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

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Girard, OH

#28105 Oct 20, 2013
Vote MSA wrote:
The district has a lot of challenges ahead, who will keep the focus on the kids?
Look in the mirror and ask yourself these questions.
Do you wish Springboro schools to regress toward making many of the terrible mistakes of the past all over again?
Do you wish a return to union-controlled school boards of the past?
Regardless of the specific sentiments in this board race, virtually everyone in this community is "For The Kids".
However when it comes to the local teachers union, the SEA's number one agenda is and has always been doing whatever's necessary to PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE.

Who will keep the focus on the kids, you ask?

- David Bitner
- Kolton Vaughn
- Jim Rigano
- David Petroni
informed

Mason, OH

#28106 Oct 20, 2013
Observer wrote:
BLAH BLAH BLAH.....AKA DOUG WEIDEMAN YOUR AN IDIOT!
Yes Doug you are an idiot, tell us about your incident at Sky Bank please.
No Turning Back

Akron, OH

#28107 Oct 20, 2013
Vote MSA wrote:
The MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE in this upcoming election is and should always be who will guide the district in the best direction for THE STUDENTS.
Just because the current board members continually state the children's first manta does not mean they have to act that way. Under the current board classes have been cut. Classes have been combined. More students were encouraged to take PSEO but in reality many of those students are getting less of an education. Administrators have been hired with little to no experience (one that didn't read her mail for over a month which if it weren't for the students diligence could have had drastic effects on a few students chances for scholarships). This board spent weeks discussing wording changes to a policy that in the end wouldn't have changed the policy but caused a lot of conflict for nothing.
The district has a lot of challenges ahead, who will keep the focus on the kids?
The Malone/Stuckey/Anderson run for school board seems to be fueled by fear.
It is dark and angry--promising to bring calm to a storm. The problem with their platform is that there is no storm. If there is a sense of tubulence in our community, it has been manufactured by those who oppose change, wish to suffocate debates they would surely lose, and return to the days of endless
levies, punitive actions against our citizens, and never ending financial emergencies within the school district.

Why would our community want to back to the past? We have sought to change the status quo, and that is difficult, but debate does not equal harm. The politically correct tenet that spirited discussion is harmful stifles new ideas. When a blanket of suppression covers the conversation, the only sure losers will be our community and the children we serve.

Our current board leadership is navigating us away from the repeated failures of the past and toward a better future for our schools. Looking to the past, copying failed policies, and fearing change does not remove barriers to improvement, it imposes them. The fear of change will not chase our community back into the darkness of previously failed practices. Let's stay on this new course and move in the direction of common sense, ethics and sound financial decisions for our children, schools and community.

Vote Responsibly November 5, 2013! The future of our schools and
community depend upon it!

Vote For Students First/Responsible Budgeting
Parents Representing Parents
David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn
It's a Winning Ticket for all students, parents, teachers, school district employees, and community-wide taxpayers!
Spread the Great News

Akron, OH

#28108 Oct 20, 2013
MEET and GREET
David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn.

Where: 205 East St., Springboro, Ohio
When: Monday, October 21, 2013
Time: 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

We are looking forward to meeting you and listening to your concerns.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#28109 Oct 20, 2013
informed wrote:
<quoted text>Yes Doug you are an idiot, tell us about your incident at Sky Bank please.
Go ahead, you tell everyone.

I will still be speaking the truth.
none

Springboro, OH

#28110 Oct 21, 2013
reflection wrote:
<quoted text>
Look in the mirror and ask yourself these questions.
Do you wish Springboro schools to regress toward making many of the terrible mistakes of the past all over again?
Do you wish a return to union-controlled school boards of the past?
Regardless of the specific sentiments in this board race, virtually everyone in this community is "For The Kids".
However when it comes to the local teachers union, the SEA's number one agenda is and has always been doing whatever's necessary to PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THEIR OWN PEOPLE.
Who will keep the focus on the kids, you ask?
- David Bitner
- Kolton Vaughn
- Jim Rigano
- David Petroni
Is the answer none of the above?
DIDYOU KNOW

Cleveland, OH

#28111 Oct 21, 2013
Why is this guy still around?

Clearcreek administrator retiring after 35 years

DDN -- CLEARCREEK TWP., Warren County — Township Administrator Dennis Pickett is expected to announce his retirement Wednesday after 35 years in public administration.

Pickett, 57, said he was retiring, effective July 31, 2012.“It’s just time,” he said.

Pickett, administrator in Clearcreek Twp. since November 1985, also worked as administrative assistant in Franklin Twp.“I certainly will miss him. He’s been good for Clearcreek Twp.,” said Ed Wade, chairman of the township trustees.

In his time with the township, Pickett has seen the community and staff grow, and the government move from a small office to a sprawling government center.

However, he clashed with Linda Oda, the fiscal officer elected in 2007, prompting a review last year by the trustees. Also last year, Trustee Cathy Anspach sought discipline against Pickett for failing to advise township officials that former trustee Dr. Greg McDonald, a local dentist, had been receiving health insurance for himself and his wife that was subsidized through funds set aside for unemployed workers.

On Tuesday Anspach said their dispute was in the past.

“I think he’s just burned out on the job,” she said.
No Turning Back

Akron, OH

#28112 Oct 21, 2013
none wrote:
<quoted text>
Is the answer none of the above?
"What is now proved was only once imagined."
-William Blake

Fresh ideas have allowed our district to sustain itself in
an uncertain economywith NO new money required.

Look at the Past...
Failure of five levy attempts in two years, each asking
for $30-$40 million dollars of new money.

Fees raised, busing cut, staff reduced, and maintenance deferred.
"D" grade on gifted intervention and "C" grade on the lowest 20%
in achievement from state.

Standard of mediocrity - from contracting out our preschool services to accepting "Proficient" as an acceptable test score.

Weakened curriculum in high school program, fewer students taking advantage of Advanced Placement and other early college credit opportunities.

Ignored new state testing mandate for technology. Neglected instructional technology.

Why would our community wish to go back?

LOOK AT TODAY AND THE FUTURE...
No Turning Back

Akron, OH

#28113 Oct 21, 2013
"What is now proved was only once imagined."
-William Blake

Fresh ideas have allowed our district to sustain itself in an uncertain economy with NO new
money required.

"Where the board's at right now is wanting the highest academic achievement and fiscal responsibility," Petrey said. "That's what I stand for."

We will continue to challenge the status quo where need be.. and THAT IS A GOOD THING!

LOOK AT TODAY AND THE FUTURE!

Renewal levy saves taxpayers $6.5 million over the five year life of the levy, while continuing to
generate surplus.

Reduced school fees, lower pay to participate fees, busing restored, staff cuts reversed, long neglected building and ground maintenance funded.

Efficiency plans reallocate resources from under utilized programs to gifted and early intervention. Putting money where it is needed!

District run preschool instead of outsourcing, saving $132,000 each year. Analyzing data to expose "Proficient" as failing.
RAISING THE BAR FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS...AND THAT IS A GOOD THING!

Adding ACT/College Essentials class, balancing class sizes, and strengthening our curriculum.
Emphasizing early college credit programs through the high school, Post Secondary Enrollment Options
(PSEO), Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses.

Coordinated technology plan with wireless access for every building, laptops to every teacher, and more than 1100 new computers.

WHY WOULD OUR COMMUNITY WISH TO GO BACK?

Please join with Parents Representing Parents and vote for our only two school board candidates who are on board with the current board's winning agenda of putting CHILDREN FIRST!

Vote November 5, 2013 for David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn who should be elected as our next two
Students First/Responsible Budgeting school
board representatives.

Spread the Great News! Vote for David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn. It's for our children, our community and toward a better future for our schools!
Question

Xenia, OH

#28114 Oct 21, 2013
In viewing the Vaughn/Bitner site and following their explanation for the volations on the signs they state:

"Your Candidates for membership on the Springboro School Board: you only need to vote for two!"

Isn't this a false statement since the ballot will state you need to vote for three?
Thats Silly

Dayton, OH

#28115 Oct 21, 2013
Question wrote:
In viewing the Vaughn/Bitner site and following their explanation for the volations on the signs they state:
"Your Candidates for membership on the Springboro School Board: you only need to vote for two!"
Isn't this a false statement since the ballot will state you need to vote for three?
It actually states: For Member of Board of Education(Vote for not more than 3). Nobody can force you to vote for anyone. If you only want to vote for two, just vote for two. If you only want to vote for one, just vote for one. You can't vote for more than three though.
http://voterfind.tzo.org/warrenoh/data/201311...
DIDYOU KNOW

Cleveland, OH

#28116 Oct 21, 2013
Did you know that as a Springboro resident, you have a vote in the Clearcreek Township Trustee Election!

Did you know that WADE & LAMB is spending YOUR hard earned taxpayer's funds to cover their CRIMINAL ACTS! They held off the trial until after the NOVEMBER election. Here is what the Ohio Appeals Court said...

Ohio — A lawsuit challenging a township's longstanding practice of holding informal gatherings before official public meetings is headed back to a southwest Ohio court.

An Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals judge ruled recently that the lawsuit was dismissed prematurely by a Warren County court. He sent it back to resolve conflicting testimony on whether Clearcreek Township trustees are violating state open meetings law.

Judge Robert Ringland wrote that were too many unanswered questions, including whether the "pre-meeting meetings were prearranged, what the purpose of the meetings was and whether deliberations took place therein." Township officials defend the practice of having informal gatherings in the administrator's office ahead of the twice-monthly township meetings.

Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, thinks the township practice is questionable.

"When they have these information-gathering sessions, if they are discussing stuff, I think you can argue that they are deliberating," Hetzel said. "If they start asking questions or discussing, they have moved over from information-gathering to deliberating."

PLEASE, for the sake of our community, DO NOT PUT WADE & LAMB back into office.
Vote Bitner-Vaughn

Akron, OH

#28117 Oct 21, 2013
Visit www.SupportBoroStudents.com
SUPPORT THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS...
Renewal levy that saves taxpayers $6.5 million.
Reduced school fees, lower pay to participate fees, as well as restored busing, and building maintenance.
We believe over taxation of the taxpayers is wrong!
We believe in supporting the amount of necessary taxation required to do the job correctly.
We believe that excess tax money in any government body tends to insopire creative ways to spend that money.
We believe transparency, from budgeting to policy formulation to meetings, leads to good governance in all levels of government.
We believe in maintaining fiscal integrity and
We believe in LISTENING ....and That's a Good Thing!
You Are Invited to meet and greet your
Students First/Responsible Budgeting
School Board Candidates
David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn
October 21, 2013
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
205 East St.
Springboro, Ohio 45066

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#28118 Oct 21, 2013
Question wrote:
In viewing the Vaughn/Bitner site and following their explanation for the volations on the signs they state:
"Your Candidates for membership on the Springboro School Board: you only need to vote for two!"
Isn't this a false statement since the ballot will state you need to vote for three?
no you can vote for two but they elect the top 3
real information here

Miamisburg, OH

#28119 Oct 21, 2013
Vote MSA wrote:
The MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE in this upcoming election is and should always be who will guide the district in the best direction for THE STUDENTS.
.... More students were encouraged to take PSEO but in reality many of those students are getting less of an education.
So tell us how the PSEO students are getting less of an education. They still have to meet all the state requirements to graduate. Are you saying that the state requirements PLUS college classes would mean LESS of an education than just state requirements? You are correct the most important issue is the students. However, your Less is better argument clearly shows you are not worried about the students.
truth to power

Girard, OH

#28120 Oct 21, 2013
DIDYOU KNOW wrote:
PLEASE, for the sake of our community, DO NOT PUT WADE back into office.
Me thinks it's something way beyond coincidence that a certain incumbant township trustee's surname rhymes with... "PAID".
go to rear of class

Girard, OH

#28121 Oct 21, 2013
Observer wrote:
BLAH BLAH BLAH.....AKA DOUG WEIDEMAN YOUR AN IDIOT!
Re:
YOUR / YOU'RE

Unlike you, "idiot" Doug Wiedeman has a solid grasp of how to properly utilize a contraction.
Non Partisan

Akron, OH

#28122 Oct 21, 2013
truth to power wrote:
<quoted text>
Me thinks it's something way beyond coincidence that a certain incumbant township trustee's surname rhymes with... "PAID".
Voters who are for electing local government officials who are responsible spenders of our hard earned money should look carefully beyond the symbolism of "Conservative Republican"
claim of township trustee candidate, Dale Lamb.

Shouldn't local government leaders have only the best interest of serving their constituents, regardless of political party interest? Shouldn't our local government leaders be Independent
Thinkers, instead of flocking together to protect party politics for the Union?

Vote to Re-Elect the Township Trustee that has a proven record of
putting Springboro Familes best interest First, keeping our family homes both safe and affordable! It's a Good Thing!

Remember on November 5, 2013, to vote for the re-election of
Cathy Anspach, the only Township Trustee that voted against
putting the May 2013 fire levy tax increase of 93% on the ballot!

Remember ONLY re-electing Cathy Anspach will ensure protection of Township homeowners against a status-quo business as usual pro-
union controlled Clearcreek Township local government.

Vote to Re-Elect Cathy Anspach on November 5, 2013!
StayThe Course

Girard, OH

#28123 Oct 21, 2013
This is a pivotal school board election. The outcome of this election will affect the direction of this district for years, and possibly decades to come. We may choose to regress toward a repetition of many of the mistakes this district has made in the past by consciously voting for a union-controlled school board.

Or we can stay the course by continuing in a fiscally responsible manner, ensuring that meeting kids’ educational needs are the first priority. The school board exists to represent the interests of parents and the public providing a check and balance to assure the school system meets the needs of the community.
Parent and community representation are critical. David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn are both parents of children enrolled in Springboro Schools and have committed to making education their top priority. Bitner and Vaughn support the “Children First” philosophy.

Two of David’s and Kolton’s opponents – Ron Malone, former high school principal and David Stuckey a former teacher – retired this last year. Electing these two and their partner Charles Anderson would create a school board where none of the 5 members is parent with children enrolled in school. My advice is to elect a couple of men with young kids to the board. The school district already has 400 employees with Education background and experience.

Unions are doing to public education what they have done to GM and Chrysler. Quality of education is declining as the unions force more money into compensation and away from improving the product – highly educated children. The result is persistent requests for additional taxes as the school system’s resources are drained.

Our board has been able to strike a balance that is sustainable, but negotiations will begin again in March 2015. The teacher’s union supports the Malone, Stuckey, Anderson ticket and hopes to get two very friendly allies on the school board. It is important to have Bitner and Vaughn on the board as advocates for parents and children during the next round of negotiations.
A UNION CONTROLLED BOARD WILL PLACE PRIORITY ON MEETING THE DESIRES OF ITS MEMBERS.


Vote 4
David Bitner &
Kolton Vaughn
PSEO

Piqua, OH

#28124 Oct 21, 2013
real information here wrote:
<quoted text>
So tell us how the PSEO students are getting less of an education. They still have to meet all the state requirements to graduate. Are you saying that the state requirements PLUS college classes would mean LESS of an education than just state requirements? You are correct the most important issue is the students. However, your Less is better argument clearly shows you are not worried about the students.
I never argued that less is better. But the fact is I am not a fan of the PSEO option simply because it can allow students to take it easy. Take a poll for yourself, how many PSEO students are in class the same number of hours that a typical HS student is. How many are taking only one or two classes and the rest of the time spent doing nothing. How many PSEO students aren't being challenged by their PSEO classes? Maybe I shouldn't compare to when I went to school, but I was able to take challenging classes all the way through school up to graduation. There was not a time when I didn't have options for classes to take, even when my graduation requirements were completed. I don't think the same can be said for Springboro.

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