"Read my lips" you forgot "..NO NEW TAXES"<quoted text>
Simply put -- You Are Blinded by Your Own Prejudices. Read My Lips:
Our sitting Springboro BOE has NEVER stiffled free speech.
To argue otherwise is pure foolishness on the part of those who argue foolishly.
Those of us attending last night's board meeting have done our own homework (we haven't "copied" the collective views of our peers); we do not flock together in pre-arranged productions in front of TV cameras, demanding "not in MY community" will free speech be allowed.... and neither will any of those suspicious "outsiders" be allowed inside our hallowed halls of SHS unionism rule.
Many of those attending the board meeting last night came to sit down and listen to a GUEST speaker; and thought it very embarrassing and rude for a Springboro parent to stand up and insult an invited Guest, by her projected pre-judgement of intended hate speech!(Guess Liberals never heard of "innocent till proven guilty)!
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#27341 Sep 13, 2013
#27342 Sep 13, 2013
Don't hold your breath waiting for answers. Sometimes you'll never get them. Just ask those who questioned the presense of WMD's, the moon landing, JFK assasination or global warming.
The board can't make every little decision. They should approve a budget and let those responsible for managing the budget manage it.
Micormanagement is mismanagement. http://www.nfib.com/business-resources/busine...
#27343 Sep 13, 2013
Oh and where as I may not know who did it. I would suspect the current board approved the position/contract of the person that did.
#27344 Sep 13, 2013
You left out the Texas blue bloods.
#27345 Sep 13, 2013
Make up your mind. Does the "liberal" media have a bias or not? If they do, then they will keep showing up as long as it goes on. It sells papers.
#27346 Sep 13, 2013
Where is the Partisan or Liberal or Unionism or any other collective clause apart from INDIVISIBLE in our Pledge to OUR flag? Why did we stand in the board room last night and pray this prayer; then immediately have Stephanie B and Don M project division among us because of differing opinions and beliefs?
Where IS the RESPONSIBILITY in this style of narrow minded leadership and poor role modeling of good citizenship?
Are we not to expect this liberal partisan narrow mindedness to become the LAW in the board room IF voters allow Malone/Stuckey/Anderson to hand over control of OUR BOARD to the Springboro Education Association president, Mr. Maney?
Where's the value to our children's 21st century education in
re-instating Ron Malones's failed educational practices of the past?
#27347 Sep 13, 2013
Excellence is not an act, but a habit.- Aristotle
In the direction of sustainability
DISTRICT TO ASK FOR LOWER TAX MILLAGE IN NOVEMBER
In the football stands on Friday nights, we can see a basic truth: our schools and community are inextricably tied. Public schools serve the community. And the community supports public schools. Today we stand in an almost unheard of place: we are financially prepared to give something back to the taxpayer–to give back to our community by reducing the tax burden. The renewal levy on the ballot in November will be set at a lower millage rate to reduce taxes generated by that levy by nearly 15 percent (a reduction of $1,353,800 per year). There is an assumption that if we are cutting the taxes; we must be cutting back in our schools. This is simply false.
The following needs are in the current budget through 2017:
•high school busing restored
•over $2 million in textbooks and curriculum adoption
•over $2.1 million for new buses
•over $3.7 million in capital needs and deferred maintenance
•over $1.5 million in technology (100 percent WiFi, 1,000 computers, 350 teacher laptops)
•over $7.5 million for our staff in raises and benefit changes
These needs are met in the five-year forecast even with the lower renewal levy.
How is this possible?
•Efficiency plans, reallocating resources, and receiving increased revenue all make the lower renewal levy possible.
•Since 2012-2013, the district has received $3.5 million per year due to tax revenue from the Rocky's Express natural gas pipeline.(A second gas pipeline is being installed through the school district territory; however, the district’s current forecast assumptions DO NOT include projections of any funds it is likely to bring to the district.)
•We recently learned that our district will receive 6.5% more in 2013-2014 than in the previous year from the State of Ohio (approximately $828,000) as well as 10.5% more in 2014-2015 (approximately $1.2 million).
•The May 2013 five-year budget forecast reflected a surplus of $7.55 million in 2017.
•With consideration of additional state revenue and after the approval of contracts with teachers, classified and exempt staff, budget projections still reflect a surplus of $7.2 million in 2017 with the current millage.
•When the proposed decreased renewal levy is applied to budget projections, there is a still a surplus of approximately $3.9 million.
With every step, we are proving that this district--with its record of excellence--is sustainable with an even lower tax burden. 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. Most important, we are being honest about what is needed through 2017. This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability.
Editorial note: This article is adapted from a blog post by Springboro Board of Education Member David Petroni.
#27348 Sep 13, 2013
Schweikart's presentation last evening was very professional. No "hate speech" there whatsoever. Quite obviously, the B woman and Miller made fools out of themselves. Maybe next time, they'll hold their respective reviews until AFTER the presentation.
It was interesting to see a number of quizzical and outright shocked expessions on the faces of certain liberal audience members when Schweikart correctly utilized historical inflation comparisons to put "Reagan's debt" into an accurate perspective. America's overall debt was exponentially higher in the years immediately after WWII. This is not political slant. This is fact.
It is an absolute pity that Springboro's curriculum is so politically jaded that students are restricted in their potential growth in that they do not have access to accurate/unbiased historical information.
#27349 Sep 13, 2013
Special Thanks and Great Appreciation are due our current BOE for staying the course doing what's right for our school children and community (even when they are opposed by those who are insanely popular)!
THIS IS REFORM AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, AND THIS IS WORKING TOGETHER TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY!
#27350 Sep 13, 2013
Doesn't it "sell papers" only to those who buy into the liberal collective bias of the media?
Independent thinkers inform ourselves to attack liberal issues that threaten our principles of fiscal responsibility; we don't try to keep others down; thus allow our weaker nature to become meaner and smaller than our best selves.
Independent thinkers do not feel that someone else ALWAYS has to lose in order for us to win!
"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."
#27351 Sep 13, 2013
Virtually every child plays soccer in gym classes, yet at the same time each school has organized (voluntary) soccer teams.
Children play touch football on the playground, yet each school has organized (voluntary) football squads.
This same logic applies to debate clubs. Debate clubs are meant for a higher echelon of skill.
Do not attempt to departmentalize our childrens success.
In order to be able to have a chance at success in this global economy, each and every student should learn the basic ins and outs of debate. Debate skills are needed all the time, from convincing a banker of your credibility during a car or home purchase, or negotiating contract terms on a personal loan.
Oftentimes, a rebuttal is brought up that there's not enough time in the curriculum to add things like student debate. My answer to that - how many times per year does Springboro schools have stupid 1 hour "late start" days? Get rid of late start days! If and when a meeting is necessary, Boro teachers need to be doing what teachers did two and three generations ago, and that's COME TO SCHOOL EARLY or STAY LATER.
There! I just freed up about five or six hours worth of debate time for our students!
#27352 Sep 13, 2013
So you are saying the only issue that threten our principles are Liberal issues? That's close-minded. Do you ever question conservatives? Isn't that a Librals ALWAYS lose attitude? You should re-read your post.
#27353 Sep 13, 2013
I could agree with getting rid of "late start" days. Also I appreicate the fact that in your debate examples you cited more worth-while debates than evolution vs. creation. Nice compromise, now let's convice the other 10 people on this site :)
#27354 Sep 13, 2013
"Do not look back in anger, or forward in fear, but around in awareness." - James Thurber
#27355 Sep 13, 2013
What's worse is how clueless the parents are and think they are getting the truth. All they are getting is the government's version of the truth.
#27356 Sep 13, 2013
that's funny! Why haven't you brought your disagreements of late start days to the board room? There is no compromise.
"Truth is always exciting! Speak It, then; .... Life is dull without it." -Pearl S. Buck
(Did anyone else notice the dullness in the high school student's testimony on behalf of Gail Dauber's indoctrination that God has no place in this country? So sad to see our future leaders of this Great Nation of America so cynical and negative at such a young age!)
Again, there will be NO compromise in the teaching of the good, bad and ugly TRUTH of our Great American History, as accurately as humanly possible (which is flawed at best!)
-- No liberal/no conservative/no compromise on doing what's right for our children's 21st century quality classroom education, which is funded so generously for ALL our school employees, by ALL Springboro families and taxpaying homeowners.
#27357 Sep 13, 2013
How RIGHT you are. Republican's do NO wrong. Each and every one of them is honest, truthful and has never done anything wrong.
BTW. You're post may need some "fact checking"...
"This elaborate collection of falsehoods is so detailed that we believe it must be an intentional and malicious effort at disinformation. It grafts some new whoppers on top of a list that we debunked in April 2004, in a special report we called "Lies in the E-mail, Part 2." The earlier version, we said, was "full of laughably inaccurate claims," and this one is worse."
Do your homework.
#27358 Sep 13, 2013
When Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. He promised:
1.) That participation in the Program would be
Completely voluntary...It is no longer voluntary.
2.) That the participants would only have to pay
1% of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes into the Program ...Now 7.65% on the first $90,000
3.) That money participants elected to put
into the Program would be deductible from
their income for tax purposes each year...No longer tax deductible
4.) That money participants put into the Program would go to an independent 'Trust Fund' rather than into the General Operating Fund. Therefore FDR had intended for this money to be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program and no other Government program....Under L.B. Johnson, the money was moved to the General Fund
5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income...Since Clinton/Gore, up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed
Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month -- and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the Federal government to 'put away'-- you may be interested in the following:
Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent 'Trust Fund' and put it into the
general fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically
controlled House and Senate.
Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax
deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The Democratic Party.
Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the
'tie-breaking' deciding vote as President of the
Senate, while he was Vice President of the US
Q: Which Political Party decided to start
giving annuity payments to immigrants?
A: Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party.
Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65,
began to receive Social Security payments! The
Democratic Party gave these payments to them,
even though they never paid a dime into it!
Then, after violating the original contract (FICA),
the Democrats turn around and tell you that it's the Republicans who want to take your Social Security away! What's the worst part about it? Uninformed citizens believe it!
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
awareness will be planted and changes will
evolve. Maybe not, because some Democrats are awfully sure of what isn't so.
#27359 Sep 13, 2013
……in the direction of leadership
By David Petroni
The 2013 Board of Education campaign is taking shape in Springboro, and there is a clear theme emerging from three of the candidates. The opposition’s run for school board seems to be fueled by fear. It is dark and angry — promising to bring calm to a storm.
The problem with their platform is that there is no storm.
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 surely lose, and return to the days of endless levies, punitive actions against our citizens, and never ending financial emergencies within the district.
Why would our community want to do that?
An accurate look at the past reveals:
Five failed levies
Fees raised, busing cut, and staff reduced
Buses neglected compromising student safety
The district failed to purchase books, technology and buses
A technology plan that was an uncontrolled mixture of items that did not work together costing approx.$200,000 to fix
Waste of $170,000 in textbooks that were never distributed or used
Maintenance deferred to the detriment of district buildings, staff and children
The rigor of the high school program of studies was reduced (Education Service Center audit report)
Promotion of the failing euphemism “Proficient” as the standard to be attained by our children
Fewer students took advantage of AP and other early college credit opportunities
A “D” grade on gifted intervention from the state
A “C” grade on the lowest 20% in achievement from the state
Now, an accurate look at today reveals:
A balanced, children-first budget
Lower fees, busing restored, staff restored
“Efficiency” plans that directed resources to gifted and reading intervention for this year (before release of the state report card)
New curriculum designed to surpass state minimum standards
Additional teachers and aides hired
Opened preschool / early learning center
A/P courses expanded in areas that make sense
Dual Credit classes to be added at high school allowing students to gain college credit while in high school
New emphasis on PSEO program, which allows students to attend college while in high school for full college credit
Coordinated technology plan so everything works with one another
Wireless access for every building
New laptops to every teacher. More than 1,100 new computers throughout the district
Renewal levy set to a lower millage rate to give back more than $1.3 million per year to our community
#27360 Sep 13, 2013
Why would our community want to go back to the past? We have sought to change the status quo, and that is difficult, but debate does not equal harm. The politically correct tenet that spirited discussion is harmful stifles new ideas. When a blanket of suppression covers the conversation, the only sure losers will be our community and the children we serve.
Educate Springboro looks to the future–using the knowledge of the past, but with direction toward a goal. While the Board of Education has made missteps in the past year and a half, they were made in a public and transparent fashion. This transparency allowed the community to engage and round out our actions to reflect their wishes and desires. It produced better, more properly vetted ideas and actions, and our schools are better for it. When we work together and talk to each other about the issues, better solutions are developed.
Our leadership is navigating us away from the repeated failures of the past and toward a better future for our schools. We are leading with a goal to provide every Springboro child the opportunity to acquire all the knowledge and intellectual skills they possibly can. It has been our desire to remove all barriers that might restrain them from their innate desire to inquire, explore, and absorb everything they can. Looking to the past, copying failed policies, and fearing change does not remove barriers to improvement, it imposes them.
We’ve built a financial foundation on the principle of fiscal responsibility. We’ll continue to make changes that make sense; for example, eliminating underutilized courses to fill needs in other areas. We won’t propose new classes just to fill an employee’s schedule and avoid a difficult decision. 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 continue to demand integrity and ethics from everyone we work with from boosters to vendors, from students to administrators.
Common sense, ethics and sound financial decisions guide Educate Springboro. Share this with your friends and neighbors.
The fear of change will not chase our community back into the darkness of previously failed practices.
Let’s stay on this new course and move in the direction of leadership for our children, schools and community.
visit http://educatespringboro.org/ .
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