Our recommendation: Springboro voters should say 'yes' the first time to school levies

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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

Piqua, 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

Xenia, 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.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26774 Aug 23, 2013
Defeatest attitude wrote:
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.
Funny thing happened on the way to the coronation..........
GOT SCIENCE

Maineville, OH

#26775 Aug 23, 2013
Waste Watchers wrote:
<quoted text>
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.
Survey research is a type of research study to collect data to analyze trends in aggregate form. This type of research is frequently done (substance abuse) to determine program efficiency. In this case, it would be looking at the aggregate data (anonymous, without personal identifiers), and programs such as DARE can then be modified to address current issues. The PRIDE Survey is associated with several groups in the coalition, University of Cincinnati being one of them. Wright State has also been involved in this type of research, as are many other colleges, State Boards of Health, etc.

Survey research follows the standard operating procedures for all research review, which is usually reviewed/approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the university. The research investigators have to design a protocol which includes federal guidelines for all research, and the research is under the monitoring/oversight of the local IRB. UC's IRB would probably be the one doing this.

ALL research is voluntary, and the participant has the right to withdraw at any time. The participants, being mostly minors, would also need the consent from the parent, prior to consenting.

Data from surveys are very beneficial to the community it is addressing to determine for instance if the proper programs are available within the community to serve the needs of that community population. Drug/substance abuse is an ongoing problem. Couple that with peer pressure, substance availability, mental health issues, stress and other factors, adolescents are at risk. Prevention and a proactive stance is always better than a reactive plan of approach.

Of course there are limitations to such a study: not answering the questions truthfully; data skewed to those participants that do not abuse drugs giving a false presentation of the aggregate data that things are better than they seem; etc. Statistically, the outliers would be eliminated from the final data analysis. The results should be generalizable to the study population though.

Time For A Change

Maineville, OH

#26776 Aug 23, 2013
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
There are so many good reasons to oppose these people, why don't we present the argument and ask people to support as much.
You do have examples to back up your rhetoric, don't you?
Share them, demonstrate what makes the candidates you support the superior choice.
As it stands right now bloviating about has beens and losers doesn't give people much to work with in their decision making process.
Examples:
1. Will save the district taxpayer dollars by keeping science in science class;
2. A new board majority that can be collaborative instead of divisive;
3. A new board majority that is not extremist;
4. A new board majority that is not focused on their political career and business ventures, eliminating a conflict of interest;
5. A new board majority that will understand that there are many religions within our community, not just one;
6. Education experience; and
7. Principles(PALS) matter

Tired of being in the national news and at risk of a costly lawsuit (one that has lost time and time again in the courts). Springboro has approximately 20 churches, we have only ONE public high school. We are Springboro High School, not Springboro Evangelical Christian League of the South Patriot High School.
Save The Rich

Maineville, OH

#26777 Aug 23, 2013
Reality Bytes wrote:
...and there's more information on why no matter who wins elections, TAXPAYERS DON'T STAND A CHANCE in winning over the oppressive 1983 collective bargaining laws, binding our future education to the lower standards of these laws for public schools that are more than a quarter century old!
In states that permit government workers to collectively bargain, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average yearly pay for state and local workers is $51,064 and $41,457, respectively. In contrast, in states that prohibit government workers from collectively bargaining, the average yearly pay for state and local workers is $46,025 (11 per cent less) and $32,560 (27 percent less) respectively.
If Ohio paid the 58,000 state workers on average $5,039 less, it would save taxpayers $292,262,000 per year. For local governments, the savings would be even bigger:$5,783,050,000 ($8,897 times 650,000 workers).
Collective bargaining facilitates the explosion of government compensation costs and prohibits government from making the painful, but necessary, decisions to rein in those costs.
Nice...right out of the ALEC and AFP playbook. Decrease the pay for the middle class and help out the corporations and big government cronies. Are you a member??
Pinhead alert

Xenia, OH

#26778 Aug 23, 2013
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
There are so many good reasons to oppose these people, why don't we present the argument and ask people to support as much.
You do have examples to back up your rhetoric, don't you?
Share them, demonstrate what makes the candidates you support the superior choice.
As it stands right now bloviating about has beens and losers doesn't give people much to work with in their decision making process.
"Bloviating" Someone's watching the factor. Does it make you feel superior, it works for Bill.
lol

Piqua, OH

#26779 Aug 23, 2013
Defeatest attitude wrote:
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.
Guess all of Kelly's supporters are still stuck in the airport trying to get home from the big Beck show! It's rumored that only Kelly got to fly first class!
you betcha

Piqua, OH

#26780 Aug 23, 2013
Save The Rich wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice...right out of the ALEC and AFP playbook. Decrease the pay for the middle class and help out the corporations and big government cronies. Are you a member??
... big, rich, and Republican! Just like Ed Wade!
Anonymous

Dayton, OH

#26781 Aug 23, 2013
huh?
Pinhead alert

Xenia, OH

#26782 Aug 23, 2013
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
Guess all of Kelly's supporters are still stuck in the airport trying to get home from the big Beck show! It's rumored that only Kelly got to fly first class!
Mr. Beck, wonderful that he did het help from affirmative action:

"Beck briefly attempted to begin his higher education as an Ivy League student at Yale University by enrolling within a special affirmative action program for non-traditional students. Beck enrolled for only one course in "Early Christology" before quitting his studies at Yale."

Where's all the people who call out the hypocrites?
Pinhead alert

Xenia, OH

#26783 Aug 23, 2013
^^^(got help, not het help).
Way Down Low in Boro

Piqua, OH

#26784 Aug 23, 2013
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
Funny thing happened on the way to the coronation..........
....the bottom line Dr. Ron Malone and Springboro Czar Lisa Babb are finally reunited as High School Prom King and Queen!
Oh what a night of insanely popular November Victory!
Defeatest Attitude

Xenia, OH

#26785 Aug 23, 2013
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
Funny thing happened on the way to the coronation..........
Reminds me of Romney and the ineptitude of the GOP to unseat Obama....

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