Voter Guide

The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

NOTE: Not all communities have issues or candidates on the ballot. Guide does not include uncontested races.

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  • Sue Blair

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    Jim Byers

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    Patrick Cassidy

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    Danny McCloud

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Biographical Information

What are the 3 biggest challenges facing the school district? How would you deal with them?

What makes you qualified to be on the school board and gives you an advantage over other candidates?

What is your position on state testing and graduation requirements?

What would you do to close the skills gap that employers say is hindering their ability to find workers?

Are there any areas where you believe the school district currently underspends, or overspends?

Is the school district doing enough to ensure student safety? If not, what else should they be doing?

Are there any subjects or topics not currently being taught (or not taught broadly enough) that you would like to see expanded?

What other changes could be made that you think would improve students’ academic performance?

If you had to choose between increasing the number of regular teachers, to lower class size, or increasing the number of counselors/social workers/mental-health therapists/school resource officers to deal with non-academic issues, which would you choose?

What other information do you want voters to have about you?

1. State Funding - State funding is out of the control of the local district. Education of the inequities within the state formula needs to be continually provided to the citizens of the district. 2. Campus Safety - Campus safety is ever changing and it is important to stay on top of the best practices to keep our students and staff as safe as possible. 3. Illegal Drug Use - Illegal drug use needs to be prevented to have a healthy lifestyle. I support drug testing for students involved in extra-curricular activities. This gives the student a way out from peer pressure as well as making the student more attractive to potential employers with a drug free history on their resume.
I have a desire to be a good board member and willingness to take the time to research issues, attend professional development opportunities, and listen. I have a diverse background, having worked in both trades and administration. I have been a union member and understand the union process when dealing with contract issues. And, I am a parent and my children are graduates of the district.
State testing and graduation requirements are a controversial topic. The goal is to provide the same education in each district throughout the State. The process is cumbersome and not perfect and the requirements are changed too often. There is merit to the concept, although it needs to be streamlined to be more effective.
I am a member of the Montgomery County/Warren County Business Advisory Council which works with area employers to understand the local needs and create ways to fill the positions with local graduates. The goal is for every graduate to have a clear path either to a 4 year college, 2 year college, or sustainable employment upon graduation. This involves educating parents about opportunities instead of college that earn a living wage, and engaging the students before high school with opportunities that match their aptitude.
I feel that our district is very deliberate in spending and is fiscally responsible, not overspending or underspending.
Student and staff safety is a constant concern. Our district is doing a good job of staying on top of current safety procedures and processes. The district works with a school resource officer and local law enforcement, making students and staff aware of what to do in case of emergency. I was also involved in the development of PROJECT GUNLOCK to protect our youth with safe firearm storage.
I would like to see empathy being taught at an early age. This would help when working in groups, with work success, and relationships. Finance also needs a broader scope in the high school level, to provide our students with an understandin of basic banking, borrowing and investing processes.
Students that connect with teachers improve academically. Staff education on the importance of connecting with students would benefit everyone.
I would increase the number of counselors to work with our students. This addition would give more time to ensure students are picking an appropriate path for after graduation, and taking the classes that are needed for the desired pathway. One-on-one meetings between a student and counselor could occur more frequent. This would help with academic and social/emotional well being.
I am active in the Ohio School Board Association and have earned a lifetime Master Board Member Award, along with 6 consecutive Awards of Achievement. I am a contributing member of Waynesville Way promoting the 40 developmental assets for the best growth opportunity for our youth. I am active in the community, currently serving as the President of the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Committee member, Ohio Festivals and Events Association representative, and a Progressive Women Club member.
Experience 20 years active community member, Boy Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, Methodist Church, Youth Coach soccer,baseball,wrestling. football, Elementary, Middle, High school volunteer, concession stands volunteer, 3 year school board member
Education Lebanon High School, Otterbein College, Ohio State University, National College of Chiropractic
Facebook http://jim byers
Linkedin http://jim byers
Continous Improvement with Leadership- challenging our administrative team to be the best leaders/coaches for kids, I am a strong proponent of workshops outside the district to look at other succesful school systems

Communication with community- I constantly have the conversation with our leaders to define problems and offer solutions in a public setting.

Plan for the future- be proactive with strategic planning not reactive. Utilize resources in our community and plan ahead.
I work in the community. On a daily basis I hear the problems. I work well with bring people together and holding people accountable , as well as myself. I like the term continous improvement.
My position on state testing is to let the regions direct the standards. Columbus is constantly changing a moving target. Let the districts direct the narrative. I'm fine with current graduation rquirements.
Start identifying childrens skill sets in middle school. Twice a year encourage a student to explore carreers that fir that. Eliminate creer days and get students in internships jr/sr year high school.
Underspends: technology, good young teachers

overspends: athletics, asthetics, poor performing tenured teachers
Yes its one of our strengths
Business Home Economics Future Business Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America
Less emphasis on weighted classes, more life skills and communication courses
Increasing teachers , pay them more, hire role models not last names
Honesty, Integrity, Leadership are important to me. I ask the uncomfortable questions. I know right from wrong. I understand balance in the workplace. Good foundations are important for good decisions.
Experience Have been a volunteer with the school district for over 30 years, in academics, arts and athletics. There are few people who know the school and its needs as well as I do.
Education BS in Management, WSU MBA Wright State University
Twitter @patrickcassidy
Maintaining our academic excellence in the face of continued district growth, ever decreasing funding from the State of Ohio and the threat of drugs coming into the district. Waynesville has been insulted from much of the rapid growth that has affected most of Warren county, but it is coming. We need to start planning now for the future, that means Better communication with the township and village governments, and planning today for the requirements of tomorrow, and that needs to happen with the understanding that new funding from the State isn't coming. Being proactive rather than reactive in our approach to growth is the key to being prepared. We also need to focus on the protection of our youth from the drug crisis going on. This means better detection devices on campus and counciling programs at earlier ages to inform children of the dangers.
I am involved with the school and the programs happening there. I'm not just on campus for the school board meetings, but for a number of events and activities. I am President of the Waynesville Athletic Boosters and work closely with the administration on athletic needs, I have been working with the theatre program for the past 35 years and very involved with the arts programs in the high school. I worked with the professional development of the teachers at all grade levels in introducing 40 developmental assets efforts into the district.
Do we send too much time "teaching to the test?" Of course. Is there a better way to for the State to accurately assess the effectiveness of School districts across the state? Probably not.
Its important for all schools to recognize that the traditional four year college isn't the only path for graduating seniors and we need to assure high school students find the correct path for them. Aside from the four year college track, 2 year college, Vocation education, Military and straight to work are all paths that students may pursue.
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Waynesville does a lot, but of course they could do more. Protection of our students from threat, drugs and bullying could always be increased. Support the installation of vape and noise detectors (bullying) in private areas of the school, and products like GlueBoard to give students an anonymous way to report incidents.
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I am part of an ongoing program at Waynesville Schools and throughout the community to implement a program based on the 40 developmental assets. The program, we call The Waynesville Way, is focused on providing a common language of support for youth and identifying programs that can help students in emotional and social development. The theory is that students with access to more of the developmental assets will do better academically and socially and be less prone to being involved with at risk activities.
Waynesville is a highly successful and academically high perming school. If we had the budget to increase the number of resources available to the students, we would be best served with supporting both our special needs students, who lost some resource hours this past year, when we reallocated some of our administrative staff and our gifted students program. We have a teacher with a few periods a day to dedicate to gifted, but its not enough.
I am active volunteer in the community serving as President of the Waynesville Athletic Boosters, leading the effort to upgrade the athletic facilities and bring a digital record board to the high school. As Technical Director of the High School Theatre program, he has been involved in the production of dozens of plays and musicals since 1983, working with six different directors, at Waynesville High School and is looking forward to the new fine arts facility. He also volunteers to run the timing equipment for all home track meets.

As a community member, he has attended School board meetings for the past two years, has been involved with the design evaluation of the new elementary school and fine arts center by participating in the visits to area schools to evaluate the aspects that should be included in our design. He has been assisting with the new Waynesville Way Initiative centered on assuring development assets in a number of areas are available to all Waynesville Youth.
Experience Experienced professional with an exceptional track record within Hospital Facility Management and Physical Plant Operations, Demonstrated Leader of Excellence in Plant Engineering, Construction Management, Exterior Grounds and Chair of Hospital Safety Committee. Balanced skillset across relationship building, critical thinking, time management, and technical orientation, Reputation as a successful and trusted professional having an outstanding work ethic and drive to succeed.
Education Graduate Wayne Local Schools, LIfe Safety Surveyor HFAP /AAHHS INC. Mold Awareness Certification
#1 Board oversight of over 27 million of building projects need to be on budget. One of my responsibilities is managing Multi Million Dollar Projects I have 23 years of experience building Hospital Facilities. #2 Provide Board Leadership to support teachers and all staff. Personal agendas need to stop, Board Members should support the Administration Leaders and leave out personal agendas. #3 Continue Academic and Student success and be fiscally responsible. How will I deal with this I will be supportive to our Superintendent and our incredible Fiance Officer who always looks for strategic initiatives to invest appropriate funds and negotiates contracts saving our school district millions of dollars every year.

16 years of experience serving 4 consecutive terms. I'm an experienced professional with an exceptional track record within Hospital Facility Management and Physical Plant Operations, Demonstrated Leader of Excellence in Plant Engineering, Construction Management, Exterior Grounds and Chair of Hospital Safety Committee. Balanced skill set across relationship building, critical thinking, time management, and technical orientation, reputation as a successful and trusted professional having an outstanding work ethic and drive to succeed. Responsible for over 2.5 million square ft. over 400 acres of property, Primary responsibilities are Plant Engineering,Design and Construction, Grounds, all major capital construction projects along with providing Maintenance for a 1000 student college on the KMC campus.

I served on the Wayne Local School Board for 16 years during those terms every year the State of Ohio Board of Education would create what they considered new ways to ways to increase academic achievement,our School District Leadership would inform the Board on how we can support and achieve these new initiatives as an Elective Board I will support and engage with our Leaders to achieve what ever the State School Board Association throws our way.
#1 By encouraging our School Leadership to engage with all Businesses in the Dayton area and providing options for our students as they enter into High School years job shadowing. #2 Work with the Businesses of the Dayton and surrounding communities with tuition assistance for training and post secondary education.
During my past 16 years of being a school board member and only being off the board for 2 years our district has been fortunate to have the Finance Leader we have, He with the support of the Superintendent and School Board has always put the support staff and students his primary goal of providing the needed financial support to achieve our Eight Pillars of Excellence.
This is a continuous concern for our School District and is one of our top priorities as we are Building our new Facilities and continuous planning for the existing buildings.
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Maintaining a Safe and Effective Environment for education and seeking out the best qualified staff to educate our students.
Increase the number of counselors/social workers/mental-health therapists/school resource officers to deal with non-academic issues, however this will be an issue our Finance Officer will need to help the district with options for funding this initiative.
I have lived in the School District for over 60 years and do not plan to move this is a GREAT Place to raise a Family and we need to maintain a Great Place for Education and as a Board member I will engage with our school leaders to maintain and support all decisions that reflect our Vision Values and Eight Pillars of Excellence standards.