Kelly Kohls is the head of the Warren County Tea Party and President of the Springboro School Board.

According to public records obtained by Plunderbund, Ms. Kohls is the first person to contact Republican Prosecutor David Fornshell about a letter sent home to Franklin City School children criticizing the Governor’s unfair school funding plan.

In the email, sent at 10:09AM on February 14th, 2013, Kohls includes a copy of the letter from Franklin Schools Superintendent Arnol Elam and asks Fornshell “I know of a ORC code that strictly prohibits political campaigning using gov. resources.   Can there be legal actions here?”    .

After hearing from Kohls and Ohio Republican Party staff, Fornshell opened a politically-motivated investigation into the Franklin Superintendent while neglecting the responsibilities of his office.   The investigation has since been closed.

Kohls has no affiliation with Franklin City Schools and she does not live in the district.  Instead, she is a conservative activist who regularly takes her anti-school levy message on the road to other districts that are looking for ways to handle the massive education cuts in Kasich’s budgets.

KohlsKasichFranklin City Schools received no increase in state  funding this year, Kohl’s Springboro School District is slated to get a 16.32% bump under Kasich’s new budget proposal .   Both districts are still running at a loss of funds having received huge cuts in the last budget.  In 2013, Springboro lost $938,061 in state funding compared to 2011, or the equivalent of a 1.08 MIL levy.   Franklin City Schools lost $1.5 Million, requiring a 3.37 MIL levy to restore funding.

Kohls seems quite happy preaching fiscal responsibility and belt-tightening when teachers and school staff are the ones on the receiving end of the cuts, but she doesn’t seem to quite muster up the same fervor for fiscal control in her personal life.

In 2010, the Dayton Daily News reported that Kelly and her husband were unable to keep up with the payments on their three car loans and the $829,000 in mortgages on their $450,000 house.    They declared bankruptcy that same year with total liabilities of $908,110.   School board members are paid by the meeting.  Since 2008, Ms. Kohls has earned a total of $12,750.

Kohls blamed her financial woes on the “catastrophic financial events that has (sic) led our country into this recession” and explained that she was unable to find another loan after her home value dropped and her “mortgager went out of business”.

Ironically, the first national Tea Party protests were sparked by comments from CNBC’s Rick Santelli who went on a live TV rant about federal government plans to help refinance bad mortgages like Kohls’.   Santelli claimed the government was “promoting bad behavior” and “subsidizing losers’ mortgages”.

Given the outcome of Kohls’ poor financial decisions, it’s hard to take anything she says about personal responsibility seriously. Still, Kohls continues to travel widely, speaking about her “successes” in starving Springboro schools of funding while putting her conservative, Tea Party stamp on the district.

Kohls and fellow school board members David Petroni and Jim Rigano have refused to put renewal levies on the ballot and they withdrew from the Ohio School Board Association, instead joining the Ohio School Boards Leadership Council, a “conservative alternative” to the OSBA that Kelly helped found.

In 2011 Kohls pushed to have creationism taught in the Springboro school

  • DublinIrishBob

    So you’re saying that she might not be eligible for a job in a casino?

  • Casino might be her only option.

  • duckmonkeyman

    Keep digging, PB. There’s got to be more.

  • In other news, the Franklin Schools superintendent still broke the law by using school resources to conduct political activities.

    But keep shooting at the messengers, by all means, guys! 🙂

  • CherMoe

    Funny how these are the very same people who blame poorer folks for “mismanaging” their money or buying above their means or calling us freeloaders and moochers. But when it happens to them, it’s the fault of the economy. HYPOCRITE!!! She should NOT be in a public or government position!

  • As we all know what goes around comes around and if she hasn’t got hers yet, she will.

  • dsr3

    Is there any way we can speed up the process? If you’ve got a plan, count me in.

  • duckmonkeyman

    In more other news, all schools activities are political. But maybe he was just informing voters? After all, he IS an educator. Not that Republicans put much value on education.

  • HiyaElyria

    Absolutely disgusting. This is so typical of conservatives these days. My how they have changed. They take, take, take, like this woman did. Then they want others to tighten their belts. Disgustingly hypocritical.

  • Natasha

    This hypocrisy, dishonesty and moral bankruptcy has completely infiltrated the Republicans. It’s like a norovirus outbreak on a crummy fecally-contaminated cruise ship.

    The teabaggers, neo-cons and the high-and-mighty Republicans perch on the carcass of old-time GOP principles they decimated with their drunkenness, domestic abuse, bigotry, misogyny, financial recklessness improprieties and abuse just to pluck cash from the pockets of GOP believers. We’ve seen this political-morality fraud and charade for years in Delaware County and it is sad to see the immoral Republican model replicating itself across Ohio and this nation.

    PB has a post at

    “…You can put Ohio Auditor David A. Yost on the list if you want to include statewide officeholders in Ohio.

    We do love to elect and retain our Republican deadbeats in Delaware
    County. David A. Yost once served as Delaware County Auditor after his
    appointment to that office by the Delaware County Republican Party.

    While on the public’s payroll Yost was a deadbeat on Ohio income
    taxes during his stint as a county auditor. During Yost’s term as
    Delaware County Auditor he managed to not pay his personal Ohio income
    taxes and the state of Ohio filed a judgment and lien against Yost and
    his wife in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

    It looks like Yost and the GOP in Delaware have done their best to hide these records: …”

    It’s going to be fun to see convicted political criminal Matt Borges assume command and take the helm of the OH-GOP when the old-fat-white guy boss slithers away into retirement and OH-GOP “Chairman Emeritus” status

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  • dmoore2222

    These people are like babies. They only see their own needs. And the Republicans have exploited this for a long time. But now it’s coming back to bite them. You can’t govern trying to pacify infantile thinkers. Ask John Boehner.

  • Diane

    I second that AMEN!

  • Kelly Kohls irritates the %$@ out of me.

    She came down to preach against the levy in our school district. We’ve seen 1/3 of our total funding evaporate thanks to elimination of TPP and state funding. We hadn’t had an operating levy in well over a decade.

    She comes in and with her group of friends plasters the community with campaign material against the levy. The material doesn’t give any contact information as required by the ORC. Nothing, just the name of their shadow organization.

    And now SHE wants to lecture us about campaigning?

    Go fly a kite, Kelly Kohls. You know nothing about law or financial responsibility. You only know hypocrisy.

  • DublinIrishBob

    And Josh Mandel campaigned on his dime, not the government’s.

  • Steve Hays

    “I know of a ORC code that strictly prohibits political campaigning using gov. resources.” This in addition to your citation of her “events that has …” quote. Please, God, send us some school board members who actually seem to care about learning.

  • eww3797

    Everything is fine. Glenn Beck is now claiming that the Tea Party, Liberals , Democrats and all the rest of us Americans, he and his conservative friends hated and mocked before the election are now using Rand Paul’s filabuster to claim that this is the start of a new energy and dynamic to take control of our country. He is now changing his tune as well as the conservatives as a group to ingratiate all the rest of America into their propaganda to win the next election . And we are FALLING FOR IT. kASICK’S APPROVAL RATING IS SUPPOSED TO BE OVER 50 %.
    Where are all of you firefighters, teachers , policeman, State and Federal workers who suddenly woke up after voting for Kasick and other Republicans only when you realized that he wanted to eliminate your bargaining rights? You have all already forgotten.!!!!!
    Please vote for Kasick again. He has too much competition in the next Presidential race, so he wants to run again for governor and THEN FOR PRESIDENT and us OHIOIANS WILL PUT HIM IN AS PRESIDENT. -HIS FINAL GOAL.
    But First , elect him to a second term so he can finish his Conservative agenda which is to reduce services, jobs, regulations, privitize our Turnpike, prisons, give our parks up for oil drilling, etc. etc. etc.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Kelly Kohls, collaborator.

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