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LWV League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund
Hamilton County, OH November 5, 2013 Election
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Gerry Trennepohl
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Member of Board of Education; Oak Hills Local School District


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Questions & Answers

1. What are your qualifications for office?

I retired from Procter & Gamble after a 35 year career in Finance & Accounting, where the last 15 years in helped manage large people budgets, similar to the Oak Hills school budget. I've been a practicing Christian for the last 38 years which guides my daily life and those same principles will guide my decisions for our children on the school board.

2. What can be done to improve your school district's results at current funding levels?

Oak Hills results overall are very good so the challenge is to maintain that level of excellence, especially if the tax levy does not pass. I will review the many unfounded State Mandates for efficiencies to better use funds. Funding for schools in Ohio has been declared Unconstitutional four (4) times by the state Supreme Court, so I will pursue another funding structure though our legislature. I will stop Common Core from its implementation. This federal program tells us: What to teach, How to teach, and How to Pay our teachers. It is costly and removes virtually all local control of our schools.

3. What will you do to build consensus in the community in support of your school district?

I will use community groups and churches to develop a system to receive information about perceptions of the schools and the needs of our children. This system will be a vehicle to provide support to families needing social and other assistance. These groups will be the basis for helping families with social and financial needs to Improve the education of the children.

4. What would you do to advance the concept of "equity in education" in your district?

This is a term that implies every child receive the same education regardless of social, family, or financial circumstances. These effect the quality of education for our children and need to addressed. I will go to churches & non profit organization already in existence to provide this assistance, while working closely with the school system. These groups would provide the help to the parents and for children without participating parents to be ready to learn when they come to school each day. These groups will pursue their own funding outside of the school system being a support system, and providing a conduit for information on needs and successes back to the school system.

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