Date: Feb 11, 2010
My Vote: No
We are at an important financial and moral crossroad, where we have to make decisions between what is comfortable and what is right – decisions that are not easy to make given the stakes at hand. The current state of the Springboro School District economy and the four failed attempts to generate more district revenue have put us in a position where we are forced make many such difficult decisions.
As a board, we have been entrusted by our community to make decisions that directly affect the financial health of this school district and the children it serves. I respect this trust and am casting my vote today for what I believe to be in the best interest of our students -- both current and future -- and the financial well-being of our community as a whole.
Simply put: Our students’ education is at risk unless we contain district costs to those that are sustainable. We will only have sufficient income to sustain an excellent education program in these lean times if we keep expenses to a minimum. We are all aware that health care premiums have skyrocketed. Businesses around the nation have had to cut health care benefits or offset premium increases by transferring some costs to their employees. While this has been difficult, it was necessary for businesses to survive. The district is not immune from health care cost increases. I have reviewed the information presented to the board on this matter and asked my constituents for their thoughts. My “No” vote on this proposal is based on this data and input. The community and more specifically, its students, are my priority. For us to succeed in the long term, sacrifices must be made by all. Failure do so could have a devastating financial and social impact on all of us.
Dr. Kelly Kohls