I could have written this post myself. Well said!Truth be told - Springboro has been generally regarded as a pretty nice place to live, with strong schools and community spirit, for quite some time.(40+ years at least, longer than most of the posters on this forum have been around!) For years, if you'd travel around the state you'd hear opinions of Springboro as a nice place with above average demographics that was coninuing to grow, prosper, and produce quality students who became quality members of society.
I'm sure during all these years there was a BOE who was making the decisions that governed our schools - I just never heard from them. I think they just quietly gave their service without trying to grandstand or seek self-importance. Now, I'm not naive to think that all of their decisions were perfect or wouldn't need to be improved upon as the schools and community grew and evolved. But they certainly weren't striving to be in the limelight or of notoriety.
I'm thankful for people who are willing to serve in the BOE capacity - I know I'm not! To be tasked with attempting to make sound decisions that impact our chldren while being criticized by the masses would be a thankless job to say the least. But it sure seems that for every seemingly positive "improvement" that this current BOE has made for our schools, it has taken two steps in the other direction in terms of community morale and pride? The state-wide opinions of Springboro are different these days, and not for the better! All-in-all, I think most agree that Springboro remains a nice place to be compared to most of the alternatives. I just wish the days of when I didn't know the names of the BOE would return - not because I was uniterested, but because the BOE and its individual members weren't newsworthy!
It's hard to find anyone who doesn't subscribe to their own personal agenda in most any situation. That's how it should be. But, by virtue of their positions, I think the BOE has a duty to make the collective agenda of the masses a part of their agenda. Continue to preach all the "fiscal responsibility" you want - but mix a few smiles and the bringing together of the community into your platform. For all of the successful politically-driven policy change that you deem "good" - while driving a crippling wedge into the community that is "bad" - isn't getting us the progress we are hoping for? Step up a rung on method, step back down a rung on morale?
I'm not alone in saying that I'd have a hard time arguing that our schools are in an "overall" better position than they were a few years ago. I'm not sure that I wouldn't be willing to pay some of my share of all the money this BOE "saved" me to get some of the community pride that we have lost back!
Hardly what I call success.
-Someone who has lived on Boro nearly 40 years.