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The Time Has Now Come

Springboro, OH

#30372 Feb 10, 2014
The Time Has Now Come for Mr. Malone to go.....

we now have public records proof of his past failed practices as SHS principal,
with two separate audits of academic success showing significant weakness; and public records now proving that Mr. Malone was never held accountable to affect needed changes to improve in these weaknesses:(1) Warren County ESC (2) 2010 High School TAV report.

Mr. Malone is no longer SHS principal; but now that he is an elected board representative, Mr. Malone can no longer hide from his record of poor work performances, behind the MSA threesome team label. Mr. Malone appears to think that he is three voices in one, using Mr. Anderson and Mr. Stuckey as his puppets, pulling them to push with him back to Malone's March 2012 "business as usual."

Only board member Ron Malone is responsible for past failures as a professional educator, and only Ron Malone must be held accountable by his peers in the board room. Ron Malone was given a free pass in the high school and that was not right; Ron Malone cannot be given a free pass in the board room; it is not right that two wrongs be overlooked, just because Ron Malone has had 41 years of past educational experience. It really is time for Mr. Malone to go.......
REALLY

Lebanon, OH

#30373 Feb 10, 2014
The Time Has Now Come wrote:
Mr. Malone appears to think that he is three voices in one, using Mr. Anderson and Mr. Stuckey as his puppets, pulling them to push with him back to Malone's March 2012 "business as usual."
You think a man as accomplished as Charlie Anderson is just going to benignly nod his head just because Ronnie speaks? You are a fool.
fact of the matter

Springboro, OH

#30374 Feb 10, 2014
REALLY wrote:
<quoted text>
You think a man as accomplished as Charlie Anderson is just going to benignly nod his head just because Ronnie speaks? You are a fool.
You're absolutely correct. Anderson isn't going to bend just because of Malone's opinions. So what's going to affect Charles Anderson's decision-making the most? Pressure on Anderson is going to come from all angles. The primary pressure is going to come from the SEA, which by far, represents Anderson's largest constituency of voters. Rather than bowing to Malone, Anderson is much more apt to bend to Maney's agenda. Or, to put it another way, all three newcomers MS and A are likely to have red Batphone hotlines into the SEA's office because it was the union's overall agenda of greed which supplied the resources for the MSA black sign campaign of lies, twists and misconceptions.
For Sure

Springboro, OH

#30375 Feb 10, 2014
REALLY wrote:
<quoted text>
You think a man as accomplished as Charlie Anderson is just going to benignly nod his head just because Ronnie speaks? You are a fool.
There is no foolishness in the truth about good old bobble head Charlie boy nodding in approval just because old man Ronnie Malone speaks (or is that just lazily mumbling).
No fool about it; Truth is Truth.

That's what MSA supporters for S-U-R-E have been posting as proof on this topix about community business man good old Charlie boy.... that he is WITH Malone and Stuckey and AGAINST the other two elected officials.(Don't bother demanding proof for sure! Do your own research and dig into the past on this blog; if You want to waste your time trying to prove others "are a fool" for seeing the truth. It just can't be done, REALLY).
whopper

Dayton, OH

#30376 Feb 11, 2014
fact of the matter wrote:
<quoted text>
You're absolutely correct. Anderson isn't going to bend just because of Malone's opinions. So what's going to affect Charles Anderson's decision-making the most? Pressure on Anderson is going to come from all angles. The primary pressure is going to come from the SEA, which by far, represents Anderson's largest constituency of voters. Rather than bowing to Malone, Anderson is much more apt to bend to Maney's agenda. Or, to put it another way, all three newcomers MS and A are likely to have red Batphone hotlines into the SEA's office because it was the union's overall agenda of greed which supplied the resources for the MSA black sign campaign of lies, twists and misconceptions.
history has shown Anderson can't handle pressure. he was on the school board once before and said he couldn't handle being with a group of people that were divided.
liberal hypocrites

Springboro, OH

#30377 Feb 11, 2014
Isn't it interesting how Springboro schools contradicts itself? This winter we've had numerous nights where Springboro has called two hour delays just because the nightime temperature had dropped to zero to -5F. This morning the temperature plummeted to -8 F and the students went school the normal time. OK. Lets do the math. How many teaching hours have been wasted?

Perhaps the Boro administrators have finally stopped lending an undue amount of ear to liberal-type helicopter parents who have little else to do with their lives but to sit in their cars each and every day to wait for the school bus until they're miserable and smothered children finally reach driving age. Then at that point, because they've been smothered for 16-18 years, their children have little clue as to how to deal with life on life's own terms.

Perhaps the Boro administrators have sent a strong message to these liberal-type helicoper parents that it's time they begin to cut their umbilical cords by purchasing sensible warm winter clothing, warm gloves, real winter shoes, and scarves to wear over their mouths and noses so that their precious children' won't catch pneumonia.

What's the difference between today and yesterday? A concept such as properly dressing your children for the weather was pure and simple common sense to our not-so helicopter-parent grandparents and great-grandparents, regardless of whether they were liberals or conservatives.
Liberals parents of today believe they should worship the ground their children walk on. No mental harm must ever come to a child of a 21st century American liberal parent. Smother them with lots of less-than par homeschooling, smores, and sleepovers until they're absolutely blue in the face, then set them free so that society will teach them things that their myopic, liberal parents were much too cowardly or afraid to ever show them.
theWOWfactor

Cleveland, OH

#30378 Feb 11, 2014
A Warren County judge on Friday lambasted Clearcreek Township officials for holding what could be viewed as illegal secret meetings.

“Frankly, I’m going to warn you right now: Don’t operate this way any longer,” Common Pleas Court Judge James Flannery told township officials.“You brought on a litigation that was totally unnecessary.”

Testimony wrapped up Friday in the two-day trial in which township officials are accused of violating the Ohio Open Meetings Act by holding prearranged, informal meetings in Administrator Dennis Pickett’s office a half-hour before the public session to discuss agenda items and other matters.

The law requires that public officials take official action and conduct all “deliberations upon official business” only in open meetings unless the subject matter is specifically exempt by law. It defines meetings as any prearranged discussion of public business that includes a quorum of the public body.

At issue in this case is whether discussions held between a majority of the three-member board during the gatherings qualify as deliberations.

“The issue is, did they do it? And it sounds like they did it. Now I need to know, what are they doing behind closed doors?” Flannery said.

dung heap wrote:

I had heard that Wade had the opportunity to eat crow and pay the 35k fine, originally. His arrogance in fighting this will possibility cost the taxpayers of Clearcreek Township over 200k in fines....way to go Wade ! Thanks for wasting more of our tax dollars ! Why is this clown still in office ?

Just One Reason WHY Ed Wade is still in office and that is Just Because only 490 Springboro Voters agreed to continue their enslavement to Ed Wade's corruption and waste of our hard earned tax dollars. Only 490 votes separated the election results between Ed Wade's corruption and Cathy Anspach's good public service to the people over these past four years.

Good old boy Bad politicians like Township Trustee Ed Wade get elected into office because only 490 plus One good people in the community did not choose to Vote him out.

Could it be that these good people cannot Read the Bad news about Ed Wade's True History?

WLWT News 5 7/15/2013
Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Sunshine Laws)

Dayton Daily News 7/3/2012
Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership CREATED 13 PERMANENT firefighter poistions with TEMPORARY
federal funds. Now taxpayers will to foot the bill.

Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009
Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.

Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012
Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May when they had a $13.9 million surplus.

When you look at the accumulated events WADE, PICKETT, LAMB, WILHELM, and others are in, then you begin to get a clear picture on how CURRUPT the Clearcreek Township Government really is.

This is SAD
reality

Springboro, OH

#30379 Feb 11, 2014
theWOWfactor wrote:
A Warren County judge on Friday lambasted Clearcreek Township officials for holding what could be viewed as illegal secret meetings.
“Frankly, I’m going to warn you right now: Don’t operate this way any longer,” Common Pleas Court Judge James Flannery told township officials.“You brought on a litigation that was totally unnecessary.”
Testimony wrapped up Friday in the two-day trial in which township officials are accused of violating the Ohio Open Meetings Act by holding prearranged, informal meetings in Administrator Dennis Pickett’s office a half-hour before the public session to discuss agenda items and other matters.
The law requires that public officials take official action and conduct all “deliberations upon official business” only in open meetings unless the subject matter is specifically exempt by law. It defines meetings as any prearranged discussion of public business that includes a quorum of the public body.
At issue in this case is whether discussions held between a majority of the three-member board during the gatherings qualify as deliberations.
“The issue is, did they do it? And it sounds like they did it. Now I need to know, what are they doing behind closed doors?” Flannery said.
dung heap wrote:
I had heard that Wade had the opportunity to eat crow and pay the 35k fine, originally. His arrogance in fighting this will possibility cost the taxpayers of Clearcreek Township over 200k in fines....way to go Wade ! Thanks for wasting more of our tax dollars ! Why is this clown still in office ?
Just One Reason WHY Ed Wade is still in office and that is Just Because only 490 Springboro Voters agreed to continue their enslavement to Ed Wade's corruption and waste of our hard earned tax dollars. Only 490 votes separated the election results between Ed Wade's corruption and Cathy Anspach's good public service to the people over these past four years.
Good old boy Bad politicians like Township Trustee Ed Wade get elected into office because only 490 plus One good people in the community did not choose to Vote him out.
Could it be that these good people cannot Read the Bad news about Ed Wade's True History?
WLWT News 5 7/15/2013
Alleged Sunshine Violations
Longtime trustees Ed Wade and Dale Lamb are headed back to court accused of violating Ohio's Open Meetings Act (Sunshine Laws)
Dayton Daily News 7/3/2012
Unnecessary Spending
Township Leadership CREATED 13 PERMANENT firefighter poistions with TEMPORARY
federal funds. Now taxpayers will to foot the bill.
Dayton Daily News 12/22/2009
Ethics Investigations
Ed Wade was the subject of an Ohio Ethics Commission investigation regarding $1.2 million in health insurance administered to the township by his own company.
Clearcreek Township Fund Status Report 12/31/2012
Unnecessary Levies & Taxes
Trustees Wade & Gabbard asked for an unnecessary levy in May when they had a $13.9 million surplus.
When you look at the accumulated events WADE, PICKETT, LAMB, WILHELM, and others are in, then you begin to get a clear picture on how CURRUPT the Clearcreek Township Government really is.
This is SAD
Last fall's re-election of Wade and Ron Malone's victory have a great deal in common with each other.
Both have proven over and over they can offer much to this community.
Both of their respective campaigns amounted to not a lot more than efforts to garner increased popularity.
Truth Hurts

Springboro, OH

#30380 Feb 11, 2014
@theWOWfactor....
When you look at the accumulated events WADE, PICKETT, LAMB, WILHELM, and others are in, then you begin to get a clear picture on how CURRUPT the Clearcreek Township Government really is.
This is SAD

..... And that's just criminal. Where is the outrage of good citizens in this community?

Is it possible that the majority of citizens in zip code 45066 really do have more "Dollars" to wastefully spend than they have common "Cents"....?

Is it possible that these wealthy affluent citizens are so greedy for more power and money that they really don't care about those who cannot afford to pay for the rising costs of government workers,who are in the government business to Serve the local, state and national public service unions including Teachers, Firefighters, and Police Officers?
Not Really

Springboro, OH

#30381 Feb 11, 2014
REALLY wrote:
<quoted text>
You think a man as accomplished as Charlie Anderson is just going to benignly nod his head just because Ronnie speaks? You are a fool.
.... aw, come on now, "you are a fool?" Not Really!

Of course, Charlie Anderson is just going to benignly nod his head just because Ronnie speaks (and Davey approves). Why else do you think that a man as accomplished as Charlie Anderson would state in the DDN that he was running with Ronnie and Davey because he would like to see the school board join the OSBA? Now what was it in this "accomplished" Charlie Anderson's routine business activity that suddenly made him "desire" seeing the school board join the OSBA? And whatever business advantage did joining the OSBA offer to the school district?

You'd think that a man as accomplished as Charlie Anderson could just think for himself as an elected official, doing what is in the best financial interest of our school children and community; but now we have proof that Charlie truly is the weakest link in the MSA chain of enslavement to the SEA president's agenda of "putting the re-emphasis on hiring more union classroom teachers so that more union dues will be collected.

Why else would Charlie Anderson put himself in the President's chair in the board room, other than to be supported by the liberal pro-levy retired-educators, with Ronnie Malone on Charlie's left; and Davey Stuckey on Charlie's right? Now Charlie Anderson doesn't have anything role in leadership other than to lead in the vote of the five board members to rubber stamp all of Todd Petrey's "recommendations from staff." And we all know that Means
Respect the Teachers, spelled M-O-N-E-Y.
Lt Dan

Springboro, OH

#30382 Feb 11, 2014
Yet more and more Foxtrot Bravo Sierra. All you people need to Golf Alpha Foxtrot Lima. Way too much time on your hands!

LT OUT
Tick Tock

Springboro, OH

#30383 Feb 11, 2014
The More You Know wrote:
The more you know about the Agenda of the Springboro Board of Education Special Worship Meeting which was held on February 1, 2014, the more it will show that our Five BOE elected officials need to Say NO to Mr. Petrey's plan to move ahead with his focus group committees (at a cost of $12,000 plus to hire an outside facilitator)
that will Develop a District Public Relations & Communication Team (PRCT ). You can go to the school website and find on the Board of Education heading the February 1 agenda. Inform yourself of the full Nine Pages of Mr. Petrey's District Annual Focus.
It is under the Heading of "Develop a District Public Relations and Communication Team" (PRCT) that Mr. Petrey lists All the New Sub Committees he plans to fully implement to align with PRCT, including:
Community Impact Team -- which is the same proposal that Mr. Petrey brought to work session last year (2013) but that he did not bring to the school board business meeting in a formal proposal asking the board for Approval. The Community Impact Team was explained by Mr. Petrey in last year work session, as his hand picked Team, including the SEA President, Elected Officials from the Township/City Firefighters/Union and Police Officers Union. Mr. Petrey had explained that Private Citizens who had interest in the Community Impact Team could "apply" and that he would choose from among those interested private citizens, Lottery Style, to determine which ones of us private citizens were "Lucky" enough to be seated on Petrey's Community Impact Team.
This Community Impact Team is just One of TEN sub-committees that Mr. Petrey has proposed that his Renewed Vision for our school children and community needs, at the high cost of $12,000 Plus, as an outside Facilitator is hired to come into our local schools and develop a
District Public Relations & Communication Team. It does appear that Mr. Petrey is forming these Focus Groups that will meet regularly with this highly paid Facilitator to Move Ahead Together determining "Where are the Values of the Springboro beliefs of community taxpayers?" It is understood that these committees will make NO recommendations; but that the Superintendent will then
"Interpret" the values of the Springboro beliefs of community taxpayers, and then bring the Superintendent's STAFF Recommendations directly to the Five Board Members in public meeting, asking for rubber stamp approval.... just like in the old Baker/Dettwiller days.
Mr. Petrey should bring more on this to the public board meeting on February 27th; till then, community members can contact your board members, asking questions/requesting more information as to why
Taxpayers Money and our highly paid school superintendent's Time is being wasted on these focus groups?
Guess WHO in our community has MORE money in his Budget (at taxpayers expense) on hand to waste, than he has TIME to listen to taxpayers freely speaking their minds at a board meeting or in an e-mail for free?

Maybe he could take up golfing to Facilitate himself with the Teachers Union/Firefighters Union/Police Officers Union, instead of wasting $12,000 Plus on HIRING an outside facilitator to come into our school district to schedule meetings with these Union members
and pro-levy supporters, asking the TOUGH Questions such as: "Where Are the Values of the Springboro beliefs of community taxpayers?"
theWOWfactor

Cleveland, OH

#30384 Feb 12, 2014
Truth Hurts wrote:
@theWOWfactor....
When you look at the accumulated events WADE, PICKETT, LAMB, WILHELM, and others are in, then you begin to get a clear picture on how CURRUPT the Clearcreek Township Government really is.
This is SAD
..... And that's just criminal. Where is the outrage of good citizens in this community?
Is it possible that the majority of citizens in zip code 45066 really do have more "Dollars" to wastefully spend than they have common "Cents"....?
Is it possible that these wealthy affluent citizens are so greedy for more power and money that they really don't care about those who cannot afford to pay for the rising costs of government workers,who are in the government business to Serve the local, state and national public service unions including Teachers, Firefighters, and Police Officers?
JUST WHEN THE TRUST LEVEL COULD NOT GET MUCH LOWER

Well, WADE, PICKETT et.al, did it again. This time, placing STEVE AGENBROAD (Yes, that is right -- the Springboro MAYOR'S son) in as an assistant fire chief for the clearcreek fire district. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS EVER END. Steve Agenbroad is a convicted THIEF and has even been reprimanded for having PORN on his Fire Department Computer! We only hope that calmer heads prevail on this one!

LOOKS LIKE WADE IS PAYING THE MAYOR BACK!
whopper

Dayton, OH

#30385 Feb 12, 2014
theWOWfactor wrote:
<quoted text>
JUST WHEN THE TRUST LEVEL COULD NOT GET MUCH LOWER
Well, WADE, PICKETT et.al, did it again. This time, placing STEVE AGENBROAD (Yes, that is right -- the Springboro MAYOR'S son) in as an assistant fire chief for the clearcreek fire district. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS EVER END. Steve Agenbroad is a convicted THIEF and has even been reprimanded for having PORN on his Fire Department Computer! We only hope that calmer heads prevail on this one!
LOOKS LIKE WADE IS PAYING THE MAYOR BACK!
Wade and Agenbroad are high stake poker buddies. They are joined at the hip. Both of them are liars and crooks !
Three Is Company

Springboro, OH

#30386 Feb 12, 2014
whopper wrote:
<quoted text>
Wade and Agenbroad are high stake poker buddies. They are joined at the hip. Both of them are liars and crooks !
Don't Be Deceived!

There are Three elected officials joined at the hip in their promotion of high stake
forced unionism, by hook or crook or lies, against Springboro families:

Ron Malone, Vice President, Springboro Board of Education
Ed Wade, Chariman of Trustees, Clearcreek Township Government
John Agenbroad, Mayor of City of Springboro

These Three Buddies are out to take it all for the Three Corrupt Unions -- Teachers,
Firefighters, Police Officers -- enslaving Springboro Families by emotional blackmailing Voters that are not in the know, pushing them over the edge. This emotional blackmail hits many hot button issues for residents.

For parents focused on the academic aspect of their children's education, the school districts threaten to cancel advanced placement and language classes or enlarge class sizes.

For parents focused on Athletics, they threaten to eliminate sports or charge players for participating.

For parents of students with other skills, they threaten to cancel band, art, and theater. For parents with struggling or special needs students, they threaten tutor and extra support programs.

Last May 2013, our CCFD threatened that lives of Springboro residents would be in danger of getting fire/ambulance services needed if taxpayers did not say yes to a 93% fire levy tax increase; which was proven to be unnecessary, and was defeated at the polls.
Springboro residents picked up the cost to promote the CCFD false budget crisis alarm, emotionally blackmailing citizens that the Government needed more money to "help us help you!"

We all know that percentage of voters in every community who always vote in support of high taxes, no matter what the issue is, as well as those who directly will gain financially from the tax increases such as Vendors, Teachers, Firefighters, Police Officers, and City Workers. These are the base tax hike supporters.

On top of this base of tax hike supporters are the voters who approach voting as if it were a vote for the High School Prom King and Queen. These voters are the ones who uncritically accept the messages from the government tax proponent that supporting the Levy is really about supporting the kids, or the teachers, or our Public Safety Forces.

Stay Alert Voters! Is it Really R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Teachers that Ron Malone wants by putting the re-emphasis on the Value of the Educator??

Isn't it really more M-O-N-E-Y for Teachers Union Members that is driving school superintendent, Todd Petrey, to propose wasting more than $12,000 to develop a District Public Relations & Communication Team, asking ALL stakeholders in the community: Where Are The Values of The Springboro Beliefs of Community Taxpayers?
First Amendment

Springboro, OH

#30388 Feb 12, 2014
Jan 21,2014 - KINGS MILLS, Ohio - A teacher made a disabled fifth-grader crawl to the bathroom and otherwise abused her at Columbia Elementary School, the girl’s parents say. Amy and Michael McClellan are suing the Kings Local School District in federal court and claim district officials and police conducted multiple investigations and never told the parents.

On top of that, the school district paid off the teacher and gave her a recommendation to go away, the McClellans' attorney says. Hannah McClellan has a rare condition called CDG (Congenital disorder of glycosylation), which involves the brain shrinking. She was in Kings Local special education classes four years ago.

The suit claims Hannah and four others were abused by teacher Amanda Kitcho. "Hannah was a happy, joyful, loving child. Every year she wanted to be her teachers," said Amy McClellan. That changed in Kitcho’s class, Hannah’s mother said. "When she was in this class, it did not take her long to say,'I hate school. I don't want to go there anymore.’ And, she stopped talking," Amy McClellan said.

The lawsuit alleges traumatic abuse and neglect.

Hannah needed a special chair at school, but it became a form of punishment, her father says. "It appears that the nylon handles were twisted around in an incorrect manner in the back of the chair and duct-taped to physically restrain her," Michael McClellan said. Hannah also used a walker, but the McClellans claim she was often forced to crawl - the lawsuit says - "like a dying dog to get to the side of the road."

"In terms of the horror factor, the shock factor, this case is dramatic," said the McClellans’ attorney, Chris Finney. It was Finney who first told the parents about the abuse. He sued to get public records, including nine depositions and three separate investigations. "The parents were left entirely out of the loop," Finney said. The initial investigation began in October 2011 after a teacher's aide reported allegations of inappropriate behavior in a multiple-handicapped classroom.

Kitcho was allowed to quietly leave the district, Finney said. "The school board just paid her to leave and then gave her a glowing letter of recommendation," the attorney said.

Kings Superintendent Valerie Browning emailed the following statement to WCPO: "At this time the district nor our attorneys have seen this lawsuit. When we do we will be reviewing it with our board of education.”

There has been no comment so far from Kitcho.

The suit seeks money for damages and to cover Hannah's future treatment. She is now in the eighth grade and a cheerleader in Idaho.

Finney also wants rules changed so parents are immediately part of the process when claims of abuse are investigated.

http://www.wcpo.com/news/education/kings-loca...
Oh Yeah

Springboro, OH

#30389 Feb 13, 2014
yes man wrote:
<quoted text>
On the face of Todd Petrey exists two mouths, each of which speaks and repeats the agenda of the person directly in front of it.
.... and now we all know!
Children First

Springboro, OH

#30390 Feb 13, 2014
First Amendment wrote:
Jan 21,2014 - KINGS MILLS, Ohio - A teacher made a disabled fifth-grader crawl to the bathroom and otherwise abused her at Columbia Elementary School, the girl’s parents say. Amy and Michael McClellan are suing the Kings Local School District in federal court and claim district officials and police conducted multiple investigations and never told the parents.

On top of that, the school district paid off the teacher and gave her a recommendation to go away, the McClellans' attorney says. The suit claims Hannah and four others were abused by teacher Amanda Kitcho.

"In terms of the horror factor, the shock factor, this case is dramatic," said the McClellans’ attorney, Chris Finney. It was Finney who first told the parents about the abuse. He sued to get public records, including nine depositions and three separate investigations. "The parents were left entirely out of the loop," Finney said. The initial investigation began in October 2011 after a teacher's aide reported allegations of inappropriate behavior in a multiple-handicapped classroom.

Kitcho was allowed to quietly leave the district, Finney said. "The school board just paid her to leave and then gave her a glowing letter of recommendation," the attorney said.

http://www.wcpo.com/news/education/kings-loca...
How do you know whether or not a school board collectively serves as puppets for a district's administrators or for self-serving agendas of teachers unions? How do you know whether or not members of,your school board are constantly being manipulated or coerced by internal pressures? How can you tell when a given public school board has collectively lost view of accountability and responsibility to citizens within their school district, including but not limited to students, parents, business people, clergy, public workers, as well as interests of the average taxpayer?
If you choose to not attend your child's school board meetings, of course, you will never know...
Lt Dan

Springboro, OH

#30391 Feb 13, 2014
The last cyfer should be simple enough for even all of you numbnuts to break...

LT OUT
accountability

Springboro, OH

#30392 Feb 13, 2014
Kelly Kohls knew the public school apologists in her community disliked the policies she and two other conservative school board members had adopted for the Springboro Community City School District. But she never imagined that one critic would violate student privacy laws in an effort to have the conservative majority ousted in last November’s school board election.

Last August, Springboro high school teacher Molly Wray used contact information improperly obtained from old parent permission slips to send a mass email to Springboro High School graduates, encouraging them to vote in the school board election, according to a district document obtained by EAGnews. She also encouraged the graduates to access her Facebook page, where she posted endorsements for three candidates opposing the conservative candidates.

In the district document reviewed by EAGnews, Springboro Treasurer Terrah Floyd acknowledges that the student information Wray used to send her email was protected under Ohio state law and the federal government’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

In other words, Wray illegally copied email addresses from confidential district records.
Despite the improper use of protected information for personal and political reasons, the only disciplinary action Springboro school leaders apparently took against Wray was to place a “letter of understanding” in her personnel file that gently reminds the veteran educator to maintain a “professional” relationship with former students.

Kohls says the incident – and the district’s underwhelming response to it – reveals two important problems in public education. The first is that despite state and federal privacy laws, students’ personal data can never be genuinely secure if school employees don’t understand or follow the laws. She believes if lawmakers aren’t serious about enforcing the privacy laws already on the books, new legislation to secure students’ Common Core-generated data are just symbolic, feel-good efforts that won’t have any practical effects.
Kohls’ other takeaway is that the laws aren’t evenly applied to those “inside” the K-12 system as those outside the system. If school employees are allowed to flout the privacy laws – something Kohls says happens “as a matter of routine”– it gives the Education Establishment an enormous political, get-out-the-vote advantage over ordinary citizens who have to follow the rules.“There is nothing anybody is doing to apply the laws to school employees,” Kohls tells EAGnews.

Wray’s email to students last August mentioned three separate reasons for writing.
The first two involved school and alumni news. The third item – which accounted for 50 percent of the email – dealt with a district levy renewal vote and the hotly contested Nov. 5 school board races.
Springboro’s school board races were a big deal last fall, as members of the Education Establishment were eager to reclaim control of the district from the fiscal conservatives – Kohls, David Petroni and Jim Rigano – who had been in the majority since 2012. The three reform advocates and their “Children First” budgeting philosophy had rankled the local teachers union and establishment supporters.
In the end, three pro-Establishment candidates were elected last November, giving them a 3-2 board majority. But that wasn’t a sure thing when Wray sent her email on Aug. 26, as evidenced by its urgent tone.
“It is VERY important to vote on November 5th if you are still a Springboro resident,” Wray wrote, according to a copy of the email provided to EAGnews.“YOUR VOTE COUNTS and just may be the difference maker on November 5th.”

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