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Carrollton Free Press Standard Letters to the Editor | Helen Skinner

There are 14 comments on the Carrollton Free Press Standard story from Apr 17, 2013, titled Carrollton Free Press Standard Letters to the Editor | Helen Skinner. In it, Carrollton Free Press Standard reports that:

How, you might ask: by closing three small school buildings, eliminating the Assistant Superintendent position, reducing buses, reducing staff and not filling positions after retirement, therefore, cutting $6.8 million since 2004.

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what is going on

Dover, OH

#1 Apr 18, 2013
What? No comments on this yet? I am wondering where the yard signs are and where the door to door workers are who are trying to pass the levy.
Portia on the Porch

Uhrichsville, OH

#2 Apr 19, 2013
They didn't rehire an Assistant Superintendent, but from what I hear, the new position that was created for Ed Robinson is just the exact same thing - same pay, and he has more on his plate. What IS going on?? Who do you ask, and who will tell you the truth???????...and you want us to vote yes?
Possible answer

Louisville, OH

#3 Apr 21, 2013
I know there used to always be a curriculum director and there used to be an assisstant sup. Ed is a combination of those two jobs into one, but the focus is curriculum director, I believe. If that is what has been done, then that sounds like a savings. From what I have heard, a number of people have accepted expanded roles without getting expanded pay. People will believe what they want and those whom have never really cared will continue to be negative and never listen to what is really going on, but I can tell you there are a lot of really great people working in that system. It would not be wrong to help support the most important job creating facility in our county.
Carrollton Alum

Shauck, OH

#4 Apr 25, 2013
These folks have very expanded pay! What I find most interesting is that the "Curriculum Director" was hired because he was friends with the Super... two highest paid.. and wow neither live in the district.. so no taxes or assistance from them will be helping this school district!!! Cut the fat! Check out the actual finances at this school too.. ask to see financial records.. including unencumbered funds.. what happened to the millions this place had in the bank... they cut the lowest paid staff (cafeteria, aides, teachers) however keep highest paid administrators and the 1500 secretaries and assistants out at the "ranch"... a big NO on the levy for me!

Ocala, FL

#5 Apr 29, 2013
I love it when they always use the 100,000 home value. Not many of them remaining! My tax bill will go up by 400-500 and that is why I will not vote for it. No kids in school and no grandchildren either. No reason to pay anymore.
Get real and live within your means. No one and I'm mean no one is losing their job there. The cuts are just cuts to future spending increases.

Now go ahead and judge me as clueless again, but I pay the taxes and I vote!

Dover, OH

#6 Apr 29, 2013
No kids, not your problem? Well, I'm not old, so to heck with Social Security.

Your logic is weak.

The point is that the community needs to invest in the school. Our future community leaders are being educated there right now.

Canton, OH

#7 Apr 30, 2013

Weak or not it makes no difference! It is my vote to cast! Carroll County is not the county of my youth. It has become a welfare county. The school wants more money then go to the welfare office and throw several hundreds of them off the ranks and use that money! We pay enough!

But, we now have this wonderful chance to become something better with the new industry here.

Go over to Minerva and ask those teachers if they would rather have the new facilities, better pay or even secure jobs. They would tell you all of the above! Cause that is what people want, everything. But that is not possible. Look at Carrollton and then make the honest judgement. We are not a rich county. Most people live pretty humble ways. The school is losing enrollment numbers. We have a superintendant that has been on the job 6-8 months and his 1st action is to tax people more. And then tells us that the levy if passed it will never come up for renewal. Lie!

Uhrichsville, OH

#8 Apr 30, 2013
Weak or not, it makes no difference?

It is sad that your vote equals mine.

The school can't control any other tax that you want to complain about. They haven't passed a levy since 1977. That sounds pretty fiscally responsible to me. Our children are our future, and we must invest in them.

The enrollment is dropping, because why would anyone with a young family choose to live here? Our buildings are old, and we are way behind in our course offerings compared to other districts. Should we continue to fall further behind, or take a stand and do what is right for kids?

Cadiz, OH

#9 Apr 30, 2013
To Carrollton Alum: Let's break it down. Superintendent, Curriculum/whatever, Treasurer, Carrollton Elementary Principal, Dellroy Principal, Special Services Director ALL live our of the district. That doesn't sit well with me.

Cadiz, OH

#10 Apr 30, 2013
Carroll Countian

Uhrichsville, OH

#11 Apr 30, 2013
and when Kevin Spears was Superintendent, who STILL lives in the district, you all abused him too. Let's face it you are selfish and narrow minded!!!! I am voting yes for the future!!!!

Dover, OH

#12 Apr 30, 2013
Chuck wrote:
To Carrollton Alum: Let's break it down. Superintendent, Curriculum/whatever, Treasurer, Carrollton Elementary Principal, Dellroy Principal, Special Services Director ALL live our of the district. That doesn't sit well with me.
Are there local people wanting those jobs? Superintendent job, and Asst. job were just open and no one locally applied. Can't really complain about that. Also, I'd rather have the best person for those jobs, not just one that lives here. If they are good and live here, then certainly, they should be hired. I think all people in the community feel that way.

Ocala, FL

#13 Apr 30, 2013
Here's the story from the Toledo Blade on the cuts in education funding. You want to blame someone blame Obama and borrowed money.

"Counting all sources of funding, the Department of Education would receive a total of $10.2 billion, or 11.5 percent less than it received this year, largely because of the loss of federal stimulus dollars.

The Kasich administration prefers to look strictly at the state general fund, which would increase basic education subsidies to K-12 schools by 2 percent in the first year and then 1.4 percent in the second."

So Kasich is increasing spending out of the general fund and the federal funding is going away. That was a great stimulus bill. Helped a lot didn't it? Enough to get him re-elected I guess.

So again explain to me why I should shell out more money. I'm getting a vote here and didn't have a say in 2009 when the Dems pushed an irresponsible bill through. So we're expected to shell out 11% more funding every year from the state because an irresponsible leader dictates it. No!

People use your brains! What we are being told is not the truth!

Yea I'm low on facts.
Low on facts

Cadiz, OH

#14 May 1, 2013
Billy ... here are some facts...
1977 Prices on average
Carrollton School Funding 20 Mill floor
Average home price:$54,000.00
Average new car price:$5,814.00
Median Household Income:$13,572.00
Cost of a first-class stamp:$0.13
Cost of a gallon of regular gas:$0.62
Cost of a dozen eggs:$0.82
Cost of a gallon of Milk:$1.68
2013 Prices on average
Carrollton School Funding 20 Mill floor
Average home price:$152,000.00 (down from $297,000 in 08)
Average new car price:$30,748.00
Median Household Income:$52,000.00
Cost of a first-class stamp:$0.46
Cost of a gallon of regular gas:$3.56
Cost of a dozen eggs:$1.93
Cost of a gallon of Milk:$3.52

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