Co-founder Fairborn 9/11 Memorial Committee,
Community Coordinator for the FairTax
High school graduate.
Educating our children while controlling costs for the taxpayers in such a way that it does not break them. That is my main reason for running. The school board has thus far refused to listen to the taxpayers when after three failed levies, they simply won't try anything different or new. We need to look at new ways of funding education in this country. Right now, the burden always falls on the property owners. This needs to change. Wether we create a sales or income tax or some other method, WE MUST find a new way. And school boards and citizens must work together for that change. Parents must also become more involved. How we can encourage that is something I'd really like to work on. We have great kids and we owe it to them to give them every opportunity we can to improve their future.
Where we are in ten years will be determined by the actions we take now. If we stay the same course, I see nothing changing. If we get our costs under control, and advance new ideas for funding schools (and running them), I see the opportunity for great things in our school district.
I'm told that there will be no levy in 2014. Time will tell. I will tell the folks this; We are going to need to look at replacing buildings in the near future. So don't look for no levies for long.
You need to understand, its not just school property taxes people are weary of. Its all the demands adding up. And people are plain sick and tired of constantly being HARRASSED for more tax money while their income is either stagnant or decreasing. Todays economic realities have hit Fairborn hard (like everywhere else), and one of the realities is, there is just no more money. Something else that people are realizing is the fact that you never really own your home.......even when its paid off. Property taxes make sure of that. And people across the country are questioning the wisdom of property taxes. As I've stated before, its time to look at alternatives. In a nutshell, YES, there is voter fatique.
That's an interesting question as I've always felt the school board has done its best to satisfy teacher's desires. That the school board hasn't been able to meet the demands is not their "fault". Its just an indication of the reality of the fiscal picture. And as much as I hate to say it, the situation is going to get worse before it gets better. The good economic times are gone for a while and we must learn to live within those means. And we must stick by them even when times get better. I think though than an even more important question is; How do we improve our relationship with the citizens of Fairborn? We need to convince them that they need to become more involved in the process to make our schools and the children in them more successful.
I have been involved in strategic planning for 25+ years in education and have successfully started two businesses that provide me requisite qualifications to determine budgets and resources needed in a school system. Additionally I have been a menter,coach,advisor,PTO participant,booster,parent and resident through out the Fairborn school system for the past 30+ years.
Third generation Fairborn schools graduate, BA Morehead State University, MA Wright State University
Keeping the present staff motivated and providing financial resources to move the Fairborn school system forward in a progressive educational environment.
I would expect our schools to be schools of choice for parents and children; which would necessitate increased business activity in the community. If we do not have schools of choice we will become a dying community. Fairborn citizens recognize this and are pro-active to ensure Fairborns future.
Not until the board, the staff, and the community initiate strategic planning to determine what they want the Fairborn schools to become.
There is always voter fatigue in any community, but the people of Fairborn have always rallied in support of their schools and their children.
I would meet with teachers and staff to listen to their cares and concerns and hopefully establish the beginning of a strategic plan for the Fairborn school system that everyone could recognize as valid and vital to ensure the forward growth of our schools.
Colonel, USAF (Ret); Former Fairborn City School Board member and President; Former Greene County Career Center School Board member and Vice President; Board Member of the Fairborn Education Foundation and Alumni Association
BA Economics, Virginina Military Institute; MA Economics University of Oklahoma
One of the biggest issue is our perceived "shortcomings" as a school district. Lets face it, our schools are old and many folks have a tendency to "judge a book by its cover" and assume what is going on inside those buildings must be old too! Nothing could be further from the truth! Fairborn schools have incredible teachers, staff, counselors, etc. supporting our children and the great things they are accomplishing. Unfortunately so many of our residents and neighbors just don't get a chance to witness these wonderful accomplishments on a routine basis. That being said we all need to work at getting informed and sharing the good news stories! We need to cultivate a "My Town, My Schools" sense of pride and ownership. The District can be a big help in doing this!
Fairborn schools will still be very relevant 10 years from now! Our community is a very transient community -- one in which almost one third of its student population rotates in and out each year! While this constant churn may cripple some districts, our schools have learned to adapt. They instill the "Fairborn Way" from day one! We were the first school district in the State to be awarded "No Excuses University" status -- meaning beginning at kindergarten we start instilling in our children the belief and expectation that when they graduate from high school they will go to college! Anything that stands in the way of that goal is labeled an "Excuse" and the school works hard to remove that obstacle. For years the district has utilized it's Digital Academy to ensure those not suited for a traditional brick and morter school are not left behind but actually excell. In ten years I envision a community that embraces its school district as a real sense of pride, and that pride translates into financial support as well.
With the help of the State's new school funding formula and the remarkable job the district has done in containing expenses, I do not forsee the need for a levy in 2014.
I believe the inability to pass a school levy has less to do with the community's dissatisfaction with the school district, and more to do with a growing frustration with government and government finances in general. The Federal and State governments continuously mandate additional programs for school districts, yet more often than not fail to accompany those mandates with the required funds -- leaving the financial burden on the local community! The fiscal crisis that the entire country is experiencing has residents voicing their displeasure through the voting booth. This displeasure greatly reduces the district's revenue stream and impacts the programs and services provided to our children and community.
I have seen firsthand a real sense of "Skyhawk Pride" that permeates the entire district. This pride puts "students first" in its thinking, planning and actions. It's a team effort. I have found the district to be generally transparent in its dealings with all of its unions and I would expect that to continue. Meaningful communication between all parties is essential and I would encourage dialogue on all important decisions to continue and increase.
23 year career with EDS and Hewlett-Packard in the Information Technology and Project Management areas. My current job focuses on managing a large devlopment staff of people and resources for a large financial institution, Current Pleasant Grove Missionary Church Board member and Treasurer, Past Fairborn Girls Softball Association Board Member, active coaching (YMCA, Upwards Sports, FGSA, and Little League sports)
1985 East Canton, OH, 1990 University of Dayton graduate with a degree in MIS, PMP Certified since 2006
The financial situation would appear to be the obvious choice. However, I believe in our current state, mending the fences between the school board, various unions, and the community will be the biggest challenge. Healing the wounds and getting everyone in the school district working in harmony towards the same end goals will be the only way we get Fairborn moving in the proper direction.
I believe Fairborn can again be one of the top school districts in the area. We need to be committed as a community to make this happen. We have a good foundation for learning within our schools today. We need to continue to build on this. In order to do this, we need to engage our parents and community members to take a more active role in assisting the teachers in the education process. Financially, we need to bring trust back within the community and the school district and together solve our financial shortcomings.
The district is getting by now by cutting programs and not giving raises to their employees. Although the board needs to be fiscally responsible, we are not going to be able to cut our way out of this situation without great harm to our children’s educational opportunities. Unfortunately, I believe we will need to put a levy on the ballot in the near future. Based on a state evaluation, they stated that we would eventually need to raise new money even if we resolve the health care spending issue.
Yes, I believe the voters are tired of seeing levies on the ballot. However, a good number of residents that I spoke with while gathering signatures stated they would support a much smaller levy if the board can better explain our financial situation. All of them also stated that a larger levy will never pass.
Since I am not a participant in the negotiations, I cannot provide insight to what needs improved. But if elected, I will seek to improve the relationship. I know today the board meets with students to discuss issues on a periodic basis. Likewise, we need to meet on a regular basis with the teacher’s union to discuss any issues or opportunities.
25+ years American Honda Motor, Co. Forecasting and managing a transportations services budget of $100-200 million annually. Negotiating agreements with service providers.
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration. California State University, Los Angeles
Although the relationship between the Fairborn School Board and the Educators is in urgent need of mending, the critical requirement is a consistent, adequate revenue stream. The Legislative and Executive branches of state government have largely ignored the Judicial branch ruling that over reliance on property taxes for school funding is unconstitutional. I plan to work with other school boards and our state representatives to make funding Ohio’s public schools among the highest of the legislative priorities in the next two year budget cycle. Without good schools that provide a well educated workforce, businesses will not locate in our communities. Without businesses to provide jobs, people will move away, property values will decline creating a downward spiral that is difficult to reverse.
Fairborn City Schools with its dedicated teachers has an excellent curriculum foundation than covers a broad range of student abilities and backgrounds. A stable revenue stream will enable Fairborn City Schools to enhance these offerings and improve the education provided to Fairborn’s young people over the next 10 years. In addition there are new housing and retail developments in the works that will enhance the economic stability of Fairborn and the school district.
The Fairborn City Schools Treasurer stated in a recent board meeting that there will be no levy on the ballot in 2014.
The most recent ballot levy failed by a nearly 2 to 1 margin. Many voters feel that the board is “crying wolf” regarding the need for property tax levies.
Since the board recently repudiated the contract with Fairborn’s teachers, repairing the damage from that action will be very difficult. I feel that this course of action was heavy handed on the part of the board, particularly with the recent history of the willingness of the teachers and other groups to forego any pay increases over a 3 year period. The board needs to establish fair practices to evaluate potential candidates for administrative positions and favor promoting from within rather than re-hiring retired individuals.