New Richmond Is Shrinking

The latest release of the 2012 School Report Cards is not the end of the road, but there are some interesting bits of information to gather from them. There has been debate about the accuracy and overall validity of these measuring sticks at this site, but also from the entity that puts them out. That’s not the focus of this article, as it will be brought up in the near future. Instead it’s the enormous drop in enrollment in New Richmond Schools. Continue reading

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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

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

Urgent! New Alternative To Ohio School Board Association

A few of the people involved with this group have been either profiled or reblogged here before. For those who follow this site, you may have read about OSBA, typically in a negative fashion. Why is that? Perhaps this article may shed some light on that, courtesy of EAGnews.org. The district may have to follow the state and federal law, but even some educators think No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and other state are either counterproductive or not effective. How are school boards to lead when the tools given them are faulty, and the training they are given is more of a benefit to adults than to children? 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

New Richmond May 2012 Recap

(Editor’s Note: Many thanks to Steve for the attending and reporting on the May meeting)

This meeting was moved to a Thursday rather than the 3rd Monday of the month, and the meeting minutes have not been posted yet, but the archive is here. Continue reading

Public Service Announcement-Part One

Given that summer is upon us, I thought it important to notify everyone about the bulletin put out by the Ohio Department of Ethics earlier this month. Summertime hiring in your district and local government should follow some basic guidelines set forth in this document . Continue reading

New Richmond Update-Better Late Than Never

New Richmond has started off the new year with some interesting items going on. First, the swearing in of two board members David Hawkins (the new VP) and Kim Hayden. Kevin Walriven is now the President of the Board. However, those attending the meetings are not quite sure yet if this is that much of a change from the last board. The meetings have moved to the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm. Continue reading

New Richmond Recap Oct 20

(Editors Note: The New Richmond Meeting Recap for October provided by Dr. Neltner)
 
The treasurer, Teresa Napier,  went over the 5 year forecast for the district.  This year New Richmond will have a budget surplus of approximately $400,000.  This is primarily due to the retirement of 12 teachers that aren’t being replaced.   Next year the district is projected to have a smaller surplus, even though eight more teachers are slated to retire and won’t be replaced.  From there, New Richmond will be running deficits that are projected to reach 2.3 million in 2015.
 
There are multiple reasons for the deficits.  Beckjord is slated to close in 2015, resulting in a loss of revenue to the district of close to two million dollars.  New Richmond Schools are also losing revenue due to reduced property valuations.  Values have dropped about 8 % in our area.  Tax delinquencies of $600,000 are now on the books and certainly a sign of the times.  These funds will eventually be collected, but when is the question . 
 
The projections also looked at the demographics and determined the number of students will decrease over the next 5 years. The district provided no estimate of the future decline or if it would indeed occur.
 
48  percent of our students are eligible for free lunches.  That figure, along with the increased amount of delinquent taxes, was given as the reason that a levy wouldn’t stand a chance.  Not that New Richmond requires one.  The district maintains $17 million in the bank at this juncture, so it will be able to stand deficits for a number of years if it so chooses.
 
The superintendent expressed his concern about a bill in Columbus designed to give the parents a choice when picking schools for their children.  In essence, a voucher system.  He urged everyone to oppose it and to call their representatives.