My name is Dave Blumberg, a 22 year stakeholder in the Loveland City School District and I am running for the Board of Education in the November 5th, 2013 election. I respectfully ask for your support.
I am proudly married to Beth for 22 years and have four beautiful and talented daughters, Sarah (21), Lauren (18), Jessica (16) and Rachel (14). My children are either in Loveland schools or are recent graduates from the system, where they all have received outstanding educational experiences and achieved success. The extracurricular offerings in athletics, music and arts have been immense. I am Vice President of Claims for a Fortune 500 company headquartered in downtown Cincinnati. I have held numerous volunteer positions over the years including: Three time member of the Citizens for Loveland, school levy committee, soccer coach of 10 years, past member of the LYSA Board of Trustees, past Treasurer of Normandy Swim and Tennis Club, Inc. past co-chair of the Symmes Township Park Expansion Committee, 8 year musician for the Loveland Middle School musicals, Parishioner, St. Margaret of York.
Why I am Running
Education is the engine that drives a community and Loveland is no exception. Through my own circumstance I have seen what quality schools can do to fulfill the opportunities we promise our children. It is for this reason, I feel called to run for school board. I am excited and enthusiastic in the opportunity to further serve the interest of the Loveland City School community. My prior experiences in community relations have allowed me to accentuate my communication and analytical skills. The school board position requires numerous attributes including emphatic listening and critical thinking. It is essential to assimilate and blend many different educational, legal and budgetary issues into a framework in which short and long range decisions can be made. I believe my skills bring to bear the keen ability to accomplish this. In my career, I have negotiated the resolution of thousands of insurance claims and believe my ability to mediate and find solutions would be a great benefit to the Board. I look forward to the challenges and ask for your vote this November.
- To promote the Loveland City School District's tradition of Excellence in Education while continuously achieving fiscal stability.
- To advance the District’s safety and security policies and practices
- To improve stakeholder engagement in the schooling experience for the benefit of the greater community
- To advance a long term technology integration strategy
In order to proactively approach the above priorities, I have met and will continue to meet with community leaders and community members, seeking their input, advice on what are working and what is not. I intend to run an issues-only campaign. While there may be incumbent competition, I respect the work of predecessor members who have invested their time and talent to the school community. I believe there is time for change in any organization at critical junctures and, 2013 is one of those junctures. The current school administration is top tier across the board and the Executive team is strong and stable for the foreseeable future. This is the time to grow with fresh ideas building on the strengths and minimizing weaknesses. Please join me in support of seizing this valuable opportunity in time by engaging and benefitting from strong leadership.
Role of Board / Strengths / Commitment
Schooling is a collective commitment between the schools and the communities they serve. In other words, education works best where teamwork exists. We must not lose sight of the roles and responsibilities of a Board member. The enactment and enhancement of policies consistent with long range goals are the key function of a school board.
Managing the annual budget and evaluating school leadership are also essential functions. The School Superintendent and Treasurer are charged with the execution and implementation of these plans and goals.
Transparent communication is critical between the community, the Board and the administration.
I am amazed in how many ways friends and neighbors are engaged in the schooling process. The number of support organizations consisting of hundreds of volunteers who contribute immeasurable resources to improve the overall student experience is astounding. This motivates me to want to serve.
Whether it is in the classroom, on the grid iron, or in the theaters, Loveland has exceptionally talented students who astonish me year after year. To think that the 2013 class earned over $13M in scholarships confirms for me Excellence is abound. This motivates me to want to serve.
The dedicated teachers, staff and administrators continue to work within continued financial constraints. They do so with the utmost pride, passion and character continuing to deliver Excellence, evidenced by the many years in a row of top State ratings. This motivates me to want to serve.
I look forward to the opportunity to share ideas, discuss plans and measure the performance of these plans and goals as we strengthen the District’s priorities. Thank you for your support and ask that you vote Dave Blumberg for Loveland Board of Education on November 5th, 2013! GO TIGERS!