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Superintendents Make More than the Governor: Changes and Corruption in Public School

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Today was a significant day in the world of education reform. As cops are using a memorial service in Cincinnati to repeal the S.B.5 Bill, which public school teachers through their union organization worked hard at during the election last Tuesday to collect signatures for their referendum attempt, new innovative ideas that those same teachers stand against were discussed by Bill Coley and Doc Thompson on 700 WLW.

It was refreshing to hear Bill talk about an idea that he has worked hard on since 2007-2008 where he actually managed to get Ted Strickland to sign the bill allowing Online Classes for public education. This new form of learning will be implemented in Ohio which is further along than any state in the country at this point in education reforms that will not only save money to the school districts and the state, but also stimulate the children being educated. So there isn’t any downfall to the students of Bill’s Online Education Innovation for Public Education. The downfall is only in the employment of teachers in a brick and mortar style classroom where all classes must be under 30 students where a teacher stands in front of a class and teaches as society has taught since the age of the Greeks.

But the story doesn’t stop there. As we have worked very hard to bring to the surface, education as it stands now is not about teaching children. It’s about making money for the employees of the district. After I came on Doc’s show to provide my support for Representative Coley’s project, which will become a major part of Governor Kasich’s education reform agenda, and one of the reasons teachers are trying to repeal S.B.5, so they can maintain their iron grip on tax payer funds with no flexibility at all for innovation or budget reductions, Brendan Keefe came on Doc’s show to discuss the ground-breaking I Team Report that he has by now unleashed to the voting population.

If you missed the broadcast, just check it out at the top of this page. In that report, what quickly becomes evident is that superintendents and other members of school administrations are deeply corrupt, because they know that if you live in a district, and want your kids taught, and you want your property values to remain favorable, then you will pay these extortion artists whatever they demand because they are openly scamming all tax payers. They don’t even respect people enough to come on camera to explain the situation. They won’t come on because they can’t.

I know Doc has extended the offer to come on WLW to many superintendents to defend themselves and all of them rejected it. Brendan did the same, he extended the branch of journalistic peace to all administrators and nobody would speak. The reason is that they are guilty of what they are accused of, and they won’t go on the record to project a lie that will hurt them latter. They are playing politics, hoping that people will just go back to sleep and pass their levies, and that the education money machine will always take care of them.

These people are so crooked that even before the election results were over from Tuesday’s election, these superintendents are floating out more levy requests for this November. I know that in the Edgewood district, just to the north of Lakota, they are considering not even announcing it in the paper, hoping that only school supporters show up to vote, leaving everyone else in the dark. That’s the game we’re playing in education, and this is why kids are not learning more than they are, yet we are spending more money than ever on education. But that money is not finding itself to the kids, it is being scrapped off and placed into the pockets of the corrupt public servant.

We have no choice but to call these people thieves since they refuse to give an interview to Channel 9, or WLW to say otherwise, because all the evidence points to these people as first class crooks.

Click on the link below to get to Brendan’s page where you can look up your districts superintendent. 

http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/i-team%3A-5-southwest-ohio-superintendents-make-more-than-the-governor

Rich Hoffman

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  1. Lakota hired Jenni Logan for $130,000 and paid a reported 30% fee to recruiting firm, Lovett and Lovett.

    http://westchesterbuzz.com/2010/12/14/lakota-introduces-jenni-logan-as-its-new-treasurer/

    http://www.journal-news.com/news/hamilton-news/lakota-seeks-jack-of-all-trades-to-fill-vacant-treasurer-position-818022.html

    The Lakota school board estimates that it will spend $60,000 to find a new superintendent.

    http://www.journal-news.com/news/hamilton-news/lakota-board-spars-over-leadership-1048523.html

    If Lakota is paying approximately the same percentage “finder’s fee” to Hudepohl, the $60,000 works out to a $200,000 salary for the new superintendent. Mike Taylor made about $140,000 a year. I am betting that Lakota will spend at least $165,000 for the new superintendent, not counting car, telephone, and other benefit allowances.

    Bibsy

    May 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm

  2. By the way, with car, telephone, and annuity perks, the treasure’s income goes to $143,000.

    Bibsy

    May 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  3. The superintendents don’t seem capable of even answering any questions. When the Lebanon superintendent, MARK NORTH, held a public meeting at the high school to explain the need for the 8.2 mill levy increase, he refused to answer ANY questions. He announced the meeting as “informative.” It was not informative at all. He needed a couple of tele-prompters in his face to read his “oft repeated” paragraph about their “need.” Mostly half-truths with absolutely no justification of the need.

    Taxpayers now know that almost all of the money in the General Fund is “appropriated” for salaries and benefits. In many districts it is over 85%. That leaves 15% for everything else. When districts give the cost per pupil they do not include anything in the Permanent Improvement Fund and other funds. In most districts these costs would more than double the cost per pupil.

    Most superintendents like to be in the “new building” mode. In Lebanon we were told that the Ohio Facilities Commission would be paying most of the cost of our new buildings. Last summer I heard Mark North tell the board that the district had not filed the paper work necessary to qualify for the funds and so we would not be receiving the OFC funding. NICE! The taxpayers in our district will be stuck with the total cost. No mention in the news media.

    We pay these people high salaries, supposedly, to oversee our tax dollars. They cannot even fill out the forms necessary to receive reimbursement.

    Heck! I fill out forms all the time just to receive a “rebate” for a product that I purchased. This would be for small change compared to the millions of dollars our district lost due to the negligence of our superintendent and board. ALL SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET. THIS WOULD BE A CRIME IN ANY OTHER BUSINESS.

    Sandra

    May 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

  4. [...] If you do anything, listen to this broadcast between Doc Thompson of 700 WLW and Brendan Keefe of C… [...]

  5. Mark North told me on the phone he would NEVER entertain the idea of a town hall or a live Q&A.
    When I think about the fact that he is in persuit of Twinsburg, (nevermind the Cuyahoga which was the red flag), and surely using the car to commute that we pay for and the cell minutes that we pay for, I just freak out. Lame term, but that to me is the purest “In Your Face” theivery possible. And still paying his salary. I could care less if looks for work elsewhere..on his own damn dime! He is ripping off this community as we speak and to me this is his way of giving a big fat F/U to us all. And we’re bending over and taking it.

    Cyd

    May 11, 2011 at 2:21 am

  6. For what it’s worth, superintendents aren’t in unions. Can you really blame unions for Education salaries when supers are making much more? Which side of your mouth are you talking out of now?

    Kevin

    May 11, 2011 at 4:16 am

  7. That’s cute. Superintendents in most every case were brought up through the system. Such as at Lakota, the superintendent there had been a teacher for a long time. He had supported the union, paid into it and expected to be paid back. The pay scale is pushed up by unions, and superintendents are supposed to be out of the union to remain neutral, but they obviously aren’t. As seen in Lebanon, when North had the opportunity to negotiate on behalf of the community, he picked the union, because they are where his loyalties are. So I’m still, as I always do, talking out the same side of my mouth. The problem is, there are too many appoligists out there ready to explain away bad behavior to cover their own complacency.

    overmanwarrior

    May 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

  8. [...] If you want to meet the guy who brought this innovative program to Ohio, listen to Representative Bi… [...]

  9. [...] Keynesian economists like Barrack Obama believe that the more money you pour into a program, the bet… when a lot of money is supplied by the tax payers, there is no shortage of thieves that will line up to take that money for everything they can. We live in a culture that has learned to “game” the system, and our educators are teaching our children by example, and we are teaching our children its ok, because we continue to pass levies and feeding the corruption with our apathy. People like this woman are perfect examples of Keynesian economics. They just don’t understand how things work. They are a lost group of people who have been lied to by the kind of people who taught them in public education. She obviously learned from the same kind of people who put together the text-book in Tuscan. [...]

  10. [...] Stossel reminds me a bit of the local reporter in Cincinnati Brendan Keefe, whom I have the pleasur… [...]

  11. [...] Other examples are school superintendents. They are retiring from service to the district, then bein…. With superintendents, the money flows easily and all that is required of them is to maintain an “excellent” district which requires lobbying the Ohio Board of Education, and to secure funding when it’s needed. So when the teachers unions present “looter” style contracts, the superintendent signs off on it and gets the levy passed to pay for it. That’s the game, and they are looters. [...]

  12. [...] How much do public officials make? How much are they paid to move paper from one desk to another, to… [...]

  13. [...] We have a real problem. Public officials have paid themselves too much. They don’t want to surrend… [...]

  14. [...] And that brings us to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I know why I love pirates. I’ve talked about it on these pages at great length. I like them so much that when Branden Keefe o… [...]

  15. [...] The superintendent is a looter because his hand shake to the student has no meaning.  None what-so… That is why he is a looter, and why the teachers are looters.  They are using the parents children to sell their value as public employees to the tax payers when the value of the children and the money provided both come from the tax payer.  [...]

  16. [...] I watched what happened to another friend of mine, Jennifer Miller formerly of the Mason School Boa…. Watch this video where she had a confrontation with another board member. It’s not a position that avoids conflict. To do the job right, such confrontations are a necessity, sadly. Many people have been pushing me to run for the Lakota School Board, which I have no interest. I’m used to having my way, and I would be enemy number one for the teachers union because they are openly extorting the public and I’d point that out publicly. I would bring constant combat to a school board because I don’t bend on anything. Negotiation to me is making people see things my way, because I work very hard to figure out the truth of a matter so negotiation is pointless, because all you’re doing in such negotiations is compromising to accept the other party’s feelings. In this case the other party is the union syndicate. But the truth is that public education has become too much about money and far too little about children, so feelings are irrelevant. [...]

  17. [...] And the tasks listed are inflated to extremes in an attempt to infuriate the teachers he is responsi…In sales, there is a saying that the owner of a property be it a car, or a house, or even an item of clothing, has an inflated value, and that a buyer will see the same property at a much less value. That is because the buyer has no history and therefore no emotion to the property. But to the seller, they have sentimental value attached, and often confuse the true value of something with their sentimental value. Such is the case here. We have a lot of people working for the school system that truly do care, and got into the business for the right reasons. But at some point, they become sentimental in their work, and lose the sense of value. And for people like Mr. Holbrook who is commanding a sum just shy of six figures, they lose sight of value altogether. And instead of doing the job of a principle, and working as a steward to our children and school system, and being thankful they work in a community where making that type of income is even possible for the responsibility level applied, they instead seek to radicalize others to turning against the community. The odd fantasy is that somehow they truly believe that such methods will command respect and reassure the community of their intrinsic value. [...]

  18. [...]  I see from experience that the labor situation at Lakota needs to be dealt with, in order for Lakota… [...]

  19. [...] It looks however that she is a double-dipper. Click here to watch a special report done by Channel 9… [...]

  20. [...] I thought Ron Spurlock was doing a great job as superintendent of Lakota. He was innovative, energet… [...]

  21. [...] It’s a terrible game that is destructive to our culture in so many ways and it’s not going to go… [...]

  22. [...] It is these same public sector unions who have tried to label John Kasich as a Wall Street Stooge, … [...]

  23. [...] With Jones, I listened to him carefully and as he spoke about how he viewed the public collective ba… [...]

  24. [...] I believe there are 2 to 3 million people in Ohio who are able to vote that understand the problem. … [...]

  25. [...] Here’s another link, again this one will take you away from this page, but it’s worth th… [...]

  26. [...] As seen in that interview, the direction of the story took an emotional turn. It was never asked, wh… [...]

  27. [...] Teachers should be paid fairly, and if they want to make a lot of money, they should work for a priv… [...]

  28. [...] The problem is, Mantia like all the other superintendents come from a teaching background and seem … [...]

  29. [...] In addition to the lucrative teaching contracts the practice of double-dipping among retired teacher…. It’s a real, significant problem which actually burns our community candle at both ends. In fact I wrote an entire article on just that problem here. Listen to the broadcast there done by an I-Team investigation of which I played a part. The numbers will stun you: [...]

  30. [...] So public unions, go ahead and show videos of crying babies, and burning buildings and hope nobody l…, which every single one of you know you are guilty of. Because the facts don’t lie, even though you wish they did. You have been cheating the taxpayer by 43.4% and you owe that back to each and every private sector worker sooner or later. Nobody in their right mind would vote to increase their own taxes now that they know you have been screwing them over in dramatic ways and hiding the crime behind their children, their sick, and the victims of crime. Such a thing is disgraceful, and not worth the money we pay you, even if it was equal with the private sector, which it isn’t. [...]

  31. [...] When I read articles like the one below, I can’t help but see patterns hidden in the wording. It’s a habit of mine.  You could say I’ve made a living seeing what other people overlook. So I went back and re-read this article that I remembered from right after the levy campaigns in November 2010 ended. I took it back then as a nice PR piece that teachers do to let parents know that their kids are in good hands with ambitious professionals. My initial impression was I thought Stacy was putting a lot of emphasis on being busy, and was probably trying to hide the fact that she was actually bored, and the slant of the writing was to help make parents want to vote “yes” for their levy in November.  However something seemed wrong with it that I couldn’t quite get my teeth in it. But because it was Mason, and not Lakota, I left it alone. [...]

  32. [...] It’s not that I hate education.  I hate how expensive it is and what it gives us socially.  When you hear the girls in that video above repeat comments directly taken from the Communist Manifesto or the work of Saul Alinsky, it is because their teacher instructed them of those qualities, and I don’t want to pay for that kind of nonsense.  If there is anything we’ve learned from the Occupy movements its that our youth is coming out of public education ill prepared for life, and much of that is to be blamed on public education and the lack of participation of their parents who are guilty of thinking they can purchase improved education for their children to cover the personal faults of the parents.  This has opened the door for radical union types to manipulate generations of children with our hard earned money and prepare our kids for an intellectual adult life they are not equipped to handle. I would go so far to say that education is a complete social failure and is not worth the money we s… [...]

  33. [...] In the levy problem of my local school district, the leader of the last pro levy effort threatened through media reports that the school superintendent whom we just hired at over quarter million dollars in yearly compensation and benefits will take an active role in the next levy attempt. You see, instead of acting like a company CEO, which we are all told is the reason superintendents are paid so much money, more in fact than the governor of Ohio, and actually cutting costs, renegotiating union contracts and other real measures that any CEO would engage in, the superintendent at this school is at least a double dipper, maybe even a triple dipper, meaning she’s retired from other school districts and is receiving retirement income from all those schools also while working for the school in my district. This makes her very wealthy purely on tax payer money. In reality she in no way engages in any management of the real costs. In the end, the district hired her to pass a school levy, like a hired gun in a Wild West town to gun down opposition to the tax increases the public school plans to implement (LOOT). And when she and I meet in the next campaign she’ll get paid over $250,000 a year to do what I do in the media during my spare time for free. This whole scam of superintendents being bought and paid for by the unions with this double-dipping retirement ability, and internal hiring practices etc. were created in the Ohio legislature by union lobbyists, so they would also know they have a friend on the other side of the negotiating table. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS. WATCH THE VIDEOS AND LISTEN TO THE BROADCASTS. IT MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU EVER COME TO REALIZE. It is a direct example of LEGALIZED PLUNDER https://overmanwarrior.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/superintendents-make-more-than-the-governor-changes-a… [...]


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