Marc Schare

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Marc Schare
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Board Member, Worthington Schools, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2005
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Staten Island
Master'sStevens Institute of Technology
Websites
Campaign website
Marc Schare is a current at-large seat holder on the Worthington School Board. He won re-election against three other challengers on November 5, 2013 including fellow incumbents Jennifer Best and David Bressman.

Biography

Schare has his Bachelor's degree from the College of Staten Island and his Master's degree in mathematics from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He previously served as both a software developer and systems programmer, as well as the owner Enterprise Systems Consulting and Connectivity Systems.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Worthington Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Schare won re-election against two incumbents and one challenger to keep his at-large seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Worthington Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Best Incumbent 28.3% 5,754
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarc Schare Incumbent 24.2% 4,913
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSam Shim 24.1% 4,910
     Nonpartisan David Bressman Incumbent 23.4% 4,761
Total Votes 20,338
Source: Franklin County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Franklin County, Ohio," accessed December 16, 2013

Endorsements

Jennifer Best and Marc Schare announced to the Worthington Education Association that they would not seek or accept endorsements from local teachers unions, believing it to be a conflict of interest.[2]

Funding

Schare reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ohio Secretary of State.[3]

Campaign themes

Schare stated the following on his website as major issues facing the district:[4]

Technology
Worthington has made significant progress in the technology available to students and in the infrastructure required to support that technology. I would like to see Worthington’s technology committee investigate a 1:1 initiative where every kid has a device capable of Internet access for educational purposes throughout the school day, and I’d like to see education augmented to utilize such devices. We must obviously be mindful of costs and equity issues. Our district has already planned to have the Internet bandwidth necessary to support such an initiative.

Teacher Evaluations
There is nothing more important to learning than having a quality teacher in the classroom. The Ohio Teacher Evaluation System is an attempt by the Ohio legislature to bring some standards to the evaluation process while also providing some flexibility to local districts like Worthington. The evaluation process laid out by state law is very complex. For over a year, under the guidance of Assistant Superintendent Trent Bowers, a team consisting of teachers, principals, administrators and myself representing the Board of Education has been crafting a plan that complies with state law and is fair to our teachers. We are rolling out the plan this year. It is absolutely imperative that we get this right, and that means addressing whatever issues and problems are identified during the upcoming school year.

Principal Evaluations
Under the direction of Superintendent Tucker, Worthington principals have been empowered to be the CEO of their own buildings. The Ohio Principal Evaluation System and its Worthington implementation must assure that they are accountable for the results. While we are mandated to consider student growth in the evaluation, we must also consider culture/climate issues, student opportunities, community integration, parental communication and a myriad of other factors into the overall evaluation.

Financial Sustainability
Our district has adapted a policy of “Reasonable Levies at Reasonable Intervals”. This page highlights what we’ve collectively done to meet that objective. Over the next four years, we must meet the challenges of Common Core, OTES, the third grade reading guarantee and a mandate that every kid in the district succeeds while also ensuring the district remains affordable to the people that live here. My personal goal (and my colleagues may see things differently) is that we should not require an additional property tax levy until at least 2017 assuming status quo legislation from the State. The 2013 State Budget was very positive for Worthington. I will advocate that we use most of the unexpected (unforecasted) funds to extend the life of the 2012 levy while investigating investing some of the new money into new programming in which a broad consensus exists that our district should provide for students. A foreign language program in our elementary schools is one such program.

Legislative Mischief
A large portion of the job is keeping an eye on legislative proposals that impact our district or my constituents. In some cases, the legislation speaks to our financial well-being. In others, it impacts significantly what we teach and how we teach it. Worthington is a lighthouse district and our Board and administration are frequently asked their opinions on legislative proposals.

Communications
Our district needs to significantly upgrade its communications infrastructure. As with any large, complex organization with thousands of stakeholders, we need to reach out using multiple tools to provide as much or as little information as each individual stakeholder may want or need. This might require the expanded use of our web site, social media, opt-in email lists, direct mail, community forums as well as the more traditional methods employed by our PTA’s, PTO’s and other district organizations.

Choices and Opportunities
Our district needs to continue to provide relevant options to all students. We need a foreign language program in our elementary schools and we need to reach beyond Spanish, French and Latin. Our STEM programming is very strong but the need for increased offerings is even stronger.

Climate/Culture
No discussion of a third term would be complete without mentioning my passion for focusing on Drug/Alcohol abuse and bullying. These are societal problems that will not be solved in Worthington, however, we must do all we can. No academic program will help a kid who comes to middle school each day fearful of being bullied and no academic intervention will help a kid who comes to one of our high schools stoned. We have made great strides over the last 8 years in addressing these issues, but it is simply not enough. I will continue to work with Worthington’s administrators as well as outstanding community organizations such as Drug/Safe Worthington to continue battling this issue.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

Four candidates vied for three at-large seats on the Worthington School Board on November 5, 2013. Two of the three incumbents won re-election, while David Bressman was replaced by newcomer Sam Shim.

About the district

See also: Worthington Schools, Ohio
Worthington Schools is located in Franklin County, Ohio
Worthington Schools in Worthington is located in Franklin County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 1,163,414 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]

Demographics

In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Franklin County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 89.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $50,045 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. Franklin County underperformed in terms of poverty rate with 17.4%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Franklin County (%) Ohio (%)
White 70.7 83.4
Black 21.8 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 3.3
Asian 4.2 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.9 2.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[7]

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