Thursday, February 12, 2009

Where's Wade (Lucas)

You know, the taxpayers pay Wade close to $1000 to attend things like bingo night and other frivolities. Why? Well, he is still officially employed by Green Local, so your board pays him a per diem to have face time in this district. Yet ...

Where is Wade during the redistricting debates? Nowhere to be seen. I guess leading the district is not part of his future contract. Better to yell "Bingo" while collecting a grand than to get dirty doing the real job.

Wade, You are off to a grand start (pun intended).



Anonymous said...


Check the facts - it isn't a grand start, but that was very funny and clever.

A grand would be a great deal for the tax payers of this district. Wade is actually off to a twenty grand start.

Think of it as a pre-game warm up to one of Coach Feasel's basketball games.

Jim Fedako said...

10:39 --

Agreed. $20 grand in total, but it is $1000 per instance. So each instance of face time (not a full day of work, mind you) puts a grand in his pockets.

Those pockets must be getting stretched by now.

Anonymous said...


OK... let's agree to agree. LOL!

Anonymous said...

The audio doesn't lie.

During the 1/27/09 board meeting, a resident expressed concern about this per diem, "for house hunting and coffee"....the resident was then subjected to a 3:45 clarifying statement, aka public flogging, by the board president...telling the resident that WadeO was meeting with staff, in fact he was late for meetings because he was so busy.

Are we reimbursing his gas to drive him back and forth as well????

Hey Julie...get a clue....we're on to you and all your malarkey.

P.S. Julie better hope WadeO doesn't come to many more of John's games...he might figure out the team has had only 1 winning season in his tenure!!! But hey, he does it for the kids!

Anonymous said...

In today's "THIS WEEK", Julie is quoted as saying she posetd Wade's contract to be transparent. Where was that transparency when a taxpayer asked to see her figures and she said "these are my personal notes" and declined to share them!?!?!?!? What a hypocrite. What a great legacy to run on next year: Hypocrite for Board President!

Anonymous said...

The bottom line is this: Smith is gaining traction while the rest of the board is losing it. Dimon wouldn't have Smith bringing financial (spending and budget) issues to the board meetings so he kicked the whole financial review-thing out to the Finance Committee where she wouldn't let it be ignored. It apparently gained traction there because there were real, actual finance professionals at the table (instead of that overpaid know-little, do-nothing Becky)and the committee head Sue Moller--to her credit--(though a district/OFK flack) saw fit to create a subcommittee for budget review. It has since expanded to include an efficiencies/cost cutting subcommittee. It remains to be seen if any real work will get done, or if it's designed specifically to kill or limit such endeavors. But I am hopeful it will be taken seriously and help streamline Olentangy's budgets and spending.

Anonymous said...

Yeah--where IS he? Is he at Green Local, getting paid to casually tie up loose ends, or is he getting paid to casually stroll around Olentangy, sucking up to Education Foundation members at Casino Night, wining & dining administrators and wowing the PTAs and OFK empty heads with his Whole Child psychobabble?

That's right--it doesn't really matter where Wade Lucas is because, despite all the rah-rah talk and all the impressing--and his $1.3MM or so contract--Lucas will have no effect whatsoever on Olentangy's Performance Index. OLSD is at a 103 PI now, just as they have been at a 103 for the last ten years--and they'll be at a 103 on the day his contract ends--when the good people of OLSD have to cut him a check for $80,000+ as a going away present.

So, Wade-O, enjoy your Casino Night, and your paid and compensated-for lunches and coffees with administration staff and whoever else because it will soon become apparent that you don't bring anything transformational--or even different--to the Olentangy district.

Then again, I don't think you really care. Just as you didn't give a crap about the good people of Green, who you blindsided after just 18 months on the job. Green residents believed in you and you turned your back on them and their kids. What makes anyone in Olentangy believe that you won't do the same to them and their kids?

Anonymous said...

with the district paying for mobile phones do we have the right to see the phone records to make sure they are not being used for personal use?

Anonymous said...

I thought that people need to know how wade answers question. By the way he has a blog of his own.

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 2:43 pm Post subject: Pay Increase

Mr. Lucas,
Is it true you recently picked up a 4% increase in your salary? Teachers got a 2% as well? If true, is it not difficult to talk about making cuts including others jobs while you and others get increases?

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I really think this issue needs addressed. The public needs to know...

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Wade Lucas

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Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 4:08 pm Post subject: Kickinjoe


I was wondering when someone was going to get to this question. It is rather unfair for me to respond to my salary - it is my livelihood and I think all of us think we are worth what we are getting paid [at least I would hope that people would think that - if they don't, I'm not sure I want them working in an organization that I am involved]. I signed a five year contract in July 2004 that takes me through the year 2009. Did it involve raises - yes. I would rather you take that question up with the school board - as representatives of the public, they evaluate me and determine what I get paid. We [the board and I] have a mutual agreement - If I'm not worth what I get paid, they are to tell me to hit the highway

The last negotiated agreement with the teachers resulted in a 1% raise, but was offset by the increase in their share of out of pocket insurance premiums. This took place last summer.

Making cuts are painful - I and others in our district were cut back in 1987. Unfortunately, in the school business, when you have to come up with one million dollars (whether through additional revenue or expenditure cuts), you don't get it done with five and ten thousand dollar pieces. If you go the expenditure reduction route, you lose programs and people.

thanks for your question - and I would seriously encourage you to contact our board members in regard to pay and performance.
Wade Lucas
Superintendent of Schools
Coshocton City Schools

Anonymous said...

I can why wade lucas moved!!

Wade Lucas

Photo: Maria Lindsay

By Maria Lindsay

GREEN — A new superintendent has been chosen to lead the Green Local Schools District, and a contract was approved at a special Board of Education meeting April 29.

The board offered Wade Lucas, superintendent of Coshocton Local Schools, a three-year contract beginning Aug. 1 with an annual salary of $117,800.

“We had great candidates, but we felt Wade Lucas was the best fit,” said board President Bob Campbell.

The contract for Lucas includes a number of provisions: the district will pay all his contributions to the State Teachers Retirement System, Medicare contributions, family medical insurance premiums and a total of 3 percent of his salary to a tax-sheltered annuity policy for retirement, as well as travel expenses, professional dues and up to $675 for college tuition.

Lucas also will get 20 days of paid vacation, in addition to the paid holidays in the district.

The Lucas family will be required to relocate to Green. The district will pay up to $4,000 to a moving company to help Lucas with the move, as well as the appraisal cost of his home. The district also will pay the difference between the selling price and 95 percent of the market value, up to a maximum of $7,500, if the home is not sold by July 1 and Lucas is forced to sell below market value. According to Treasurer Roy Swartz, the contract provisions are standard benefits offered to superintendents in Green.

Lucas will be in the district working about two days a week prior to his official full-time start date and will be compensated at the per diem rate of the annual base salary.

“I am extremely excited and look forward to relocating to Green,” Lucas said at the meeting.

Lucas was selected with input from a panel of six teachers and four students. Holly Edwards, a second-grade teacher at Green Primary School, was on the panel and also attended the special board meeting. “I was impressed with his demeanor and his focus on children,” Edwards said.

Edwards cited how Lucas engaged a student on the panel in responding to a question during the interview process.

Lucas, 47, has adopted some innovative practices, including paying elementary students with vouchers from local businesses to encourage them to do well on standard achievement tests. He also had a blog to discuss and draw input from community members on a variety of issues.

He has been superintendent of Coshocton Local Schools, a district with about 1,950 students, for the past six years. He started there in 1986 as a fifth-grade teacher and has about 20 years of experience in education.

Lucas said he does not foresee any difficulties in transitioning from a small district to one twice the size.

“I’ve always felt that when decisions are made in the best interest of the students — the people we serve — things have a tendency to turn out in a positive manner,” Lucas said.

Lucas said he does not have specific goals for the district, but instead hopes to gather local officials together to formulate plans. “I am a firm believer that district goals must be shaped by all the stakeholders — staff, students, parents and community members,” he said. “It will be my goal to solicit input from these groups so that we can move forward together as a district and community.”

Lucas is married to Teresa and has four children, Nicole (27), Jenna (18), Zachary (15) and William (9), and three grandchildren. His youngest children will attend Green Local Schools in the fall.

Green officials will introduce Lucas at a community open house set for May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Green High School, 1474 Boettler Road.

Anonymous said...

Paying students. This story made it all the way down to Florida. OH MY GOD.

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St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Date: May 28, 2007
Start Page: 1.A
Text Word Count: 1233

Document Text

The idea of paying students to learn may be distasteful, but it works.

To prod students into getting smarter, faster, Florida has tried just about everything: grading their schools. Shrinking their classes. Even tying teacher bonuses to how well students do on standardized tests.

Maybe it's time for something more direct: paying students.

How about $50 for passing the FCAT? How about $100?

How about $1,000?

Many parents reward good grades with cold, hard cash. And at least one school district has tried it with positive results.

Three years ago, the 2,000-student school district of Coshocton, Ohio, began offering elementary school students up to $100 to pass that state's version of the FCAT.

Math scores shot up immediately.

"Kids are supposed to come to school because they love to learn," Coshocton superintendent Wade Lucas said. "Our response is, 'In the perfect world, they are.' It's not that way in Coshocton."

Could Florida be next? Many education advocates hope not. And chances are slim: The idea of paying students only floats around on the fringe of policy debates. And if it ever enters real-world airspace, it's shot down with the same argument: Tie money to student learning and you'll snuff out the joy of it.

But the idea still makes a blip now and then, in part because it hasn't been tried much, because it looks more cost-effective than other education reforms and because parents don't dismiss the idea as quickly as teachers do.

In Florida, at least one key lawmaker likes the concept and thinks it'll be ripe for a look next session.

"Sometimes the obvious eludes us," said Sen. Stephen Wise, R- Jacksonville, who chairs the Education Appropriations Committee and says his wife gives the grandkids money for glowing report cards. Performance pay for students "is not a bad concept."

"I think we ought to figure out what we can do and how much it costs," he said.

- - -

Coshocton is a Rust Belt town in the Appalachian foothills.

Its industrial base has all but vanished, leaving behind a student population where one in four is disabled and half are on free or reduced-price lunch. A few years ago, in response to anemic test scores, Ohio pinned its most dire label on Coshocton: academic "emergency."

In stepped a local businessman named Robert Simpson. He donated $100,000 to start a student incentive program and told school officials: If it works, I'll fund it forever.

The district decided to parcel out the money in $20,000 annual allotments. For starters, it focused on grades 3 through 6. Students can earn up to $20 for each of five standardized tests they take. Instead of cash, they earn "Coshocton bucks," faux money with a dollar-for-dollar exchange rate that's widely accepted by local merchants.

At first, teachers were skeptical. Lucas put together an advisory committee, gave parents, teachers and businesspeople seats at the table, and spent seven months answering questions. In the end, he got a green light.

Now, every year, eight of 16 classes in the four targeted grades are picked at random during the district's academic pep rally. As students cheer, the superintendent reaches into a lottery-style numbers machine.

"We start pulling out the ping-pong balls, the place goes crazy," Lucas said.

- - -

In Florida, there have been pizza parties for honor roll kids and McDonald's gift certificates for perfect attendance. And when the FCAT came along and stakes got higher, the rewards got better: At a Sarasota high school, administrators gave out 10 iPods to students who consistently showed up for FCAT prep sessions. At Sheehy Elementary in Tampa, students with top FCAT scores got to have lunch with the principal (hoorah?) after being chauffeured to a restaurant by limo.

But for all that, school-sanctioned rewards still remain scattershot, rinky-dink and limited to a few.

In Coshocton, more than 90 percent of students earn money, with the average payout last year coming to $74.

At that rate, a version in Florida - where 1.6-million students take the FCAT - would cost about $100-million.

By some comparisons, that's not a lot of money. The Legislature set aside $148-million this year for a new teacher bonus plan. And this summer, teachers will get most of the $150-million or so doled out to high-performing schools. Teachers have widely bashed both programs. And there's been no research to gauge if either is working.

If that money were instead directed to students taking FCATs, average payouts would approach $200. Target it more narrowly - say, to the 700,000 students who flunked the FCAT in reading this year - and average payouts would top $400.

It would not be difficult to design a plan, using existing money, where many students earn $1,000 bonuses.

Would that be enough?

A hundred dollars wouldn't move Molly Taylor, 15, who just finished her freshman year at Boca Ciega High in Gulfport.

"I get that for babysitting," she said.

Three hundred? Nope.

Five hundred? Molly cracks a smile. "That's straight," she said. For that, "students would step their game up."

It wouldn't take as much to motivate Alexander Dye, 8, who's headed into third grade at Rawlins Elementary in Pinellas Park. He already gets $100 from Mom every report card, so he shrugged at $50. But another $100?

"That would help me a lot," he said.

Mom perked up, too.

"If you go to work, you get money," said Cristina Dye, a stay-at- home mother whose husband is a truck driver. "...Why not teach them something responsible?"

- - -

Does it work?

In Coshocton, students who were eligible for bonuses out- performed their peers in math the first year, gaining about a year's more knowledge. The next year, their scores remained a grade level higher.

The results are promising, said Eric Bettinger, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, who is monitoring the results. "The thing that's interesting about the Coshocton experiment is that instead of putting a stick out there, we've put a carrot - and the students have responded."

In March, a group of educators and business executives called the National Math and Science Initiative Inc. announced a national plan to offer high school students $250 for each Advanced Placement exam they pass. In Dallas, where the idea started, the number of passing AP scores in participating schools increased tenfold in a decade.

"The idea is to sweeten the pot, if you will, for students who may be reluctant to engage in more rigorous course work," especially minority students, said John Winn, the former Florida education commissioner who is now working on the project. "We put it in the same context as scholarships. Nobody complains about giving kids full scholarships for achievement."

The way Winn sees it, Florida already has the biggest student incentive program in the country: the Bright Futures Scholarship. The wildly popular program covers $400-million worth of tuition each year for college students who maintained a B average in high school and got at least so-so SAT scores. Since it began in 1997, Florida's graduation rate has gone up more than 10 percentage points.

A scholarship might be too abstract for an elementary student, said Lucas, the superintendent. "I've never talked to a third- grader who says they're going to Ohio State when they graduate."

But even a third-grader knows what $100 can buy.

Ron Matus can be reached at

Credit: Times Staff Writer

Anonymous said...

where are the coffee chats????

When Dr. Wade Lucas took over the helm of Green schools he told residents he wanted to improve communications between the schools and the citizens. One of the ways he has tried to do this is through “Coffee Chats,” infrmal get togethers.

"These are designed with the idea of having a small neighborhood get-together to sit down and discuss relevant topics," said Lucas. "There is no set agenda and they run as long as people want to talk and ask questions. Basically the conversations are determined by what the people attending want to talk about."

There are some general guidelines to help the chats move along which Lucas goes over at the beginning.

"Everyone is encouraged to participate and with no one person dominating the conversation," Lucas says. " There are no right or wrong answers and people don't have to defend the perceptions they state. Disagreement is OK and everyone has a right to his or her view. It is fine to ask for clarification but try to avoid value judgements and debating. Please be open minded and try to understand others’ views. To help keep the discussion on track and avoid personal attacks and sarcastic remarks. The only topic that cannot be discussed is about staff," Lucas cautioned, due to legal restrictions.

Anonymous said...

The reason why Wade Lucas took the job.

Green district losing superintendent

12/18/2008 - South Side Leader

By Kally Mavromatis

Wade Lucas accepts top job with Olentangy Local Schools
GREEN — After 19 months at the helm of Green Local Schools, Superintendent Wade Lucas has decided to make a move southward, near Columbus.

According to Olentangy Local Schools District officials, the Olentangy Board of Education unanimously voted Dec. 17 to hire Lucas as superintendent. Lucas’ second interview with the district had taken place Dec. 16.

“Wade is a dynamic individual with strong community engagement and educational leadership skills,” said Scott Galloway, Olentangy Board of Education president. “Throughout his career, he has created exciting learning environments that motivate students and raise expectations. He is an excellent choice to continue the great work that has already been started at Olentangy to facilitate maximum learning for every student.”

Lucas said he was happy to be chosen superintendent.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Olentangy family,” Lucas stated in a press release. “This is already a fantastic district with high expectations for student achievement, community engagement and fiscal responsibility. I look forward to joining this great community and working with parents, staff members and students to help take Olentangy Local Schools to the next level of excellence.”

According to Olentangy district officials, details related to Lucas’ employment, such as his contract and start date, are still being discussed.

At the regular Dec. 15 Green Local Schools Board of Education meeting, Lucas emphasized his dedication to the district, but indicated family issues are the reason he accepted an invitation from the Olentangy district to interview for the position of its superintendent.

“Family concerns are why I’m considering this move,” he said, referring to his wife’s cancer diagnosis. With many family members in the Columbus area, he said, their support will be necessary should his wife’s health falter.

Lucas told the board that if an offer was not extended, he planned to remain with Green Local Schools. He is in year two of a three-year contract with the district.

Anonymous said...

Wade Lucas expresses his gratitude to Green community

Green, Ohio -
After many weeks of consideration, I have accepted the position of Superintendent of the Olentangy Local Schools in Delaware County near Columbus – officially ending my tenure with the Green Local Schools. Notice, I did say ending my tenure - not my association. It is with great sadness yet great enthusiasm that I make this move. You’ve heard me say many times, “embrace change, it’s going to happen whether we like it or not.” This is one of those times. I have faith in our organization, I know that our kids are being educated by some of the best in the state, and I know that as the school year continues, the educational process will move forward.

I want you to know that I write this letter with mixed emotions. My short time here has made me very much aware of what makes Green so special – the people. The human factor is what makes change tough; but the reward of making great friends is reaped down the road… Let me reiterate to everyone of Green’s quality schools and community for which many contribute to its excellence. It is a reputation without flaw. It is my belief that no other district or community in the area can measure up to Green’s merit. With that being said, I assure you that the Board of Education will carefully assess the replacement leadership and will act accordingly and swiftly to name that individual.

Green has, can, and will continue to move forward. Its excellence is created by everyone’s efforts, time, and commitment to quality to produce such a superior system – it is times like these where we put our beliefs and proclamations to the test. We have a wonderful school system supported by many great people. I can never express enough gratitude toward everyone in the school and community for all that they have given to me and my family. You embraced us in our darkest hours; the real measure of caring and compassion. I wish nothing but great things for Green Schools and everyone associated with this school and community. I will always have fond memories of my short time here. I hope you will share the thought that I will take with me regarding Green; “Don’t cry because it’s over, Smile because it happened.” Thank you and God bless each of you.

Wade E. Lucas
Green Local Schools

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Anonymous said...

I propose Demon contribute an enormous sum of money to bribe the children of the district to improve their test scores.

Anonymous said...

Demon already did contribute a large sum of money.....our money to WadeO!

Anonymous said...

Gag--as if the good people of Green are sobbing at Wade-O Lucas's departure. Kinda presumptuous, huh Wade-O?

I bet the people of Green are pissed. Pissed that they placed their faith in this guy because they believed he would stay for a while. After all, who would endeavor to choose a person to be their superintendent if they believed he would be so shallow as to leave after just 18 months on the job, or at the first audible of "Cha-Ching"?

But the similarities between Wade-O and Davis are uncanny. Listed below are just a few:

- What were the odds that Scott Davis would be succeeded by his good friend and PhD. classmate, Wade-O Lucas? What were the odds that both Scott Davis and Wade-O Lucas would be hand-plucked from obscurity by Der Commissar Dimon McFuror? Only Der Commissar truly knows those odds (100% if I had to guess).

- Scott Davis was on the job at Olentangy for just 18 months, fell ill and then landed in a pot of gold.
By comparison, Wade-O Lucas was on the job at Green for just 18 months, the Olentangy school board fell mentally ill and then threw him a pot of gold.

- Scott Davis collects thousands of dollars a month for staying home and doing nothing. Wade-O Lucas will collect thousands of dollars a month for being in the office and doing nothing.

- It's rumored that Scott Davis once put down more than $800 at the roulette table at OEF Casino Night. By comparison, Wade-O Lucas is paid more than $800 to play roulette at OEF's Casino Night.

- Expense records show that under Davis's tenure there were numerous, catered lunches for $800 or more. Wade-O Lucas is paid more than $800 a day to take administrators to lunch.

Did I miss any other comparisons?

Anonymous said...

"Don't cry because it's over- smile because it happened."?? Is this guy for real? So Wade believes Green folks are crying because he is leaving. Seriously???

Anonymous said...

I guess we paid for his ego- that must be worth $1.3M, huh?

Anonymous said...

6:13 - If it didn't cost so much, that would be the funniest post I've read in a while.

Instead, I'm crying. No, not because it's over, but because it just began.

Anonymous said...

"Don't Cry For Me, Green Local!"

Wade "Evita" Lucas