School levy to be decided Aug. 2

School levy to be decided Aug. 2

There are 320 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Jul 27, 2011, titled School levy to be decided Aug. 2. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:

On Aug. 2, area voters will have their chance to weigh in on a 5.5-mill continuing levy for the Pickerington Local School District.

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Hah

United States

#1 Jul 27, 2011
The Pickerington Patriots?? Sounds like a travel baseball or soccer team. Give me a break. Pee I mean Tea Party morons.
Pickerington Voter

Canal Winchester, OH

#2 Jul 27, 2011
Let me guess, Hah. You're probably
1) a govt employee
2) a union member
3) a liberal who actually believes the schools in Picktown are doing a good job
4) a member of the Democrap party
5) voted for Obama
6) think the stimulus worked
7) think the country is headed in the right direction with mr hope n change

Get your head out of your *ss. We're starting to take the country back locally from the progressive cancer that has infested it. The schools are the first battleground. Can't wait for Nov 2012 (if the Republic lasts that long).
Hah

United States

#3 Jul 27, 2011
I am neither Dem nor Rep. I have voted for Bush (still think he deserves way more credit), Clinton one term, W. Bush(worst ever) and not an Obama supporter. Just because I am not a Tea Party fanatic you are so tunnel blind you believe I am any or all of the above 7? No, I pretty much vote for the candidate I feel is the best for my family and me as well as my job. I am done with political parties. Frankly, most of the voters I talk to are as well. Neither party truly represents the common person in America anymore. If you think that is incorrect, than maybe you should get your head out of your *ss. I don't have a party. The only chance we have as a country I believe is for a third party to emerge that TRULY represents the majority of the American public. Until that time comes I belong to the "Common Man Party" which basically is independency.
Hah

United States

#4 Jul 27, 2011
And yes, I do believe this school district is doing a good job. I have two kids in high school and am more than happy with their education over the years. Move you a WHOLE if you aren't happy. Oh, that's right the Pickerington Patriots are going to be the movers and shakers! LOL!!!!! Go back to Woodstock and smoke some more of your dope.
Power of suggestion

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 27, 2011
I have two students in the district as well and while I am happy with the education that they are receiving, it doesn't mean I agree with the manner in which the Board is spending OUR money.

Recently, I discovered that the temp superintendent is receiving a total stipend of $2500 per MONTH in addition to his salary!! Foolish!

I simply do not equate throwing more money into the district with sound management.

At this point, I could not vote yes for this levy with a clear conscious that the money will be well handled.

Consider also the article on the sliding scale for pay to participate fees that was just enacted. Why should there be a sliding scale for these fees?? These families already receive free or reduced lunch prices, don't pay other fees to the district and have had a free ride on extra-cirriculars up to this point.

Until the foolishness of stipends for well paid administrators and tiered pay to participate fees end, I will be voting NO.
Hah

United States

#6 Jul 28, 2011
Totally agree with you about the sliding scale. Not good.
Nancy Engel

Westerville, OH

#7 Jul 28, 2011
I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. You can't put more on our backs than we can afford and not cut our standard of living. Pickerington School district has done that to us already. Now they want more. Are they trying to run us out of our home. If so, the Pickerington School is doing a fine job of it.
The ones in control have never been taught how to budjet money. The whole school district is a fiasco.

Lets not say "for our kids" for once. How about VOTE NO for our senior citizens. I have lived here in the district for almost 36 years and the begging of the district has never been this bad. Come on people, if they can't budget their money, get rid of them and get someone that will. VOTE NO ON AUGUST 5TH. just remember this is a fixed raise they are asking for and you will pay this the REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Nancy Engel

Westerville, OH

#8 Jul 28, 2011
And I might add, your kids will have to pay it too when they become adults, and probably in a society where their is no jobs. They will never be able to own a home. THINK ABOUT IT.
Nice Job

United States

#9 Jul 28, 2011
Nancy Engel wrote:
I am a senior citizen on a fixed income. You can't put more on our backs than we can afford and not cut our standard of living. Pickerington School district has done that to us already. Now they want more. Are they trying to run us out of our home. If so, the Pickerington School is doing a fine job of it.
The ones in control have never been taught how to budjet money. The whole school district is a fiasco.
Lets not say "for our kids" for once. How about VOTE NO for our senior citizens. I have lived here in the district for almost 36 years and the begging of the district has never been this bad. Come on people, if they can't budget their money, get rid of them and get someone that will. VOTE NO ON AUGUST 5TH. just remember this is a fixed raise they are asking for and you will pay this the REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Nancy, I agree that retired individuals should not have to keep antying up the money. I have no problem with opinion. Here is the problem...the way Ohio funds schools is unconstitutional. Nothing has been done positively to change that. Why not go with an income tax across the board? For retired people (most make less in retirement)it makes complete sense. My analogy is simply this: My nextdoor neighbor and his wife are retired. We both own similar homes of value. Why should they pay them same amount as I do when my wife and I are working yet they are retired? It makes no sense. We should be paying more because of having a higher income. Then when we retire, it scales back. Am I missing something here?
Picktown Resident

Reynoldsburg, OH

#10 Jul 28, 2011
Does anyone know if a tax levy could be proposed that would be an INCOME tax for the school district and exclude people based on age??

That way is would affect anyone that lives in the school district (not just property owners)and receives an income but the age exclusion would keep our senior citizens from being burdened???

Just an idea.
Voting YES

Columbus, OH

#11 Jul 28, 2011
Preliminary results from the Ohio Department of Education indicate that Pickerington Local Schools is again rated "Excellent." The District met 26 out of 26 indicators including all 24 Ohio Achievement Assessment and Ohio Graduation Test indicators. Both Attendance and Graduation rates were also above the state standard

In addition, the "Excellent" designation represents a Performance Index of 102.8 of a possible 120 points; this rating reflects not only the passage rate, but also how high our students perform on the state assessments. The final data we will receive later in the summer will be our Value-Added Rating. This data determines if a district is rated "Excellent with Distinction.

This current information, along with previous 'excellent' ratings and the fact that our graduating seniors have garnered over $30 million dollars in scholarships in the last 2 years is proof to me that our district is doing a very good job. Are there areas for improvement? Of course there are, as there are in any district. But the caliber of teaching that is going on definitely deserves our support.

Voting YES on August 3rd.
New School Board

Dublin, OH

#12 Jul 28, 2011
At this rate they are going to need a new levy every year. As admitted by the PLSD more than 82 cents per dollar will go to salaries and Benefits.

You should look up the pay for teachers at http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/ . Do you think it is reasonable for someone to make more than 70k for 9 months of work and now going to 7 hour days when you probably have taken a pay cut. This is a bad economic time and they should show consideration for those who are paying the bill.
Are you clueless

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 28, 2011
Voting YES wrote:
Preliminary results from the Ohio Department of Education indicate that Pickerington Local Schools is again rated "Excellent." The District met 26 out of 26 indicators including all 24 Ohio Achievement Assessment and Ohio Graduation Test indicators. Both Attendance and Graduation rates were also above the state standard
In addition, the "Excellent" designation represents
Half the schools in the State are rated "Excellent." This means nothing. Our kids education is lacking it is worse then the education we received. Furthermore, this is an idiotic correlation. Money has nothing to do with education standards. If it did then the city of Columbus would be the best school in the State.

Parents determine how successful a schools system will be. Don't come back and say we need to pay for good teachers because the latest job opening for a teacher received over 900 applications.

This money is not for the KIDS... Wake up or lose your house...
Whatever

Carroll, OH

#14 Jul 28, 2011
Hah wrote:
The Pickerington Patriots?? Sounds like a travel baseball or soccer team. Give me a break. Pee I mean Tea Party morons.
I heard that the president of the group is a retired florist, so I think they should call themselves the Pickerington Pansies.
Are you clueless

Columbus, OH

#15 Jul 28, 2011
Hah wrote:
The Pickerington Patriots?? Sounds like a travel baseball or soccer team. Give me a break. Pee I mean Tea Party morons.
No, just a group of tax payers who are trying to keep senior citizens in their homes and all of us too.

If you want to through your money at a broken system then donate all your money and leave the rest of the people who are trying to pay their bills alone. I didn't see the School Board really cut pay or spending just programs and services for the KIDS...

Wake up, or stay sleeping, up to you; but with this logic Pickerington will be on the same course as the Nation, in debt and bankrupt. BTW more than 36% of kids who graduate from Pickerington need to take remedial courses in College. If you really want to know where the School stands then look up the colleges GPA conversions for your school - EXCELLENT has nothing to do with it.
Voting YES

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 28, 2011
I have not had a raise in 6 years.

Do I think our teachers are competitively paid? Yes, absolutely. The educational requirement necessary to teach, the job duties of a teacher, and the stress they put up with from today's students put their pay scale well in line. Actually, they make less money than a person with the same educational background in the private sector.

Lose my house? If an extra $300-$400 a year will mean losing my house, I shouldn't live in this town in the first place. Taxes in Pickerington have been higher than some areas for a very long time. I knew that when I moved here. It is part of why I moved here in the first place. Unlike many, I have not lived at the edge of my means for so long that supporting my school district would mean losing my house. I have a 19 year old driver in my household. I pay 4 times what the levy will cost me in additional car insurance for her right now annually.

You tea baggers are something else.
Picktown Proud

Carroll, OH

#17 Jul 28, 2011
This article says:
Another group opposed to the levy is Eye On Pickerington Local Schools Finances. According to the group's website, ionplsd.com , the district is guilty of mismanaging funds.

Dear reporter, this "group" is just one individual who put together a website, which puts his own negative interpretation on selective statistics and calls it 'fact', while hiding behind his computer and not disclosing his name. Why does he remain anonymous? Because he is married to a schoolteacher in Westerville, who provides his household with the same level of salaries and benefits that he criticizes others for receiving!
Not quite

United States

#18 Jul 28, 2011
New School Board wrote:
At this rate they are going to need a new levy every year. As admitted by the PLSD more than 82 cents per dollar will go to salaries and Benefits.
You should look up the pay for teachers at http://www.buckeyeinstitute.org/ . Do you think it is reasonable for someone to make more than 70k for 9 months of work and now going to 7 hour days when you probably have taken a pay cut. This is a bad economic time and they should show consideration for those who are paying the bill.
My wife is a teacher in the district and I can tell you right now she doesn't work 7 hour days. You equate how much time that is REQUIRED to be in the building as that is how much time is spent working "the job". Trust me, you can add on 2-3 hours for most teachers on to the 7 hours a day EVERYDAY.
Not quite

United States

#19 Jul 28, 2011
I have a great idea "Tea Baggers". If Pickerington schools stinks so badly, then pack your crap up and move! I surely would if I was this unhappy. You are ignorant to stay here at the risk of your kids education if is really is that terrible.
Marcus

Atlanta, GA

#20 Jul 28, 2011
Picktown Proud wrote:
This article says:
Another group opposed to the levy is Eye On Pickerington Local Schools Finances. According to the group's website, ionplsd.com , the district is guilty of mismanaging funds.
Dear reporter, this "group" is just one individual who put together a website, which puts his own negative interpretation on selective statistics and calls it 'fact', while hiding behind his computer and not disclosing his name. Why does he remain anonymous? Because he is married to a schoolteacher in Westerville, who provides his household with the same level of salaries and benefits that he criticizes others for receiving!
You're out of your damn mind Nancy Grace!

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