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Mahoning deputies may get radio encryption

Photo shows ham radio transceiver, tuned to a ham radio frequency, not a police radio. Whoever did the photo research dropped the ball on this one.

May 24, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. suggest removal

Boardman group sees police levy as ‘caustic’

Kathy Miller: Could this be "sour grapes" because you're no longer a trustee? And getting your son to do all your dirty work. C'mon!

You're shooting yourself in the foot. As a purveyor of real estate, your best sales are in communities with safe neighborhoods and good schools. Not supporting these services ultimately effects *your* bottom line.

Seems that the "non-support" could eventually become way more caustic to Boardman in the long run. The way to grow and maintain a good community is to invest in it.

July 24, 2011 at 8:29 p.m. suggest removal

Boardman district counts on $6.8M in savings

Seems there's no shortage of opinions on this one. And this is what this comment section is for--opinions.

I think your comments have proven my first point in #13. There are (and will always be) taxpayers don't like public employees making more than they do--whatever the reason. They won't be happy until salaries and benefits drop to the "absolute minimums." Sorry, but I don't want a minimum wage cop protecting my community--or a minimum wage teacher teaching my kids.

May 15, 2011 at 5:24 p.m. suggest removal

Boardman district counts on $6.8M in savings

Seem the attitude of some is, if you make more money than I do, then you make too much--especially when it comes to public employees.

The idea is not to drag everyone down to the "minimums" but rather to improve the standard of living for as many as possible. If you aren't making as much as a firefighter, get some training and become one. Get a better job in the public sector. Work a second job . . .

If everybody was making the same wages/benefits as the servers at Bob Evans, who would be able to afford cars, furniture, eating out at restaurants, etc.? Can't afford these and these kinds of jobs disappear. And more go on welfare/unemployment.

A healthy economy depends on having people employed at decent wages who can afford to buy
goods and services.

Money is like fertilizer--to grow an economy, you've got to spread some around. Kasichnomics seems bent on keeping money in the hands of big business instead of ordinary citizens.

May 14, 2011 at 10:50 p.m. suggest removal

Boardman district counts on $6.8M in savings

"No school programs will be eliminated this fall through this reduction." Yeah, but they don't mention how severely they'll be cut back. This year, English/reading instruction dropped from 129 minutes/day to 53. Art and health were cut back. Next year, library services will be cut and academic teaching teams will be reduced from 4 to 3 teachers at BCMS in grades 5/6. Any program not mandated by the state could be cut tomorrow.Thanks a bunch, Governor Kasich, for dumping your budget cuts on local school districts.

BTW, JME, you can realistically add about another 400+ hours to the "contractual" figure. Most teachers I know (including myself) spend about an additional 8 hrs/week with planning & grading assignments. Work isn't over once a teacher leaves the building.

Add to that, unpaid supervision of student activities and additional workshops/classes required to keep their certifications. Ohio law requires teachers to earn a masters (or equivalent hours).

Where did you get nearly $65K for an "average" salary in this area? Average around here is about $50K, which is actually LOWER than the state average.

If you do your homework, you'll find that teachers with master's degrees are making (after your "adjustment") about the same, and in most cases a little less than those in other fields with master's degrees.

PaulParks: Those teachers/administrators could have chosen to stay, which would have cost the district 2-3 times that amount in salaries.Give Boardman a little credit for looking at the big picture and eventual savings, starting this fall. Early retirement incentives are nothing new. They happen frequently in business--think GM for instance. They seem to have recovered nicely (along with some help from the taxpayers!)

I get tired of teachers being vilified and told they earn too much. 99.9 percent of all the teachers I've met are dedicated, caring individuals who are devoted to educating your children. They deserve every penny they earn--perhaps more.

May 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. suggest removal

Under SB 5, Ohio will be first state required to base teacher pay on performance

Meagain got it right. Kasich is out to dismantle public education and privatize it for the benefit of corporate America--who won't be accountable like the public school system. Charter schools, for the most part, have been a dismal failure. Think Eagle Heights in Youngstown.
And Philo--think for a minute. Schools are a service provider (education) not a manufacturing business or retailer, so obviously salaries will make up the majority of the budget. Teachers are paid to work with kids--there aren't material or manufacturing costs. Seems that too many people are trying to compare apples and oranges--private sector businesses and public education. You can control the process of making a decent car at Lordstown, but it's a challenge to motivate a kid with a messed-up home life who doesn't give a s**t about anything and try to turn him into a competent student who wants to make something of his life.

April 25, 2011 at 7:40 p.m. suggest removal

Retiring Canfield math teacher hopes to divide time among family, education and Mickey D’s

Canfield cut 14 teaching positions for next year. Every teacher like Mrs. H that retires means one young teacher doesn't get laid off, and saves school district $ in the long run. Another added benefit: at least one Mickey D's employee that can actually count you change correctly ;-)

March 21, 2011 at 6:26 p.m. suggest removal

Ohio public-pension funds refuse to release their data

“We are not seeking to expose any individual’s personal information, but to examine the trends and patterns that may have contributed to why the state’s pension systems are in trouble,” said Susan Goldberg, editor of The Plain Dealer.

Goldberg is overlooking the obvious. The state pension systems, along with just about every pension system in the US took a big hit when the economy tanked.

The members of the "Ohio News Organization" also neglected to mention all the proposals on the table to shore up the pension funds. I can only speak for what I know, the STRS, but it's likely the others have similar plans in the works. Among the STRS proposals:

1) Longer time on the job before you can collect the standard benefits package--an additional five years minimum, along with age restrictions.

2) FAS will be based on the top five not three years.

3) Severe reductions or elimination of COLA

4) Major med/prescription cost increases. We're looking at 10%+ for next year, and many already pay 40-50% of actual plan cost.

5) Increased employee/employer contributions to STRS to be phased in over five years. This comes out of the paychecks and benefit packages of education employees. The papers imply this is a taxpayer bailout--in reality it's part of the employee salaries/ operating budget for the school districts. You can argue that the "source" is ultimately taxpayer money, but it came out of my paycheck. My current STRS benefits are a result of paying into their system for almost 40 years.

Hey, I'm a retiree living on a fixed income and also question any taxes that come along. But it seems like the Plain Dealer, Vindy and the others are bent on creating headlines from a small number of individuals who allegedly played the system. In the process, they're condemning a retirement system that, for the most part, works.

BTW, it's none of your business who I am, where I live, or how much I earn in retirement (which really isn't all that much). I applaud Nehf and the STRS for protecting my privacy.

August 9, 2010 at 8:56 a.m. suggest removal

Boardman prepares to shuffle students

Do the Math

It appears that Boardman *does* need more time on math instruction. The article states a "disparity of about 56 students" and later cites current student numbers of Center 774 and Glenwood 609. That's a 165 student difference! Parents who are affected by the change should consider that Glenwood will have smaller class sizes for the next 3 years.

There was a promise of no layoffs, yet there are teachers without assignments next year due to the change. Presumably, administrators are waiting for retirements or resignations to shuffle these teachers into positions.

March 28, 2010 at 9:27 a.m. suggest removal