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