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

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Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#25999 Jul 23, 2013
sheep wrote:
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Yep, always someone else's fault. Deflect and demean. Hypocrite.
PROFICIENT equals FAILURE

You still have not countered the argument that 42% on a math test taken in 10th grade that measures a student's total learning in grades 1-9 is not FAILURE.

Contrary to Mr Malone's assertions celebrating PROFICIENT as a reasonable standard, he knowingly foists on a trusting public the fallacy that scoring 41%- 58% on the 2013 Ohio Graduation test is a good thing.

Go to page 6

http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topic...

PROFICIENT equals FAILURE
Stay Alert Voters

Piqua, OH

#26000 Jul 23, 2013
In the direction of unity…..
With the first day of school upon us in late August, we enter into the comfortable routines of a new school year. Each year begins with the hope and prayer of a fresh beginning on both sides of the fence, teachers praying for well-behaved students and children fervently praying for “nice” teachers.
The new year also brings with it new employment contracts with our support staff and our teachers. Combine that with the technology plan being assembled and implemented, new buses for our children’s safety, a sustainable facilities maintenance plan, a tax break for our taxpayers, and our district is in an entirely different situation from recent years when wave after wave of levy campaigns sought to raise taxes.
Circumstances may change; however, if we maintain our fiscal conservative spending patterns and husband our resources wisely, no new taxes are projected.
My place at the table is to represent the community—the taxpayer, the landowner, the voter. My fiduciary duty is also to this institution. It is important to remember I represent the voice of those who pay for our local schools. Tonight, we step forward for our teachers and our community. In doing so, we are demonstrating that as our voices come together we can write a single, better, unified story. It is not a story of the past, always disregarding the needs of the district. It is not a story of teachers and staff holding out for more. It is not a story of higher taxes (in fact, just the opposite). This is a story where everyone wins.
Although we occasionally may disagree with the means to an end, the final goal is the same for all involved: a better education for our children.
Through Children First Budgeting, zero based budgets, sound leadership, plans that prioritize educational needs, infrastructure and our staff, it is possible and now proven that we can live within our means. These phrases imply debt or sacrifice, but that is not the case. Not only have we proven that we can live within our means, but now every stakeholder in this district—our students and families, our staff and teachers, and our taxpayers–will benefit from this board’s leadership...
read the rest of this true and proven inspiring article at: http://educatespringboro.org/2013/07/16/in-th...
Stay Alert Voters

Piqua, OH

#26001 Jul 23, 2013
-continuing ... in the direction of Unity

First, our students benefit as we direct funds to textbooks, curriculum, new buses, technology, and we dedicate attention to supports for college and career—STEM, PSEO, AP courses and more.
I have stated in that past and it is worth repeating, that it is impossible to educate a child without skilled teachers and staff and without giving them the tools to be successful. With these new contract agreements, every teacher, every staff member, every employee, every custodian, and every bus driver of the Springboro Community City Schools will be paid more. They will be rewarded for their skills and commitment to our schools and our children.
In any negotiation, especially collective bargaining, each party must at least be willing to move forward knowing neither of us will get everything we want. I am willing to make the commitment to pay our teachers as they requested and they are willing to take reformative steps in their salary schedule and health benefits that respect the values of our entire community.
This agreement with our teachers must be more than a promise that sits on the shelf. The agreement to establish a merit / performance pay committee and diligently work with the health care committee, will dictate actions that demonstrate accountability by both sides. We all must strive with our best intentions to make sustainability the priority—to work within our current revenue rather than insist we need more.
The community can see after just 18 months that Children First Budgeting works. It is transparent and inclusive, and it drives our attention and resources toward investments in facilities, technology and teachers. It is most evident in the new contracts.
But what will be most evident to the taxpayer is lower taxes. Even after plans to invest millions in technology, curriculum, buildings and buses, and even after providing every employee with raises, we are financially prepared to give something back to the taxpayer – to give back to our community by reducing their tax burden. The renewal levy on the ballot in November will be set at a lower mileage rate to reduce taxes generated by that levy by nearly 15 percent.
This reduction of almost 15 percent is equal to $1,353,800 per year ($6,769,000 over 5 years) that we are giving back to our community. That’s right, every homeowner in the Springboro Community City School District will receive a raise just like our staff! Children First Budgeting makes sense and today everyone wins.
Steven Covey says that,“What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” So now we put the words—spun in social media, exclaimed in online petitions, threatening as well as entreating, angry as well as earnest—behind us. We’ve emerged stronger than before.
Congratulations to our board, to our central office staff, to our teachers and students, and to our community. All sides were heard – and the outcome is fair to all sides. All have gained ground. And that success can only continue if we act in good faith to work together to put Children First.
http://educatespringboro.org/2013/07/16/in-th...
Stand Up For Kids

Piqua, OH

#26002 Jul 23, 2013
All About Money wrote:
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Education in Springboro Schools is all about money and power and who gets to control both. A school house divided cannot provide wholeness for our children's future.
We have a power struggle going on between our children first board members and Malone's union first members; The decisions made during these employment contract negotiations will support our financial victory for our children's first budget; or reverse our school district's money to the control of Malone's "business as usual" forced unionism/indoctrination for
our children's classroom education.
Who Will Stand Up For Kids ... against the SEA's continuing war of words against Springboro taxpayers and our children first reform minded school board representatives?

Kelly Kohls has endured brutal political and personal character
persecution in the pre-arranged participation of her political
opposition during the four years she has been an elected official on the Springboro Board of Education. This war of words is a mean-spirited, calculated, pre-planned psycological attack of learned and practiced tactics of the Ohio Education Associaiton to bully, intimidate, and "take out of elected office" any Springboro parent who dares service her schools and community without the anointing of the Ohio School Board Association. This OEA indoctrination is carried out by some of the meanest, greediest professional educators, every and they use our children's education to hold us hostage in their emotionally blackmailing for More...More...More!
It's all about the POWER OF UNION to control our school tax dollars!
The OEA members are some of the worst people we will ever have to deal with as to radical social behavior; because to the OEA radicals they are at war with the taxpayers.
They have the destruction of America in their minds and they are terrible people because their ideology makes them corrosive. They openly use children to execute their maniacal plans for social progressive changes at the expense of society, and this defines their essence. Wars are won by taking away from the other side the will to continue fighting. The OEA attacks them directly hoping to rob them of their will to stand opposed to the union’s progressive agenda.
"An informed citizen is the only true repository of the public will." -Thomas Jefferson
Stay Alert Voters and get informed of these "wolves in sheeps clothing!" They care nothing about Springboro parents and Springboro students who are not swaddled and tightly bound in red ribbons and rubber stamped: Property of Forced Unionism.
No New Taxes

Piqua, OH

#26003 Jul 23, 2013
More Good News from www.springboro.org
BOARD APPROVES AGREEMENT WITH TEACHERS AND UNPRECEDENTED 15 PERCENT ROLLBACK ON NOVEMBER RENEWAL
The Springboro Community City Schools Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously in favor of a new agreement with the Springboro Education Association (SEA) at its board meeting on July 16. The announcement comes less than a week after the BOE approved a new agreement with the Springboro Classified Employees Association (SCEA).
“This is outstanding news for our employees, taxpayers and students and their families,” said Kohls.“We have an agreement we can afford and that will make our school district more competitive. We will be able to retain our best teachers and attract new top-notch teaching staff.”
According to Kohls, one of the main reasons the BOE voted unanimously was the board’s agreement that a 15% rollback on the $9.2 million renewal levy scheduled for November will be instituted. That means the renewal levy will not only add no new taxes for residents, it will result in a reduction in taxes.“If the levy passes in November, we will be able to move forward without any type of levy for some time to come,” Kohls confirmed.“By reducing the renewal levy, we are helping our community during challenging economic times while underscoring the need for this levy to pass.”
“When we projected our agreements with the SEA and SCEA, we found we will have a $7.2 million carryover in 2017,” said Kohls.“The community should be aware that our five-year forecast considers all aspects of funding and revenue streams as well as anticipated expenses.”
-continued
No New Taxes

Piqua, OH

#26004 Jul 23, 2013
More good news - continued..

According to Kohls, the BOE transformed the school district into a district with a projected surplus.“This was accomplished while the BOE improved bussing, added technology, purchased needed textbooks and invested in capital improvements in buildings and grounds. It could not have been accomplished without outstanding financial planning and management by the board, administration and staff.”
The highlights of the two-year agreement with the SEA include:
• 80/20 healthcare insurance with employees paying 20%, and school district paying 80%
• 2% raise on base pay for both years one and two
• Step raises for two years
• Establishing a committee to put an equitable performance pay system in place
In comparison, the four-year agreement with the SCEA includes these provisions:
• Step raises for three years
•$1,000 annual stipend for three years
• 80/20 healthcare insurance with employees paying 20%, and school district paying 80%
In May 2013, the BOE prepared a five-year forecast with reasonable assumptions. This May forecast indicated a carryover or surplus of $7.55 million in 2017. The five-year forecast, after the approval of both union agreements, shows a carryover of $7.2 million in 2017. This surplus, along with the projected additional funding emanating from the governor’s budget bill that will start to be realized this month, encouraged the BOE to consider a reduction in the renewal levy.
The Springboro treasurer has been informed that the district will receive 6.5% more in 2013-14 than in 2012-13, an increase of approximately $828,000 as well as 10.5% more in 2014-15, an increase of approximately $1.2 million.
Since the start of the 2012-13 school year, the school district has begun to receive $3.5 million per year as a result of a pipeline that has been completed. It is possible that a second pipeline will be completed during the 2015-16 school year. While the BOE believes this second pipeline will become a reality, its current five-year forecast does not include the additional funding it may bring to the district.
“As the Springboro BOE looks into the future, we continue our commitment to working with a zero-based budget, which we call our ‘Children First Budget’,” said Kohls.“We found no reason to ask the community for more funding than we need. The board has been fiscally prudent. We have a generous community that has felt the pain of plummeting property values, lost income and financial insecurity. We want an excellent school district to help keep property values high and draw people to live in Springboro.”
Kohls continued,“Even with the rolled-back renewal levy in November, we do not forecast the need for additional taxes for years to come. This will be accomplished because the BOE and administration will continue to apply innovative financial management principles and maintain a dedication to our Children First Budget.”
“The board is pleased with the agreements with our teachers and non-teaching staff,” Kohls said,“We can walk into the future both unified and strong. It helps to have received additional funding from the state and from the pipelines that are being constructed in Springboro.” She continued,“We have an agreement in place that will provide a surplus in 2017, and that is something our community will appreciate.”
Kohls concluded,“The Springboro School District continues to provide a quality education. For eight years it has been honored as “excellent with distinction” by the Ohio Department of Education. We thank our parents, students, community, teachers, administrators and non-teaching staff for these achievements. We look forward to continued excellence in the future.”
No New Taxes

Piqua, OH

#26005 Jul 23, 2013
More Good News from www.springboro.org

A quality 21st century classroom education for our children, while living within our means...that's just the level of professional educators service from Dr. Kelly Kohls that Springboro families have grown to love and appreciate....and we're looking forward to four more years! We Love Kelly!
jack frost

Girard, OH

#26006 Jul 23, 2013
Just Keeping It Simple wrote:
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No More Dough for Malone's status quo
You're a poet
and don't realize it
Old News

Dayton, OH

#26007 Jul 23, 2013
No Doubt wrote:
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It does become easier to see why Doug Weidemann and Kelly Kohls are such good friends, as the public record shows that neither has the common core competency of balancing their checkbook and paying their bills on time. And these people want to be leaders in our community? Shouldn't their own house be in order first??
Good god, is this what you have to talk about because you can't refute the facts from the messengers? Try to stay on topic and away form the politics of petty personal destruction. I'm curious as to why when folks on the BOE such as Craig Colston, Scott Anderson, Tim Detwiller, and Gentry Ellis just to mention a few recents..all with a multitude of bankruptcies, foreclosures, failure to pay taxes, leins, judgments against them etc.

The nattering naybobs all stood up and applauded these people when they spoke out against responsible spending.

Why were you not pointing out their unfortunate circumstances in a similar petty manner?
Old News

Dayton, OH

#26008 Jul 23, 2013
Can someone, anyone, PLEASE let me know what Kelly Kohls has done as a BOE member that is so darn awful for our district? And please try to be specific.

I say the results speak for themselves.
O the insatiable greed

Girard, OH

#26009 Jul 23, 2013
Here's the latest NFSS diatribe. The NFSS philosophy as outlined below has everything to do with creating a list of percieved needs and then immediately issuing a demand that they be filled. Obviously they've conveniently chosen to ignore the fact that after the 15% rollback, Springboro will continue to operate in the black WITHOUT factoring in a revenue increase from Rockies Express.

__________

NFSS:

"The proposed five-year renewal levy reduction amounts to betting on big money: The Rockies Express Pipeline running through Springboro Schools property has been generating $3.5 million/year in state tax revenue for our district since 2011/12 and is undoubtedly a windfall. A company called APEX is currently building another pipeline across Ohio, which could start producing revenue for Springboro Schools as early as 2016. But projected revenues must be balanced against expenses and the financial forecast used to justify the reduction is missing a major one: Nothing – 0%– is budgeted for salary and benefit increases for teachers after their current contract expires in two years, nor for classified staff (custodians, bus drivers, etc.) after theirs expires in three. No increases at all, now or later in the forecast, are included for exempt staff (administrators and central office employees). Since salaries and benefits make up such a major part of the school budget, even a minimal increase adds up to millions of dollars; the modest two- and three-year increases granted in the recent settlement are projected to cost the district at least $7.5 million over the next four years. Ask your Board of Education: Why put Springboro Schools in another potential strike situation just two years from now by not taking future increases into account? Why reach for a tax cut rather than presume reasonable pay for the people behind our school district’s strength?? Salaries and benefits are not the only expense that may be under-budgeted: Replacing the worn-out high school football field turf (estimated price tag:$400,000) and accommodating Springboro’s infamous student population “bubble”– which means that 200 additional students will be passing through our high school in two years, where it costs more to educate them because of the need for specialized teachers, more advanced materials and so forth – are also missing from the forecast."
fallacy alert

Girard, OH

#26010 Jul 23, 2013
No Doubt wrote:
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It does become easier to see why Doug Weidemann and Kelly Kohls are such good friends, as the public record shows that neither has the common core competency of balancing their checkbook and paying their bills on time. And these people want to be leaders in our community? Shouldn't their own house be in order first??
Your logical fallacy is:

AD HOMINEM

You attacked your opponent's character or personal traits in an attempt to undermine their argument.
OK lets cut to the chase

Girard, OH

#26011 Jul 23, 2013
Old News wrote:
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Good god, is this what you have to talk about because you can't refute the facts from the messengers? Try to stay on topic and away form the politics of petty personal destruction. I'm curious as to why when folks on the BOE such as Craig Colston, Scott Anderson, Tim Detwiller, and Gentry Ellis just to mention a few recents..all with a multitude of bankruptcies, foreclosures, failure to pay taxes, leins, judgments against them etc.
The nattering naybobs all stood up and applauded these people when they spoke out against responsible spending.
Why were you not pointing out their unfortunate circumstances in a similar petty manner?
You know this isn't just about bankruptcy. A lot of these NFSS moms despise Kohls because of her strong Tea Party ties. Among other conservative issues The Tea Party has always been steadfast against gun control and abortion. NFSS moms tend to speak out against guns and be pro-choice. I'll bet a dollars to each of your dimes that at least one handgun can be found in over half of the NFSS homes, and over a quarter of the NFSS moms have in the past agreed to an abortion.
Past Forecasts

Lebanon, OH

#26012 Jul 23, 2013
Anybody look at the past forecasts from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and see how those forecasts turned out? They are all on line at springboro.org , go to departments, go to treasurers department, go to five year forecasts. You can tell when they really wanted to gin up support for the levy campaigns in the schools, the books were bloody with red ink and sky high expenditures. It turns out that we did not need all that money. Look for yourself before your panties get a twisted for no good reason.
Stay Focused

Piqua, OH

#26013 Jul 23, 2013
No New Taxes wrote:
More Good News from www.springboro.org
A quality 21st century classroom education for our children, while living within our means...that's just the level of professional educators service from Dr. Kelly Kohls that Springboro families have grown to love and appreciate....and we're looking forward to four more years! We Love Kelly!
Let's continue getting the good news out to our friends and neighbors that Children First Budgeting Works! And Kelly Kohls is a highly popular and successful elected official. Kelly has accomplished more in her first term of office, as board representative, than her political opposition has done since "in the beginnng" of that 1983 creationism of that false "state religion of collective bargaining power to the Union." Most of the persecution of Sprngboro parent, Kelly Kohls, has sprung from the roots of OEA false indoctrination of "collective rights" of the Teachers Union to undermine the true worth of human dignity; by putting a dollar sign per pupil value on every student in our public schoools, with a union teacher in every classroom; lowering the bar of individual achievement so that "collectively" the schools can be anointed by the State DOE excellent with distinction; and every teacher of unionism falsely anointed "wonderful" by the lovers of tax and spend worshippers of the false gods educaton.
Let's stay focused on the proven strengths of Kelly's leadership, doing what's right for our school children and community, but not allow the levy ladies to fold us into their never ending dramas
of "crisis creationism."
Stay informed of their antics to get the public's attention off our school district success; their greatest fear is losing the "spotlight" so they keep going from one "terrible" prediction to another for our children's future; IF we don't reverse the BOE majority to the tunnel vision darkness of that "insanely popular"
has been a high school principal, Ron Malone.
November 2013 sounds like a Repeat Performance of the failed March 2012 re-instate Malone protest in attempt to "Take out" of elected office our children's first BOE representatives.
Babb for Increased Taxes

Piqua, OH

#26014 Jul 23, 2013
The Tax and Spend Lovers lost no time in getting their increased demands out to the public, as soon as their hostile demands were met by the Board of Education in contract negotiations.

Here's the newest NFSS Christmas in July wish list that has everything on it except common sense, respect for Springboro families, and responsible spending while living within the framework of our children's first budget. Sounds like Lisa Babb has crafted another failing agenda for her bid to win "most popular ever" in the November 2013 school board elections.

We can expect the NFSS group to show up in public board meeting on Thursday to "Teach our Board how to increase taxes on all Springboro families" and demand that "fiscal responsibility" has no place in the SEA contract nor the School Renewal Levy!

We can expect that Kelly Kohls will be bashed and trashed for doing good for all Springboro school children, teachers and families by those NFSS tax and spend lovers, who want to leave accountability behind. They just want more Money!
So all the NFSS folks can be expected to pre-arrange to participate in another "interrogation" of "Ask the Board" why the SEA can't take it all
from Our Children's Future.

(1)Why put Springboro Schools in another potential strike situation just two years from now by not taking future increases into account?

(2)Why reach for a tax cut rather than presume reasonable pay for the people behind our school district’s strength??

(3)Salaries and benefits are not the only expense that may be under-budgeted: Replacing the worn-out high school football field turf (estimated price tag:$400,000) and accommodating Springboro’s infamous student population “bubble”– which means that 200 additional students will be passing through our high school in two years, where it costs more to educate them because of the need for specialized teachers, more advanced materials and so forth – are also missing from the forecast."
Babb for Increased Taxes

Piqua, OH

#26015 Jul 23, 2013
Don't forget folks to mark your calendar to attend the BOE show in the LGI room on Thursday at 7:00. Check your school website and study the Agenda when it is posted and check out the list of pre-arranged performers who will be displaying various maney-acts for the TV news cameras, wringing their hands and exclaiming their disgust of the unanimous vote of the board approving agreement with teachers and un unprecedented 15% percent rollback on November renewal!
Be sure to attend if you can, but if not, remember to watch the TV broadcast next week. Let's try to get the news out to the community that the school board candidate campaign platform of Babb/Malone/Stuckey "vote for increased taxes in Novembr 2013" will be revealed. We can expect that this interrogation of "the Board" will be a repeat performance of the March 2012 Re-instate Malone disrepectful drama.
Ask the NFSS

Piqua, OH

#26016 Jul 23, 2013
Someone should ask the Neighbors for Springboro Schools folks, who are now activated to attack Springboro families for Increased Taxes, why the Neighbors for Springboro Schools folks don't go after the $400,000 of their kids money that the Boosters Board stole from our schools athletic program.
Appears that $400,000 could be used to replace the turf at careflight field. Taxpaying homeowners are not going to vote increasing taxes on our family homes to replace that turf for the football field, not without a fight in MY community.
Certainly Worth Repeating

Girard, OH

#26017 Jul 23, 2013
Ask the NFSS wrote:
Someone should ask the Neighbors for Springboro Schools folks, who are now activated to attack Springboro families for Increased Taxes, why the Neighbors for Springboro Schools folks don't go after the $400,000 of their kids money that the Boosters Board stole from our schools athletic program.
Appears that $400,000 could be used to replace the turf at careflight field. Taxpaying homeowners are not going to vote increasing taxes on our family homes to replace that turf for the football field, not without a fight in MY community.
Someone should ask the Neighbors for Springboro Schools folks, who are now activated to attack Springboro families for Increased Taxes, why the Neighbors for Springboro Schools folks don't go after the $400,000 of their kids money that the Boosters Board stole from our schools athletic program.
Appears that $400,000 could be used to replace the turf at careflight field. Taxpaying homeowners are not going to vote increasing taxes on our family homes to replace that turf for the football field, not without a fight in MY community.
We Love Kelly

Piqua, OH

#26018 Jul 23, 2013
Old News wrote:
Can someone, anyone, PLEASE let me know what Kelly Kohls has done as a BOE member that is so darn awful for our district? And please try to be specific.
I say the results speak for themselves.
Some time ago, this article was posted on the EAG news; it is so uplifting and inspiring that I saved the article and often respond to your question by saying that, specifically, Kelly Kohls has stepped outside the box of the Ohio School Board Association, which indoctrinates school leaders that superintendents are supposed to tell the elected board members what the SEA wants, and then the boards job is to rubber stamp what the union demands of the local taxpayers. I agree that results of Kelly's amazing leadership does speak for itself, when we think about the 2008 Baker/Dettwiller oppression that this community suffered before Kelly was elected in 2009; we ask why would we want to tax and spend ourselves back to the way we were? Kelly brought CHANGE to Springboro Schools and the SEA hates all change from 1983 status quo.

"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.

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