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Chardon School Resource Officer

UPDATE: Heroin Plan

$600,000 Heroin Plan

Dare to Reject D.A.R.E.

UPDATE: Chardon Schools Levy Nov 6, 2012

Chardon Schools Levy Nov 6, 2012

Geauga Park District 2012 Levy Shenanigans

State Issue 2: 2012 Redistricting Proposal

Body Mass Index Screening in Our Schools

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Young Oliver's School Lunch

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Chardon Schools Resource Officer
8/24/2013

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, a resource officer was placed within the Chardon high school.  This is not an insignificant expense, so we need to carefully evaluate if there is sufficient value to this position.  Also, aside from cost, is this even a good idea?

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UPDATE: Heroin Plan
8/13/2013

This is an update to the county heroin proposal, based on information provided at the August 8, 2013 county commissioners meeting on heroin.  Interestingly, some county officials were espousing facts previously reported here at The Chardon Caller.  Perhaps they read our original article?

During the August 8 meeting, over $300,000 was approved for the remainder of 2013, with full support from all three Commissioners. The funding breakdown is shown in the following table:

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$600,000 Heroin Plan
8/7/2013

Recently a $600,000 plan to fix the heroin problem in the County has been put together in a PowerPoint by Commissioner Ralph Spidalieri.  The funded part of the plan involves:

·       $250,000 for three more narcotics-focused detectives for the Sheriff’s office

·       $50,000 for surveillance equipment

·       $300,000 for the Municipal Court, Common Pleas Court, Juvenile & Probate Court, Prosecutor’s Office, Jobs & Family Services

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Dare to Reject D.A.R.E.
1/22/2013

A dangerous program has been foisted on our elementary school children, all in the name of good intentions.  D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has been around for years in an attempt to keep kids of drugs (along with alcohol and tobacco)...

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Chardon Schools Levy, November 6, 2012
9/24/2012

On the ballot for a second attempt in November is the 5.95 mill Chardon Local Schools (CLSD) continuous operating levy.  The levy will generate $3,760,826 per year and cost taxpayers $182.22 per $100,000 property valuation per year.  This same levy was placed on the ballot in a special election during August of this year and was turned down.  The voting results were 2,874 (60.06%) AGAINST vs. 1,911 (39.94%) FOR.

The school district has used up the reserve funds it has available, and has been instituting cuts.  Deficits (expenses greater than revenues) are forecast from fiscal year 2012 (which ended June 30 of this year) onward and the cash balance goes negative later this fiscal year.  To avoid a negative cash balance, additional cuts are planned.  So the school district does need more funding, as cuts keep getting more difficult to make.  To see if this levy request is reasonable, let's look at the financial information.  (Note: the CLSD fiscal year, abbreviated FY and mentioned often in this article, runs from July 1 to June 30; thus FY 2013 is the current fiscal year which started July 1, 2012 and goes to June 30, 2013.)

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Disingenuous: Geauga Park District Levy, November 6, 2012
9/16/2012


The park district wants you to believe they are doing you a favor by cutting your taxes. They will manage with $680,000 less per year, by reducing taxes by 16%. Wow, how are they doing this? Pay cuts? Reduced expenses? Fewer employees? No, government does not work that way. Government is always expanding. So what is the catch?

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State Issue 2: Redistricting Commission, November 6, 2012
9/11/2012

On the ballot in November is a state issue proposing a change to the Ohio constitution concerning how redistricting is accomplished.  The proposal, if approved, would create a twelve member commission charged with drawing congressional and legislative boundaries, rather than the current process which is carried out by state legislators.

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  The Declaration of Independence

The Constitution of the United States

New State Legislature:
Geauga County (NE Quadrant):
   State Senate District 32: Capri Cafaro
   State House District 99: John Patterson
Geauga County (NW, SW, SE Quadrants):
   State Senate District 18: John Eklund
   State House District 76: Matt Lynch

US House District 14: David Joyce

US Senate: Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman


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Body Mass Index Screening in Our Schools
9/7/2012

No privacy here.   In 2010 the Ohio legislature passed a massive bill, SB-210, to address child obesity.  Of the many things it does, most nonsensical and wasteful, the BMI screening is one of the more disturbing.

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