The current Board has been moving since the election of Mr. Petroni and Mr Rigano to get a firm grip on where the money is flowing in our school district. That sort of analysis takes time, particularly when certain individuals were less than forthcoming with the information, financial and otherwise.<quoted text>
Excellent. Well played. If you're going to take credit for something that went well "under your watch", you should also have to take the hit for things that didn't go well. Can't have it both ways.
Also, I think the grade of "D" was for gifted students at the grade school level if I recall correctly, not at the high school where Mr. Malone was.
As a true picture emerged from that information, plans began to formulate how to best allocate our given resource structure to put reinforcements into areas of great need.
The amount of time required to accomplish this comes at a significant cost to our children. Each day that passes in our classrooms without the necessary reform is another day those children cannot recover. The children waiting for reform to take place must wait as the great ship slowly turns in the right direction.
A child in the third grade will never get that year back, it is gone forever.
Mr. Malone had enough time to exert his influence and leadership in the district for a child to enter into first grade when Mr. Malone began his tenure in Springboro and graduate as Mr. Malone retired.
13 years was more than enough time to move the ball forward educationally in Springboro for the benefit of all of our children.
Instead Mr. Malone chose to retreat from seeking the high ground and pursue an easier course of studies for our children.
Not my words, but the words of Mr. Malone's professional peers at the Warren County Educational Service Center that had been hired to evaluate our course of study at the high school as part of our membership in the High Schools That Work program.
In 2010 they wrote :
What the School Plans to Do. To continue to increase academic rigor, SHS is investigating the possibility of offering dual credit courses. SHS will also begin implementing the revised Ohio Academic Content standards and assessments. The district will create teacher teams to analyze the revised standards and identify areas of change.
Three years later, under new leadership, the high school took the bull by the horns and is now successfully implementing the dual credit programs that other districts have been enjoying for years.
All it took was the leadership and the will to get the job done.
Mr. Malone could have done this, should have done this, but did not for 13 years.
Where was the leadership?