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Warren BOE talks change in funding system

Photo by Michele Newbanks Fred Meredith, with the Ohio School Boards Association, Southeast Region Executive Committee, recognized Warren School Board Vice-President Sidney Brackenridge for his 10 years of service to the school board association.

VINCENT — The Warren Local Schools Board of Education discussed its five-year forecast at Monday night’s meeting.

District Treasurer Melcie Wells said the way the district receives state funds is changing.

She said there won’t be significant changes in the funding, but how the money is distributed.

Wells said the state gives funding to the school district where the student lives. If the student goes to another school district, their home district would send the funding for that student to where they actually attend.

With the change, the funding will go directly to the district the child attends.

“Now the state is looking at who is sitting in the seats in the school,” she said.

The forecast calls for deficit spending starting in fiscal year 2024, which Wells said will be constantly managed.

“We’re not a for-profit organization, so we don’t want (the ending cash balance) to get real high,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re giving quality education to our kids.”

The ending cash balance for fiscal year 2022 is $9.463 million and in fiscal year 2026, it is estimated to be $5.774 million.

“There’s things built into the forecast for expenses like salaries and insurance benefits. In the third, fourth and fifth years, it’s hard to predict,” Wells said.

She said the forecast is something they try to manage and she’s not worried about negative numbers right now.

“It’s just something we need to keep in mind,” she said.

In other board news, Fred Meredith with the Ohio School Boards Association, Southeast Region Executive Committee, recognized school board Vice-President Sidney Brackenridge, for his 10 years of service to the state board.

A resolution was passed regarding substitute teachers. Superintendent Kyle Newton said the resolution is limited to this year, but it would expand the employment of substitute teachers, on an as-needed basis, to those who do not hold a post-secondary degree.

The minimum requirements are that they can pass a background check and have a non-renewable temporary substitute teaching license issued by the Ohio Department of Education.

A second resolution, one of the longest the board has seen, was passed.

“What this is essentially saying is that interest rates for debt are very low,” Wells said.

The bonds were issued in 2017 and they are looking at interest rates to see if it’s feasible to refund the bonds.

“It may be up to $2 million in savings over the life of the bond,” Wells said.

This resolution just gives the approval to start the process. It doesn’t bind them to refinancing the bond, she added.

There were several staffing changes that were also approved:

¯ Resignations

Courtney Stackpole, middle school department head, supplemental position.

Stephanie Borman, high school student support aide effective Nov. 4.

Deidra Britton, middle school cook effective Oct. 29.

Missy Fleak, elementary school cook effective Nov. 19.

Christina Hanlon, high school classroom support aide effective Dec. 17.

Madesta Lang, bus driver effective Nov. 11.

Madison Ware, high school freshman basketball cheerleading coach, supplemental position for 2021-2022 school year.

¯ Employment

Lori Lynn, middle school department head, supplemental position.

Ryan Werry, middle school boys track coach.

Darlene Fulton, middle school cook.

Rachel Werry, budgetary assistant, central office.

Jason Gandee, varsity assistant baseball coach.

Greg Huffman, junior varsity baseball coach.

Miranda Nutter, junior high girls basketball coach.

Mark Strahler, junior high wrestling coach.

¯ Transfer

Angela Berga, from elementary school classroom support aide to high school classroom support aide.

Jordan McClung, from middle school custodian (evening) to middle/elementary school custodian (day).

¯ Unpaid leave request

Cameron “Levi” Kennedy, elementary school evening custodian from Nov. 2-17.

Madesta Lang, bus driver from Oct. 19-Nov. 11.

¯ Reduction-in-Force

Amanda Gilliland, elementary school custodian, effective Dec. 9.

Melinda Harvey, high school classroom support aide, effective Nov. 19.

¯ Recall from RIF

Tonia Cotrille to high school classroom support aide effective Oct. 20.

Amanda Gilliland to middle school cook effective Nov. 8

Mindy Harvey to elementary school classroom support aide, effective Nov. 22.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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