Why don't you worry about educating the 2000 plus kids that are already in your system that aren't getting the education the taxpayers are funding?<quoted text>
Why doesn't David petroni choose springboro schools for his own children?
There are 31983 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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#24176 Apr 12, 2013
#24177 Apr 12, 2013
As you may have noted from my previous points, the vast majority of residents of this community do not wish for you to raise their children.
You can however impact the education of the 2000 plus children already in your school system that are not receiving the education the taxpayers are funding.
#24178 Apr 12, 2013
Or we can just do better on our own. We do not need the state to sanction our rise in the level of academic expectation we prefer.
Your suggestion that we sacrifice another batch of our children's education to the low expectation gods in Columbus is laughable.
Do a better job teaching and the kids will learn more and get more correct answers on the test thus raising the scores.
What we are doing now would be sterling in Dayton, but in Springboro, we expect more than 20% of our 8th graders to pass the math test.
#24179 Apr 12, 2013
If you recognize we have "had this problem for years", then you should be able to offer some good solutions to fix the problem, shouldn't you? I am just looking for one solution. Just one. As I have said before, repeating the same thing over and over and over again doesn't fix the problem. It really just becomes loud background noise.
#24180 Apr 12, 2013
So, teach to the test then?
And please offer a suggestion how to "do a better job teaching".
#24181 Apr 12, 2013
Perhaps, but are these results factual or not? Please provide the argument that compels everyone to keep doing what they are doing because this is good enough. I am begging you to defend those who produce such results.
These are the results necessary to be considered Excellent with Distinction or rated as an A level school in the state of Ohio.
I believe we can do much better than this and should demand as much from our children and teachers.
When 80% of the 8th graders taking this test, fail this test, I think we have a problem that must be fixed.
Now which teachers need a raise because they are not paid enough given the results we are enjoying?
The ones making over $30/hour or the ones making over $63/hour or the ones in between?
This is how much a teacher in the Springboro School District actually makes per hour.
$36,500 +$5110 the taxpayer picks up for your retirement fund /1350 hours =$30.82/hour
$48,000 +$6720 the taxpayer picks up for your retirement fund/1350 hours =$40.53/hour
$60,000 +$8400 the taxpayer picks up for your retirement fund/1350 hours =$50.66/hour
$75,000 +$10,500 the taxpayer picks up for your retirement fund/1350 hours =$63.33/hour
And this is what we receive in return after 8 years in our school system,
80% scoring a D or F on the Ohio Achievement Assessment test.
8th Grade 2011-2012 Ohio Achievement Assessment Tests Results.
Math .......50 possible points on the test
This is the low bar the state sets for every school in Ohio so even the urban schools can pass something.
State Rating System and distribution of students for the 8th grade
Limited.......... 3 Students
Limited.......... 20% was the Average score for this group
Limited..........definition--0 -10 correct answers =(0-20% correct)
Basic ..........27% was the Average score for this group
Basic..........definition--11- 15 correct answers =(22-30% correct)
Proficient........47% was the Average score for this group
Proficient.........definition- -16-29 correct answers =(32-58% correct)
Accelerated.....67% was the Average score for this group
Accelerated.....definition--30 -36 correct answers =(60-72% correct)
Advanced........85% was the Average score for this group
Advanced........definition--37 -50 correct answers =(74-100% correct)
Applying Mr. Malone's same grading system used for assigning percentages to grades earned in the college credit program (PSEO)
F.....Below 62.99% correct answers.......239 Students
Percentage of Students.....55% receiving F
D..... 63%- 74.99% correct answers......108 Students
Percentage of Students.....25% receiving D
C......75%- 84.99% correct answers........49 Students
Percentage of Students.....11% receiving C
B..... 85%- 92.99% correct answers........36 Students
Percentage of Students.....8% receiving B
A..... 93% correct answers and above.....6 Students
Percentage of Students.....1% receiving A
With Mr. Malone's scale of actual grading, we see that 80% of the children who took the Ohio Achievement Assessment Math Test are not getting the education the taxpayers are funding?
Again, who is underpaid for the above results?
#24182 Apr 12, 2013
You could just teach the curriculum, if you just do that and the students master that, then the test will be a breeze.
They have all of the practice tests available on line on the ODE website, look at them for yourselves.
These are not mind numbingly difficult if we have done our job teaching the curriculum.
#24183 Apr 12, 2013
Somehow with all the bluster about nothing I note that the Booster Scandal has received scant attention.
Front page Headline in the Dayton Daily News of us being defrauded from 2004 until June 2012 of over $439,000. That was money that was raised by hard working, dedicated, volunteer efforts by parents in this community under the mistaken assumption that it was all for the kids.
The $439,000 they discovered via a forensic audit covered just 8 years of this man's 20 year reign. It is based upon the discover of over 300 checks written either to him or to cash at the bank where the monies were deposited.
None of the $439,000 that he pled guilty to stealing was cash, it was only the checks that he pleaded guilty to in court.
How many believe that ONLY $439,000 was taken from our efforts when so much of the booster business is transpired in cash? Working in the concession stands I have witnessed untold amounts of cash collected by the volunteer workers.
If this man would steal $439,000 by leaving a paper trail of cashed checks, how greedy do you think he got when it came to cash sitting on the kitchen table that no one bothered to count?
Where are the detractors of Mr. Petroni and Mr Rigano now that the full story begins to come out in bits and pieces? Their dogged pursuit of the truth was rewarded by brutal attacks on their character and intentions.
How many other subsections of fund raising were also looted in a similar manner by different people who controlled only those accounts under the same conditions?
Whose money was forced to make up the shortfalls left by the lax oversight of previous school boards, booster boards, and the silent complicity from an equally lax athletic department?
#24184 Apr 12, 2013
This whole process has been pitiful. The push back, the vileness, the denial, the abject hatred have all soured me on my faith in these people who lead these organizations. I have little trust that my efforts are actually being used the way they say they are. It makes me want to puke, I bet that number is north of a million. I go to Centerville's School House Park and wonder why Springboro does not have anything like this given the amount of resources we provide, now I know, its because people are being allowed to rob us blind.
I like the transparency project, but when will it apply to these clubs raising all this money in the dark? I agree with Mr. Wiedeman, 10,000 eyes watching the pot greatly reduces monkey business.
#24185 Apr 12, 2013
Schoolhouse park is there because the citizens of washington twp and centerville pay a 2 mil levy for such park services.
#24186 Apr 12, 2013
More background noise and no solutions. Why do people, such as yourself always take the easy road? Its so easy to complain about this and that, say what is wrong with this and that, but when asked to offer solutions and help.....sorry, can't do that. Its up to someone else. You are definitely adept at pointing out the problems with everything. At least you know how to cut and paste pretty well. You have definitely mastered that.
"I think we have a problem that needs to be fixed". I ask again, how would you fix it??????????
#24187 Apr 12, 2013
So based on your comments and the data provided over and over and over again here, have 80% of the teachers failed?
#24188 Apr 12, 2013
Good thing is, orgnizations are always looking for people to get involved. You can volunteer and help "clean up" and make those organizations "trustworthy" again.
#24189 Apr 12, 2013
Ask the professional educators to defend their work? Why aren't they the ones solving this problem, isn't that what they get paid for? Are just watching's presentation factual? if not what is wrong with it and why shouldn't we pay any attention to the data?
#24190 Apr 12, 2013
I guess if your product is 80% failing, yeah. I think just watching only gave us math scores, so maybe just the math teachers aren't doing the job.
#24191 Apr 12, 2013
That's exactly the type of good citizenship role models that our school children and community members have in the good leadership of our Springboro Board of Education representatives, Mrs. Kohls, Mr. Petroni, and Mr. Rigano.
A few years ago, these three proud civic-minded private citizens, although busy in their own professional lives and family responsibilities, felt compelled to get involved educating school district voters of ways to ensure that the children of the Springboro community receive an excellent education while keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending.
Over the course of five failed unnecessary levies, and two school board elections, Mrs. Kohls, Mr. Petroni, and Mr. Rigano stayed to the task of running successful school board representative campaigns, getting elected by winning the trust and support of Springboro parents and tax-paying homeowners; and in just over a year of public service as reform minded elected officials, Mrs. Kohls, Mr. Petroni, and Mr. Rigano and our new district leaders have done more financially meeting the needs of our children first, than previous board members had ignored for years, including safety transportation and properties repairs/maintenance.
Without board members Mrs. Kohls, Mr. Petroni, and Mr. Rigano standing firm on principles of transparency and accountability,
asking the tough questions stirring up the cover-up, this pay-to-play scam would have never been brought to light.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! We appreciate your hard work and great accomplishments doing what's right to make Springboro a better place for our families to live, work, learn ... and Play Sports!
Please know of our continued support and best wishes for success during the difficult challenges facing our school district.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
#24192 Apr 12, 2013
And i agree with jsut watching, the booster thing is pathetic and I don't understand why the boosters did not want to address this situation before they were pressed by the board. The whole board should have enough respect to resign and let us rebuild the program with some transparency, good accounting, and in cooperation with the schools.
#24193 Apr 12, 2013
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are,
"I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
#24194 Apr 12, 2013
Totally agree that the entire Boosters Board should repectfully resign.
And Springboro School Board member, Mr. Don Miller, should immediately resign from the school board.
Mr. Miller is the only school board member left who was serving on the board in 2009, refusing to question the Athletic director, and Mr. Miller voted yes to imposing these unusually-high pay to play fees on students for revenge against parents for levy failure.
Mr. Miller also partiicpated last year with former BOE president Scott Anderson in the SEA attempt to throw Mr. Petroni and Mr. Rigano out of office in the SEA bid to maintain pro-union board member majority. Thank goodness that failed.
In due respect, Mr. Anderson resigned, refusing to support the board's new leadership direction of children first budgeting; but Mr. Miller stayed on and has continued his status quo service of union first, voting against our children first agenda.
Union politics should not have "representation" in our children's classrooms; and school district voters should have children first board representatives doing what's right for our school children and community as a whole.
#24195 Apr 12, 2013
DO SOME RESEARCH AND FIND OUT WHY THE BOOSTERS DID NOT MAKE A PUBLIC STATEMENT AT THE TIME OF DISCOVERY. ALSO, GET THE REAL FACTS ON WHO DISCOVERED, HOW IT WAS HANDLED, AND WHY. THE ANSWERS TO THE DISCOVERY MIGHT NOT INCLUDE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. IT MAY JUST BE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS GRABBED THE HEADLINE. FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF AND DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK. THE ANSWERS MAY NOT BE WHAT SOME THINK OR HAVE BEEN BLINDLY LED BY THE NOSE TO BELIEVE.
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