As superintendents of the public schools of Allen County, we are in a unique position to speak on behalf of the students, staff, and communities we serve. The success of our districts depend on the support we, and our communities, are able to give our students and staff. Therefore, we would like to share our opinion on the advancement of S.B. 376 being released from committee and receiving an up or down vote on the Senate floor prior to the end of the current legislative session.
The DeRolph case was heard and decided over 20 years ago and we continue to wait for a constitutional funding system to be adopted for our schools. Finally, we have one developed with a bipartisan effort, after years of study and research, that would not only constitutionally fund our state’s education system, but would so in a fair and equitable manner. Such an historic effort by our elected representatives in the House, on both sides of the aisle, deserves to be heard and voted upon by the Senate as a whole. After all, the House overwhelmingly supported the bill 87-9.
We consistently hear from our elected officials that they seek office in order to make a positive difference in the future lives of their constituents. We cannot think of a better way to make a positive difference in the future of all Ohioans than supporting the educational needs of our students.
For these reasons, we encourage our elected representatives in the Ohio Senate to work diligently to bring S.B. 376 to the floor of the Senate and give all our Senators the same opportunity our Representatives received, the ability to vote yes or no on this important issue.
Jill Ackerman, Lima City Schools Superintendent
Rich Dackin, Bath Local Schools Superintendent
Greg Denecker, Bluffton Exempted Village Schools Superintendent
Cindy Endsley, Spencerville Local Schools Superintendent
Keith Horner, Apollo Career Center Superintendent
Jim Kanable, Shawnee Local Schools Superintendent
Craig Kupferberg, Allen County Educational Service Center Superintendent
Joel Mengerink, Elida Local Schools Superintendent
Mel Rentschler, Allen East Local Schools Superintendent
Kelly Schooler, Perry Local Schools Superintendent
Doug Westrick, Delphos City Schools Superintendent