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The Suburbanite
  • How Stark school officials view the referendum

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  • LIKELY TO VOTE AGAINST
    EAST CANTON
    Joe Bogdan, athletic director
    The proposal is vague.  The proposal asks for the ability to be “tweaked” after approval without another vote. The proposal is highly complex in its calculations, but at the end of the day makes very few changes that level the playing field for any of the schools that feel they cannot compete. I don’t think basketball coaches will be satisfied to lose Benedictine from their tournament only to pick up Chanel. And to be fair to private schools: How many football coaches will be happy to drop Coldwater and pick up Mogadore?
    What would you like to see changed about the proposal?
    I would like the proposal to go away. There is no popular solution that will keep certain schools (private and public) from developing certain programs that other similar sized schools feel they cannot compete with. The age of open enrollment brings with it the inevitability that “centers of excellence” emerge, especially in densely populated parts of the state. The OHSAA needs to concentrate on enforcing the rules it already has to limit transfers and recruiting.
    CANTON CITY
    Chris Smith, superintendent
    Would the proposal have a positive or negative impact on your school?
    The impact of the proposal is really unknown as the tradition factor has been explained a number of different ways.
    What are some of the aspects of the competitive balance proposal that you find unappealing?
    The unknowns of the proposal in terms of how it would actually support the goal of competitive balance make it difficult to support in this format.
    What would you like to see changed about the proposal?
    We do not believe the proposal addresses the real issues of open enrollment for both public and private schools.
    CENTRAL CATHOLIC
    Father Robert Kaylor, principal
    We are not opposed to the seven-division format, but felt the set up was good the way it is now.
    MANCHESTER
    Jim France, principal
    What are some of the aspects of the competitive balance proposal that you find unappealing?
    Being punished for success doesn’t address the real problem, and the free lunch assessment.
    What would you like to see changed about the proposal?
    Every aspect.
    CANTON SOUTH
    Todd Osborn, principal
    The Free Lunch and Open Enrollment counter act themselves for poorer districts. Private-schools that have statewide and multi-county geographical areas to draw students need an open enrollment boost in enrollment. Poor districts use the open enrollment as a revenue stream and should not be penalized. Open enrollment is used different ways by different districts. Not clear cut.  
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    Steve Milano, principal
    What are some of the aspects of the competitive balance proposal that appeal to your district?
    NOTHING!!!
    What would you like to see changed about the proposal?
    Ideally if they would subtract the number of males going out of our district (open enrollment to other schools) vs. the number of males coming into the district, it would most likely drop Louisville down to Division III. Any way you look at it, Division II we are at the bottom (smallest school) and Division III we would be one of the larger schools possibly make it in the playoffs and move back up to Division II in two years.
    LIKELY TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSAL
    TUSLAW
    Rob Sattler, principal
    What are some of the aspects of the competitive balance proposal that appeal to your district?
    The fact that it is at least a start in addressing the problems that exist is appealing to me. I know that everyone will never be completely satisfied with all aspects of the proposal. It is simply a starting point in addressing the problems.
    What are some of the aspects of the competitive balance proposal that you find unappealing?
    I especially am not a fan of the tradition factor. Why penalize a school for doing good things or having a strong program. That does fly in the face on my own beliefs.
    ALLIANCE
    Shawn Jackson, principal
    It will start to resolve some of the inequities in the OHSAA tournament system — i.e. non-public schools make up 17 percent of total membership of OHSAA yet they accounted for 43 percent of the state championships in selected team sports between the years of 1999-2010.
    What would you like to see changed about the proposal?
    The language for determining the tradition factor needs more clearly stated. Currently, it does not include regional appearances in its formula if that same team made it to the state tournament that year.