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Springboro, OH

#29856 Dec 29, 2013
....In the direction of opportunity

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.

From the district's aging computers, buses and buildings to the new Common Core curriculum and rising expectations with new standards, testing, evaluation systems, the status quo is not equipped to meet the challenges that our school district faces.

Educate Springboro reaches past the status quo! As we examine district operations and use achievement data, we are creating opportunity, directing more resources to students and more tools to teachers.

Come Grow With Us.... We can't just invest in status quo; We must have a broader Vision of Reform for our children's 21st Century Education. Join Educate Springboro in putting Children First. It's for our children, our community, and toward a better future for our schools!
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Springboro, OH

#29857 Dec 29, 2013
In the direction of excellence....

As the status quo placed awards on the school walls, may assumed that all was well inside those walls. But the awards only measure the
PAST, and the standards are changing. Our schools perform well by the minimum state standards, but "PROFICIENT" no matter how you slice it, is FAILING.

For example, the PROFICIENT standard for the 8th grade math Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) ranges from 35%- 59%. Proficient is not enough. The status quo has not been enough. The time is now to bring forward new ways of evaluating our children that no longer rely upon grading on a curve to obtain the desired results.

Tougher, realistic standards upset the status quo, but inflated standards rob our children of true achievement and potential.

Oh please

Springboro, OH

#29858 Dec 29, 2013
Oh Yeah wrote:
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Oh Yeah! You are so jealous; your message just bleeds of green! You see, when a rational person comes in contact with someone that makes them sick and tired; they simply move on;
but you obviously continue obsessing about how Kohls makes YOU feel. What a lying
fanatic you are! You can't change your own sick and tired feelings of jealousy; and you won't change the subject of your sick and tired jealousy of Kohls! How pathetic is that? Anyway,
you really should stop playing the victim of your own circumstances on this blog, and go write in a self-help journal or try spitting in the wind. Your Pity Party agenda is no joke; it's just YOU being SICK AND TIRED of being YOU. Are you smart enough to learn that YOU are the only person that you can be certain of IMPROVING?
Kelly kohls is a legend in her own mind. She isn't respected in Springboro, and people in other cities across the state are tired of her as well (as demonstrated by the losses of the majority of school board candidates she supported). Jealousy? Not even a little because I said, she exudes nothing worthy of envy. She's simply a wart on the butt if humanity, and we no longer have to listen to her at board meetings (though I'm sure she will still attend an have plenty to say)

So tell me, what exactly am I jealous of? Because I see no redeeming qualities in her. Do tell!
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Springboro, OH

#29859 Dec 29, 2013
......In the direction of LEADERSHIP

If there is a sense of turbulence in our community it has been manufactured by those who oppose change, wish to suffocate debates they would lose, and return to the days of endless levies, punitive actions against our citizens, and never ending financial emergencies within the district.

We've built a financial foundation on the principal of fiscal responsibility.
We'll continue to make changes that make sense; for example, eliminating underutilized courses to fill need in other areas. We won't continue relationships with service providers that don't provide the best value, just because working with them has been PAST practice.

We'll demand integrity from everyone we work with from boosters to vendors, from students to administrators. Common sense, ethics and sound financial decisions guide Educate Springboro. The fear of change will not chase our community back into the darkness of previously failed practices. Let's stay o this new course and move in the direction of leadership for our children, schools and community.

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Springboro, OH

#29860 Dec 29, 2013
In the direction of confidence......

As Educate Springboro sought to add its voice to our district's board of education, we campaigned for the confidence for ALL stakeholders--
The Newly Married Couple in A Starter Home and the farmer in Clearcreek Township; the parents who would sacrifice to give everything for their child and the grandparents who watched their savings evaporate in the stock market; the employed and the unemployed; the alumni and the new resident; and so many others.

With an innovative administration and outstanding central office staff, we are employing efficiency plans. These plans are allowing us to reallocate resources and meet district needs, including an unprecedented investment in technology and curriculum to create a 21st century learning environment for students. For the first time in years, we have clear direction! Where trust has been eroded, we are rebuilding!

....... In the direction of Trust!

As we seek to build confidence in our schools for everyone, others seek to build mistrust. From the outside, we have been labeled controversial.

Zero-based budgets and efficiency plans are not controversial.
Updated technology and curriculum are not controversial.
Buses that run and roofs that don't leak are not controversial.
Putting children first is reasonable, not controversial.
Where the integrity was not maintained from within, it is our right and our duty to rebuild it together. We will continue to work in the direction of confidence to restore integrity and trust in our schools!
Come Grow With Us

Springboro, OH

#29861 Dec 29, 2013
Fresh Ideas have allowed our school district to sustain itself in an uncertain economy with NO new money required!

We WILL continue to challenge the status quo where need be...
and That's a Good Thing!

If you agree with putting Children First, please Join Educate Springboro and help us Spread the Good News! Children First
Budget works! It's for our children, our community and toward a better future for our schools!

Visit http://educatespringboro.org

Please share this information with others!
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#29862 Dec 29, 2013
Vince Lombardi said, "Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing -- the result."

The True History of a Man….through official documents written by third party observers. It is not as golden as you have been led to believe.
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.
The recent note from Mr. Tom Isaacs of the Warren County Educational Service Center in defense of Mr. Malone is noteworthy in that it did not refute any of their prior conclusions or recommendations.
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.
The More You Know

Maineville, OH

#29863 Dec 29, 2013
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
When will you begin answering the facts with your interpretation? USNEWS places us well behind a number of local school districts, how are they lying to us? A check of the records shows that we had classes with 10 or fewer students in them when other more needed programs went unfunded for lack of resources. Why? Classes that could help our families and children get ahead were discouraged or never pursued, ie PSEO or dual credit courses for college? How is that helping our kids? Bribing kids with no finals if they come to school each day bolsters our state attendance record and monies received, but how does that enhance a child's education? It doesn't.
You forgot to mention that the local school districts above us spend more money per pupil. Oakwood for example has past the last 5 levies in a row. That along with "unfunded for lack of resources" sounds like you are admitting that it takes money to educate children.

You can't have it both ways. It takes resources, it takes money, it takes TEACHERS!
The More You Know

Maineville, OH

#29864 Dec 29, 2013
The Record Speaks Truth wrote:
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.
Your conclusion is flawed. How many years have you dedicated to the education of children? Which district did you serve in?

Matthew 7:1-3 : Judge not, that ye be not judged.
The More You Know

Maineville, OH

#29865 Dec 29, 2013
The Record Speaks Truth wrote:
Vince Lombardi said, "Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing -- the result."
And based on the last election the "judgment" of the community based on the "result" put MSA overwhelmingly to VICTORY and into the board room!

What's your point?
No Trust No Respect Due

Springboro, OH

#29866 Dec 29, 2013
The More You Know wrote:
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And based on the last election the "judgment" of the community based on the "result" put MSA overwhelmingly to VICTORY and into the board room!
What's your point?
No Trust No Respect Due Mr. Malone in the board room, based on his true history, which is only now becoming known community-wide.

There is No MSA platform of trust elected in the board room. What's your point to overwhelming victory? Mr. Malone only came in second place as most popular board member; with only 5000 or so votes out of a school district with about 12,000 households.
Where's the overwhelming victory in that?

The interrogation and judgment of Dr. Malone is just beginning, now that he is under the scrutiny of transparency in the board room. No more fooling the people some of the time; No more using our students running the high school like a union shop; taxpayers will settle for nothing but open communication and honesty all the time.
Dr. Malone will not be given special privileges; and Dr. Malone will not be handed a blank check at taxpayers expense, just because of recommendations from the union staff of school employees.

Most important, our current board members are held accountable to being honest with taxpayers about what is needed through 2017;
and it is most important to Taxpayers that our new board members are held accountable
and they need to get on board with our current board's new Vision of Reform, working together toward sustainability, putting students first while maintaining fiscal integrity, with
NO NEW TAXES needed for many years.

..... and that's overwhelming victory, thanks to the progress made in the last two years
by our current board and school district leaders!
Come Grow With Us

Springboro, OH

#29867 Dec 29, 2013
Welcome Aboard Mr. Anderson, Mr. Stuckey, and Mr. Malone,

Two years ago, November 2011, Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners elected Two good men, David Petroni and Jim Rigano, to serve as Board Representatives, in good faith that they would get to work for the people, doing what's right for our school children and community, investing our school tax dollars in a reform minded Vision for our 21st century classroom education, with Quality teachers in every classroom! And it is absolutely amazingly awesome what accomplishments have been made in less than two year working within our Children First Budget framework! Special Thanks are due all
our current board members, including David Petroni and Jim Rigano!
Let's stay on this new course and move in the direction of leadership for our children, schools and community!

Today, we ask that each of you get on board with our current board's reform minded Vision of Children First Budget; reflect on the progress made in the past two years, and join us in Celebrating Our Success,
including:

Renewal levy that saves taxpayers $6.5 million;

Reduced school fees, lower pay to participate fees, as well as restored busing, and building maintenance;

Money and resources to the gifted and early intervention programs;

Raising the bar for students and teachers;

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

Balancing class sizes, and strengthening our curriculum.

Technology plan with 1,100 new computers, wireless access for every building, and laptops to every teacher.

..... and we have only just begun, as we all turn our attention on
working together to meet the challenges that lie ahead for our schools and community in 2014! We don't need more money; we need more
accountability!
The More You Know

Xenia, OH

#29868 Dec 30, 2013
No Trust No Respect Due wrote:
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No Trust No Respect Due Mr. Malone in the board room, based on his true history, which is only now becoming known community-wide.
There is No MSA platform of trust elected in the board room. What's your point to overwhelming victory? Mr. Malone only came in second place as most popular board member; with only 5000 or so votes out of a school district with about 12,000 households.
Where's the overwhelming victory in that?
Considering the "insanely popular" Kelly Khols only got 2,500 I would consider him a very popular board member.

And if he was so "terrible" why didn't the last BOE or superintendent remove him? Where's the blame laid at their hands?
The More You Know

Xenia, OH

#29869 Dec 30, 2013
Come Grow With Us wrote:
Welcome Aboard Mr. Anderson, Mr. Stuckey, and Mr. Malone,
Two years ago, November 2011, Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners elected Two good men, David Petroni and Jim Rigano, to serve as Board Representatives, in good faith that they would get to work for the people, doing what's right for our school children and community,
The same Petroni and Rigano that supported the failed Bitner/Vaughn ticket? Seems like their support for that ticket wasn't respected by the majority of this community. Maybe the majority of the community has learned something in the past 2 years since Petroni and Rigano were put on the BOE.
You Betcha

Springboro, OH

#29870 Dec 30, 2013
The More You Know wrote:
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The same Petroni and Rigano that supported the failed Bitner/Vaughn ticket? Seems like their support for that ticket wasn't respected by the majority of this community. Maybe the majority of the community has learned something in the past 2 years since Petroni and Rigano were put on the BOE.
You betcha Community Taxpayers have LEARNED something in the past 2 years since
David Petroni and Jim Rigano were elected as board representatives in November 2011!

Community Taxpayers have LEARNED that Children First Budget Works!

Community Taxpayers have LEARNED that a Vision of Reform and Fresh Ideas
have allowed OUR district to sustain itself in an uncertain economy with NO new money required!

Community Taxpayers have LEARNED just how far out of balance we actually were under the previous leadership!

Community Taxpayers have LEARNED that we can't just invest our hard earned school tax dollars in business as usual status quo..... We have LEARNED that a Vision of REFORM is
a much cooler way for our children's 21st century education!

We have LEARNED this year's record is easy to defend "against Malone's status quo way" because it consistently demonstrates INVESTING in Children First (not Union Employees First the old status quo way of previous leadership)!

We have LEARNED in the past two years just how much we have progressed under the leadership of David Petroni and Jim Rigano! From replacing the District's aging computers, buses, to implementing new curriculum and raising expectations with new standards testing ...... Hooray for Us!.........We have progressed!

Community Taxpayers are Learning that it doesn't take more money; It takes
more accountability! 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 -- we are putting children first.

Most important -- Community Taxpayers have LEARNED that David Petroni and Jim Rigano are being HONEST about what is needed through 2017. This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability..... for our children's 21st Century Quality Classroom Education!
Spread the Great News

Springboro, OH

#29871 Dec 30, 2013
Have you read the April, 2013, inspiring article on the Educate Springboro website
"It's about the children, right?" Here's a short excerpt, very informative......

Reflecting back to January 2012, it has been a busy, fulfilling, frustrating, and exciting year. The accomplishments will not be forgotten! Wince Lombardi said, "Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing -- the result."

With the drive of our current administrative team and teachers, we have made many collaborative decisions to increase professional development training for teachers; enhance our technology platform; invested in new books; added new AP classes; hired more teachers; provided new tools for teachers; invested in new laptops for teachers; combined Dennis and Five Point Elementary; invested in safer and newer buses for students; increased investment in capital expenditures to reduce deferred maintenance; established community committee to evaluate our safety plans; branded The Springboro Panther;
created a more transparent budget and finance process; established effective board policy management; advocated for stronger HR practices; invested in teacher training on data use; awarded an "A" on the NEW state report card; advocated for transparency from all district support organizations; recovery of $439,000 from the athletic booster treasurer; and the list goes on and on. This does not even begin to touch on all the new Common Core and evaluative tools being worked on daily by the entire district.

It is not one person who can be lauded for these achievements; it took a unified vision, a determination and support of the School Board and Central Office Leadership, and Our Teachers to execute the plan. We have a strong administrative team and faculty dedicated to student achievement, and as one board member, I applaud the effort......

2013 for me is focused on curriculum and student achievement. To understand student achievement, one must understand how schools are ranked, what is the basis for those rankings, and finally, what does our raw date look like. It is more difficult to argue where our resources NEED to be allocated when the data points you in a particular direction, so long as the date is not taken out of context. That is why the raw data become so intriguing when making investment decisions for the classroom. I am committed to make sure we REMAIN fiscally responsible and do whatever it takes to protect our city, district community and taxpayers who elected me to this humbling position--because that is good for educators and education in Springboro.....(read more cool stuff written by Mr. Petroni at educatespringboro.org )
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Springboro, OH

#29872 Dec 30, 2013
In the direction of balance ....
... Board of Education members are elected to represent the community in the school district. 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.
In Springboro, balance has been restored. With a new administration team, the Springboro school district has adopted a mission to "accelerate student achievement and support qualified staff with a balanced budget." These are not empty words; they summarize actions. Together, we have achieved a balanced budget. We are on the right course, but it has not been easy.
With Educate Springboro, we brought changes that forced many to rethink long-held beliefs. Anytime the status quo changes, there is resistance. Panicked petitions and hysterical headlines have made things "feel" out of balance.(you can read this entire article on the website educatespringboro.org )
The More You Know

Xenia, OH

#29873 Dec 30, 2013
Spread the Great News wrote:
Have you read the April, 2013, inspiring article on the Educate Springboro website
"It's about the children, right?"
No, and from the results of the election neither has anyone else....
LOL
WE BELIEVE

Springboro, OH

#29874 Dec 30, 2013
The More You Know wrote:
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Considering the "insanely popular" Kelly Khols only got 2,500 I would consider him a very popular board member.
And if he was so "terrible" why didn't the last BOE or superintendent remove him? Where's the blame laid at their hands?
Did You Know that We The People (community taxpayers) believe that for too long, the Springboro district appeared to work very well, but it lacked clear direction? With no plan for textbooks, technology, capital improvements, busses and more, there was no larger course charted for our schools. There was no common sense.

Did You Know that Concerned Citizen and Springboro Mom (Kelly Kohls) was the first to bring to the community's attention the common sense approach of Children First Budget?
It's true that the DDN reported that a few citizens "huddled" at the township government center; and that several groups had done so before, when private citizens took interest in
getting involved in their government's business; and it was stated in the DDN that
this group of citizens would soon tire of their interest, and return to watching ball games on TV. This happened several years ago; since then Kelly Kohls has completed her 4 years of BOE elected service, two more board members have been elected in November 2011, and
our school district has now fully implemented the winning agenda of Children First Budget;
and Educate Springboro is still growing! 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 Kelly Kohls AND Ron Malone) any building
(including the SHS Blue Ribbon Special) or year (including the year 2000 when Charles Anderson was board member; and now states that he wants to take the board back to OSBA membership, just like it was in the year 2000!)..... lol Anderson has got a whole lot of learning to do about how we do Education business in the 21st Century!)

Now, elections come and go; and certainly private citizens who recognize they have the expertise and skills needed for public service and run for elected office, certainly have no obligation to stay forever!(unless of course, their big egos are tied to their leadership position and they just can't let go of their insane popularity that being in the spotlight affords them, as in the case of former high school principal, Ron Malone).

Kelly Kohls was the first ever elected official who stated in public meeting that the board should listen to the needs of the community taxpayers, in addition to listening to the needs of the school staff....... and isn't that Exactly what a board member is elected to do?
Kelly has served our school district and our community with a precious "Mother's Heart"
and she has recognized that her service to our students first can be more effective in the board room, as a Springboro Parent; and that is to be greatly applauded!

As Kelly leaves our "balanced board room" her influence of common sense leadership continues in our Children First Budgeting framework and current board members, David Petroni and Jim Rigano........

but Stay Alert Voters..... Ron Malone stands in the wings just waiting his turn to throw our school district out of balance, back into chaos, as he struggles with his identity crisis as an elected official, trying to "re-instate status quo" running our Board of Education like a union shop, just like he ran our high school like a union shop (making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand)!



SOS to Dumbo

Springboro, OH

#29875 Dec 30, 2013
The More You Know wrote:
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No, and from the results of the election neither has anyone else....
LOL
Did you know the election is over; the people came out to vote for REDUCED renewal levy;
and Educate Springboro's endorsement of Charles Anderson as the third candidate, because he was a private sector business man in the community; whose common sense
business expertise could join our current board members of common sense business expertise; thus forming a 3 member majority over our 2 retired educators who are deeply embedded in failed practices of the past -- making up false budget crisis and then withholding services from our students IF the people don't pass a school levy.
That's the old way of doing things; but voters are optimistic that Malone and Stuckey
have the ability to LEARN from our current board members, David Petroni and Jim Rigano.
If Malone and Stuckey remain reluctant, then it will be transparent to our entire community that Malone and Stuckey are not FIT to serve our school children and community; and
they will be petitioned to step down from service IF they stubbornly REFUSE to
STAND UP FOR KIDS!

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