“WE”- Allowed the Biber Circumvention! Shame on Us

July 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm 16 comments

I have taken a couple of pot shots on this blog lately with regard to Paul Biber of the Lorain Board of Education.

Mr. Biber ran for Lorain City School Board in November 2007 – the results as follows
Lorain City School District
Elect 2
100 % reporting

Paul Joseph Biber 3,557
Tony Dimacchia 3,149
Dina Ferrer 2,346
Frank A. Graziano 1,901
Bill Sturgill 3,028
Lorain City School District
Unexpired term ending 12/31/09
100 % reporting Terrance N. Bivins 330
James J. Smith 5,686

Mr. Biber was the candidate with the most votes in that section. 3, 557 of us enabled him to circumvent the intent of the election laws.

It is our fault you see we were TOLD by Mr. Biber exactly what he was doing. Mr. Biber wrote a guest post on WoM October 2007

The current parents and students of the district deserve the same quality of education that my family has recieved. For this to happen we need change at the top. Attitudes must change, spending decisions need to be more informed and realistic, student behavior must improve, and the district image must be enhanced. To that end, in August I began renting from a friend in Lorain in order to establish a legal residence in the District. After doing so, I gathered the required signatures and am now a candidate for the board

We at WoM who were so proud of ourselves for accountability etc. YET NOT ONE OF US QUESTIONED the “ethics of this circumvention”

Were we so desperate to have a change in Lorain City Schools that we didn’t say :

“wait a minute”- this guy lives elsewhere not in our school district, has been paid by our school district and had kids in our school district, but sleeps and cuts the grass elsewhere”

That is OK! we will just overlook that and we gave him a plethora of votes.

Why??? because he was “willing” to run and we are so desperate that in the grand scheme of things IN 2007 we turned a blind eye to something that was not exactly “kosher” in our need for change????????? –

And we wonder why politicians do what they do- it is because WE ALLOW THEM TO DO IT – HECK IN THIS CASE WE ENCOURAGED IT!

And we were desperate it was the “summer of our discontent” in 2007 I wish I could link back to all the WoM archives – I can’t – but I have quite of few of them and the comments at the time. But we “didn’t question Mr. Biber’s circumvention at the time!

In this election year 2011 – Mr. Biber’s domicile it will probably become an issue, in fact it already has on Lorain County dot com forum and on this blog.
http://www.loraincounty.com/lorain/discussion.shtml?id=370633&f=11&v=

You see I just wonder what the reaction would be from the BOE candidates and Lorain City Schools if I purchased an apartment building/ rooming house in the Amherst or Avon school district and rented out rooms to parents/students so they could be a part of “that school district”- knowing they were laying their heads elsewhere. It does come down to the principle of the thing and the “circumvention of the intent of a law” .

Are we teaching our youth how to bend the law and act surprised when they do – and I say WE because all those that were part of that 3,557 votes said after reading his words “THAT IS OK PAUL- YOU GO RIGHT AHEAD”

It was WE the voter that allowed and enabled such behaviours. So don’t blame Mr. Biber we must blame ourselves the VOTER for being a VOTING MUPPET (Noun. idiot an objectionable person, an inept person.)

Note The full Biber post from 2007: UNEDITED

scott bakalar on 15 Oct 2007
Election 2007: WoM Candidate Forum: Paul Biber (Lorain BOE)
My name is Paul Biber, a graduate of the Lorain School System, a teacher/coach in it for 36 years, and a parent of 2 children in the system( one a 2005 LAK grad and one now at SHS). When my children began school in the 1990’s Lorain was best the system in the county. We had many choices for our children’s education and Lorain offered top quality programs, excellent staff, diversity, and a variety of quality extracurriculars. Over the years our children were well served in Lorain as were other children.( In 2005 Lorain grads entered Oberlin, MIT, Case, and Dartmouth; something no other district in the county can match). However, over the last 10 years administrative policies and decisions have led to a steady decline in services, culminating in the dabacle of this past summer.

The current problems are a result of many things, but mostly bad spending choices, poor public image, and adversarial administrative attitudes. As a member of a family that has been well served by this distrct almost 90 years this is heartbreaking. The current parents and students of the district deserve the same quality of education that my family has recieved. For this to happen we need change at the top. Attitudes must change, spending decisions need to be more informed and realistic, student behavior must improve, and the district image must be enhanced. To that end, in August I began renting from a friend in Lorain in order to establish a legal residence in the District. After doing so, I gathered the required signatures and am now a candidate for the board. Just for clarification, my children were out of district transfers INTO the system, incidently bringing over $130,000 in funding with them. This is something a quality system does for a district; it brings people in, not drive them away!

Step one in the process of improvement is to do a full and complete audit and share the results with the citizens of the District. The process must be completely transparent, mistakes recognized and corrected, and a new more productive direction undertaken. Much of what can be done will be somewhat constrained until the finances are in order.
Step two, however, will not cost a penny. Student behavior must improve! It doesn’t cost anything to teach children to behave in a socially acceptable manner. However, it does take time and effort along with the skill and the will to do so. One of the reasons for the Disrict’s poor image has been its refusal to make unruly students accountable for their behavior. Young people do not automatically follow society’s rules, they must be taught to do so. For some, this is more difficult than others, but a failure to be socialized leads to a lifetime of trouble, frustration,and unemployment. A failure to make young people accountable for ther actions cripples them for life. My number one criterion for evaluating any employee from teacher to superintendant will be the fair, firm, and consistent enforcement of the Distrct’s discipline code. Students must learn to behave before their test scores will rise.
Step three will be a commitment to return the district to its previous standards of excellence. This would include a return of the art, music, and gym classes at the elementary levels and a return of programs that meet the educational needs of students with a wide range of abilities and goals. This would include voed, special needs, and college prep students. We have done this in the past, we must do it now. The most difficult part here will be the financial issues, but with better spending choices and a decrease in expensive confrontations we can begin moving forward.
Finally, extracurriculars must be buttressed and improved. While this does have a dollar cost it is by law a very small part of the budget. However, it is a very big part of the perception of your school system. Quality extracurriculars are equated with good schools and poor extracurriculars mean poor schools in the eyes of many.
In short our children to have the tools and oportunities they will need to compete in an increasingly difficult economic environment. It is our job to provide it for them. Furthermore it is in our economic best interest to do so. Homes in Lorain’s new west side deveopments that are in the Amherst District sell for more than the same home in the Lorain District. If we fix the schools, it will pay off in increased property values and image of the city.
Thank you,
Paul Biber

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  • 1. Brian  |  July 25, 2011 at 2:29 am

    Here is a question. Is the requirement to be on the school board to be a resident of Lorain and what is the written definition of resident as it pertains to the laws that govern our school board, not the board of elections.

  • 2. Grammy  |  July 25, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for this. For years, even when he ran, I questioned this, but no one listened. It was frustrating but the majority spoke. Hopefully this will be corrected the next time around. Thanks for you diligence, how refreshing to read the truth.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Brian – I haven’t delved into the wording and “legalese wiggle room” my understanding is that Mr. Biber meets the “legal definition’ of a resident.

    He went from renting a room??? and having a utility in his name back in 2007 ( 35th street?? ) to purchasing a property ( which he apparently rents out ) on 29th ( auditors site) in 2008 .

    He is as far as I can tell meeting the legalese standards…….

    Should he run again it will be up to those of us who “vote in the place we reside” …….. well come to think of it that always isn’t the case either apparently 😉 whether we wish to be represented by someone who knowingly circumvented the intent and said so.Is that OK by the voter ‘YOU” actually isn’t OK by me but that is just my opinion.

  • 4. muley  |  July 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Well done, Loraine.

  • 5. Grammy  |  July 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I intended to pay my taxes/bills/whatever but that wasn’t good enough. Is the “intent” good enough for us????????????????

  • 6. denise aka mozart  |  July 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

    well two things to add…I recieved a call from the prosecutor today, and he told me that Gilchrist’s hearing will be this Thrusday the 28th at the BOE. at 4pm….i will be there..then there will be a board meeting on the 18th of August at the BOE at the same time to discuss Robert Gilchrist voting. I will also be there.

    ..now for Biber…i requested record for his voting..he is listed at 2128 E 29th street 44055..6D (public record).
    Now I am also suspicious, on voting fraud with him,,,as most of us believe, he resides in Sheff lake, and uses E29th as a loop hole, as to be somewhat leagal on the School Board. We are putting our heads toghether as to see where he may have missed covering his tracks. he is slick…but perhaps not so smart.

  • 7. Brian  |  July 26, 2011 at 2:12 am

    If he claims the homestead tax exemption for his house in Shefffield; which is public record, he claims to be a resident of Sheffield. DONE,

    He has some splanin to do.

    Legal OPINIONS are a dime a dozen. Legal rulings are yet another. Who’s legal opinion are we relying on?

    What attorney said he was a LEGAL resident of Lorain???????????

    GIVE ME A NAME and I have someone I will call.

  • 8. Susie  |  July 26, 2011 at 3:02 am

    From: http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/candidate-for-school-boards

    In order to run for the board, you must be:
    • a U.S. citizen,
    • at least 18 years old,
    • a resident of the state for at least 30 days preceding the election,
    • a resident of the school district for at least 30 days preceding the election,
    • a resident of the school district for at least 30 days preceding the election,
    • registered to vote in the school district for at least 30 days preceding the election.

  • 9. Susie  |  July 26, 2011 at 3:03 am

    oops – that’s what I get for copy and paste – please excuse the duplication of requirements 4 & 5

  • 10. Susie  |  July 26, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Sounds like a public records request is in order.
    Mr. Biber may need a few creative licenses too.

  • 11. Brian  |  July 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

    The question is what is the definition of LEGAL resident as it pertains to ohio law. My ass is in a chair right now and that is where it resides, is that my legal residence? When I take my lunch in my van at the job site, is that my legal residence?

    Can a person have two LEGAL residences for voting purposes? The answer is no but the lingering question is are you allowed to vote where you don’t reside??????

  • 12. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Ahhhhhhhhhh what a tangled web.. Brian like you I have been under my “rock of choice and not by my choice” when I brought Mr. Bibers situation up in conversation with others who had run for the office I was told that he met the legal requirements so I left it at that….

    The questions re voting I know nothing about.. but I do know as you and I both know the “legalese ” is a wonderful and powerful thing and can make many lawyers jump for joy… 🙂

  • 13. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I have done some checking- with the Lorain County Auditors office on 2 1/2 percent reduction and primary residence requirements .

    According to the Lorain County Auditors site . Mr. Biber and his wife ( at least that is the names on the record) own three properties 2 in Sheffield Lake and one in Lorain

    The two Sheffiled Lake addresses received 2 1/2 percent redution ( as primary residence ) .that can be explained by him applying for one and his wife applying for one ( living apart????- I don’t know his personal situation. but according to the information I have obtained you have to have your primary residence as listed to get the reduction….BOTH addresses receiving the 2/ 1/2 percent reduction are in Sheffield Lake

    This is getting too long a comment I willl have to do another post

  • […] https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/we-allowed-the-biber-circumvention-shame-on-us/ “..now for Biber…i requested record for his voting..he is listed at 2128 E 29th street 44055..6D (public record). […]

  • 15. denise aka mozart  |  July 27, 2011 at 12:18 am

    waiting…..:~)

  • 16. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 27, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I have put up a post

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