Northmor financial position stable this fiscal year
By Randa Wagner –
October is the month new five-year forecasts are due to be turned into the state for all Ohio schools, providing a overview of current finances and a glimpse of what the future may hold.
Northmor Treasurer Tina Gabler presented the Board of Education with the forecast for the district at the October 18 regular board meeting. She noted the ‘bottom line’ for 2012 didn’t end that well, and it was necessary to take an advance from the county auditor’s office on the real estate taxes.
“Money was borrowed from this fiscal year for last fiscal year, so we could close out the year,” Gabler explained. “However, we had one extra pay period last fiscal year, and this fiscal year we will have one less. The upswing of the forecast this year is, I believe the economy in our area of Morrow County is slowly improving, because I see an increase in our income tax.”
Gabler said there was an increase in income tax in 2012 over 2011 and she projects at least a one percent increase over last year for this year.
“We have half our receipts in for this fiscal year in income tax and, so far, over last year’s actuals, we’ve received $68,000 more this year. That’s promising,” Gabler said. “That’s good news for our community.”
She also reiterated that employees (district-wide) are still on a pay freeze and noted there have been increases in insurance costs but nothing outside of the current trend. December is the halfway point for the fiscal year and will provide a clearer picture of where things stand, but Gabler said she feels like things are on track and confident with the forecast.
“The elections will play a huge part in what we receive from the state, and five years out (in the forecast) is a roll of the dice,” Gabler said. “But this fiscal year, I feel pretty good about it.”
“The state general fund is also much healthier,” Superintendent Dr. Brent Winand remarked. “Their revenue is up significantly and we can only hope, in that case, some of the funding that was lost from the state to schools and other local governments will be reinstated. I think that’s a reasonable expectation.”
“Our forecast doesn’t look this way because of the state,” Gabler responded. “It’s because of our local community. It’s all happening at our local level. This isn’t because of an increase from state dollars.”
In other business, High School Principal Chad Redmon said the state released preliminary report cards Oct. 17 and said the high school has met 11 of the 12 indicators but will miss the graduation rate requirement, (calculated from the previous year’s number of graduates).
“From my observations, it doesn’t look like anyone in the county met the state’s new graduation rate requirement,” Redmon noted. “The way they’re tracking that now is a bit different.”
Redman also commented on Ohio’s new Teacher Evaluation Systems, saying the state has, “rolled out the new tool we’re going to be required to use across the state.”
“We’re going to put it in the hands of our people telling them next year, this is what we’re going to have to subject you to,” he told the board, “and we will continue to work with people on what that looks like and what we’re going to do to help them with that process.”
Redman also said the high school is doing something a little different for National Honor Society this year. There will be both a fall and spring induction. The fall induction of 7 new members will take place Tuesday at 7 pm in the high school.
Northmor had an assembly October 10 for Sports World and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Leah Amico (softball) attended. She gave a speech about making positive choices in life, meeting with students and posing for photographs. Northmor was one of eleven schools on the tour.
All bus routes for this school year were approved; an out-of-state trip for three JOGS students to attend the National Jobs for America Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC was approved; a contract for Sonja Hoffer to transport a special needs student was approved; and a contract with Randy Miller as part time Curriculum Director was approved. Miller retired after 14 years as Curriculum Director and will fill the position until a new director is assigned in January.
The board approved the following emplyment recommendations for the 2012–2013 school year: John Donner for the position of Junior Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach; Mark Wiseman for the position of Freshman Boys’ Basketball Coach; Ben Pletcher for the position of Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach; Ken Parrott for the position of 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach; Drew Sickmiller for the position of 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach; Kay Clouse, Lauren Rausch, Cari Johnson, and Hilary Bunting as teachers in the After School Assistance Program funded through the 21st Century Grant; Michele Johnson and Sarah Trammell as substitute custodians; Brenda Taylor as a substitute cafeteria worker; Monica Swank for the position of substitute secretary and aide; Nicole Sears for the position of substitute secretary and aide; and Jeff Hubschman for the position of substitute suburban driver.
The next regular Northmor Board of Education meeting will be held November 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Northmor Board of Education meeting room.