School Board and Levy Elections: Can Baldrige Help?

Trusted school leadership is key to passing school funding levies; increasingly, Ohio school superintendents rely on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence to help build and maintain that trust.

On November 4, 2003, voters in West Carrollton and Beavercreek both passed much-needed funding levies. Both levies were endorsed by the Dayton Daily News, which assured voters the districts were well run.

West Carrollton's superintendent, Rusty Clifford, had used the Baldrige criteria for years--since being introduced by a Dayton area executive who took an interest in the district's funding challenges.

Beavercreek faced both a levy election and a school board election with a candidate who opposed the school levy--a candidate who also refused to speak to a candidate survey based on strategic challenges and ethics inspired by the Baldrige Criteria. In addition to passing the levy, Beavercreek voters elected two levy supporters to the school board. For Baldrige-inspired responses to levy opposition, see Running Schools Like a Business at