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)

Commentary: Building A Sense Of Community In West Clermont

(Editor’s Note: This is a commentary on West Clermont Schools by community member John McGraw. The piece is published in its entirety, with only two small spelling and formatting changes. If you have an article you wish to publish, please send to scschools@yahoo.com)

On November 6th, West Clermont voters overwhelmingly voted down the operating levy placed on the ballot by the West Clermont School Board.  Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The definition of foolishness is not knowing the definition of insanity. I am very disappointed for the children of the district and for my own kids who attend West Clermont Schools.  Continue reading

Commentary: West Clermont Levy Failure A Failure of Leadership?

(Editor’s Note: This is a commentary on West Clermont Schools by community member Stuart Kennedy. The piece is unedited except for two small spelling changes and has been published in its entirety. If you have an article you wish to publish, send an email to scschools@yahoo.com.)

 

The West Clermont School Levy failed to pass by a 60/40 vote.  This was no surprise since the prior two 7.9 mill levies also failed by a 60/40 vote.  The school board met the day after the election to discuss their options to handle the over $2,000,000 deficit this school year and the projected $6,000,000 deficit next year. Continue reading

Weighing A School Levy

Burnt out. Tired. Ready to move on. Elections are both the end of a cycle, and the beginning of a new one. Those that have closure, may move on with the implementation of a plan and will be judged on the results in the future. Those that fail or fall short, can regroup and discover the humility that goes along with not meeting the intended goal. Admit the defeat, but the decision ahead is whether to double down for next time, or to view the results as a turning point. That’s the job of leaders. This editorial in the Columbus Dispatch was published before the election, but it is perhaps more relevant after the fact and deserves a second look. Continue reading

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

West Clermont August Recap 2012

Another summer has passed us by, filling us with anticipation of another school levy on the ballot in November. Third time may be a charm for some things, but not in this case and never in this fashion. For those who believe hope springs eternal, I envy your optimism, but will trump your pair of hearts with a full house of incapable leadership. 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

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