I love a good fact-based analysis when it can be found. Thought I'd share for the good of the conversation
Does Investing in School Capital Infrastructure Improve Student Achievement? (Hong and Zimmer, 2014)
Abstract: While there is broad support of the merit of additional expenditures for education among the public, there is greater debate within the research community. Some of the debate is an outgrowth of the lack of causal knowledge of the impacts of expenditures on student outcomes. To help fill this void, we examine the causal impact of capital expenditures on school district proficiency rates in Michigan using bond referendum election outcomes as a threshold for regression discontinuity design. Our results provide some evidence that capital expenditures can have positive effects on student proficiency levels.
Other supporting sources can be found referenced throughout the document.
Thanks for sharing the the commentary from your neighbor regarding concerns about promotional efforts of the a. Village, b. Rec Committee and the c. Rec Commission. I can only speak to the Commission perspective, as a member here.
The folks who run Spoils have, from what I can tell, done so fairly autonomously, at a sufficient level of success that has allowed them to remain independent of any other support or assistance from the Rec Commission. I think this is by design, because they have not made any direct requests for promotional or financial support to the Commission, and have reflected that in some of the commentary that has been shared informally, that they are relatively self-sufficient, setting direction for the development of their facility unilaterally with the Village Manager, with a minimum of input/guidance from Rec Commission.
In my term on the Rec Commission as Chair (since early 2011), I don't recall any representative from Spoils attending a Rec Commission meeting or reaching out for request for support. I should add that it was not my expectation that they participate; again, this simply reinforced the relatively autonomous nature of their operation with respect to Rec Commission. In that same time, a number of the youth sports programs have made modest requests for support (financial and otherwise) from the commission, and we've tried to oblige. My point is that we will accommodate the requests and make the recommendation(s) to the Village on potential funding targets for efforts to support these programs (we are an advisory body without a specific budgetary remit), and will work to promote accordingly (we have sent OneCallNow messages for Soccer and Baseball in the past).
I'd also add that in our community surveys and follow-up public sessions, the drumbeat from the community has been primarily focused on improving the recreational facilities within the Village Center, e.g. pool, playgrounds, ball fields, etc. So admittedly, we focused on those directives FIRST.
That all said, I'd quickly add that broader access to Spoils for youth sports, and promotional efforts as we saw in the latest issue of the Journal are great steps to "get the message out" certainly is a rotation toward building awareness of Spoils as an asset. I'd like to see the Spoils story pulled into the broader context of what makes Greenhills great whenever we get the chance.
The Greenhills Recreation Commission is evaluating the establishment of official "walking paths" in the community, promoted jointly with the creation of a Greenhills Walkers and Runners Club. Our plan is to launch the Greenhills Walkers and Runners Club in the Spring of 2014, and with that 2-3 marked paths throughout the community. In order to do so effectively, we are seeking input from the community to evaluate paths, and provide feedback. Residents, whether or not you are interested in weighing on the paths or joining the club are encouraged to respond to the Greenhills Recreation Commission Survey. Thanks!
I was unable to track down any Moerlein Oktoberfest Marzen. I'm going out on a limb here and suggest that my consumption downtown this weekend might have contributed to its absence...
In any case, I am switching my entry to Point Oktoberfest, from Stevens Point Brewery
Point Oktoberfest is a an authentic Marzen Style Lager Beer, a style reminiscent of the beers originally brewed for the first Oktoberfest Celebrations in Germany during the early 1800's. Handcrafted using Hallertauer hops and sweet Vienna roasted malts for a rich amber hue. The result is a full flavored, well balanced beer, brewed in celebration of the upcoming season.
Full Disclosure - I did pick up a 4-pack of the Lake Erie monster, but decided to stick with the brew closer to home. Should I be switching my entry? Or Tim - if you'd like that can be your entry. Simply say the word.