Pickerington schools retain 'excellen...

Pickerington schools retain 'excellent' rating

There are 27 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Aug 17, 2011, titled Pickerington schools retain 'excellent' rating. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

The Pickerington Local School District has maintained an "excellent" rating on the state's annual report card.

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ToTheDoubters

Nashport, OH

#1 Aug 19, 2011
Pickerington continues to do the most with the least money. Truly amazing that the district has been able to retain the fantastic teachers that it has. Oh, and thanks to everyone that voted for the levy - at least the district can stop bailing water for a couple of years. If only Big Lots can generate enough income tax for the district to replace all of that lost from the foreclosed and abandoned homes, things will be fine. (Thread drift warning) But seriously, it's time for the city leaders to think about what is best for the community - and I don't thing granting approval for a Big Lots is the right direction. They need to be proactive to fend off the blight that is moving east from Hamilton and Brice Road, not add to the problem.
Vicki Bauer

Erie, PA

#2 Aug 20, 2011
Recently moved to Pickerington and did vote for the School Levy. Keep up the good work.
Another Picktown Proud

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 22, 2011
Yep. Great job Pickerington Local School District. And another BIG thanks to the residents for stepping up and realizing how important the levy was to the continued strength of the community.

I agree with ToTheDoubters that the city needs to step up and bring in QUALITY businesses to help supplement the tax burden. Big Lots is NOT a quality business. Hopefully their presence in our town will be short lived.

The city needs to meet with PLSD and see what the STEM learning model is all about and start bringing in quality businesses that will gel with that learning model. We should want the best and brightest of our student body to be able to find employment locally, once they graduate, and remain members of the community. The 2 working together will help make that a reality.
right

Reynoldsburg, OH

#4 Aug 22, 2011
ToTheDoubters wrote:
at least the district can stop bailing water for a couple of years....I don't thing granting approval for a Big Lots is the right direction. They need to be proactive to fend off the blight that is moving east from Hamilton and Brice Road, not add to the problem.
You think that just because the levy was passed that the school district is in the black, wake up? It won’t be long before they ask for another levy, this time to support the community school or some other PLSD made disaster. And I have their history as my basis for comment.

As far as Big Lots is concerned, if you thing an empty building is good for the community, think again… jobs and taxes are needed not empty buildings …

Your funny thinking that if you can keep Pickerington “white” that all the problems just magically disappear …yes I’m laughing at you not with you….
Wrong

Columbus, OH

#5 Aug 22, 2011
With few exceptions, Big Lots end up drawing more undesirable people to an area than not, and causes way more problems for a community than their low paying jobs and low markup items bring in taxes. The stores end up being dirty and run down, and uninviting.

For thinking Big Lots is a 'positive' for our community, you my friend are being laughed at.
Truth

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 22, 2011
right wrote:
<quoted text>
Your funny thinking that if you can keep Pickerington “white” that all the problems just magically disappear …
Maybe not ALL the problems, but you can drive through either of the areas listed above, as well as other areas in Reynoldsburg, and see how the areas have declined since they started getting 'darker'.
Just saying

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 22, 2011
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.
Great Job

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 22, 2011
Way to go PLSD.
laughing all the way

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Aug 22, 2011
Wrong wrote:
With few exceptions, Big Lots end up drawing more undesirable people to an area than not, and causes way more problems for a community than their low paying jobs and low markup items bring in taxes. The stores end up being dirty and run down, and uninviting.
For thinking Big Lots is a 'positive' for our community, you my friend are being laughed at.
then keep your kids in check when you shop there....
funny

United States

#10 Aug 23, 2011
You people are funny, the levy passes and you think everything is okay.

You hate Big Lots and would rather have another food place open, then close.

You think that the "African-Americans" (although that term is wrong to begin with) are the cause of all Pickerington's nightmares...

I love it.
Truth

Columbus, OH

#11 Aug 23, 2011
The levy passing is definitely not the answer to everything, but is a definite step forward to maintaining a strong community.

I dont see where anyone mentioned anything about another food place, just that a store like Big Lots is a step in the wrong direction for our community.

What is funny is people like you trying to twist statements into absolutes, when no absolutes were even mentioned anywhere in any of the above statements. Must be another one of those Tea Pansie nutjobs.
Truth

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 23, 2011
ToTheDoubters wrote:
They need to be proactive to fend off the blight that is moving east from Hamilton and Brice Road, not add to the problem.
Case in point:
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local...

Located right behind the shopping center Hooters is in, just West of brice Rd.
wrong direction

United States

#13 Aug 23, 2011
Truth wrote:
The levy passing is definitely not the answer to everything, but is a definite step forward to maintaining a strong community.

I dont see where anyone mentioned anything about another food place, just that a store like Big Lots is a step in the wrong direction for our community.

What is funny is people like you trying to twist statements into absolutes, when no absolutes were even mentioned anywhere in any of the above statements. Must be another one of those Tea Pansie nutjobs.
Talk about nutjobs, you disagree with lower taxes and fiscal responsibility and then attack what you don't understand, sad really.

Not once did I twist a statement, but Pickerington is a "not in my backyard" community so anything that would be good for it is destroyed and sent packing to CW or Reynoldsburg, thus leaving the tax payer to always correct the problems of the PLSD.

So you really missed the point...
right

United States

#14 Aug 23, 2011
Truth wrote:
The levy passing is definitely not the answer to everything, but is a definite step forward to maintaining a strong community.
Tell me exactly what I got for my money? Were the academic classes that were cut, restored?

Oh that's right NO!
Truth

Columbus, OH

#15 Aug 23, 2011
I agree completely with fiscal responsibility, and PLSD has shown that overall. They just combined some positions in the athletic dept. and saved $200,000 in the process. I would definitely call that fiscally responsible.

And as for taxes. They are a necessary evil. Especially in a bedroom community such as Pickerington. Those of us that have lived here for a long period of time know that and accept it as part of living here. Without them our community would not be as strong as it is today. It is part of our responsibility as Pickerington residents.

To make a statement that Big Lots is GOOD for our community shows how out of touch with this community you really are. Either that or you are a new resident who knows nothing about what this community is about. We are about quality, and Big Lots IS NOT quality.

Right, what you got for your money is that when the economy rebounds, like it is bound to, our community will rebound faster than those that cut, cut, cut, down to nothing. Our community will again be where people will be looking to move because we held strong through the rough times and came out much stronger because of it. If you want cheap taxes, Pickerington just is not the town for you.
Long Time Resident

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 23, 2011
Truth wrote:
And as for taxes. They are a necessary evil. Especially in a bedroom community such as Pickerington. Those of us that have lived here for a long period of time know that and accept it as part of living here. Without them our community would not be as strong as it is today. It is part of our responsibility as Pickerington residents.
Very well said.
sure

United States

#17 Aug 23, 2011
Truth wrote:
I agree completely with fiscal responsibility, and PLSD has shown that overall. They just combined some positions in the athletic dept. and saved $200,000 in the process. I would definitely call that fiscally responsible.
First of all the reported $200K saving is just that reported, they re-hired someone making $45K and bumped his pay to $76K (a 68% pay raise) so that brings the savings down to "$124K" and I'm sure we can bring that figure down to reality.

PLSB/D hasn't been fiscally responsible in a while, they are a tax and spend unit and trust me I've lived her long enough to know that this levy was just the start of the vicious cycle.

I use to vote for levies until, like this time, they spent money that wasn't necessary ($50K special consultant for school boundaries,$25K for telephone messages on the last failed levy and of course $55K on a "special election")... see my thing is if you are hurting for money you shouldn't be spending it like it was water ....

And again an empty building does nothing for p-town... have you visited the Sawmill road Big Lots...it seems to be a well maintained story and I expect nothing less than the for the P-town one ....
sure

United States

#18 Aug 23, 2011
sorry that is a 60% pay increase...my bad
Good Work

Columbus, OH

#19 Aug 24, 2011
Great Job PLSD. Keep up the good work.
I agree

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 24, 2011
Our district showed financial responsibility, and made some tough decisions and cuts this year. This year lets work on getting that rating back up to Excellent With Distinction. Good luck as school starts next week. Your town suppports you.

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