On Tuesday, two Tea-Party supported candidates (David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn) for Springboro School Board lost in a landslide to a former school board member, a former principal and a former teacher (Charles Anderson, Ronald Malone and David Stuckey). The winners ran a campaign promising to return the school system to a “more moderate mainstream direction” i.e. they wouldn’t continue trying to push Creationism and Christian Nationalism on the children of Springboro.
Good news. And congrats!
The city also passed a levy for the schools with over 75 percent of the vote. The first levy to be on the ballot in two years.
Also good news.
Unfortunately, Tea Party activist Kelly Kohls and her cohorts on the School Board are still running the show for a few more months, and today they tried to use school board money to pay consulting fees to former Republican State Rep Seth Morgan.
Morgan, you may remember, ran as the tea party outsider against Dave Yost in the 2010 Republican primary for Ohio Auditor. Shortly after losing, Morgan went on to work for the Koch brothers-funded group Americans for Prosperity. The organization promotes an anti-labor and anti-public school agenda.
Yesterday, just a day before they were scheduled to meet, the Springboro School Board’s agenda was updated to include an item for approving a contract with Morgan’s company, MLA Management Systems, for nearly $10,000 in consulting fees.
The contract came up for a vote tonight. We just received word that it was tabled for now.