ALEXANDER LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION

1) Given the expected deep cuts in state funding, how will you handle this reduction in revenue?

John Hutchison (Write-in Candidate):   The board needs to continue to work with our Treasurer and Superintendent to be fiscally responsible and insure that we are able to provide our students with a quality education during this difficult economic climate.  To avert financial emergencies the Board often needs to act to reduce expenditures several years before anticipated difficulties.  Since personnel costs are the major expenditure for schools, we as a board must look at opportunities to control personnel costs with the least disruption    to academic programs.

 

 2) Are there improvements to your facilities which you feel are essential?

John Hutchison (Write-in Candidate):     We must accomplish needed repairs to our building resulting from shoddy workmanship during construction.  It is imperative that the Ohio School Facilities Commission acknowledge that their contractors did not properly build parts of our building and that they need to provide the funding to correct these problems immediately.  We may need the assistance of our state representatives and/or     the court system to remediate these problems that have existed since construction.

 I think that it is important that we budget enough money to maintain all of our existing facilities and equipment as deferred maintenance often results in greater expenses.

 

3) What are your ideas for evaluating teacher performance?

John Hutchison (Write-in Candidate):     I would love to see teacher pay linked to performance IF we could devise a fair and objective way to evaluate teacher performance.  Unfortunately, I do not know of any system of teacher evaluation that is totally fair and objective.  I think at this time we need to evaluate teachers with a combination of supervisor evaluations, long term trends in test results for that teacher's students, and input from students and parents.  I am not in favor of using student test scores as the primary or only criteria for evaluating teachers.

 

4) Could/should shared services be increased between/among the school districts? Please explain.

John Hutchison (Write-in Candidate):   We currently share with other districts in many ways including purchasing, insurance, providing specialized services, etc.  I am in favor of sharing services to become more efficient as long as the local district maintains the autonomy to manage its schools to best serve our community.  I am not in favor of consolidating county schools, nor would I support sharing Superintendents/Treasurers with other schools.  I do not believe that bigger is necessarily better, nor do I believe that increasing bureaucratic hierarchy will increase efficiency.

 

No response:  Ralph Harvey, Sr.  Patrick Lee Lawson

 

NELSONVILLE-YORK CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION

1) Given the expected deep cuts in state funding, how will you handle this reduction in revenue?

Luther (Steve) Berry:      Last year our Board made over $300,000 in budget cuts in anticipation of state cuts in revenue. and loss of federal stimulus funds for the 2011-2012 (this) school year.  This school year the financial impact should be minimal due to last years’ cuts.

Bill Hill:    The Nelsonville District has budgeted conservatively in the past and began preparations two years ago with budget reductions for anticipated loss of state revenue.  This current year the District was able to balance the Budget through several staff reductions including retirements and resignations.

2) Are there improvements to your facilities which you feel are essential?

Luther (Steve) Berry:      Our District has just completed remodeling the High School and Elementary buildings.  We have build a new Junior High.  All buildings are now on one complex site.  This saves the district transportation costs.  We have, also, added two new science rooms.  All classrooms have been updated with the latest technology.

Bill Hill:    Our District is blessed with a central campus for all grades that include a modernized renovated Elementary facility, a new Junior High facility and a modernized renovated High School facility.  This was all accomplished with the help of the Ohio Department of Education and our local taxpayers.

 

3) What are your ideas for evaluating teacher performance?

Luther (Steve) Berry:      Our staff is a valuable asset to the district but, must be held to a high teaching standard.  A monthly evaluation should be conducted by the principal with the evaluation presented to the Superintendent for his/her review.

Bill Hill:  District report cards and test score results are certainly a good indicator of teacher performance.  I believe there should continue be the “old fashioned” evaluations of administrator observation along with parent and student feedback.  This type of information can serve as a great resource for teacher improvement.  I believe that “teaching” is the most challenging and difficult profession and teachers deserve our help and recognition for the jobs that they do.

 

4) Could/should shared services be increased between/among the school districts? Please explain.

Luther (Steve) Berry:      Our district is currently in an insurance consortium with most S.E. Ohio districts.  I would like to see the local districts join in purchasing large items, such as, gas and cafeteria needs.

Bill Hill:  I believe that shared services among districts are the future.  Under consideration would be sharing services in areas like technology, curriculum development, transportation, health services and in some instances the sharing of teachers might broaden the educational offering in a district.

No response:   Duane Andrews   Tim Maiden   Earnest O. Perkins