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

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

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

Milford To Dance With Levy In November?

Like Batavia, and potentially West Clermont, Milford seems to be ready to test the waters for a November date with district voters. I spoke with a couple of Milford residents about it this weekend, and they were grudgingly accepting it as a foregone conclusion that their taxes were headed upward in 2013. It’s not that the district is in Mayan territory yet, but rather are trying to shore up finances before reaching a more difficult stage. With Asian markets plunging as I write this, perhaps it’s a good idea to get ahead of the curve even if it may not really matter in the long run. I can say no matter what’s on the ballot come November,  it will be an election of much consequence. So what’s the verdict Milfordians? Yeah or nay on the 4.5 mil levy?

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

Milford Update-April

This post is a little late, as I have been waiting on the results of the Milford Community Survey. The agenda from the April 19th meeting is here, and for those Milford residents who want additional info can always take a look at Board Member Andrea Brady’s blog entries from April. Continue reading