Chardon Superintendent Hanlon’s last years as Painesville Superintendent

By: Susan Daniels

When Michael Hanlon left Painesville City Schools as Superintendent, it appears he left a mess. The following data was from the Plain Dealer (Sept. 12, 2014). It included state rankings of all schools in Ohio. Hanlon had been the superintendent there for twelve years and does not appear to have left things in good order.

The schools performance rating was a “D” and the standards met was “F.” How did he ever get hired in Chardon in 2013? Who greased the skids for him?

District: Painesville City Local Year – 2014
Lake County
Standards met             5
Standards possible     24
Enrollment                    3,025

Letter grades
Standards met — F
Performance index — D
Value added — F
Gifted student value added — B
Disabled student value added — B
Lower 20% value added — C
AMO — F
Graduation rate (4-year) — F
Graduation rate (5-year) — F

Value added measures whether students in grades 4-8 exceeded, met or learned below what was expected over the year in reading and math.

Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) replaces the federal Adequate Yearly Progress measure that looked at the performance of multiple racial and disability groups.

The lowest 20 percent examines how much growth the bottom fifth of students have from year to year.

Performance index – D
Performance index 2014    83.4
Performance index 2013    83.6
Performance index 2012    83.6

While Chardon Superintendent Hanlon and the Board of Education (BOE) watched the schools here slowly deteriorate, in 2014, Hanlon’s second year in Chardon, they approved a four-year rental of 2,700 lap-top Chromebooks for $287,000 annually. Do the math and include inflation.

When that contract ran out in 2018, the school district planned to buy about 2,800 Chromebooks. “After an initial outlay of $425,000, the district’s cost…for two grades at a time will be $120,000 per year.” (Chardon Maple Leaf, May 24, 2018)

This is one of many frivolous stunts the BOE and Hanlon pulled, but the biggest rabbit in the hat was that Issue 21 was a two-tier trick on taxpayers. 

Phase 1 of the proposed levy included: “…designing the grade six to 12 building, designing and upgrading a transportation center…and renovating the current football stadium.” They we’re also going to build a new track around the football field. All of this for $76 million over 37 years.

No one talked about Phase 2. Phase what?

Phase 2 was to build a new administration building, baseball fields, tennis courts and demolition of old buildings. Estimated cost: $36 million. All the while knowing that student population was dropping. Where was that money going to come from? How could the residents not vote for another heart-stopping levy when the work was half done?

Add $76 million and $36 million. They total $112 million. That’s what the BOE wants you to pay. When these out-of-touch idiots try to run the levy next year, get ready to vote “NO” again.

In an apparent brush with sanity, Hanlon said last year that it seemed unrealistic to ask voters for $76 million and maybe they should just build an elementary school and wait for state funding to help with the other plans. That thinking stopped more abruptly than Wile E. Coyote.

BOE President Madelon Horvath identified in Facebook what was important to her: “When my drama group took our shows to state conference at other high schools, our sets looked better then on other stages than on our own….”

The inmates are running the asylum and we are expected to pay for their craziness.

One thought on “Chardon Superintendent Hanlon’s last years as Painesville Superintendent

  1. Agreed and its time for the usually silent majority to step up, not just voting down new bonds but getting Hanlon and the BOE out of their offices.

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