Thu July 11, 2013
Ohio's New Budget Leaves Two Clark County Schools Without More Funding
Ohio's new state budget includes $19 billion dollars for Ohio schools over the next two years. But the new funding formula used in the budget will leave two Clark County School districts without additional funding for the next two years.
With the new state budget it's projected that 42 of the 62 public school districts around the Miami Valley will get a 6.25 percent increase in state aid next year, and 26 of those school will get an additional 4.25 percent in the second year.
While Springfield City Schools will see increases in funding over the next two years, Southeastern and Greenon school districts won't.
Megan Anthony with Greenon Schools, says they're not happy with how the new budget worked out and that they'll have to continue to find ways to cut expenses. She adds the school district will likely need the support of local tax dollars in order to keep from falling into a projected deficit.
"Our Board is looking at ways to save money by cutting positions through attrition and we're looking at consolidating our buildings in the future. But we're also looking at ways that we can do more for our students and offer more to our taxpayers and our parents here in the community that expect a quality education just like they've always gotten at Greenon Local Schools," Anthony said.
Anthony says that Greenon is going ahead with plans to improve opportunities for students.
"In the 2013-2014 school year we are going to be offering all day Kindergarten to our families now and we'll also have STEM education for every 7th and 8th grader and we're doing that without adding any additional staff," Anthony said.
So far, Greenon's School Board hasn't made any official decision yet on approaching taxpayers for new money.