There are 31968 comments on the Dayton Daily News story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Our recommendation: Springboro voters should say 'yes' the first time to school levies. In it, Dayton Daily News reports that:
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#15172 Nov 13, 2010
boroDad@@ it go's to pattern of behavior - BOE has not changed pattern and we as voters should not change our pattern -VOTE them out-
#15173 Nov 13, 2010
Springboro Voters elected, in November 2009, Dr.Kelly Kohls to help us "Clean Our School House!" and Voters are applauding her accomplishments and will continue offering full support and respect to our highly-popular-locally-elected official, Dr. Kelly Kohls.
Since Dr. Kohls has been elected to the BOE, she has reminded our school district leaders that the board is NOT listening to the community. Dr. Kohls has NOT stated that she will FIGHT the taxpayers for more of our household budget to continue funding EXTRAS for the school district. Dr. Kohls has NOT told her fellow citizens that the BOE demands us to "give up a few more dollars a day" in sacrifice to the deamnds of Springboro Teachers Union activists' agenda.
Dr. Kohls does not tell Springboro voters that we have to sacrifice "living within our own financial means" in order to continue paying huge amounts to SUPPLEMENTAL CONTRACTS for our SPRINGBORO TEACHERS to take fancy field trips to Washington and Camp Kern at the expense of taxpayers household budget.
Dr. Kohls has RESPECTFULLY requested, of our now newly resigned Treasurer, at public school board meetings that agenda items presented for approval, be presented to board members and what it costs taxpayers, BEFORE the teachers are actually ON the JOB. As an overburdened taxpayer in this school district, I'm still trying to figure out what is a supplemental "Pride Committee 1/2 contract", listed TWICE, on the recent agenda, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, what is it COSTING taxpayers, if anything.
Who Knows where our money is going or if the school district really needs more money for EDUCATING our children when over and over these "agenda items" are presented to the board by the School district admininstrators (superintendent and treasurer)to simply "rubber stamp."
Dr. Kelly Kohls did not repeatedly tell Springboro voters that NO raises had been received by Springboro ADMINISTRATORS; BUT that's exactly the un-true MYTH that our pro-levy neighbors projected in order to SCARE our district into suffering "brain drain" if a fifth levy failed.
And who are YOU to self righteously ENVY the money for YOUR self interests that Dr. Kelly Kohls is providing OPPORTUNITY for a cleaning lady to earn?
Now is the time for Springboro and Township Neighbors to STOP Micro Managing personal household budgets and turn our ATTENTION and ENERGY toward getting our SPRINGBORO SCHOOL HOUSE Budget reformed in the BEST interest of ALL community members.
#15174 Nov 13, 2010
NOW IS THE TIME TO "VOTE THEM OUT!"
As good citizens, we MUST respect the free election of 2009 and our locally elected BOE member Scott Anderson (term expires Jan.2014) but the good news is, according to BOE bios... Next year allows citizens opportunity to REPLACE two board members.
Mr. Kruse, BOE president, states in the Springboro Sun, "We're going through tough times." Tough financial times calls for Tough finacial cuts, Mr. Kruse: BEFORE asking citizens who are facing "tough times" to vote yes to increased taxes.
Once again, Mr. Kruse, here is the reminder of your TOUGH times that Springboro resident amd Ohio state senator, Shannon Jones, warned about in the DDN, June 30th article (which was BEFORE you pushed the proposed tax increase onto the November 2 ballot):
"Good peosple and good programs will be IMPACTED by the upcming tough choices that MUST be made. Ohioans CANNOT afford MORE taxes."
Mr. Kruse, Good school board elected leaders LISTEN to the advice and counsel of ALL board members who are representative of all voters), NOT just the board members with whom YOU personally agree. As we turn the calendar page to 2011, is that a ticking clock growing louder?
#15175 Nov 13, 2010
This is unbelievable pettiness from both sides. Now is the TIME to Say Thank You to: TELL IT LIKE IT IS:
"Yes, Ellis is pro-levy and Kohls is anti-levy. Their personal lives are irrelevant. What they do as board members is relevant. Right now, Kohls speaks for the majority of Springboro Schools taxpayers and the majority rules. We need to concentrate on the real issue - the need to cut unnecessary and wasteful spending by the school board, school administration, and the unions. I have made suggestions to that effect and we need to have more suggestions from both sides, and the school board needs to act on these suggestions. We will not get anywhere until we do this. Anything else is just a needless distraction."
If I may add one more BOE name to the names of Ellis and Kohls, it would be Scott Anderson.
As good citizens and role models for our children, it is our duty to Respect these officials, and then in due process, Vote out the board members who do not repsect the will of the people. It is the American Way and there is no better way.
Now is the time to turn our attention to cost savings suggestions while maintaining our tradition of excellent schools and quality comunity living for all residents of Springboro and our Townships.
And from the understanding of many voters, it appears that the EXTRA expense of supplemental contracts, in addition to teachers' generous salaries, is a LUXURY for teachers that TAXPAYERS are no longer willing to pay for during these tough times for us all.
#15176 Nov 13, 2010
Had Enough Already? You Betcha!
Now is the time to send a clear message to our double dipping Springboro Schools employees... You Can't CONTINUE Draining the WELL From Which You Already So Heavily Drink.
Now is the time to send a clear message to our BOE president to provide leadership and lead our BOE to reform our budget. Each one of these double dippers should be "let go" from active payroll and efforts made to hire school employees at a more reasonable "beginning their career" fair and substantial salary, plus fair and reasonable benefits. There's a wise old saying to keep in mind during these quickly changing times: Don't put New
Wine in Old Wineskins. In other words, we can't implement NEW Ideas to meet today's educational challenges until we replace leadership with the Same old leadership styles of the past.
#15177 Nov 13, 2010
Time to wake up to what's happening now. Enough is Enough of "just trust the educators." Now is the time for voters to demand transparency and full disclosure of nothing but the truth about our state audit; and the half-truths (if even half) that our school district leaders are telling us.
"The Performance Audit conducted by the State Auditor in July 2009 highlights that tax payers PICK UP the 10% employee share of each administrator's retirement (STRS) contribution. This is effectively a 10% salary bump since the employee is not making this payment. The Auditor points out that Springboro's administrator salaries exceed those of peer districts, yet the district still provides this benefit for all its administrators.
Eliminating the pick-up benefit for non-senior administrators would save approximately $178,482 (10% of 2011 wages above) per year. In contrast, the district estimates the cost of restoring high school bussing is $150,000 per year. Educate Springboro believes Springboro Schools should adopt the Auditor's recommendation and redirect $170,000 per year to reinstate high school busing or provide another necessary educational service.
#15178 Nov 13, 2010
Instead of bashing & knocking Kohls, why don't you take equal time to take the other 4 board members to task?
Those 4 are the ones not doing the very important aspect of their jobs, which is demanding consistant accountability of this district's administration.
So because the other 4 aren't accomplishing their responsibilities to the district taxpayers in this way, Kelly Kohls naturally senses this void, and thus the reason why she unfairly carries almost all of the burden of keeping administrators' various decision making in check.
Unfortunately, X/4 of our current board is underqualified to replicate the same quality of watch dog work Kohls has done & is doing.
The prevailing atmosphere of distortion for so has been that the board is accountable to the administration, not the other way around. In my estimation, this is a Baker-era relic that needs to be remedied before things move forward!
#15179 Nov 13, 2010
Judging Others (Matthew 7:1-6 "Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright @1973,1978,1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers."
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way your judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.(verses 1-2)
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother,'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hyprocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.(verses 4-5)
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces." (verse 6)
#15180 Nov 13, 2010
did you know you have another on the school board that has gone thru bankrupcy? do you care? so, let's get rid of everyone who has files some sort of bankrupcy....kohls, gentry, and.....ANDERSON
what say you now, big mouth?
#15181 Nov 13, 2010
Worth repeating ad nauseum:
This is unbelievable pettiness from both sides. Yes, Ellis is pro-levy and Kohls is anti-levy. Their personal lives are irrelevant. What they do as board members is relevant. Right now, Kohls speaks for the majority of Springboro Schools taxpayers and the majority rules. We need to concentrate on the real issue - the need to cut unnecessary and wasteful spending by the school board, school administration, and the unions. I have made suggestions to that effect and we need to have more suggestions from both sides, and the school board needs to act on these suggestions. We will not get anywhere until we do this. Anything else is just a needless distraction.
#15182 Nov 13, 2010
Now is the time to stick to the agenda of "Tell It Like It Is."
Our BOE is in an excellent position to eliminate administrative cost of $103,000 Beavers salary; and combine this Business Manager and Treasurer position. From what is posted on this blog, it appears that George Long does have the certifications needed to be employed as a school treasurer/business manager; but if not; then the BOE should look for a school employee who can serve our school district as Treasurer/Business Manager with the one salary of approximately $100,000. Voters have taken the first step on November 2; but we MUST stay to the task. Remember Tuesday, November 16 is the next scheduled board meeting.
#15183 Nov 13, 2010
Now is the time to focus on the tremendous debt that our school district leaders have deceived local taxpayers into supporting all these years; all the while telling voters that "we do it all for the kids."
One step at a time, please, at the appropriate time to fix our BOE problems. NOW is the time to o expose, NOT the PERSONAL FINANCIAL WEAKNESSES,BUT the weak leadership FINANCIAL skills of BOE members Anderson, Ellis, Kruse, and Miller in NOT standing up to the greedy teachers union activists, who are seeking to control our school districts finances to the union's financial advantage, instead of childrens' educational advantages.
Too much of our school tax money is being spent on administrative costs that are not necessary to our children's education. TOO much of our time on this blog is being spent on union activists who are on this blog defending their same old tactics of "divide and conquer" that we saw acted out in our school board meetings during the November 2 levy season.
Please step up and offer support and constructive suggestions as modeled for us by Tell It Like It Is.
#15184 Nov 13, 2010
Did you know that according to Warren County Board of Elections sources:
FACT: 19 levy requests (ie. one every 7 months (on average) since 1998
we have voted to RAISE or MAINTAIN (renew) taxes for schools EIGHT times since the new high school was proposed.
Seven times in the last 12 years (or once about every 18 months and FOUR of those were for new money).
Did you know that the NFSS little yellow card that came in the mail urged voters to consider this FACT:
"Springboro's family-friendly quality and strong schools continue to attract newcomers who keep our community economically vital, sharing the tax burden and driving taxes down for the rest of us."
Why then are we constantly badgered by our pro levy neighbors that because new families have bought homes and are now paying taxes in our school district; that it is NOW time to gather new taxes from everyone and redistribute them?
#15185 Nov 13, 2010
Springboro BOE, I have summarized suggested cost saving ideas here for your review and consideration. I invite both pro and anti levy Springboro taxpayers to join me here in adding to this list so that we both can get beyond our differences. These proposals, along with those of "Educate Springboro", and the pro and con levy Springboro taxpayers, will go a long way in making this community whole again.
1. Include in the contract of the new Superintendent a clause tying compensation to cost reduction and academic performance. Even with reduced compensation, there will be plenty of willing and able administrators happy to get the opportunity to show they are competent enough to turn out a quality product at minimal cost. Why? Because that administrator will be in even more demand when they are ready to move on. To see this in action, all you have to do is track the careers of corporate CEO's who have cut costs, increased market share and quality, and increased the value of stockholders investments, the analogy being taxpayers are the equivalent of stockholders. As a superintendent, imagine putting that on your resume. It is more important than ever that education be run with the same discipline as a business in light of the negative consequences when that business fails.
2. Eliminate one of the two principal positions at both Dennis and Five Points Elementary Schools. Note that there is also no need for an Assistant Principals at either elementary school as they would not have the kinds of issues that are found in either the high school or junior high which would require more supervision.
3. Combine the Treasurer and Business Manager positions under George Long. The Springboro Schools website states that he has both qualifications (if he doesnt have both licenses, then he needs to be held accountable for his misleading the school district). If some state education law or other legal entity does not allow merging the positions, then eliminate the Business Manager position with George Long assuming the Treasurer position. The Superintendent would then be responsible for overseeing those areas previously under the Business Manager (what a novel thought the superintendent actually is a supervisor in more than name only). Of course this would not entail much work for the superintendent, as all areas already have supervisory personnel. The bus drivers have someone already supervising them. The bus repair facility has someone supervising its personnel. The school cafeterias have a supervisor in overall charge at the high school, with the other schools having their own cafeteria supervisors. Each school has a supervisory custodian in charge. School Maintenance workers have work order requests which determine their work schedules.
4. Eliminate the Technology Coordinator position. Merge Technology Coordinator responsibilities that are unrelated to direct IT support into the Ed Techs responsibilities. Keep the remaining two lower paid IT personnel who would collaborate on the remaining responsibilities for IT support. There is precedent for having only two persons in the IT department and that was when we had older and poorer quality computer equipment. We now have expensive new computer equipment that was purchased at a cost of nearly a million dollars. Springboro Schools now has new more efficient and reliable computer equipment which means IT support can be done with fewer personnel which was the case until school administration went on a spending splurge with our taxpayer dollars.
Total Springboro taxpayer dollars saved =$500,000 or more (including benefits, etc.)
#15186 Nov 13, 2010
I cant think of a time in my lifetime when so many different people spoke about the spending problems of government. The problem is at all levels and its each and every persons responsibility, if youre a teacher, its time to start rearranging your life to something more manageable, because things will not stay the way they have forever. If youre a superintendent, you need to do the same. In fact if you work for the government in any fashion, you need to make those adjustments now. Get your financial obligations down so you can endure the change.
The tax payers want to pay you well for the service you provide. But the days of blind foolish spending are gone.
#15187 Nov 13, 2010
"are you kidding me" seems to be stalking Dr. Kohls. This person and her followers seem to be very knowledgeable about very personal information regarding the Kohls family. Things that are public information are one thing, but things going on inside the Kohls' home are another.
This appears to be stalking. If I were Dr. Kohls I would certainly notify the police about the series of broadcasted information that could only be known by someone following her around. Or someone watching her home.
I, personally, could not tell you anything that my neighbors are doing. I do sit outside or in my window and keep them under surveillance. Someone is doing just that with Dr. Kohls.
It has to be an employee of the district, as they are the only ones with a vested interest so high that they would take the risk.
Dr. Kohls is the only person remotely affiliated with the district that is seeking to do what is best for all concerned.
#15188 Nov 13, 2010
add up all those levies at about 20k each and see how much the schools are throwing away our hard earned tax dollars...ENOUGH IS ENOUGH..
#15189 Nov 13, 2010
Should be, "I do "NOT" sit outside etc.
#15190 Nov 13, 2010
COMBINE THE SCHOOLS TAKE YOUR PICK
FRANKLIN AND SPRINGBORO
LEBANON AND SPRINGBORO
MIAMISBURG AND SPRINGBORO
WAYNESVILLE AND SPRINGBORO
#15191 Nov 13, 2010
Education can never be discussed realistically in a funding sense as long as there are people in the system that are willing to abuse the system and use children to do it. And as long as there are people who are willing to look the other way and not discuss the value of a position, or to assert that the value of something is based on emotional concerns, all involved act with reckless irresponsibility.
Listed below are the salaries of some of the governors in this country. I've listed them from highest to lowest. Does anyone believe that a school administrator or teacher has more responsibility than a governor.
New York $179,000
New Jersey $175,000
Arizona $ 95,000
Colorado $ 90,000
Arkansas $ 80,848
Maine $ 70,000
The Mason superintendent is double dipping with full retirement and with an additional salary of
more than the California governor. Can anyone
really justify with irresponsible decision by the Mason School Board?
The taxpayers have spoken. NO. for the fifth time. Little Miami for the seventh time. We know they have already decided to put the issue on the ballot next May. Not one teacher or administrator has taken a cut in pay.
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