Keeping an Eye on Grandview|
This is a now defunct blog covering the politics and policies of the school board and city council in Grandview Hts., Ohio. There are still lots of good content in these pages, so I'm going to leave it up for a while.
I've moved on to a new Wordpress blog called Watching Grandview Hts.
If you are looking for something specific here try reading Finding stuff on Grandview Watch.
I realized that there may be a few people who still have this blog sitting in their RSS feeds who don't come here any more, but might see the new post. You might have noticed things were a little slow for the last couple years. It's dead, officially and with no sorrow, Jim.|
This blog will probably remain up as an archive for some undermined length of time.
I'm starting out fresh with my new blog, Watching Grandview Heights. I'm using a wordpress.com site because I just don't need the hassle of a self hosted website any more. I may come to regret that decision, but for now it seems good.
Back in 2003 when I started this blog, self hosting was the only option that was available for a serious blog (free sites like Geocities and Angelfire had their uses but were not so good, and Blogger and Wordpress were just starting). PHP Nuke and its variants were the best free software for content management systems, and as far as I know they are still being developed. When I wasn't poking around in the PHP code and patching holes that let hackers bring the whole site down it was great fun.
The web is different now. Most people find sites with a search engine, a special domain like "yourname.com" is just not a big factor in getting noticed. I may be getting myself into a uncomfortable relationship with wordpress, but it is so easy and neat to use their service.
So long, It's been a good run, it's time to move to new adventures!
Posted by Admin on Wednesday, November 23 @ 16:07:46 EST (1568 reads)|
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Justice writes "|
There are no pending issues of
importance for the city council or the school board, so this election
has been restricted to bland political posturing by the candidates. I
didn't see anything in the material they have been handing out that
sets any of them in any unique positions. It's all “Maintain a
fiscally sound and responsible school (and city council)”, “Improve
communication with the community”, “Create long term vision”.
They didn't even have a "Meet the candidate" night at the HS. Not sure who organizes those, and given the restrictions they set on questions it is not a loss for the community.
Clifford had an ad in the TVN that
listed the names of her supporters. Judging from the names on that
list, I am guessing that she is the candidate of the old McLeod
cabal, which had a philosophy consisting of “rubberstamp anything
the superintendent proposes”, and act as shields, preventing any
parent from having their issues brought before and acted on by the
board. But McLeod is gone, so I don't know if that group has any
Douglass has numerous slick flyers out
and a big half page ad in the TWG. I guess he is the “buy your way
into office” candidate. It will be interesting to see his campaign
expenditure filing, will he break the record $8K spent by Joanne
Peters in her election?
Steve Von Jasinski had a surprising
letter to the ed in the TVN, he gave a glowing recommendation for
"Arron Bowman" for the City Council. Given that he is a big D and
Bowman is a teabagging R, you wonder what caused that letter
(although the standard R and D positions have little effect on local
votes, no candidate for the city or school have asked for county
backing from the R and D central committees). Rumor is that V.J. has
plans for taking the presidency of the council, and with no possibility
of changing the minds of the current fellow council members he wants
a new member who will be his vassal. Good luck with that, V.J.
(I just noticed, V.J. misspelled his name in the paper, it's Aaron, not Arron.)
Posted by Admin on Monday, November 02 @ 15:58:33 EST (2295 reads)|
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School Board Meeting September 10, 2009
The District achieved the rating of
“Excellent with Distinction” meeting 30 out of 30 indicators with
a performance index of 104.7.
Home Schooled Students: Mr. O’Reilly
presented issues to be decided regarding home schooled students. The
issues are 1) Access to course offerings. 2) Access to
extracurricular activities. 3) Access to co-curricular activities. He
said that no home schooled students are currently requesting access
to any of these items. Comments from board members. The matter will
be considered further at the next meeting.
Not posted – Sept. 30 special board
Posted by Admin on Thursday, October 15 @ 22:37:21 EDT (4920 reads)|
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School Board Meeting August 11, 2009
Online coursework: Mr. Truett reported
on the possibility of offering some online coursework as a one-year
pilot program. This would be for extended coursework that is not
already offered in the District in grades 6 through 12.
Code of Conduct: Amend the Grandview
Heights City School District Activity Code of Conduct as it is
contained as an addendum item to these minutes.
Posted by Admin on Thursday, October 15 @ 22:34:01 EDT (3000 reads)|
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City Council meeting minutes August 3, 2009
DeGraw requested the confirmation of City Council of the appointment
of Steve Shaner as the City’s Fire Chief.
2009-08: A Resolution approving the Grant of Job Creation Tax Credit
for Businesses within the Grandview Yard Site. This was the big ord.
that set the tax rates for the G.Y. developers (the number of this
ord. was later substituted to 2009-29).
stated that throughout the process he has expressed his concern about
the use of income tax to pay any debt service that the City might
have. He is especially concerned that the City is giving a
substantial subsidy to the developer, which he thinks is not needed
and could better be used for debt service. Gladman commended the
Economic Development Committee Chair and members for making this into
a much better form that what it was originally but he is still not
supportive of it.
on approval: Hastie – yes, Jagers – yes, Koelker – yes, Panzera
– yes, Von Jasinski – yes, Gladman – no, President Reynolds –
yes. LEGISLATION PASSED – ORDINANCE 2009-29.
2009-24: An Ordinance authorizing Real Property Tax Exemption with
respect to Certain Real Property within the Grandview Yard Site. This
was the second large ord. needed to finalize the G.Y. project. All
the passage of these the council members joined the NRI bigshots in a
toast to the completion of the G.Y. negotiations.
Ord. - Koelker requested that this particular version of the proposed
legislation be withdrawn. She stated that it is not in a form that is
Posted by Admin on Thursday, October 01 @ 21:31:34 EDT (2546 reads)|
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City Council meeting minutes July 6, 2009
Bowman reported that the City received an Industrial Site Improvement
Fund Grant of $750,000 from the Ohio Department of Development.
Posted by Admin on Thursday, October 01 @ 21:28:10 EDT (2286 reads)|
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School Board Meeting July 14, 2009
State aid for schools is expected to be
reduced by 1% in FY-10 and 2% in FY-11. All-day kindergarten is being
mandated beginning FY-11.
Steve Grassbaugh provided the Board
with information regarding the TIF agreements associated with the
Grandview Yard development … The poor national economy has also
added an element of challenge and concern that the development may
have more residential units than were originally conceived.
Posted by Admin on Monday, September 07 @ 23:35:36 EDT (3530 reads)|
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Justice writes "|
Apparently there was a news item on
Channel 10 that said the Grandview schools would not be showing the
the President's speech. This email was sent on the school's
Tomorrow at noon, the President of the United States will be addressing students throughout the country. As you are aware by now, this speech has caused a great deal of controversy throughout the United States. Grandview is no different. I have received phone calls and e-mails from parents on both sides of this issue.
Unfortunately, Channel 10 aired a false report that stated we have chosen to not air the president’s speech. Because of the confusion created by the media, I wanted to clarify our stance on the president’s speech.
This is a good, non-political response by O'Reilly to the crapstorm the Republicans have made out of this issue. And since it is a unbiased and sane response, expect right-wingers to show up at the next board meeting and complain about it.
At noon on Tuesday, the majority of our students will be at lunch or recess. We do not plan to change our regular schedule. Teachers in classrooms at noon have the discretion to show the presentation as it occurs. All other teachers are aware that there will be access to the speech via the Internet after the speech and are welcome to show the speech as they see fit. As with all presentations that occur in classrooms, teachers need to ensure that the material presented is appropriate for their students and that material presented does not violate school board policy. All staff members have been reminded of the school board policy. Our board policy clearly forbids the distribution of political material, states that no employee shall engage in political activities on school property, and finally indicates that school time may not be used for political purposes.
The text of the speech will be posted at www.whitehouse.gov today. I will review the text, as I am sure many of our teachers will as well.
On a personal note, it is unfortunate that in this day and age we have become skeptical of the motives of our leaders. When we were growing up, it would have been considered a treat and an honor to have our president address students during the school day. Trust is a huge issue in this country. Hopefully, you and I will see a change in this as our children grow up.
You are welcome to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions. I do appreciate those of you that have already contacted me to hear directly from the district regarding this issue. Enjoy the holiday.
Ed O'Reilly, Superintendent
Posted by Admin on Monday, September 07 @ 11:21:19 EDT (1678 reads)|
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Justice writes "|
Four seats on the city council are on
the ballot Nov. 3 and no big news in this election. The incumbents
are all running, council Pres Steve Reynolds, Anthony Panzera, Susan
Jagers and Elizabeth Koelker. A quick Google shows no new info on
these council members (but I was surprised to find that Anthony
Panzera had a write-in campaign in winning his seat for the first
time in November 2001).
Aaron Bowman, a newish resident of
Grandview, is also running. He is a VP of sales at Century Resources,
a company that provides school-related funding programs (food and
candy etc, used in fund raisers for schools). His Facebook page shows
he went to Columbus
Academy and University
of Dayton, and has a preference for Michigan football. He goes by
the name “acbo47” on twitter but hasn't posted a tweet yet.
There is an Aaron Bowman of Columbus
listed as a participant on an organizing page for a “tea party”
(the people who protest against President Obama and government in
general). This list was on a website called AR15.com, a website for
(later) Interesting. When I posted a link to the tea party page with Aaron Bowman's name, the post on AR15.com disappeared from the website. Let's see if this copy of the same list on another website remains up.
Posted by Admin on Friday, August 28 @ 00:46:51 EDT (1659 reads)|
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Justice writes "
School board candidates in the running
The three open seats on the Grandview
school board will result in five candidates banging on your doors and
asking for your vote. This list may change as signatures are
John Kessler is a Deputy Chief at the
Ohio DNR. He was appointed to the board in January 2009 and now must
run to retain his seat.
Dan Headapohl was a former city council
member and council president. He works as a Real Estate Asset Manager
for the City of Columbus.
Mary-Kathleen Clifford is a lawyer with
ten years experience, not much about her on the net.
Thomas F. Hayes is another lawyer,
specializing in criminal defense. He defends all kinds of criminal
charges, and is listed on the website sbsdefense.com as an
experienced defender for those charged with the crime of "Shaken
Grant Douglass is the President of
Hanlin Rainaldi Construction. This was the firm that did the
construction on the artificial turf for the high school. He is a
former GH Touchdown Club president. In 2003 he was chairman of the
Ohio Historical Society board. In 2008 when the school board was
considering changes to the Code of Conduct Mr. Douglass spoke in
opposition to the rule that penalizes students who attend (but don't
drink) at parties where alcohol is used.
This will be the first school board
election in decades without a long term incumbent. Gary Heydinger and
Anita Keller chose not to run, Kessler was appointed to fill in for
McLeod after her mid-term resignation.
Posted by Admin on Saturday, August 22 @ 15:48:49 EDT (5023 reads)|
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|Thursday, August 13|
|·|| School super O'Reilly in the Tri-Village News |
|Monday, August 10|
|·|| How Grandview Yard could fail – and bring down the schools |
|Sunday, August 09|
|·|| School Board Meeting June 9, 2009 |
|Tuesday, August 04|
|·|| Newspaper spamming slime buckets |
|·|| Council passes Grandview Yard deal |
|Friday, July 24|
|·|| O'Reilly on the NRI deal |
|Tuesday, July 21|
|·|| Grandview Yard first phase |
|·|| City Council meeting minutes June 1, 2008 |
|·|| City Council meeting minutes May 4, 2008 |
|Thursday, June 25|
|·|| School Board Meeting May 12, 2009 |
|·|| School Board Meeting April 14, 2009 |
|Tuesday, June 09|
|·|| Watch out for snails |
|Thursday, May 28|
|·|| Rebooting Hardware on Goodale |
|Tuesday, May 19|
|·|| School Board Meeting March 3, 2009 |
|·|| City Council meeting minutes April 6, 2008 |
|·|| City Council meeting minutes March 2, 2008 |
|Sunday, April 26|
|·|| No on City Issue 3 |
|Saturday, April 25|
|·|| Baaak! Baaak! |
|Tuesday, March 31|
|·|| Columbus pushes for money from Yard |
|·|| School Board Meeting February 10, 2009 |