I provided the other day an example of the school system Springboro that finally has proper management of its financial resources and is establishing a relationship with its unionized teachers that is beginning to be beneficial to the children. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW. I consider Springboro a success story that is the example that all else mentioned below should be measured against. I also recently covered the superintendent of Franklin and how he complained with great spectacle about how rich communities like Springboro were stealing tax money from poor districts like his in Governor Kasich’s new budget. CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW. The Franklin superintendent of course had the situation backwards, which is quite common with smaller schools with less checks and balances in the media, especially those surrounding Springboro and other Dayton suburbs. I even covered the case in Steubenville, Ohio where many in the town refused to pay justice to a rape victim because treasured members of the football team were involved. CLICK HERE TO REVIEW. Even with all the bad behavior that I have pointed out in large public schools like Lakota, Mason, and Fairfield in Southern Ohio which are considered the best of the best from the teachers and staff, much of the labor from these schools have thought that it was unfair to judge them in relation to stories that only education insiders know about. To them, they are exceptional when compared to the antics from smaller schools with a much lower profiles that garner much less public attention. The bar of justice has been set mighty low in public education so to the self-assessment of teachers who work in public education seeking to justify salaries that exceed the taxpaying public by almost double, they consider the job they are doing good if they are not abusing special needs kids like Amanda Kitcho is accused of at Kings school system. Teachers these days think they are doing good just because they showed up for work and run a clean classroom. But more reporters than ever are showing courage in covering these terrible stories, some of which can be seen below in the videos that follow. Amanda left her position as a teacher and is now a bridal consultant while a trial proceeds over the Kings scandal, but following the trend of smaller schools, the more that an investigator digs, the more crimes they typically find occurring in broad daylight in public education like cheating on test scores, abuse of students, and even embezzlement—because their small town nature keeps critics and other prying eyes from their activities. Such an ideal example of extreme corruption and characters of low quality in public education would be the Greenon Local School District which is just to the north of Springboro.
On January 17th following a three-month sheriff’s investigation by detectives of one of the leading school levy supporters of the recent Greenon tax increase from November police converged on a home at 150 S. Harrison Street and arrested Debra Mauer confiscating computers, papers and mail before being charged with theft by embezzling $40,000 from the village and altering their financial records as Enon’s fiscal agent between 2008 and 2012. She was also charged with tampering with evidence. Mauer was elected to the office in November of 2003 and ran for re-election for a second term ending in March of 2012. Mauer also served as interim fiscal agent for Mad River Township. Mauer was employed full-time at Greenon Local Schools as a High School Social Studies Unit Leader receiving a contract stipend for $609 at a June 21st 2012 meeting just prior the last levy attempt.
Greenon Local Schools placed on the ballot for November 6 2012 a combined 6 mill bond issue and 0.75 percent earned income tax for voter approval. Passage of this issue would have provided the matching funds required by the Ohio School Facilities Commission to leverage $22.5 million in state money to build two new schools and provide long-term operating dollars. The ballot issue was defeated by a vote of 3,000 “for” vs. 3,689 “against” votes. In the wake of that defeat of which Debra Mauer engaged in a rather colorful levy campaign against the only NO voter campaign in the area, who happen to have lived across the street from Mauer, superintendent Dan Bennett is seeking to place on the May ballot of 2013 another levy following the same pattern that most schools do after a levy defeat, and that is to come back with a smaller request and hope the numbers fall in their favor. This next attempt will be a 4.95 mills levy which is a bit less than the November attempt.
While Debra Mauer’s antics as a fiscal officer in an elected position may seem bizarre and corrupt beyond measure, her employer Dan Bennett at Greenon has had a track record that is less than stellar. Bennett moved to Greenon to take a job that superintendents understand internally as equivalent to being sent to Russia’s Siberia. It’s his last chance at success as he was the former superintendent at Little Miami where voters turned down eight consecutive levies before Bennett had to leave the district in a fiscal emergency to take the Greenon job. The stories left in his wake lends credibility as to how Debra Mauer in the tiny district of Greenon could have conducted her alleged crimes without detection as school employees placed their focus on passing levies and gaining more tax money rather than managing their employees properly and controlling their costs. You can read more about Bennett at the link below.
The Debra Mauer case points to the tip of an ice berg which resides just below the surface of the small Wright Patterson Air Force community of workers with a total student population that is less than what Lakota schools will lose each year for the next 10 years in declining enrollment. The community is small and everyone knows each other, but to show the emotional remoteness of Greenon Local Schools where most of their community is in fear of the sequestration cuts coming from Congress, the announcement of another tax increase from Bennett without any consideration to the community’s ability to pay even $12 more dollars a month in taxes, has not stopped the school’s arrogant agenda. They, like their employee Debra Mauer do not care about those around them as can be easily affirmed by their actions. They only want to prove that they can pass a levy which is all superintendents are really tasked with under the guidelines established by the OSBA (Ohio School Board Association.) If a superintendent cannot pass a levy for their district, they will be passed around from job to job until they can, or be forced into early retirement.
The only people in the community of Greenon who opposed the last levy, watched the antics of Debra Mauer from across the street. When police cars came to take away Mauer for her accused crimes after spending most of the previous fall looking at the campaign propaganda coming from the pro levy home on Harrison Street, it wasn’t much of a surprise. After dealing with the Greenon administrators for some time and asking many questions the reality gradually fell on the founders of Vote No on Greenon School Levies that they were dealing with people whose actions belong in the back of a police car, instead of tampering with the lives of children. Greenon School employees like Debra Mauer seemed to capitalize off voter naiveté at every turn and every opportunity for their own selfish gain.
You can visit the Vote No for Greenon Facebook page at the link below to provide them with assistance and wisdom. They have a heck of a fight on their hands because they dared to question more of the iceberg than what everyone could see. Unfortunately for children attending Greenon, by the time a teacher like Debra Mauer is arrested and processed by the court system, it’s often too late. Without people like Chris Finney at Kings Local or the couple at the Facebook site below, there is no defense for the children, because school employees and the legal system in general work in favor of modern public education and have shown where their passion is, and it isn’t in children. Their actions speak for themselves, and can be found in virtually every school district–especially ones in small towns, where the superintendents are spill over’s from larger districts. Public schools then reflect more accurately a crime syndicate than an institution of learning that places before the children the highest priority of moral stewardship over the personal failures of teachers like Amanda Kitcho and Debra Mauer. Like the mob, the harm that comes to those who stand in the way of the school making money off tax increases will not be tolerated, and harassment of every kind is on the table. If one wishes to stand in their way of a new levy, then destruction of those barriers will be pursued with every measure the law and the cohorts of organized crime can muster for the perceived greater good of failed superintendents or alleged embezzlers like Debra Mauer—former advocate of Issue 21 and teacher of children in the school district of Greenon.
And to understand how law enforcement often tag teams with their labor union comrades in the teaching profession CLICK HERE for a story where the police were caught trying to defend their own wrongs even when great video of the actions were on hand. Just because law enforcement investigates a matter in education it does not mean that justice will be done. Someone has to watch the watchers.