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Parent Update – January 6, 2010

Transportation Update

After two days of the new transportation system, progress is being made.  While long lines of traffic will not subside anytime soon, it seems students and parents are learning how to navigate through this new pick-up and drop-off system.  However, just like the beginning of the school year, it will take a week or two before the new bus routes “iron out” and become more consistent on the daily pick-up and drop-off times.

On Monday, Falls-Lenox students had their first experience transferring buses at the new Middle School hub. (Please see November 24th Blog post for more information on the Middle School hub concept).

While this new experience was confusing for many of our young students, we are hopeful that they will quickly adjust.  Our Kindergarten students have been transferring buses all school year and from past experience, it takes a while before they become confident and comfortable with this routine.  There have been six to eight adults supervising the transfer of students at the hub and helping children find their correct bus assignment.

Parents Picking Up and Dropping Off Students

Let me begin by thanking parents for your patience.  While there are few things in life more frustrating than waiting in a long line, this is our new reality in the Olmsted communities.

Unfortunately, with Bagley Road as the only entry/exit for Falls-Lenox, OFIS, and the Middle School, and Fitch Road the only entrance/exit for the Early Childhood Center, there are simply no other options.  Please note that “Right Turn Only” signs have been installed at Falls-Lenox to help expedite the exiting of vehicles.  We ask everyone to please be considerate of all and follow these new traffic patterns.

Middle School Parents

First, let me encourage parents of Middle School students who are picking up their children to please consider forming more car pools.  The vast majority of vehicles are only picking up one student.  More car pools will mean fewer total cars, which will shorten the time period of the overall pick up process.

Also, a reminder to parents that the Middle School offers a daily homework lab.  Students can attend the homework lab and then be picked up at 4:30 PM.  For more information on the homework lab, please click here.

Pride In Olmsted School Website

Since the defeat of the November 2009 operating levy, nearly 150 volunteers have been working hard to promote the February 2010 levy campaign.  Today, a new website was released that provides residents the information they need to cast an informed vote on February 2nd.  Click here to view the new Pride Website.

Additionally, the Pride in Olmsted Schools will be conducting a campaign meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at OFHS.  Please consider attending and helping out with the upcoming campaign.

OFCS Food Service Receives State Recognition

I am proud to announce that on December 29th, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recognized Olmsted Falls City Schools, as well as 18 other school systems around the state of Ohio, with the 2009 Stellar Award for Best Nutrition Practices.

“Schools that provide high-quality meals to their students help prepare young minds and bodies for learning,” said Deborah Delisle, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These schools have shown a commitment to nurturing the whole child that deserves to be recognized.”

ODE established the Stellar Awards in 2003 to recognize schools that use best practices to promote a healthy school nutrition environment. Based on written nominations, ODE selected recipients based on their efforts to adopt the following USDA guidelines for local school wellness policies:

– The nutritional quality of meals served, including purchasing and preparation practices that reflect the National Dietary Guidelines;

– The extent to which a la carte and vending items contain healthy choices;

– Access to continuing education and training opportunities for food service staff members;

– Success in providing a pleasant eating environment for students; and

– Nutritional education aimed at students, staff, parents and the community through marketing programs and activities; for example, using alternatives to candy when rewarding children for good behavior or academic performance.

Congratulations to OFCS Food Services Director, Mrs. Denise Tabar and her staff for receiving this well deserved recognition.

Did You Know That State Law Requires OFCS To Provide Educational Services to Students with Disabilities At the Age of Three?

Did you know that the state of Ohio requires public schools to begin providing educational services to children with disabilities upon their third birthday?

The OFCS Preschool Program, housed at the Early Childhood Center, is a program designed especially for children with various developmental delays and special needs.  Our program provides specialized service for children ages 3 to 5 in the following areas:  academics, behavior, socialization, sensory development, gross and fine motor development, and language development.

“Typical Peers” are integrated into each class as a role model for language and age-appropriate behaviors.  Class size is small and, by law, cannot exceed 12 students. All OFCS Preschool teachers are certified in Early Childhood Education and Preschool Special Education, and each class has a para-professional(teacher’s aide) that assists the students and the teacher.

If you are interested in having your child considered for a position as a “typical peer,” our enrollment process for the 2010-2011 school year is getting under way.  We have two dates scheduled, January 22nd and January 29th, both with times from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm.

Please contact ECC Principal, Gina Sanfilippo, at 440-427-6360 if you would like to set up an assessment time.

Ohio General Assembly Passing Legislation Protecting School Funding

While the Olmsted Falls Schools receive the majority of its revenue from local taxes, the District does receive approximately 40% of its funding from Ohio’s school funding formula.  As written in the December 14 blog post, this funding was in jeopardy.  This issue has now been settled as a legislative compromise was reached just before Christmas.  For details of this new legislation, please click here.

PTA Talent Show

Time is growing near for the annual PTA Talent Show.  Auditions are set for Saturday, January 23rd from 9 AM – Noon.  For more information, you may contact Mrs. Gae Riemer at 235-0629.

Falls-Lenox Holiday Concert

During December, students from Falls-Lenox performed the Nutcracker for their Holiday concert.  Here are two pictures from this performance:

Falls Lenox students sing songs from "The Nutcracker" under the direction of Mrs. Kelly McClellan

Final Results (By Precinct)  From November Operating Levy

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections released precinct results from the November 2009 operating levy.  For a copy of these results, please click here.

School Report Is In the Mail

Over Holiday Break, a new edition of the OFCS School Report was created.  This document has been printed and should arrive in homes in the near future.  For a sneak preview of this document, please click here.

Financial Aid Night for Senior Students And Parents

Please note that the OFHS Guidance Department is sponsoring an important informational meeting for college bound seniors and their parents.  This meeting will be held in the OFHS auditorium at 7 PM on Monday, January 11th.


  1. Rob Prante
    January 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I have a question and please forgive me if it has been addressed already. I have not read anything in the communications, now that the busing has been discontinued, regarding how the decision will be made to close school due to inclement weather.

    At least one instance last winter, I had contacted OFCS to determine why our schools were in session while surrounding schools were all closed because of very low temperatures. I was told the Olmsted Falls schools were open because we had busing, while the other communities did not.

    Now that we do not have busing, have the criterion changed for making the decision to cancel school due to inclement weather? If so, what are those criterion?

    Thanks!

    • January 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      The decision to keep schools open or cancel school is a subjective decision based upon several variables. These variables include: temperature, road conditions, wind chill, condition of the OFCS parking lots and sidewalks.

      The process of making this decisions begins around 4 AM and is collaboratively made with input from several OFCS employees. Input is often received from local safety forces and officials from neighboring school districts.

      In the past, OFCS was able to stay open when other neighboring schools districts with limited bus service (like OFCS now has) were forced to close. This situation has now changed as our transportation services have been lowered to the same levels as neighboring school districts.

      In the end calamity days decisions are made on a case by case decision.

      Thanks for your question.

  2. Michelle Clark
    January 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I wanted to toss a suggestion out with regards to the new way we transport our children to school. I have no trouble driving my child but if what you did at Falls-Lenox was carried over to the Middle School, it may help. You have instituted a right turn only out of the school. May I suggest this be done at the middle school as well? On Monday a police officer, not dressed for it mind you, stopped and out of the goodness of her heart, directed traffic to allow motorists to turn westbound onto Bagley. If they were only allowed to turn right like at Falls Lenox, bet that would speed things up a bit. I pass it on the way to the high school and can see how this would help tremendously.

    To be frank here, I wouldn’t mind all busing to be removed if it gave our children a better education. I walked most of my school career…I don’t think our children would die if they had to do the same. Books and teachers are way more important then busing. Just one opinion. Thank you for your time.

    • January 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      Michelle,

      Thanks for your comment and suggestion.

      We have received several suggestions these past three days and incorporated several in order to attempt to make the best of this difficult situation. As we know, it will never be a great situation as we have several hundred parents each day now transporting their children to school.

      Today, the Middle School expanded the number of car lanes being utilized for after school pick up and this greatly reduced the back up on Bagley road at the Middle School. We will examine your right turn only suggestion along with a couple of other suggestions we have received this afternoon.

      Thanks again for your comment (and your patience).

  3. Dennis
    January 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    It is amazing at how the district is teaching our children that when you don’t get your way it is ok to kick and scream like a 4 year old and make things inconvienent for others to accomplish something…

    • January 6, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Dennis,

      A school district makes its citizens aware that it is running out of money. A Levy is placed on the ballot. A Levy fails (three times). Cuts are made.

      I think the real lesson is cause and effect.

  4. Pat O'Malley
    January 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    First off, my wife and I both voted yes for the levy so I feel that I have every right to complain.

    My complaints are not with the school staff who seems to be going out of their way to make the best of this.

    Mr. Roseberry is in the street directing traffic! While someone with flashing lights on their car just sits there? Thank you Mr. Roseberry, you deserve a raise!

    Right now, I have few options for after school pick up for our daughter and have had to take two 1/2 days of work to pick her up this week. This is not rocket science. Why is pick up so difficult for some people? I had sat in traffic on Bagley for 40 minutes on Monday before I made it to my house on Mapleway. I was so frustrated I parked my car in my driveway and walked to the school with my number sign. If I had stayed in my car it would have taken another half hour and then I would have had to circle back around to Mapleway and then sit until I could turn into my driveway. Why is that?

    I will admit that yesterday was a little better but I still spent almost an hour in this process.

    I really hope that everyone who didn’t vote yes for the levy is hugely inconvenienced by all of this. And anyone who didn’t vote yes and has kids in the schools should be completely embarrassed. Some afternoon you need to stop by the school and wittness this and tell me how you would feel about your 5-8 yr old child walking home in this snow and fridged temps. I can’t help but feel that some of you didn’t vote yes because this wouldn’t affect you but as a community you would think that you would try to help others out. The tax is so minimal for what we get in return. I hope to never hear one of you complain about what your property is worth if our schools decline, it is your fault!

    Lastly, the buses still pass my house to pick up/ drop off other students further away. Can’t they find another way to get to these kids without rubbing it in my face every day when they drive by the house? Can’t stop for my child and the others on the street but are using the same fuel when they drive almost the same route? That is just wrong.

    Come February I hope this will change back to the way it was. I thank everyone who voted yes and plead with the rest of you to do your part for the students of out community and vote yes in the next election!

    Thanks You!!

    • Glenn
      January 7, 2010 at 7:34 am

      Pat,

      Unfortunately the no voters are not inconvenienced by this at all they still get bus service. Sure, you may have some who voted no and now have to wait in traffic for their child. Will this change their mind, who knows, they made not be able to afford an 8.7 Mill levy. This doesn’t mean they think less of their children, they just need to think of the whole picture (House, Food, Cloths, etc..). Get use to the long wait, because an 8.7 mill levy most likely will fail. I hope I am wrong but I feel I am not.

  5. just another mom
    January 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Awesome question Rob!Hope someone answers it before friday!! Looks like were in for more snow & single digit numbers! I actually had a comment…This sucks! The whole thing. Too bad my taxes to live here are nearing $8,000.00 per year & kids cant even get a freakin bus ride? Seriously…when is enough enough? We vote yes & will continue to vote yes. We shop at Shakers (too expensive, but, it keeps money in our community, we eat out in town, get gas in town, donate to local food banks, we support fundraisers, etc…Im beginning to think its never going to be enough. Just had to vent, thanks!

  6. Michele Gilbride
    January 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    While I’m not very thrilled (that’s putting it mildly!)about this entire situation, I must take time to commend Ms. Sanfilippo and Mr. Roseberry as well as the teachers and other helpers out in the snow and cold directing traffic and children at the ECC and Falls-Lenox. I’ve also encountered many courteous drivers who are letting cars safely merge into lanes of traffic and to those people I say “Thank you!” The first day I spent over two hours of my day dropping off and picking up my girls. The first morning alone, I was out for 50 minutes. Today, that was down to 30. I’m hopeful that each day will get better.

    I do have one concern to mention. At the ECC, when traffic backs up on Fitch Rd. other drivers are crossing over the center line (which btw is solid and means “no passing”) to pass long lines of stopped vehicles waiting to turn into the ECC. The cars coming out of the school lot are led to believe that it is safe to exit as traffic is stopped in both directions when in fact it is not due to these unsafe drivers that are not visible until just seconds prior to a potential impact. I personally witnessed several near accidents as vehicles driving on the opposite side of the road nearly rammed into vehicles turning out of the lot. I wonder if it is a possibility for there to be a police officer there as there is at Falls-Lenox to prevent any children or parents from being hurt.

    In closing, I wonder that if the levy passes in February, will the old busing system be restored? I’ve heard rumors from other parents that even if it does pass, it will be too difficult to return to the old system for the remainder of the school year. I pray this is not the case.

    • OF parent
      January 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

      I agree with all you said, Michele. I did call the police yesterday to report the cars driving over the double yellow lines. I felt it was very dangerous in front of FL. I was told the police will come check it out but not stay. What is that about? Thought the response was very cold and unthoughtful.

    • January 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm

      Michelle,

      If the levy passes in February, busing for K – 8 will be restored within a few weeks. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either misinformed or trying to justify voting NO again on the school levy.

      Thanks

  7. Tim Baillis
    January 6, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I also would like to know if the criteria for snow days will be updated. Even the children that are still bussed have to walk much further to the bus stops and stand at corners instead of a house.

    Even if the roads are clear, many times the sidewalks are not. I would like to see the criteria changed to reflect the much different conditions our children are facing.

  8. Dakota's mom
    January 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I agree, it is great that the teachers, staff, principals, volunteers are helping with traffic, but isn’t this the job of the POLICE? Why are they not out helping? What if there WAS an accident? Or a fire, or an ambulance needed to get by? I saw a bus have to travel in front of the entire school of Falls Lenox in the wrong lane to enter into the driveway. I know this is not the Police Department’s problem (the levy that is), but doesn’t this ridiculous traffic become a saftey concern? I also know a lot of parents that get bussing who have driven their child to school because the busses have been so late, thus creating more traffic at the schools, thus causing busses to be late! How long can my middle school child get into school late because her bus is late? At some point is she going to be punished? What about the class time she is missing? I am as frustrated as anyone else, and I am also understanding and trying to be patient. Do some aspects of the bussing need to be re-thought? Maybe stagger school start times by 10 minutes or so? Just trying to come up with some ideas to help things. Obviously passing the next levy will help, but what if it doesn’t pass?

    • January 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm

      Please keep in mind that the District has had to create all new bus routes and are implementing these new routes in the middle of the school year.

      At the beginning of each school year, it usually takes a week or two for the bus routes to become consistent in their timing.

      On Monday, buses ran late (by as much as 30 minutes) due to a combination of the snow and the first day of this new transportation system.

      Today, buses ran on time in both the AM and the PM.

      • Dakota's mom
        January 7, 2010 at 3:45 am

        Just to let you know, my Middle School daughter’s bus was about 20 minutes late picking her up on wed. morning. She was late to homeroom again. So, no, they were not all on time. (It didn’t even show at her stop until about quarter to 9 on monday) I know paitience is a must right now. I know you and all involved in the school are doing what they can. I just think “it takes a village” so why doesn’t the Police take a more active stand in all of this to help with the horrible traffic? I am hearing lots of negative comments from voters who do not have children, or have children in parochial schools. People who are late to work or other schools because of the traffic. I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining, I know school staff are working hard to do what they can. Just putting thoughts out there.

  9. Christine Moore
    January 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    My husband and I have been and still are YES voters. In fact, we mailed our YES votes this week. We are very disapointed in the no-voters but I am not here to complain…I want to congratulate the Falls Lenox personnel. Thank you to Mr. Roseberry and all the teachers at Falls-Lenox for going the extra mile in helping with the transportation issues in the afternoon. They are out in the snow and cold making sure everything runs smoothly. Mr. Roseberry is even directing traffic…I am sure that is not in his job description! We should all be proud of the Falls Lenox staff. Thank you!

  10. January 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Christine, thanks for the comment and kind words.

    I really appreciate you acknowledging the extra efforts of district employees. This is a difficult time for everyone and we all need to pull together and make the best of this situation.

    We also need to pull together and work to get the levy passed in February so that our educators can refocus on improving our educational program, rather than directing traffic.

    Thanks again.

  11. A net G
    January 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    If the levy fails in both FEb. and May what will the savings be from no high school sports/extras? What is the savings from no middle school sports/extras? Dr. Hoadley you have mentioned the wage freeze several times – is it just for FY2010? I know that I have gone from a yes vote to an on the fence vote due to extras seeming more important than safety. Also will our children be marked tardy due to the traffic problems? And does that affect monies received from the state? Or is that just all day attendance? Thanks for answering my questions and I hope all had a great break!!

    • Brooke M.
      January 7, 2010 at 8:50 am

      I guess that our community is willing to give up sports. It makes no sense to me. Even in district that have the pay to play option have parents that now pay MORE for their child to participate in sports than if they passed their levy in the first place! The increase in taxes would have been less….some people are ignorant.

      • A net G
        January 7, 2010 at 10:41 am

        Just because I ask a question about the cost doesn’t mean I want it to happen. I just have a right to vote MY opinion and it is that I find safety being below cutting extras distasteful and disgraceful. Sorry but I am entitled to my opinion just as you are! And I guess I will have to take time to inquire with the state about my question with tardiness, attendance!

      • A net G
        January 7, 2010 at 11:13 am

        But for the people that can’t afford the tax increase, why should they pass it so your child can play sports? I can afford to pass it and pay for my child to play sports and if that is what would be the alternative in order to pass a smaller levy it is what I would be willing to do. Ignorant is being willing to pay more without questioning how this district is going to fix things so that 3 years from now they don’t come with the same cuts, etc. asking for MORE money. But I guess your child playing sports is a right not a privilege in your eyes. Unfortunately you are losing sight of the fact that even Carol T. Ryan on a previous blog had to concede that our district is imperfect. Not sure what she is seeing as imperfect, but even she conceded there are things that could change.

    • Dave Lewis
      January 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm

      A net G :
      Dr. Hoadley you have mentioned the wage freeze several times – is it just for FY2010?

      The contracts we have with both of our unions expire on June 30, 2010. What happens in the next school year will be determined following negotiations with our unions this spring.

      A net G :
      Also will our children be marked tardy due to the traffic problems? And does that affect monies received from the state? Or is that just all day attendance?

      The building principals understand the traffic issues everyone dealt with this week. It is similar to the beginning of the school year when new bus routes are established.

      Tardy data is not a variable in the school funding calculation, attendance during the first week of October is when the state collects enrollment numbers to determine funding.

    • January 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      The negotiated agreement with the Teacher’s Association and the Classified Union both expire on June 30, 2010. Each contract, by law, will have to be collectively bargained once the contract concluded. Therefore, I do not know, nor can I predict, what wage / insurance changes will occur.

      However, even if the operating levy passes in February 2010, no additional revenue will come to the District until January 2011. This fact alone will have a large impact on any possible salary / insurance adjustments for the next negotiated contract.

      Children who arrive late to school this week because of late buses or parents stuck in traffic are not being marked tardy. Additionally, students being tardy to school would not affect the District’s State funding in any way.

      In Ohio, a count of students occurs the first full week of October. The District’s state funding is based upon the “head count” for each day of that week.

      Thanks for your questions.

  12. January 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I hope everyone takes a moment to look at results from November’s failed levy vote (linked above).

    When you lose an election by a mere 176 votes and you firmly believe after 11 years that the school actually needs a raise – then you should take a GOOD look. Folks want snow to fall on the students of no voters – or worse yet blame their grandparents. You want buses back to yes voters. But look closely… look to the apathy of registered but non-voting parents. To my Woodgate neighbors, YES, we voted 74% YES. But hundreds and hundreds of my eligible neighbors choose not to vote at all. You want to toss the outcome on families without current students but I look to Village of Lakeside (which I’m going out on a limb but thinking is mostly filled with current students) where only 58% of parents/residents voted yes. Almost 300 voted no, and again over 300 registered voters didn’t prioritize voting that day. Again, this whole thread would be missing if 177 additional people made voting a priority last November.

    Make it a priority. Take pride in your voting privilegde. Take back the PRIDE and vote YES before apathy turns our district over to Strickland and Columbus bureaucrats. Vote by Absentee. Vote Yes. Vote Now. Vote.

    Learn more visit us at http://www.prideinolmstedschools.org

    • A net G
      January 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

      Carol – you failed to point out that the neighborhood along Lindberg, Wilderness TRL. had 400 people not vote and Woodgate seems larger than that (and Villages) so maybe there are more that could be nonregistered? Work on them a little and maybe it can get passed – like I said I voted yes before, but am tired of promises that can’t be fulfilled being offered as a reason to vote (ie:class size). I too voted and exercise my right to vote and when things happen and decisions are made that I strongly disagree with I show that through my voting which is what one is supposed to do!

  13. January 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Bare with me… my brother redefined “black sheep”. I could see a new teacher’s worry if anyone introduced me as “Dave’s sister”. Now if a teacher held my brother’s horrid school behavior against ME – what would you say? My father was a school adminstrator in PA. I grew up knowing some adminstrators are better than others, some decisions are better than others, but ALL students deserve the right to an EXCELLENT EDUCATION.

    For anyone to vote against students, kids, our community, because you have a beef with ONE person or A decision? Really would you do that? In the grand design of running an public education system… really? If you didn’t like the old superintendent, or the current one, or your 3rd grade teacher, or the bus driver your kid had in 5th grade, or, or, or…. Is this a basis for being mad – sure. Need to vent – no doubt. Vote no so that coaches, teachers, and bus drivers lose their jobs? Really? Vote no so that kids college applications have NO activities or sports? Come on, really? Vote no so that more kids get crammed into classrooms? ELEVEN YEARS folks without a raise, yes really, and they managed to stay Excellent with Distinction. But without getting off that fence that REALLY will be over.

    Vote by Absentee. Vote Yes. Vote Now. Vote.

    • A net G
      January 7, 2010 at 9:35 am

      Carol – Do you understand that this levy WILL NOT help with the overcrowded classrooms? Ask them – this levy will ONLY last 3 years and it does not allow for hiring anymore teachers than the 2-4 that Dr. Hoadley wrote about before in a blog. The classes would continue to grow no matter what even if it passes.

      • January 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

        Yes, I know passing the levy will not “improve” classroom size. The Board member and Principal Roseberry answered that honestly at a coffee we hosted last January. I am however aware that NOT passing the levy can only make classroom sizes “worse”. Agreed. Folks can debate why this was the 15th cut not the 27th cut… But if the levy continues to fail and the state comes in they’d make all these cuts and more.

        Comment about the Levy with us at http://www.prideinolmstedschools.org

        Vote by Absentee. Vote Yes. Vote Now. Vote.

      • January 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

        p.s. Not passing the levy did lead to cutting tutors that I believe helped off-set classroom size issues at F/L. Those tutoring positions are gone, I believe.

      • January 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

        The District has pledged to make this levy last a minimum of three years. We are hopeful that like the last levy (in 1999) which was pledged to last 5 years, can be extended through prudent financial decisions.

        The millage of this levy would allow us to hire 4 additional teachers over the next 3 years. While some programs that were cut or reduced at the High School (German, Business, Industrial Arts, Home Economics) will in all likelihood not return, 4 additional teachers will allow the District to reduce class sizes at the elementary and middle school levels.

        The flip side is that without the passage of a levy, more teachers will have to be cut, which will mean larger class sizes for our children and less educational electives for our High School students. This is very problematic to me as larger class sizes prevent all children from receiving the individual attention the need in order to reach their full potential, and lack of educational electives prevent students from receiving a well rounded education. Both of these facts will put our children in a competitive disadvantage in this 21st Century Global economy.

  14. Mother of 2
    January 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I have a question, I opened the attached file from the Cuyahoga County board of Elections, and noticed the absentee portion was illegible. My husband and I voted YES, and voted by absentee ballot – the attached shows an absentee total of Zero. Can you pls explain this???
    Thanks!

    • January 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      The absentee votes have been added to each respective precinct. Therefore, if you voted absentee, that vote now shows up in your specific precinct.

  15. Parent
    January 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

    The traffic is rediculous at the High school. You should maybe have an Officer direct traffic there. This morning the light was not working and it created chaos, with kids trying to cross and people trying to pull out of the school drive. Someone is going to get hurt its only a matter of time! Thanks

    • Susie Asadorian
      January 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

      That light going out of the HS drive goes on the blink often. I have turned out into Bagley on red, having waited 8-10 minutes for it to change. I think it needs to be serviced.

    • January 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

      The mechanism that triggers the stop light on Bagley road in front of the High School has been malfunctioning this week. Issues started with this stop light on Monday morning.

      Signal services were called on Monday and attempted to fix the issue remotely by computer reset . The issue reappeared and this morning, Signal Services came to the physical location in order to attempt to fix this issue.

      Presently, the stop light appears to be working correctly. The District will continue to monitor this situation.

  16. Parent
    January 7, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I was just wondering if those pictures of the Holiday concert were from the over crowded ones at Falls Lenox where my husband and I had to watch from the hallway or from the ones who were moved to the High School? The music was wonderful, but the original venue was ill-chosen.

    • January 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

      The pictures were taken from the 2nd performance, which was at the High School auditorium.

      One of the great things about the Olmsted Falls school district is the very active parent support. After the overflowing (and overwhelming) number of attendees at the first holiday concert (held in the Lennox gymnasium), the decision was made to move the remaining performances to the High School.

      I apologize for any inconvenience you may have suffered from attending the first performance in this overcrowded venue.

  17. Brooke M.
    January 7, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I need to be directed to whom I would speak to about questions regarding the recent bus changes. My son lives between two homes (his father’s and mine). One is located at the dead end of Water Street and the other the last house in Olmsted Township on Cook Rd. I receieved conflicting letters from the district first saying that he will no longer be bussed based on his primary address (the Water St. home) and then later received a letter that the bus will pick him up on the corner of Columbia and Water. I just decided to ignore it and organize parent pick up and drop off. However, we are now finding that the same bus he used to take from and to his dad’s house on Cook, is still providing bussing at the stop there. Can my son still get on that bus? It is still going there? Can I switch his primary address to the Cook Rd. address if that is the issue? Who do I talk to? Help!

    • January 7, 2010 at 11:43 am

      Brooke,

      Please call the Olmsted Falls Bus garage (427-6350) and they will be able to answer your question.

  18. January 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Dakota’s mom :

    Just to let you know, my Middle School daughter’s bus was about 20 minutes late picking her up on wed. morning. She was late to homeroom again. So, no, they were not all on time. (It didn’t even show at her stop until about quarter to 9 on monday).

    Buses on Monday were late to school and late getting children home in the afternoon. According to Mr. Kurz (Middle School Principal) and the bus garage, all buses arrived on time at the Middle School on Wednesday (and today as well).

  19. Mother of 4 and driving
    January 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

    This past week has been insane to say the least. On monday I was in my car for over 3 hours and I live less than 2 miles from the schools. I have also decided that because 3 of my daughters can not take the bus that the other will not so I am driving everyone. Not really sure how parents that work full time are handling this because I am having a diificult time with this. I do have to say that the staff at Falls Lenox, the Middle school and the intermediate school have been awesome. They have been really trying hard to make things work and in a timely fashion. Dropping off has gotten easier and easier every day. The picking up is the problem. This really needs to be addressed because someone is going to get into a head on collison on bagley rd with all of this traffic and no police helping out. I have talked to lot of people and not really sure if the levy will pass in February and I know that if it does not then people will start moving out and this is not what we want. WE all moved here because of the school system and we as parents need to step up to the plate and make sure it stays this way!!!!!! Please pass this levy!!!!!

  20. Stacy
    January 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Not sure moving out of this area is a choice anymore with failing levies, your home value will be falling even more than they already have. My question is about the police intervention. Is it true that the school has to pay for the police to direct traffic?

  21. Dakota's mom
    January 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Ok, ok, I don’t want to argue. You must know who I am Dr. Hoadley. I’m not against you or the schools. But my daughter did tell me she was late to homeroom, but that it was better than the previous days. The bus may have arrived on time- like 8:30, but by the time she got off the bus and walked to her locker, then her classroom she was late. That is not the point. If things do not get better-meaning weather continues to slow things down, traffic jams continue, etc., how long can the kids arriving late be tolerated? Of course I want everyone to vote YES for the levy. But not everyone will, and I can’t be mad at them for it. Not everyone can afford it. Period. Some are ignorant, and no one can deny information is out there. But are the “No” voters on facebook joining groups? Ah, probably not. What can be done, outside of the levy, to help the schools? For years I was more involved in PTA but for personal reasons I cannot put in the time I used to. What government official do I need to write to to make sure state laws change so funding for schools is different? I admit, I have no clue, my circumstances has me focused on other things, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to help. Do you need more parents to get out and help direct traffic? I own plenty of bright orange and green t-shirts. Or organize car pools? Or sit w/ students in a room for 1/2 hour after school while they wait for rides to come? People want to help, but not always in the ways that are preferred.

  22. Jessica Caraballo '97 bulldog grad
    January 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I have to say that I am both saddened and hopeful for our community. It has become clear that this area is divided. That is the worst thing that can happen in these times. For those of you who are threatening to move, you need to stop and take a deep breath. If we all moved when times got tough nobody would stay put. Our BOE certainly has kept their feet planted in face of these challenges. Some people are always looking for the easy way out, they expect things to just be handed to them while they sit back and watch. Well, we are going through a time where we need to come together and help one another. We need to represent the true meaning of community! We need to step outside of our own comfort zones and do what we can to help others. Pointing fingers is ridiculous. We live in a world where it is uncomfortable for some to even talk to neighbors or community members we don’t know. Nothing will be accomplished without coming together or doing your part to make this situation a little better. My children have to walk down to a bus stop and the side walk is only on the other side of the street accross a ditch. The development does not plow or shovel the area the kids wait at, nor do they shovel the sidewalks. So, instead of complain my husband took our snow blower over and did the whole sidewalk and an area for the kids to stand. I too had to wait awhile for my kids to get home the first day or two but instead of whining and complaining I made the best of it and they got home safely. Imagine if more parents did little things like that to help out? Talk to your neighbors, get to know people! For the people worried about job descriptions, as far as I am concerned those go out the window in times like this. The fact that we have principals standing out directing traffic speaks VOLUMES to the character we have here in OLMSTED FALLS! As a graduate of the schools here I know how hard working and selfless the staff here are. So what is your character? Are you going to sit back and watch and complain? Or are you going to get out and do something to help this wonderful community? Thank you to all who share my heart and understand the meaning of community. THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE….we need to support them in every way we can.

  23. Linda Parkowski
    January 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    As noted above, Mr. Roseberry and his staff have done an OUTSTANDING job of trying to keep the traffic moving and getting our kids in and out of the vehicles safely. Not to mention that they are always pleasant, and thanking me when I pick up 4 students……we should and I do thank them daily when I see them. As for the people who want to pack up and move out, good luck finding a community who hasn’t either experienced cuts from a school levy failing, or who will experience it sometime in the future. How many potential buyers will you have when you say, by the way, there’s no bussing/sports/extra-curriculars in our city – good luck!! Let’s get this levy passed in February!!

  24. A net G
    January 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Did everyone see the article in the paper this past weekend on the retirement woes of our government workers in OHIO? It was interesting to read and see the numbers. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about more cuts from the state for now. I do want to say though that taxes being very high will keep people from buying a home here too. Don’t forget that. I know of a teacher that works for another community complaining to my neighbor about how spoiled our district is compared to the one this person works at, and I am sure even with the support our schools sign in his yard that he voted no. What is ironic about that is that he gets these GREAT benefits that are listed in that article and still was seeming to talk like a no vote!!! I still see no progress on the districts part to present info on how the funds will be used besides reinstating busing, etc. You would think they would want to show a concerted effort to sway voters to a YES but I guess being honest and showing effort isn’t necessary when being punitive!

    • January 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      The District has repeatedly publicized how the revenue from this new levy would be spent by showing its 5 year financial forecast. Additionally, levy fliers, produced and distributed by the Pride in Olmsted Schools committee (website: http://www.prideinolmstedschools.org/) have disseminated this information for the past several months as well.

      A link to the District’s financial plan, which is posted on the District’s website can be found at http://www.ofcs.net/docs/Electronic5YearForecast-Approved%2010-22-09.pdf

      In addition to restoring the busing cuts, 4 additional teachers would be hired (over the next three school years) to help reduce class sizes at the elementary and middle school levels.

      Finally, passage of this levy would help prevent additional lay-offs as well as prevent the further erosion of the District’s educational program.

      • A net G
        January 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm

        There is a section titled personal services that lists 1.75% increase for step increases, etc. after 2010. Is that an increase of total costs? So for example $20,000,000 is FY2010 cost and that would increase by 1.75% for each of the next 4 years? And what is etc? That is VERY vague! Now are you telling us that a levy you purportedly said was going to last the district 3 years (if lucky) is going to last longer? Now we’re optimistic?

  25. Concerned Bulldog Parent
    January 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Dave Lewis :

    A net G :Dr. Hoadley you have mentioned the wage freeze several times – is it just for FY2010?

    The contracts we have with both of our unions expire on June 30, 2010. What happens in the next school year will be determined following negotiations with our unions this spring.

    What about the administrators?

    • January 7, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Administrative salaries are set on an annual basis by the Board of Education. The District’s administrators are not unionized so there is not collective bargaining agreement for this classification of employees.

      Our Administrators are expected to lead by example, and thus, this was the first classification of employees to be given a wage freeze two years ago.

      • Concerned Bulldog Parent
        January 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

        Are there any proposed wage increases planned for the administrators if the levy passes?

        While I understand from the Pride in Olmsted Falls website that we have almost the lowest ratio of administrators to students, it is also my understanding that our administrators are among the highest paid in the state of Ohio.

        Thanks for answering our questions so we can make an informed decision about the upcoming levy and how the money will be spent.

  26. A net G
    January 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Where are the stats on what the state will do if the levy fails again and again and again? Carol you seem to know this info can you direct me and others to it? Maybe something as sobering as that could sway me back to a yes. Thanks.

    • Susie Asadorian
      January 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      The Educational Reduction Plan can be found on the new Pride of Olmsted Falls website, http://www.prideinolmstedschools.org It is a detailed chart of the benefits and sacrifices the district must make depending on levy outcomes from Nov.2008-Nov.2010. Although the website is new, the information has been available, and has in fact been replicated and distributed at virtually every levy meeting and with every child who attends Olmsted schools.

  27. Yes Voter
    January 8, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Thank you for canceling school today. It should prove to all Olmsted Falls parents that you DO put the safety of the children first. It is not so much what it out there now as what is coming, and it is appreciated that the district acknowledged this! THANK YOU for keeping our children safe!

    • Traffic Jam
      January 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

      I’m glad they cancelled also, BUT, yes, the big BUT, they should’ve honestly cancelled on Monday, it was much worse. Took me about 45 minutes to drive 2 miles, and from what I’ve read, some people it took longer. My heart goes out the the families who have children at FL, MS and Intermediate. How much patience you must have, I’m trying to keep mine, by just driving to the Intermediate School. First problem, the light at Stearns & Bagley, needs to be addressed. That left signal that is about 20 sec. long, is not long enough. I’ve sat through 3-4 lights, just to get on Bagley. And when I drop my child off at the Intermediate school, and I’d like to make a left back on to Bagley, is almost impossible. I know it’s only the 2nd week. But it needs to be addressed. Drivers we need to be courteous of each other. We are all in the same boat right now. So if the school is not going to address it, we need to be kind to each other. What I’m saying is, is that if your making a left into the Intermediate School and you see someone trying to get out of the Intermediate or Middle School, if every other car would let someone out, it would keep the traffic flowing.

  28. Dante
    January 8, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Many people keep mentioning the inability to pay higher taxes–if our community has to “pay to play” or take private music lessons those costs usually cannot be deducted when you file your taxes-property taxes are a 100% deduction. As a homeowner with kids-I like the ability to deduct as much as possible to offset my federal/state tax liability–wouldn’t you? Also, the continued failure of the levy is costing us more each time it fails. With the county valuation decrease, had the levy passed within the first two times on the ballot many of us wouldn’t have even noticed a difference.
    The children of this community are worth the money–tax dollars are a reinvestment into our community.

    • concerned parent II
      January 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      The tax deduction won’t work for most. Most people don’t itemize and besides, what about those that don’t put their children in extracurriculars? Also many people already pay for community sports and if the district will cut them than that is the route most will have to continue with. Unfortunately in this society/economy one must look out for themselves because nobody here will pay your mortgage or give up their pay or benefits! Not willingly at least. I have to say that this is probably one of the last areas of government that gets away with raises (step raises) when the economy is down. Dr. Hoadley what was the amount and how many administrators did we have on the books last year? I would gladly direct traffic in the snow and cold for $100,000+ – heck I would do it for less and guarantee that some fresh new grads looking for work would also!

      • Brooke
        January 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm

        If a parent’s children don’t participate in sports, then they shouldn’t care if they get cut? What about when foreign language, music or art gets dropped….because those will be next. The only classes that are safe are those that count toward the Ohio Achievement Tests and those that are required for graduation and college.

      • Parent
        January 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm

        Dante is right about your property taxes! If you own a home and do not itemize your deductions you may be giving your money right to the government. Extracurriculars are as much a part of a child’s education as subject areas.

    • Brooke
      January 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

      I am total and complete agreement with you. The problem is that Olmsted Falls is not even offering the pay to play option, so if the levies continue to fail…we will not have sports. Olmsted is known for its athletic among many other things. I can’t believe that our community is willing to give this all up. How sad. And, you are exactly right…as long as the levies continue to fail…each one will cost more and more. It makes no sense to me. Schools need levies to function. The passage will happen sooner or later….wouldn’t we want it to be sooner and cost us less?

      • Concerned parent II
        January 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

        Parent – true – I guess most wasn’t the best choice of words above. But many people don’t itemize and many people don’t agree with the choices of the board and Dr. Hoadley as seen here in Brooke’s blog. If you have a problem with no pay to play then take it up with the people that propose the cuts. It may not even be an issue come Feb., but it is NOT part of the state mandated curriculum. Sorry if it bothers you, but it isn’t and a lower levy with additional cuts may be the way they will have to go. When the economy rebounds maybe it will change, but for now it may not be a priority for many voters.

  29. Diane
    January 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Wow, 51 comments already and this update was just recently sent out..Let’s hope that this interest continues until Feb. and we bring home a YES vote for our children and this community!!!! I too want to thank Mr. Roseberry and all the staff for the extra effort they are putting forth to keep our children safe!! Do you know the teachers are now coming in earlier also so your children have someone in the calssroom when they arrive!!
    Yes, this levy will not lessen the class sizes but the staff has been very creative in the classroom trying to give every child the ability to work at their level..I volunteer in the classroom twice a week and see this with the individual work groups and the partnering that the teachers are doing with other teacher’s classes so that the some of the children can be split into different levels so they can all learn. Then one teacher teaches math at one level to some children in both classes and another teacher teaches math at a different level to the other group of children from both classes. This is just one example of how the staff is trying to make the best of larger class sizes and not let any child be left behind or other children get bored. My answer to the larger class size is become informed and VOLUNTEER in the classes, This is the best way to see why a YES VOTE is so IMPORTANT..You are always welcome!!!!

    • January 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      Diane, first off thank you for your volunteerism in our schools. Parent involvement is not only a key to our academic success, but it is another reason that we are able to run a lean operation and have the 4th lowest cost per pupil of the 31 school district in Cuyahoga County.

      Passage of this levy will help reduce class sizes as we have budgeted to hire 4 additional teachers (over a 3 year period of time). On the other hand, passage of this levy will also help prevent class sizes from growing larger.

      Failure of the levy in February will necessitate the Board of Education to lay off additional teachers which will increase class sizes even higher than the current level. Failure of the levy will also necessitate laying off teachers who teach elective classes which reduces educational options and prevent students from receiving a well rounded education.

      Thanks again for volunteering. Hopefully other readers will take up your volunteerism example. If anyone is interested in being a volunteer, please contact the principal of the school in which your child attends. If you do not have children attending the school, yet are interested in volunteering, please call 427-6000 to express your interest.

  30. Jessica Caraballo '97 bulldog grad
    January 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

    EXACTLY!! The children of this community are worth the money! The more people tear down these barriers of frustration and personal selfishness the more it will come back to what is really important here….the children.

  31. Father Bulldog
    January 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I want to say that I am a yes voter and hope that the levy passes in Feb. I have been talking with some parents at the different sporting events etc. I’m shocked, at the number of parents that have kids currently in sports, that are going to vote “no” because of all the politics associated with Olmsted Falls sports.If the levy fails again in Feb. with the help of some parents wanting to make a statement that would be pretty sad.Hopefully, everything is on the “up and up”(LOL) I can’t imagine a coach playing somebody that doesn’t deserve to be on the court/field over a student athlete that has worked hard and is the more talented, but doesn’t have parents that can volunteer time to the Boosters or whatever else playing time or a spot on varsity might entail.It Seems as though, a lot of different variables are going to play out in this vote…

    • concerned parent II
      January 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

      Wow and you wonder why these parents are possibly voting no? Every child has a right to play sir – that is why there will be no pay to play sports per the district! So NO child gets left out – poor or otherwise! Why a coach that gets PAID would even dream of not letting every child participate in one capacity or another in a PUBLIC school is asking for the levy to fail. But to each their own voice and VOTE! Is that all you have to do here is be on the BOOSTERS? Well I guess I will have to try that at some point.

  32. January 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Concerned Bulldog Parent :

    Are there any proposed wage increases planned for the administrators if the levy passes?

    Even if the levy passes in February, the District will not receive any new tax revenue in 2010. Therefore, the Board of Education would be hard pressed to approve any raises, for any employee classification, until the District is back on its feet financially.

    As stated previously, the administration was the first employee classification to be placed on a wage freeze, it will most likely also be the last employee classification to receive any type of raise once a levy is passed. Again, this is leadership by example.

  33. January 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    concerned parent II :

    Dr. Hoadley what was the amount and how many administrators did we have on the books last year?

    Three part-time administrators, employed by the District last year had their contracts non-renewed for financial reasons. This included a grant writer, assistant business director (who was helping oversee the construction project) and a curriculum consultant.

    The Olmsted Falls Board of Education currently employs the following certified administrative personnel: 3 1/2 assistant principals, 4 1/2 principals, 4 central office administrators (Director of Special Education, Chief operating officers, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and Superintendent) and a treasurer.

    The District uses grant $$ to employ a communications director through the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center. However, this is not a certified administrative position.

    As stated by the Ohio Department of Education, this administrative team, covering 3,800 students is the leanest number of administrators per student in Cuyahoga County and the 6th lowest of the 611 school districts in the state of Ohio.

  34. Mrs. Gulden
    January 8, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    You can tell that Jessica Caraballo is an Olmsted Falls grad because she writes VERY well.(Scroll back and look.) Please pay attention to the education our students are receiving! It surpasses many districts, and the graduates are well prepared for life. Living in a community like this with an excellent school system is quite an honor. Despite traffic problems, being late to school, and busing issues, don’t lose sight of all the great things that are happening within the schools. It is a privilege to teach your children each and every day.

  35. Concerned parent II
    January 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for answering my questions. Is there actually a site/sites prescribing what the STATE would do if they had to take over? I keep reading blogs about oh no if the state comes in, etc. Where do you see/find this info? The milestones don’t address some of the things you are mentioning would be done with the money if the levy were to pass. Is there another one that I missed?

    • January 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      Please see my response below regarding “state takeover”.

  36. Linda Parkowski
    January 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    UNBELIEVABLE! Do you really think Mr. Roseberry and the other administrative staff can let go of something off of their to do list since they helped direct traffic…..I’m sure that was in addition to everything else they have on their plates. Also, would you really not vote yes for your child’s future if the administration gets a raise this year? Can you let me know how that is benefitting your child? Sounds to me like it’s a wrong-way approach to punish someone, which will ultimately be the children.

  37. Concerned parent II
    January 11, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Linda – No one said it wasn’t in addition to what they already do. That is the CHOICE the board and Dr. Hoadley made – cutting the busing. I was just saying for having one of the highest paid in OHIO in FY2008 jobs that I would gladly do it. Yes they are great, but they get paid VERY WELL to be GREAT!!!!! They are in the top 10 if not the top 7 in the STATE in average administrator pay. Dr. Hoadley are there any double dippers on our staff? Ohio is one of the only states that allows retired government workers to take another position after retiring and still receive full retirement benefits.

  38. well informed mom
    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Concerned Parent II
    I’m not quite sure what enrages you. It isn’t about sports or boosters or other silly reasons that some negative parents use to rationalize a NO vote. How very juvenile for ANY parent to vote no for such infantile reasons as my child doesn’t get enough play time. Who are those parents going to show with their NO vote? They’re punishing their own children–have they figured this out yet? There is no rational for a NO vote.
    This levy will spell either future success for our students, our district, and our ENTIRE city or complete failure for all. Olmsted Falls and the Township residents are at a fork in the road. Head down the path of a levy failure and the foundation of a city and township will crumble.
    People have moved to this community for the stellar education offered by the schools. They didn’t move here for the big recreation center, brand new library, community swimming pool, sidewalks that criss cross the city and abundance of ball diamonds and soccer fields. They came for the education. Good schools make good communities.
    Our community is in jeopardy of losing the best thing it has going for it. Everyone who owns a home will lose big time. But our children lose more than can be put into words. School years as they know them, will begin to be dismantled.

    There is only one choice for this community and that is to vote YES on Feb. 2nd.
    My child deserves the best. Does yours? Do you want to live in a strong vibrant community or one that is crippled?

    • Concerned parent II
      January 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Well informed mom – My point exactly- EDUCATION is of utmost importance! It is rationale that needs to be taught! And yes there are many VALID reasons for a no vote! I wouldn’t vote no to protest the politics of sports necessarily, but they have a right to vote as they wish. Just as many people may vote no now because they don’t agree with the board/Dr. Hoadley’s choices in cuts. People are going to vote their pocket books and how they feel and so be it. If they are upset with the politics of sports in these schools, they may just vote no like Father Bulldog wrote. It is what it is! Oh and by the way – I didn’t ask for the township to allow more homes to be built! So the masses moving here for the schools argument is not the most persuasive! That is part of the problem. And as Dr. Hoadley commented on – the state came in once before in 2000 and yet we were still able to overcome that and be rated excellent with distinction after that!

      • well informed mom
        January 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

        Concerned Parent II–
        The majority of new homes built in the township were bought by families with school age children. I guess you would have to ask them why they moved here. I have and the answer is for the stellar education.
        The district has not asked for a raise in 10 years–really come on. Let’s fill our schools to the brim with more kids (not the Board of Ed’s fault)and run the schools with the same amount of operating funds year after year. It is the MOST persuasive argument. Educating kids costs more than the taxes brought in on the house they live in. If you need more facts go to the Pride in Olmsted Schools website.
        I didnt ask for the homes either–I live in the Falls. But I’m voting YES because my children deserve the best education possible. Why doesn’t every parent want the best for their child?
        Perhaps you can persuade your township neighbors to merge with the Falls so that builders no longer control the Township. The Township style of government is allowing the builders’ control. A whole other problem that factors into the current crisis in our schools.
        The state came in, made cuts and then the levy passed 10 years ago. Why is all that necessary again? We’ve been through that and know what it’s like. Are really not a concerned parent at all? If Education is the UTMOST importance as you say–you don’t want the state running things that’s really easy to figure out. If any aprent considers Eduacation the UTMOST importance then you’re only choice is to vote YES>

  39. Ashley
    January 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Dr. Hoadley:
    What will it mean if the state comes in and takes over the Olmsted Falls School District?

    • January 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

      Ashley,

      Thanks for you question. There is some misinformation “floating” around our community regarding the belief that it would be a good thing for the “state” to come in and take over the schools as the state would then help the district pass a levy.

      In essence, like the District experienced in 1999-2000, when the “state” came in and provided fiscal oversight to the District, basically the District loses its local control ability. By this, I mean that the major Decisions are no longer made by OFCS citizens (Board of Education) nor by OFCS employees, the major decisions are made by state financial personnel.

      Since the District’s budget, as a service organization is largely personnel, additional mass lay-offs would occur to simply balance the books. This would mean that curriculum options (such as AP classes or art/music classes) would be eliminated. Additionally, elementary teachers and tutors would be released for their contracts, thus further increasing class sizes.

      In the end, the District would be able to financially stay afloat, but, from an educational standpoint, it would be a mere shadow of it former self.

      I would reiterate, the “state” would not help pass a levy, it would simply take over the decision-making authority (as to what cuts are made) from the citizens and employees of OFCS.

      Thanks again for your question.

  40. Yes voter
    January 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Well informed Mom,

    You make some great points. I would just be a little hesitant when calling folks juvenile that are a little fed up with the politics in sports. When I went to H.S. (many yrs. ago)it was very different. If you worked hard and could play you played.Let’s look at basketball for instance, you had to be able to make a lay-up and not turn the ball over 9 times a game before you were named to varsity.In O.F. I hear thats not the case.My boys have graduated but I hear some stories that would have ticked me off too!Oh and your right,unlike all of our lower taxed neighboring communities, there are no sidewalks leading to a community pool for these P.O’d parents to go cool off in! I will vote yes B.T.W because my kids got to play and live out their dreams.

    • Jim Baldwin
      January 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

      Yes voter :Well informed Mom,
      When I went to H.S. (many yrs. ago) it was very different. If you worked hard and could play you played.Let’s look at basketball for instance, you had to be able to make a lay-up and not turn the ball over 9 times a game before you were named to varsity.In O.F. I hear thats not the case.My boys have graduated but I hear some stories that would have ticked me off too!.

      Yes Voter, When you “hear” something, you are usually hearing it from their perspctive. There are two sides to every story.

  41. Concerned parent II
    January 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Well said YES voter. My vote is not simply an administrator raise issue, it is a lack of concern and effort to fix the overcrowding problem that I did not ask for (thanks township trustees). It is a lack of answering tough questions because it may look bad on a blog. It is a say one thing about not allowing bashing of other bloggers in a statement, and then let it happen just as long as that person is pro levy. Juvenile on the part of the parents fed up with the politics of sports here? See Dennis’ remark on this blog above. I am not voting no because of sports. I can afford to pay for things my children want and don’t expect my neighbor that may be struggling financially to foot the bill for them – sorry. Also go to the PRide in Olmsted falls site/blog and read Mr. Lewis’ response to my question. Interesting how there is money left over from the building levy and how it can be used – it can go into retirement account , but can’t be voted on to be used as operating expense? How is that? Isn’t retirement part of operating expense?

    • Dave Lewis
      January 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

      Concerned parent II :
      Also go to the PRide in Olmsted falls site/blog and read Mr. Lewis’ response to my question. Interesting how there is money left over from the building levy and how it can be used – it can go into retirement account , but can’t be voted on to be used as operating expense? How is that? Isn’t retirement part of operating expense?

      As stated on the blog, any money left over from a bond issue after the projects are complete goes into a DEBT RETIREMENT FUND. This means it is used to retire any debt, not pay for employees retirement.

  42. Mother of 4 and driving
    January 13, 2010 at 9:18 am

    The traffic has been better around town. Again I go to all the different schools and everyone is really trying hard to make things work. The only propblem I had today is that about 20 cars would not let me out of Fitch in the morning. Most of the time everyone is very considerate, but not today.

    My question today is what is going to happen the day we need to vote??? I know that most people understand the traffic around town with school and everything but I know that the school’s are crazy around drop off and pick up time. What is going to happen with people that complain about the mess and then decide not to vote because it was considered crazy at the site they were suppose to vote. I really hope this does not happen. I really hope that everyone goes out and vote yes but I have heard comments that when they either want to vote in the morning before work there is not chance that they can because of traffic around the schools and then they want to vote after work before or after they pick up the kids but the same thing will happen. Any suggestions so that everyone can vote without complaining???

    • January 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Election day will certainly add additional traffic congestion. The E.C.C., Falls-Lenox, Middle School and High School are all voting locations.

      The is one of the reasons that the Pride in Olmsted Schools levy committee is encouraging parents to vote by absentee ballot. While this will not help you if you still have to drop off / pick up you children from the school, it will help those citizens, who are simply voters, to avoid the traffic congestion on election day.

  43. Concerned parent II
    January 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Correction- it will go to debt retirement – still isn’t that operational in nature?

    • January 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      See the post above for further explanation.

      Money in the debt retirement fund cannot be legally utilized to fund employee pensions or any other operational expense.

      In short, the debt retirement fund pays off the “outstanding mortgage” on the District’s construction projects.

      • Concerned parent II
        January 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm

        Ok, good to know the difference – the lingo can overlap at times. Thanks.

  44. January 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    YES! YES! YES!

    You needn’t GO anywhere to vote. Volunteers have been working hard from holiday program, to basketball games, to mailers to help you avoid any hardship from voting. It is called Absentee Voting or Voting By Mail. Hurry and you can still submit a form to vote from home, vote by mail, vote by Absentee Ballot. Call the board office or assistance, or go to the link below:

    http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_boe/en-US/AbsenteeAppl_06.pdf

    Get your absentee ballot mailed in! The Cuyahoga Board of Elections (BOE) will MAIL an OFFICIAL BALLOT right to your house. You only need to open it, fill it out, and put it back in your mailbox. After the lines from the past few presidential elections, absentee voting is more popular. You don’t need to be a college student, traveling out of town, or have physical restrictions to vote by mail/vote by Absentee Ballot. You just need to send in the absentee ballot request form.

    For all those active voters out there, it is most likely you already received a request form from the BOE – send it in.

    I absolutely LOVE going into a polling place to vote. I’m 39 and except college – I’ve always shown-up to vote – even after surgery. But this election – with that other district passing their levy by ONE VOTE there is no way I would risk it. I’ll miss getting my sticker. But I will not risk imo letting these kids down, being responsible for people losing jobs, and flush my home value down the drain.

    Thank YOU SO MUCH for giving ANOTHER reason to vote by absentee!

    I’ll say it again.

    VOTE NOW! VOTE BY ABSENTEE! VOTE!

    Anyone out there who really wants this to pass, voted yes before, or is even “just ok” or “wants it over with” … you have to vote. Too many homes with yard signs in November for maybe understandable struggles didn’t actually vote – not yes or no – but didn’t vote at all in Nov. If you make the personal choice to vote no. That is your right. But if you want this to pass then make your support count by voting.

  45. January 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    p.s.
    Go to http://www.prideinolmstedschools.org and click on voting information for links to:

    – Request an Absentee Ballot

    – Check Your Registration

    – Identify Your Polling Station

    – Learn Identification Requirements

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