Schools earn top report-card ranking

There are 5 comments on the Aug 24, 2011, ThisWeek Community Newspapers story 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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WOW

Reynoldsburg, OH

#21 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.
Nice try, not once have I ever bashed a teacher, the administration, union and school board yes, they are the root cause of the problem, just as your narrow minded view of what fiscal responsibility is.

I can show multiple examples of the fiscal irresponsibility by the district...starting with the palace on Refugee road.

Since you say that you know everything about the PLSD, why did the PLSB sell Central as the only high school the area would need, with an expansion plan to mirror the school when the area grew and it was needed, only to throw it out the door when they decided to "keep up with the Jone's" (Hilliard, UA, New Albany etc.). Now they have purchased $1.5M (68.9 Acres) to do just that ... why is it plausible now, but not before North was built.

You will never be able to convince me that school was ever needed. Then we won't go into the building material they chose to use….

So while you and the other are blindly following the PLSB, I will continue to ask that they be responsible with my money (and yours also) and not forget their past spending habits.

It was also nice to see you justify me having to be responsible and the school district is just "investing" in itself ...
For PLSD

Columbus, OH

#22 Aug 31, 2011
If all some of you people want is an average educational system, you are definitely living in the wrong place. Our district is doing a very good job. Congrats on the recent rating.
why

Reynoldsburg, OH

#23 Aug 31, 2011
For PLSD wrote:
If all some of you people want is an average educational system, you are definitely living in the wrong place. Our district is doing a very good job. Congrats on the recent rating.
why can't I have both a fiscally responsible school district that spends my money wisely and yet maintains the academic standards you want, you think that they are mutually exclusive, there not...but in order to achieve both they need to start being fiscally responsible.
For PLSD

Canal Winchester, OH

#24 Aug 31, 2011
why wrote:
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why can't I have both a fiscally responsible school district that spends my money wisely and yet maintains the academic standards you want, you think that they are mutually exclusive, there not...but in order to achieve both they need to start being fiscally responsible.
They are doing just that now. In almost EVERY spending category, PLSD is currently below the per student spending average for similar districts. Add to that the fact that they recently saved you and me, and the rest of the community,$200,000 annually, and I'd say you have a fiscally responsible school district. No district is going to be perfect, and probably never up to your 0% bad decisions standard, but when a comparison is done between Pickerington and almost every other similar district in Ohio, our district rises to the top of the heap.
wrong agian

Reynoldsburg, OH

#25 Aug 31, 2011
For PLSD wrote:
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They are doing just that now. In almost EVERY spending category, PLSD is currently below the per student spending average for similar districts. Add to that the fact that they recently saved you and me, and the rest of the community,$200,000 annually, and I'd say you have a fiscally responsible school district. No district is going to be perfect, and probably never up to your 0% bad decisions standard, but when a comparison is done between Pickerington and almost every other similar district in Ohio, our district rises to the top of the heap.
no they didn't save 200k, that's a paper figure that is being taughted around, they hires 4 teachers and 2 ad's giving one a $25K raise... see they blow smoke up your arse and you don't even question it...

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