The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 19, 2013

Kasich school plans fail to help districts

Buckeye, Grand Valley would receive a little more funding

(Continued)

Even if the funding holds firm, the boost represents no windfall for the district, Spiccia said. “Even with the increased funding, while helpful, it won’t solve the district’s problems,” he said.

Fiscal year 2014 and 2015 numbers contained in the Kasich proposal don’t change for these districts, according to cleveland.com: Ashtabula ($21,781,780); Conneaut ($10,840,890); Geneva ($10,881,678) and Jefferson ($7,142,609). Pymatuning Valley would receive nearly $5.9 million in fiscal year 2014 and an extra $100,442 in FY 2015, a 1.7 percent increase.

According to projections, Buckeye and Grand Valley would see increases — in varying degrees — in four categories: core opportunity aid, targeted resources, students with disabilities and English language learners.

Kent Houston, Conneaut superintendent, said he wondered if the “guaranteed” funding tag put on some districts somehow impacted the distribution. The guarantee is transitional aid that ensures each eligible district it won’t receive less funding than it did the preceding year.

“Being a guaranteed school, not everything the governor said may not come to fruition,” Houston said.

Rubesich was also upset with dramatic cuts to Educational Service Centers contained in the proposed numbers. Ashtabula County’s ESC would be sliced 84 percent, from $1.2 million to $245,000. Money once earmarked for ESCs, which provide a range of professional services and personnel to districts, would be channeled to districts, he said.

The proposal is disappointing because ESCs have been “touted as being the model for shared services,” Rubesich said.

School officials generally agree Kasich’s plan will undergo extensive remodeling by state lawmakers. “Fortunately for us, members of the General Assembly have the final say,” Rubesich said.

 

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot