West Clermont December Update 2012

It is official that Dr. Brooks is leaving West Clermont. The board voted this evening to move forward without him and approved new job descriptions for a new administrative team. One that may in fact come with an organizational chart to, well, organize a district in disarray. After a myriad of cuts and levy defeats, perhaps a new team will be able to do what other administrators were not able to convince the district to do: Get its act together.  Continue reading


West Clermont News Bulletin: Dr. Brooks Resigning

Sources across West Clermont and Clermont County brought this information to the attention of SCS early this morning, and is now posted on the district webpage. The information relayed is that a  communication went out to all staff this morning which stated that with board approval, Dr. Brooks will resign in early spring of 2013. The next board meeting is Monday, Dec. 17th, however, the agenda is typically not set until Friday evening at the earliest. That being said, Dr. Brooks is under contract for 2 years beyond the 2012-13 school year. The assumption is the board would have to release him from that contract with a majority vote. This result, and the retirement of MES-P and non-renewal of Al Delgado would mean practically an entirely new  leadership team for the 2013-14 school year. The lone holdover being newly hired Asst. Super Klein. A reorganization was already in the works, but what impact this will have to the current plan is unknown at this time.  SCS  has reached out to board leadership, but have yet to receive word back on what will happen next. Any new information will be updated as it comes in.

West Clermont Update: Nov-Dec 2012

Following a third levy defeat of the 60-40% variety, West Clermont has much to ponder going forward. The community continues to be fractured along many lines, and it was on display at this month’s board meetings. The district will be borrowing from future revenues in order to maintain its current service levels, and will have to make cuts or concessions in 2013. Continue reading

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

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

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

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