#25822 Jul 17, 2013
The 15% or so of reduced levy was because of the 12.5% tax increase to property owners included in the State Budget, on all new and renewal local levies that pass on the November ballot. So the taxpayer really got only about 2.5% reduction while the state got the rest. Taxpayers never get a break, only enslavement to the union manís rights of collective bargaining laws that are 100% wrong for our childrenís future.
#25823 Jul 18, 2013
There is no doubt that there is some truth in this statement. The board had to realize that being in the evening news every single night is not good for the community or for the children.
The one thing that I do find amusing is the thought that all the parents, teachers, citizens, firemen, police officers, city workers, etc. will somehow forget what an idiot Kelly Kohls is. In Novemeber, we will remember, and no matter how Kelly tries to smooth things over she is done for. Her bags should be packed, her political career of extremism and attacking those who work for a living and actually pay their bills will be over in a few short months.
#25824 Jul 18, 2013
That is a bit harsh and a little overstated, wouldn't you say.
Manufactured crisis after manufactured crisis, along with some self induced pain on Ms. Kohls part produced your blog.
Too many good things have transpired during Ms. Kohls term of office to let them go unsung.
No New Money Levies were run.
Full bussing restored to all schools.
A technology plan that was conceived and instituted that actually works.
Reduction of the pay to play scam from $475 per child to $265 with the option to drop it further to $165 if they took advantage of Mr. Rigano's service program
Booster Scandal uncovered thanks in part to Ms. Kohls support on the board.
$2.5 million dollars allocated and earmarked for textbook updates at the discretion of Ms. Strittenberger
Bus replacement program put in place to address aging and increasingly unsafe and neglected bus fleet. With support from Ms. Kohls, Mr. Petroni put together a program that provides a financially sound method of acquiring the necessary transportation for our children, not just this year, but into the future as well.
Two new contracts with our support staff and our teachers, all received raises for this year and next.
All while maintaining fiscal spending which projects NO new money levies for the next 4 years and keeps us within our financial means.
No teachers lost their jobs through Reductions in Force, in fact the BOE increased the number of teachers working in our district.
To put this in perspective, our loyal opposition projected catastrophic consequences if we did not pass one of the five failed $35,000,000 -$45,000,000 levies from 2008-2010.
All of the above was accomplished by a BOE that stayed the course in the face of hardened opposition from the union and its supporters who managed to throw roadblock or obstruction at every turn.
This is not the end but merely the beginning of a system that works in a transparent fashion in a fiscally responsible way for the well being and edification of our children.
Not a bad record if you look at things objectively.
#25825 Jul 18, 2013
The only thing SEA supporters seem to want to "look at objectively" are ways to creatively waste ever increasing amounts of the taxpayer's hard-earned green salad of salvation.
#25826 Jul 18, 2013
Please put your disgusting, personal, emotional opinion aside and tell us taxpayers, just what has Kelly done that you disagree with.
Use the list above that Mr. Wiedeman put together outlining the current boards achievements.
#25827 Jul 18, 2013
Not overstated, not overstated at all.
- Creationism, ignoring popular opinion and the legal ramifications
- Gun toting teachers, ignoring the concerns of our police chief to push her agenda
- Union busting, pushing our teachers to the point of authorizing a strike
- Illegally posted the content of the contract negotiations, which will now surely result in legal expenses to cover her reckless agenda based decision making.
- Using her official BOE position to push her extremist tea party freak agenda on the regional and state levels.
- Droves of great teachers and administrators leaving due to BOE antics
- The booster scandal was uncovered by those in charge of that organization, while Kohls and the BOE had the authority and responsibility to oversee the organization all along yet failed to do so, creating an environment where the embezzlement could occur. Now the county prosecutor is going around teaching folks how to avoid being as incompetent as our BOE and Kelly Kohls was in this situation.
- Allowing racist and discriminatory rants and demonstrations at the BOE meetings, while stifling those objecting to BOE agendas.
- And last but not least, her personal financial example sending a message to our students that it is OK to rack up nearly a million dollars in debt and then declare bankruptcy, followed by a all expenses vacation overseas for her whole gang.
I'm sick of seeing our community on the news every night for the wrong reasons. The only way that's going to end is if we get Kohls out of there this fall and Rigano next round.
Only 110 days until Tuesday, November 05 2013! 3 months and 18 days from today we all can say bye bye Kelly!
#25828 Jul 18, 2013
If you want, call Kelly Kohls any name in the book. I know her quite well. She'll take anything that comes her way.
The fact of the matter is virtually everything Kelly Jim and David do and say is geared strictly toward the best interests of Springboro students. This same claim cannot be made for most anyone under the direct influence of a CORRUPTED PUBLIC UNION.
#25829 Jul 18, 2013
I am not part of a union, nor am I under any type of influence of a union. No one in my family works in a union job nor do we have any interest in the Springboro school district except our children in SHS and SJHS.
Still, I hold that one can see Kelly's makeup plastered face all over YouTube making a mockery of our community on her tea party circuit of silliness.
What Kelly does is what is in her best interest alone, as evidenced by her lack of consideration for our students as they now hear constantly "oh, you're from Springboro, we hear all about you guys on the news..." Whatever it takes to get the anti-tax, pro-gun agenda in the news.
#25830 Jul 18, 2013
DW stated:... No teachers lost their jobs through Reductions in Force, in fact the BOE increased the number of teachers working in our district...
If you are going to make a statement like that then you need to clarify. The new teachers were brought in as a result of the added preschool to the district.
If you can, please clarify - will there be the same number of teachers in the high school as there was at the beginning of last year? Will there be the same number of teachers in the lower grades?
From the briefing that Mr. Petrey presented several months ago, there were several open positions that would not be filled - has that changed? Will all of the English electives be offered, will the History electives be offered, will industrial arts be offered... lots of questions still and your claim that there are more teachers is misleading.
#25831 Jul 18, 2013
As a matter of fact they were in the top 20%. Which begs the question, if my children can learn in the classroom and can learn from their textbooks then why can't others? What's the difference between my children and those that are failing? The one constant I see between them is the teachers. Could it be that there are other issues?
Do you have a second bullet point?
#25832 Jul 18, 2013
In light of the compromises gained by the teachers union, reducing the levy amount is absolutely a common sense move. Please stop it with the infinately lame class size argument. Compare Springboro and U.S. class sizes to that of the rest of the civilized world. If there's a "problem" to be solved, it's NOT too many kids in a classroom. This "problem" is certain parents who should have never become parents. This "problem" is a certain small percentage of teachers who absolutely don't belong in the classroom. We can only pray that our BOE'S successful negotiation of an establishment of an equitable performance pay system will be a beginning of ridding this district of its small but very notoroius contingent of sub-par teachers.
#25833 Jul 18, 2013
If only an equitable intelligence system would rid us of the small but very notorious contingent of township residents such as yourself that are sub-par in terms of common sense...
#25834 Jul 18, 2013
Well were to start
The board policy on controversial issues references evolution/creation......NO isms involved. Evolution lets us study how things have changed in response to the environment. Creation allows us to study from whence it all came. Do you like the big bang theory? A theory of creation.
No one has ever suggested that all of our teachers be armed, but having a frank discussion in the wake of school shootings is much better than sticking our heads in the sand. While we may have a fine police force and Officer Don, they cannot be everywhere all of the time.
Teachers have a right to strike, it is part of the law of the land. If they decide they have no other negotiating leverage but to refuse to work, then that is their decision. Ms Kohls had no power to push around the Ohio Education Association, everything they did was of their own volition.
I personally like to know how my elected representatives are spending our money. It gives me great satisfaction to know what is in these contracts before we suggest we sign them. I still remember quite well when the the Speaker of the House said " "We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It". That was the response we received when we wanted to know what Obamacare was all about. I do not believe the taxpayers, nor the recipients were well served by that piece of legislative chicanery.
If transparency in government, fiscal responsibility, and accountability are "FREAK" agenda items, sign me up. Please tell me what is wrong with any of those positions where they relate to the public good.
I do not believe she drove out anyone, I think you project way too much power onto one woman. I would say we seriously upgraded our administrative staff from the Superintendent to the HR Director to the Curriculum Director to the Business Manager. I would proudly match them up against their predecessors anytime.
The Boosters were still begging Harves to open the books when he finally saw the folly of stalling any longer based upon the relentless pursuit of the truth by the Budget and Finance Committee. No one in the boosters examined the books for 20 years, had they he would have been exposed and ungodly amounts saved.
#25835 Jul 18, 2013
Speaking of agendas...
What do you think of the Obama administration's ongoing strong efforts to program socialist ideals into the minds of this nation's young people by way of America's public school systems?
#25836 Jul 18, 2013
Thankfully we have the Transparency Project to adjudicate some of these matters. According to the staff report we had 336 staff members in 2011-12 and 342 in 2012- 13. Mr. Petrey's plan was not active last year. Ask the staff in Beavercreek, how their numbers from those time periods stack up.
I do believe that Industrial Arts is headed out the door towards the Career Center. Other classes are continually being evaluated for student interest and relativity. If we do not need as many teachers in a certain area, then by all means we should reallocate those resources to other areas of greater need.
Businesses reallocate resources continually to improve their competitive positions. Schools must do the same thing, we can no longer afford the luxury of making up classes for teachers to teach. We have a defined amount of resources that must be placed where the students, the parents, and the taxpayers get the most bang for the buck.
Have all of our past administrators and principals been up to that task, sadly some have not.
#25837 Jul 18, 2013
"Were to start"?
WHERE I would suggest you start would be introductory grammar class.
After you complete that work up to employment law, fair labor standards, and federal discrimination law.
After those are within your grasp, move to management and leadership texts by those such as John Maxwell, Steven Covey, and Warren Bennis.
Perhaps through this part you will see the radical departure this board has taken from reason, good management practice, and legal employment actions.
#25838 Jul 18, 2013
What a classicly lame response! A portion of Springboro teachers and the slice of lemmings that represent district parents that have been fooled into supporting the inherently greedy SEA agenda have historically provided a lot of lip service around levy time about being "for the kids". If they're genuinely "for the kids", they of course should be "for the kids" by supporting tenure reform in public schools. To allow burnt-out or inept teachers to continue to educate children isn't just a pity, it isn't just a shame, it should be a crime.
At Boro board meetings, we hear genuinely nice stories of how great teachers have positively affected the lives of the speaker. I had teachers like that too. We don't hear stories about bad teachers at board meetings. Any parent daring to do so would forever be placed on this district's blacklist.
#25839 Jul 18, 2013
No doubt...they would be tossed right out of the meeting to make way for Sonny Thomas to come in and make some of the most racist comments that have likely ever graced the halls of SHS. Yet Kelly sat there with a grin on her face while her tea party convict buddy Sonny once again put us in the national news spotlight...
#25840 Jul 18, 2013
I would think you would more likely suggest a typing class or a better keyboard, that would have been a more salient rejoinder.
In spite of your valiant efforts to the contrary, this BOE has done some remarkable, good things for this community, its children, and its taxpayers. Are they perfect in their execution, hardly. Have they done as well as they could articulating their vision and purpose, NO. Did they get the job done that needed to be done, categorically YES.
First and foremost, however, this BOE has put our district on a sound financial footing for the first time in many, many years. What was once a land of incessant begging for more money turns into one whereby the taxpayers see a small return. Where once we ran a levy with every possible election cycle, we now can go another four or five years while maintaining a balanced budget. Who were the people who never bothered to fix the leaky roofs because there was no money? They have been replaced by people who can find the money and the will to do such things without crying for a new money. When did we last worry about our busses? So long ago that the deferred cost of replacement of an entire fleet was the risk at hand. This BOE, through the Budget and Finance Committee, developed a workable plan to replace our fleet before the day of reckoning in a financial manner this district could afford and would keep our children safe. This BOE has not held our children, or their future, hostage to the false crisis. This BOE has worked to find new ways of doing things that get the job done.
On the subject of leadership, I don't buy into much the self help gurus toss to the masses. If you like those types, more power to you, but I prefer the study of people who have actually accomplished something positive in life.
History and libraries are replete with good and bad examples of leadership, you only have to possess the will to find them.
#25841 Jul 18, 2013
I'm not expecting classes to be made up for teachers to teach, however I do believe a strong set of electives is important for the students to choose from and to take prior to them going off to college. The electives can be where a student finds his strengths. Whether you accept the premise or not, there are students that excel at art and music more so than math and science. Should we ignore their strengths because the school should only focus on reading, writing, and arithmetic?
What about those students that want to take an AP class that the school is offering but only 10 students sign up - should we remove that class due to small class size? If so, what do those students take in place of the AP class? I'm sure your daughter knows students that don't have much left to take in the HS - should we not encourage our students to take elective classes just because we don't want to hire the teachers?
If the board is focused on the children, then they should be doing everything to support the children's educational needs - which requires offering classes - not pushing the students out of the school to take classes elsewhere.
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