GREEN October brings fall, Halloween and Eydie Snowberger's five-year forecast for the Green Local School District. This, however, will be the last time the forecast will be given in October as the state has agreed to let treasurers give it at the end of November so they may give a more accurate assessment.
Snowberger's presentation to the district's Board of Education was similar to previous ones. She pointed out that 62 percent of the school revenue is based on Real State collections. There are two emergency levies that will expire in 2019 and 2021. There are also three other levies that are not part of the five-year forecast. These include one continuous permanent, a safety levy, a bond issue which will expire in 2019 that funded the new high school. This will not be renewed.
The money received from the State Foundation accounts for another 32 percent. There is also a new proposal by state representatives to change school funding. Green has been flat-lined for the last two years in funding. Casino revenue has amounted to $52 per student.
Revenue from the NEXUS pipeline accounts for 6 percent but due to depreciation this amount will drop each year, based on what the gas company says the value is. The school has also invested some funds in Commercial Paper, Money Markets and Star Ohio. This has resulted over the last year in a gain of $83,802 for the district.
In terms of expenditures, 84 percent of of the budget goes for salaries and fringe benefits. One thing that has helped with costs, Snowberger said, are the premium medical holidays that the district has experienced with Stark Country Council of Governments. Last year, there were three, each one saving the district approximately $665,000. Since Green joined, there have been at least two such holidays each year.
Other expenditures include 15 percent for purchased services and supplies. Snowberger pointed out that just 3 percent of the budget is taken up by supplies, thanks to careful spending by the building principals and the staff. In part, this because they are taking advantage of grants, fundraisers, and consortium pricing.
At the present time, the district will operate in the black through 2021 but starting in 2022 will be operating in the red unless levies are renewed or new ones passed.
In other business the board:
- Honored students and staff. "Students of the Month" included Charlotte Wittensoldner, Greenwood; Collin Marchese, Green Primary; Natalie Noirot, Green Intermediate; Jack Szarnicki, Green Middle; and Madison Bowser and Matthew Amison, Green High. "Spotlight on Staff' recognized Elaine Mellinger, Special Education Aide; Aimee Halvorson, Cook Manager; and Sue Brogan, Teacher.
- Approved the five-year forecast and the financial report and payment of bills as presented by Snowberger.
- Donations from the Bulldog Dash were cited. The following donated $500: Compass North Church, Spoonhower Orthodontics, Boggs Chiropractic, George and Rama Hanna, Eccel Learning, Kathleen McClelland, Laura and Larry Beard, Bulldog Barbers, Harpst, Ross, and Becker, Ken's Auto Service, Sweet Frog, Barrington Carpet and Flooring and Marhofer Chevrolet. Donating $750 were Green Baseball Softball Federation and Lakes Heating and Air Conditioning. Donating $1,000 were Cutler Realty, J. Rayl Transportation, Tana DeShane, Paulus Orthodontics and Royalty Roofing. The final donation for $1,500 was from Rusty and Melody Sanner.
- The Board then approved the Ohio School Safety Training Grany for the amount of $22,775.15 and add it to the permanent appropriations. This will be funded by the state and can only be used to train School Resource Officers.
- The Consent Calendar was then passed. In their final action the board approved an additional $8,569.36 to cover overrides in the parking lot resurfacing. This was due to finding addition problems not originally anticipated when the resurfacing project was started.
- The board then adjourned into Executive Session.
The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Nove. 19 at the Central Administration Building