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Reality Bytes

Piqua, OH

#26663 Aug 18, 2013
In a recent issues of Springboro Life magazine, Springboro school board candidate, Dr. Ron Malone, answers the question: What do you think of the school board's direction?

Mr. Malone, who has 40 years past experience as a professional educator, and has recently retired after 13 years employment as a high school principal in Springboro, includes in his reply....

"The major concern I have with decisions being made out there is that the major emphasis seems to be on the physical part of education. There needs to be a re-emphasis on the value of the educator."

Inquiring minds would like opportunity to ask school board candidate, Mr. Malone, which physical part of education that our Children's First Budget provides for our students classrooms and our teachers does he have a major concern?
Reality Bytes

Piqua, OH

#26664 Aug 18, 2013
Fiscally conservative Ohio school board turns a deficit into a surplus while cutting taxes, giving raisesBy Ben Velderman EAGnews.org

SPRINGBORO, Ohio – It’s tempting to describe the financial turnaround that’s taking place in the Springboro school district as something of a miracle. How else to describe the district’s dramatic reversal in fortune?
In the span of just four years, Springboro schools have gone from projecting a massive deficit of $28.7 million to planning for a surplus of nearly $7.2 million by 2017.
That’s a swing of nearly $36 million to the district’s benefit. That’s unheard of during these tough economic times in which many U.S. school districts are cutting student programs, laying off teachers and raising taxes.
Here’s something else that’s unheard of: Instead of just stockpiling the extra money in the district’s bank account, Springboro school board members are preparing to give a portion of it back to taxpayers. Last month, Springboro board members voted to place a five-year levy renewal on the November ballot that will actually cut taxes by 15 percent, which equals about $1.3 million a year. The levy would shrink the projected surplus by several million dollars, but the once-needy district would still be left with a tidy sum in reserve.
In a press release, Springboro school board President Kelly Kohls told taxpayers that if they pass the levy, the district “will be able to move forward without any type of levy for some time to come.” CONTINUE READING ... MORE NEWS FROM EAGNEWS.ORG :
Who Can We Trust

Piqua, OH

#26665 Aug 19, 2013
Just Watching wrote:
<quoted text>
You are the professional educators, the ones who know best how to educate, where are your answers?
Where in your contract proposals are anything remotely related to improving the education of our children?
Aside the need for more money, less time at work, and less overseeing of the job being performed, where are the children in your mix?
Where are the answers from the professional educators?
Ms. Cook's response to a continual 80% failure rate in math on the Ohio Achievement Assessment test was to "convince" the union to teach less each day, effectively reducing the number of class periods per year by 25 out of 175.
Ms. Cook performed this miracle by reducing each class by 7 minutes each day and adding more class periods. 7 minutes per day x 175 days per teaching year = 1225 minutes per year
1225 minutes per year / last years 49 minute classes = 25 periods of instruction lost in every class
Genius.
Inquiring minds should be asking our school board candidates, who seek election to reinstate Ron Malone's status quo: Where is the value of that failed agenda to our kid's quality classroom education?
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26666 Aug 19, 2013
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
does that man that prints signs think we should give praise and thanksgiving to teacher/coach Stuckey?
While Dave is a nice guy, I have trouble getting behind someone for school board whose soul purpose in running is to restore Coach Holtrey to his rightful place as head boys basketball coach. That scene has passed into history, it is now the time to look forward.

The community deserves someone who will not return us to the bygone days of yesteryear, but someone with skin in the game for the future.

The budgets have been balanced, the infrastructure is being repaired, text books are finally funded, technology investments now look to the future with a sustainable growth plan, and a new administrative team has been installed to drive these vehicles of progress.

All of this has been accomplished with no new money requirements from the taxpayers of Springboro.

The next critical task to be assaulted is on the academic front. This is an area that has been consciously allowed to decay during the Ron Malone era. The time has come to raise the level of expectations and results in our schools.

Pursuing euphemistic honors does our children, their families, and the community a disservice and wastes our most precious commodity, time. Each year that passes is another lost opportunity that will never again arise. As adults we know this to be true through our own life experiences, why would we cheat the children by wasting precious moments pursuing goals that are less than mediocrity?

The time has come to advance our academic rigor, not retreat from the challenges of the 21st century.

A certain slate of candidates represents the false choice of PROFICIENT over true academic achievement.

A certain slate of candidates represent a return to the days of their halcyon youth, a time well past its prime in thought and deed.

A certain slate of candidates represents union control of your schools that work for the best interest of the union, not your children.

It is time to vote for the future.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#26667 Aug 19, 2013
Page 10

From the 2012 report by the Warren County Educational Service Center.

Mr. Malone had been reviewed numerous times previously and made aware of his program of studies shortcomings.

Why did Mr. Malone choose not to pursue the direction and recommendations provided for the benefit of the children?

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxs0_xA64y_HS...

"SHS still offers general level classes (Algebra 1A and !B, physical science, US HIstory, and World History) Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Work (HSTW) 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."

Dumbing down the curriculum is apparently not in the best interest of the student.

Nothing substantiates this belief in either research or data.

Yet, that was the path Mr. Malone chose for your children.

These are not my conclusions, but the conclusions of professional educators hired by the school district to audit our program of studies.
Who Can We Trust

Piqua, OH

#26668 Aug 19, 2013
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
While Dave is a nice guy, I have trouble getting behind someone for school board whose soul purpose in running is to restore Coach Holtrey to his rightful place as head boys basketball coach. That scene has passed into history, it is now the time to look forward.
The community deserves someone who will not return us to the bygone days of yesteryear, but someone with skin in the game for the future.
The budgets have been balanced, the infrastructure is being repaired, text books are finally funded, technology investments now look to the future with a sustainable growth plan, and a new administrative team has been installed to drive these vehicles of progress.
All of this has been accomplished with no new money requirements from the taxpayers of Springboro.
The next critical task to be assaulted is on the academic front. This is an area that has been consciously allowed to decay during the Ron Malone era. The time has come to raise the level of expectations and results in our schools.
Pursuing euphemistic honors does our children, their families, and the community a disservice and wastes our most precious commodity, time. Each year that passes is another lost opportunity that will never again arise. As adults we know this to be true through our own life experiences, why would we cheat the children by wasting precious moments pursuing goals that are less than mediocrity?
The time has come to advance our academic rigor, not retreat from the challenges of the 21st century.
A certain slate of candidates represents the false choice of PROFICIENT over true academic achievement.
A certain slate of candidates represent a return to the days of their halcyon youth, a time well past its prime in thought and deed.
A certain slate of candidates represents union control of your schools that work for the best interest of the union, not your children.
It is time to vote for the future.
Without a doubt the failure of the local media in Ohio to fairly cover important issues places taxpayers at an enormous disadvantage. It's one of the reasons Ohio's taxpayers don't stand a chance.
Who Can We Trust

Piqua, OH

#26669 Aug 19, 2013
Unions Own Ohio! In Ohio and the Unitied States today,there are several categories of entrenched interests ranging from big business to single-issue groups on the left and the right. Whether represented by the pork barrel spending out of Washington, D.C. or the corporate welfare masked as economic development out of state government, big business and its lobbyists certainly do well. Big business, however, tends to shy away from the big reform issues, as rocking the board could lead them to lose their spoinls or make them a target of labor unions or transparency groups.
Perhaps you recall the time at a meeting of industry players in June 2010 when one top representative of Ohio businesses went into a tirade about the workplace freedom issue and how such an issue was just a right wing distraction?
TAXPAYERS DON'T STAND A CHANCE.

Forced Unionism in Springboro is big business! Check out the Springboro businesses and the Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of the May 2013 CCFD Fire levy tax which proposed a 93% tax increase on Springboro families. Among those of our neighbors who fought against taxpayers to put Clearcreek Township as paying highest taxes of all, was Springboro School Board of Education candidate, Dr. Ron Malone.
Who Can We Trust

Piqua, OH

#26670 Aug 19, 2013
Unions Own Ohio! In Ohio and the United States today, there are several categories of entrenched interests ranging from big business to single-issue groups on the left and the right. Whether represented by the pork barrel spending out of Washington, D.C. or the corporate welfare masked as economic development out of state government, big business and its lobbyists certainly do well. Big business, however, tends to shy away from the big reform issues, as rocking the board could lead them to lose their spoils or make them a target of labor unions or transparency groups.
Perhaps you recall the time at a meeting of industry players in June 2010 when one top representative of Ohio businesses went into a tirade about the workplace freedom issue and how such an issue was just a right wing distraction?
TAXPAYERS DON'T STAND A CHANCE.

Forced Unionism in Springboro is big business! Check out the Springboro businesses and the Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of the May 2013 CCFD Fire levy tax which proposed a 93% tax increase on Springboro families. Among those of our neighbors who fought against taxpayers to put Clearcreek Township as paying highest taxes of all, was Springboro School Board of Education candidate, Dr. Ron Malone.
Who Can We Trust

Piqua, OH

#26671 Aug 19, 2013
Ohio School Board Association owns Ohio's school district leaders and board representation through the OSBA indoctrination/training seasons teaching elected BOE officials that the local superintendent is the boss and that the local BOE members are supposed to rubber stamp everything the school superintendent tells the board that the teacher's union president wants in pay and compensation/benefits increases; along with softer working conditions with no accountabiity, nor responsibility, to local taxpayers.

http://eagnews.org/fiscally-conservative-ohio...

Who would oppose this truth and those that caused this success?

This is why we need OSBLC!
Healthy Choice

Piqua, OH

#26672 Aug 19, 2013
Under the responsible leadership of our BOE majority of reform minded members (including Dr. Kohls, Mr. Petroni and Mr. Rigano) our Springboro school district is not only healthier than ever before, but Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners have a CLEAR representation of what this board represents, and it is CLEARLY for our kids FIRST! And that means we can all REMEMBER during these difficult challenges being faced by our school board; that our children first budgeting board members ARE making sure that OUR KIDS ARE NO VICTIMS HERE (as they were in the past).
Why in the world would any parent or concerned citizen choose NOT to fully support the leadership of our board members who have a proven record of supporting OUR CHILDREN FIRST!
Concerned parent

Youngstown, OH

#26673 Aug 19, 2013
To Reality Bites:
You seemed very informed and well researched - much appreciated. My problem is who to vote for in November. A quick check does not show 3 candidates that are not pro union / power agenda hungry. And I believe the filing date for a candidate is passed? So what / who now?
Facts vs Opinion

Piqua, OH

#26674 Aug 19, 2013
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
<quoted text>
While Dave is a nice guy, I have trouble getting behind someone for school board whose soul purpose in running is to restore Coach Holtrey to his rightful place as head boys basketball coach. That scene has passed into history, it is now the time to look forward.
The community deserves someone who will not return us to the bygone days of yesteryear, but someone with skin in the game for the future.
While your own opinion that Dave is a nice guy is to be respected as your own, you should state it as such -- your opinion.
Facts are proven by one parent in Springboro, who urges us not to vote for that awful coach Stuckey, based on personal behavior toward a student that was not nice. It would not be nice to state this on public blog; but don't vote for that awful coach Stuckey is as nice as it's going to get for Dave on this blog.
Reality Bytes

Piqua, OH

#26675 Aug 19, 2013
Concerned parent wrote:
To Reality Bites:
You seemed very informed and well researched - much appreciated. My problem is who to vote for in November. A quick check does not show 3 candidates that are not pro union / power agenda hungry. And I believe the filing date for a candidate is passed? So what / who now?
Thank You for your concern!

It appears that there is a push on this blog to Vote; but my question is WHO is leading?

Why is there NO one out there leading this unprecedented success that our reform minded board majority has achieved in just 18 months of elected service to our schools and community?

You are correct -- the filing date for a candidate is passed and Inquiring Minds are asking: Is that all there is?
Concerned parent

Youngstown, OH

#26676 Aug 19, 2013
Reality:

Is it time to find some worhty leaders and push for write in candidates? Is that still an option?
Concerned parent

Youngstown, OH

#26677 Aug 19, 2013
Concerned parent wrote:
Reality:
Is it time to find some worhty leaders and push for write in candidates? Is that still an option?
Whoever judged this as spam - nice try to shut people of oposing viewpoints up!

I checked with the Warren Co. Board of Elections and write in candidate is possible. The filing deadline - which I am verifying - is Aug. 27 for a write in.

Now lets find some leaders to keep our schools going in the write direction!
Who Can We Trust

Piqua, OH

#26678 Aug 19, 2013
Concerned parent wrote:
Reality:
Is it time to find some worhty leaders and push for write in candidates? Is that still an option?
Personally, I do not trust in write-in candidates (although it is legal to do so at the polls). Local school board candidates should be those persons who have a desire and intensity to offer their leadership expertise in service to their schools and community.
I do not believe in drafting people into elected service.

The ideal 2011 school board candidates were Jim Rigano and David Petroni; because of their volunteer service through Educate Springboro, trust in their winning agenda of Children's first budgeting was built with the voters, long before they felt their call to public service as board representatives.

The hour is late; and the unknown candidates face a highly SEA funded, insanely popular pro-union celebrity campaign, which will be much like the coronation of high school prom king and queen, with the prize of our multi-million dollar school budget handed over to the SEA officials.
insanely popular pro-union celebrity campaign which will be much like the coronation of high school prom king and queen.
Uno Voter

Piqua, OH

#26679 Aug 19, 2013
Concerned parent wrote:
To Reality Bites:
You seemed very informed and well researched - much appreciated. My problem is who to vote for in November. A quick check does not show 3 candidates that are not pro union / power agenda hungry. And I believe the filing date for a candidate is passed? So what / who now?
As for me and my household of voters, we put our trust in Springboro Board of Education member, Wendy Kull, to keep our school district heading in the right direction at the polls in November... Thank You, Thank You, Wendy, for Standing up for Kids! Springboro voters will not let you down in November!

In the direction of opportunity ...
by David Petroni “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”--Winston Churchill

When we combine common sense spending with the strong performance of our schools, we can offer opportunities for everyone--our students, teachers, families and our community. The 2013 campaign for school board has begun, and some candidates are calling for a nostalgic turn back to “the way it was.” The status quo says they want to go in a different direction. Here is a reminder of our past:• Instead of facing our challenges, they seemingly would retreat back in time.• Instead of looking for opportunities to improve and innovate, they chose the way they always operated – raise fees, cut busing, reduce support staff, and increase class size to leverage parents.• Instead of reallocating resources in response to a changing financial environment, they chose not to buy books, technology, buses, or to make needed capital improvements. This summer a worker fell 20 feet (blessedly survived with only a broken elbow) while fixing the Clearcreek Elementary roof because the roof decking had been neglected for so long. If regular maintenance is performed, how much less might this repair have cost?We see the status quo woefully ill equipped to meet the challenges that our school district faces.Visit our websitehttp://educatespringbor o.org
Cool

Upper Sandusky, OH

#26680 Aug 19, 2013
Kull rhymes with Schools
Tell It Like It Is

Piqua, OH

#26681 Aug 20, 2013
[QUOTE who="Doug Wiedeman
A certain slate of candidates represents union control of your schools that work for the best interest of the union, not your children.
It is time to vote for the future.
[/QUOTE]

That certain slate of candidates representing union control of OUR schools that work for the best interest of the union MUST be targeted as the ENEMY of our children's first best interest.
This union army is well funded and deeply embedded in their diligent strategy of politics of personal destruction to take out their opposition, collect their spoils of war and retreat to the Ron Malone madness of status quo pro-union business as usual.
Now is not the time to return to the past failed leadership of former high school principal Ron Malone; former teacher/coach Dave Stuckey; former board member Charles Anderson; former failed school board candidate Lisa Babb; and Jamie Belanger who seeks to gain control of the board.
These vote for revenge union school board candidates will not lead our schools and community in the direction of opportunity for our children's future.
Tell It Like It Is

Piqua, OH

#26682 Aug 20, 2013
It is time to vote for the future.

Our schools and community need the NEW leadership
of certified school board candidates Wendy Kull,
Charles Bitner, Kolton Vaughn. Vote for Success!

Help us leave our vote for revenge SEA school board candidates left behind. There is no place for bullying revenge in our board room in our successful Springboro schools!

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