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

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#29918 Jan 5, 2014
Although I am a Chicago Bears fan, I wish he best for the Bengals...GO BENGALS !
No More Status Quo

Springboro, OH

#29919 Jan 5, 2014
Working in the world of state-level education policy, frustration and disappointment are part of the job. I admit to giving in to frustration and even a little anger over the past year at the all-too-frequent hypocrisy.
Everyone always says,“It’s about the kids,” but in reality, policy too often has little to do with children or their well-being. The focus always seems to come down to adults and institutions doing what they do best — protecting their status quo.
Of course organizations advocate for their members. That’s to be expected. The real problem is that no one is representing children.
When was the last time you saw someone in Columbus advocating for great leadership, effective teachers and the kind of education that will prepare children for success?
But children don’t vote, and children do not have the financial resources to pay for their own lobbyists to combat those representing adults’ interests. Unfortunately, by the time children realize that we adults have failed them, it’s too late.
Our failure to ensure that every child receives a quality education has effectively relegated far too many of Ohio’s children to less-than-bright futures.
One thing I have learned over the past year on the State Board of Education is that education is mostly about power and money and who gets to control both. As a result, objections to new policies are marked by cries that change is unfair or bad for “our members.” Rarely do we hear a policy discussion start with protestations that something is simply “not good for kids.”
Members of the public should ask the members of the education establishment a simple question: When is the last time that you, or the organizations that represent you in Columbus, ever advocated for something that benefits students but also resulted in less money or power for your constituency?
School boards, administrators, superintendents, treasurers, teachers' unions and every kind of specialty group have someone advocating on behalf of their group of adults and vested interests.
The only time they work together is to stop or delay change or to demand more money with no explanation of how they account for new or existing money.
This spring, the big debates are about the Common Core standards and the third-grade reading guarantee. Those representing adults said,“Let’s delay accountability,” and “Let’s lower the standards.” Why?
They admit that they will not do anything different if standards are delayed. They even suggest that a third-grader who has “limited” reading proficiency — the lowest level of achievement, below “basic” and “proficient”— should be passed along for one more year of the same.
Parents and taxpayers should ask themselves why we should stick with the standards and practices that have been in place for 10 or 20 years. We don’t lug around two-pound cell phones any more. We demand that our food be healthier, our cars safer and our environment cleaner, so why not the improvement of our education standards and practices so our children can compete in the new global economy?
The time has come for a comprehensive plan that really moves our state toward realistic college- and career-ready standards instead of waiting until three years from now when the Common Core is scheduled to be implemented.
We should design a fair and accurate accountability system that actually insists on acceptable progress for every student every year and requires that every school and district set and meet improvement goals, no matter where they “rank.”
And can we agree once and for all that it’s not unreasonable to expect that every child should be able to read by the time he or she completes third grade?
I am not suggesting that we move ahead without doing our due diligence. If we need a little additional time to get these policies just right, so be it, but we cannot take too long. We’re on the clock, and time is running out for too many of Ohio’s children.
Thomas W. Gunlock is a member of the State Board of Education.
Boro Future Brigher

Springboro, OH

#29920 Jan 6, 2014
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.

Look at Today and the Future.....

If you support the progress made in the past two years and the renewal levy that saves taxpayers $6.5 million, please join Educate Springboro in putting Children First. It's for our children, our community and toward a better future for our schools!

To learn more about us, visit http://educatespringboro.org

Please Spread the Great News that Children First Budgeting Works!

We can't just invest in status quo! We must stay on this new course of Educate Springboro's Vision of Reform, and move in the direction of leadership for our children, schools and community.
Listen Fart Smell Laugh

Springboro, OH

#29921 Jan 6, 2014
Look Listen Learn Laugh wrote:
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Here's a Blast From the School District's "STATUS QUO" Past on this Topix Blog (November 2010).....
And the TRUTH marches on in January 2014, in the direction of common sense, fairness, unity, sustainability, opportunity, excellence, leadership, confidence, trust, and balance;
thanks to Educate Springboro and Board of Education elected officials, David Petroni and Jim Rigano!
The board is elected to BALANCE the interests of students, parents, taxpayers, and employees. Our Springboro School Board of Education is now comprised of Five members,
three of whom are skilled in finances and leadership outside the laws of old outdated collective bargaining employment security laws for school union employees; and Two retired educators with more allegiance to maintaining this forced unionization "establishment " than to the greater cause of putting priority on highest potential academic achievement, while maintaining fiscal integrity, living within our children first framework (raising the bar for all students and teachers) with NO NEW TAXES needed for many years!
Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners are OPTOMISTIC that our retired educators do have the ABILITY to meet the challenges of our students first 21st Century Education, with well paid quality teachers in every classroom; but we are watching carefully beginning with January 9th Board meeting, judging whether or not Mr. Malone and Mr. Stuckey will arrogantly protest AGAINST the Balance that has been restored to our board by our children first budget board members, Mr. Petroni and Mr.Rigano.
A new day breaks, yet this same ol' stream of incessant BS continues to eminate from the arrogant self-righteous.

*** sigh ***
Stinking Success of Ron

Springboro, OH

#29922 Jan 6, 2014
Listen Fart Smell Laugh wrote:
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A new day breaks, yet this same ol' stream of incessant BS continues to eminate from the arrogant self-righteous.
*** sigh ***
Listen Up, Folks! Here's another example of the "Stink in the Board Room" that
eminates from the arrogantly rude Ron Malone and his status quo supporters of dumbing down our Students First educational needs and the progress made in the past two years; in favor of putting the re-emphasis on the "SEA Educators" Wants of increased financial gain
in unnecessary Increases in Wages and Compensation/Benefits packages!

Remember the time in March 2012 when Ron Malone led our high school students in a protest AGAINST the school board's legal authority to do the job for our schools and community that the board representatives are elected to do?

Remember the time in March 2012 when Ron Malone arrogantly REFUSED to work with his superiors and professional peers to implement the STATE - MANDATED changes in our students new classroom grading system and our school districts new ratings?

Remember the former School board members who joined Ron Malone's protest AGAINST implementing our State Department of Education's new Vision of Reform; And remember the SEA Union Activists and NFSS pro-levy Activists that joining in the sneering and jeering of our reform minded BOE elected officials, DEMANDING that these elected officers step down and allow the "Educators" to run our school district?

Remember the arrogant rudeness of a FEW bad teachers who interrupted the guest speaker from the State Department of Education; yelling out their greediness of what about more pay for teachers?(Betcha those bad teachers were among "those whose skills are not in demand in our students first 21st Century Quality Classroom Education; Betcha these "few of the bad and ugly" among our large staff of Good teachers, were among the ones for who
former SHS principal, Ron Malone, made up "classes" with scant demand to ensure employment for these who skills were not in demand.)

We now know the truth about Ron Malone's misallocation of district and taxpayer resources. We now know the truth about Ron Malone running the high school like a union shop; We now know the truth that Ron Malone's deceitful tactics robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. We now know that those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention; with PROOF of our school district's "D" grade on
gifted intervention; and "C" grade on the lowest 20% in achievement from state.

Now that Ron's insane popularity with our status quo SEA members has successfully elected him as Number Two popular board member, the TIME has NOW come for Ron Malone to leave behind his vote for revenge AGAINST our Children First, and Get on Board and Get to Work for ALL community taxpayers, doing what's Right for our school children and community.
Stinking Success of Ron

Springboro, OH

#29923 Jan 6, 2014
Schools in Ohio have a spending problem; Springboro Schools now has the problem of our former under-performing SHS principal, Ron Malone, as BOE elected official vowing to re-instate our school districts past failed practices of Tax and Spend, promoting a continuous stream of new levies to skyrocket school employees labor costs, emotionally blackmailing all taxpayers, holding parents hostage over things like activities fees and busing.

Most notably, in 1983, Ohio Democrats granted the teachers unions the right to strike against students and communities for better pay and benefits.

This has ultimately resulted in decades of the unions DEMANDING teacher raises averaging 5 percent to 6 percent annually, nearly twice that awarded typical Ohio workers. In addition, the unions expect nearly free employee health care, regardless of its cost (to our taxed to the max Taxpaying Homeowners in local school districts) and Million-Dollar Pensions for just 30 years of Nine-Month Employment!

To add injury to insult heaped upon Taxpaying Homeowners, why have our lawmakers also mandated that teachers have a masters' degree??
Now you betcha this SOUNDS Great! But, unfortunately, it only guarantees larger salaries for teaches and higher costs for the community, with no guarantee (nor evidence) of increased performance in the schools! Finally, to exaggerate the EXPENSE problem it helped create for local taxpaying homeowners; the legislature eventually offered HUGE PENSIONS BONUSES for teachers who worked beyond 30 years!

This not only drove up Salary and Benefit costs to keep costly long-tenured teachers, but it also made it very difficult for Ohio's YOUNG teachers to find work. YES! Ohio's legislature is largely responsible for our school funding crisis, but it has little to do with Funding, and much more to do with SPENDING! And we will not solve this problem until a majority of Ohioans and the UNIONS accept that simple fact!

In the meantime, our Two retired educators, Ron Malone and David Stuckey, who are now board members promoting our school district's return to the old status quo "Tax and Spend" .... will reject the principles of fiscal responsibility, working within the framework of our Children First Budget, and arrogantly PUSH with emotional blackmailing of parents, for NEW funding (NEW LEVIES) in preparation of the next teacher contract negotiations demands that we pay up or else the teachers will walk out on our children's education.

Stay Alert Voters! Are we citizens for responsible spending just going to quietly watch in the board room while our former double-dipping,
under-performing SHS principal, Ron Malone, works with the SEA union members/activists to "dismantle our programs and cut students first services, because the generous union contracts of the past are NO LONGER SUSTAINABLE"??
Come Grow With Us

Springboro, OH

#29924 Jan 6, 2014
In the direction of sustainability.....
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.

Take a look at Today and the Future:

Springboro Board of Education Highlights from 2012

Investments in our classrooms
A renewed focus on individual student success is critical as we adopt higher standards required by Ohio’s Common Core Curriculum by 2014-15 ( www.corestandards.org ). We’ve invested $350,000 in a highly acclaimed reading curriculum for first through fifth graders, added high school AP and math courses, and reduced some elementary class sizes. And this is just the beginning.

Keeping pace with technology in 2013
We are focused on preparing our students to be career and college ready, which includes encouraging digital learning. The district is working on its first comprehensive technology plan. Our five-year forecast includes $1,100,000 to bring our infrastructure up to date, go wireless in every classroom, build the technology backbone for our schools, and replace 1,100 of the district’s aging computers. This is necessary in order to equip our classrooms for the new state tests in 2014.

Innovative problem solving
Our district purchased 20 buses in 2006; however, we have not purchased any since. With no prior plan for bus purchases, we learned that our optimum fleet is 70 buses, and 20 buses will age out of our fleet in the next two to four years. With the administration, we worked to find an affordable solution that will bring 21 new buses to the district over the next five years without placing a disproportionate burden on our budget. And the district is working to revise bus routes for 2013-2014 to be more efficient and cost-effective.

Connecting the community to our schools
A Board of Education’s role is to represent the community within the school district, and transparency with our community is a priority. Our board created three committees in 2012—budget and finance, policy, and compensation and evaluation. These committees’ meetings follow Ohio’s Sunshine Laws: they are open to the public with announced meeting times and published minutes. The bridge with the community has been broadened online and on television as well. Board meeting documents are all available through the district website www.Springboro.org , and board meetings are broadcast on EATV Channel 21 through the Miami Valley Communications Council. Visit www.MVCC.net for the broadcast schedule.
get a life

Springboro, OH

#29925 Jan 7, 2014
Come Grow With Us wrote:
In the direction of sustainability.....
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.
Take a look at Today and the Future:
Springboro Board of Education Highlights from 2012
Investments in our classrooms
A renewed focus on individual student success is critical as we adopt higher standards required by Ohio’s Common Core Curriculum by 2014-15 ( www.corestandards.org ). We’ve invested $350,000 in a highly acclaimed reading curriculum for first through fifth graders, added high school AP and math courses, and reduced some elementary class sizes. And this is just the beginning.
Keeping pace with technology in 2013
We are focused on preparing our students to be career and college ready, which includes encouraging digital learning. The district is working on its first comprehensive technology plan. Our five-year forecast includes $1,100,000 to bring our infrastructure up to date, go wireless in every classroom, build the technology backbone for our schools, and replace 1,100 of the district’s aging computers. This is necessary in order to equip our classrooms for the new state tests in 2014.
Innovative problem solving
Our district purchased 20 buses in 2006; however, we have not purchased any since. With no prior plan for bus purchases, we learned that our optimum fleet is 70 buses, and 20 buses will age out of our fleet in the next two to four years. With the administration, we worked to find an affordable solution that will bring 21 new buses to the district over the next five years without placing a disproportionate burden on our budget. And the district is working to revise bus routes for 2013-2014 to be more efficient and cost-effective.
Connecting the community to our schools
A Board of Education’s role is to represent the community within the school district, and transparency with our community is a priority. Our board created three committees in 2012—budget and finance, policy, and compensation and evaluation. These committees’ meetings follow Ohio’s Sunshine Laws: they are open to the public with announced meeting times and published minutes. The bridge with the community has been broadened online and on television as well. Board meeting documents are all available through the district website www.Springboro.org , and board meetings are broadcast on EATV Channel 21 through the Miami Valley Communications Council. Visit www.MVCC.net for the broadcast schedule.
Why do you continue to cut from Educate Springboro's website, and paste onto this topix thread?
Oh!, I know!
You're a manipulative busy-body who lives in an illusion that you have power to strongarm this district's citizens people into reading (and actually believing) your campaign of seemingly non-stop propaganda.
You obviously have little to nothing else going in your life.
Rather than wasting a lot of keystrokes here on topix posting the same old bullcrap, then under different e-mail addresses, going back to positively judge your own posts, maybe you should consider doing constructive volunteer work? For excercise. have you ever considered mall-walking?
Change is HERE

Springboro, OH

#29926 Jan 7, 2014
JOIN US this week when the community takes its schools back from KPR. The community spoke loudly and clearly - it's time for change! Can't wait for positive things to start happening again in our schools starting NOW!
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#29927 Jan 7, 2014
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 equest goals to the Superintendent in a timely fashion"

Stay Alert Voters... based on Mr. Malone's true history of dumbing down our students curriculum to elevate job security for union teachers; it appears that school district voters will have to remind the "reluctant" Mr. Malone often to change his past failed practices
of status quo and quickly get on board with our school district's NEW reform-minded practice of putting students first, while maintaining fiscal INTEGRITY. Wake up, Mr. Malone! You are not in high school anymore! It is now your responsibility to listen up to the needs of the entire community of taxpayers, in addition to listening to the WANTS of the SEA.
Excuse Me

Springboro, OH

#29928 Jan 7, 2014
get a life wrote:
<quoted text>
Why do you continue to cut from Educate Springboro's website, and paste onto this topix thread?
Oh!, I know!
You're a manipulative busy-body who lives in an illusion that you have power to strongarm this district's citizens people into reading (and actually believing) your campaign of seemingly non-stop propaganda.
You obviously have little to nothing else going in your life.
Rather than wasting a lot of keystrokes here on topix posting the same old bullcrap, then under different e-mail addresses, going back to positively judge your own posts, maybe you should consider doing constructive volunteer work? For excercise. have you ever considered mall-walking?
For the Record, this Springboro Board of Education Update is not "cut from Educate Springboro's website."

This update is posted on OUR Springboro Schools website, and OUR Springboro Board of Education is OUR school board, including Ron Malone, but NOT Ron
Malone's exclusive "board" (contrary to the bully propaganda being posted on this blog, as Ron's Gals and Guys obviously are trying to intimidate OUR citizens into "silence."
Come, let us reason together..... and encourage Ron Malone to change his erring ways of the past.....'cause silence in our community about Ron Malone's True History just aint gonna happen for the SEA).

So, let's talk... Can YOU enlighten readers of this blog exactly what you are so sure that YOU know, and tell us: Where is the "propaganda" in this True Record of OUR Springboro Board of Education's update (which is posted for the public's education of the good work being done in by our School Board since the year 2012)?

Springboro Board of Education Highlights from 2012 ( www.Springboro.org )

Investments in our classrooms
A renewed focus on individual student success is critical as we adopt higher standards required by Ohio’s Common Core Curriculum by 2014-15 ( www.corestandards.org ). We’ve invested $350,000 in a highly acclaimed reading curriculum for first through fifth graders, added high school AP and math courses, and reduced some elementary class sizes. And this is just the beginning.

Keeping pace with technology in 2013
We are focused on preparing our students to be career and college ready, which includes encouraging digital learning. The district is working on its first comprehensive technology plan. Our five-year forecast includes $1,100,000 to bring our infrastructure up to date, go wireless in every classroom, build the technology backbone for our schools, and replace 1,100 of the district’s aging computers. This is necessary in order to equip our classrooms for the new state tests in 2014.

Innovative problem solving
Our district purchased 20 buses in 2006; however, we have not purchased any since. With no prior plan for bus purchases, we learned that our optimum fleet is 70 buses, and 20 buses will age out of our fleet in the next two to four years. With the administration, we worked to find an affordable solution that will bring 21 new buses to the district over the next five years without placing a disproportionate burden on our budget. And the district is working to revise bus routes for 2013-2014 to be more efficient and cost-effective.

Connecting the community to our schools
A Board of Education’s role is to represent the community within the school district, and transparency with our community is a priority. Our board created three committees in 2012—budget and finance, policy, and compensation and evaluation. These committees’ meetings follow Ohio’s Sunshine Laws: they are open to the public with announced meeting times and published minutes. The bridge with the community has been broadened online and on television as well. Board meeting documents are all available through the district website www.Springboro.org , and board meetings are broadcast on EATV Channel 21 through the Miami Valley Communications Council. Visit www.MVCC.net for the broadcast schedule.
Come Grow With Us

Springboro, OH

#29929 Jan 7, 2014
get a life wrote:
<quoted text>
Why do you continue to cut from Educate Springboro's website, and paste onto this topix thread?
Oh!, I know!
You're a manipulative busy-body who lives in an illusion that you have power to strongarm this district's citizens people into reading (and actually believing) your campaign of seemingly non-stop propaganda.
You obviously have little to nothing else going in your life.
Rather than wasting a lot of keystrokes here on topix posting the same old bullcrap, then under different e-mail addresses, going back to positively judge your own posts, maybe you should consider doing constructive volunteer work? For excercise. have you ever considered mall-walking?
Have you ever considered exercising your Reading Skills to Educate Yourself about the good things that happen every day in our school district?

Board meeting documents are all available through the district website www.Springboro.org

The following helpful excerpt is taken from the Board of Education Briefing dated September 2013.... in the direction of Sustainability:

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.

Springboro's Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they share a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. BOE members provide a critical link between our schools and our community.
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#29930 Jan 7, 2014
Change is HERE wrote:
JOIN US this week when the community takes its schools back from KPR. The community spoke loudly and clearly - it's time for change! Can't wait for positive things to start happening again in our schools starting NOW!
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from NOW and make a brand NEW ending." - Carl Bard -

It's time for our new board members to leave past failed practices behind and change their status quo leadership perspectives to a broader VISION of Reform for our Our Students First 21st Century Education; with priority on highest academic achievement potential for all our students, while maintaining fiscal integrity, working within our Children First Budget Framework, with NO NEW TAXES needed for many years to come. It doesn't take more money; it takes more ACCOUNTABILITY.

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 lose, and return to the days of endless levies, punitive actions AGAINST our citizens, and never ending financial emergencies within the district.

Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners are OPTOMISTIC that our retired educators do have the ABILITY to meet the challenges of our students first 21st Century Education, with well paid quality teachers in every classroom; but we are watching carefully beginning with January 9th Board meeting, judging whether or not Mr. Malone and Mr. Stuckey will arrogantly protest AGAINST the Balance that has been restored to our board by our children first budget board members, Mr. Petroni and Mr.Rigano.
RED WALKER

Cincinnati, OH

#29931 Jan 7, 2014
Gee, if you would approve a levy, your sprinklers wouldn't break

LMFAO

http://www.wdtn.com/news/local/warren/sprinkl...
Educate Yourself

Springboro, OH

#29933 Jan 7, 2014
RED WALKER wrote:
Gee, if you would approve a levy, your sprinklers wouldn't break
LMFAO
http://www.wdtn.com/news/local/warren/sprinkl...
No doubt, the false education gods of the SEA could not purchase Perfect Weather for Springboro, regardless of how much money in unnecessary NEW SCHOOL TAXES was approved by our Springboro school district voters.

It doesn't take more money; It takes more accountability.
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 overtaxing the taxpayers is wrong! We support the progress made in the last two years (including our school district's first ever Building Maintenance Plans already budgeted in our five year forecast)!

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!

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 some good fortune, our once rudderless ship emerged from that storm with clear leadership and direction. 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 approved on the November 5, 2013 ballot saves taxpayers $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.
Change is HERE

Springboro, OH

#29934 Jan 7, 2014
The Record Speaks Truth wrote:
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It's time for our new board members to leave past failed practices behind and change their status quo leadership perspectives to a broader VISION
You are SO RIGHT! Time to put the failed practices of KPR behind us and move forward with a board that cares about students! Can't wait!!
Hold On

Springboro, OH

#29935 Jan 8, 2014
Change is HERE wrote:
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You are SO RIGHT! Time to put the failed practices of KPR behind us and move forward with a board that cares about students! Can't wait!!
"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
-Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Why Wait???

Why not tell us right now YOUR plan to Undermine the Progress made in the last two years?

Which One of these Successful "Practices" of our school district leaders and board members David Petroni and Jim Rigano do YOU think is "so right" to leave behind?

-Renewal Levy that Saves Taxpayers $6.5 million?

-Reduced school fees, lower pay to participate fees, restored busing, and building maintenance?

-Money and Resources directed to the Gifted and Early Intervention programs in Elementary schools?

-Adding ACT/College Essentials class, emphasizing early college credit programs through the High School, Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses.

-Balancing Class Sizes, AND Strengthening our Curriculum?

-Technology plan with 1,100 new computers, wireless access for every building, and laptops to every teacher?

The concern of All Springboro Families and Taxpaying Homeowners is for children getting the best education we are able to provide given our Resources in Children, Parents, Teachers, Administrators, and Financial support provided by this Community of Taxpayers.

Can you please tell us WHY your concern is focused on Overthrowing our school district's successful New Vision of Reform putting students first while maintaining fiscal integrity?

What is your PLAN for our children's 21st Century education's of highest academic achievement at an affordable cost?

-How is wasting over $5000 for OSBA membership putting our students first?

-Did our School Board Not have OSBA membership during the past FIVE FAILED school levies for NEW taxes? Why do our retired educators believe that OSBA membership will help pass NEW levies that aren't necessary?

-What benefit does OSBA membership provide other than boosting the inflated egos of our retired educators, who are now board representatives?

-How does re-instating status quo failed practices of endless levies, punitive actions against
our citizens, and never ending financial emergencies within the district (as practiced by all previous board members until 2010) "move us forward" working together as a community of school employees AND a community of Taxpayers, to meet the challenges that lie ahead in our schools and community?
Hold On

Springboro, OH

#29936 Jan 8, 2014
Change is HERE wrote:
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You are SO RIGHT! Time to put the failed practices of KPR behind us and move forward with a board that cares about students! Can't wait!!
Please tell us WHY you can't wait to "put behind us" the progress made in the past two years ...."

-Zero-based budgets and efficiency plans are NOT failed practices!

-Updated technology and curriculum are NOT failed practices!

-Buses that run and roof that don't leak are NOT failed practices!

-Putting children first is Reasonable and NOT a failed practice!

Children First Budget Works.... in the direction of Opportunity for everyone--our students, teachers, families and our community!

Please tell us WHY Change is Here protesting the Honesty of our Senior board representatives, David Petroni and Jim Rigano, who are leading our school district in the direction of financial sustainability, meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations?

Please tell us WHY Change is Here protesting the PROGRESS made in the past two years, building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings!
Why CHANGE putting Our Children First???

Most of All, please tell us WHY Change is HERE, protesting board members David Petroni and Jim Rigano for actually being HONEST about what is needed through 2017???

This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability; and why not be honest about WHY Change is Here on this blog, bashing our reform minded board representatives? Isn't it All About the Money, putting the re-emphasis on greater financial gain of union employees first, ensuring job security FIRST, even at the detriment of our students first priority of highest academic achievement opportunities?
The More You Know

Dayton, OH

#29937 Jan 8, 2014
Hold On wrote:
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Please tell us WHY you can't wait to "put behind us" the progress made in the past two years ...."
-Zero-based budgets and efficiency plans are NOT failed practices!
-Updated technology and curriculum are NOT failed practices!
-Buses that run and roof that don't leak are NOT failed practices!
-Putting children first is Reasonable and NOT a failed practice!
Children First Budget Works.... in the direction of Opportunity for everyone--our students, teachers, families and our community!
Please tell us WHY Change is Here protesting the Honesty of our Senior board representatives, David Petroni and Jim Rigano, who are leading our school district in the direction of financial sustainability, meeting and exceeding state mandates as well as local expectations?
Please tell us WHY Change is Here protesting the PROGRESS made in the past two years, building a technology backbone, investing in computers, curriculum, buses and buildings!
Why CHANGE putting Our Children First???
Most of All, please tell us WHY Change is HERE, protesting board members David Petroni and Jim Rigano for actually being HONEST about what is needed through 2017???
This is reform at the local level, and this is working together toward sustainability; and why not be honest about WHY Change is Here on this blog, bashing our reform minded board representatives? Isn't it All About the Money, putting the re-emphasis on greater financial gain of union employees first, ensuring job security FIRST, even at the detriment of our students first priority of highest academic achievement opportunities?
The roofs may not leaks but some of the pipes do!!

This is about "educate springboro" and union busting FIRST. Along with controversial issues in the classrom and the OSBLC.

Seems strange the on the agenda for 1/9/2014 it reads:
Request: Approval of the district to be a member of OSBA and approval of any Board member who chooses to be a member of OSBLC.

Why "approval of any Board member who chooses to be a member of OSBLC.
"? Isn't that why majority rules on a vote? Either the majority wants OSBA or not.

Where is the "reaching across the isle" by Rigano and Petroni? Why don't the ALL unite in moving to the OSBA?
Did You Know

Springboro, OH

#29938 Jan 8, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
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The roofs may not leaks but some of the pipes do!!
This is about "educate springboro" and union busting FIRST. Along with controversial issues in the classrom and the OSBLC.
Seems strange the on the agenda for 1/9/2014 it reads:
Request: Approval of the district to be a member of OSBA and approval of any Board member who chooses to be a member of OSBLC.
Why "approval of any Board member who chooses to be a member of OSBLC.
"? Isn't that why majority rules on a vote? Either the majority wants OSBA or not.
Where is the "reaching across the isle" by Rigano and Petroni? Why don't the ALL unite in moving to the OSBA?
Did you know.... roofs that don't leak and pipes affected by frigid cold weather conditions
ARE not about "educate Springboro" and union busting. It is true for S-U-R-E that the SEA war of words against Springboro citizens was all about the politics of personal destruction, discrediting our school district's new Vision of Reform and the overwhelming success of our Children First Budget implementation.

It is true.....
The More You Know about Educate Springboro ..... the More You Grow... 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.

(For example, Did you know that years ago during New levy seasons that word around town was that some of our school buildings were filled with mold and mildew; and when the previous school employee over-seeing our taxpayer-funded school properties/buildings was asked IF this was true, he just said, if you keep coming to board meetings, we'll put you on a committee, and then you can see the good that we do.

What does that mean......??? Just go along to get along and you can be "insanely popular" with the "powers that be?")

Aren't you suggesting in "the more you know" post that David Petroni and Jim Rigano, should just give up their concerns about the "capital improvements plan" already included in our Children First Budget five year forecast, and just jump "across the isle" into OSBA membership re-instating Malone's status quo protest AGAINST our children first, just like the two previous board members (Scott Anderson and Don Miller) did in March 2012, when our insanely popular SHS principal with the SEA, led our students to protest the legal Authority of three elected board representatives to do the job for which they were elected to do???

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 Distinction." It simply gives us a UNIFYING direction that extends beyond the status quo of
any individual (including Ron Malone, David Stuckey, Charles Anderson).

Springboro's FIVE Board of Education members come from different perspectives, but they SHARE a common goal to accelerate student achievement in Springboro. Board of Education members provide a critical link between our Schools and Our Community.
Clearly, there are still challenges, but we are moving in the direction putting Children First!

So.... Why don't our new board members, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Malone, and Mr. Stuckey reach across the isle to join Mr. Petroni and Mr. Rigano, and continuing working together in the direction of confidence to restore INTEGRITY and TRUST in our schools?

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