New online tool reports teacher, school employees’ salaries

Published: Sunday, January 27, 2013 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 10:20 AM


            New online tool reports teacher, school employees’ salaries

A searchable online database of 2012 salary data for every public school employee in Ohio is now available online, thanks to a right-leaning Columbus-based think tank that published the information.

Opportunity Ohio also has on its website pay data for employees of Ohio’s 600 public school districts dating back to 2004, and roughly 65,000 state government employees’ pay data from 2003 through 2011.

Opportunity Ohio President Matt Mayer said the pay data isn’t meant to entertain gawkers. It helps voters make more informed choices and promotes government transparency, he said.

“It allows Ohioans to see what public servants are making. And not just from a prurient ‘I want to know how much money they make’ (point of view.) It’s a ‘Look, when my family has lost ground and not had a pay raise, I want to see what my school district’s doing. I want to see what my state government’s doing,’” Mayer said.

Employee pay comprises a large majority of government costs, and thus should be singled out over other expenses, Mayer said. Also, it’s relatively easily obtainable through the Ohio Department of Education, which compiles the information, he said.

Mayer said he plans to publish 2012 pay information for state employees once it is available.

The Buckeye Institute, another conservative think tank, has previously published the same data from 2011 and earlier, which Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel then republished on his office’s website.

Residents can have their say on search for new school superintendent

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:51 PM


            Residents can have their say on search for new school superintendent

The hiring of a new superintendent of West Carrollton schools is expected to be made in May, according documents related to the search.

The West Carrollton City School District Board of Education is targeting May 3 as the timeframe to vote on a successor for longtime Superintendent Rusty Clifford, a posting for the position indicates.

Clifford said he plans this summer to resign the post he has had since 1999. The district is holding a community forum Wednesday on the future of the position and has set a March 3 deadline for applications.

Wednesday’s session, set for 6 p.m. in the Guiler Auditorium of West Carrollton High School, is expected to focus on what characteristics residents of the school district want to see in the successor.

Huber Heights school board vacancy scrambles race for mayor, council

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 5:08 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 5:08 PM


            Huber Heights school board vacancy scrambles race for mayor, council

A vacancy on the Huber Heights City Schools board is scrambling the race for mayor and city council.

Councilman Tyler Starline, who represents Ward 3 and is running for re-election, has applied for the school board appointment, as has mayoral candidate David Wilson, who said he would keep running for mayor even if appointed to the board. An appointment to the school board seat vacated by Krista Tipton would last until Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, Councilman Ed Lyons has ended his bid to become mayor, citing his belief Wilson and candidates Jeff Gore and Albert Griggs Jr. have “pretty good potential” to execute the position well.

MORE: Ed Lyons ends mayoral bid

Starline and Wilson applied by email for the school board position, said schools treasurer Gina Helmick, as did Kari Hupp, Robin Harris, Steve Easterling, Chuck Doran and Craig This. There may be additional candidates for the position, Helmick said, noting the district has not yet reviewed applications submitted by U.S. Mail.

The Dayton Daily News obtained the names of the applicants using Ohio’s public records law.

There are three years remaining on the school board term, but the appointment lasts only until the end of this year. A permanent replacement for the final two years of the term will be elected in November, Helmick said.

In a Facebook post, Starline said he decided to apply for the school board position after being encouraged to do so from several people.

“I am sure that many are wondering about my current status on City Council and my upcoming campaign for re-election,” he wrote. “I have communicated with the local Board of Elections and I believe I may apply and interview without any adverse impact on my council obligations.”

MORE: Starline seeks re-election to Huber Heights council

Wilson told the Dayton Daily News he’d like to “offer his assistance” to the school board and would still continue his campaign for mayor if appointed.

“If I did serve on the school board and then did eventually get the mayor’s position, I think it would give me an understanding of the school board and what is potentially in common between the two of us,” Wilson said.

The school board will meet Tuesday in executive session to review the applications and select candidates for interviews, which will be held Saturday, according to the district.

Tipton resigned earlier this month after her “family dynamics” changed, she said in her resignation email.

MORE: Tipton joins Huber Heights school board

“When I ran for school board, my situation was entirely different,” she wrote. “My family dynamics have changed since then … I fear I am being stretched too thin.”

Tipton’s said that while she loved being part of the school board, “at this time I have to make hard decisions, and prioritize what’s more important and at the end of the day, after God, my family will always take the top spot.”

When she ran for office unopposed in 2015 as a first-time candidate, Tipton said she wanted to have a greater impact in the district’s decision-making process.

7 apply for vacant Huber schools seat, including incumbent councilman

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 12:33 PM


            7 apply for vacant Huber schools seat, including incumbent councilman

At least seven people applied to fill a vacant Huber Heights City Schools board position, including city Councilman Tyler Starline, who is running for re-election to his incumbent position.

The seven individuals applied via email to seek the position formerly held by Krista Tipton, according to Gina Helmick, the district treasurer. There may be additional candidates for the position, Helmick said, noting the district has not yet reviewed applications submitted by U.S. Mail.

The email applicants for the vacant position are Starline, Kari Hupp, Robin Harris, Steve Easterling, David Wilson, Chuck Doran and Craig This. The Dayton Daily News obtained the names of the applicants using Ohio’s public records law.

MORE: Starline seeks re-election to Huber Heights council

There are three years remaining on the term, but the appointment lasts only until the end of this year. A permanent replacement for the final two years of the term will be elected in November, Helmick said.

Starline did not immediately return a call regarding his decision to apply for the position while currently serving and seeking re-election as a councilman.

The board will meet Tuesday in executive session to review the applications and select candidates for interviews, which will be held Saturday, according to the district.

Tipton resigned earlier this month after her “family dynamics” changed, she said in her resignation email.

MORE: Tipton joins Huber Heights school board

“When I ran for school board, my situation was entirely different,” she wrote. “My family dynamics have changed since then … I fear I am being stretched too thin.”

Tipton’s said that while she loved being part of the school board, “at this time I have to make hard decisions, and prioritize what’s more important and at the end of the day, after God, my family will always take the top spot.”

When she ran for office unopposed in 2015 as a first-time candidate, Tipton said she wanted to have a greater impact in the district’s decision-making process.

School funding, taxes topic of discussion at upcoming panel

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:12 AM


            School funding, taxes topic of discussion at upcoming panel

The League of Women Voters of Greater Dayton Program Committee will host a panel of speakers to discuss the issue of local tax dollars in education.

During the program, school board and government officials will discuss local levies, how taxes are distributed to each district, and how schools are affected by the current funding system.

The program will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Trotwood-Madison High School Auditorium, 4440 N. Union Rd. The panel will include AJ Wagner (previously State Board of Education) and Janice Allen (treasurer for Trotwood HS school board), and elected officials.

Parking is available in the high school parking lot. The event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, contact the League office at 937-228-4041.

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