Problems with explosive growth drive Medina Valley ISD board hopefuls

4/24/2022 12:41:00 PM

Message from Medina Valley ISD board candidates: growth is dividing our community

Darren Clavert, Jennilea Campbell

Message from Medina Valley ISD board candidates: growth is dividing our community

Several candidates said they are running to fix problems with transparency, discipline...

Show LessMore for youThe winners of the board election will be working with a. Residents caught up in that controversy have called it a symptom of wider problems.Facing ‘a huge conflict’Campbell does not agree rapid growth has caused problems, though now is a good time to get ahead of it, she said, and make sure the same resources and quality of education are offered in each of the district’s schools, including the new ones.

The area’s rural nature, Catholic roots and conservative values have long affected the district, “but now we are getting a whole new population that didn’t grow up here, that grew up in the city, grew up in military bases, so their opinions and feelings about schools is so, so very different,” Santleben said. “And there is a huge conflict. And (administrators) aren’t dealing with it.”

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of 3 Luckey Ranch Elementary School in Medina Valley ISD is seen Thursday.Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn MEDINA COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The Highland High School teacher charged with sexual battery was arraigned via-video in Medina Municipal Court Friday morning.April 22, 2022 at 7:15 a.PHOENIX — On their website, they listed the following closures, restrictions, and alternate options: Westbound I-10 closed between SR 143 and the I-17 “Split” near Sky Harbor Airport from 10 p.

The district’s rapid growth is the big issue in the May 7 election, which will decide two board seats and a $400 million bond proposal. William Luther, Staff Show Less CASTROVILLE — Almost every candidate for two board seats in the May 7 election at Medina Valley Independent School District — except the one incumbent seeking re-election — agrees the community is splintering and increasingly at odds, a division driven by unprecedented suburban growth. Kyle Brooks ((Source: Medina County Sheriff)) According to Captain Ross, the alleged victim is a student. The district’s schools have long enjoyed a good reputation, but several candidates said they are running to fix problems with transparency, discipline and financial management, and reverse what they believe is a decline in academic quality across campuses.m. Medina Valley ISD includes the historic, tight-knit but growing city of Castroville and has an enrollment of 6,785 students after adding almost 800 this year alone. If Brooks makes bond, the judge ordered he must wear a GPS monitor. More for you Bloody murder: S. All westbound I-10 on-ramps between Elliot Road and 32nd Street closed.

A. “The Medina Country Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Highland Local School District Administration and the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office for their assistance in bringing a swift resolve to this egregious allegation,” said Medina County Sheriff Terry Grice.m. student’s Lady Macbeth bit wins honors Nobody expects the growth to stop. A committee that helped place an almost $400 million bond proposal on the ballot estimates the district will have 16,960 students by 2032. School officials said additional counselors will be available at the high school for any students or families who may need support. The bond would pay for a second high school, a third middle school, a seventh elementary school, a new JROTC building and land acquisition.89%) was second and Branham baseball player Liam Thompson placed third. The winners of the board election will be working with a . We have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office investigation,” said Highland Local School District Superintendent Catherine Auckerman.m.

Trustees recently named Samuel Nix, who leads Duncanville ISD near Dallas, as their lone finalist to replace Kenneth Rohrbach, who is retiring at the end of the year. Rohrbach, the MVISD superintendent since 2016, has come under fire for his handling of allegations about the district’s athletic director . All rights reserved. Entering the game, Dougherty Valley was winless and Foothill was unbeaten in league play. Residents caught up in that controversy have called it a symptom of wider problems. Suburban growth and surging enrollment “is putting a horrible burden on the school, and the school isn’t dealing with it, because they never really dealt with these things initially as it grew,” said Phyllis Santleben, 70, one of three candidates challenging Jennilea Campbell, 61, who has served on the board for six years. A candidate in the other race, Darren Clavert, 51, said the conflict is real.m. Eastbound I-10 on-ramps at Fairway Drive, Avondale Boulevard and 99th Avenue also closed.

“I’ve always wanted to try to bring the community together. It is divided,” he said. “This happens in any fast-growth school district. We need to do more community-type things to bring parents in. Show parents, ‘Hey, this is where your kid goes to school, this is Castroville. Monday (April 25) for drainage project.

’” Facing ‘a huge conflict’ New home construction in Medina Valley ISD’s Luckey Ranch Elementary School attendance zone is seen Thursday. The district’s rapid growth is the big issue in the May 7 election, which will decide two board seats and a $400 million bond proposal. William Luther, Staff The district’s growth is the No. 1 issue, say all candidates in both races, except for David Lopez Orozco, one of Campbell’s challengers, who didn’t respond to multiple interview requests. Campbell does not agree rapid growth has caused problems, though now is a good time to get ahead of it, she said, and make sure the same resources and quality of education are offered in each of the district’s schools, including the new ones. Note: The southbound I-17 on-ramp at Thunderbird Road is closed at this time.

“My big thing is equality across the campuses,” Campbell said. “I want (students) to still feel like they are part of the Medina Valley family. We are a family. I want to make sure everyone is taken care of.” A teacher for 30 years, 24 of them at MVISD, she first ran to “get answers for teachers on why certain decisions were being made,” she said. Friday (April 29).

“I’ve enjoyed being a voice for the teachers and the students and the staff.” Santleben was born and raised in Castroville and served as its mayor for a little under a year, resigning in 2019. She has worked in education her whole life, starting at Castroville Elementary and teaching oversees for Department of Defense schools. The area’s rural nature, Catholic roots and conservative values have long affected the district, “but now we are getting a whole new population that didn’t grow up here, that grew up in the city, grew up in military bases, so their opinions and feelings about schools is so, so very different,” Santleben said. “And there is a huge conflict. Saturday (April 23) and from 11 p.

And (administrators) aren’t dealing with it.” She believes the district can restore some unity by teaching responsibility, integrity, conflict resolution and equality. Santleben said she would also like to improve how the school district works with the county and city to plan for future growth. “They have to work together,” she said, adding, “One of the big problems here is that no one tells anyone what is happening. It is like, ‘Oh god, there is going to be a subdivision here and there’s going to 750 homes. Expect intersection and brief driveway closures as the work progresses.

’ The school needs to know that. They need to know where the development is going to be.” Donnitta Seay, 39, the other challenger, said the schools have changed a lot since she was a student, though she doesn’t see growth as necessarily causing a clash of old-timers versus newcomers. “I guess I could see how people could feel there is a tension, but I don’t think there should be,” Seay said. “It is all about how you incorporate the new.

You’ve got to approach it the right way.” “There has always been the good ol’ boy culture” but in years past, issues and concerns with students and staff were “dealt with, and important,” she said. “I really would love to see Medina Valley get back to how it felt when I was a kid at the school. Where the kids were what mattered. The staff were what mattered.

” It doesn’t feel that way now, Seay said. She has lived in and around Castroville most of her life, ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2021, and has served as a substitute teacher, then a pre-K teacher and an ALE teacher at the district. She loved the job but her contract was not renewed, and Seay suspects it was because she moved her son to a different school because he didn’t click with his teacher. The district did not respond to an email asking for the reason. “I think the focus needs to be shifted back to where it’s supposed to be,” Seay said.

“I don’t know how I can do that yet. I don’t know all the things, but I’m willing to learn and do what I can to try to make that happen.” More transparency needed A campaign sign is seen Thursday in front of Medina Valley High School. The district’s rapid growth is the big issue in the May 7 election, which will decide two board seats and a $400 million bond proposal. William Luther, Staff Clavert and Matthew Castiglione, 46, are running for the District 3 seat held since 2015 by Terry Groff, who did not seek reelection.

Clavert is a principal in Northside ISD, where he’s worked for 24 years, including as a special education teacher and school counselor. He has lived in Mico, on the rural northern edge of MVISD, since 1999. “I’m always for bringing people together. That is why I became a counselor. I like unifying,” Clavert said.

“If people know what the goal is, then there is power in moving towards that when everyone is on the same sheet. Instead of worrying about, ‘Well, if I make this decision what is going to happen?’” Clavert is vice president of the district’s Education Foundation and a former board member, having run unsuccessfully for the District 3 seat, then serving one term on the board on an at-large seat before losing a bid for re-election. He said he sees some problems with the board more clearly now than when he served on it, and wants to push for more transparency — for one thing, all of its meetings should be streamed online in accordance with state law, he said. The last MVISD board meeting available to view online is from June 2021. “Any decision that is being made, as long as it is being explained, is a whole lot easier than just a decision being made with no explanation, because then people are apt to put their own narrative on it,” Clavert said.

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