Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in Ohio

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CLEARCREEK TWP., Ohio - Trustees in Clearcreek Twp. - third among 11 Warren County townships in net property taxes - disagree about asking voters for an additional 4.5-mill levy to fund fire protection and ambulance services.

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Waste Watchers

Springboro, OH

#1983 Dec 23, 2013
Here we go again wrote:
Why is the FD hirig a Lieutenant, a Captain and a Assistant fire chief? We thought that they HAD NO MONEY --- liars!
It was proven last May 2013 that our Township Government Leaders and our CCFD
firefighters union were lying to us; And it was proven that No New Money is needed
to provide ambulance and fire protection for our Springboro citizens.

Don't Forget, that our township fiscal officer told fire chief, Mr. Kidd, that he should
spend down all that Surplus Money before he came to ask the Trustees to put the
next Fire Levy Increase on the ballot; And Mr. Kidd is an obedient "public servant"
and, based on the Township Government Business Meeting Minutes, it appears
that the surplus is being gulped down the throats of the CCFD, wasting
our hard earned money; trying to justify their greed for More New Taxes.

There is Encouragement as we look to the New Year and our newly-elected
Common Sense Trustee, Steve Muterspaw, comes on board. Those attending
last week's business meeting easily recognized that the Township Government
is not Ed Wade's playground anymore. Mr. Wade's rude arrogance (which turned
his face shamefully red) did not deter Mr. Muterspaw's questions regarding
the high cost of compensation/benefits packages and the Township's responsibility
to reign in those high costs, starting with soliciting bids for the upcoming insurance
contracts.

As expected, Mr. Wade sputtered and shifted around about firefighters' unions collective bargaining issues being the big Evil that no one can master; but that's just another lie that we have all been told before. TRUTH be told, Mr. Kidd is going to have to CUT spending
to preserve that big surplus; because there is simply NO reason for voters to say yes to increased taxes in May..... and way beyond.
spy on heston st

Dayton, OH

#1984 Dec 25, 2013
hey Vic, you look like a rag man in that robe of yours. Please ,'for the kids", put some descent clothes on when you go out to get the morning paper.
ClearcreekwillPA Yin2014

Gainesville, FL

#1985 Dec 31, 2013
Well folks, Happy New Year -- and a HAPPY NEW YEAR it will be.

On January 30, 31,2014, ED WADE and his merry band of thieves will be answering to the JUDGE WHY he and his "FRIENDS" lied, violated the STATE LAW, STOLE money, and damaged other peoples reputation all in an effort to be the CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. What an ASS is this guy.

One good sign of change is we NOW have a person who is ethical and mortal and will DRIVE WADE OUT OF TOWN in 2014. It is time for a positive change. Don't let WADE violate the law ANYMORE.

It is ALSO TIME to FIRE the ADMINISTRATORS (Pickett & Wilhelm,) FIRE the Zoning dude (Palmer) and the stupid fire chief (KIDD) He is USING all of us like WADE does.

Yes, Change is coming in early 2014 so enjoy the ride!
BADCLEARCREEK

Cleveland, OH

#1986 Jan 30, 2014
Today, Clearcreek Trustees have to answer to a judge WHY they violated the Ohio Open Meetings Law. Ed Wade, (AKA - Chairman of the Board,)is behind this and is sweating bullets because he finally got caught Violating the LAW. It is NOW time to rid our lives of this dirt bag and restore order.
banker

Dayton, OH

#1987 Jan 30, 2014
wonder who Wade will pay off to get off the hook, AGAIN.
whattheDDNwontte llyou

Cleveland, OH

#1988 Feb 4, 2014
Clearcreek Township officials back in court for alleged open meeting act violation

Posted: Jan 30, 2014

LEBANON, Ohio -- A Warren County judge is expected to decide soon whether Clearcreek Township officials have been violating Ohio law for decades by allegedly holding secret meetings to discuss public business.

At issue is whether trustees who regularly attend informal meetings in the township administrator’s office to review agenda items and other matters a half-hour before their public meeting are violating the Ohio Meetings Act, or whether a loophole in the law allows the gatherings to happen.

Attorneys wrapped up two-days of testimony Friday and will now prepare their closing arguments.

Clearkcreek Township resident Jack Chrisman filed a lawsuit against the township and trustees in 2011, alleging that trustees’“pre-meeting meetings,” held for more than 30 years, violate the law.

“I want to see transparency in the township completely from all the trustees. I want to see them advertise their meetings and let everyone know the meetings will be at a certain day, a certain time,” said Chrisman.

Chrisman is concerned that trustees are making informal decisions out of the public eye that affect him and others in the township. It's a common fear of many taxpayers, who recognize the larger impact of small decisions made by their local officials.

"These local government bodies are taking actions that have more impact on your life than the federal government does. That's a pretty compelling reason for people to care," said Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association.

The lawsuit names current trustee Glenn Wade and former trustees Robert Lamb and Cathy Anspach. It also names the township administrator, Dennis Pickett, who says he has worked for the township since 1985.

The trustees are accused of discussing matters amongst themselves in the “pre-meeting meetings.” including their thoughts and assessment on various township matters. The discussions sometimes led them to take an informal vote on an agenda item and even remove certain items from the agenda for that evening’s public meeting, the lawsuit claims.

Warren County Court of Common Pleas judge James Flannery tossed out the original case because he said there was no evidence the trustees were formally deliberating at the informal meetings. But Chrisman appealed Flannery’s decision and won.

Township officials headed back to Flannery's courtroom Thursday for their first day of trial.

Clearcreek Township officials admit that the informal "pre-meeting meetings" have occurred but deny that they’ve done anything wrong.

Wade, the trustee who has served in the township for more than 30 years, previously told Chrisman's lawyer in his out-of-court oral testimony that the informal meetings are held with the door open in an office next to the public restroom.

"I guess it was not at an advertised meeting, but people walk into the meeting. I mean, it’s not behind closed doors. Someone could walk in at any time and give us some information about something or, say, have a question," Wade said under oath.

Pickett, the township administrator, said the trustees still stop by or call his office to ask questions before their public meetings but in light of the pending lawsuit, they now only meet with him one at a time.

"I don't believe there was ever discussion among trustees. I don't believe their intent was to have a meeting before the meeting, and that there intent was always to find out their curiosities about items that I have scheduled on the agenda," he said.

Pickett said he occasionally removes scheduled agenda items referenced in the informal gatherings, but only to get more information to meet the trustees' needs. He said most of the gatherings are unrelated to township business.

"Many times, over the years, when trustees would come into my office, it was more of a social gathering than it was about business at all," said Pickett.
CINCINNATIenquir erTELLS

Cleveland, OH

#1989 Feb 4, 2014
Judge berates Clearcreek Twp. officials for secret meetings

Resident sues trustees for preplanned talks behind closed doors

A Warren County judge on Friday lambasted Clearcreek Township officials for holding what could be viewed as illegal secret meetings.

“Frankly, I’m going to warn you right now: Don’t operate this way any longer,” Common Pleas Court Judge James Flannery told township officials.“You brought on a litigation that was totally unnecessary.”

Testimony wrapped up Friday in the two-day trial in which township officials are accused of violating the Ohio Open Meetings Act by holding prearranged, informal meetings in Administrator Dennis Pickett’s office a half-hour before the public session to discuss agenda items and other matters.

The law requires that public officials take official action and conduct all “deliberations upon official business” only in open meetings unless the subject matter is specifically exempt by law. It defines meetings as any prearranged discussion of public business that includes a quorum of the public body

At issue in this case is whether discussions held between a majority of the three-member board during the gatherings qualify as deliberations.

“The issue is, did they do it? And it sounds like they did it. Now I need to know, what are they doing behind closed doors?” Flannery said.

He also cautioned the township’s administrator:“If you want to talk to any of (the trustees) individually, don’t involve this court. Talk to any of them about any topic you want to talk about. You get two of them in the same room, though, you have problems.”

Resident Jack Chrisman sued the township and trustees in 2011, saying those “pre-meeting meetings” violate state law because public business was being discussed by a majority of the three-member board.

The public was not invited, nor did trustees give notice of the meetings or file minutes of what was discussed, his suit alleges

Flannery initially tossed out the case at the request of the township, saying there was no evidence the trustees were conducting formal deliberations at the meetings.

Chrisman appealed the case and won. Judge Robert Ringland of the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals wrote that Flannery improperly dismissed the case because there were too many unanswered questions about the meetings.

John D. Smith, an attorney representing the township, argued that while agenda items may have been discussed at the open-door meetings, the unscheduled gatherings were merely “fact-finding” sessions and no deliberation took place

Flannery ordered both sides to submit their closing arguments by Feb. 14, after which he will issue his ruling.
dung heap

Dayton, OH

#1990 Feb 4, 2014
CINCINNATIenquirerTELLS wrote:
Judge berates Clearcreek Twp. officials for secret meetings
Resident sues trustees for preplanned talks behind closed doors
A Warren County judge on Friday lambasted Clearcreek Township officials for holding what could be viewed as illegal secret meetings.
“Frankly, I’m going to warn you right now: Don’t operate this way any longer,” Common Pleas Court Judge James Flannery told township officials.“You brought on a litigation that was totally unnecessary.”
Testimony wrapped up Friday in the two-day trial in which township officials are accused of violating the Ohio Open Meetings Act by holding prearranged, informal meetings in Administrator Dennis Pickett’s office a half-hour before the public session to discuss agenda items and other matters.
The law requires that public officials take official action and conduct all “deliberations upon official business” only in open meetings unless the subject matter is specifically exempt by law. It defines meetings as any prearranged discussion of public business that includes a quorum of the public body
At issue in this case is whether discussions held between a majority of the three-member board during the gatherings qualify as deliberations.
“The issue is, did they do it? And it sounds like they did it. Now I need to know, what are they doing behind closed doors?” Flannery said.
He also cautioned the township’s administrator:“If you want to talk to any of (the trustees) individually, don’t involve this court. Talk to any of them about any topic you want to talk about. You get two of them in the same room, though, you have problems.”
Resident Jack Chrisman sued the township and trustees in 2011, saying those “pre-meeting meetings” violate state law because public business was being discussed by a majority of the three-member board.
The public was not invited, nor did trustees give notice of the meetings or file minutes of what was discussed, his suit alleges
Flannery initially tossed out the case at the request of the township, saying there was no evidence the trustees were conducting formal deliberations at the meetings.
Chrisman appealed the case and won. Judge Robert Ringland of the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals wrote that Flannery improperly dismissed the case because there were too many unanswered questions about the meetings.
John D. Smith, an attorney representing the township, argued that while agenda items may have been discussed at the open-door meetings, the unscheduled gatherings were merely “fact-finding” sessions and no deliberation took place
Flannery ordered both sides to submit their closing arguments by Feb. 14, after which he will issue his ruling.
I had heard that Wade had the opportunity to eat crow and pay the 35k fine, originally. His arrogance in fighting this will possibility cost the taxpayers of Clearcreek Township over 200k in fines....way to go Wade ! Thanks for wasting more of our tax dollars ! Why is this clown still in office ?
Checkitout

Cleveland, OH

#1991 Feb 7, 2014
dung heap wrote:
<quoted text>
I had heard that Wade had the opportunity to eat crow and pay the 35k fine, originally. His arrogance in fighting this will possibility cost the taxpayers of Clearcreek Township over 200k in fines....way to go Wade ! Thanks for wasting more of our tax dollars ! Why is this clown still in office ?
Wade has no brain.....
Just One Reason

Springboro, OH

#1992 Feb 8, 2014
dung heap wrote:
<quoted text>
I had heard that Wade had the opportunity to eat crow and pay the 35k fine, originally. His arrogance in fighting this will possibility cost the taxpayers of Clearcreek Township over 200k in fines....way to go Wade ! Thanks for wasting more of our tax dollars ! Why is this clown still in office ?
Just One Reason WHY Ed Wade is still in office and that is Just Because only 490 Springboro Voters agreed to continue their enslavement to Ed Wade's corruption and waste of our hard earned tax dollars. Only 490 votes separated the election results between Ed Wade's corruption and Cathy Anspach's good public service to the people over these past four years.

Good old boy Bad politicians like Township Trustee Ed Wade get elected into office because only 490 plus One good people in the community did not choose to Vote him out.

Could it be that these good people cannot Read the Bad news about Ed Wade's True History?

WLWT News 5 7/15/2013
Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Sunshine Laws)

Dayton Daily News 7/3/2012
Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership CREATED 13 PERMANENT firefighter poistions with TEMPORARY
federal funds. Now taxpayers will to foot the bill.

Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009
Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.

Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012
Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May when they had a $13.9 million surplus.
Just One Reason

Springboro, OH

#1993 Feb 9, 2014
Could it be that retired educator, Ron Malone, who has been insanely popular as SHS principal for the past 13 years, is now elected as Board of Education Vice President, simply because Good People voted Name Recognition in the November 2013 election?

Could it be that the community as a whole did not vote for Ron Malone to continue his now proven failed practices, running our Education Business like a union shop, making up un-necessary classes (which means over-taxing Springboro families) just for one reason of ensuring employment security of union teachers whose skills are less in demand in our children's 21st century classrooms?

Could it be that our under-performing former high school principal, Ron Malone, is now an elected board representative, because Ron Malone ran a highly advertised campaign for two years against our children first; and failed to run on his True History of poor work performances that is just now being revealed to community wide voters?
WOWFACTOR

Cleveland, OH

#1995 Feb 10, 2014
Just One Reason wrote:
<quoted text>
Just One Reason WHY Ed Wade is still in office and that is Just Because only 490 Springboro Voters agreed to continue their enslavement to Ed Wade's corruption and waste of our hard earned tax dollars. Only 490 votes separated the election results between Ed Wade's corruption and Cathy Anspach's good public service to the people over these past four years.
Good old boy Bad politicians like Township Trustee Ed Wade get elected into office because only 490 plus One good people in the community did not choose to Vote him out.
Could it be that these good people cannot Read the Bad news about Ed Wade's True History?
WLWT News 5 7/15/2013
Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Sunshine Laws)
Dayton Daily News 7/3/2012
Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership CREATED 13 PERMANENT firefighter poistions with TEMPORARY
federal funds. Now taxpayers will to foot the bill.
Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009
Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.
Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012
Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May when they had a $13.9 million surplus.
OMG -- This guy is a MACHINE that needs to be stopped. Can you believe this if it happened in YOUR place of employment. What would happen to this person?

This guy makes ALL elected officials look bad. Time to pick the BAD apple off of the tree and leave the rest!
It Could

Springboro, OH

#1996 Feb 10, 2014
It Could wrote:
<quoted text> It could be that you are just an inept fool that keeps posting this garbage, that all reading knows it isn't true.
It Could be that you don't recognize the Truth that This is Ron Malone's rotten record of job performances. And only Ron Malone is to be held responsible for the Stink of his own Baggage of Garbage. It's a matter of Public Record.

The True History of a Man….through official documents written by third party observers. It is not as golden as you have been led to believe.
As the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of his professional peer reviewers, his superiors, and his own public pronouncements.
The recent note from Mr. Tom Isaacs of the Warren County Educational Service Center in defense of Mr. Malone is noteworthy in that it did not refute any of their prior conclusions or recommendations.
DECEMBER 2010 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit
report on SHS program of studies RECOMMENDATIONS page 13:

"Increase the number of students taking the HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WORKS recommended curriculum/Ohio Core each year by at least 25 percent.
"Increase the percentage of students taking college preparatory courses. Eliminate any course offerings below the college preparatory level."

JANUARY 2012 - Superintendent Gene Lolli's annual performance evaluation of Mr. Malone notes:

"Mr. Malone does demonstrate the ability to affect change, but sometimes very reluctantly. It sometimes takes numerous requests by Superintendent before changes are implemented."

Mr. Malone needs to improve on getting request goals to the Superintendent in a timely fashion. Examples include: Requested schedule of events for delayed start at the beginning of the year, at semester, and last week and have not yet received. Also requested times and dates of all staff meetings and quarterly updates on the High Schools That Work per 2011-2012 job targets.

JANUARY 2013 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies page 10:
"SHS still offers GENERAL LEVEL CLASSES (Algebra 1A and 1B, physical science, US History, and World History). Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the Technical Assistance Visiting (TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Works philosophy, SHS believes that offering LOW-LEVEL COURSES is in the best interest of students. This belief, however, WAS NOT SUBSTANTIATED by research or data."
2013 US NEWS ranking of high schools in Ohio ranks King’s #23, Mason #35, Bellbrook#37, Brookville #41, Lebanon #48, Centerville #49, Waynesville #53, Monroe #90 and , and finally Springboro #97.
Given our district’s stated 40% gifted population, the fact that only 20% are on track to take A/P classes in high school, our district is severely underperforming compared to those districts around us in my opinion.
*Number of Dual College Credit Classes available when Mr. Malone
retired - 0
*Number of Dual College Credit classes added after Mr. Malone retired
June 30, 2013 - 6
Misallocation of district and taxpayer resources: 34 out of 77 elective classes at the high school had less than 20 students, more than a few had multiple classes.
IE: Children’s Literature, 2 classes – 27 total students, Entrepreneurship, 2 classes – 20 total students, etc.
My conclusion is that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
It Could

Springboro, OH

#1997 Feb 10, 2014
It Could wrote:
<quoted text> It could be that you are just an inept fool that keeps posting this garbage, that all reading knows it isn't true.
It Could be that you are just an innocent bystander that has been blinded by your own prejudices to the truth of Mr. Malone's public record of job performance review.

The True History of a Man….through official documents written by third party observers. It is not as golden as you have been led to believe.
As the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of his professional peer reviewers, his superiors, and his own public pronouncements.
The recent note from Mr. Tom Isaacs of the Warren County Educational Service Center in defense of Mr. Malone is noteworthy in that it did not refute any of their prior conclusions or recommendations.
DECEMBER 2010 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit
report on SHS program of studies RECOMMENDATIONS page 13:

"Increase the number of students taking the HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WORKS recommended curriculum/Ohio Core each year by at least 25 percent.
"Increase the percentage of students taking college preparatory courses. Eliminate any course offerings below the college preparatory level."

JANUARY 2012 - Superintendent Gene Lolli's annual performance evaluation of Mr. Malone notes:

"Mr. Malone does demonstrate the ability to affect change, but sometimes very reluctantly. It sometimes takes numerous requests by Superintendent before changes are implemented."

Mr. Malone needs to improve on getting request goals to the Superintendent in a timely fashion. Examples include: Requested schedule of events for delayed start at the beginning of the year, at semester, and last week and have not yet received. Also requested times and dates of all staff meetings and quarterly updates on the High Schools That Work per 2011-2012 job targets.

JANUARY 2013 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies page 10:
"SHS still offers GENERAL LEVEL CLASSES (Algebra 1A and 1B, physical science, US History, and World History). Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the Technical Assistance Visiting (TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Works philosophy, SHS believes that offering LOW-LEVEL COURSES is in the best interest of students. This belief, however, WAS NOT SUBSTANTIATED by research or data."
2013 US NEWS ranking of high schools in Ohio ranks King’s #23, Mason #35, Bellbrook#37, Brookville #41, Lebanon #48, Centerville #49, Waynesville #53, Monroe #90 and , and finally Springboro #97.
Given our district’s stated 40% gifted population, the fact that only 20% are on track to take A/P classes in high school, our district is severely underperforming compared to those districts around us in my opinion.
*Number of Dual College Credit Classes available when Mr. Malone
retired - 0
*Number of Dual College Credit classes added after Mr. Malone retired
June 30, 2013 - 6
Misallocation of district and taxpayer resources: 34 out of 77 elective classes at the high school had less than 20 students, more than a few had multiple classes.
IE: Children’s Literature, 2 classes – 27 total students, Entrepreneurship, 2 classes – 20 total students, etc.
My conclusion is that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
Worth Repeating

Springboro, OH

#1998 Feb 11, 2014
It Could be that Just One Reason WHY Ed Wade is still in office and that is Just Because only 490 Springboro Voters agreed to continue their enslavement to Ed Wade's corruption and waste of our hard earned tax dollars. Only 490 votes separated the election results between Ed Wade's corruption and Cathy Anspach's good public service to the people over these past four years.

Good old boy Bad politicians like Township Trustee Ed Wade get elected into office because only 490 plus One good people in the community did not choose to Vote him out.

Could it be that these good people cannot Read the Bad news about Ed Wade's True History?

WLWT News 5 7/15/2013
Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Sunshine Laws)

Dayton Daily News 7/3/2012
Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership CREATED 13 PERMANENT firefighter poistions with TEMPORARY
federal funds. Now taxpayers will to foot the bill.

Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009
Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.

Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012
Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May when they had a $13.9 million surplus.
Worth Repeating

Springboro, OH

#1999 Feb 11, 2014
It Could be that you are just an innocent bystander that has been blinded by your own prejudices to the truth of Mr. Malone's public record of job performance review.

It Could be that if Ron Malone had run for election on his past job performance records, he would not have been elected board representative because of his name recognition as being insanely popular with 41 years PAST experience as an educator. Only the SEA insiders knew the truth about Mr. Malone; but now the community as a whole is in the know...

The True History of a Man….through official documents written by third party observers. It is not as golden as you have been led to believe.
As the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of his professional peer reviewers, his superiors, and his own public pronouncements.
The recent note from Mr. Tom Isaacs of the Warren County Educational Service Center in defense of Mr. Malone is noteworthy in that it did not refute any of their prior conclusions or recommendations.
DECEMBER 2010 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit
report on SHS program of studies RECOMMENDATIONS page 13:

"Increase the number of students taking the HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WORKS recommended curriculum/Ohio Core each year by at least 25 percent.
"Increase the percentage of students taking college preparatory courses. Eliminate any course offerings below the college preparatory level."

JANUARY 2012 - Superintendent Gene Lolli's annual performance evaluation of Mr. Malone notes:

"Mr. Malone does demonstrate the ability to affect change, but sometimes very reluctantly. It sometimes takes numerous requests by Superintendent before changes are implemented."

Mr. Malone needs to improve on getting request goals to the Superintendent in a timely fashion. Examples include: Requested schedule of events for delayed start at the beginning of the year, at semester, and last week and have not yet received. Also requested times and dates of all staff meetings and quarterly updates on the High Schools That Work per 2011-2012 job targets.

JANUARY 2013 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies page 10:
"SHS still offers GENERAL LEVEL CLASSES (Algebra 1A and 1B, physical science, US History, and World History). Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the Technical Assistance Visiting (TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Works philosophy, SHS believes that offering LOW-LEVEL COURSES is in the best interest of students. This belief, however, WAS NOT SUBSTANTIATED by research or data."
2013 US NEWS ranking of high schools in Ohio ranks King’s #23, Mason #35, Bellbrook#37, Brookville #41, Lebanon #48, Centerville #49, Waynesville #53, Monroe #90 and , and finally Springboro #97.
Given our district’s stated 40% gifted population, the fact that only 20% are on track to take A/P classes in high school, our district is severely underperforming compared to those districts around us in my opinion.
*Number of Dual College Credit Classes available when Mr. Malone
retired - 0
*Number of Dual College Credit classes added after Mr. Malone retired
June 30, 2013 - 6
Misallocation of district and taxpayer resources: 34 out of 77 elective classes at the high school had less than 20 students, more than a few had multiple classes.
IE: Children’s Literature, 2 classes – 27 total students, Entrepreneurship, 2 classes – 20 total students, etc.
My conclusion is that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
NotTall

Bluffton, OH

#2000 Feb 11, 2014
Worth Repeating wrote:
It Could be that Just One Reason WHY Ed Wade is still in office and that is Just Because only 490 Springboro Voters agreed to continue their enslavement to Ed Wade's corruption and waste of our hard earned tax dollars. Only 490 votes separated the election results between Ed Wade's corruption and Cathy Anspach's good public service to the people over these past four years.
Good old boy Bad politicians like Township Trustee Ed Wade get elected into office because only 490 plus One good people in the community did not choose to Vote him out.
Could it be that these good people cannot Read the Bad news about Ed Wade's True History?
WLWT News 5 7/15/2013
Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Sunshine Laws)
Dayton Daily News 7/3/2012
Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership CREATED 13 PERMANENT firefighter poistions with TEMPORARY
federal funds. Now taxpayers will to foot the bill.
Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009
Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.
Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012
Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May when they had a $13.9 million surplus.
Most citizens do not vote, and do not understand how much local offices affect their wallets, because their property taxes are paid through their mortgage payment.
Sadly, Cathy Anspach did not get reelected. Mr. Muterspaw ran a good, informative campaign and does appear to be shaking things up. Now some one of the same caliber needs to run against Gabbard when he is up for reelection. So Mr. Wade would be a minor vote. Is it true that Mr. Pickett is retiring yet again?
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#2001 Feb 11, 2014
NotTall wrote:
<quoted text>
Most citizens do not vote, and do not understand how much local offices affect their wallets, because their property taxes are paid through their mortgage payment.
Sadly, Cathy Anspach did not get reelected. Mr. Muterspaw ran a good, informative campaign and does appear to be shaking things up. Now some one of the same caliber needs to run against Gabbard when he is up for reelection. So Mr. Wade would be a minor vote. Is it true that Mr. Pickett is retiring yet again?
Yes. Check it out in the Township meeting minutes on the website.

Township Trustee Steve Muterspaw brought attention to Township Chairman Ed Wade
during township public meeting that Executive Session needed to be scheduled to discuss the process needed to start looking for Mr.Pickett's replacement; and at the next meeting the Executive Meeting was on the agenda.
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#2002 Feb 11, 2014
Could it be that these good people cannot Read the Bad news about Ed Wade's True History?

WLWT News 5 7/15/2013
Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Sunshine Laws)

Dayton Daily News 7/3/2012
Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership CREATED 13 PERMANENT firefighter poistions with TEMPORARY
federal funds. Now taxpayers will to foot the bill.

Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009
Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.

Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012
Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May when they had a $13.9 million surplus.
ConcernedCitizen

Springboro, OH

#2004 Feb 13, 2014
The Record Speaks Truth wrote:
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Yes. Check it out in the Township meeting minutes on the website.
Township Trustee Steve Muterspaw brought attention to Township Chairman Ed Wade
during township public meeting that Executive Session needed to be scheduled to discuss the process needed to start looking for Mr.Pickett's replacement; and at the next meeting the Executive Meeting was on the agenda.
Even though Ed Wade was just re-elected, what would be the process to remove Wade and look for his replacement? Can township trustees be recalled? This crook needs to go. His behavior is a slap in the face to the residents of Clearcreek Township, whether you voted for him or not.

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