Two well-known former Springboro educators are part of a push by a local group and community members to change the direction of the school board.
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The Springboro school board’s last four years
January 2010 Kohls takes office as the top vote-getter against opposition from teachers and levy supporters. Voters eventually reject five consecutive levies for new money in the district.
April 2010 Superintendent and treasurer resign.
May 2010 The local teachers union accuses Kohls of bullying teachers at a school luncheon in violation of collective bargaining laws.
February 2011 Kohls criticized at a board meeting by the president of the school district’s classified employees union for testifying on behalf of S.B. 5, Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to restrict the collective bargaining rights of public workers..
July 2011 Kohls proposed including creationism as supplemental curriculum, triggering opposition locally and from the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation. The proposal was shelved.
August 2011 The board reinistated high school busing and cuts fees, two changes Kohls lobbied for.
January 2012 Board Members David Petroni and Jim Rigano are elected on a two-person ticket after forming a reform group, Educate Springboro.
March 2012 Kohls, Rigano and Petroni are absent as the board retains Ron Malone as high school principal following a community campaign.
April 2012 Superintendent Gene Lolli resigns, citing a difference of opinion with the board.
October 2012 Springboro resident Tammy Grisgby files a lawsuit accusing the board of denying her the job due to her levy activities. Lolli later supported her claims in an affidavit.
January 2013 Springboro United for Responsible Education group created to support teachers seeking new contract with board.
May 2013 Board draws nationwide attention after proposing to include creationism in a list of controversial topics suitable for discussion by the district’s students, again drawing opposition from residents and the ACLU. The idea is tabled.
June 2013 Board takes first step toward seeking renewal of property tax levy. A parent calls for Kohls to resign at a board meeting where the board is criticized for proposing holding summer seminars that critics say would put a religious spin on the U.S. Constitution at Springboro High School. The idea is shelved and one course is set up at a local church.
July 2013 Board and teachers reach tentative agreement on contract.