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The Lakota Busing Cuts: Going Forward in Reverse

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Seeing miles and miles of backed up traffic the morning that Lakota’s busing cuts were implemented was like watching a world of sanity coming undone and going backwards into a time of primeval foolishness. Scott Sloan and Tracy Jones capture the lunacy wonderfully.

It was the day after the dreaded “B Day” busing cuts at Lakota when I discussed the aftermath on The Big One with Doc Thompson.

So what’s the next step? Without question, the school system is poised to put another levy issue on the ballot targeting the roughly 10% that are anti-tax but only moderately. Those people will have to decide if they will be steadfast, or buckle under the pressure extorted by the busing cut strategy, because it’s all about converting a few percentage points in voter turnout, into a “yes” vote.

Oh, and click here to get a taste of what Doc was talking about regarding college education.

Rich Hoffman

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  1. I read in the Enquirer that when Lakota hired the new treasurer, they not only paid a consultant fee, but also paid an additional 10% of the agreed upon salary.
    No mention was made as to the previous salary she received. So just how big of an increase did she receive? Same will happen for the superintendent.

    Most districts pay thousands of dollars to join the OSBA (Ohio School Boards Association). I believe that one of the services is to help search for people to fill vacancies in the districts. They also provide legal services, but most, if not all, pay retainer fees to law firms. Then additional money for hourly services. Ennis and Roberts has been doing legal work for many districts and I know they have done work for Lakota.

    Additionally, the districts pay to belong to the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. They put out a magazine advertising vacancies and also will put out a seach for principals and other administrative posts.

    There is also a National Association of School Boards.
    So to pay thousands of dollars, that you say you don’t have, looking to fill positions is totally irresponsible. In the end they may just give the position to Ron Surface permanently.

    Sandra Tugrul

    January 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  2. [...] or there isn’t much because the numbers are so large, then why is it such a large savings that cutting busing to 9000 students will only save $600,000, then why cut busing? And how has Lakota done everything it can do before cutting busing. Did the LEA come to the [...]

  3. [...] What they didn’t do was what Lakota has done, and that is see what the actual budget requirements are going to be once Governor Kasich eliminates many of the unfunded mandates he’s promised to cut, to give districts the chance to take their fates in their own control. That information comes out in March. What Mason did was decide to point their finger at the community and play the extortion game. [...]

  4. [...] husband. Sharon led the anti-Mason Levy effort and worked closely with me while I did the same for Lakota. Sandra Tugrul was putting bread from the lasagna dinner on her husband Yil’s plate as she [...]

  5. [...] Scott Sloan and Tracy Jones had on a Mason Representative to do just that a few days after a very contentious School Board Meeting where deep cuts were announced to the school budget. Have a listen: [...]

  6. [...] in the eyes of the public. Meanwhile those same political thugs capture the high ground of “defending the children,” and use that platform to negotiate lucrative contracts from the public. Doc Thompson had on a guest [...]

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    February 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

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  11. Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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    March 24, 2011 at 5:53 am

  12. Kevin Bright is GONE. Too late. The Mason citizens will be paying off millions and millions of dollars of debt far into the future.

    Bright’s legacy to Mason’s children is even worse because the corruption and immoral behavior was inspired and tolerated by his leadership.

    Sadly it hit his own family.


    March 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm

  13. Additionally, it is time to recall his hand picked board.


    March 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

  14. [...] I was suspicious of Willie when he came out in support of the Lakota School Levy. Part of me underst…But I was disappointed when he came out openly on the air in favor of the levy right before the election. It seems that people like him are so in love with public education sports and all the ornaments of education that he is willing to overlook all the obvious problems surrounding education funding. At 10K per child who in their right mind wouldn’t understand that if you spend that much money on education, yet don’t see the results in the children, that something must be done and tax increases are not acceptable. Anyone that owns a business, and Willie does, knows that he could not afford to pay dishwashers, waitresses, cooks and hostesses $20 dollars an hour, because it would destroy his labor costs. He’d have to increase the price of his meals to pay for the wages. Yet from him, it seems acceptable to allow teachers, police and firefighters to make infinite amounts of money, because all you have to do to pay for it is to raise taxes. I can understand that people like Willie are in need of lots of police services and firefighters. I mean Willie is a guy that got stuck on his roof a few years ago, and could not get down on his own. So people like that represent a certain helplessness among people that will always vote for more and more safety personnel to save them from themselves, so their views are corrupted with their weaknesses. [...]

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