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Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30250 Jan 30, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
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Can you read??
Principals AND STAFF MEMBERS need to work closely with the officers of all parent organizations to enhance the educational opportunities for students.
Principals AND STAFF MEMBERS need to work closely with the officers of all parent organizations to enhance the educational opportunities for students.
Principals AND STAFF MEMBERS need to work closely with the officers of all parent organizations to enhance the educational opportunities for students.
Principals AND STAFF MEMBERS need to work closely with the officers of all parent organizations to enhance the educational opportunities for students.
The association raised funds for both High and Jr. High. Why no ire toward the Jr. High Prinicpal or any other STAFF MEMBERS.
The witch hunt is still on.
How close does a principal need to be working to avoid the loss of say $1,000,000 plus?

Apparently a lot closer.
The More You Know

Franksville, WI

#30252 Jan 30, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
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How close does a principal need to be working to avoid the loss of say $1,000,000 plus?
Apparently a lot closer.
How close does a principal AND STAFF MEMBERS need to be working to avoid the loss of say $1,000,000 plus?

How close does someone have to look to find your bias?

Not very close at all.
The More You Know

Franksville, WI

#30253 Jan 30, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
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How close does a principal need to be working to avoid the loss of say $1,000,000 plus?
Apparently a lot closer.
Please provide for the group PROOF of your dollar amount. You're the one always wanting people to back up accusations with facts. Practice what you preach.
Tell It Like It is

Springfield, OH

#30254 Jan 30, 2014
amen wrote:
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Wow! I didn't know 3 degrees F could make so much of a difference!
-6 F Tuesday........Springboro Schools are closed
-3 F Wednesday...Springboro Schools on 2 Hr Delay
I'd say it's time school district decision makers like Sprinboro's John Pennell begin to tune out the perennial wimps on the Weather Channel. When the schools are closed for nothing more than cold temperatures, what kind of example are we sending our kids? When the schools are closed for nothing more than cold weather, what kind of message are we sending to our children about potential lucrative lifelong careers as linemen, pipefitters, electricians, etc?
What a waste of resources at taxpayer's expense!

Weather too cold for our students to get out to school?

Did anybody else notice around town during these schools-closed days the crowds of parents and their young children milling around in shopping malls, local restaurants,
public libraries, etc? Anybody else hear parents complaining about cabin fever and just needing to get the kids out of the house; Or hear parents complaining about their work schedules being disrupted because school employee John Pennell "feels" like it is too cold for kids to go to school?

What a bunch of wimps our Springboro school leaders are proving themselves to be! No backbone or resolution to instill the will of mind over matter! Aren't our educators supposed to be the wind beneath the wings of our students? But instead, aren't we stuck with a bunch of educators in Springboro Schools that just want to gather our students under their wings and hunker down in their comfort zone; for fear they will ruffle some feathers for S-U-R-E; and receive the same false demonization of their character, that for S-U-R-E was launched against Springboro Parent, Kelly Kohls, during the last four years of Dr.Kohls' responsible good service to our school children and community, as Board of Education elected official.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-Thomas Edison
Tell It Like It is

Springfield, OH

#30255 Jan 30, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
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Nothing there says the principal has oversight of the organization. Only suggests the organization shall work in cooperation and "need to work closely".
Since the Athletic Boosters were raising money for both the H.S. and the J.H.S., wouldn't the J.H.S. pricipal be just as much at fault as the H.S. principal??
As proven in the true history of Superintendent Gene Lolli's annual performance evaluation of Mr. Malone stating:

"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."

For the record, you can learn more about Mr. Malone's reluctance to work in cooperation
with school policies and by-laws and work closely with Parents in collecting necessary school fees. During the 2012-2013 school year, when Mr. Malone was employed as high school principal, attention was brought to public meeting that building principals had failed in their responsibility to collect school fees.(It does appear that our former principal feared losing his reputation of being insanely popular IF he acted on school policy; collecting from parents these past due student fees.) That's the way it was when Mr. Malone run our SHS in his arrogantly rude under-performing leadership.

Did you notice there is no Reluctance whatsoever in the leadership of our New SHS principal who is sending this Alarm to our students' parents who are now past due in $250,000 school fees....

Attention Parents:
School Fees are Past Due

More than $250,000 of school fees are still unpaid for the 2014-2015 year, and this directly impacts school operations. If you have paid this year's school fees, thank you.
If your child has unpaid school fees (and/or fines), there will be a student fee invoice in their report card tomorrow. In the event school fees are not paid in full or payment arrangements are not made with your school building's main office by January 31, 2014, we are required by board policy 6152 to enforce the following:
• Turn off Progress Book (Note: If you have multiple students linked to one account, that account will be turned off.) If you need assistance with Progress Book, contact your building secretary.
• Withhold report cards and credits.
• Prohibit participation in high school commencement.
• Prohibit participation in school-sponsored activities, groups, or organizations such as instrumental and interscholastic athletic programs, field day, vocal music performances, and all other programs outside the regular school day.
Accumulated unpaid fees in excess of $300 by the end of the school year will be subject to a legal fee collection process.
Once again, if you have unpaid school fees, please make immediate payment via EZ-Pay or contact your building’s main office to make payment arrangements no later than January 31, 2014.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30256 Jan 30, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
<quoted text>
Please provide for the group PROOF of your dollar amount. You're the one always wanting people to back up accusations with facts. Practice what you preach.
Well we know that Mr. Harves wrote checks to himself over a seven year period totaling $438,000. The prosecutor stated that was as much as they could prove because banks are only required to hold records for seven years and no one else had any other records. That comes to $62,571 per year.

Does anybody out there seriously believe that a man who is brazen enough to write checks to themselves to the tune of $62,571 per year from a non-profit organization charged with raising money for children, would be above taking cash from the bags of uncounted cash, generated throughout the year from various fund raisers, just sitting on his kitchen table?

Since no one bothered to count or verify the monies, or keep any type of records, the prosecutor could not charge the man with anything in that regard. Nor could they find any other records previous to the 7 years the banks had on record.

Mr. Harves was treasurer for the entire 13 years Mr. Malone tenure. Mr. Harves was inducted into the Springboro Hall of Fame a few short months before Mr. Petroni and Mr. Rigano's dogged pursuit of the truth about funding led him to give up the ghost.

Does anyone seriously believe that Mr. Harves only began his embezzlement career during the time frame the bank kept records?

Does anyone seriously believe that Mr. Harves had the moral fiber and character to resist the temptation of uncounted bags of cash sitting on his kitchen table year after year?

Why would Mr. Harves feel so secure in writing checks to himself year after year after year?

Because he knew he had nothing to fear from the administration?

Mr. Malone did not appear to exert any of his influence on the Boosters to cooperate with the Board's Budget and Finance Committee and to provide the requested financial information. In fact, Mr Malone looks as though he may have been operating in the other direction, the one of obstruction and obfuscation.

Why have we been unable to discover who nominated the treasurer of the Boosters, Mr. Harves, for inclusion in the Springboro Hall of Fame?

Why did Mr. Holtrey explain that the reason there were no IRS filings after 2005 for the Boosters was because the boosters did not raise enough money to be required to file?(The amount at that time was just $25,000 for filing requirements.)

You do the math, over a thirteen year period, that would amount to roughly $77,000 per year.

I guess Mr. Malone just wasn't close enough too notice that kind of penny ante discrepancy year after year after year.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30257 Jan 30, 2014
Mr. Harves was treasurer of the Boosters for 12 of the 13 years Mr. Malone was principal at the high school.
You know everything

Ft Mitchell, KY

#30258 Jan 30, 2014
So you say the h.s. principal needs to work closely with the organizations....hmm, where has the new principal been?
Eyes Wide Open

Springfield, OH

#30259 Jan 30, 2014
You know everything wrote:
So you say the h.s. principal needs to work closely with the organizations....hmm, where has the new principal been?
Since coming on board last August, I've seen the new principal hard at work making parents aware of ways the school and the home can work together putting the students highest academic achievement potential priority (including this new group that the high school principal is forming for the purpose of working closely with all parents and students)...

In recent months, the high school principal has been in the public board room business meetings recognizing Teachers' Achievements with Certificates; and in recognition ceremonies applauding our high school students Achievements; and the high school principal has been in the board room presenting the high school Program of Studies; just to name a few things that the community of taxpayers has seen of the work of the new high school principal.

One question to "You Know Everything"...... Where has the Athletic Director been?
Where has the Athletic Boosters Board President been? What about the current Athletic Boosters Board Treasurer? Isn't it the job of the Athletic Director to "work closely" with the Athletic Boosters; and then the Athletic Director's job is to work closely with the School Administrators to whom he as a school employee is Accountable for our schools sports programs? Have you ever seen or heard the Athletic Director bringing a report on the
"state of the Athletic Boosters" to the public school board meetings? Does anybody really know Who is Accountable to Whom within the business agreement between the Springboro Schools and the Springboro Athletic Boosters Organization?
Eyes Wide Open

Springfield, OH

#30260 Jan 30, 2014
Attention Parents:
School Fees are Past Due

More than $250,000 of school fees are still unpaid for the 2014-2015 year, and this directly impacts school operations. If you have paid this year's school fees, thank you.
If your child has unpaid school fees (and/or fines), there will be a student fee invoice in their report card tomorrow. In the event school fees are not paid in full or payment arrangements are not made with your school building's main office by January 31, 2014, we are required by board policy 6152 to enforce the following:
• Turn off Progress Book (Note: If you have multiple students linked to one account, that account will be turned off.) If you need assistance with Progress Book, contact your building secretary.
• Withhold report cards and credits.
• Prohibit participation in high school commencement.
• Prohibit participation in school-sponsored activities, groups, or organizations such as instrumental and interscholastic athletic programs, field day, vocal music performances, and all other programs outside the regular school day.
Accumulated unpaid fees in excess of $300 by the end of the school year will be subject to a legal fee collection process.
Once again, if you have unpaid school fees, please make immediate payment via EZ-Pay or contact your building’s main office to make payment arrangements no later than January 31, 2014.

Attention Families:
SHS Parent Group
Meetings begin in January
SHS is starting a new group for parents and families. In previous emails, we called this a PTO. But it will be different from PTOs. As our high school launches new programs, updates rules and procedures, prepares for larger classes coming up from the middle grades, and much more, we need to have input from an ongoing dialogue with parents.
The PULSE (Parents Understanding, Listening, Speaking & Encouraging) will begin meeting in January with a special preview of our 2013-2014 program of studies.
The PULSE will look at everything from parking to policies, and we hope to hear from many voices. If you would like to know more about the PULSE, please email me.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30261 Jan 30, 2014
You know everything wrote:
So you say the h.s. principal needs to work closely with the organizations....hmm, where has the new principal been?
Let me know when she manages to top the ineptitude of her predecessor and lose more than $1,000,000 plus during her tenure.
Eyes Wide Open

Springfield, OH

#30262 Jan 30, 2014
You know everything wrote:
So you say the h.s. principal needs to work closely with the organizations....hmm, where has the new principal been?
Listen Up.... word around town is that our arrogantly rude newly elected Board of Education Vice President, Ron Malone, has targeted certain NEW school employees already that he plans revenge against, just like he planned revenge against former board member and Springboro Parent, Kelly Kohls, spreading lies, demonizing her good service to our students first and our community as a whole.

"You know everything" is not the first post on this blog to hint "hmm" at the new principal.
Why is that?

Based on Ron Malone's past bad behavior as a professional educator, Are you hinting by your "hmm" that Ron Malone has revenge on his "hmm" against the new principal; because Ron Malone could not pressure the school district to offer him a new contract as SHS principal; just because he was so very much loved and insanely popular?

Was that what that Student Survey was all about asking the students what kind of high school principal they wanted the Board to hire? Was that the reason for the grand results of the survey being reported in public meeting that "Lo and Behold" all the little children really wanted was their beloved Ron Malone (and that it would take Three less experienced professional educators to replace our glorious false god of education, Ron Malone?

People in this community should wake up and STAND UP FOR KIDS FIRST! The first STEP in the Right Direction is Requesting our insanely popular, Ron Malone, who has been a high school principal for the PAST thirteen years, to PLEASE STEP DOWN from the bully pulpit.
Enough is Enough of Ron Malone's vote for revenge against our children first and our community of taxpayers in Springboro.
and leave the education IPL Mr. Malone s e
Eyes Wide Open

Springfield, OH

#30263 Jan 30, 2014
You know everything wrote:
So you say the h.s. principal needs to work closely with the organizations....hmm, where has the new principal been?
Listen Up.... word around town is that our arrogantly rude newly elected Board of Education Vice President, Ron Malone, has targeted certain NEW school employees already that he plans revenge against, just like he planned revenge against former board member and Springboro Parent, Kelly Kohls, spreading lies, demonizing her good service to our students first and our community as a whole.

"You know everything" is not the first post on this blog to hint "hmm" at the new principal.
Why is that?

Based on Ron Malone's past bad behavior as a professional educator, Are you hinting by your "hmm" that Ron Malone has revenge on his "hmm" against the new principal; because Ron Malone could not pressure the school district to offer him a new contract as SHS principal; just because he was so very much loved and insanely popular?

Was that what that Student Survey was all about asking the students what kind of high school principal they wanted the Board to hire? Was that the reason for the grand results of the survey being reported in public meeting that "Lo and Behold" all the little children really wanted was their beloved Ron Malone (and that it would take Three less experienced professional educators to replace our glorious false god of education, Ron Malone?

People in this community should wake up and STAND UP FOR KIDS FIRST! The first STEP in the Right Direction is Requesting our insanely popular, Ron Malone, who has been a high school principal for the PAST thirteen years, to PLEASE STEP DOWN from the bully pulpit.
Enough is Enough of Ron Malone's vote for revenge against our children first and our community of taxpayers in Springboro.
Hey There

Springfield, OH

#30264 Jan 30, 2014
You know everything wrote:
So you say the h.s. principal needs to work closely with the organizations....hmm, where has the new principal been?
SHS PULSE Parent Meeting Scheduled Tonight, January 30, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
in the SHS Library! Hope to see you there!
The More You Know

Tipp City, OH

#30265 Jan 30, 2014
Doug Wiedeman wrote:
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Let me know when she manages to top the ineptitude of her predecessor and lose more than $1,000,000 plus during her tenure.
Again, as you always say, where's the PROOF. Also you forgot that he wasn't alone in charge of the oversight, reading what you quoted the policy to be).

Keep hunting, and when you think you're done, look in the mirror......
HAHAHAHA

Springfield, OH

#30266 Jan 30, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
<quoted text>
Again, as you always say, where's the PROOF. Also you forgot that he wasn't alone in charge of the oversight, reading what you quoted the policy to be).
Keep hunting, and when you think you're done, look in the mirror......
It's OK to be open minded; but the brains of "The More You Know" have fallen out in this tunnel vision blindness to Ron Malone's failures; of which is proven by Malone's true history that now everyone in the community knows, except "The More You Know."
The More You Know

Tipp City, OH

#30267 Jan 30, 2014
HAHAHAHA wrote:
<quoted text>
It's OK to be open minded; but the brains of "The More You Know" have fallen out in this tunnel vision blindness to Ron Malone's failures; of which is proven by Malone's true history that now everyone in the community knows, except "The More You Know."
Just as I thought. No proof. Yea except me and the other 5000+ people who voted him onto the BOE.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30268 Jan 31, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
<quoted text>
Again, as you always say, where's the PROOF. Also you forgot that he wasn't alone in charge of the oversight, reading what you quoted the policy to be).
Keep hunting, and when you think you're done, look in the mirror......
The court documents would be a good place for you to begin your pursuit of the truth. You will find them in the Warren County Records, they are all public records and readily available.

When a man of Mr. Malone's stature speaks, people listen. Show me where he stood up for the children and parents who were being the real victims of this massive fraud.

Was it at the SOS rally where poor deluded souls castigated the Board for trying to "steal" their money?( They were too late, Mr. Harves beat everyone to the punch )

Was it when the Budget and Finance Committee was continually asking for the financial records of the Boosters for six months? I never saw him stand up and support the Committee's quest to provide transparency to the community, did you?

Was it when the Boosters did not bother to file tax returns for seven years? This was brought to the attention of the Athletic Director more than once. Did the Athletic Director at the time think this was not worth mentioning to the principal with whom he shared lunch routinely?

Was it when Mr. Harves was nominated and selected for inclusion to the school's athletic hall of fame? Would that have been a good time to counsel cooperation with the Budget and Finance Committee?

One wonders why the silence from the man who everyone recognized as the de facto leader of the school district for 13 years?

Apparently he was not working close enough to notice that Mr. Harves was lightening the till considerably year after year after year.

Or maybe Mr Malone just did not care.
historian

Dayton, OH

#30269 Jan 31, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
<quoted text>
Just as I thought. No proof. Yea except me and the other 5000+ people who voted him onto the BOE.
Yea, and millions voted for Hitler.
And The People Said Amen

Springfield, OH

#30270 Jan 31, 2014
sooner rather than later wrote:
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Around the Springboro community, the general perception of Ron Malone is a person who makes friends with virtually everyone he comes into contact with. Of course, this overall perception is the result of Malone's famously close relationship with many SHS students over the 13 years he was their principal.
Well Mr. Malone, now that your popularity has landed you onto the school board you've gotta realize something really really important:
It's a hellava lot tougher to mould yourself into a responsible leader in support of our childrens' futures, as compared to merely being a figurehead cheerleader for them, every day giving them "high fives" up and down the halls.
The truth about Malone will soon emerge. Malone's popularity veil will soon be cast into the wind.
The More You Know .... the truth about Malone, The More You Know that Malone has got to go .... IF the people in this community are really serious about caring about the best for our school children and community.

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