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Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29705 Dec 16, 2013
Boro Future Brighter wrote:
<quoted text>
The proven record of our successful ""Children's First Budgeting" progress made in the past two years, resulting in fresh, new ideas, including increased pay for every school employee and renewal levy that saves Springboro families $6.5 million in school taxes is "good company" enough for MY BELIEFS in a brighter "than every before" future...
in the direction of OPPORTUNITY for everyone-- Our Students, Teachers, Families, and Our Community.
However, as an overburdened Springboro Taxpayer, I am always "shopping around" for
a better deal, looking for ways that our local school government leaders can get "more educational bang" for our hard-earned bucks! The simple truth is that "It doesn't take more money; It Takes more accountability, putting the financial EMPHASIS on our Students First
highest academic potential, while maintaining fiscal integrity, living within the framework of our children's first budgeting "five year forecast."
With our current board's reform minded Vision, financial expertise, and Strong, Common
Sense Leadership Skills, it is now proven that our school district is meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations. We are building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings -- Putting Our 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 toward sustainability .... for the NEXT FIVE YEARS! As a Taxpayer, I'm always "yearning for Knowledge" from new board members-elect, as to where they stand, on our school district's insanely popular PRINCIPLES of highest academic achievement for ALL our students, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
That's where our current board is at; that's where our school superintendent is at; and as proven by overwhelming approval of November 5th reduced renewal levy, that's where Springboro Taxpayers are at.
Can you tell us on what principles for sustaining our quality classroom education
(including investing in computers, curriculum, bases and buildings) do YOU BELIEVE
that are different from our school district's current "five year forecast" financial plan?
Taxpayers are yearning for KNOWLEDGE on ways to get MORE educational bang for students first; with our hard earned school tax dollars. Can you please educate Springboro taxpayers as to why YOU think what WE BELIEVE opposes what YOU BELIEVE?
What are YOUR Financial Beliefs .... in the direction of a Brighter future for All our students, school employees and community taxpayers?
WE BELIEVE "Boro Future Brighter" is nothing less than nucking futs.
Springboro Resident

Springboro, OH

#29706 Dec 16, 2013
In case you missed the great news from our School Superintendent, thanking residents for passing levy renewal... here is his encouraging message as stated in the November 14, 2013, issue of The Springboro Star Press:

On behalf of Springboro Community City Schools, I want to thank our community for the clear support of Issue 14. Issue 14 is a reduced tax renewal, and taxpayers will see a reduction in school taxes next year
(approximately$50 per $100,000). At the same time, our schools can continu7e on the paty we've set for accelerating student achievement, supporting qualified staff and keeping a balanced budget.

I would like to especially thank Neighbors for Springboro Schools for their campaign efforts. This group informed voters about how important Issue 14 is to our schools. This renewal equals 18 percent of our operating budget. It is vital in meeting our day to day needs
including transportation, facilities, and salaries. It also supports developing a 21st century learning platform, reaching to meet higher state standards, adopting the Common Core Curriculum, and providing important opportunities for all students to succeed.

This district has come a long way from the divisiveness of past levy campaigns, and we did so by listening to many voices and many perspectives.
We hope you all will stay informed and involved. As you know, great things happen in our schools each and every day. They happen because we work together--students, families and parents, teachers and staff, and our community -- on behalf of our students. These are truly community schools, and that was reflected in the voters' approval of Issue 14.
Again, thank you.
Todd Petrey Superintendent
News Worth Repeating

Springboro, OH

#29707 Dec 16, 2013
In case you missed the great news from our School Superintendent, thanking residents for passing levy renewal... here is his encouraging message as stated in the November 14, 2013, issue of The Springboro Star Press:

On behalf of Springboro Community City Schools, I want to thank our community for the clear support of Issue 14. Issue 14 is a reduced tax renewal, and taxpayers will see a reduction in school taxes next year
(approximately$50 per $100,000). At the same time, our schools can continue on the path we've set for accelerating student achievement, supporting qualified staff and keeping a balanced budget.

I would like to especially thank Neighbors for Springboro Schools for their campaign efforts. This group informed voters about how important Issue 14 is to our schools. This renewal equals 18 percent of our operating budget. It is vital in meeting our day to day needs
including transportation, facilities, and salaries. It also supports developing a 21st century learning platform, reaching to meet higher state standards, adopting the Common Core Curriculum, and providing important opportunities for all students to succeed.

This district has come a long way from the divisiveness of past levy campaigns, and we did so by listening to many voices and many perspectives.
We hope you all will stay informed and involved. As you know, great things happen in our schools each and every day. They happen because we work together--students, families and parents, teachers and staff, and our community -- on behalf of our students. These are truly community schools, and that was reflected in the voters' approval of Issue 14.
Again, thank you.
Todd Petrey Superintendent
Spread the Great News

Springboro, OH

#29708 Dec 16, 2013
In case you missed the great news from our School Superintendent, thanking residents for passing levy renewal... here is his encouraging message as stated in the November 14, 2013, issue of The Springboro Star Press:

On behalf of Springboro Community City Schools, I want to thank our community for the clear support of Issue 14. Issue 14 is a reduced tax renewal, and taxpayers will see a reduction in school taxes next year
(approximately$50 per $100,000). At the same time, our schools can continue on the path we've set for accelerating student achievement, supporting qualified staff and keeping a balanced budget.

I would like to especially thank Neighbors for Springboro Schools for their campaign efforts. This group informed voters about how important Issue 14 is to our schools. This renewal equals 18 percent of our operating budget. It is vital in meeting our day to day needs
including transportation, facilities, and salaries. It also supports developing a 21st century learning platform, reaching to meet higher state standards, adopting the Common Core Curriculum, and providing important opportunities for all students to succeed.

This district has come a long way from the divisiveness of past levy campaigns, and we did so by listening to many voices and many perspectives.
We hope you all will stay informed and involved. As you know, great things happen in our schools each and every day. They happen because we work together--students, families and parents, teachers and staff, and our community -- on behalf of our students. These are truly community schools, and that was reflected in the voters' approval of Issue 14.
Again, thank you.
Todd Petrey Superintendent
Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29709 Dec 16, 2013
News Worth Repeating wrote:
In case you missed the great news from our School Superintendent, thanking residents for passing levy renewal... here is his encouraging message as stated in the November 14, 2013, issue of The Springboro Star Press:
On behalf of Springboro Community City Schools, I want to thank our community for the clear support of Issue 14. Issue 14 is a reduced tax renewal, and taxpayers will see a reduction in school taxes next year
(approximately$50 per $100,000). At the same time, our schools can continue on the path we've set for accelerating student achievement, supporting qualified staff and keeping a balanced budget.
I would like to especially thank Neighbors for Springboro Schools for their campaign efforts. This group informed voters about how important Issue 14 is to our schools. This renewal equals 18 percent of our operating budget. It is vital in meeting our day to day needs
including transportation, facilities, and salaries. It also supports developing a 21st century learning platform, reaching to meet higher state standards, adopting the Common Core Curriculum, and providing important opportunities for all students to succeed.
This district has come a long way from the divisiveness of past levy campaigns, and we did so by listening to many voices and many perspectives.
We hope you all will stay informed and involved. As you know, great things happen in our schools each and every day. They happen because we work together--students, families and parents, teachers and staff, and our community -- on behalf of our students. These are truly community schools, and that was reflected in the voters' approval of Issue 14.
Again, thank you.
Todd Petrey Superintendent
Of course, Todd Petrey's coattails can only handle a certain amount of strain. As you continue to hang on. take care not to rip them!
(-;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riding_coattails
Did You Know

Springboro, OH

#29710 Dec 16, 2013
Wednesday manifesto wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course, Todd Petrey's coattails can only handle a certain amount of strain. As you continue to hang on. take care not to rip them!
(-;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riding_coattails
Of course, your blah blah blah Wednesday manifesto can only prove your large amount of Ignorance, as you blah, blah, blah, seven days a week....the same repetitive mantra,
trying to dumb down the success of others' good leadership, in efforts to FIT Malone's failed practices as high school principal into our school district's reform minded vision.

The time has now come for old man RIP van RON to Wake Up to the reality of his True History of "past failed performances" as insanely popular principal. It's not as golden as we have been led to believe; and the more we know of the reality of Ron's rude arrogance, the less popular and more "insane" this vote for revenge to "reinstate Ron Malone" becomes to our community-wide taxpayers.

If only the TRUTH about Ron could have been spread around by the media circus as generously as the DISTORTIONS of TRUTH for S-U-R-E, before the election...
but now that we know, we can't just throw the old man out of the board room, but
it is going to be a way big job for all of us common sense citizens to prompt Malone
to utilize his skills to affect changes in his status quo "business as usual" tunnel vision!

Since Ron is a proven "reluctant" responder to challenges, It's going to take a lot of "remedial classes" for Ron to "raise the bar" of his low expectations of himself; and he can't expect that taxpayers are going to WASTE our school tax money on
OSBA membership, just so that Ron's ego can be fluffed with "Recognition of Membership"
just like the "olden days of 2000 when Charles Anderson was on the school board."
Truth is, Ron has publicly admitted that his status quo skills, as a professional educator,
simply don't FIT IN with our school district's 21st century classroom education for the future.
Still, there is reason for great optimism that retired educator Ron Malone does have the ability to affect change in himself for the better... in the direction of common sense
leadership, putting our students' highest academic potential achievements first,
while maintaining fiscal INTEGRITY, within the framework of our successful
Children's First Budget, with NO NEW TAXES!
Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29711 Dec 16, 2013
Did You Know wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course, your blah blah blah Wednesday manifesto can only prove your large amount of Ignorance, as you blah, blah, blah, seven days a week....the same repetitive mantra...
Me? Repetitive mantra?
LOL !!
Hey hipocrite, have you eyed yourself in front of a mirror lately?
Boro Future Brighter

Springboro, OH

#29712 Dec 16, 2013
..... in the direction of balance!

Our long-term goals should reflect our highest aspirations--goals that we can reach only if we stretch ourselves, do the best we can, and be the best that we can be!

Balance can be seen on scales, in sports and on spreadsheets. There are times when balance is easy to see and define. There are times when we have to work to achieve balance. For example , in our homes we try to find a perfect balance between work and family. Although we can define the ideal, we rarely meet it.

Our Springboro BOE representatives are elected to balance the interests of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees. Many school boards lack balance because they are comprised of people with more allegiance to maintaining a specific establishment than to the greater cause.

In Springboro, balance has been restored. With a new administrative team, the Springboro school district has adopted a mission to "accelerate student achievement and support qualified staff with a balanced budget." These are not empty words: they summarize actions. Together, we have achieved a balanced budget. We are on the right course, but it has not been easy.

With Educate Springboro, we brought changes that forced many to rethink long-held beliefs. Anytime the status quo changes, there is resistance. Panicked petitions and hysterical headlines have made things "feel" out of balance. Now, we have elected two retired educators as board representatives, who want to return to the failed practices of the past--which only "FELT" balanced.

However, today we can see just how far out of balance we actually were under the previous leadership. Some of the imbalances of the past include:

Capping high school class sizes in the 20s, while other grades who most need teacher attention, had larger class sizes (often up to 30).

Teaching the majority to meet only the proficient standard; while our district receives a "D" n gifted education and a "C" for our more challenged, lowest 20%.

Ignoring the changing curriculum and testing standards for students.

Charging higher pay-to-play and school fees than were necessary.

Failing to plan for technology in our classrooms and then spending resources on wireless technology that was inadequate and required replacement.

Ignoring recommendations to improve the rigor of our high school academic programs by failing to promote college credit options for our students.

Reacting to circumstances and spending more than budgeted, instead of planning to invest and keeping up our buildings, grounds and bus fleet.

Assuming the only solution was higher taxes and hoping for a NEW levy to pass.

These are symptoms of the status quo controlling a school district that lost its balance.

If there was any balance at all in the past, it was an eye for an eye. As this community said
"NO" to five new money levies, district leaders failed to find levy alternatives. The status quo threatened the community with cuts. Thankfully, many of those leaders have left;
some have retired, including Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the past thirteen years; but has now made good on his March 2012 Vote for Revenge protest against our school district's fresh new ideas within the framework of our Children's First Budget reform-minded philosophy. This year's record is easy to defend because it consistently demonstrates investing in Children First. From replacing the District's aging computers, buses, to implementing new curriculum and raising expectations with new standards testing -- WE HAVE PROGRESSED.

Stay Alert Voters! While we are optimistic that retired educator, Ron Malone, has the ability as newly elected BOE member, to rise to the challenges that face our children's 21st century education; based on his True History of poor job performances in the PAST, can
we TRUST Ron Malone to do what's right for our school children and community?
Boro Future Brighter

Springboro, OH

#29713 Dec 16, 2013
..... in the direction of balance!

Our long-term goals should reflect our highest aspirations--goals that we can reach only if we stretch ourselves, do the best we can, and be the best that we can be!

Balance can be seen on scales, in sports and on spreadsheets. There are times when balance is easy to see and define. There are time when we have to work to achieve balance. For example , in our homes we try to find a perfect balance between work and family. Although we can define the ideal, we rarely meet it.

Our Springboro BOE representatives are elected to balance the interests of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees. Many school boards lack balance because they are comprised of people with more allegiance to maintaining a specific establishment than to the greater cause.

In Springboro, balance has been restored. With a new administrative team, the Springobro school district has adopted a mission to "accelerate student achievement and support qualified staff with a balanced budget." These are not empty words: they summarize actions. Together, we have achieved a balanced budget. We are on the right course,
but it has not been easy.

With Educate Springboro, we brought changes that forced many to rethink long-held beliefs. Anytime the status quo changes, there is resistance. Panicked petitions and hysterical headlines have made things "feel" out of balance. Now, we have elected two retired educators as board representatives, who want to return to the failed practices of the past--
which only "FELT" balanced.

However, today we can see just how far out of balance we actually were under the previous leadership. Some of the imbalances of the past include:

Capping high school class sizes in the 20s, while other grades who most need teacher attention, had larger class sizes (often up to 30).

Teaching the majority to meet only the proficient standard; while our district receives a "D" n gifted education and a "C" for our more challenged, lowest 20%.

Ignoring the changing curriculum and testing standards for students.

Charging higher pay-to-play and school fees than were necessary.

Failing to plan for technology in our classrooms and then spending resources on wireless technology that was inadequate and required replacement.

Ignoring recommendations to improve the rigor of our high school academic programs by failing to promote college credit options for our students.

Reacting to circumstances and spending more than budgeted, instead of planning to invest and keeping up our buildings, grounds and bus fleet.

Assuming the only solution was higher taxes and hoping for a NEW levy to pass.

These are symptoms of the status quo controlling a school district that lost its balance.

If there was any balance at all in the past, it was an eye for an eye. As this community said
"NO" to five new money levies, district leaders failed to find levy alternatives. The status quo threatened the community with cuts. Thankfully, many of those leaders have left;
some have retired, including Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the past
thirteen years; but has now made good on his March 2012 Vote for Revenge protest
against our school district's fresh new ideas within the framework of our Children's First Budget reform-minded philosophy. This year's record is easy to defend because it consistently demonstrates investing in Children First. From replacing the District's aging computers, buses, to implementing new curriculum and raising expectations with new standards testing -- WE HAVE PROGRESSED.

Stay Alert Voters! While we are optimistic that retired educator, Ron Malone, has the
ability as newly elected BOE member, to rise to the challenges that face our children's 21st century education; based on his True History of poor job performances in the PAST, can
we TRUST Ron Malone to do what's right for our school children and community?
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#29714 Dec 16, 2013
As the man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to use those gifts is revealed in the public records reports of his professional peer reviewers, his superiors, and his own public pronouncements.
It is not as golden as you have been led to believe.
DECEMBER 2010 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit
report on SHS program of studies RECOMMENDATIONS page 13:

"Increase the number of students taking the HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WORKS recommended curriculum/Ohio Core each year by at least 25 percent.
"Increase the percentage of students taking college preparatory courses. Eliminate any course offerings below the college preparatory level."

JANUARY 2012 - Superintendent Gene Lolli's annual performance evaluation of Mr. Malone notes:

"Mr. Malone does demonstrate the ability to affect change, but sometimes very reluctantly. It sometimes takes numerous requests by Superintendent before changes are implemented."

Mr. Malone needs to improve on getting request goals to the Superintendent in a timely fashion. Examples include: Requested schedule of events for delayed start at the beginning of the year, at semester, and last week and have not yet received. Also requested times and dates of all staff meetings and quarterly updates on the High Schools That Work per 2011-2012 job targets.

JANUARY 2013 - Warren County Educational Service Center audit report on SHS program of studies page 10:
"SHS still offers GENERAL LEVEL CLASSES (Algebra 1A and 1B, physical science, US History, and World History). Thus, not all students experience a college preparatory curriculum. Documents provided to the Technical Assistance Visiting (TAV Team indicate that contrary to the High Schools That Works 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."
2013 US NEWS ranking of high schools in Ohio ranks King’s #23, Mason #35, Bellbrook#37, Brookville #41, Lebanon #48, Centerville #49, Waynesville #53, Monroe #90 and , and finally Springboro #97.
Given our district’s stated 40% gifted population, the fact that only 20% are on track to take A/P classes in high school, our district is severely underperforming compared to those districts around us in my opinion.
*Number of Dual College Credit Classes available when Mr. Malone
retired - 0
*Number of Dual College Credit classes added after Mr. Malone retired
June 30, 2013 - 6
Misallocation of district and taxpayer resources: 34 out of 77 elective classes at the high school had less than 20 students, more than a few had multiple classes.
IE: Children’s Literature, 2 classes – 27 total students, Entrepreneurship, 2 classes – 20 total students, etc.
My conclusion is that Mr. Malone ran this high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.
Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29715 Dec 17, 2013
Boro Future Brighter wrote:
..... in the direction of balance!
Our long-term goals should reflect our highest aspirations--goals that we can reach only if we stretch ourselves, do the best we can, and be the best that we can be!
Balance can be seen on scales, in sports and on spreadsheets. There are times when balance is easy to see and define. There are time when we have to work to achieve balance. For example , in our homes we try to find a perfect balance between work and family. Although we can define the ideal, we rarely meet it.
Our Springboro BOE representatives are elected to balance the interests of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees. Many school boards lack balance because they are comprised of people with more allegiance to maintaining a specific establishment than to the greater cause.
In Springboro, balance has been restored. With a new administrative team, the Springobro school district has adopted a mission to "accelerate student achievement and support qualified staff with a balanced budget." These are not empty words: they summarize actions. Together, we have achieved a balanced budget. We are on the right course,
but it has not been easy.

However, today we can see just how far out of balance we actually were under the previous leadership. Some of the imbalances of the past include:
Capping high school class sizes in the 20s, while other grades who most need teacher attention, had larger class sizes (often up to 30).
Teaching the majority to meet only the proficient standard; while our district receives a "D" n gifted education and a "C" for our more challenged, lowest 20%.
Ignoring the changing curriculum and testing standards for students.
Charging higher pay-to-play and school fees than were necessary.
Failing to plan for technology in our classrooms and then spending resources on wireless technology that was inadequate and required replacement.
Ignoring recommendations to improve the rigor of our high school academic programs by failing to promote college credit options for our students.
Reacting to circumstances and spending more than budgeted, instead of planning to invest and keeping up our buildings, grounds and bus fleet.
Assuming the only solution was higher taxes and hoping for a NEW levy to pass.
These are symptoms of the status quo controlling a school district that lost its balance.
If there was any balance at all in the past, it was an eye for an eye. As this community said
"NO" to five new money levies, district leaders failed to find levy alternatives. The status quo threatened the community with cuts. Thankfully, many of those leaders have left;
some have retired, including Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the past
thirteen years; but has now made good on his March 2012 Vote for Revenge protest
against our school district's fresh new ideas within the framework of our Children's First Budget reform-minded philosophy. This year's record is easy to defend because it consistently demonstrates investing in Children First. From replacing the District's aging computers, buses, to implementing new curriculum and raising expectations with new standards testing -- WE HAVE PROGRESSED.
Stay Alert Voters! While we are optimistic that retired educator, Ron Malone, has the
ability as newly elected BOE member, to rise to the challenges that face our children's 21st century education; based on his True History of poor job performances in the PAST, can
we TRUST Ron Malone to do what's right for our school children and community?
Boro Future Brighter.......In the Direction of the nearest APBN-certified psychiatrist.
Healing Words

Springboro, OH

#29716 Dec 17, 2013
Wednesday manifesto wrote:
<quoted text>
Boro Future Brighter.......In the Direction of the nearest APBN-certified psychiatrist.
"A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug."
-Patricia Neal

....How sad that Becky V and the OEA War of Words for Increased Taxes against Springboro Families still sickens the minds of our parents for SURE, and our SEA pro-levy lovers/union activists.

The time has now come for Old Dr. Malone to "heal himself" of his revenge sickness;
Time to stop praying for the miracle of "re-instating Ron Malone's status quo" failed practices of the past; Time to get on board with our current board's reform minded Vision for a better future for our Students, our School Employees, and our Community of Taxpayers.
Positively Priceless

Springboro, OH

#29717 Dec 17, 2013
.... In the direction of common sense

For too long, the Springboro district appeared to work very well,
but it lacked clear direction. With no plan for textbooks, technology, capital improvements ,buses and more, there was no larger course charted for our schools. There was no common sense.

Educate Springboro's common sense approach does not strip the district of its traditions or diversity. It does not ignore its accomplishments and honors, including "Excellent with Distinctions."
It simply gives us a unifying direction that extends beyond any
individual building or year.

A year ago, our district faced a sort of "perfect storm" with needs for
everything from buses and books to technology and staffing coming
to the surface at the same time. Through good management and ome good fortune, our once rudderless ship emerged from that storm wth clear leadership and direction. Clearly, there are still challenges, but we are moving in the direction of putting Children First.

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; with
renewal levy that saves Springboro Families $6.5 million!

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 toward sustainability.
Wednesday manifesto

Springboro, OH

#29718 Dec 17, 2013
Healing Words wrote:
<quoted text>
"A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug."
-Patricia Neal
Perhaps you should consider taking some of the late Patricia Neal's advice?
For you, a strong positive mental attititude starts by attempting to let go of your compulsion to continually post the SAME CRAP, over and over again!
Obviously you're not getting it - Nobody that matters arouind here gives a rat's about your incessant rant.

Step 1 ? SHUT DOWN YOUR FRICKIN COMPUTER!!
Step 2 ? Find something constructive to occupy your time
Step 3 ? http://www.thirdage.com/d/dr/spcct-161/dayton...
Positively Priceless

Springboro, OH

#29719 Dec 17, 2013
...In the direction of opportunity

Welcome Aboard Mr. Anderson, Mr. Malone and Mr. Stuckey...

Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners can no longer afford to invest in status quo failed leadership practices of the PAST...

We must support the progress made by our current board in the past
two years, and continue in the direction of our school district's reform
minded Vision for our schools and community.

When we combine common sense spending with the strong performance of our schools, we provide opportunities for everyone --our students, teachers, families and our community.

From the district's aging computers, buses and buildings to new Common Core curriculum and rising expectations with new standards,
testing, evaluation systems, the status quo is not equipped to meet the challenges that our school district faces.

Educate Springboro reaches PAST the status quo. As we examine
district operations and use achievement data, we ARE creating
opportunity, directing more resources to students and more tools
to teachers! Children's First Budget works.....

Let's stay on this new course and move in the direction of common
sense leadership for our children, schools and community.
Come Grow With Us

Springboro, OH

#29720 Dec 17, 2013
...in the direction of Beliefs Worth Living,
Keeping Our Springboro Schools and Community
Both SAFE and AFFORDABLE!

Look at Today and the Future! We Support the Progress Made in The Past Two Years!

WE BELIEVE over taxation of the taxpayers is wrong!

WE BELIEVE in supporting the amount of necessary taxation required to do the job correctly.

WE BELIEVE that excess tax money in any government body tends to inspire creative ways to spend that money.

WE BELIEVE transparency, from budgeting to policy formulation to meetings, leads to good governance in all levels of government.

WE BELIEVE in order to deliver the highest level of education we must raise the bar well past the state minimums and strive to
challenge our children, parents, and staff to reach higher. We can and must do better, our children's future depends on our actions today.

WE BELIEVE that allocating resources from areas of less demand to areas of greater demand is one common sense approach to resolving
needs in our schools. Federal and state mandates many preclude some reallocation, but we are still left with a sizable amount to influence.

WE BELIEVE that in order to take advantage of the higher level classes at the high school, more children must be put on that track at earlier grade levels. We support Mr. Petrey's move towards emphasis on more development in the earliest grade levels. While not all children will eventually end in a calculus class in high school, we can certainly better prepare them all for post graduate success. And that benefits everyone.

WE BELIEVE that the future belongs to technology. It is absolutely essential that we recognize technology not as a means to an end, but as a conduit through which knowledge flows. Much like the wires that flow to our houses bringing electricity, our technology investments are being made to ensure the future flow of knowledge to our children.

WE BELIEVE that leveraging school fees, services, personnel decisions, safety, or infrastructure maintenance to threaten families in order to influence regular or levy elections is wrong.

WE BELIEVE, as Mr. Petrey stated in the November 14, 2013 issue of Springboro Star Press, expressing Thanks to the Community for Passing
Renewal Levy:

This district has come a long way from the divisiveness of past levy campaigns, and we did so by listening to many voices and many perspectives.
We hope you all will stay informed and involved. As you know, great things happen in our schools each and every day. They happen because
we work together--students, families and parents, teachers and staff, and our community -- on behalf of our students. These are truly community schools, and that was reflected in the voters' approval of Issue 14.
Got Brain Drain

Springboro, OH

#29721 Dec 17, 2013
Wednesday manifesto wrote:
<quoted text>
Perhaps you should consider taking some of the late Patricia Neal's advice?
For you, a strong positive mental attititude starts by attempting to let go of your compulsion to continually post the SAME CRAP, over and over again!
Obviously you're not getting it - Nobody that matters arouind here gives a rat's about your incessant rant.
Step 1 ? SHUT DOWN YOUR FRICKIN COMPUTER!!
Step 2 ? Find something constructive to occupy your time
Step 3 ? http://www.thirdage.com/d/dr/spcct-161/dayton...
Excuse Me, Have YOU noticed that YOUR incessant rant to "Silence The Truth"
on this discussion blog is obviously being Ignored?

There is only ONE WAY to Tell the Truth; So of course, the TRUTH is Repetitive.

Are You Sure That YOU are not the ONE that's "not getting it?"
Boro Future Brighter

Springboro, OH

#29722 Dec 17, 2013
Come Grow With Us ..... in the direction of balance!

Our long-term goals should reflect our highest aspirations--goals that we can reach only if we stretch ourselves, do the best we can, and be the best that we can be!

Balance can be seen on scales, in sports and on spreadsheets. There are times when balance is easy to see and define. There are times when we have to work to achieve balance. For example , in our homes we try to find a perfect balance between work and family. Although we can define the ideal, we rarely meet it.

Our Springboro BOE representatives are elected to balance the interests of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees. Many school boards lack balance because they are comprised of people with more allegiance to maintaining a specific establishment than to the greater cause.

In Springboro, balance has been restored. With a new administrative team, the Springboro school district has adopted a mission to "accelerate student achievement and support qualified staff with a balanced budget." These are not empty words: they summarize actions. Together, we have achieved a balanced budget. We are on the right course, but it has not been easy.

With Educate Springboro, we brought changes that forced many to rethink long-held beliefs. Anytime the status quo changes, there is resistance. Panicked petitions and hysterical headlines have made things "feel" out of balance. Now, we have elected two retired educators as board representatives, who want to return to the failed practices of the past--which only "FELT" balanced.

However, today we can see just how far out of balance we actually were under the previous leadership. Some of the imbalances of the past include:

Capping high school class sizes in the 20s, while other grades who most need teacher attention, had larger class sizes (often up to 30).

Teaching the majority to meet only the proficient standard; while our district receives a "D" n gifted education and a "C" for our more challenged, lowest 20%.

Ignoring the changing curriculum and testing standards for students.

Charging higher pay-to-play and school fees than were necessary.

Failing to plan for technology in our classrooms and then spending resources on wireless technology that was inadequate and required replacement.

Ignoring recommendations to improve the rigor of our high school academic programs by failing to promote college credit options for our students.

Reacting to circumstances and spending more than budgeted, instead of planning to invest and keeping up our buildings, grounds and bus fleet.

Assuming the only solution was higher taxes and hoping for a NEW levy to pass.

These are symptoms of the status quo controlling a school district that lost its balance.

If there was any balance at all in the past, it was an eye for an eye. As this community said
"NO" to five new money levies, district leaders failed to find levy alternatives. The status quo threatened the community with cuts. Thankfully, many of those leaders have left;
some have retired, including Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the past thirteen years; but has now made good on his March 2012 Vote for Revenge protest against our school district's fresh new ideas within the framework of our Children's First Budget reform-minded philosophy. This year's record is easy to defend because it consistently demonstrates investing in Children First. From replacing the District's aging computers, buses, to implementing new curriculum and raising expectations with new standards testing -- WE HAVE PROGRESSED.

Stay Alert Voters! While we are optimistic that retired educator, Ron Malone, has the ability as newly elected BOE member, to rise to the challenges that face our children's 21st century education; based on his True History of poor job performances in the PAST, can
we TRUST Ron Malone to do what's right for our school children and community?
Stay Alert Voters

Springboro, OH

#29723 Dec 17, 2013
..... in the direction of balance!

Our long-term goals should reflect our highest aspirations--goals that we can reach only if we stretch ourselves, do the best we can, and be the best that we can be!

Balance can be seen on scales, in sports and on spreadsheets. There are times when balance is easy to see and define. There are time when we have to work to achieve balance. For example , in our homes we try to find a perfect balance between work and family. Although we can define the ideal, we rarely meet it.

Our Springboro BOE representatives are elected to balance the interests of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees. Many school boards lack balance because they are comprised of people with more allegiance to maintaining a specific establishment than to the greater cause.

In Springboro, balance has been restored. With a new administrative team, the Springobro school district has adopted a mission to "accelerate student achievement and support qualified staff with a balanced budget." These are not empty words: they summarize actions. Together, we have achieved a balanced budget. We are on the right course,
but it has not been easy.

With Educate Springboro, we brought changes that forced many to rethink long-held beliefs. Anytime the status quo changes, there is resistance. Panicked petitions and hysterical headlines have made things "feel" out of balance. Now, we have elected two retired educators as board representatives, who want to return to the failed practices of the past--
which only "FELT" balanced.

However, today we can see just how far out of balance we actually were under the previous leadership. Some of the imbalances of the past include:

Capping high school class sizes in the 20s, while other grades who most need teacher attention, had larger class sizes (often up to 30).

Teaching the majority to meet only the proficient standard; while our district receives a "D" n gifted education and a "C" for our more challenged, lowest 20%.

Ignoring the changing curriculum and testing standards for students.

Charging higher pay-to-play and school fees than were necessary.

Failing to plan for technology in our classrooms and then spending resources on wireless technology that was inadequate and required replacement.

Ignoring recommendations to improve the rigor of our high school academic programs by failing to promote college credit options for our students.

Reacting to circumstances and spending more than budgeted, instead of planning to invest and keeping up our buildings, grounds and bus fleet.

Assuming the only solution was higher taxes and hoping for a NEW levy to pass.

These are symptoms of the status quo controlling a school district that lost its balance.

If there was any balance at all in the past, it was an eye for an eye. As this community said
"NO" to five new money levies, district leaders failed to find levy alternatives. The status quo threatened the community with cuts. Thankfully, many of those leaders have left;
some have retired, including Ron Malone, who has been a SHS principal for the past
thirteen years; but has now made good on his March 2012 Vote for Revenge protest
against our school district's fresh new ideas within the framework of our Children's First Budget reform-minded philosophy. This year's record is easy to defend because it consistently demonstrates investing in Children First. From replacing the District's aging computers, buses, to implementing new curriculum and raising expectations with new standards testing -- WE HAVE PROGRESSED.

Stay Alert Voters! While we are optimistic that retired educator, Ron Malone, has the
ability as newly elected BOE member, to rise to the challenges that face our children's 21st century education; based on his True History of poor job performances in the PAST, can
we TRUST Ron Malone to do what's right for our school children and community?
The Next Day

Springboro, OH

#29726 Dec 17, 2013
What happened to the proposed contract with the consulting firm to look at the Treasurer's office and its function? I don't recall it being voted on and I don't see it on tonight's agenda.

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