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Waste Watchers

Cincinnati, OH

#26753 Aug 22, 2013
taking it to the extreme wrote:
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Although I don't necessarily disagree with many of your other points, no superintendent in their right mind will ever use an ANONYMOUS survey as justification for implementation for drug screening, intervention or treatment "for ALL students".
Thank you for agreeing that "no superintendent in their right mind will ever use an ANONYUMOUS survey as justification for implementation for drug screening, intervention or treatment "for ALL students." Will you please e-mail our Springboro Schools Superintendent today and respectfully request that he remove the 2014 Pride Student Drug Use Survey from our new school year's agenda?

There are Three links on the Introduction page of the Pride survey on our website www.springboroschools.org ---

This question is answered on the 2014 Pride Student Drug Use Survey information link:

WHAT HAVE OTHER DISTRICTS DONE WITH THEIR DATA?
Design prevention initatives for students; Partner with community organizations to allow for FUNDING related to substance abuse prevention; Inform parents and community members of drug trends and discuss solutions for use; Change policy in the community in regards to underage drinking; Work with law enforcement to conduct compliance checks; WORK WITH SCHOOL STAFF TO IMPLEMENT SCREENING< BRIEF INTERVENTION, AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT (SBIRT) FOR ALL STUDENTS.

Just in case that our school superintendent is not reading "taking it to extreme" on this topix gossip page, will YOU please e-mail our school superintendent and tell him to remove the Pride survey from our new school year agenda; because Springboro Families have every confidence that our school superintendent IS in his RIGHT MIND; and we strongly believe that our school superintendent is so busy that he hasn't even read this complete Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati Pride Survey.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26754 Aug 22, 2013
Heart Burn wrote:
Mr Wiedeman, I appreciate your insight and due diligence. I am curious, have you ever recieved a response from Dr Malone in regards to your data?
He did respond once at a board meeting saying he did not know anything about percentages he was assigning to PSEO grades. Which seemed odd considering that he had been doing the same thing for a number of years and he did it each time he presented the grading scale to parents every February when he hosted the PSEO program as required by law.

Other than that how could he have known? I am certain he was much too busy of a man to read the readily available information on the Ohio Department of Education website regarding these issues.

How could a man like Mr. Malone know what the definition of PROFICIENT was on all of the tests and results he administered over the 13 years he was principal?

Can one actually believe that Mr. Malone would knowingly mislead the community about the rigor of the education he was promoting?
Waste Watchers

Cincinnati, OH

#26755 Aug 22, 2013
excuse me wrote:
<quoted text>
Please describe how this ANONYMOUS survey might intrude or invade the personal lives of Springboro students and their families.
Have you thoughtfully read the three links of information on the Pride Survey which is posted on the school website www.springboroschool.org ?

If so, then you have read the invitation of Wendy McGrath, Director of Customer Relations, Pride Surveys of International Survey Associates, to "DEAR EDUCATOR".... Let us help you...

And when the school government sets out to help us, that means building bigger and bigger school government services, with the sole pupose of creating more JOBS for school government employees, at the expense of the local homeowners.

The Pride Survey states there is a window of opportunity to take the survey: September 3 - November 22; it only takes about 40 minutes, or one class period. The cost of the survey is paid for by the Warren County Collaborative Task Force, so it is no cost to your school.

THE COST IS TO THE WARREN COUNTY TAXPAYER! The government doesn't do anything at NO COST; but the government is so intrusive and invasive in our personal lives and our personal income that the government thinks the government can make better use of OUR money than those of us who earned the money.

Please e-mail our superintendent and tell him that this Pride survey has no place in our Springboro Schools Classrooms.
Did You Know

Cincinnati, OH

#26756 Aug 22, 2013
The time has now come for all common sense parents in our school district who tend not to attend board meetings to spread the word to go the November polls and VOTE NO to renewal funding of Ron Malone status quo leadership in our schools.

Since the re-instate Ron Malone hostile takeover of SEA union activists/parents and their youth union group/ in the March 2012
protest against our 2011 school board election; Mr. Malone has mounted a Boro Alumni association of about 400 or so voters in our school district and has religiously fought against the will of the people in this district, as was shown by voters choice of children first board representatives, in opposition to Malone's Union First choice. As high school principal, Mr. Malone lured his youth unionism group of students and their parents to partner with community activists groups such as SURE and NFSS tax and spend lovers, to fight against Springboro families to gain power and control of our children's first budget and rally for more, more, more for the SEA school employees.
Even though our Children's First budget works in the best interest of our children's classroom education AND meeting the needs of our classroom teachers, Mr. Malone has set out to vote for revenge against our children first and gain control of the school board authority to demand NEW school levies be placed on the ballot to pay even more higher costs for union labor in our Springboro schools.
Springboro voters/taxpayers have done our homework diligently during the past five years; failing FIVE levies for NEW taxes
for the SEA employees; and won victories for our children first at the November polls during the past two school board elections.
We have all come a long way together, moving ahead of the status quo oppressive rule of the Baker/Lolli/Dettwiller/Long political persecution of our schools and community.
Now we stand at risk of losing it all with the certified school board campaign of Ron Malone/David Stuckey/Charles Anderson and the Springboro Education Association.
The bottom line is that Ron Malone/David Stuckey/Charles Anderson are running to gain control of the children's much needed Renewal Levy so that the levy money can be invested in more dollars for the SEA; and then the SEA will be right back into the OSBA
business as usual, promoting a continuous stream of new levies based on false budget crisis, holding parents hostage over things like busing, activities fees, building safety, and teachers walking out of our children's classrooms.
Remember in November that TIMES do not change from the old outdated 1983 collective bargaining rights of the SEA which ARE currently ALL wrong for our children's 21st century classroom education needs. TIMES do not change; PEOPLE change.
Ron Malone has refused to accept that people in political leadership MUST change bad circumstances; But, instead Ron Malone chooses vote for revenge to gain power and control to "re-instate" status quo bad business as usual.
What choice does this insanely popular with the Union leaders,
school board candidate Ron Malone, offer Springboro families except to just vote no more dough for Ron Malone status quo.
Why waste our money?
Way Down Low in Boro

Cincinnati, OH

#26757 Aug 22, 2013
taking it to the extreme wrote:
<quoted text>
Although I don't necessarily disagree with many of your other points, no superintendent in their right mind will ever use an ANONYMOUS survey as justification for implementation for drug screening, intervention or treatment "for ALL students".
Wendy McGrath, Director of Customer Relations of Internatinal Survey Associates tells "Dear Educator" Pride Survey research also show the positive effect of pro-social behavior on grades. For example, students who never use drugs are six time more likely to make good grades than students who use drugs frequently.

Isn't surveying ALL students, including those that are making good grades, "taking it to the extreme" just to collect data for the Warren County Task Force?

Should not Parents and Educators set the behavior standards high above low level performance; (make these expectations clear to parents and students as to what behaviors are DEMANDED of them in our taxpayer-funded school facilities) AND then ALLOW the students to take personal responsibility for personal behavior; holding students accountability for breaking the rules? There's a BIG difference in caring for our kids education; and caretaking our kids' education by providing government services trying to prevent kids from making bad choices.
Words of Wisdom

Cincinnati, OH

#26758 Aug 22, 2013
The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own--even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
-Katherine Anne Porter
taking it to the extreme

Cleveland, OH

#26759 Aug 22, 2013
Way Down Low in Boro wrote:
<quoted text>
Wendy McGrath, Director of Customer Relations of Internatinal Survey Associates tells "Dear Educator" Pride Survey research also show the positive effect of pro-social behavior on grades. For example, students who never use drugs are six time more likely to make good grades than students who use drugs frequently.
Isn't surveying ALL students, including those that are making good grades, "taking it to the extreme" just to collect data for the Warren County Task Force?
Should not Parents and Educators set the behavior standards high above low level performance; (make these expectations clear to parents and students as to what behaviors are DEMANDED of them in our taxpayer-funded school facilities) AND then ALLOW the students to take personal responsibility for personal behavior; holding students accountability for breaking the rules? There's a BIG difference in caring for our kids education; and caretaking our kids' education by providing government services trying to prevent kids from making bad choices.
Most certainly you'd make an excellent poster child for what likely occurs when an individual very abruptly chooses to abandon their psychotic prescription meds.
fr distinct to proficient

Cleveland, OH

#26760 Aug 22, 2013
Heart Burn wrote:
Mr Wiedeman, I appreciate your insight and due diligence. I am curious, have you ever recieved a response from Dr Malone in regards to your data?
The 2013 Ohio School Report Cards are now public.

The lowest 20% of Boro's students are being neglected. Something that would really be interesting would be knowing the average family income of this lowest 20% of Boro students.

http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/Di...

Thank you so much Mr. Wiedeman for your incredible diligence!
Why

Cleveland, OH

#26761 Aug 22, 2013
Did You Know wrote:
The time has now come for all common sense parents in our school district who tend not to attend board meetings to spread the word to go the November polls and VOTE NO to renewal funding of Ron Malone status quo leadership in our schools.
Since the re-instate Ron Malone hostile takeover of SEA union activists/parents and their youth union group/ in the March 2012
protest against our 2011 school board election; Mr. Malone has mounted a Boro Alumni association of about 400 or so voters in our school district and has religiously fought against the will of the people in this district, as was shown by voters choice of children first board representatives, in opposition to Malone's Union First choice. As high school principal, Mr. Malone lured his youth unionism group of students and their parents to partner with community activists groups such as SURE and NFSS tax and spend lovers, to fight against Springboro families to gain power and control of our children's first budget and rally for more, more, more for the SEA school employees.
Even though our Children's First budget works in the best interest of our children's classroom education AND meeting the needs of our classroom teachers, Mr. Malone has set out to vote for revenge against our children first and gain control of the school board authority to demand NEW school levies be placed on the ballot to pay even more higher costs for union labor in our Springboro schools.
Springboro voters/taxpayers have done our homework diligently during the past five years; failing FIVE levies for NEW taxes
for the SEA employees; and won victories for our children first at the November polls during the past two school board elections.
We have all come a long way together, moving ahead of the status quo oppressive rule of the Baker/Lolli/Dettwiller/Long political persecution of our schools and community.
Now we stand at risk of losing it all with the certified school board campaign of Ron Malone/David Stuckey/Charles Anderson and the Springboro Education Association.
The bottom line is that Ron Malone/David Stuckey/Charles Anderson are running to gain control of the children's much needed Renewal Levy so that the levy money can be invested in more dollars for the SEA; and then the SEA will be right back into the OSBA
business as usual, promoting a continuous stream of new levies based on false budget crisis, holding parents hostage over things like busing, activities fees, building safety, and teachers walking out of our children's classrooms.
Remember in November that TIMES do not change from the old outdated 1983 collective bargaining rights of the SEA which ARE currently ALL wrong for our children's 21st century classroom education needs. TIMES do not change; PEOPLE change.
Ron Malone has refused to accept that people in political leadership MUST change bad circumstances; But, instead Ron Malone chooses vote for revenge to gain power and control to "re-instate" status quo bad business as usual.
What choice does this insanely popular with the Union leaders,
school board candidate Ron Malone, offer Springboro families except to just vote no more dough for Ron Malone status quo.
Why waste our money?
Voting no for the renewal levy is really putting children first!
Inquiring Minds

Cincinnati, OH

#26762 Aug 22, 2013
fr distinct to proficient wrote:
<quoted text>
The 2013 Ohio School Report Cards are now public.
The lowest 20% of Boro's students are being neglected. Something that would really be interesting would be knowing the average family income of this lowest 20% of Boro students.
http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/Di...
Thank you so much Mr. Wiedeman for your incredible diligence!
There seems to be a pattern in Boro schools with Ron Malone and his 400 union activists taking over the educational agenda, in the re-instate Malone protest; and turning our very important school board election into a popularity contest. Just another way the bully affluent and wealthy Springboro parents use our school tax dollars for their own agenda, while leaving others behind. It's disappointing that this was brought to public attention with a proposed study to determine these unmet needs of the 20%, and then tabled by the 3-2 vote of board members; because a few Springboro parents feared that it would put the community assistance to the poor at risk. Why is that?
Save Our Students

Cincinnati, OH

#26763 Aug 22, 2013
Why wrote:
<quoted text>
Voting no for the renewal levy is really putting children first!
Save Our Students from Ron Malone status quo!

Stand Up For Kids and Vote NO renewal money; There is no other choice because Ron Malone's ego won't let him go!
Kull rhymes with Schools

Cleveland, OH

#26764 Aug 22, 2013
fr distinct to proficient wrote:
<quoted text>
The 2013 Ohio School Report Cards are now public.
The lowest 20% of Boro's students are being neglected. Something that would really be interesting would be knowing the average family income of this lowest 20% of Boro students.
http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/Di...
Thank you so much Mr. Wiedeman for your incredible diligence!
I do not believe money buys you intelligence. Growing up I recall just as many boneheads from all sections of the economic spectrum. And I remember just as many poor kids with the drive to do better who did so.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26765 Aug 22, 2013
The challenge facing us today allows us to see the full scope of opportunities that lie ahead. Whether we are able to grasp those opportunities or not is yet to be seen.

If we fail to prepare to succeed in a highly competitive, knowledge based, technology driven global economy, we can easily expect a long term decline in our collective earning power. Without grabbing onto opportunities before us today, we will see an acceleration of that decline until we join the ranks of the second tier powers.

To avoid that outcome our entire population needs to raise the level of real accomplishment. This can only be done by eschewing the failed policies of the past which treat education like a candy league soccer tournament, where everyone gets a trophy for participation so no one's feelings are hurt.

We need to accomplish this within the constraints of the budgets we currently enjoy. Attempting to concentrate our efforts on raising more money rather than the level of education leaves us exactly where we started, advancing our children's education no where.

It therefore becomes imperative that we redesign how we deliver our knowledge to our charges so that we may squeeze the maximum utility from each education dollar we spend.

The clock is ticking, our children are counting on us, and we simply do not have a choice.

We must either address the future or be swallowed by the past.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26766 Aug 23, 2013
Class of 2017

From 5th grade through 8th grade

2009-2010 Ohio Achievement Assessment Math test results

5th Grade 2009-2010 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
.
Math .......52 possible points on the test
.
.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 5th grade
.
Limited..........30 Students
Limited.......... 24% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -16 correct answers =(0-31% correct)
.
Basic..........42 Students
Basic ..........38% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--17 - 22 correct answers =(33-42% correct)
.
Proficient........109 Students
Proficient........48% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -23-31 correct answers =(44-60% correct)
.
Accelerated.....62 Students
Accelerated.....66% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--31 -36 correct answers =(62-69% correct)
.
Advanced........173 Students
Advanced........80% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--37 -52 correct answers =(71-100% correct)
.
Applying Mr. Malone's same grading system used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
.
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......199 Students
Percentage of Students.....48% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......74 Students
Percentage of Students.....18% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........92 Students
Percentage of Students.....22% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........39 Students
Percentage of Students.....9% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....12 Students
Percentage of Students....3% receiving A

In 5th grade Class of 2017 we find

PASSING 75% or better - 34%

FAILING 74% and below - 66%
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26767 Aug 23, 2013
Class of 2017

From 5th grade through 8th grade

2010-2011 Ohio Achievement Assessment Math test results

6th Grade 2010-2011 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
.
Math .......50 possible points on the test
.
.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 6th grade
.
Limited..........14 Students
Limited.......... 23% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -14 correct answers =(0-28% correct)
.
Basic..........13 Students
Basic ..........35% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--15 - 19 correct answers =(30-38% correct)
.
Proficient........83 Students
Proficient........50% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -20-28 correct answers =(40-56% correct)
.
Accelerated.....76 Students
Accelerated.....62% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--29 -33 correct answers =(58-66% correct)
.
Advanced........181 Students
Advanced........79% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--34 -50 correct answers =(68-100% correct)
.
Applying Mr. Malone's same grading system used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
.
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......156 Students
Percentage of Students.....43% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......97 Students
Percentage of Students.....16% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........76 Students
Percentage of Students.....20% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........32 Students
Percentage of Students.....9% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....6 Students
Percentage of Students....2% receiving A

In 6th grade Class of 2017 we find

PASSING 75% or better - 31%

FAILING 74% and below - 59%
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26768 Aug 23, 2013
Class of 2017

From 5th grade through 8th grade

2011-2012 Ohio Achievement Assessment Math test results

7th Grade 2011-2012 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
.
Math .......50 possible points on the test
.
.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 7th grade
.
Limited..........8 Students
Limited.......... 17% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -9 correct answers =(0-18% correct)
.
Basic..........33 Students
Basic ..........26% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--10 - 15 correct answers =(20-30% correct)
.
Proficient........137 Students
Proficient........48% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -16-29 correct answers =(32-58% correct)
.
Accelerated.....104 Students
Accelerated.....66% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--30 -36 correct answers =(60-72% correct)
.
Advanced........108 Students
Advanced........83% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--37 -50 correct answers =(74-100% correct)
.
Applying Mr. Malone's same grading system used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
.
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......211 Students
Percentage of Students.....54% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......79 Students
Percentage of Students.....20% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........56 Students
Percentage of Students.....14% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........36 Students
Percentage of Students.....9% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....9 Students
Percentage of Students....2% receiving A

In 7th grade Class of 2017 we find

PASSING 75% or better - 26%

FAILING 74% and below - 74%
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26769 Aug 23, 2013
Class of 2017

From 5th grade through 8th grade

2012-2013 Ohio Achievement Assessment Math test results

8th Grade 2012-2013 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
.
Math .......46 possible points on the test
.
.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 8th grade
.
Limited..........8 Students
Limited.......... 19% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -10 correct answers =(0-20% correct)
.
Basic..........29 Students
Basic ..........29% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--11 - 15 correct answers =(22-33% correct)
.
Proficient........119 Students
Proficient........48% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -16-27 correct answers =(35-59% correct)
.
Accelerated.....146 Students
Accelerated.....70% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--28 -36 correct answers =(61-78% correct)
.
Advanced........93 Students
Advanced........87% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--37 -50 correct answers =(80-100% correct)
.
Applying Mr. Malone's same grading system used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
.
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......173 Students
Percentage of Students.....46% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......90 Students
Percentage of Students.....23% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........56 Students
Percentage of Students.....14% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........46 Students
Percentage of Students.....12% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....21 Students
Percentage of Students....5% receiving A

In 8th grade Class of 2017 we find

PASSING 75% or better - 31%

FAILING 74% and below - 69%
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26770 Aug 23, 2013
One thing I find particularly troubling is the way Mr. Malone viewed his farm teams in the elementary and junior high levels.

All of these students, if they stay in the Springboro school system, will find their way into the high school classrooms. What these students learned prior to arriving will have a massive bearing on their success or failure at the high school level.

Just like any pro sports team with developmental leagues, it is imperative that children master the fundamentals before they are brought up to the big club.

A constant line of communication between the big leagues and their minor leagues affiliates hopes to ensure that the system grooming your future players to be able to compete against the best of the best.

With little or no feedback between the high school and its feeder programs at the elementary and junior high levels we wind up with small islands of knowledge that are destined to go nowhere. Lack of coordination of effort between schools means their is also an associated lack of coordination of feeder curriculums. With little or no feedback between the schools receiving the new students and the ones who produced them, we are left with a system where teamwork is lacking in the development of these young minds.

Once again these are not my conclusions, though I heartily agree, but rather the conclusions of Mr. Malone's peers and professional educators at the Warren County Educational Services Center that the district hired to audit our program of studies as part of the terms of joining the High Schools That Works system.

Page 13
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxs0_xA64y_HT...

"The 2010 High Schools That Work (HSTW) teacher survey data support the need for greater emphasis on academic transitions. in 2010, only 49% of teachers reported meeting with teachers from feeder junior high schools about expectations, content knowledge, and performance standards for students entering the high school at least annually. This is 21% below the HSTW goal of 70% Although interviews indicated that high school teachers meet with the middle school teachers annual, such meetings typically only involve a small number of teachers."

Leadership gets these types of things done, without it you have a few dedicated professionals doing what they can without the real support they need and deserve.
Get Real

Cincinnati, OH

#26772 Aug 23, 2013
In January 2012, we had the leadership team with the expertise of getting these types of things done. In March 2012, Ron Malone and the Springboro Education Association, stole the Moral Authority of the elected BOE representatives; when our Board members allowed Principal Ron's Kids to humiliate and embarrass this entire community by allowing that overly-frantic emotionally abusive re-instate Ron Malone hostile takeover of the Board of Education agenda.
Ron Malone and the Springboro Education Association are the ones who have the power of legal authority that breeds conflict and revenge against the average citizens/taxpaying homeowners in this Springboro school district;
This continuous abusive conflict and emotional blackmail by Ron Malone and Springboro Education Association against Springboro citizens is ONLY resolved, either through a strike or a negotiation. Either method involves the use of POWER; the economic power of the strike or the threat of it, which results in successful negotiations (always in favor of the unionism oppression of the people).
NO ONE CAN NEGOTIATE WITHOUT THE POWER TO COMPEL NEGOTIATION.
Ron Malone and the Springboro Education Association OWN the power of Unionism, which is THE political state-mandated collective bargaining LAWS, against the local school district taxpaying homeowners. The State had declared zip code 45066 to be wealthy and affluent and free game for the Springboro Education Association to gather union forces to OCCUPY all Springboro families' homes to take the money of the renewal levy so that Ron Malone can then invest our property wealth in Pay Increases and greater compensation/benefits packages for the Springboro Education Association's upcoming employment contracts.
The NFSS has publicly announced that this levy reduction puts our school district at risk of Strike threat from the SEA next time around. Why should taxpaying homeowners invest in renewal levy with this kind of revengeful leadership of Ron Malone and the Springboro Education Association having ALL the POWER to compel negotiations in favor of continued oppressive unionism?
Defeatest attitude

Dayton, OH

#26773 Aug 23, 2013
After reading several posts here it seems most have come to the conclusion that Malone will win. Odd that everyone wants to vote NO on the renewal because Malone and his allies will be voted on the board. If you're trying to get people to vote "no" doesn't it make more sense to vote "yes" and vote in who you want? Both issues are being voted on at the same time. With the mentality shown here it seems that anyone other than Malone and his allies will not be voted on the board and shouldn't even run. Seems logical that if there is such certainty that Malone and his allies will get enough votes to be the majority of the school board, then it stands to reason that those numbers together would be plenty to pass a renewal levy.
A smarter tactic would seem to get people motivated to vote "yes" and put the BOE members in place that will spend the money wisely. By voting down a levy (especially a REDUCED renewal) the public is giving any board members the excuse of "we had no choice because there was no funding". Kelly has said we NEED the renewal to pass or the district will be in trouble. Where are all her supporters now?
No matter who gets voted in, if the renewal levy doesn't pass I think it putts Rigano and Petroni most at risk next time at the polls.
I support all school levys, otherwise I'd be a hermit living in the woods. By supporting levys I can blame the board for what they do with the money instead of giving them an excuse that "they don't have the resources to do what they were elected to do". To me, the kids are worth it, and to keep money to be used for them is NOT putting children first.
Keep in mind BOTH the renewal AND 3 seats are up for vote. If you're conceding the seats, then the renewal should be conceded as well.

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