"Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life." - George Arliss<quoted text>
If only you cared as much about our children's future as you do about nothing in particular.
Children who are passed on to the next level that can only score 32% on a basic state test are in dire need. To make light of this catastrophe for them is to minimize their plight and its entirely negative consequences.
Let's Hold on to what we've got and NEVER give it up to the retired educators on the board, Mr. Ron Malone and Mr. David Stuckey. The way I see it, our Springboro Families have got Three Friends in the board room--Mr. Charles Anderson, Mr. David Petroni, Mr.Jim Rigano--who DO care as much about our children's future, as our retired educators care about "giving it up" to Mr. Malone's major emphasis of putting our School Tax Dollar Value First on the ever-increasing demands of MORE SEA Wages and Compensation/Benefits packages; leading our school district BACKWARD in the direction of Malone's status quo "misallocation of district and taxpayer resources."
The way I see it, our Board of Education President, Mr. Charles Anderson, should be commended for his good judgment in the direction of opportunity for Everyone -- Our Students, Our School Employees, Our Community Taxpayers/Voters-- by naming retired educator, Mr. Ron Malone, to serve on the board Budget/Finance Committee alongside the financial-wise expertise and strong leadership of board member, Mr. David Petroni.
If Mr. Malone can acknowledge to himself that that his reputation of being insanely popular with the community, DOES NOT equal community-wide Popularity of the return of BOE promoting a continuous stream of unnecessary NEW school tax levy increases, then Mr. Malone can humble himself by striving beyond his tunnel vision, preparing his mind for our school district's new Vision of Reform necessary for survival in this complex, challenging and rapidly changing future of our children's 21st century classroom education with high Quality, Professional Educators on board, putting students first while maintaining fiscal integrity!
Hopefully, our Board of Education President, Charles Anderson understands that We the People do not like Surprises in our School Government Leadership (for example, the majority of community members were taken aback by Mr. Malone's "surprise" protest against board authority in March 2012, and even more surprised that Mr. Malone influenced his students to join in his self-interest protest against board authority). Therefore, people in this community should stay alert to what's happening NOW in the board room; and Stay in touch with Mr. Anderson reminding him that ALL board committee meetings must be open to the taxpaying citizens in this School district. Concerned citizens cannot allow our Two retired educators to meet in secret with our School Administrators; and then have our school "staff" bring their recommendations to the public board meetings, expecting the five board members to rubber stamp "everything" the Staff recommends, proposing that the board start emotionally blackmailing Springboro taxpayers to "invest" MORE in education IF we want more than state minimums for our schools.
People in this community should stay alert to Remind our board president that our board must stay on course with the progress made in the last two years, in the direction of sustainability for our children's future. Within the framework of our children first budget, 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, we are being honest about what is needed through 2017. This is REFORM at the local level, and this is working TOGETHER
(all FIVE board members) toward sustainability.