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Parent Update – January 22, 2010

Both OFCS Labor Associations Agree To Extend Current Contracts

Recently, some levy volunteers have heard “rumblings” from residents that there is a concern that passage of the February 2nd operating levy would simply mean immediate salary raises for all District employees.  This is obviously concerning to residents who have suffered employment loss or salary reductions due to the downturn in the economy.

To counter this concern, members of the Olmsted Falls Education Association (certified staff) and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (classified staff) have each voted to extend their current labor contracts for an additional six months.  The current one-year contracts for both associations were originally set to expire on June 30, 2010.  These contract extensions continue the base salary freezes and significant insurance concessions, previously negotiated between the Olmsted Falls Board of Education and both associations last spring, through December 31, 2010.

As superintendent, I would like to thank our two labor associations for reacting quickly to these community concerns and extending the current contract conditions.  The District hopes that residents will cast a vote with the confidence of knowing that new local revenue will be utilized to return the programs and services that have unfortunately been cut due to the failure of the past three operating levies.

Below, please find a portion of the press release that has been created and released to local news agencies:

Olmsted Falls, OH— January 26, 2010 – Members of the Olmsted Falls Education Association (certified staff) and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (classified staff) have voted to extend their current contracts with the Olmsted Falls School District for an additional six months.  The current one-year contracts for both associations were originally set to expire at the end of this current school year, on June 30, 2010.  The new contract extensions continue the base salary freezes and significant insurance concessions, previously negotiated between the Olmsted Falls Board of Education and both associations last spring, through December 31, 2010.

“As a Board of Education we constantly strive to balance the needs of our students with the needs of the greater community,” said Mr. Frank Pedicini, President of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.  “Our current operating levy request is based on the minimum amount of funds needed to maintain District operations, and does not allow for excessive wage increases for administrators and staff.”

“We sincerely hope that these contract extensions demonstrate our commitment to seeing our District and our community through these challenging economic times,” said Mr. Jeff Kho, social studies teacher and President of the Olmsted Falls Education Association.  “As a teacher, resident, and parent in this District, I am pleased we were able to work together to continue the cost-saving measures achieved during our last contract negotiations.”

Olmsted Falls City School District began implementation of an Educational Reduction Plan in March 2009, following the failure of two operating levies (in November 2008 and February 2009).  Since then, a third operating levy failure in November 2009 has forced cuts to continue including a reduction to State minimum busing.

“With the loss of eight bus drivers and a reduction in hours for twelve others made necessary by the significant reductions in transportation services, our classified employees – many of whom are residents in this community – are certainly feeling the impact of the District’s current financial strain,” said Mrs. Linda Maloney, President of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.  “Still, we remain committed to supporting our District and this community, and hope that the extension of the current contract’s wage freeze and insurance concessions will help move us forward toward a more stable financial situation.”

An 8.7 mill operating levy on the February 2, 2010 ballot would help restore some lost programs and services.  Failure of a fourth operating levy will mean additional cuts, including the loss of extracurricular and athletic programs.  Deeper cuts to staff, which ultimately has the most negative impact on the quality of daily educational programs, are also at risk without an infusion of new operating dollars.

“It has been 11 years since our District has received any new funding from an operating levy and, in that time, enrollment has increased more than 28%,” said Mr. Joseph Bertrand, Vice President of the Olmsted Falls Board of Education.   “I commend both associations and their members for their continued understanding of these challenging economic times – both for our District and our community.”

The Olmsted Falls Board of Education will officially vote to accept the contract extensions from both associations at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on February 18, 2010.

Levy Update

The Pride in Olmsted Schools’ Levy committee has released new levy video.  Click here.

This Saturday, OFHS students will be conducting an awareness campaign between 11 AM and 2 PM.  During this time, students will be gathering at the corner of several key intersections throughout the Olmsted Communities.  The goal of these students is to raise awareness of the activities that would be lost should operating levies continue to fail.

Letters to the Editor regarding the upcoming levy.

Please click here to read letter #1.

Please click here to read letter #2.

Please click here to read letter #3.

Please click here to read Letter #4 written by OF council woman Ann Marie Donegan.

Please click here to read letter #5 written by OF Mayor Robert Bloomquist.

February 2nd Is Bulldog Pride Day

February 2nd is Election Day and an important day for both our school district and our community.  In order to celebrate the importance of this day, it has been designated as Bulldog Pride Day.  We are asking all students, faculty, and staff to show off their Bulldog Pride by wearing school colors.

OFHS Student Becomes A Finalist In Essay Contest

Congratulations to sophomore Hayleigh Sanders who has been named a finalist in the Stop the Hate:  Youth Speak Out essay contest sponsored by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood.  Hayleigh will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 21st at the museum.

OFHS Forensic Team

Congratulations to Natalie Brdar and Pam Keller as they led the OFHS Forensic Team (Speech and Debate) to another top ten finish this past Saturday.  Pam is the first sophomore to be crowned Tournament Champ twice.

OFHS Hockey

Many residents may not be aware that OFHS has a hockey team.  The team plays its home games at the Brooklyn Rec Center.  For a link to the Bulldog Hockey website, please click here.

Bulldog hockey vs. North Olmsted at the SWC Hockey Tournament

Categories: Community Updates
  1. Resident, Graduate, & Parent
    January 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    This one brought tears to my eyes. Wish someone had come by my neighborhood with some blue and gold ribbon to tie around my tree. Of grave concern to me is that one of my parents who is in Olmsted Falls where I was raised, voted YES on the November levy, but has stated she is unsure about voting yes again because they raised the levy amount for this next vote…I have heard this from many other voters and it saddens me that someone making the increase decisions did not foresee this as a possible huge problem for return yes voters…

    Additionally, on a much more personal note…I am divorced and my former husband who lives in a different community with well supported school systems is mentioning that he wants to remove the girls from Olmsted Falls because our school district is no longer good due to all of this. So on top of all of the loss from the school, I may now be facing a battle for the loss of residency of my children and them remaining in Olmsted falls with their friends. This will affect people in many more ways than we all are aware of. Please vote yes for our childrens’ sake.

    • c from olmsted
      January 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Even though a levy hasn’t passed within 10 years Olmsted Falls school is still an EXCELLENT school system! Thanks to staff, parents, children and residents. I moved here for that reason only 4 yrs ago and I don’t regret it one bit and don’t plan on moving anytime soon. I do think however our tax dollars could be spent more wisely! We still have a half built fire station and police station for crying out loud. Also, I would like to mention that the residents of Olmsted Falls voted for the NEW Intermediate school a couple years ago. I am sick of hearing that “people don’t care about our schools.”

      • January 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm

        Please understand that the 1/2 built building in Olmsted Township are not under the jurisdiction of the school.

        Rather, the new Intermediate building, which was completed on-time and under-budger, as well as the present Middle School addition, which is being built with a $7.7 million dollar grant are the only projects associated with Olmsted Falls City Schools.

        As has been stated many times previously, the per pupil spending for OFCS is the 4th lowest of the 31 school districts in Cuyahoga county, while at the same time, the academic results, produced by the students attending OFCS continually rank among the highest in the state of Ohio.

    • Kim Cleary
      January 27, 2010 at 6:28 am

      I would like to address the statement “I have heard this from many other voters and it saddens me that someone making the increase decisions did not foresee this as a possible huge problem for return yes voters…”. I know from working on the campaign last year that it was well advertised that the millege would be increased if the levy failed in November. I know it was a difficult decision for our school board to make, but we still need the same amount of money and now have less time to collect it. We know this may change some of the residents votes and that is why it is so important to have all our SUPPORTERS vote on Feb 2nd. I can assure you that there is a large group of residents who have been working very hard to get this levy passed. Thank you for your support and for seeing the great value our schools bring to our community.

  2. concerned parent II
    January 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    So you’re NOT going to address the overcrowding issue in the 3rd and extending through to intermediate school ? You will replace lost classes/teachers first?

    • January 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      This fall, the number of sections for 3rd grade was increased from 11 to 12. This helped reduce class sizes at this grade level. Unfortunately, this increase in sections was created by “taking away” a 2nd grade section and now there are only 10 sections at that grade level.

      In the end, the District has budgeted hiring 4 additional teachers once this levy is passed. Conversely, if levies continue to fail, additional teachers will have to be laid-off, thus increasing class sizes across the entire District.

  3. turnip
    January 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    All of us have had to adjust our life styles to a new economy. We are paying more for food, gas, clothing etc. So why do so many of us think we can run our schools at a level of finance lower than is needed?

    We demanded security at our schools, resuting in new systems and the hiring of a security specialist to guard the doors. We expect our buses to run, this takes high priced fuel, new tires and other maintenance.

    The price of food needed to feed our children has risen as have the prices for text books, gym equipment, ground care, heating, computers and so much more. Our teachers, administrators and other personal have already agreed to freeze their wages, showing the need to put the students first.

    We have so many wonderful programs that allow each child to prosper in life…such as reading interventionists and speech therapists. These services are not free.
    We need to drag our school system in the 2010 and insure the needed funding to educate and enrich our children so they become viable, educated adults able to run the world long after we are gone.

    We need this levy for our children. We need this levy to insure that parents don’t leave the community in mass in search of a better school system. What happens to our community if it is filled with vacant homes waiting for owners? Everyones property values will decrease.

    What about our emergency services? Bagley rd. is clogged with traffic each morning and afternoon. If I find myself in distress or some life threatening situation, I would like to know that the fire dept. or our emt’s can reach my house and not be trapped in traffic.

    Passage of this levy insures an education, help for special need students and has to potential for unclogging our roadways for emergency services.

    The cost of living has gone up for all of us, this includes our school. These kids are the ones who will run for office, become police officers, emts, teachers, doctors. They will be the ones caring for us in our old age as they help mold communities. They need the proper tools and education to carry on, only we can give that to them by insuring our schools are the best they can be.

    Jane

    • Glenn
      January 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm

      Yes we do have to adjust our life styles. I had my pay reduced by 10% and insurance raised by more then 30%. A pay freeze and an increase by $20.00 a month for family coverage does not make the cut. Extending a contract by 6 months still doesn’t show me enough. Lower the amount and this levy amd it may pass. Todays economy means change. The more we pay in taxes means a possible loss of ones home and more vacant homes in this community.

      • It is my kids turn
        January 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

        Glenn, good point about having to make our dollars go farther. I have sacraficed a more expensive cable package to help offset expenses. Our teachers are feeling the same pinch as you are. Let me ask you something, can you cut some things in your life. I changed all my lightbulbs to the new CFL’s and save at least $20 a month. That is just one thing that can help. I know $20 does not pay for the new levy but my point is that we can all do things that really save money. My kids have promised to know what they are getting out of the fridge before they open the door instead of standing in front of it with the doors open. My kids wear thier jeans 2 times before being washed because less laundry costs less. Glenn, do you have insulation around your hot water tank? That makes a real difference. There are lots of things we can do to help offset the costs of our lives. We do need to realize the importance of education. Good schools are more important than cable, fancy phones, high end computers, going out to eat, etc.

  4. Stacy
    January 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Looking at the precinct returns from the last vote, can someone please explain why the levy vote faired so poorly in North Olmsted, Berea and Columbia (I’m referring to the few hundred votes from those residents that are in the Olmsted Falls School District). I am shocked they have the advantage of being included in our stellar school district yet they voted against supporting it?!

    • January 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm

      There are strong pockets of misinformed residents in each of these areas. While untrue, many residents in these areas believe they are being “double taxed”. By this, I mean residents in the North Olmsted section of our school district believe they have to pay both OFCS school taxes as well as North Olmsted School taxes. This simply is not true.

      Rather, these residents must pay OFCS school taxes and North Olmsted city taxes. This is similar to a resident living in Olmsted Falls who must pay OFCS school taxes and Olmsted Falls city taxes.

      After the November election, the District received many calls from frustrated residents about the voting results in the areas you mentioned. Many suggestions have been made about “giving” the section of our school district that lies in North Olmsted to North Olmsted schools. This same action could be done with the Berea section of the OFCS district to Berea Schools and the Columbia Station section of the OFCS district to the Columbia local school system.

      I am fearful if levies continue to fail, that additional pressure from residents of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, will be exerted on the District to move in this direction as these persons have continually reinforced that the November 2009 operating levy would have “passed” if these sections of the school district were removed from the voting totals.

      • Mark Allman
        January 28, 2010 at 11:11 am

        Hey, the Township voted against the levy, too. Who can we give the Township to? Ridgeville?

        This is all silliness. N.O. and C.S. have quite low percentages of “yes” voters. Perhaps that is due to a misunderstanding. Lets, um, educate and not get into this “give ’em away” silliness.

      • A net G
        January 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

        I believe that would end up in court if that happened! I mean really – now you seem to be grasping at straws! I believe you earned more no votes with this one!!!!

  5. Suzanne Varney
    January 27, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Before I get a slew of responses…I did vote each time the levy was on the ballot and I voted YES each time!

    I feel I must defend those of us “outsiders” who live in neighboring communities (Columbia Station, Berea, North Olmsted) but are within the Olmsted Falls City School district. Reading comments like the one from Dr. Hoadley stating “the November 2009 operating levy would have “passed” if these sections of the school district were removed from the voting totals” is beyond frustrating. Is this what we’ve come to? I urge everyone to take ANOTHER look at the results of the levy by precinct, which can be found on the schools website. Many precincts can be “picked off” to explain the 176 no votes that caused the levy to fail (such as precincts 1B, 3A, 4A or 4B to name a few…each in Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Twp and each had over 176 NO votes)!

    Yes, I live in Columbia Station, however, we don’t feel much of a tie to the Columbia Station community due to the fact that our children go to Olmsted City schools. Everything we do is in the Olmsted Community…school, sports, shopping, etc… My children love their schools and do very well there! If they ever heard someone making the comments like I just read from Dr. Hoadley, they would be in tears! We are just as proud of our schools as anyone living within the city limits!

    I understand that there are plenty of misinformed voters out there, but I’d like to point out that this covers the ENTIRE voter population of our school district, not just our outlying areas. I’ve had several Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Twp. people ask me if we pay OFCS taxes. Of course I pay OFCS taxes! Do people really think our children attend for free??? Talk about misinformed! It is unfortunate that there are any misinformed voters at all, considering the fact that there have been several informational meetings and plenty of literature coming home with students. But I guess all it takes are a few well placed rumors and misinformation, like this one from Dr. Hoadley to really get people confused!

    I think it would be wise to continuing concentrating on those voters who do not show up at all to the polls, as well as continue to put information out there to help INFORM all the MISINFORMED voters! Blaming certain pockets of voters is awfully snobby and just not right. Shame on you Dr. Hoadley for stooping so low! Comments like yours are going to divide the community further than it already has been during this levy campaign!

    And let’s not forget that everyone has a right to their opinion and a right to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for the levy. While some of these votes may have been different if the voter had the right information to base the vote on, we have to realize that there are several other factors that go into a persons vote (mostly notably these days could be their financial situation). I believe that everyone, no matter how they voted, does feel that our children’s education is important. But we are all individuals and therefore have different opinions. The best we can do is to make sure each voter is making that decision with CORRECT and not malicious information.

    • Kathy
      January 27, 2010 at 8:38 am

      Suzanne,
      Please go back and re-read the post by Dr. Hoadley, and I think you will see that he infers that “resident pressure” may cause the district to look at alternatives such as district re-alignment. You are so correct that now more than ever we need to unite for the sake of our children and to protect the investment/pride we have established in the Olmsted community. Finger pointing will not solve our dilemma, but I am sure you can understand the frustration of some resident supporters when pouring over the numbers. In the end, if all parents of students attending our school district, no matter what city they reside in, support excellence in education by voting yes on Feb. 2, we will enjoy a victory by well more than 176 votes. Please continue your support and convince all neighbors to do the same.

    • Suzanne Varney
      January 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you Kathy, I do agree that Dr. Hoadley was appearing to “infer” that resident pressure may cause the district to take such actions. However, the point I was trying to get at was that a superintendent should not partake in such types of gossiping.

      It’s one thing to hear blame and finger pointing from neighbors or other parents of students that “many” residents are angry with those of us living outside the city/twp. and think we caused the levy to fail. But to have the superintendent put it out there so that those who didn’t feel this way before, now have it planted in their minds was uncalled for. I feel our superintendent should stick up and “have the backs” of ALL students and their families and defend us just as well as he defends the rest of the ‘yes’ voters. I feel a little like I’ve been thrown under the bus simplying because of where I reside…and again, I did vote YES! I would expect a more professional response from our superintendent, something along the lines of saying yes, many residents feel this way, but let’s not try to place blame and instead look to get more registered voters to the polls. I know this is probably asking a lot, I’m just so frustrated at how this levy is causing such a dividing line among all it’s voters. It just makes me very sad.

      Jim…I have no idea who you are, but it is this type of thinking that is keeping the divide among our voters. First off, I copy/pasted the comment from Dr. Hoadley’s post about what “many” residents are saying to him, so yes it is there. Take another look. As I stated above, my point is that I don’t think finger pointing and blaming are going to help us and no one should be helping to spread these thoughts, even our superintendent. Your “math” and way of thinking is not helping our situation. Focusing on only the outside precincts doesn’t take into account the ‘no shows at the polls’ (and I’m referring to ALL precincts). As I stated in my original post above, let’s concentrate on those who didn’t show up to vote at all. If just under 3% of that population showed up and voted yes, the levy would have passed. Here’s some math for you:

      Registered Voters: 16,119
      Total Who Voted: 9,174
      Those who didn’t vote: 6,945

      If we concentrated on reaching those who DIDN’T show up to vote at all, we would only need less than 3% of them to vote yes and it would have passed. 3% is 208 more yes votes!!

      Can we please just all come together in our school district to agree that using all our energy to place blame on one group of people is not helping anything? Let’s put that energy into getting the voters who aren’t coming to the polls at all and help our situation that way. I’ve seen the literature that comes home in the students folders and I keep up with the blogs/websites. I’m glad to see those groups helping to reach these non-voters. But remember, with that comes freedom of voting as they want….this means we take them whether they are voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’. But, if we band together and keep our Bulldog Spirit like we have in the past and concentrate on that, it could be the deciding factor for a ‘yes’ vote from just enough of them!

    • It is my kids turn
      January 27, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      The fact is that the voters in those areas said no at a higher ratio than the other areas of Olmsted Falls. I am happy that Dr. Hoadley is trying to pass the levy so ALL the kids get the quality education they deserve. Who cares what city the kids are from, they all have something really good and unique to bring to the Olmsted Falls community. Suzanne Varney, I appreciate your yes vote and thanks for going out and voting in November. The kids need you to repeat the effort in February and please, bring your neighbors if they need a ride.

  6. Jim Baldwin
    January 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Suzanne,
    “I am fearful if levies continue to fail, that additional pressure from residents of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, will be exerted on the District to move in this direction as these persons have continually reinforced that the November 2009 operating levy would have “passed” if these sections of the school district were removed from the voting totals.”

    Where is it that he stated it? Read it over carefully before you post, please.

    THESE PERSONS (People of Olmsted Falls and Twp) HAVE CONTINUALLY REINFORCED THAT THE NOVEMBER 2009 OPERATING LEVEY WOULD HAVE PASSED IF THESE SECTIONS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WERE REMOVED FROM THE VOTING TOTALS.

  7. Jim Baldwin
    January 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Suzanne,
    For the record…

    Berea
    For Against
    14 14

    North Olmsted

    source
    http://www.ofcs.net/userfiles/613/file/OFFICIAL%20Results%20-November%203%202009%20Issue%20107.pdf
    20 138

    Columbia
    62 129

    Twp
    2636 2664

    Falls
    4437 4546

    Do the math.

    • Suzanne Varney
      January 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Jim, please see my response under Kathy post.

  8. Mary Rogers
    January 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Jim,

    You do the math, if we are going to split hairs, Columbia contributed fewer “no” votes of the 176 in question than did Olmsted Falls…but I don’t get why you choose to be so rude to Suzanne…she is just concerned to hear that people are thinking of not allowing her kids to continue in the district. I have 2 kids in the schools and I also live in Columbia Station….like many OF and OT residents, I would not have moved here if my kids couldn’t go to Olmsted Falls Schools and I have always supported the levys….we just need to get everyone to pull together to get this passed and quit spurring on the negativity!

    • Jim baldwin
      January 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      My apologies, Suzanne, it’s frustration. This the one time I hit send before a re read. If I came across as rude, I’m sorry.

      • Suzanne Varney
        January 27, 2010 at 9:25 pm

        Thank you Jim. I absolutely can understand the frustration, as I too am feeling it. We all want the same thing… for our children to continue receiving the excellent education that they’ve been getting!

    • Jim baldwin
      January 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      Mary, you are correct and I apologized below. I should have not been rude to suzanne.

  9. January 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Our students last year earned/were awarded 2.1 million dollars in scholarship awards toward their 4 year college educations. YAHOO. We can agree this is terrific.

    Our teaching staff is supremely well qualified, highly educated, strongly encouraged to continue their education, and collectively highly experienced. YAHOO. We can agree this is awesome.

    Our programs and activities reach out to students of all walks of life from the one offered Summer Magic programs, to athletics, to the use of the soccer fields owned by the school district, to forensics, to the student newspaper, to drama, and of course of nationally ranked music program. YAHOO. We rock!

    We happily overpaid to live in this school district knowing that a premier school district would help maintain or home’s value, discourage crime, and build a sense of community. Uh yahoo maybe? Vote yes and let’s see a YAHOO!

    As I’ve posted before, this levy issue addresses both our kids and our wallets. Understandably, folks are passionate regardless of their view. Like Mr. Baldwin – nice guy – but passionate about what a failed levy means to kids – his, your, all of them.

    I love democracy. I agree with those who simply feel — if you support the level of services and programs the school has provided then you need to vote yes on Tuesday. I agree and the committee has and continues to focus on getting eligible voters to the polls. Whether you are dyed in the wool blue and yellow bulldogs, or are “sure fine, yes, let’s move on” in your support of the levy. We want you to vote yes on 2-2-10!

    Personally, I don’t take issue with those eligible voters that make a decision on accurate – real facts – that they choose not to carry the mantel of responsibility others have carried/paid for them/their children. My confusion comes from those eligible voters ranging from parents with yard signs to those at mtgs pledging support to those grumbling about the reduced services who DID NOT exercise their right/responsibility to vote in Nov. Or those who choose to exercise their right to vote but based on a single issue not the big picture… like the dislike of one decision, or one school employee (current or long gone), or inaccurate information. It is my hope that more voters will interpret the real facts as our family – that after 11 years of inflation, 28% increase in enrollment, and Principal Roseberry out there in an orange winter cap protecting neighborhood children means it is time to end this. And the only way this ends without another pursuit to pass a levy in the spring, summer, and/or fall – is to see the issue on the ballot on Feb 2nd passes.

    Be informed. Take responsibility. And respect those who have served to protect our freedoms by being a voter.

  10. Yes Voter
    January 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Here it is plain and simple. My son started kindergarten in 2001. He is now in the eighth grade. An operating levy has not passed since he started school. We have the 4th lowest per pupil spending out of the 31 schools in our county. We lost our busing, our fricken busing people! That’ major. Sure, there’s a lot of other cuts too, but our busing??? Cmon, nobody has the extra money for a levy, but it’s time! Give up taking your family out to dinner one time a month, cut back on your cell phone bill, your tivo, your alcoholic purchases! My point here is that nobody wants to give up their money, there is never enough to go around anyway, but good golly people, cut the $50 bucks or so, give or take, from somewhere else. It is possible. So while you are listening to talk of staff contracts, schools being built, kids getting their turns, and all the other things that are being mentioned, think of how much money we are spending in gas waiting to get our children. Think about how much we are paying our neighbors to drive our kids if we can’t. And think about how since my son stared school back in 2001, an operating levy hasn’t been passed. It seems like a simple decision to me.

  11. broke voter
    January 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Yes Voter :
    Here it is plain and simple. My son started kindergarten in 2001. He is now in the eighth grade. An operating levy has not passed since he started school. We have the 4th lowest per pupil spending out of the 31 schools in our county. We lost our busing, our fricken busing people! That’ major. Sure, there’s a lot of other cuts too, but our busing??? Cmon, nobody has the extra money for a levy, but it’s time! Give up taking your family out to dinner one time a month, cut back on your cell phone bill, your tivo, your alcoholic purchases! My point here is that nobody wants to give up their money, there is never enough to go around anyway, but good golly people, cut the $50 bucks or so, give or take, from somewhere else. It is possible. So while you are listening to talk of staff contracts, schools being built, kids getting their turns, and all the other things that are being mentioned, think of how much money we are spending in gas waiting to get our children. Think about how much we are paying our neighbors to drive our kids if we can’t. And think about how since my son stared school back in 2001, an operating levy hasn’t been passed. It seems like a simple decision to me.

    I type this in the library while looking for a job. I have been unemployed for over a year after I was laid off. Without a job, I will lose my home in the next year. Please tell me what I am supposed to cut out to pay for your levy.

    CUT SALARIES.

  12. Clarence
    January 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I’m inclined to vote for the levy because I feel the BOE has twisted my arm.

    While a levy hasn’t been passed in 10+ years I do find it interesting that the salaries of teachers and administrators are some of the highest in the state.

    http://odevax.ode.state.oh.us/htbin/F2008-DISTRICT-PROFILE.COM?irn=046573+Olmsted+Falls+City+SD+%28Cuyahoga%29

    Teacher’s avg salary – 62,720.36

    Administrators avg salary – 99,234.93

    Lets compare this to Strongsville.
    Teachers – 62,182.98
    Administrators – 72,069.50

    I find it interesting that a levy hasn’t been passed but there doesn’t seem to be a problem with salaries well above the average ( 54,210.35 and 71,477.76).

    The BOE has to understand we don’t have a strong business base to help with the burden of paying for our schools. How is it we can pay higher avg salaries than Strongsville who has a very strong business base?

    I realize these number can be taken and twisted but the bottom line is we’re a community that can’t afford to support big salaries.

    I would love to see Olmsted Falls take a lead in starting a movement to put pressure on the state to fix the way schools our funded. I think something like that would get 100% support of the voters.

    • Working hard
      February 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

      I’m with “broke voter”. (Sorry to hear about your situation by the way and I hope you find something soon) My husband was out of work and luckily found something, but the pay is $20,000 less. We don’t make anywhere near the $62,000 average that the teachers make! We can’t afford the tax increase and stay in our home. We don’t go out to eat, have a big cell phone bill, have tivo, or buy alcohol. Just medication and other necessities. Can we come together as a community by some of the stay at home moms watching the working parent’s kids, since daycare is outrageously expensive too? We don’t want to leave the district, but really don’t have a choice.

  13. peter naegele
  14. February 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

    The time is now! Go to your polling place and vote!

    If you received but misplaced your absentee ballot – GO VOTE at the polls. Don’t know where to go? Call the Cuyahoga Board of Elections at (216) 443-3200.

    The time is now. Vote yes. Let’s wrap this up. Continued levy failures at the polls directs us towards state intervention with program cuts out of local control – until – gets this – a levy passes. The time is now.

    Vote yes! Vote today. Polls are open until 7:30 pm.

    Thank you.

  15. A net G
    February 2, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Is Ohio trying for any of the Race to the Top money from the government? I know the district tried for some of the stimulus money, but I was just curious about this actual funding from the government?

  16. Homeowner/Taxpayer
    February 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    So now that the levy has passed due to the strong-arm of the school district…taking away our buses…it’s now understood that we parents with high school age children will not receive transportation until next year. How lucky for me that I could afford to purchase a second car for my teenager to drive . With
    three children and only one of them attending an Olmsted Falls school it hardly
    seems fair…does it? Enjoy my contribution! Wow…amazing that suddenly even though the funds won’t be seen until next year, they have the money to “restart”
    the bus service for K – 8? Gee, where was that money hiding?

  17. VoteNo
    February 4, 2010 at 7:53 am

    What a bunch of brainwashed fools. It will be interesting to see what Hoadleys raise will look like this year.

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