CONNEAUT — The Conneaut Board of Education met Wednesday night to discuss upcoming events for the district.

Fiscal Officer Jackie Miranda presented the district’s five-year forecast at the start of Wednesday night’s work session.

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the state Department of Education cut funding to districts across Ohio. Conneaut lost $283,000 in state funding, Miranda said.

The district’s five-year forecast projects the loss of that $283,000 for the next several years. The forecast also includes scenarios where the state implements additional funding cuts.

The district’s cash balance gives the administration time to react to issues that arise.

“We are prepared in this moment for something that no one could prepare for,” Miranda said. “We are prepared financially to respond.”

In other business

• The school district will host graduation ceremonies next week. Graduation will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students will enter the high school gym with four guests, cross the stage and receive their diplomas. Each student will have a 10-minute window. Graduates will have their picture taken and will then be able to pick up their transcripts and any awards that they have won, said Tim Neal, Conneaut High School principal.

Neal, Superintendent Lori Riley, and a board of education member will be present for the ceremonies. The district was hoping to have an in-person graduation in July, but the Ohio Department of Education said that wasn’t allowed, Riley said.

The faculty will be wearing masks at the event. 

The Conneaut Health Department approved the plan for graduation, Riley said.

• The board approved the purchase of a new school bus for $85,000. The district received $47,288 from the state to help pay for the purchase.

This is the third bus the district has purchased in two years. Last year, the district received a grant to offset the cost of purchasing two busses.

“I think that it’s great that two years in a row we’re getting money to help with transportation,” board member Suzanne Bernardini said.




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