldsburg, OH

#10 Aug 31, 2011
Another Picktown Proud wrote:
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We have been here supporting our comnmunity for over 20 years. If anyone needs to move its the folks like the tea baggers that don't believe in community support.
Why is it that you think that someone who want the PLSD to live within its means and not turn to the taxpayer every time they need money, does not support the community?

It's easier for you to call people names and say that we don't care, well you're wrong.

I use to vote for levies right up to the point where one failed and the money magically appeared ... or don't you remember that?

The point of this is that if you think the PLSD isn't looking to ask you for money next year, you are sadly mistaken...remember this levy was lowered to make it more palatable for the people that were on the fence, it worked, but the school district remains in the red and instead of holding the districts feet to the fire and make them more responsible, you opened the barn door...

now let me ask you this...

If they ask for more money next year, are you going to question it or blindly vote yes for it? Remember that throwing money at a problem always fixes the problem.
what

Reynoldsburg, OH

#11 Aug 31, 2011
Great Schools wrote:
Nice to see Pickerington rebound so quickly. Keep it up PLSD.
How did they "rebound so quickly"? We have 3 elementary schools in trouble and yet managed to get a "excellent with distinction" doesn't that register or bother you.
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 31, 2011
Any school that has put up the rankings that PLSD has over the years, had students that garnered the amount of scholarship money that PLSD has, gets the ratings it does while keeping its costs per student lower than allot of similar districts in our area, and also maintains an administrative cost below many similar districts in the area is living within its means. As any school district grows, and/or develops new cutting edge cirriculum to keep its students ready for the technological workplace when they graduate, its costs are going to increase. Part of the price paid for progress. If you want a district that just does the minimum that is acceptable, scrimps every penny irregardless of the long term negative effects, and does not want to be a leader, this is not the community for you, plain and simple. You are probably one of the folks that complained when the district saved $200,000 recently, but did not save the extra they could have by hiring 'non certified' people for the positions too, right?

If our district brings talks to the table about ADDITIONAL taxes, not just a renewal of something I am already paying, I will ask to see the justification. If I believe the request is justified, then I will vote accordingly.

Some of you may be the ones 'living beyond your means', and as such seem not to be able to afford any tax increases whatsoever. Not my problem or our school districts. Just because you moved here for a better life and dug a hole so deep in your budget that you are just holding on is a problem you got yourself into. And one you should be held accountable for getting yourself out of.
Liking PLSD

Columbus, OH

#13 Aug 31, 2011
I'm fairly new to the area, but I am liking what this district is doing. Our daughter's 8th grade has an Introduction To Bio-Medical class available. That is fantastic. Very forward looking district administration from what I have seen so far. Glad the levy recently passed. We originally moved here because of the great academic, as well as athletic programs this district has to offer. Glad to see things moving forward.
No More Taxes

Columbus, OH

#14 Aug 31, 2011
Who cares how good the district is doing. No more taxes, period! The Tea Party revolution has begun!!
Great Schools

Columbus, OH

#15 Aug 31, 2011
Liking PLSD wrote:
I'm fairly new to the area, but I am liking what this district is doing. Our daughter's 8th grade has an Introduction To Bio-Medical class available. That is fantastic. Very forward looking district administration from what I have seen so far. Glad the levy recently passed. We originally moved here because of the great academic, as well as athletic programs this district has to offer. Glad to see things moving forward.
The new STEM program at PLSD is proving once again what a leader our district is. Now the city just needs to follow suit. Hopefully the new Development Director is looking at the new curriculum and gearing our commercial development search toward companies in these technological fields also. We need to keep our best graduating students here in Pickerington once their adult lives begin.
really

Reynoldsburg, OH

#16 Aug 31, 2011
Another Picktown Proud wrote:
Some of you may be the ones 'living beyond your means', and as such seem not to be able to afford any tax increases whatsoever. Not my problem or our school districts. Just because you moved here for a better life and dug **** so deep in your budget that you are just holding on is a problem you got yourself into. And one you should be held accountable for getting yourself out of.
So it's ok that the PLSD lives beyond its means and always come to me asking to bail them out...but you want me to be "accountable for getting myself out of it".

Thanks for making my point, you can't have it both ways.

wait

Reynoldsburg, OH

#17 Aug 31, 2011
Another Picktown Proud wrote:
Some of you may be the ones 'living beyond your means', and as such seem not to be able to afford any tax increases whatsoever. Not my problem or our school districts. Just because you moved here for a better life and dug **** so deep in your budget that you are just holding on is a problem you got yourself into. And one you should be held accountable for getting yourself out of.
So using your own words; "And one you should be held accountable for getting yourself out of”, but since the PLSD is living beyond its means it's okay if they continually ask me to bail them out…

why do they get to have it both ways?

Why am I not allowed to be mad every time they overspend and want me to bail them out, after all (using your words) it's up to them to get themselves out of it, but they threaten to cut your precious sports or they screw the kids and you cave. You’re the pusher to a junkie.

You say you would ask for justification, I highly doubt it, you think PLSD does no wrong and any one that questions it motives is anti-community.
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#18 Aug 31, 2011
Our school district must always look to improve itself, its teaching methods, and its teaching tools, in order for it to be of the most benefit to our community’s students and ultimately our community’s future and its quality. It is their responsibility to the community they serve. Progress is seldom if ever free. If PLSD was not right in line with similar districts, spending wise, and not moving forward with the world’s technology, then there may be a case for it not being fiscally responsible, or ‘living within its means’. But our district is staying focused on bettering its overall product delivery and putting out some top quality future Pickerington residents, while doing so for less overall money per student than many similar districts. And as such, is being fiscally responsible. Supporting those efforts is part of being a Pickerington resident. Our community has always believed that keeping our school district strong and top quality is important, and realized that periodic tax increases to support that quality is necessary. That’s just part of living in a bedroom community that wants to have a top quality educational system.

Trying to compare a school district’s spending to a citizen’s is not remotely realistic. Something closer would be looking at our community as a whole being a business entity, and having to periodically re-invest in one of its divisions for the betterment of the overall business. Any business must periodically reinvest in itself to maintain its edge in its business sector. Same thing with a community. We must reinvest periodically in our infrastructure to maintain its quality. Whether it be schools, parks system, roads, police and fire protection services, etc. None of these run themselves. Stop trying to justify people living beyond their means day to day by bashing teachers, administrators, and the district. It shows how little you really know about what it takes to maintain a top quality Division 1 school district.
larry alxlerod

Galion, OH

#19 Aug 31, 2011
I would give myself A+++ on my own report-card also...Baby!
Great Schools

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 31, 2011
Another Picktown Proud wrote:
Our school district must always look to improve itself, its teaching methods, and its teaching tools, in order for it to be of the most benefit to our community’s students and ultimately our community’s future and its quality. It is their responsibility to the community they serve. Progress is seldom if ever free. If PLSD was not right in line with similar districts, spending wise, and not moving forward with the world’s technology, then there may be a case for it not being fiscally responsible, or ‘living within its means’. But our district is staying focused on bettering its overall product delivery and putting out some top quality future Pickerington residents, while doing so for less overall money per student than many similar districts. And as such, is being fiscally responsible. Supporting those efforts is part of being a Pickerington resident. Our community has always believed that keeping our school district strong and top quality is important, and realized that periodic tax increases to support that quality is necessary. That’s just part of living in a bedroom community that wants to have a top quality educational system.
Trying to compare a school district’s spending to a citizen’s is not remotely realistic. Something closer would be looking at our community as a whole being a business entity, and having to periodically re-invest in one of its divisions for the betterment of the overall business. Any business must periodically reinvest in itself to maintain its edge in its business sector. Same thing with a community. We must reinvest periodically in our infrastructure to maintain its quality. Whether it be schools, parks system, roads, police and fire protection services, etc. None of these run themselves. Stop trying to justify people living beyond their means day to day by bashing teachers, administrators, and the district. It shows how little you really know about what it takes to maintain a top quality Division 1 school district.
Very well said.

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