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THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT DESERVES AN "A" for Educating Springboro!

"Change" is not a four-letter word. And, despite what many seem to believe, it’s not always bad either.
Change is especially important when it comes to K-12 education. Reformers often appropriately use the term "kids first" when it comes to our educational priorities. Too many times, however, "adults first" is the prevailing philosophy. That has to change (there’s that magic word again) and it is in one Ohio school district.
Check out the excerpts from an excellent report by the Education Action Group:
Springboro’s old philosophy was like that of many public school districts: Teachers were given annual “step” raises and administrators received nice salary perks, whether there was money in the district’s budget or not. If the district couldn’t afford it, voters were expected to approve tax hikes to pay for it all, or accept cuts to student services.
That old “adults first” approach was on full display in 2009, when district officials chose to address their financial woes by eliminating busing for high school students, laying off 30 district employees, and raising pay-to-play fees for after school activities.
Not long after that, Kelly Kohls, a mother of five and a former college professor, joined the Springboro school board and a new “children first” philosophy began to emerge.
Kohls’ approach of challenging the “business as usual” mindset has proven very effective. The district now requires employees to contribute more for their health insurance plans. Backdoor bonuses for administrators have been eliminated, annual teacher “step” raises have been frozen, and a variety of spending cuts have been implemented.
The results are evident in the school’s financial trajectory. A few years ago the district was projecting a $30 million deficit. Today it’s projecting a $4 million surplus, even though the community is still reeling from the weak economy, which has caused a 400 percent increase in the number of people needing assistance from the local food bank, according to Kohls.
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Kohls’ self-described “kids first” approach has caused a lot of heartburn among Springboro’s school establishment. During her brief tenure on the board, district officials have publicly blamed Kohls for the defeat of a $6 million school levy, the departures of a superintendent, a district treasurer, a school board president and the large turnover in school administrators.
Members of the Springboro Education Association – the local teachers union – use school board meetings to excoriate Kohls for opposing teacher pay raises and proposing budget cuts.

“Some people get so entrenched in the old philosophy that it’s tough to get them to think whether or not something is going to help the kids,” Kohls says of the criticism.“We need a different way of thinking.”

Voters seem to agree. Last November, they elected two of Kohls’ allies, giving fiscal conservatives control of the five-member school board, which began its current term in January.
Kohls says her approach has been to “ask a lot of questions” and to explain the board’s spending decisions to the community.
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During her campaign for school board, for instance, Kohls asked why Springboro taxpayers were paying both the district’s and administrators’ contributions to the state retirement fund, especially since high school busing had just been cut to save money.

She reasoned that the amount of money spent on the retirement perk ($180,000) should be used to reinstate high school busing ($125,000). Kohls shared her proposal with the community on the Educate Springboro website and now the administrative perk is gone.

When the district’s health insurance costs increased by $830,000, Kohls proposed that employee contributions be raised to 20 percent – in line with what average Springboro residents paid – to offset the extra costs. She thought it made sense, especially since the district was in the middle of a financial emergency that left schools unable to purchase new textbooks or make basic building repairs. Her fellow board members at the time didn’t agree, and the district absorbed the increase.

But Kohls used the Educate Springboro website to bring her case to the public, and the philosophical shift became evident.
“People started looking at the other four board members, and asked,‘How could you say yes to the increase?’” Kohls says.
Today, employees pay 15 percent of their health insurance costs, and the district has joined a health care consortium which has resulted in nearly $6 million in savings.
Since January, the new board has enshrined its “children first” philosophy in a series of 28 goals, which include setting district money aside to help prepare students for the ACT test, among other things.

The board has switched to zero-based budgeting, meaning that school budgets will not automatically increase every year. Instead, teachers are being asked to submit annual budgets outlining specific resources they need.

The board is also developing policies that prioritize district spending, to ensure that student-centered spending needs are met before employee benefits and wage increases are considered. Kohls is crafting a point system to determine which employees will receive bonuses from the leftover funds.
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Dr Kohls has been an educator for more years then the kids in Springboro schools have been alive. So many people complain about her because they wish they were more like her. Successful. David Rigano gets the same treatment. He is also successful. The internet was invented to share information. The parents should realize this. There is no need for us to pay for the schools. Turn the computers on and quit asking me for money to pay for your kids. The principle makes to much. That has been talked about for years. Look at the work Dr Kohl and Mr. Rigano have done. They can prove how much we spend paying for people to teach. But you can get free school on the internet so why are we even doing this? The schools need to be cheaper but internet schools are free. and if you do not have your own computer they will even give you one. How is that not a good deal? Dr Kohls fights for the taxpayers. Rick Santorum does to. Homeschool or internet school are best so you are not asking other people to take care of your kids.
The above NOT "truthmeter" post is typical of the raves and rants of unionized ridicule (protesting for teachers rights to demand "teachers first" in our school's budgeting plan) which is preached from the union bully pulpit as social justice gospel in Saul Alinsky's book: Rules for Radicals.
This unionized bible sets forth the principles of union activists' rebellion against the established principles of protecting and promoting responsibility of the family unit, as the most important important to our economy and our society.

Too often, our public schools union employees, compete with the family in their tunnel-vision self-interest agenda to present the "local school government" as the primary caretaker/co-parent of our children enrolled in our public schools. Many of these priorities that soak up our school tax dollars needed for classroom educacation are nothing more than social engineering. Their agenda is to raise the next generation with the same "Government Entitlement Mentality" of our union activists that everyone has a "right" to demand a government big enough to meet the "wants" of each one.(For example, this obsession that our federal and state governments currently express locally in the "fatness" of our school kids; and how the government is taking charge to "caretake and micromanage our kids fatness" according to whatever the latest findings are from the government's research (which is conducted to support whatever high cost agenda is "the cause of the day" in our kid's government controlled education). This in turn, mandates large numbers of school staff members to "regulate, tabulate, and communicate" test results to the government's "Fat Patrol Experts." This in turn requires more work for the "Fat Patrol" which then leads to big demands that "It Takes Money!" to educate our fatter than ever kids; so taxpayers must trim even more money from their already skinny earnings; and fatten up those union activists pockets, who are "doing it all for OUR kids!" Oh indeed! how our union activists do "treasure" our kids for "laying up more dollars in their SEA "treasure" chests!
How is that not a "good deal" for the union??
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@Im Listening...asking "How can we educate them?"
THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT DESERVES AN "A" for Educating Springboro!
"Change" is not a four-letter word. And, despite what many seem to believe, it’s not always bad either.
Change is especially important when it comes to K-12 education. Reformers often appropriately use the term "kids first" when it comes to our educational priorities. Too many times, however, "adults first" is the prevailing philosophy. That has to change (there’s that magic word again) and it is in one Ohio school district.
Check out the excerpts from an excellent report by the Education Action Group:
Springboro’s old philosophy was like that of many public school districts: Teachers were given annual “step” raises and administrators received nice salary perks, whether there was money in the district’s budget or not. If the district couldn’t afford it, voters were expected to approve tax hikes to pay for it all, or accept cuts to student services.
That old “adults first” approach was on full display in 2009, when district officials chose to address their financial woes by eliminating busing for high school students, laying off 30 district employees, and raising pay-to-play fees for after school activities.
Not long after that, Kelly Kohls, a mother of five and a former college professor, joined the Springboro school board and a new “children first” philosophy began to emerge.
Kohls’ approach of challenging the “business as usual” mindset has proven very effective. The district now requires employees to contribute more for their health insurance plans. Backdoor bonuses for administrators have been eliminated, annual teacher “step” raises have been frozen, and a variety of spending cuts have been implemented.
The results are evident in the school’s financial trajectory. A few years ago the district was projecting a $30 million deficit. Today it’s projecting a $4 million surplus, even though the community is still reeling from the weak economy, which has caused a 400 percent increase in the number of people needing assistance from the local food bank, according to Kohls.
Be careful there, Ms. Kohls. You are going to strain your arm trying to pat yourself on the back like that. LOL
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where to go from here....? I believe the best we can do is elect and fully support our school board representatives who are strong minded enough to buck the system and speak honestly. We can all express our appreciate to politicians who are willing to start talking about the reality of public employee uunions today and the unreasonable costs they are imposing on our society.
All politics are local.... During the month of June our "school politics" will focus on two "huge-cost" issues in our Springboro Schools Board of Education meetings:(1) Pay-to-Play Fees For Our Students Participation in sports/extra-curriculars and (2) how to meet the challenge of continued safe bus transportation for school children (with No New Taxes).
Our "teachers first" union coalition continues to distract, discredit, and personally attack our BOE majority "Children First
Budgeting" while using the public school board meetings to bully the deamnds of our severly weakened Springboro Education Association.
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Be careful there, Ms. Kohls. You are going to strain your arm trying to pat yourself on the back like that. LOL
That's just YOUR opinion; but So Silly!

Why ever would Ms. Kohls do that when news articles like this one are spreading the facts?

http://indianachamberblogs.com/education/this...
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@Im Listening...asking "How can we educate them?"
THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT DESERVES AN "A" for Educating Springboro!
"Change" is not a four-letter word. And, despite what many seem to believe, it’s not always bad either.
Change is especially important when it comes to K-12 education. Reformers often appropriately use the term "kids first" when it comes to our educational priorities. Too many times, however, "adults first" is the prevailing philosophy. That has to change (there’s that magic word again) and it is in one Ohio school district.
Check out the excerpts from an excellent report by the Education Action Group:
Springboro’s old philosophy was like that of many public school districts: Teachers were given annual “step” raises and administrators received nice salary perks, whether there was money in the district’s budget or not. If the district couldn’t afford it, voters were expected to approve tax hikes to pay for it all, or accept cuts to student services.
That old “adults first” approach was on full display in 2009, when district officials chose to address their financial woes by eliminating busing for high school students, laying off 30 district employees, and raising pay-to-play fees for after school activities.
Not long after that, Kelly Kohls, a mother of five and a former college professor, joined the Springboro school board and a new “children first” philosophy began to emerge.
Kohls’ approach of challenging the “business as usual” mindset has proven very effective. The district now requires employees to contribute more for their health insurance plans. Backdoor bonuses for administrators have been eliminated, annual teacher “step” raises have been frozen, and a variety of spending cuts have been implemented.
The results are evident in the school’s financial trajectory. A few years ago the district was projecting a $30 million deficit. Today it’s projecting a $4 million surplus, even though the community is still reeling from the weak economy, which has caused a 400 percent increase in the number of people needing assistance from the local food bank, according to Kohls.
Totally agree with the Children First Budgeting philosophy and fully support Dr. Kohls' leadership as our school board representative!
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Be careful there, Ms. Kohls. You are going to strain your arm trying to pat yourself on the back like that. LOL
Isn't it true that all YOUR criticism is really about YOUR envy of Ms. Kohls' success and popularity as an "effective" elected official in our school district? Ms. Kohls demonstates that rare "quality of character" of a professional who is truly educated to "serve the public" doing what's right to improve our schools and community; instead of "pro-union self-interest" in "controlling" status quo school government.

Have you ever tried to "enlighten" yourself and better understand WHY the success of our winning school board respresentatives makes you so mean spirited and jealous? Your "teachers first" agenda has been "judged" unfit for service by the majority of our school district voters and, whether you accept it or not, the children first budgeting plan is being implemented successfully, and is fully supported by the majority of voters.
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Isn't it true that all YOUR criticism is really about YOUR envy of Ms. Kohls' success and popularity as an "effective" elected official in our school district? Ms. Kohls demonstates that rare "quality of character" of a professional who is truly educated to "serve the public" doing what's right to improve our schools and community; instead of "pro-union self-interest" in "controlling" status quo school government.
Have you ever tried to "enlighten" yourself and better understand WHY the success of our winning school board respresentatives makes you so mean spirited and jealous? Your "teachers first" agenda has been "judged" unfit for service by the majority of our school district voters and, whether you accept it or not, the children first budgeting plan is being implemented successfully, and is fully supported by the majority of voters.
Here I am, did you call?
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Here I am, did you call?
No.

"There's nothing wrong with having nothing to say --unless you insist on saying it."
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@Im Listening...asking "How can we educate them?"
THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT DESERVES AN "A" for Educating Springboro!
"Change" is not a four-letter word. And, despite what many seem to believe, it’s not always bad either.
Change is especially important when it comes to K-12 education. Reformers often appropriately use the term "kids first" when it comes to our educational priorities. Too many times, however, "adults first" is the prevailing philosophy. That has to change (there’s that magic word again) and it is in one Ohio school district.
Check out the excerpts from an excellent report by the Education Action Group:
Springboro’s old philosophy was like that of many public school districts: Teachers were given annual “step” raises and administrators received nice salary perks, whether there was money in the district’s budget or not. If the district couldn’t afford it, voters were expected to approve tax hikes to pay for it all, or accept cuts to student services.
That old “adults first” approach was on full display in 2009, when district officials chose to address their financial woes by eliminating busing for high school students, laying off 30 district employees, and raising pay-to-play fees for after school activities.
Not long after that, Kelly Kohls, a mother of five and a former college professor, joined the Springboro school board and a new “children first” philosophy began to emerge.
Kohls’ approach of challenging the “business as usual” mindset has proven very effective. The district now requires employees to contribute more for their health insurance plans. Backdoor bonuses for administrators have been eliminated, annual teacher “step” raises have been frozen, and a variety of spending cuts have been implemented.
The results are evident in the school’s financial trajectory. A few years ago the district was projecting a $30 million deficit. Today it’s projecting a $4 million surplus, even though the community is still reeling from the weak economy, which has caused a 400 percent increase in the number of people needing assistance from the local food bank, according to Kohls.
Keep Talking About Good News Worth Repeating!

http://indianachamberblogs.com/education/this...
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What people need and what they want may be very different. Teachers are those who educate the people to appreciate the things they NEED!
-Elbert Hubbard

Remember in past times the "teachers" (including the SEA treasurer/media director Ms. Thornbury) grandstanding from the bully pulpit how much money from their own pockets they had to spend to provide for "needs" in their classrooms just because of levy failures?

Well, children first budgeting provides all the classroom needs requested by the teachers; but strangely enough, there was not one word of "appreciation" from our SEA friends and union-first supporters..... at last week's board meeting when the Budget/Finance committee presented this to the board for approval, and furthermore,

our really weakened-union bully school board president, Scott Anderson, refused to show up for the vote for budgeting for the teachers' classroom needs for children first;

and board member Don Miller caved in to the NFSS union activists' status quo agenda of distracting, discrediting and personally attacking the BOE majority members who are supporting the children first budgeting plan.

Finally, Mr. Miller, actually made the motion to AMEND the "work that has been accomplished by the board's budget/finance committee during the past five months!" And another "nail" was driven into the "coffin of the weakened SEA" as the "gavel" firmly pounded into the silence... "the motions dies!"

And still, throughout the meeting, NO word of appreciation for teachers receiving all their requested classroom "needs." But, it was NO surprise that only the same old mantra was heard from the bully pulpit: we need a levy to guarantee increased salaries and benefits for our union school employees!

Stay alert, voter! keep your eyes and your ears wide open to the truth so that the lies of our schoolyard/community bullies do not deceive!
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Isn't it true that all YOUR criticism is really about YOUR envy of Ms. Kohls' success and popularity as an "effective" elected official in our school district? Ms. Kohls demonstates that rare "quality of character" of a professional who is truly educated to "serve the public" doing what's right to improve our schools and community; instead of "pro-union self-interest" in "controlling" status quo school government.
Have you ever tried to "enlighten" yourself and better understand WHY the success of our winning school board respresentatives makes you so mean spirited and jealous? Your "teachers first" agenda has been "judged" unfit for service by the majority of our school district voters and, whether you accept it or not, the children first budgeting plan is being implemented successfully, and is fully supported by the majority of voters.
Everyone really needs to stop saying a "majority" of voters elected the current BOE. You need to check the results. A majority of the voters actually voted for the other candidates this past time around. 52%-48%. Each one only got 24% of the vote. While it was close - they did not get a majroty of the votes.
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Get your story straight wrote:
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Everyone really needs to stop saying a "majority" of voters elected the current BOE. You need to check the results. A majority of the voters actually voted for the other candidates this past time around. 52%-48%. Each one only got 24% of the vote. While it was close - they did not get a majroty of the votes.
Our pro-union anti-education school board president, Scott Anderson, and board member Don Miller, along with about 200
"union activists" really need to stop trying to over-rule the November 2011 school board election. In the real world, we know that elections have results, and three conservative common sense school board members are the MAJORITY rule of the five elected officials. That fact is not going to change; regardless of the opinions of the weakened SEA schoolyard bullies and NFSS community drama queens and hecklers that continue show up at every public meeting with their tired old status quo performances. Just as responsible and mature parents understand their 2 year olds'
whining for attention; so it is that responsible and mature citizens must be understanding (and patient) with the pro-union activists' whining for attention! Let's just humor them ....one meeting at a time ..... they know we love them; but we will NEVER conced to their politics of personal destruction.
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Get your story straight wrote:
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Everyone really needs to stop saying a "majority" of voters elected the current BOE. You need to check the results. A majority of the voters actually voted for the other candidates this past time around. 52%-48%. Each one only got 24% of the vote. While it was close - they did not get a majroty of the votes.
Point is: David Petroni and Jim Rigano proved that they were "Winners" by earning the confidence and trust of Springboro voters by their voluntary service to our community, even before they became the two (out of six) school board candidates, who received the largest number of votes, which were needed to win the only two school board positions available. Therfore, the real winners of the November 2011 school board election are our school children and community members.

Another point to get your story straight:
Although Issue 2 did not prevail throughout the State with the "majority" of votes; the majority of voters throughout Warren County voted yes. Does anybody know the percentage by which Issue 2 won in Warren County?
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Get your story straight wrote:
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Everyone really needs to stop saying a "majority" of voters elected the current BOE. You need to check the results. A majority of the voters actually voted for the other candidates this past time around. 52%-48%. Each one only got 24% of the vote. While it was close - they did not get a majroty of the votes.
Each voter voted for three. You can't add the votes for four people and compare them to the votes for two. The majority of the voters voted for Petroni and Rigano. None of the other candidates got 24% alone. Your comparison is like adding up all the yes votes for four failed levy request and comparing it to only two no voters for the levy. Of course you will get a larger # of votes if you count the votes 4 times compared to counting them twice. Duh.
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Each voter voted for three. You can't add the votes for four people and compare them to the votes for two. The majority of the voters voted for Petroni and Rigano. None of the other candidates got 24% alone. Your comparison is like adding up all the yes votes for four failed levy request and comparing it to only two no voters for the levy. Of course you will get a larger # of votes if you count the votes 4 times compared to counting them twice. Duh.
Wrong--each voter got TWO votes! So your entire argument gets thrown out.
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Wrong--each voter got TWO votes! So your entire argument gets thrown out.
Point is: Neither one of the four union school board candidates received enough votes to win one of the two positions on the school board; so their entire pro-union campaign gets thrown out, not only at the polls in November; but in the board room as well.
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Point is: Neither one of the four union school board candidates received enough votes to win one of the two positions on the school board; so their entire pro-union campaign gets thrown out, not only at the polls in November; but in the board room as well.
Actually the point is - the majority of voters, as people keep saying, did not vote for Petroni and Rigano. The majority voted for the other 4 candidates.

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