Friday, May 14, 2010

Springboro High School (Springboro, Ohio, USA)
May 14, 2010

Written by Dominic Gross

This past week we attended the Springboro City School Board Meeting on May 11, 2010.  The meeting included many teachers and parents who stood up to speak for a new levy that in their minds MUST be proposed to the City.  The most recent school levy was last year May 2009.  That levy was defeated by 137 votes. 

The School Board has recently conducted a City survey that polled the opinions of the city on a new school levy.  Those results will be discussed at the May 25 School Board Meeting.  This survey is to assist the district on whether or not the city is prepared for a new levy.

The School Board and City are definitely divided.  With last year's close defeat and the School Board splitting on votes to bring the levy to the ballot this year Springboro is certainly a City that is divided.

What are your thoughts?  As a new media and information source in Springboro we want to strive to be the Voice in Springboro.  That voice being the residents of the community.  Comment below on how you feel about a potential new levy.
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17 comments:

  1. I have voted for every single levy. I think it IS time to place another levy. I will say, I only have a few more years of kids in school and if ppl don't step up and vote for a levy to help support my kids soon....I will never vote for another one once my kids are done. Its time to get this passed people!

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  2. As a parent whose kids are just a year away from starting kindergarten, I'm really scared about what they are going to experience. With teachers fighting with the school board, and the board fighting with the community, what kind of education are they going to receive?

    It seems that everyone (school board, teachers, levy opposition) needs to sit down and "let it all out". Get the numbers on the table... how much is being spent where... where can cuts be made. Maybe if there was an open communication, the community wouldn't be so opposed to a levy.

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  3. I am a native of Springboro, having spent the first 22 of my 37 years there and I personally believe that Springboro Schools have needed to "live within their means" for years. Too many people automatically stick their hands out to taxpayers when problems arise. The schools need to learn to become more self reliant. There is a town out west in Nevada, Genoa. They started a tradition in 1919 of having a "candy dance" where the community would come together and raise money. The first year was to raise money for streetlights and the money to keep them lit. To this day, much of the town's operating revenue comes from this event. Problem is, no one wants to take the initiative to think creatively when it is too easy to ask taxpayers for more money and bemoan their bad luck when the taxpayers say no.

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  4. My taxes went up again, even in this economic downturn. I called the Warren Co. tax office to see why. There were many small increases for county, fire, library etc. The biggest INCREASE was due to the emergency school levy that was added to our taxes this year...this has cost me another $ 44.00 per month! (and now you want more?) Soon I will have to sell my house or add another job just to pay taxes. Our family has had to cut many things to live in our budget. Will You???

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  5. I have lived in Springboro since 1996. I have lived in Warren County since 1975. I now work for the school system. What I have realized over the past 6 years with the district is there are many that believe that the school has a need for more revenue. I ask the school to look inside its education structure. THere are several programs inside the school that are NOT a required subject. All classes or almost have aids, which are good to have but what happened to the days when parents helped out in the class room. Look at your school fees and ask what they go for. You will get a wide variety of answers. The most interesting fact is that 93 to 96 % of the budget goes for salary. I think that is the heart of the issue. Cut some teachers, aids, administrative and work on a pay scale that is reasonable. If the teacher or other laborer doesn't like it, go somehwere else. The bottom line is that the way the schools are funded is unconstitutional. Find another way! An income tax would be more divided among the community. Retired persons and people on disability, would not pay anything. Wake up Springboro, you are not as affluent as you may think you are or want to be. Live within your means!

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  6. Hi, I keep reading about "support our children." I do, I want what is best for our children. I also want my children to learn that you must be able to do with what you have and work hard for more than you need. It really upsets me to think that a person believes that you are not supporting children by voting no on a school levy. With that narrow minded view there is no negotiating with you. Open your minds and be creative and don't reject others ideas or beliefs. Let us all work together to find a sensable solution for the school funding problems. The days of name calling and finger pointing are over. If not this community will never grow forward.

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  7. I've lived in Springboro since 1959,so I went to these schools.My son went to these schools.But I feel that the schools need to adjust their budgets just like everyone else.If you DO NOT have children that go to Springboro school,you should NOT have to pay the same amount of taxes that parents of school children do.Most of us are retired and on fixed incomes.Also,bus routes need to be ajusted.I see plenty of buses with maybe a dozen kids on them.Adjust so more kids are on buses and do away with extra buses.My parents paid their "dues" for me to go here to school.I paid my "dues" so my son could go to school here.But now it's time for the parents of the kids that are in school,to pay more than people that DO NOT have kids in school.We all pay enough.School board members should have a pay freeze.And we don't need high schools that look like college campus'either.

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  8. I have lived in Springboro since 1959.I went to school here and so did my son.We feel that the school should be on a better budget than what it is.We see school buses that are over half empty.They need to rework the routes so the buses are fuller.Then we would not need all the buses.Also,we feel that the people who DO NOT have children in Springboro schools should NOT have to pay the same amount of taxes that parents pay for their kids.My parents paid their "dues" for me to go to school here.We paid our"dues" for our son to go to school here.We are retired and on a fixed income.The school board needs to take a pay freeze.They make more money than the teachers teaching the kids.One board member owns his own plane! If you DON'T have kids in this school your taxes should be alot less than those that do.I know it's bsed on property value,but we still should NOT have to pay for these kids education.And our schools don't have to look like college campuses either.Digital signs at the entrances of some schools!!!!That really helps the students.

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  9. I went to very small public school, did not have aides for the teacher, had fairly large class sizes, etc. The football stadium didn't have state of the art turf, scoreboard, boxes. But I and anyone who applied themselves still received a good education and have become doctors, lawyers, teachers, and ...Live within your means and use the energy and money spent on arguing levies and go after the state and their flawed methods of school funding.

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  10. I have lived in Springboro all my life. I intend to vote no on any school levy for many reasons. One of the many is that they are illegal having been declared unconstitutional. Yet for some reason no enforces this. Secondly as many have stated money is tight. We tighten our belts. Why shouldn't the schools do the same? I know it is not popular but cut the sports. Kids go to school to learn. Not to play games.

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  11. In regard to the 1:11pm post: We have to remember...we ALL pay taxes toward schools because even if we don't have children in the schools, the status of the school system directly affects the perception of our city and, thus, our property values. And I'm sure we all want decent property values regardless of weather or not we have children living in our homes.
    Here's something that irks me: I have often times heard the statement that 'natives' of Springboro are the ones that reject the levies. Um, there's not enough natives of Springboro to skew the levy votes...I would have to say we're the minority now. So the people newer to Springboro(young families bringing kids in) need to support the levies if they want decent schools for their kids.
    In regard to the 10:16am post: I agree! Salary is crazy! Yes, I greatly value teachers and staff, they're a reflection of the community and such. But please tell me why I see some seriously flashy cars in the staff parking lots at the schools?!?! Teachers and staff don't work 2080 hours a year (not a full 8-hour work day and summers off, technically) like us other full-time workers. So why are we paying exorbitant salaries?
    Overall, I agree, we ALL need to make adjustments to live within our means...a great lesson that came along with this economic downturn.

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  12. Just for clarification: Aides in the schools, technically called paraprofessionals, are assigned to special education students who are placed within the classes. Their salary doesn't come from the general fund, it comes from the state for special education.
    As a teacher, I would first like to say that I am not paid an "exorbitant" salary nor do I drive a flashy car. True, I do not "work" in the summers, but I do work more than 8 hours a day. I, as most teachers do, bring home work everynight. I often grade for 2-3 hours an evening. I AM NOT COMPLIANING!I have never complained about pay, benefits, cuts, class size, etc. I love my job and my students!
    Our supplies have been cut, we get NO professional development money, and the state gives us less and less money while tacking on more and more mandates! Do you realize how mush more money all day K will be? The teachers are repeatedly bashed and blamed for all the problems in the school system. Although the union is very outspoken (too much at times I believe), the teachers do not make the decisions on funding or how the money is spent.

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  13. Just to clarify a few things,
    5/15 5:39 pm said
    "And I'm sure we all want decent property values regardless of weather or not we have children living in our homes."

    It is ironic that ALL property values dropped in Warren County by more than 10%. That was also in Mason wich passed levies. That argument is rather baseless now.

    6:29 am
    "Although the union is very outspoken (too much at times I believe), the teachers do not make the decisions on funding or how the money is spent."

    You are right. It is very hard to say anything against the union or the district for that matter for fear of retalliation. This is why these blogs are good so people can get out what they think about the district, union or city.

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  14. The problem is that the schools don't have any extra money right now. They can't play around with their budgets because they are stretching their dollars to the maximum already. They might be able to cut $50,000 here or there, but they are not going to find more than $200,000 that they can legally cut. They've got to have a levy.

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  15. "I have lived in Springboro all my life. I intend to vote no on any school levy for many reasons. One of the many is that they are illegal having been declared unconstitutional. Yet for some reason no enforces this."

    Talk to the state representatives people continue to vote into office (Shannon Jones). Ask why them why they don't do something about how schools are funded in Ohio and why they allow property owners to continue to bear the burden. Schools have no choice but to rely on levies for operating funds. If you don't like it, don't vote for the same Republican representatives or demand that they make some changes.


    "Secondly as many have stated money is tight. We tighten our belts. Why shouldn't the schools do the same? I know it is not popular but cut the sports. Kids go to school to learn. Not to play games."

    The schools HAVE cut funding for sports. Parents pay 100% of the cost to play a sport - every single sport and they have for at least two years now. Don't comment if you don't have accurate information.

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  16. "I've lived in Springboro since 1959,so I went to these schools.My son went to these schools.But I feel that the schools need to adjust their budgets just like everyone else.If you DO NOT have children that go to Springboro school,you should NOT have to pay the same amount of taxes that parents of school children do...My parents paid their "dues" for me to go here to school.I paid my "dues" so my son could go to school here.But now it's time for the parents of the kids that are in school,to pay more than people that DO NOT have kids in school."

    Who do you think paid for you when you went to school? Who do you think paid for your son when he went to school? ALL property owners did. Why is it now ok for you not to pay (or pay equally) because you aren't personally needing the school? You are lucky there weren't more people who believe like you when you and your son went to Springboro schools.


    "Also,bus routes need to be ajusted.I see plenty of buses with maybe a dozen kids on them."

    When do you see them - during their pick up routes? How do you know they don't get filled up? Do you follow the buses and watch them? My kids sit 3 to a seat and all seats are filled up on their bus. I challenge you to stand at the school and see how filled up the buses are when they arrive at the school. Sixth graders are picked up 1 hour earlier than school starts so they can be picked up with the junior high students, brought to the junior high and then bused back to the Sixth grade building. All to save money for the schools.

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  17. @5/18 7:37 you said
    "The schools HAVE cut funding for sports. Parents pay 100% of the cost to play a sport - every single sport and they have for at least two years now. Don't comment if you don't have accurate information."

    To further clairify. The fees now paid for sports, band and other extras were calculated by taking the total cost of these programs and dividing it by what the district thought would attend. It is now possible for a football player to help subsidize a golf team and visa versa.

    I am glad to see pay to play, but if you want to have a hockey or lacross team or tiddalywinks then the participants should raise the money for it. We cannot fund everything. I can help buy your books and computers but don't expect me to comb your hair let alone buy the comb!

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