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WORDS OF WISDOM

Springboro, OH

#29582 Dec 5, 2013
The author, philosopher and poet George Santayana once said, "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child."

George Santayana also said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Lest we forget that board member-elect, Dr. Ron Malone, prescribed for our high school students a low level curriculum, keeping them uneducated in order to provide job security for union teachers... we must review often and always remember the true history, through official documents, of Dr. Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the PAST thirteen years.
Now That We Know

Springboro, OH

#29583 Dec 5, 2013
WORDS OF WISDOM wrote:
The author, philosopher and poet George Santayana once said, "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child."
George Santayana also said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Lest we forget that board member-elect, Dr. Ron Malone, prescribed for our high school students a low level curriculum, keeping them uneducated in order to provide job security for union teachers... we must review often and always remember the true history, through official documents, of Dr. Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the PAST thirteen years.
It doesn't take more money; It takes more accountability.
Mr. Malone reluctantly resisted accountability to his boss, Mr. Lolli, and ignored recommendations that could have raised the bar
for our students, and "it's all Malone's fault" that district and taxpayer resources were wasted, along with lost opportunity of individual higher academic achievement.
Public records (which are availabe to the public upon request)
prove that Malone's poor job performance is most definitely
"all Malone's fault." Whose else could it be?
Let's look at Today and the Future with new optomism that
Mr. Malone can be led, by example of the other board members,
to utilize his abilities putting students first while maintaining fiscal integrity. It doesn't take more money; It takes more
accountability. Board member-elect, Mr. Malone, is now accountable to the community of all taxpayers, to listen to the needs of our school community of employees, in addition to listening to the needs of our community as a whole.

The time has now come for Mr. Malone (and his campaign supporters) to leave behind the status quo failed practices of his PAST, running our SHS like a union shop, misallocating district and taxpayer resources. As just one member of a professional TEAM, can Mr. Malone get on board with our current board's reform minded vision for our children's 21st century education; OR will he continue behaving as a school yard bully out for revenge, pretending to be the "Victim", demanding constant attention of praise and worship for himself, as the insanely popular Ron Malone, who once was a high school princiPAL?
What a waste of 41 years of experience is that?
Now That We Know

Springboro, OH

#29584 Dec 5, 2013
As the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone held a special place

of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records

reports of his professional peer reviewers, his superiors, and his own public pronouncements.

It is not as golden as you have been led to believe.

DECEMBER 2010 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies RECOMMENDATIONS page 13:
"Increase the number of students taking the HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WORKS recommended curriculum/Ohio Core each year by at least 25 percent.
"Increase the percentage of students taking college preparatory courses. Eliminate any course offerings below the college preparatory level."

JANUARY 2012 - Superintendent Gene Lolli's annual performance evaluation of Mr. Malone notes:

"Mr. Malone does demonstrate the ability to affect change, but sometimes very reluctantly. It sometimes takes numerous requests by Superintendent before changes are implemented."

Mr. Malone needs to improve on getting request goals to the Superintendent in a timely fashion. Examples include: Requested schedule of events for delayed start at the beginning of the year, at semester, and last week and have not yet received. Also requested times and dates of all staff meetings and quarterly updates on the High Schools That Work per 2011-2012 job targets.

JANUARY 2013 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies page 10:
"SHS still offers GENERAL LEVEL CLASSES (Algebra 1A and 1B, physical science, US History, and World History). Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the Technical Assistance Visiting (TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Works philosophy, SHS believes that offering LOW-LEVEL COURSES is in the best interest of students. This belief, however, WAS NOT SUBSTANTIATED by research or data."

2013 US NEWS ranking of high schools in Ohio ranks King’s #23, Mason #35, Bellbrook#37, Brookville #41, Lebanon #48, Centerville #49, Waynesville #53, Monroe #90 and , and finally Springboro #97.

Given our district’s stated 40% gifted population, the fact that only 20% are on track to take A/P classes in high school, our district is severely underperforming compared to those districts around us in my opinion.

*Number of Dual College Credit Classes available when Mr. Malone

retired - 0

*Number of Dual College Credit classes added after Mr. Malone retired

June 30, 2013 - 6

Misallocation of district and taxpayer resources: 34 out of 77 elective classes at the high school had less than 20 students, more than a few had multiple classes.

IE: Children’s Literature, 2 classes – 27 total students, Entrepreneurship, 2 classes – 20 total students, etc.

My conclusion is that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
Boro Future Brighter

Springboro, OH

#29585 Dec 5, 2013
Welcome aboard new board members-elect: Mr. Anderson, Mr. Malone, Mr. Stuckey!
As of January 2014, we urge each one of you to get on board with our current board, supporting the progress made in the past two years.

We've got a good thing going here, in the direction of common sense, and Now each one of YOU have opportunity to contribute your sense of civic pride, business experience, and professional leadership.... in the direction of
OPPORTUNITY for everyone -- Our Students, Teachers, Springboro Familes, and our community of taxpaying constituents!

Look at Today and the Future.

We Believe in order to deliver the highest level of education we must raise the bar well past the state minimums and strive to challenge our children, parents, and staff to reach higher.
We can and must do better, our children's future depends on our actions today.

We Believe that allocating resources from areas of less demand to areas of greater demand is one comon sense approach to resolving needs in our schools. Federal and state mandates may preclude some reallocation, but we are still left with a sizable amount to influence.

We Believe that in order to take advantage of the higher level classes at the high school, more children must be put on that track at earlier grades levels. We support Mr. Petrey's move towards emphasis on more development in the earliest grade levels. While not all children will eventually end i a calculus class in high school, we can certainly better prepare them all for post graduate success. And that benefits everyone.

We Believe that the future belongs to technology. It is absolutely essential that we recognize
technology not as a means to an end, but as a conduit through which knowledge flows. Much like the wires that flow to our houses bringing electricity, our technology investments are being made to ensure the future flow of knowledge to our children.

We Believe that leveraging school fees, services, personnel decisions, safety, or infrastructure maintenance to threaten families in order to influence regular or levy elections is wrong.

We Believe the Board is elected to BALANCE the interests of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees. Many school boards lack balance because they are comprised of people with more allegiance to maintaining a specific establishment than to the greater cause.

We cannot just invest in "status quo."
We need a reform minded VISION for our children's 21st century quality classroom education.

The Children First budget is navigating us away from the repeated failures of the past. Now,
working in open, public meetings, asking tough questions, hearing all voices, using performance data and striving to find a balance that supports teachers, our community is achieving the goal t put Children First in every decision.

Welcome Aboard New school board members-elect:
Mr. Anderson, Mr. Malone, Mr. Stuckey! Let's
Work together and stay on course supporting the progress that has been made in the past two years. Children's First Budgeting Works!
CELEBRATE OUR SUCCESS

Springboro, OH

#29586 Dec 5, 2013
Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners proved overwhelming support for the progress made in the past two years by our current board and school district leaders, by voting in appreciation of all our school employees for November 5th Renewal Levy! Special Thanks are due our board members for unanimously voting for pay increases for all school employees and reduced taxes for all Springboro Families! Thank You!

The following is adapted from a blog post by Springboro Board of Education Member David Petroni,
September 2013 Board of Education Briefing)...

...In The Direction of Sustainability

Our recent history of five failed new money levies has challenged our district, but with our staff and teachers, we have met that challenge. With data-driven decisions and careful budgeting, we have reallocated resources to do more for our kids without asking our community for higher taxes.

The budget through 2017 includes busing for all grades and a program to spend more than $2.1 million on new buses; more than $2 million in textbooks and curriculum adoption; over $3.7 million in capital needs and deferred maintenance; and more than $1l1 million in new technology; as well as our current staff salaries and benefits.

These needs are met in the five year forecast even with the lower renewal levy. How is this possible?

Our district will receive 6.5% more in 2013-2014 than in the previous year from the State of Ohio (approximately $828,000) as well as 10.5% more in 2014-2015 (approximately $1.2 million).

Since 2012-2013, the district has received $3.5 million per year as a result of a pipeline that has been completed.(A second pipeline is possible; however, the district's current forecast assumptions DO NOT include the additional funding it may bring to the district.)

Efficiency plans, reallocating resources, and increased revenue make the lower renewal levy possible.

If the reduced renewal levy passes on November 5, we will maintain an approximate $4 million carryover in 2017, according to our current five-year forecast.

With every step, we are proving that this district--with its record of excellence-- is sustainable with an even lower tax burden. We are meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations. We are building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings. Most important, we are being honest about what is needed through 2017. This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability.

Springboro's Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they share a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. BOE members provide a critical link between our schools and our community.
Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29587 Dec 5, 2013
Good Neighbor Policy wrote:
<quoted text>
And my Strongest Belief is that NO child should be forced to study ANY subject, using my public tax dollars, that can better be taught in the context of home, family, and the church.
Obviously you have litte to do with your time but peck around at your keyboard, incessantly posting about the merits of Kohls, Petroni and Rigano. You are continuously on record as fully supporting these board members, 2/3 of which have wasted tons of PUBLICALLY FUNDED school board time in an unsuccessful attempt to plug a (very poorly disguised) creationism class into this district's curriculum.

___

"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have benn burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites."

Thomas Jefferson
Notes on Virginia
1782

Boro Future Brighter

Springboro, OH

#29588 Dec 5, 2013
Wednesday manifesto wrote:
<quoted text>
Obviously you have litte to do with your time but peck around at your keyboard, incessantly posting about the merits of Kohls, Petroni and Rigano. You are continuously on record as fully supporting these board members, 2/3 of which have wasted tons of PUBLICALLY FUNDED school board time in an unsuccessful attempt to plug a (very poorly disguised) creationism class into this district's curriculum.
___
"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have benn burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites."
Thomas Jefferson
Notes on Virginia
1782
Excuse Me... obviously you have no appreciation whatsoever for the good things that you have in your life; and incessantly post your pessimism and criticism of all things good that others see in our schools and community. Why is that?

Perhaps if you turned the page from 1782 and took a Look at Today and the Future, you could rise above your pettiness and celebrate the progress made in the past two years, right here in our Springboro school district, including pay increases for every school employee and renewal levy that saves taxpayers $6.5 million!...and why is that? Simply because Children First Budgeting Works!

Those of us local taxpayers with a reform minded VISION for our children's 21st century quality classroom education see a Basic Truth: our schools and community are inextricably tied. Public schools serve the community. And the community supports public schools.

Today, we stand in an almost unheard of place: financially prepared to give something back to the taxpayer--to give back to OUR community by reducing the tax burden! This is an awesome achievement of ALL five of our current school board members and ALL our school district staff, WORKING TOGETHER, being HONEST
about what is needed through 2017! This is reform at the local level, and this is WORKING TOGETHER toward sustainability!
.... and that IS success worth Celebrating!
Fact vs Opinions

Springboro, OH

#29589 Dec 5, 2013
Wednesday manifesto wrote:
<quoted text>
Obviously you have litte to do with your time but peck around at your keyboard, incessantly posting about the merits of Kohls, Petroni and Rigano. You are continuously on record as fully supporting these board members, 2/3 of which have wasted tons of PUBLICALLY FUNDED school board time in an unsuccessful attempt to plug a (very poorly disguised) creationism class into this district's curriculum.
___
"Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have benn burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites."
Thomas Jefferson
Notes on Virginia
1782
While it may be your personal opinion that "2/3 of which have wasted tons of PUBLICALLY FUNDED school board time in an unsuccessful attempt to plug a (very poorly disguised) creationism class into this district's curriculum" there is NO evidence nor facts to prove your criticism; there is PROOF that you are NOT telling the TRUTH in the minutes of our BOE meetings. There is
NO evidence that our current board members have attempted to plug a creationism class into this district's curriculum; and there is NO evidence that our current board members have wasted tons of publically funded school board time. Our school board members get the same small token of dollars for each school board meeting, whether that meeting takes One hour of Time or Six hours of time.
Truth is, Your small minded accusations are simply false.

Your attempts to distort community discussions on an open school board agenda item is nothing except your FEAR of differing opinions and your desire to keep all fresh new ideas out of our board room discussions.

My Personal Opinion is that No objections at All would have been raised in the board room over the community study of the Constitution, IF the board had offered our own union teachers a
big fat supplemental contract to teach the course themselves.
That's what this argument against any "outsiders" intruding into the union halls of solidarity in our taxpayer funded public school facilities. It's all about the paranoia of the union teachers and their "suspicions" of the "outsiders" who may be trying "take MONEY" out of their hallowed hall of our public schools.
Come Grow With Us

Springboro, OH

#29590 Dec 5, 2013
Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners proved overwhelming support for the progress made in the past two years by our current board and school district leaders, by voting in appreciation of all our school employees for November 5th Renewal Levy! Special Thanks are due our board members for unanimously voting for pay increases for all school employees and reduced taxes for all Springboro Families! Thank You!

The following is adapted from a blog post by Springboro Board of Education Member David Petroni,
September 2013 Board of Education Briefing)...

...In The Direction of Sustainability

Our recent history of five failed new money levies has challenged our district, but with our staff and teachers, we have met that challenge. With data-driven decisions and careful budgeting, we have reallocated resources to do more for our kids without asking our community for higher taxes.

The budget through 2017 includes busing for all grades and a program to spend more than $2.1 million on new buses; more than $2 million in textbooks and curriculum adoption; over $3.7 million in capital needs and deferred maintenance; and more than $1l1 million in new technology; as well as our current staff salaries and benefits.

These needs are met in the five year forecast even with the lower renewal levy. How is this possible?

Our district will receive 6.5% more in 2013-2014 than in the previous year from the State of Ohio (approximately $828,000) as well as 10.5% more in 2014-2015 (approximately $1.2 million).

Since 2012-2013, the district has received $3.5 million per year as a result of a pipeline that has been completed.(A second pipeline is possible; however, the district's current forecast assumptions DO NOT include the additional funding it may bring to the district.)

Efficiency plans, reallocating resources, and increased revenue make the lower renewal levy possible.

If the reduced renewal levy passes on November 5, we will maintain an approximate $4 million carryover in 2017, according to our current five-year forecast.

With every step, we are proving that this district--with its record of excellence-- is sustainable with an even lower tax burden. We are meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations. We are building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings. Most important, we are being honest about what is needed through 2017. This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability.

Springboro's Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they share a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. BOE members provide a critical link between our schools and our community.
Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29592 Dec 6, 2013
Boro Future Brighter wrote:
<quoted text>
Perhaps if you turned the page from 1782 and took a Look at Today and the Future, you could rise above your pettiness and celebrate the progress made in the past two years, right here in our Springboro school district, including pay increases for every school employee and renewal levy that saves taxpayers $6.5 million!...and why is that? Simply because Children First Budgeting Works!
Congratulations! You are guilty of a "red herring" logical fallacy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring

The topic of debate had been creationism in public schools and how this is interpreted by members of various religious faiths and secular groups / individuals.
You attempted to escape that argument by switching to something you're obviously more comfortable wasting LOTS of keystrokes about...the district's budget.
Get a life

United States

#29593 Dec 6, 2013
Come Grow With Us wrote:
Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners proved overwhelming support for the progress made in the past two years by our current board and school district leaders, by voting in appreciation of all our school employees for November 5th Renewal Levy! Special Thanks are due our board members for unanimously voting for pay increases for all school employees and reduced taxes for all Springboro Families! Thank You!
The following is adapted from a blog post by Springboro Board of Education Member David Petroni,
September 2013 Board of Education Briefing)...
...In The Direction of Sustainability
Our recent history of five failed new money levies has challenged our district, but with our staff and teachers, we have met that challenge. With data-driven decisions and careful budgeting, we have reallocated resources to do more for our kids without asking our community for higher taxes.
The budget through 2017 includes busing for all grades and a program to spend more than $2.1 million on new buses; more than $2 million in textbooks and curriculum adoption; over $3.7 million in capital needs and deferred maintenance; and more than $1l1 million in new technology; as well as our current staff salaries and benefits.
These needs are met in the five year forecast even with the lower renewal levy. How is this possible?
Our district will receive 6.5% more in 2013-2014 than in the previous year from the State of Ohio (approximately $828,000) as well as 10.5% more in 2014-2015 (approximately $1.2 million).
Since 2012-2013, the district has received $3.5 million per year as a result of a pipeline that has been completed.(A second pipeline is possible; however, the district's current forecast assumptions DO NOT include the additional funding it may bring to the district.)
Efficiency plans, reallocating resources, and increased revenue make the lower renewal levy possible.
If the reduced renewal levy passes on November 5, we will maintain an approximate $4 million carryover in 2017, according to our current five-year forecast.
With every step, we are proving that this district--with its record of excellence-- is sustainable with an even lower tax burden. We are meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations. We are building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings. Most important, we are being honest about what is needed through 2017. This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability.
Springboro's Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they share a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. BOE members provide a critical link between our schools and our community.
Are you this socially awkward in person? I'll bet you're super fun at parties, repeating the same things over and over again. I think you need to get out more.

If they try to insert Creationism into the curriculum anywhere other than an optional world religions course, I will sue and enjoy it. Thankfully that won't happen since the crazies will no longer have the majority.

I love how you refer to the SEA as an overpaid cult. Dramatic much?

Oh my, get a life!
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#29594 Dec 6, 2013
Wednesday manifesto wrote:
<quoted text>
Congratulations! You are guilty of a "red herring" logical fallacy!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_herring
The topic of debate had been creationism in public schools and how this is interpreted by members of various religious faiths and secular groups / individuals.
You attempted to escape that argument by switching to something you're obviously more comfortable wasting LOTS of keystrokes about...the district's budget.
You are guilty for S-U-R-E of using the media circus, presenting false evidence appearing real, demonizing board members -- not because they are pushing creationism in public schools (which evidence proves is false) but, simply because our current board is attacking the high cost of labor in our children's classrooms, and evidence proves that putting our Students First while maintaining fiscal integrity is working.

Education in Springboro is all about "show me the money!"
And our current board's financial expertise and leadership skills have an "excellent with distinction" rating on their job performance from our community of taxpayers!

Our schools (including SEA and SCEA members) and our community of taxpayers are inextricably tied. Public schools serve the community. And the community supports public schools. Today,
we stand in an almost unheard of place: Increased pay for all our school employees and reduced taxes for every Springboro family!

What's Not to Celebrate in that Great Job Performance of our
School Community of Employees and our entire community of taxpayers, working together, doing what's right for our school children and community?

Special Thanks and Appreciation are due to ALL five board members, Kelly Kohls, Jim Rigano, Wendy Kull, Don Miller and David Petroni!

Special Thanks and Appreciation are due to our School Superintendent, Mr. Petrey, and his Staff!

Thank You All for Renewal Levy that saves taxpayers $6.5 million,
and most important, Thank You ALL for being honest about what is needed through 2017! This is reform at the local level and this is working together toward sustainability!

Springboro's Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they share a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. BOE members provide a critical link between our schools and our community.

Springboro families and taxpaying homeowners extend Congratulations to our new board members-elect, Charles Anderson, Ron Malone, and Mr. Stuckey! Our Children's First Budgeting winning agenda has a good thing going for our students first 21st Century Education, with Highly Valued Quality Teachers in every classroom; and look forward to working together "training up our retired educators" ... in the direction of common sense!
Welcome Aboard!
Come Grow With Us

Springboro, OH

#29595 Dec 6, 2013
Our schools (including SEA and SCEA members) and our community of taxpayers are inextricably tied. Public schools serve the community. And the community supports public schools. Today,
we stand in an almost unheard of place: Increased pay for all our school employees and reduced taxes for every Springboro family!

Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners proved overwhelming support for the progress made in the past two years by our current board and school district leaders, by voting in appreciation of all our school employees for November 5th Renewal Levy! Special Thanks are due our board members for unanimously voting for pay increases for all school employees and reduced taxes for all Springboro Families! Thank You!

The following is adapted from a blog post by Springboro Board of Education Member David Petroni,
September 2013 Board of Education Briefing)...

...In The Direction of Sustainability

Our recent history of five failed new money levies has challenged our district, but with our staff and teachers, we have met that challenge. With data-driven decisions and careful budgeting, we have reallocated resources to do more for our kids without asking our community for higher taxes.

The budget through 2017 includes busing for all grades and a program to spend more than $2.1 million on new buses; more than $2 million in textbooks and curriculum adoption; over $3.7 million in capital needs and deferred maintenance; and more than $1l1 million in new technology; as well as our current staff salaries and benefits.

These needs are met in the five year forecast even with the lower renewal levy. How is this possible?

Our district will receive 6.5% more in 2013-2014 than in the previous year from the State of Ohio (approximately $828,000) as well as 10.5% more in 2014-2015 (approximately $1.2 million).

Since 2012-2013, the district has received $3.5 million per year as a result of a pipeline that has been completed.(A second pipeline is possible; however, the district's current forecast assumptions DO NOT include the additional funding it may bring to the district.)

Efficiency plans, reallocating resources, and increased revenue make the lower renewal levy possible.

If the reduced renewal levy passes on November 5, we will maintain an approximate $4 million carryover in 2017, according to our current five-year forecast.

With every step, we are proving that this district--with its record of excellence-- is sustainable with an even lower tax burden. We are meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations. We are building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings. Most important, we are being honest about what is needed through 2017. This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability.

Springboro's Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they share a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. BOE members provide a critical link between our schools and our community.
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#29596 Dec 6, 2013
Get a life wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you this socially awkward in person? I'll bet you're super fun at parties, repeating the same things over and over again. I think you need to get out more.
If they try to insert Creationism into the curriculum anywhere other than an optional world religions course, I will sue and enjoy it. Thankfully that won't happen since the crazies will no longer have the majority.
I love how you refer to the SEA as an overpaid cult. Dramatic much?
Oh my, get a life!
Life is Good!.... in the direction of Common Sense!

For too long, the Springboro district appeared to work very well, but it lacked clear direction. With no plan for textbooks, technology, capital improvements, buses and more, there was no larger course charted for our schools. There was no common sense.

Educate Springboro's common sense approach does not strip the district of its traditions or diversity. It does not ignore its accomplishments and honors, including "Excellent with Distinction." It simply gives us a unifying direction that extends beyond any INDIVIDUAL (including Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the PAST 13 years); any BUILDING (including the SHS building that Ron Malone run like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand); or any YEAR (including the years that our school district wasted taxpayers money holding status quo membership in the Ohio School Boards Association).

When we combine common sense spending with the strong performance of our schools, we provide opportunities for everyone:

OUR STUDENTS; OUR TEACHERS; OUR FAMILIES; and OUR COMMUNITY!

What's NOT to Celebrate in that combination?
duh

Dayton, OH

#29597 Dec 6, 2013
It seems quite funny that this blog is so clue less in historical matters regarding BOE AND ADMIN
LOL
motorvoter

Mason, OH

#29598 Dec 6, 2013
Heh Teabaggers - your buddy Sonny Thomas has had some banner days lately of throwing around anti-black racism. Good luck with that.
duh

Dayton, OH

#29599 Dec 6, 2013
duh wrote:
It seems quite funny that this blog is so clue less in historical matters regarding BOE AND ADMIN
LOL
thatjudgment just reinforces my point
Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29600 Dec 6, 2013
The Record Speaks Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
You are guilty for S-U-R-E of using the media circus, presenting false evidence appearing real, demonizing board members -- not because they are pushing creationism in public schools (which evidence proves is false) but, simply because our current board is attacking the high cost of labor in our children's classrooms, and evidence proves that putting our Students First while maintaining fiscal integrity is working.
Education in Springboro is all about "show me the money!"
And our current board's financial expertise and leadership skills have an "excellent with distinction" rating on their job performance from our community of taxpayers!
Our schools (including SEA and SCEA members) and our community of taxpayers are inextricably tied. Public schools serve the community. And the community supports public schools. Today,
we stand in an almost unheard of place: Increased pay for all our school employees and reduced taxes for every Springboro family!
What's Not to Celebrate in that Great Job Performance of our
School Community of Employees and our entire community of taxpayers, working together, doing what's right for our school children and community?
Special Thanks and Appreciation are due to ALL five board members, Kelly Kohls, Jim Rigano, Wendy Kull, Don Miller and David Petroni!
Special Thanks and Appreciation are due to our School Superintendent, Mr. Petrey, and his Staff!
Thank You All for Renewal Levy that saves taxpayers $6.5 million,
and most important, Thank You ALL for being honest about what is needed through 2017! This is reform at the local level and this is working together toward sustainability!
Springboro's Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they share a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. BOE members provide a critical link between our schools and our community.
Springboro families and taxpaying homeowners extend Congratulations to our new board members-elect, Charles Anderson, Ron Malone, and Mr. Stuckey! Our Children's First Budgeting winning agenda has a good thing going for our students first 21st Century Education, with Highly Valued Quality Teachers in every classroom; and look forward to working together "training up our retired educators" ... in the direction of common sense!
Welcome Aboard!
Get a Life hit the nail directly on the head. Obviously, your mind continuously flexes in and out of a dilusional state. Have you considered seeking psychiatric help?
Now That We Know

Springboro, OH

#29601 Dec 6, 2013
Ever notice how those who oppose doing what's right for our school children and community always bring up bashing the same private citizens (including Springboro parent Sonny Thomas, who has NO influence nor authority over our children's classrooms, and who is NOT an elected BOE official, nor school employee)in their efforts to divert attention away from Ron Malone's true history of dumbing-down our students curriculum, running our high school like a union shop, robbing resources from areas of greater need in the district, to the detriment of our students who were gifted and those in need of early intervention?

As the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of his professional peer reviewers, his superiors, and his own public pronouncements; revealing PROOF of the TRUTH....the true history of Ron Malone is not as golden as you have been led to believe.

Now, in the local newspaper, Malone said he is grateful to community that they have TRUST in himself, Anderson, and Stuckey... Get Real Malone! There is no One Chair in the Board Room that Seats Three! Only YOU are responsible for your own failed practices in the past as the SHS principal, who WAS trusted
as a professional educator, but that was BEFORE the "community"
learned the truth about YOU, as an individual who betrayed our trust; failing to put our students highest academic priorities first! You fooled us once; but not a chance that you won't be challenged if you try it again in the board room!
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#29602 Dec 6, 2013
As the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of his professional peer reviewers, his superiors, and his own public pronouncements. It is not as golden as you have been led to believe.
DECEMBER 2010 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies RECOMMENDATIONS page 13:
"Increase the number of students taking the HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WORKS recommended curriculum/Ohio Core each year by at least 25 percent.
"Increase the percentage of students taking college preparatory courses. Eliminate any course offerings below the college preparatory level."

JANUARY 2012 - Superintendent Gene Lolli's annual performance evaluation of Mr. Malone notes:

"Mr. Malone does demonstrate the ability to affect change, but sometimes very reluctantly. It sometimes takes numerous requests by Superintendent before changes are implemented."

Mr. Malone needs to improve on getting request goals to the Superintendent in a timely fashion. Examples include: Requested schedule of events for delayed start at the beginning of the year, at semester, and last week and have not yet received. Also requested times and dates of all staff meetings and quarterly updates on the High Schools That Work per 2011-2012 job targets.

JANUARY 2013 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies page 10:
"SHS still offers GENERAL LEVEL CLASSES (Algebra 1A and 1B, physical science, US History, and World History). Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the Technical Assistance Visiting (TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Works philosophy, SHS believes that offering LOW-LEVEL COURSES is in the best interest of students. This belief, however, WAS NOT SUBSTANTIATED by research or data."
2013 US NEWS ranking of high schools in Ohio ranks King’s #23, Mason #35, Bellbrook#37, Brookville #41, Lebanon #48, Centerville #49, Waynesville #53, Monroe #90 and , and finally Springboro #97.
Given our district’s stated 40% gifted population, the fact that only 20% are on track to take A/P classes in high school, our district is severely underperforming compared to those districts around us in my opinion.
*Number of Dual College Credit Classes available when Mr. Malone
retired - 0
*Number of Dual College Credit classes added after Mr. Malone retired
June 30, 2013 - 6
Misallocation of district and taxpayer resources: 34 out of 77 elective classes at the high school had less than 20 students, more than a few had multiple classes.
IE: Children’s Literature, 2 classes – 27 total students, Entrepreneurship, 2 classes – 20 total students, etc.
My conclusion is that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.

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