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Schools to revisit revenue option



Published: Thu, November 6, 2008 @ 12:06 a.m.

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Doug Heuer

By Harold Gwin

Open enrollment caused heated debate last spring and could come up again in Austintown.

Voter rejection of a new 4.9-mill, five-year tax levy means the Austintown school board is likely to reconsider open enrollment as a means of finding additional operating revenue for the district.

The school board had talked about open enrollment last spring, with one board member noting that 200 additional kids would bring about $1.1 million in new state revenue, but the issue was dropped when strong taxpayer opposition surfaced.

Open enrollment would allow pupils from other districts to enroll at Austintown, with each applicant approved by the Austintown schools. Opponents said they would rather see a new tax levy and promised to support one if the board pursued that revenue option.

The board decided in May to drop open enrollment and came up with a 4.9-mill levy designed to produce about $3 million a year in new revenue. The issue was rejected on Tuesday’s election ballot.

School officials said they needed the levy money to offset a general fund deficit that could reach $3.5 million this fiscal year.

Doug Heuer, superintendent, said the levy will likely be back on the ballot in the spring, but the school board will reconsider open enrollment as well.

Dr. David Ritchie, board president, had said publicly that, if the levy failed, “we’ll probably be looking at open enrollment” for next school year.

The district is finalizing its deficit projection and will have to notify the state that it won’t end the year in the black. That will result in the appointment of a state fiscal oversight commission that will oversee district finances with the goal of dealing with the immediate deficit and restoring the district to long-term solvency, Heuer said.

That will mean cuts, Heuer said, noting that district transportation could be directly affected.

Austintown now buses 4,200 of its 4,900 pupils, the superintendent said. Transportation to the neighborhood elementary schools could be seriously curtailed because most of the kids live within two miles of their schools, the state minimum transportation mark. High school transportation could be lost altogether as the district isn’t required to transport those students at all.

Class sizes could increase and staff and extracurricular activities could be lost, Heuer said.

The district cut spending by $8 million over the last three years by closing one school, cutting teachers, administrators and others and negotiating base pay freezes in employee contracts, he said.

Officials in Youngstown and Warren are breathing easier with levy approvals in their districts.

Youngstown voters approved a four-year, 9.5 mill levy that will generate $5.3 million in new annual revenue, enough to pay off solvency loans Youngstown has had to borrow from the state to balance its budget.

The district has cut $26 million in spending over the last two years, eliminating 450 jobs in the process.

Shelley Murray, school board president, said an additional $2 million in cuts will be announced soon.

The budget has been balanced, short of repaying all of the $25 million borrowed from the state. Only $7.5 million has been repaid so far, and the district will have to borrow about $7 million more this fiscal year.

Youngstown board member Michael Murphy said he wasn’t surprised voters passed the levy the fourth time around.

Cuts made by the board were a big factor in winning support, as was the fact that Barack Obama brought out a lot of additional voters, many of whom supported the levy, Murphy said.

Board member Anthony Catale said he was likewise optimistic, figuring this was the election to get it passed. The additional voters offered a “more accurate voice and opinion on the tax levy,” he said.

It’s not just a win for the schools, but a win for the city as well, he said, explaining that a strong school system is needed for a strong city.

Board member Jacqueline Taylor said the high turnout was the key to the levy passage. The money will pay off the state debt and return the district to a balanced budget, she said, adding, “That’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Angela Lewis, Warren treasurer, said there had been a concern that economic hard times might result in voters not supporting the renewal of an 8.85-mill, five-year levy that generates about $4 million a year for operating expenses. The levy’s been in place since 1994 and the public has always been supportive about renewing it, she said.

Superintendent Kathryn Hellweg said there was also a concern that the levy might get lost in a presidential election. If it had failed, it would have been brought up again in the spring, as the current version doesn’t expire until November 2009.


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1AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

And the bullying tactics begin - open enrollment, no busing, butting extracurriculars. Hey Austintown, you want your levy passed - do like Youngstown did and cut jobs starting with the over inflated administration!!!!!

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2dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Get rid of Heuer first, then you need to get rid of staff who is not needed. There are teachers who really do nothing but babysit, get rid of them too. Show us you are willing to try to get within your budget and we may then look at give you some more of our hard earned money. You have to give some to get some!

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3TORR_TORR(3 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Okay, first off, as far as I know, there aren't any teachers within Fitch High School that babysit. All staff members here at Fitch have a job that they obviously do. Fitch High School has been designated Excellent for multiple years now. Unless you yourself are a teacher or student in any of the schools you have no right to judge what the teachers do. I would like you to go to college for years on end and then come and spend time trying to pass on that education to children and young adults. Until then your being quite ignorant by saying that some teachers don't do anything.

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4MR_AL3X(24 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

First off AtownParent you didn't READ!! and if you did God Bless. The BOE is not cutting busing nor extracurricular's, the STATE will. Open enrollment would be the worst thing to happen to this district, I a student at Fitch, attends a pretty crowded school so I have no idea how we would fit anymore students in this school. If you're not happy then you need to bring your butt and as well for you OldManGrump and demets to a school board meeting.
OldManGrump do us a favor and go to the nursing home!! No one wants your 19th century ideas.
dmets you're almost on the right track, Im in complete agreence that Heuer should GET OUT immediately, if anything hes one of the reasons the levy didnt pass. As for teachers, I have yet to find one teacher that lounges around and babysit.
ALL OF YOU NEGATIVE SOBs need to take your heads out of your @$$ and take your problems to the BOE NOT THE STUDENTS who in the end will suffer!!

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5metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Well you know what a few don't. And something else I can imagine the headlines high school teen killed by car crossing Raccoon Road. Now who do we blame for that? The school for cutting busing and thinking it is safe to cross a busy road. Safety should always come first before those $ signs are flashing in your eyes Heuer! Now as for Open Enrollment i said before that they already have a plan to do it next year regardless of what happens. They will do what they want when they want and we are stuck with it.

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6dirtydozen(5 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

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It is time for the BOE to be accountable for it's actions.

There are 12 non-resident teachers that have thier kids attending school in Austintown. The BOE does not want to address this. That alone costs the taxpayers approx. 1.73 million $$$$$$ (6k per student a year @ 5% X 12 years plus 25k for 1\2 of what it approx. cost for a teacher position that they use @ 5% for 12 years).

Maybe the IRS should look into this because they are not 1099 ing this to the goverment.

How does the BOE explain that Heuer is paid for travel expenses to Columbus (that is where he lives)?

Is that 1099ed?

I don't think that it would be hard to find a superintendent that lives in our valley!

The BOE should start by having those 12 teachers pay back lost tuition and costs plus interest. If they want thier kids to attend school in Austintown move here or go somewhere else.

What other unnecessary spending is going on behind the taxpayers backs?

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dmets,
Although non-resident school teachers kid may be common in some areas, that is not the point. When the BOE asks the taxpayers for more money ever dollar must be accounted for. All perks must go. Your kids go to school where you live or pay tuition. That is why people buy homes where they can afford to live which therefore is an investment in that community. If you can't afford to live here or have some other reason to bad, that's reality. Your life choices dictate where you live and can afford.

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"dmets reply"

But from what I understand, they said most of these teachers live in Canfield or Poland. So they must not realize the school district where they live are alot better. Just look at the report cards. But I think they allow their kids to go to the austintown school, cause they can not be there for there kids to get to school. Would you rather a really excellent teacher in atown have to leave and go teach somewhere else cause they can not be to school on time cause they also have children. Does not seem right to me.

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dmets just SHUT UP. You have no clue what your talking about, unless you have a job in the ALSD then you know nothing. All of you are clueless and are going by rumors which is sad for all your characters.

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7dirtydozen(5 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

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dmets,
There is no problem with the quality of teachers in Austintown. The scorecard that you refere to is flawed in some areas. There social-economic factors that Austintown has that Canfield, Poland and Boardman do not have. If you factor those the score would be as good or better.

My employer as well as most everyone else's could care less about dropping and picking up thier child. Use the afterschool programs that are available. I don't think it would be hard to find 12 replacement teachers that could live with that (post a ad at or local Colleges and Universities). There are plenty of new graduates looking for work along with teachers from other districts that have been laid off.

MR_AL3X,
The information about those 12 teachers is fact. You just have to know the right people.
By the way it sounds as if you work for ALSD or another school. Shouldn't you be teaching, since you are on the taxpayers dime.

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8metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Not only would it not be hard but he should live in the area, How you run a school form almost a 3 hour drive from here is almost impossible and shows you how much he cares about our school. he should be superintendent for Columbus schools and get out of Austintown and let someone who can run the district right do it. better yet he should be forced to leave. A lot of our problems are because of him or he made them much worse.

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9dirtydozen(5 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Bravo metz87!!!

However nobody in Columbus would want him.

The levy will probably pass if the BOE is replaced along with Kliner. They were all schooled at Enron or AIG.

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10AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

ALSD had Superintendents that lived in the area - their kids went to the schools - Watson and Inchak (sp?) both. McGlynn's kids went to ALSD as well (he is the head principal at Fitch).

Mr. Alex - the deficit in the budget should be reported at the end of the school year (I believe it is the end of June when they submit that information). If there are busing cuts made before then, well, you connect the dots as to who is the one making those decisions and what the motivation is behind those cuts.

As for your child at Fitch, some classes may be overcrowded based on demand. That would have been solved if the teachers would have let the extra planning period go because they would have added extra times for the more in demand classes and removed the 37 teachers that do not have overcrowded classes. You want to see overcrowding - take your self into the elementary schools and see those classrooms now that they closed Davis, then you can legitimately claim you know all about overcrowding.

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11dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

TORR TORR:So you are telling me there is not one bad teacher anywhere through the WHOLE entire Austintown School System? That is very hard to believe. Every school district has a few, including the private schools. As for the teachers living outside the school district. Maybe you need to hire only residents of Austintown, then the problem would not be there. P.S:I am not just talking about Fitch, the school levy was not just for Fitch.

MR_AL3X: I do not need to shut up, it's called freedom of speech! I also know a handful of teachers in Austintown, throughout the many different buildings. Also I am not a teacher, never have been either. I know many different teachers, who are friends or family. They teach in many different school district. That is how I get my information. I am not wasting tax payers money. Plus if I was a teacher I would have voted in favor of the levy, which I did not. They have some fat to cut fisrt, starting with Heuer, then maybe the property owners, and residents in Austintown would vote in favor of the levy. This levy just came at a bad time with the economy being so bad. If it was a renewal I would have voted yes, but I do not want any new tax expense right now!

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12metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

If they did all the stuff up above first then say ok we made all these cuts but we still have a problem then I could maybe see their pint of view. But they did it the other way and made no cuts when their finances were going sour so why should I vote yes. They could have nipped this in the bud before it got this bad but no they have to get their pay raise.

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13MR_AL3X(24 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

DirtyDozen I'm NOT a teacher, I'm a STUDENT, GET IT RIGHT or SHUT UP. Those 12 teachers who have students here should have the right to bring them here if they want AUSTINTOWN IS NOT THE ONLY SCHOOL THAT DOES THIS.
dmets YES YOU DO NEED TO SHUT UP, you have no clue of the facts you're going by your loser @$$ friends and family. This school district HAS cut the fat 8 MILLION DOLLARS OF IT. SO STFU!!

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14AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Alex, if you truly are a student, then you are a horrible example of the student body of ALSD.

8 million is the amount of cuts over the years, it is not a true number to the cuts they have done this year - and do you think in that number they included the raises that were just given to the administration?

You should do your research instead of just relying on the propaganda that your teachers have been spreading. They really have no business talking about it in the classrooms either. They are there to teach, not to sway a student one way or another with their political opinions.

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15metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow that is a lot and how did it get this bad?

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16AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

8 million are not true cuts so to speak. They saved the district money by making the teachers take a pay freeze for the 2nd and 3rd years of their contracts. They also increased the amount the teachers contribute for healthcare. They closed a school and then lumped what it would have cost to operate it into those cuts. They also consolidated the busing, but again, the consolidated it to the same number of routes it was before the new school - technically a cut, but not really. I am sure they have also included the amount the save doing the retire/rehire and by not replacing teachers when they retire. They have not made true cuts yet. Youngstown did and got their levy passed - Austintown needs to start doing the same. Reduce the administration like it called for in the state audit. Reduce the planning period.

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17metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

No cutting means just that less money or people get laid off . To put a cap so to speak is to keep the same amount you are being paid. Retiring and then rehiring teachers just moves you back to the base rate you started at.

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18dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

MR_AL3X. So you are a student at Ficth and went all through Austintown school? If those pionts are true, then my so called "loser" friends and family have probably taught you. So you might what to watch what you say. The truth is they are amazing teachers, and do know what they are taking about. As for you, you are a terrible example of a student from the Atown school system. You have no respect for anyone else's opinion, and you are very disrepectful to adults. All I am saying is CUT THE FAT! Plain and simple! Then maybe I will then consider paying more taxes to the school district!

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19metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

That may not happen so they will have to learn the ahrd way. Too much money is being wated,ours in fact for stuff we don't need but some want.

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20gobrowns(18 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

IN response to ATownparent: You stated the following
'You should do your research instead of just relying on the propaganda that your teachers have been spreading. They really have no business talking about it in the classrooms either. They are there to teach, not to sway a student one way or another with their political opinions."
PROOF?? Baseless accusations like this show the true value of the so called community that is ATown. Why anyone would want to teach in this district is beyond me. As if not passing a new levy since 1997 wasn't a loud enough voice, the fact that Ytown and Warren passed levies, boardman passed 4, shows the true sense of community in ATown.

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21metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Younsgtown got lucky as for boardman they don't have the mess we do and as for the teachers if you were losing your job do to people higher up messing up you might say some things that aren't true too. the teachers are the scapegots here for Heuer's folly.

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22dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

gobrown: Youngstown finally passed their levy on the fourth try. They also made tons of cuts and were opperation on a bare minimum. As for Warren and Boardman they were renewals. I would have had no problem passing a renewal, but Atown needs to do what Youngstown did. CUT THE FAT, and then they just may get a levy passed. We are nto just going to hand them our money after what they did with the levy for the new school.

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23metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Heck no we won't and they know that but they thought they could scare us into passing it.

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24AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Those people that yell for "proof" are the ones that can't stand the truth when it slaps them in the face. You want proof, proof is my 1st grader coming home telling me his teacher said our parents need to vote for the levy. Proof is all those students who addressed the board during the meeting supporting the teachers during the contract negotiations. Not a single one of them could understand the financial implications, all they did was reiterate what the teachers union had said, with most of it not being true.

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25metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

So it is the teachers fault? Now who decides how to spend the money? The school board. last i knew they had to have approval to go on field rips or buy pizza for a party so they are dealing with the card they are dealt. has that changes,I don't think so.

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26YoungstownMom(46 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

This is an honest question, how does Austintown get money for students tht are coming from other districts (open enrollment). I never really knew that.

And finally, why should the teachers be the ones to suffer. They are the ones in charge of our childrens future, yet they get the worse treatment of all. They are the ones that need to be thought about right after the children.

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27dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

YoungstownMom: The problem I have is that Austintown has done nothing to CUT THE FAT! They need to do that before they decide come to the property owners for more money. After they show they are truely trying to stay within their budget, then they just might get the extra money for the people.

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28YoungstownMom(46 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

You are absolutely right. That is what we youngstown homeowners did. That is why it took them 4 years to pass it. With open enrollment, does that mean Austintown will get money from the government that would have went to the other school district? That is what I get from it.

I do not think open enrollment is a good idea. It is just allowing problems from other school district to come to yours. That is not fair for the kids.

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29TORR_TORR(3 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

P.S. I know that the levy was for the whole school system, however Fitch has taken the most blows from both the previous failures and the current failure of the levy. If you mean by saying "cut the fat" to cut more teachers your being quite ridiculous. As of last year 12 teachers have been cut. Since then classes have become more crowded and teachers don't have the ability to efficiently help all students who require help. And I find that unfair.

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30metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Cutting the fat means for everyone to take a pay freeze and not spending money on things like Astroturf that we did not need. With that careless spending it is no wonder they are in the shape that they are.

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31AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Cutting the fat also means reducing the number of administrators in the buildings. It is beyond ridiculous that we have that many people "in charge" at the schools and yet there are still dress code issues, weapons at the middle school, etc problems that are supposed to be handle by these individuals.

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32dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I am not saying cut more teaching positions. As for previous levies failing. There has not been a levy until now that had failed since I moved to Austintown. I voted for every renewal, and for the the levy for they new school. I think the problem is school districts rush into build these new school without a realistic operation budget. As for CUT THE FAT, I would start with the superintendant. He needs to go, then to admistration. They do not need to start with the teachers, actually I do not beleive they need to cut teachers. The board does that to get people to vote for the levy when it goes back on the ballot. There are so many other ways, by getting rid of the positions not need and the extra money being spent that does not need to be spent!

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33metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Well Heuer seems to have the suppot of the baord so I doubt they will get rid of him unless he does someihng behind their back. The only thing to do is for everyone to demand he resgin at the next board meeting and don't stop until they are forced to do that to stop hearing about it.

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34sinthor(87 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

I voted no this time,i'll vote no next time too.

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35metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Yep nothing will change.

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36dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

So they need to vote new people onto the board. I will not vote yes on any levy until I see some effort on working within their budget.

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37metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

hey sure do and the sooner the better. They don't seem to understand what the word budget means.

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38MR_AL3X(24 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I am ONE person so do NOT compare me as the EXAMPLE for ALL Austintown Local School students. We have amazing students here that do amazing things, including myself. My anger comes from the stuff you say on here, thinking you know the ends and outs of this school district when you have NO IDEA!!
metz87, the teachers took a 1% raise last year, and no raise this year, also they pay more on their health insurance. What more do you want? and the astroturf was funded by the Falcon Forward commitee NOT with the tax dollars. Get your facts.
The last thing this school district needs is another failed levy on the March ballot.
Your complains need not be made on VINDY.COM but at THE BOARD MEETINGS.
ATownParent, you cant control what a student can wear, that is up to THEIR PARENTS. If they cant do their job well dodnt blam the principals. Now I will say there are some teachers and principals that let students get off but in all they do a good job.
Honestly I feel safe here at Fitch, and when I visit AMS I do also. The weapon histeria at AMS was unfortunate but its going to happen when you have parents that cant do their job.

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39metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

yeah right $500,000 plus all by donations and none by tax payer money. stop sugar coating things. I really doubt that all came from a non profit group but go ahead and belive that. And as for going to board meetings mayeb I should but do they really listen to what people say,no they don't! they do things their way and waste our money everyday and if you feel safe hey man that is how you feel but remember Virgina Tech and whwat happesn o na campus like Austintown now has with all their schools in one place excpet the Elemenatary schools. As for getting my facts stright yours are not all correct either so there!

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40AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

MR AL3X - you should check your facts and not believe the propaganda that is set out there by the schools. The turf was not fully funded by donations - the school paid a portion of it with tax payers money.

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41metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

jsut what I tohught. belive what the school baord say and you would belive the sky is green. How can you blieve they got that much by donations?

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42dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

If they received a half millon dollars in donantion for the turf. Then I see the school having no problem in getting enough donantions to pull them out of the hole.

MR_AL3X: I am not saying the teachers should suffer. They should not even be taken into consideration. It is your superintendant, and all the exrta administration they employ that are not needed. There is some fat that needs cut now. They need to try to come within their budget, I think if nothing changes, the levy in the spring should fail. If they do make some cut, real cuts, then it should pass. You see what usually happens is they decide to get rid of teachers, then the levy passes and the teachers are hired right back.

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43metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

sometimes but you can't always go by that. depends on what they cut and ho much.

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44dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

That is what they have done in the past. That is what i am going by.

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45stuckinOH(21 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Just as many other districts in the area suffering from lack of levy passages, the state will evenually step in and run the district cutting the fat that the BOE is reluctant to do. Do I want to see this happen? NO but if that's the only way the excess fat will be trimmed then so be it. I do not live in Atown but do live in a community with levy issues. I hate to say it but until they stop taking taxpayer money for granted they will have to live with the concequences. A superintendant that lives 200 miles away? please! does he really care about your district or is he just padding his resume for the future?

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46metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

And does he really run thee show or does he ahve other people he trsut to do his job and report back to him?

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47MR_AL3X(24 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Metz87, I am fully aware of the VT shooting. The reasin I feel safe is due to Fitch having police in the school from start to end. At AMS Im not sure and the other elementary schools, but our force is good at what they do and would get there in a timely matter. On the turf issue I'll research it. Its not that I believe the board on every decision or statement they make, its I have faith in them. Now yeah I dodn't like every one of them, but I dodnt bash them on Vindy.com, its so tacky.
dmets, ARE YOU SERIOUS WITH THIS STATEMENT?!?!?!: If they received a half millon dollars in donantion for the turf. Then I see the school having no problem in getting enough donantions to pull them out of the hole.
I dodnt think I need to say more. WOW.

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48dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

MR_AL3X. Why should property owners have to be the ones to foot the bill of a board and super who do not know how to manage money? They need to wake up, and take a look at what Youngstown School District did to get their levy PASSED! Yes it did take them 4 tries, but they kept on making cut and the redisents saw they were trying to do everything they could. Austintown is not looking to budge at all. They need to find away to appeal to the people. And yes what is wrong with trying for donanation to help out with the operation cost of the school, or to help with school improvements? I know school do make renovations, and add on with simply raising money! Noval idea!

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49metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes it is but I do not beive it all came from donations. we are not that rich to be able to donate that much money. not buging at all is a big mistae,if they want more support that is not how to do it,only make more people mad and against given them mre money.

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50MR_AL3X(24 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

dmets, If you have a problem RUN FOR THE BOARD!!
Lets see how good you can do.

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51dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I am not going to run for a baord in which my children do not even attend the schools. I am going to be doing some reseach though when new people do run. I would love to see some new people on the board!!! The people on the board now do not seem to have the balls to stand up to the super. So he gets everything he wants. I just don't get how he was picked to the super. He lives three hours away, is here two days a week, makes over $100,00 a year, and doesn't really care about the school district or students. If he did he would have moved here by now, like he was supposed to do, and worked FIVE days a week!

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52metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Think about it the baord acts on what Heuer says or tells them to. They arent going to try to riase a issue or stir the pot so to speak. Heck almsot all their votes are 5-0 in favor of everything they vote on. you would think that someone disagree with something that they are doing woudn't you?

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53dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like the board needs a cattlest! Some with some balls and will open their mouth and give the super some true sight into the situation, since he is never here. Honestly who calls off school for austintown when the weather is horrible? I know the super does it the other school districts. So how does he know how bad the weather is since he doesn't even live here. I know noone wants to cut jobs. They don't want some people to lose their jobs. But there are some jobs that are not needed to keep the school running. So they need to cut those jobs to save money! Property owners want to see cuts before they are going to pass a levy! We don't want our hard earned money going to the same old, same old, without any changes.

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54MR_AL3X(24 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Heuer does not work two days a week, thats a rumor. No I'm not defending him at all, but I have interviewed our district treasurer and assured me that the guy does work more than two days a week. Drive by the offices and look for yourself and I'm sure you'll see his car, unless he's away on school official business.

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55dmets(575 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah I am sure a guy who lives three hours away drives back and forth everyday to work. If not I am sure it our property taxes paying for him to stay here. Either way HE is a waste of our money!!

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56metz87(884 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

no it's true becuase even the prnicpal at AMS says he only comes to the baord office on tuesdays and wednesdays. How do I know that well I was waiting there for te bus home fro mmCCTC andd he mentioned it when someone said sometihng about it.

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