|Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Henold was raised in a military family and moved to Toledo in 1987. She is married and has been a stay-at-home mom to three children. Henold home-schooled her children, both in the United States and during the time the family spent as missionaries in Romania from 2001-10.
- See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)
|Toledo Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Bob Vasquez Incumbent||19.3%||16,715|
|Nonpartisan||Randall Parker III||10.8%||9,333|
|Source: Lucas County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Lucas County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Henold stated the following when asked about her campaign priorities:
What are the three most crucial issues — in order of importance — facing TPS? What would you do as a board member to address the issues you identify?
Education is the primary role of the school system yet we still have too many children who cannot read at grade level. Since reading is the foundation on which all other classes are based, we need to improve reading in the schools. I will continue to go out into the community to speak with people who have the ability and the time to volunteer at schools as well as at Read for Literacy. Most of the people that I have spoken with had no idea about the volunteer opportunities in the schools. I hope to engage an army of people in this activity so that our children will have a good foundation for their education.
The financial situation at TPS is strained to say the least. As someone who actively worked to push the current board to do the Performance Audit, I will see the process through. However, the process needs to be an open and transparent process which involves the community.
I believe that we have a backwards budgeting process at TPS. Contracts are negotiated, the budget is put together based on past budgets, and then the public is asked to support a levy. This is the kind of budgeting process where the voters have a gun to their heads. We need to start with the premise that the budget is just a means to facilitate education. To put it more simply: Kids first budgeting. Every program needs to be evaluated to see if it is effective and if it isn’t-it needs to be dropped. The classrooms need to be funded first and then we can negotiate contracts. In doing this, the classrooms will have all of the funding needed and we can go to the bargaining table knowing what we can afford.
The next problem is the unfunded mandates handed down from Washington, DC and Columbus. Very few educators are consulted when Legislators decides what they think schools need- and then schools are mandated to implement government programs without financial assistance. If the programs are so important, why don’t they fund them? I will continue to speak with Legislators about this problem and continue to actively battle with them on behalf of the children.
TPS currently has a renewal levy on the ballot that will raise approximately $16 million annually for five years, or about the annual savings that can be obtained by implementing the performance audit recommendations. Why should the TPS renewal levy be approved by voters? The public should support the levy because although the Performance Audit has been finished and delivered to the board, TPS is not going to realize savings from implementation immediately. Since this is a renewal levy and not new money, it is important to support it while the board actively works towards implementation. It would not be beneficial to take the legs out from under TPS while they are finally working to streamline the budget.
Ohio statutes require that TPS teachers and principals have regular performance evaluations with student performance on standardized tests a component of the evaluation. Should teachers and principals be held directly accountable for student performance in their individual performance evaluations? Why or why not? Absolutely not! The standardized tests are not always accurate (they are rarely accurate) in the evaluation of a particular child. There are children who know all of the information but they do not test well. The final score does not reflect what the child knows but rather his or her ability to test well. Some dyslexic readers are way ahead of non-dyslexic readers in areas of Math or English, but this is not reflected in the test scores due to the issue of dyslexia. Since the tests are not accurate for the children they are supposed to measure, how can this be a proper method of evaluating teachers and principals?
Ohio is currently implementing national standards regarding the skills and knowledge all students need for success, referred to as the “Common Core.” Why do you support or oppose the adoption of these standards?
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only one of the three incumbents filed for re-election. Voters also decided in favor of a $6.5 million levy for the district.
About the district
- See also: Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Lucas County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $41,949 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 19.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Toledo Free Press, "School Board Candidate Profile: Tina Henold," published October 24, 2013
- Lucas County Republican Party, "Candidates," accessed October 29, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Lucas County," accessed October 21, 2013
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- Lucas County Board of Elections, "Historic Election Results," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014