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The time has come for our Springboro Schools Superintendent and Staff to embrace our new philosophy of success; and get on board with Springboro parents and taxpaying voters who have brought about CHANGE (at the polls) in the way we financially support our children's education in Springboro School district.
"Change" is not a four-letter word. And, despite what many seem to believe, it’s not always bad either.
Change is especially important when it comes to K-12 education. Reformers often appropriately use the term "kids first" when it comes to our educational priorities. Too many times, however, "adults first" is the prevailing philosophy. That has to change (there’s that magic word again) and it is in one Ohio school district.
Check out the excerpts from an excellent report by the Education Action Group:
Springboro’s old philosophy was like that of many public school districts: Teachers were given annual “step” raises and administrators received nice salary perks, whether there was money in the district’s budget or not. If the district couldn’t afford it, voters were expected to approve tax hikes to pay for it all, or accept cuts to student services.
That old “adults first” approach was on full display in 2009, when district officials chose to address their financial woes by eliminating busing for high school students, laying off 30 district employees, and raising pay-to-play fees for after school activities.
Not long after that, Kelly Kohls, a mother of five and a former college professor, joined the Springboro school board and a new “children first” philosophy began to emerge.
Kohls’ approach of challenging the “business as usual” mindset has proven very effective. The district now requires employees to contribute more for their health insurance plans. Backdoor bonuses for administrators have been eliminated, annual teacher “step” raises have been frozen, and a variety of spending cuts have been implemented.
The results are evident in the school’s financial trajectory. A few years ago the district was projecting a $30 million deficit. Today it’s projecting a $4 million surplus, even though the community is still reeling from the weak economy, which has caused a 400 percent increase in the number of people needing assistance from the local food bank, according to Kohls.
Kohls’ self-described “kids first” approach has caused a lot of heartburn among Springboro’s school establishment. During her brief tenure on the board, district officials have publicly blamed Kohls for the defeat of a $6 million school levy, the departures of a superintendent, a district treasurer, a school board president and the large turnover in school administrators.
Members of the Springboro Education Association – the local teachers union – use school board meetings to excoriate Kohls for opposing teacher pay raises and proposing budget cuts.
“Some people get so entrenched in the old philosophy that it’s tough to get them to think whether or not something is going to help the kids,” Kohls says of the criticism.“We need a different way of thinking.”
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Voters seem to agree. Last November, they elected two of Kohls’ allies, giving fiscal conservatives control of the five-member school board, which began its current term in January.
Kohls says her approach has been to “ask a lot of questions” and to explain the board’s spending decisions to the community.

During her campaign for school board, for instance, Kohls asked why Springboro taxpayers were paying both the district’s and administrators’ contributions to the state retirement fund, especially since high school busing had just been cut to save money.

She reasoned that the amount of money spent on the retirement perk ($180,000) should be used to reinstate high school busing ($125,000). Kohls shared her proposal with the community on the Educate Springboro website and now the administrative perk is gone.

When the district’s health insurance costs increased by $830,000, Kohls proposed that employee contributions be raised to 20 percent – in line with what average Springboro residents paid – to offset the extra costs. She thought it made sense, especially since the district was in the middle of a financial emergency that left schools unable to purchase new textbooks or make basic building repairs. Her fellow board members at the time didn’t agree, and the district absorbed the increase.

But Kohls used the Educate Springboro website to bring her case to the public, and the philosophical shift became evident.
“People started looking at the other four board members, and asked,‘How could you say yes to the increase?’” Kohls says.
Today, employees pay 15 percent of their health insurance costs, and the district has joined a health care consortium which has resulted in nearly $6 million in savings.
Since January, the new board has enshrined its “children first” philosophy in a series of 28 goals, which include setting district money aside to help prepare students for the ACT test, among other things.

The board has switched to zero-based budgeting, meaning that school budgets will not automatically increase every year. Instead, teachers are being asked to submit annual budgets outlining specific resources they need.

The board is also developing policies that prioritize district spending, to ensure that student-centered spending needs are met before employee benefits and wage increases are considered. Kohls is crafting a point system to determine which employees will receive bonuses from the leftover funds.
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Springboro staff members including high school principal Ron Malone and SEA president Scott Maney are among those endorsing the CCFD 93% increase in fire levy taxes.

Typical shameful behaviour of those who fight against their neighbors trying to make Clearcreek Township FIRST in highest taxes;
BUT, refuse to support our children FIRST budgeting philosophy, ensuring our school children an excellent education, while keeping the costs of that education affordble, by carefully adhering to responsible spending.

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Support Our Success wrote:
Check out the excerpts from an excellent report by the Education Action Group:
Springboro’s old philosophy was like that of many public school districts: Teachers were given annual “step” raises and administrators received nice salary perks, whether there was money in the district’s budget or not. If the district couldn’t afford it, voters were expected to approve tax hikes to pay for it all, or accept cuts to student services.
That old “adults first” approach was on full display in 2009, when district officials chose to address their financial woes by eliminating busing for high school students, laying off 30 district employees, and raising pay-to-play fees for after school activities.
Not long after that, Kelly Kohls, a mother of five and a former college professor, joined the Springboro school board and a new “children first” philosophy began to emerge.
This is it, Springboro. If you're wondering where all of the opposition to the local teachers union is coming from, it's right here. The Education Action Group, a Tea Party-backed group from Michigan, has supportered union busting efforts in cities much larger than our own. The video in the link below contains footage of Tea Party blogger Andrew Marcus working with Mayor Rahm Emanuel "against the Unions in this town," in a film directed by Marcus titled Tale of Two Missions, produced by the Education Action Group.

What we are seeing is a well funded astroturfing in our own communities, where the CEO's of multinational corporations can pay people to influence our local politics. If the sudden surge in their place on our school board isn't evidence enough of the corruptive influence of money in our local politics, then please watch the videos in the link below. It will show you exactly what lies beneath the attacks on our teachers "for the children," and the plans they have in store for our own community.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenzo-shibata/t...
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lol...christopherritter,
The well funded "astro-turfing" in our own communities that we are seeing is the "covering" of Wade Field, at the expense of over-collecting taxes from the Clearcreek Township taxpaying homeowners.

(by the way- get real is not being paid to post on this blog.)
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Get Real wrote:
lol...christopherritter,
The well funded "astro-turfing" in our own communities that we are seeing is the "covering" of Wade Field, at the expense of over-collecting taxes from the Clearcreek Township taxpaying homeowners.
(by the way- get real is not being paid to post on this blog.)
Was waiting to see what "genius" used that play on words.....you win the prize. That was brilliant.

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Get Real wrote:
The well funded "astro-turfing" in our own communities that we are seeing is the "covering" of Wade Field, at the expense of over-collecting taxes from the Clearcreek Township taxpaying homeowners.
Oh I have only just begin to uncover the truth about the outside influence of money in our local elections that is flowing through the Tea Party and their affiliated organizations like the Education Action Group.
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Support Our Success and Stay the course, Standing Firm on Principles of Springboro Taxpayers "committment to ensuring that the children of the Springboro community receive an excellent education, while keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending!

Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners will remember in November to Support Our Success by saying YES! to school renewal levy! We Love Successful Springboro! G-O- P-A-N-T-H-E-R-S!
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Was waiting to see what "genius" used that play on words.....you win the prize. That was brilliant.
It doesn't take a "genius" to detect wasteful spending happening now by Clearcreek Township Trustees, Ed Wade and Jason Gabbard.
It just takes a concerned citizen for responsible spending.
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Waste Watchers wrote:
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It doesn't take a "genius" to detect wasteful spending happening now by Clearcreek Township Trustees, Ed Wade and Jason Gabbard.
It just takes a concerned citizen for responsible spending.
Shame, Shame on you ....Jason Gabbard! How long did your Boosters
conspire with former school board members and school district leaders to avoid paying useage fees for tax-payer funded facilities? And now, you team up with Springboro parents David Bowman and Sarah Jobe; high school principal Ron Malone; and SEA president Scott Maney; fighting against your neighbors for the unncessary evil of a 93% increase in fire levy taxes! No additonal fire levy is needed in November! Just say NO to Wade/Gabbard greed!
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Open Springboro Project wrote:
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Oh I have only just begin to uncover the truth about the outside influence of money in our local elections that is flowing through the Tea Party and their affiliated organizations like the Education Action Group.
lol christopherritter.... you are so silly!

Is "Open Springboro Project" now your investagative reporter's

"undercover" name?

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Get Real wrote:
Is "Open Springboro Project" now your investagative reporter's "undercover" name?
No it's actually the name of the Facebook page when I started working on the project, although I've asked Topix to abbreviate it to Open Springboro as I believe it's more interesting than somebody's project.

You can view my profile if you're interested in learning more about me, but to be clear, I'm not a reporter, nor am I a plant for any well-funded organization, which is unfortunate as I feel I might have a solution to the transparency battle between the Union and the Tea Party in their current contract negotiations.

My goal is to open the contract to every resident of Springboro, so instead of you having to toe the corporate line with all their empty 'no new taxes' rhetoric, you can go into the document and make recommendations to specific line items on your own. Union supporters can do the same, and everyone can vote changes up or down, in order to see what the community wants as a whole, instead of being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

Granted, this is all part of my "undercover" agenda to Open Springboro so that every tax paying citizen has access to the inner workings of our local government, but I'm thinking its easier to lead by example instead of trying to convince everyone of the value of open government.
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Silly Goose! You don't have a "lock box" on local government in Springboro!

Every citizen in Springboro already has "access to the inner workings of our local government" by the light of the Sunshine Law.

As was recent proven, we the people only had to ask our Clearcreek Township government for full access to our local government's financial records;
And behold, the TRUTH that an additional levy was not needed SET the people FREE from the government
requested 93% increase in fire levy taxes!

Hooray for We The People! What could you have in your "lock box" that could be more OPEN than our FREEDOM to Inform Ourselves and make the responsible choice of NO new taxes!
God Bless America!

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Silly Goose! You don't have a "lock box" on local government in Springboro!
Every citizen in Springboro already has "access to the inner workings of our local government" by the light of the Sunshine Law.
I think that's great! As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. But I can assure you that having to request government information is far from open. I've spent the better part of the last two nights trying to turn the two contracts that the Board upload into machine readable data without much luck. I'll probably have to ask them for an editable format, but I have a hard time seeing that request fly.

With access to the raw data, we can import the text into a number of interfaces to help us better understand both the changes and their impact, financial and otherwise. My goal is to import the text into Project Madison, which was created by Rep. Darrell Issa to help untangle the mess of the massive bills that Congress was passing.

How's that for open access to the law?
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Just Keeping it Simple...on the local scene

My goal is to inform myself on whether or not local government requests for increased taxes on my home is needed for renewal only; Then "import" the text into "Project No New Taxes."
My "Project No New Taxes" was created to stop government's addiction to tax and spend.
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Taxpaying Voter wrote:
Just Keeping it Simple...on the local scene
My goal is to inform myself on whether or not local government requests for increased taxes on my home is needed for renewal only; Then "import" the text into "Project No New Taxes."
My "Project No New Taxes" was created to stop government's addiction to tax and spend.
Great Plan! Love your "Project No New Taxes" name! Do you mind
if others use it from time to time? Has a nice "Open Springboro" sound to it that others can really understand.

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Taxpaying Voter wrote:
My goal is to inform myself on whether or not local government requests for increased taxes on my home is needed for renewal only; Then "import" the text into "Project No New Taxes."
You know, I really do love that! It reminds me that my techno jargon doesn't mean a whole lot people who don't geek out to this stuff. Which is why I thought I'd share this prototype I built with the crappy scans from the PDF documents.

http://rapgenius.com/Springboro-board-of-educ...

JUST TO BE CLEAR: THIS IS A PROTOTYPE! The text is incomplete, and... if you hadn't noticed, it's hosted on a rap lyrics site. But it has a lot of cool features to help us examine the contract more closely and agree or disagree with the changes on a line-by-line basis, instead of merely siding with the Tea Party or the Unions.

Notice how you can highlight the text and add your own annotations? If you click on the yellow text you'll see what others have written, and have the opportunity to thumb ideas up or down, or add a recommendation of your own. Sweet, huh?
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Get Real, David Bowman, and stop the bullying of your neighbors! No New Taxes! Case Closed!
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Given the latest news from Michigan regarding the passing of Right to Work legislation in that state it is encouraging to know that Ohio is right behind them. No longer should teachers be coerced into to participating in an organization that contradicts many teachers moral convictions. See links below. Forced unionism is a Marxist philosophy and has no place in Springboro. Yes a teacher can opt out, but must still pay a large portion of the Membership dues. How about giving the teachers the ability to opt out and pay nothing.

The Pro Union thugs that attend your meetings undermine and interfere with the Board's efforts of promoting fiscally responsible Pro Student/tax Payer initiative’s. The noise they make always leads back to what’s best for the teachers union interests with little concern for the Student or the Tax payer. Please understand I am thankful for the many great teachers in Springboro, it’s the Union who we have issues with.

Please do not cave to their Thug Tactics, the Community is behind you and appreciate your efforts to be fiscally responsible. Unelected Union Sympathizers have no platform to constantly harass the BOE members as they are neither Staff nor Union Members. As Union puppets their only purpose is create division and discontentment within the Schools and Community.

The best thing that can happen is to make Right to Work a Law here in Ohio and it is coming. http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/12/1 ...

Check out what the NEA/Teachers Union stands for regarding Homosexuality, Liberal and Christian viewpoints. In my opinion Teachers Unions are like affirmative action, they force employers to compensate groups of individuals based on the demands of the group rather than individual performance/contributions. It is insulting to individual liberty and personal responsibility and is basically a legal form of extortion. Do we really want organizations with these kinds of radical agendas shaping our schools ideology?

See the links below and you’ll realize what we’re dealing with:

http://www.missionamerica.com/enews/enews_Mar ...

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.a ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch ...

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action ...

Thank you for your efforts,
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The state plays semantic games with the children's future. The state substitutes pleasant and positive sounding euphemisms for actual achievement and in the process robs the student and the taxpayer who funds this scam.

While the state may have foisted another worthless Excellent with Distinction award upon our Junior High School, the factual data reveals anything but in Math.

These scores are not derived solely form the Junior High School, but are a result of a cumulative effort in each preceding grade. Each progressive year from the start of testing in the third grade, the math scores continue to sink year after year. This continual stepping down in achievement ultimately produces the 8th grade where 80% of the kids score BELOW 75% on an assessment test.

Let the readers decide if such "achievement" is really excellent with distinction.
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8th Grade 2011-2012 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
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Math .......50 possible points on the test
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State Rating System and distribution of students for the 8th grade
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Limited.......... 3 Students
Limited.......... 20% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -10 correct answers =(0-20% correct)
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Basic..........25 Students
Basic ..........27% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--11- 15 correct answers =(22-30% correct)
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Proficient........174 Students
Proficient........47% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -16-29 correct answers =(32-58% correct)
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Accelerated.....159 Students
Accelerated.....67% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--30 -36 correct answers =(60-72% correct)
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Advanced........77 Students
Advanced........85% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--37 -50 correct answers =(74-100% correct)

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Applying Mr. Malone's same grading system used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
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F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......239 Students
Percentage of Students.....55% receiving F

D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......108 Students
Percentage of Students.....25% receiving D

C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........49 Students
Percentage of Students.....11% receiving C

B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........36 Students
Percentage of Students.....8% receiving B

A..... 93% correct answers and above.....6 Students
Percentage of Students.....1% receiving A
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Is this the level of achievement to which we wish to aspire in Springboro?
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Is this the best we are capable of given our resources?
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Should we continue to allow the schools and the state to hide behind euphemisms rather than actual achievement?
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Demand better, our children and taxpayers deserve a real return on our investment in our schools.

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