Worthington School Board

Prepared Remarks

 

Most items that come before the school board are fairly routine, but some issues are complicated. For the complicated issues, especially issues which may be contentious, I like to write out my arguments ahead of the meeting so that my fellow board members, attendees, administration and the press have a sense of why I am proposing what I am proposing, or voting a certain way. In addition, the board updates each other on various committees that we serve on, both in Worthington and at the regional and state levels. This is a list of those speeches and updates.

 

 

DATE

TOPIC

08/28/17

Comments about the Facilities Master Plan

05/22/17

Comments about end of year festivities, a health committee update and WKHS Senior Projects.

05/08/17

Political update on the State Budget Process – House version.

03/28/17

Comments in support of the Worthington Education Association 2017-2020 contract.

02/13/17

Political update – start of state budget process, language changes and policy

01/23/17

Political update, thoughts about “Most likely to succeed” and quality profile.

10/24/16

Comments on the Alliance for High Quality Education meeting and the start of our facility task force

10/24/16

Comments on the five year forecast, zero based budgeting and a budget on autopilot

09/26/16

Comments on the Board Policy Update Process

08/22/16

Remembering Courtney Fisher

08/15/16

(Video) Convocation speech to the staff of the Worthington School District.

07/27/16

Prepared Remarks welcoming new staff members to Worthington

05/23/16

Policy Committee Update and End of Year activities.

05/09/16

Some thoughts about our latest five year forecast

05/09/16

Comments about various district events, including Polyrad and the Ohio School Secretary of the Year

04/11/16

Legislative Update on HB383, a Personal Financial Literacy mandate that would result in LESS Personal Financial Literacy instruction in Worthington.

03/14/16

Comments about Worthington’s advocacy on getting Ohio School Districts their Medicaid Reimbursement Payments.

02/08/16

Legislative update and some thoughts on Worthington’s large variety of choices at the high school level

11/15/15

Remarks about the effectiveness of Worthington’s legislative advocacy

10/12/15

Procedure for converting our policy manual from OSBA to NEOLA and a report on the Alliance for High Quality Education regional meeting.

09/14/15

Observations about curriculum nights at McCord and WKHS and a progress report on our resolutions

08/24/15

Comments supportive of the Board’s resolution calling for our representatives to override the Governor’s Line Item Veto of Worthington’s FY17 TPP reimbursement.

08/24/15

Comments in favor of the Board’s resolution calling on the legislature to change methodology for charter school funding

08/24/15

Comments on the result of HB64 and its impact on Worthington

06/10/15

Testimony regarding HB64 (State Biennium Budget) in front of the Ohio Senate Finance Committee     (Video)

06/08/15

Reflections of Dr. Tucker’s time as Superintendent of the Worthington School District

05/11/15

Comments about the May Five Year Forecast and the ramifications of a budget on autopilot

05/11/15

In opposition to the Ohio School Board Associations lobbying effort on behalf of the House funding plan

04/13/15

In opposition to the plan to spend $650,000 to secure the West End Door at Thomas Worthington High School

04/13/15

Some information from the state’s District Profile (CUPP) Report and a TAC and Legislative updates.

03/19/15

Testimony regarding HB64 and the State’s Biennium Budget.

03/09/15

Comments in Opposition to taxpayer subsidy of the Worthington Kilbourne Turf Project.

02/09/15

Comments about TWHS curriculum night, the WEF event and the Governor’s Budget Proposal

10/27/14

Comments about the Five Year Forecast and the options available for the large cash balances in the General Fund.

08/25/14

Testimony in opposition to House Bill 597, the Common Core Repeal Bill.

07/28/14

Comments in Support of the 2014 Administrative Benefits Agreement

07/28/14

Farewell and Good Luck to George Joseph, the New Superintendent of Kent City Schools

06/09/14

Comments in opposition to the 2014 Worthington Education Association Master Agreement.

06/09/14

May is celebration month in the Worthington School District.

05/12/14

May, 2014 Forecast Review.

05/12/14

Legislative Update and a Treasurer’s Advisory Committee update.

03/01/14

Legislative and Committee Updates (HB416 among others)

01/27/14

Legislative Update

01/13/14

Legislative Update

12/16/13

Policy Committee Update and Teacher Evaluation Committee Update.

12/16/13

Comments celebrating David Bressman’s 12 years of service to the Worthington School District

10/28/13

Comments in support of the five year forecast

09/23/13

In support of a resource management goal extending the life of the 2012 levy

08/26/13

In supporting of making it a formal goal of the Worthington School District to extend the life of the 2012 operating levy and suggesting other goals for 2013-2014.

06/10/13

Thoughts about end of year events and a technology committee update, including thoughts on BYOD

05/20/13

May 2013 Five Year Forecast Review.

05/20/13

Report on Worthington’s advocacy efforts on the third grade reading guarantee and committee updates

05/13/13

Testimony in front of the House Education Committee on the third grade reading guarantee and local control

05/06/13

In recognition to those teachers who earned the Master Teacher Designation in 2013

05/06/13

Committee updates for Technology and Evaluation

04/08/13

Committee updates for Technology, Evaluation and Treasurer’s Advisory

02/25/13

Committee updates for Bandwidth and Technology

02/25/13

Presentation of the Staff Impact Award to George Sontag and the Worthington Schools Transportation Department

02/11/13

Comments in favor of granting a physical education waiver for students who complete two seasons of sports or marching band.

11/16/12

Comments regarding the Levy passage, the Race to the Top conference and the Capital Conference

10/22/12

Comments regarding the October five year forecast

09/24/12

Comments regarding the state’s 3rd grade reading guarantee retention mandate

07/23/12

Comments in Support of the District’s 2012 levy request

06/05/12

Comments related to the District’s 2012 levy request

05/21/12

Critical Review of the District’s Five Year Forecast

05/21/12

Committee Report from the Treasurer’s Advisory Committee

05/21/12

Comments in Favor of the Retire-Rehire of Principal Fritz Monroe

05/07/12

Legislative Update and a thought about State Funding vs. Local Funding for Worthington

04/23/12

Legislative Update and a thought on the Jon Peterson Special Education Scholarship Program

03/26/12

Race to the Top Committee Update and some thoughts on Common Core, Evaluations and Assessments

03/26/12

Comments in Opposition to the district’s facilities policy

02/13/12

Legislative update on HB191 and an opinion of where are advocacy efforts should be focused

02/13/12

Recognizing the Thomas Worthington High School Band for yet another “Superior” rating in the state finals

02/01/12

Testimony in front of the House Education Committee in opposition to HB191 and the minimum school year

01/23/12

Treasurer’s Advisory Committee Update and Race to the Top Update

12/19/11

Reflecting back on the district's administrative transition plan

12/19/11

Legislative update on House Bill 136

12/19/11

Comments about the district's new Wireless Communication Device policy

10/24/11

Comments regarding the district's latest five year forecast  (Link to Forecast)

10/24/11

Committee updates on our Wireless Communications Device policy and Race to the Top

09/14/11

Testimony in front of the House Education Committee in Opposition to HB136

08/22/11

Comments recognizing the almost 6 years of service from our retiring Superintendent, Dr. Melissa Conrath.

08/22/11

Convocation Address to the Administrators, Teachers and Staff of the Worthington School District    (VIDEO)

07/25/11

Comments regarding the administrative compensation and benefit policy

07/25/11

Comments in recognition of Mark Glasbrenner's last board meeting as Assistant Superintendent

07/25/11

Legislative update on HB153 and the requirements regarding principal evaluations

06/27/11

Comments in support of the contract between the Board and the Worthington Education Support Professionals (WESP)

06/13/11

Comments in support of the contract between the Board and the Worthington Education Association

06/13/11

Comments about our graduation, other events and House Bill 136

06/01/11

Comments about our Superintendent Search and welcoming Dr. Thomas Tucker to the District.

05/09/11

Comments in opposition to a resolution calling for an increase in state funding of education

04/18/11

Comments about the Superintendent Search Profile Results

04/13/11

Prepared Remarks for the House Education Committee in opposition to HB136

03/28/11

Comments about House Bill 136 and EdChoice scholarships

03/17/11

Prepared Remarks for the House Labor Committee supportive of collective bargaining reform

02/15/11

Prepared Remarks for the Senate Labor Committee supportive of  collective bargaining reform

02/14/11

Comments about Congressman Stivers visit to Liberty Elementary and a legislative update

02/09/11

Prepared Remarks in Opposition to Eliminating the Five Year Forecast Requirement

01/24/11

Comments about Race to the Top and a Legislative Update

01/10/11

Comments about the Worthington Kilbourne International Baccaleureate presentation/proposal

01/10/11

Nomination speech for Jennifer Best as Vice President of the Board of Education for 2011

12/13/10

Comments in support of the Liberty Elementary School LEAPS renewal program

12/13/10

Comments recognizing T. J. Cusick for his contributions to the district

11/22/10

Comments in opposition to the Worthington Education Support Professionals (WESP) union agreement

11/22/10

Comments supportive of the  Tax Increment Finance arrangement between the City of Worthington and Worthington City Schools

10/25/10

Comments about the district's five year forecast

10/11/10

Comments about the proposal to lease part of the Worthington Education Center

09/20/10

Comments about the Performance Audit conducted by the state of Ohio

08/23/10

Comments about charter schools, disposition of federal funds and Value-Add testing methodology

06/28/10

Comments about the performance audit, the School Funding Advisory Council and the Creativity and Innovation conference

06/14/10

Comments about our departing Student Board Members

05/24/10

Comments about the difficulties in making structural changes in the district

04/26/10

Comments about the salary schedule for administrators

04/12/10

Treasurer's Advisory Committee Update and Finance Committee Update.

03/22/10

Comments about the Board Member Code of Ethics

03/08/10

Statewide STEM conference update, TAC update, UMCH update, SBOE update.

02/08/10

Treasurer’s Advisory Committee Report

01/25/10

Brief Comments on Mr. Wilson's speech of January 11, 2010

01/11/10

Looking back on 4 years and looking forward to 4 more

12/14/09

Comments about shadowing a special education assistant, the OSU airport and legislative affairs.

11/23/09

Comments about the ODE Center for Creativity and Innovation

11/11/09

Comments about the OSBA Capital Conference

10/26/09

Comments about the District's Five Year Forecast

09/14/09

Comments in opposition to the WEA offer to pre-negotiate the 2011-2012 union agreement

08/24/09

Attempting to define "sustainability" and some thoughts on a project to make our district sustainable

08/24/09

Comments on property taxes,  the state report card and on Worthington's funding under the EBM

08/17/09

Comments in support of placing the levy on the ballot and the need for a sustainability project

08/10/09

Sharing some thoughts about our upcoming  levy decision

07/28/09

Comments about the Practice of Retire/Rehire in Worthington

07/28/09

Comments about the final chapter of Ohio's 2009 Budget Saga and its impact on Worthington

07/13/09

Legislative Update on the Ohio Budget and proposing a 2 year levy instead of a 3 year levy  

07/10/09

Introducing the concept of a spending cap in the Worthington School District

06/08/09

Comments about how Worthington moves forward after the levy vote

06/08/09

Comments about the status of HB1 and the Ohio Budget

06/08/09

Presenting the BOE Impact Award to Dr. David and Ms Bronwynn Hopton.

05/11/09

Comments about the results of the May 5, 2009 Worthington Levy.

04/27/09

Comments about the SPAC report.

04/27/09

Comments about House Bill 1 and our meeting with Rep. Carney

04/13/09

Comments about the SPAC report and Worthington's Cocurricular program.

04/13/09

Additional Comments about the Governor's Education Proposal

03/09/09

Comments about the Governor's Education Proposal as it relates to Worthington

02/09/09

Comments in favor of placing a 7.4 mill operating levy on the May, 2009 ballot

02/09/09

Comments about the Board Resolution regarding potential windfalls from state and federal legislation

02/09/09

Comments about the Governor's Education Plan

01/26/09

Open questions regarding the May, 2009 levy decision

01/26/09

Comments about the impact of SB311 on our high school curriculum and other legislative matters

01/26/09

Presenting the BOE Impact Award to Keith Schlarb.

11/24/08

Comments about the compensation increase for the Superintendent, the Governor's Conversation on funding and Shadowing of a WESP employee.

10/27/08

Comments about the resignation of Paul Cynkar and the percentage of households with kids in the district

10/13/08

Comments about the new WEA contract

09/22/08

Comments about the budget proposal submitted by the State Board of Education

08/11/08

Comments about the OSBA Legislative Platform Committee

06/23/08

Comments about making sure that Worthington Schools remain affordable

05/09/08

Comments about E-Sembler and the Governor's institute for creativity in education

05/09/08

Committee reports from the Treasurer's Advisory Committee and the Finance Committee

05/09/08

Comments about exempting athletes from physical education

05/09/08

Comments about the Slate Hill International Baccalaureate proposal

04/28/08

In Celebration of the district's contributions to a video addressing school bus safety and bullying

04/28/08

Committee reports about the treasurer's advisory committee and the personnel committee

04/28/08

Comments about the death of the constitutional amendment and board policy

04/14/08

Comments about the process used to move Colonial Hills 6th grade to KMS for the 2008-2009 year.

03/31/08

Comments about the District's high school reform initiative.

03/31/08

Comments about the plans that might be employed to fix school funding in Ohio

03/10/08

Comments about the March primary election, Technology in the district and the OSBA legislative platform

02/26/08

Comments about Worthington Schools Participation in the Metro School.

02/25/08

Comments about the change in agenda format

02/11/08

Comments about the library retreat and Governor Strickland's State of the State

01/28/08

Comments about the 2008 Board Retreat

01/14/08

Comments about the agenda format, 2008 technology directions and the 2009 levy

12/10/07

Legislative Update regarding Senator Schuring Constitutional Amendment

11/26/07

Legislative Update specifically concerning employee retire/rehire

10/22/07

Comments about the District's new five year forecast

09/24/07

In opposition to the district's decision to suspend tuition payments for the K+ program

09/24/07

Comments on Employee Health Care costs

08/13/07

Comments on the recently completed treasurer search

08/13/07

In Support of Middle School Baseball and Softball

08/13/07

In Support of the pay raise for substitute teachers with a plea to get a handle on the programmatic and financial impact of substitutes

08/13/07

Legislative Update

07/09/07

In support of Middle School Baseball with a study for a comprehensive review of the cocurricular program.

07/09/07

Legislative Update

06/11/07

In opposition to the district's decision to make the 2008 Election Day a school holiday.

06/11/07

Board Update: Transitional Aid Guarantee and other topics.

06/07/07

(Senate Finance Committee): In support of the transitional aid guarantee and other topics.

05/21/07

In opposition to Jennifer Best's Resolution supporting placing amendment on ballot and signing petition

05/21/07

Question for Special Guest Speaker Jim Betts regarding Constitutional Amendment

05/07/07

Comments about the Constitutional Amendment and a Legislative Update.

04/23/07

Treasurer's Advisory Update, Legislative Advocacy Update

04/17/07

(House Finance Committee): In Support of the Transitional Aid Guarantee and other topics

04/09/07

In opposition to the Constitutional Amendment

02/14/07

In Opposition to the Constitutional Amendment and reporting on the school employee health care board.

12/11/06

In Support of the December Five Year Forecast

10/30/06

In Frustration about the timing of the November five year forecast

08/14/06

In Support of the November, 2006 Bond Levy.

07/24/06

In Support of Middle School Baseball and in Opposition to SPAC

02/13/06

Comments about the May, 2006 levy decision