Funny thing happened on the way to the coronation..........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.
There are 31983 comments on the Dayton Daily News story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Our recommendation: Springboro voters should say 'yes' the first time to school levies. In it, Dayton Daily News reports that:
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#26775 Aug 23, 2013
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.
#26776 Aug 23, 2013
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.
#26777 Aug 23, 2013
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??
#26778 Aug 23, 2013
"Bloviating" Someone's watching the factor. Does it make you feel superior, it works for Bill.
#26779 Aug 23, 2013
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!
#26780 Aug 23, 2013
... big, rich, and Republican! Just like Ed Wade!
#26781 Aug 23, 2013
#26782 Aug 23, 2013
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?
#26783 Aug 23, 2013
^^^(got help, not het help).
#26784 Aug 23, 2013
....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!
#26785 Aug 23, 2013
Reminds me of Romney and the ineptitude of the GOP to unseat Obama....
#26786 Aug 23, 2013
Let's all stay focused on the Big Issues to be decided upon during the November 2013 school board election and much needed renewal levy! As for me and my household of voters we will continue in the direction of opportunity to vote for school board candidates who support our winning agenda of Children's First Budget and Reduced Renewal levy for Springboro families.
Our Springboro Board of Education members are due our Thanks and Appreciation for all their hard work and personal sacrifices of their time required in service to our schools and community during this difficult contract negotiation season.
Thank You, Kelly Kohls, Jim Rigano, David Petroni, Don Miller, and Wendy Kull.
#26787 Aug 23, 2013
un voter i agree with your thoughts
#26788 Aug 23, 2013
1. I'll make you a deal. No "God" in science classed so long as liberal educators agree to remove their agenda of man-made global warming from science classes.
2. Divisive? Hardly. A divisive majority wouldn't have accomplished much at all, especially the following:
$1.1 million for an 11 additional new buses bought 10 last year.
$1.5 million in computers, wifi, backbone, which = 350 laptops and 1,000 computers
$3.7 million in capital improvements
$2.4 million in text books and new curriculum and text book adoptions
$8.7 million in total in the forecast through 2017.
3. Remenber the political spectrum runs in BOTH directions. Both Malone and Stuckey are professed union liberals who are capable of doing a lot of damage via taking needed resources away from our children and putting into the union's collective pocket.
4. Wow where in the land of hypocrisy do I start? Anderson, Colston and Thomsen used their board seats for their own business and professional self interests.
5. OK I'll give you this one.
6. The primary responsibility of boards of education is to manage to BUSINESS AFFAIRS of school districts. Our country has largely been built around excellent teachers. But frankly an educators place is not in the board room. It is in the classroom.
7. Principles matter! You bet they do! This coming Monday when high school students meet their new principal for the 1st time, they'll see she has a higher standard of principles than her predecessor!
National news? Liberal Huffington Post doesn't count as national news!
#26789 Aug 23, 2013
What's the difference between a Liberal Hypocrite in Politics and a Conservative Hypocrite in Politics?
Just like a coin has two sides, both are of equal value; each one presenting a different picture, depending upon which side is facing you.
#26790 Aug 23, 2013
Sounds Good to Me! One step at a time, one step at a time, that's all we can do!
Instead of thinking about how I can't possibly do something I want to do, I'll just start doing what I can and see where it leads!
First Step -- Can you take Me to Your Leader?
Even if your are on the Right Track, you will get run over if you don't keep moving. The clock is ticking.
#26791 Aug 23, 2013
On the face of Todd Petrey exists two mouths, each of which speaks and repeats the agenda of the person directly in front of it.
#26792 Aug 23, 2013
If you haven't seen the August 22 Springboro Star Press, then it is certainly worthy of your attention to read the article written by our school superintendent, Todd Petrey.
I can't imagine anyone reading this warmly extended "Welcome back to Springboro Schools 2013-2014" without experiencing a renewed sense of resolve to work together as a community, leaving behind the failed practices of the past, and moving away from conflict and division, together in the direction of opportunity for a better New school year than ever before! Thank You, Mr. Petrey, and All Good Things are wished for you and your staff!
Mr. Petrey comments, "In Springboro, we hold both the best traditions of the past and the brightest promises for the future. Long held traditons provide the foundation for our students who achieve in academics, the arts and athletics. Today these traditions merge with the expectations of a changing world."
"Behind us is our record-- Springboro Schools perform well. Our schools repeatedly achieve the state's highest ratings. Common Core curriculum and we adopt new teacher and principal evaluation systems, new testing, standards and technology, Springboro is poised to set the bar. Our core business is excellence in teaching, learning and leading. We strive to be a little better today than we were yesterday as we prepare our students for tomorrow."
"Our goal for 2013-2014 is to build on this success and find innovative ways to meet state and federal mandates, provide the resurces our students need, and maintain a balanced budget."
"A lot has been said--and a lot will be said--about our schools. Please stay informed and involved. Bookmark and visit our website, subscribe for district E-Communications, watch our new YouTube video series this year and follow us on the district's social media."
-Springboro Star Press-
#26793 Aug 23, 2013
In the direction of unity…..
With the first day of school upon us in late August, we enter into the comfortable routines of a new school year. Each year begins with the hope and prayer of a fresh beginning on both sides of the fence, teachers praying for well-behaved students and children fervently praying for “nice” teachers.
The new year also brings with it new employment contracts with our support staff and our teachers. Combine that with the technology plan being assembled and implemented, new buses for our children’s safety, a sustainable facilities maintenance plan, a tax break for our taxpayers, and our district is in an entirely different situation from recent years when wave after wave of levy campaigns sought to raise taxes.
Circumstances may change; however, if we maintain our fiscal conservative spending patterns and husband our resources wisely, no new taxes are projected.
My place at the table is to represent the community—the taxpayer, the landowner, the voter. My fiduciary duty is also to this institution. It is important to remember I represent the voice of those who pay for our local schools. Tonight, we step forward for our teachers and our community. In doing so, we are demonstrating that as our voices come together we can write a single, better, unified story. It is not a story of the past, always disregarding the needs of the district. It is not a story of teachers and staff holding out for more. It is not a story of higher taxes (in fact, just the opposite). This is a story where everyone wins.
Although we occasionally may disagree with the means to an end, the final goal is the same for all involved: a better education for our children.
Through Children First Budgeting, zero based budgets, sound leadership, plans that prioritize educational needs, infrastructure and our staff, it is possible and now proven that we can live within our means. These phrases imply debt or sacrifice, but that is not the case. Not only have we proven that we can live within our means, but now every stakeholder in this district—our students and families, our staff and teachers, and our taxpayers–will benefit from this board’s leadership.
First, our students benefit as we direct funds to textbooks, curriculum, new buses, technology, and we dedicate attention to supports for college and career—STEM, PSEO, AP courses and more.
I have stated in that past and it is worth repeating, that it is impossible to educate a child without skilled teachers and staff and without giving them the tools to be successful. With these new contract agreements, every teacher, every staff member, every employee, every custodian, and every bus driver of the Springboro Community City Schools will be paid more. They will be rewarded for their skills and commitment to our schools and our children.
........Congratulations to our board, to our central office staff, to our teachers and students, and to our community. All sides were heard – and the outcome is fair to all sides. All have gained ground. And that success can only continue if we act in good faith to work together to put Children First.
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