GREEN: After brief comments from Treasurer Eydie Snowberger, the administration and Board of Education are taking a “wait-and-see” approach concerning state funding for the next two years.
Snowberger recommended the tactic, saying Gov. John Kasich had released only scant details concerning school funding during last Thursday’s meeting with school superintendents in Columbus and in Monday’s release of his proposal to the State Legislature.
The treasurer said what schools can expect to receive from the state – if legislators approve – could come as early as next week. Final figures aren’t anticipated until shortly before the new biennium begins July 1, she said.
She also said Kasich has made it clear that if re-elected funding guarantees now in place for schools will end.
Snowberger said Green Schools are guaranteed $177,000 each year for the next two years. She said those figures, however, could be juggled by the state as the district achieves grants for special projects and other line items yet to be disclosed.
She said Kasich wants the same amount for every student statewide, “and we don’t know what that will look like,” she said.
The treasurer said the district is looking at receiving from the state only $5,000 per student compared to $5,700 each now.
Snowberger explained that the district has lost the bulk of $1 million in tangible personal property taxes over two years and now will receive only $78,000 over the next two fiscal years.
On the bright side, Snowberger said the district just received a one-time payment of $86,000 from last year’s casino revenues, which equals $20.93 per pupil in Green. In her last five-year forecast, the treasurer estimated the amount at $21 each.
Board member Bob Campbell joked that the board should forgive Snowberger for the seven-cents-per-student difference.
During Monday’s meeting, the board approved:
*Receiving $1,050 for mentoring three teachers for the first-year resident education program from the Ohio Department of Education.
*A contract with Invo Health Care Associates for occupational therapy services on an as-needed basis.
*Transfer of $4,848 from the general fund to the high school musical account to cover complimentary tickets to the school musical for staff and senior citizens.