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

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Centerville School Board {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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    Allison Durnbaugh

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    Clara Osterhage

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    Jeff Shroyer

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Is the school levy that Centerville voters will decide on this November the right approach – in both millage and structure – why or why not?

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

What’s one thing the school district has done a very good job of the past few years?

What’s one thing the school district has not done well enough the past few years?

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?

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

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?

Experience 18 years experience in the local Financial Services Industry; Academic Volunteer Program Coordinator (PVN, Driscoll & John Hole) 2014-present; Relay for Life of South Dayton Event Leadership Team; Girl Scout Troop Leader; Centerville United Methodist Church Board of Servant Leaders - involved in Strategic Planning, MIssion and Visioning process (2015-2017); Centerville Coeds Dance Team Board Member (2009-2019); Black Oak Swim Club - Swim Team Volunteer & Activities Coordinator
Education BGSU Bachelors Degree -Business Administration - Finance
Yes, the millage on the ballot is absolutely the right approach given the current State funding system. We can all agree that the system is broken, but, unfortunately, we as a community have to live within the system as it currently exists AND continue to provide an excellent education for the students in our district. The superintendent and treasurer have made a strong case for why our schools need the additional funds. We need to be able to retain the high caliber of educators that our community demands, the schools must continue to offer a variety of courses and career/technical training pathways to graduation and our aging facilities continue to require constant maintenance and upkeep to keep them viable. Fiscal responsibility should be one of the top priorities for a school board and, with a strategic plan in place, we can be held accountable by the community. With the passage of the levy, a strategic planning process is the next logical step to maximize return on investment.
The district has a history of good fiscal stewardship with the community’s tax dollars. Our facilities are maintained without being overly extravagant in upgrades or additions. I support investing more resources into classroom technology to support twenty-first century learning. By including student technology in an overall district-wide strategic plan, we can set a timeline to achieve the goal of having a 1:1 ratio of chromebooks to students at most, if not, all levels. This goal will support students and teachers to enhance daily teaching and learning and will help to provide equity for those students who may not have appropriate technology available to them outside of the school day. The school district has also made some appropriate land acquisitions during a time of major growth in the area. Our stakeholders should be included in a discussion to determine the best way to utilize that land to meet future district and student needs.
Centerville City Schools has an outstanding staff of educators from preschool to high school! The district has done a fantastic job of continuing to hire, train and retain high quality people with a passion for educating our children at all levels and has been committed to continuing to develop that talent over time. The quality of our teachers and staff shines through in the students and families they support and the wonderful show of Elk Pride throughout the community! The partnerships formed with the area’s universities and within the community to support ongoing projects in the classroom and beyond are to be commended.
I think a primary role of the school board is to guide the development and implementation of a long-term, community-driven strategic plan and this is an area where our district can improve. A strategic planning process will involve representative stakeholders from throughout the community to gather input to develop a list of priorities or goals as well as the steps needed to achieve and implement them in the schools. This road-map becomes a benchmark with which we can gauge our progress and measure success. In the current educational environment where legislation is constantly changing regarding curriculum, programming, testing, graduation requirements, etc, if we don’t have a specific strategic plan for our district and our students’ needs, we risk losing site of what our community feels is important locally here in Centerville. I believe my business-finance background and strategic planning experience gives me unique insight and fresh experiences to add to the board right now.
Our career education department is one of the many areas where our district works to meet the needs of the students where their interests are. As a potential future board member, I look forward to working with the administration on expanding these opportunities and finding additional and innovative ways to build upon the current programs and add new offerings where appropriate. Forming community partnerships with local employers and professional organizations could help to develop paths for students to leave high school with professional certifications allowing them to be college ready and competitive in the workforce upon graduation.
Our teachers do an exceptional job in the classroom! With ongoing professional development, teachers can continue to implement research-based best practices in their classrooms to meet the needs of their students at all levels. Utilizing creativity, innovation and collaborative teamwork helps to foster students’ academic growth. I also believe community service and community involvement through curricular and extra-curricular opportunities help to support the social and emotional growth of our students.
Student safety is top on the list of the district’s priorities. The school district has formed invaluable partnerships with the Centerville Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff and the Washington Township Fire Department in addition to the implementation of the district-wide A.L.I.C.E. procedures to stay on the forefront of best practices in school safety as this is an ever-evolving area of concern. The recent addition of extra security staff and an additional resource officer for the district as well as the implementation of a district-wide radio system show how Centerville Schools is doing everything they can to be leaders on the issue of school safety.
I don’t believe this is an “either/or” issue. Counselors, teachers, therapists and school resource officers work together as a team to meet students’ social, emotional and academic needs. I firmly believe that one of the best things we can do to make sure our schools are safe and to ensure the mental and social/emotional health of our students is for our staff to develop professional, connecting relationships with their students. These relationships create a bond of trust between staff and students and give the student an additional adult advocate in their life to connect with and share concerns. These bonds are an invaluable tool in creating a safe environment to be successful.
Experience Various levels of responsibility at a variety of Ohio hospitals, including hospital administration, 1985 to 2013; R.L.O., Inc. dba Great Clips, November 1995 to present, Franchisee owner of Great Clips hair salons located throughout the greater Ohio area; Board member of Ohio State Board of Cosmetology, May 2010 to present; NFIB, 2014 to present; Ohio Chamber of Commerce, 2018 to present; Centerville City Schools Board of Education 2014 through 2017
Education BS, Social Work, The Ohio State University,1983; MS, Social Work, The Ohio State University, 1985; MBA, Ashland University, 1995
The levy that will be on the ballot in November is the right choice and is structured properly. As a combined 1-mill permanent improvement and 5.9-mill operating levy. The permanent improvement levy will allow the district to continue to maintain the aging buildings rather than having to build new ones. Maintaining them is an obligation that the district has to the taxpayers. A growing enrollment, the lack of growth in funds coming from the Federal and State government, the significant continued State-mandates that are not funded, the increased need for school security and safetyto keep the students and staff safe, and the need to remain competitive to keep and attract great educators are amongst the key reasons I support Issue 8 and believe that it is critical to avoid the reductions that will take away from the district and its mission.
Having served on the board from 2014 through 2017, as well as attending recent board meetings, I know that the school administration and its board are being great stewards of taxpayer money. I know that the district participates in purchasing cooperatives that aid in choosing the lowest and best bids for work, for buses, and for all other arrangements. They don’t settle, which is exactly what we, as a community, should expect from them. When a district minds the funds well and still finds itself dipping into its reserves, something needs to be done.
The Centerville City Schools district does most everything well. That tradition is what makes our community so attractive to families who are looking for a new place to live.

I would say that work to improve the safety of the students has been managed very well and would be one of the things that I am most appreciative of, as are most parents. The board has worked with the district to put a number of things in place to address the threats to safety, including those which are more recent.
While the district supports lobbying efforts to improve state school funding, I believe that more could be done. Like most other districts, the financial struggle is real. Centerville Schools are in a unique situation because of the funding formula used, as it receives less state funding per student than every other school district in Montgomery County. Only Oakwood schools receive less in federal funding per student. If chosen to serve on the board by the voters of this community, I would advocate for more effort to impact the manner in which schools in Ohio are funded. I would want to be a part of the legislative pathway.
While the district has career tech tracks available and cooperates with other area schools to provide more career tech options to the students, I believe that we are falling short in the career tech arena. In parallel with the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s initiatives for workforce development, I do think that the district needs to begin discussing ways to meet the needs of students who will not choose to attend a 4-year college. With recent changes to the perceptions of career tech programs along with the incredible demand for skilled labor in the workforce, exploring offerings for HVAC, IT, welding, metal fabrication, construction, automotive technology, etc, Centerville City Schools should explore the opportunities with student need as the guiding principle.
I believe that at some point all-day kindergarten and more periods during the school day are going to need to be considered.

While not something the district can change, I believe that the district needs to have more of a voice where State testing is concerned. I love that our district has never “taught to the tests.” That integrity, however, doesn’t go far to improve district grades. I believe that can be addressed with the State Board of Education.
I know that the district has been very engaged in understanding and addressing safety needs. I understand that student/faculty name badges are in process. What else should the district be doing? It needs to stay on top of all threats to student safety and address them as they present - whether it is an external threat, social media, vaping, drug use, or bullying. Awareness and action are (and always have been) key.
I would not choose and would work to keep all in place, as appropriate. All three options come at an expense, but they are the things that define a district that the community can have confidence in. Teacher-to-student ratios are important to the quality and effectiveness of education. Smaller class size is very appropriate in situations where students require additional assistance - both academically and physically. I am a social worker by trade, and I understand the gaps our district has in the provision of services to have positive outcomes in mental health/non-academic situations. I would work to find other sources of funds to enhance resources available to the students who are in need of all aspects of mental health and social services.
Experience Incumbent Centerville Board of Education members first elected in 2008.
Education 1970: Trotwood-Madison 1974: Miami University
The Ohio General Assembly has walked away from their constitutional responsibility. That responsibility is to adequately fund the schools. Centerville City Schools gets only 13.7 cents back from the State of Ohio on every dollar earmarked for education. We, therefore, must raise the other 86.3 cents locally. We are lowest funded school district in Montgomery County, by far. Board of Education members, by Ohio law, have 4 requirements. One of the 4 is to make sure the school district has enough money to operate. Centerville City Schools, due to a “lack of wealth factors”, is not eligible for tobacco-funded aid for new buildings. Half of our school buildings are over 50 years ago. These buildings need preventative maintenance. Therefore, due to the situation our school district is in due to the General Assembly’s lack of government and leadership, the Levy that Centerville voters will decide on is the absolute correct approach. We have no choice.
Centerville City Schools is a lean operation. We probably underspend on personnel; I cannot think of how we overspend. We are extremely cognizant of every dollar and scrutinize every dollar spent.
Centerville Schools has done an outstanding job of meeting the community’s needs, while at the same time, implemented many unfunded mandates from the Ohio General Assembly. In a big, diverse school system of some +8300 students, we provide an education that is second-to-none in the Dayton area. We meet every student where they are and provide individualized education for every student. I am very proud of all of our employees who work hard each and every day for our community and our students.
I believe we are a little behind on technology. Most of that is due to our funding bind from the State of Ohio. We are working slowly to make sure every student has access to a chrome book. This takes time, but we are getting there!
As a business owner all my adult life, I would like to see more basic business fundamentals taught to ALL students. I would like to see every student be required to take a basic course in economics, bookkeeping, and income tax preparation. All would be used as adults, rather than a requirement of 2 years of a foreign language, for example. Nothing against foreign language, but basic business acumen being introduced in high school would be, in my opinion, a useful tool in every student’s life.
I believe Centerville City Schools is there, meeting the needs of academic performance. There are many factors that comprise academic performance. Some the District can control, some the District cannot control. The items within our control, we do a pretty good job of meeting academic performance. Ask our graduates!
Centerville City Schools has an unbelievably good relationship with both the Centerville Police Department and the Washington Twp Sheriff’s Department. School safety has evolved from hiding from an attacker to running from the building in the event of an attack. We have a solid safety plan in place for every single building, in conjunction with the closest law enforcement location. I think I would like to see a better situation at some of building entrances, such a double buzz situation. Buzz to enter a entrance, then another buzz to enter the building, as opposed to a single buzz letting someone directly into the building.
I think you can both. Centerville City Schools has both. Research and common sense show that lower class sizes increase academic performance. Our Administration, our Board of Education, and our students are all concerned about safety, and mental health issues. Centerville Schools has increased school resource officers in the last several years. Our SROs provide a vital service to both the students and the community.