Batavia Results Certified

Information was recently relayed to the site that the final results of Batavia’s levy are in. The Board of Elections has certified the results. Passage was by a mere 95 votes, most of which were cast on election day. Absentee ballots were net 248 against, while provisional ballots were net 52 in favor.   The school board will now move forward on their building plans. They will need to accommodate the number of new students that have migrated there over the last few years, as well as update facilities that were in dire need of upgrading. (Thanks to Michael for the heads up)

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.

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

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

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

Batavia Adds Levy To November Ballot

West Clermont, Milford, and now Batavia are set for November 2012. Levy season is closely approaching, and once school starts get ready for the sell. Batavia is unique of the three, as its levy is both bond and operating for a total of 7.26 mils. This would cost the $100K homeowner $222.34 per year, with the majority of that going to support building upgrades for the growing district. Continue reading

Batavia Facilities Update

If you live in Batavia, you’ve heard a lot about the shortcomings of a couple of the buildings in the district. The Elementary school is quite old, and the Middle school is no spring chicken either. With the enrollment at a peak and without any wiggle room, the district has made upgrading the facilities a priority for the last few years. 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

Batavia Headed For Split Schedule

After hearing about this I wasn’t sure what to think. I’ve been getting a few emails about the Batavia SD and I see why they are planning on it. The district has a growth problem, as many West Clermont families are putting their toes in the water, and the buildings are in need of an overhaul and are over capacity.

The delay in the start date until 2013-14 allows for contingency planning if any number of levy combinations don’t work (Conventional Wisdom is saying they won’t). I think it’s a smarter move than renting or modular, but I would really like to hear from more Batavia residents to get a read on the situation. I know the BOE there is proactive and constructive, but I am wondering aloud if there is anything they can do to change the public’s mind regarding a levy?

If you have kids in their schools, a residence or are planning to migrate to that district, let me know what you think.