Toni Rogers for Madison School Board, November 2021 – News-Herald
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Political party: Democrat
Wanted office: Madison School Board
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Home Address: n / A
Duration of residence in this community: 50+ years
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Facebook?: Madison 44057 without dibble
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Elected office experience (must have appeared on a public ballot): No
Unelected office experiencee (advice, etc.): Madison School Community Finance Committee, Madison School Bond Issue Committee, Citizens for Smart Schools PAC Founding member
Education (List only schools you graduated from and indicate degrees, if applicable): Lake Erie College Bachelor of Science Lakeland Community College Associate in Applied Science Lakeland Community College Certificate Paralegal Studies Madison Local Schools
Marital status and name of spouse: n / A
Do you have children?: 2 adult children both graduates from local Madison schools
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If elected, what three specific areas would you like to change, address, improve or research further, and how would you go about doing this specifically?: 1. Set up the Community Finance Committee relating to expenditure. Over the past 5 years, the school district has asked voters for a 12 million property tax increase. Points directly to a spending problem. Our revenue stream for 2021 is $ 37 million for 2,700 students. I believe there is a lot of money for our children to receive a quality education. Spend smarter and live within our means. Landowners are suffering from withdrawal fatigue. We don’t need to put additional financial pressures on our landowners, seniors, young landlords, or our tenants whose rents rise as property taxes rise. 2. No more paying for special elections at an average cost to the district of $ 21,000. It is not fiscal responsibility, it is outright waste. 3. Kindergarten all day. Late. Was promised to the community when we built the new schools. The funding is there and it must be made a priority.
Whether it’s for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you?: I have been taking care of school finances for over 30 years. The district at the time had just completed a beautiful stadium and declared itself bankrupt the following month. I lobbied for a school finance committee and from that committee many cost reduction programs were implemented. I was on the committee when we built the new schools. At the time, the board wanted to use all the funding available for the buildings from the tobacco regulation money. The problem was what we were spending on funding that we had to match. The first two bond issues failed because if they had passed they would have bankrupted the community. A compromise was reached and we now have modern clean and energy efficient schools. Why is this important? Yes, good schools are important to property values BUT you can impose yourself in a rural plague situation. Rural blight is not good for property values. If I am chosen to serve this community in November, I will ensure transparency and fiscal accountability. As a founding member of Citizens for Smart Schools, our goal has always been to educate voters whenever the school district applies for funding. When the compromised bond issue was placed on the ballot, I campaigned for its passage. The opportunity was there to update energy efficient schools that would ultimately save us money due to energy costs. It was a win-win situation while also being logical about what our community could afford.