Election Night Is Here

Post your comments regarding the three levies on the ballot: Batavia, Milford and West Clermont. Up or down, keep it on topic and what your thoughts are going forward for these districts. If you researched and voted, awesome. If you didn’t and voted, read up as much as you can the next time around. If you didn’t vote…why?

The summary report from the County should be here, but if not I will update the link.

UPDATE: At 8:51, all three districts are down with less than 1/3 of the votes counted. Milford is closest to passing, at 46-54%.

UPDATE: 9:15, over 50% of precincts reporting, and all three districts are on the wrong end of the vote.

UPDATE: Batavia squeaks by, with just a few dozen votes.  Milford fails by just over 300 votes. WC fails by almost 6000 votes.

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Buckeye Institute Weighs In On Levies

Clermont County has three levies on the ballot, all different in size and scope. Milford, Batavia and West Clermont residents have received a lot of information from different sources regarding these ballot initiatives. This brief by Greg Lawson is another piece of information to weigh (or not) while thinking about Ohio Schools and funding problems. Continue reading

Ohio 2012 School Report Cards (take 2?)

From what’s been written, these are preliminary. It still hinges on the final outcome of the investigation by the Auditor’s Office, but from that article it will remain politically charged regardless. The issuance was done to provide information for those districts with levies on the ballot. The spreadsheet of all Ohio Schools reported is here: 2012 Ohio School Report cards, but I’ve included a quick snapshot of Clermont County below. Continue reading

Guest Column: What’s In A Number?

(Editor’s Note: Andrea Brady is a School Board Member of Milford Exempted School District and frequent commenter on this site. As a widely read news source, we strive to provide different points of view on the status of public education in our county and nation. Ms. Brady is one of the few, if not the only, School Board Members in Clermont County to blog about what is going on in her own district and give a chance for constituents to give public feedback on her service and voting record. I’ve offered Ms. Brady the opportunity to expand upon the numbers provided in a recent post on SCS, and fill in some of the background of how her district’s numbers may not be what they appear at first glance. This article is unedited and appears in its entirety. Getting behind the numbers is important, and feel free to comment on the content directly to Ms. Brady in the article or visit her site, http://andreabrady.wordpress.com/. ) Continue reading

Guest Column: What's In A Number?

(Editor’s Note: Andrea Brady is a School Board Member of Milford Exempted School District and frequent commenter on this site. As a widely read news source, we strive to provide different points of view on the status of public education in our county and nation. Ms. Brady is one of the few, if not the only, School Board Members in Clermont County to blog about what is going on in her own district and give a chance for constituents to give public feedback on her service and voting record. I’ve offered Ms. Brady the opportunity to expand upon the numbers provided in a recent post on SCS, and fill in some of the background of how her district’s numbers may not be what they appear at first glance. This article is unedited and appears in its entirety. Getting behind the numbers is important, and feel free to comment on the content directly to Ms. Brady in the article or visit her site, http://andreabrady.wordpress.com/. ) Continue reading

Food Fight-Students Take A Stand (Ends 10-12-12)

It’s not what you think. No mass hysteria and flying projectiles interrupting a school day, but there is a bit on controversy nationally on the changes to school lunches. Yes, the number of free and reduced lunches being served is growing with the economy on life support. Even from what was reported here way back in 2011. But the recent turmoil stems from what is being served, and apparently the kids (and many parents) don’t like it. It’s national, as you can read here. The few kids I spoke to locally and in a few other states provided the same feedback. Continue reading

The Cost of Education: Beauty Is In The Eye of The Checkholder

Below is some interesting information taken from the website Opportunity Ohio’s database, which uses the ODE numbers, regarding Clermont County Schools. For sake of space, I listed only those districts who are on the ballot this November, but this can be done by any school in the state with a little time and a spreadsheet. Would love any comments to what this means to you from whatever perspective you come from. (editors note: thanks to those who compiled the information) Continue reading

A Thought About School IssuesThis Fall

As the school year inches closer, the rhetoric over impending election issues will begin to ramp up. There are a couple of issues that schools will face in the coming election. Redistricting and the levies put on by Batavia, Milford and West Clermont. After the jump is some additional background on the issues that face our educators and our schools. Continue reading

Last Call For Surveys

Hard to believe that it’s almost over, but there is only one week left for our first ever Clermont County School Districts Survey. I had considered pushing the date back a month, as summer is a bad time for people even thinking about school issues. Unlike the phone surveys that the schools use, this one takes a little more effort. Continue reading

Clermont County School District Survey

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank everyone who contributed questions to the survey. Your responses were overwhelming, and to pare down to the 25 questions was a difficult task. Those of us who post at SCS hope that we met your expectations, and cannot wait for the responses to come in.

Please feel free to pass along to friends and neighbors, as this survey is for the entire county. The survey is open until August 8th, and the results should be ready around Labor Day. Any questions or problems, please send to scschools@yahoo.com, or leave a comment to this post.

The survey in MS Word format is here: Save Clermont Schools District Survey