Cardington Board of Education tightens belt, reduces staff positions
By Evelyn Long -
Revenue was a top topic at the February 11 Cardington Board of Education meeting.
The board approved the Reduction in Force of four certified positions. Supt. Brian Petrie noted these are not individuals but of positions that were approved by the board at the January meeting.
Those positions include one 7–12 art position; one K-12 music position; one 7–12 math/CBI position and one 7–12 Social Studies position.
Also approved was the reduction of force of four classified positions: one 12-month custodial position; one head cook position (7.0 hours) at the Intermediate School; one assistant cook position (6.0 hours) at the Intermediate School; two Intermediate aide positions (7.5 hours and 7 hours); one shared aide position Elementary/Intermediate (7.5 hours); one half intermediate secretary position; one half EMIS position and six bus driver positions. Again, Supt. Petrie said these are not individuals but positions that were approved by the board at the January meeting.
Supt. Brian Petrie briefly reviewed Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget regarding the state’s schools. He said that under the new formula the Cardington-Lincoln District, who received $6.4 million in funding this year, will receive no increase next year under the new formula. No Morrow County school will receive an increase, he said.
Calls have been made to the governor’s office for an explanation of the formula and they are awaiting a response. Petrie and the board reviewed the papers sent from the Office of Budget and Management indicating some districts are receiving significant increases and others, none. He reviewed information from the OBM indicating the number of students served in the district and its relation to the district’s property value. The Cardington district receives 73% of its funding from the state. The county is the second poorest county in the state.
Looking at the information from the OBM, it shows the per pupil valuation for the district for every student in the district and the total property value in the district divided by the number of students is significant because it represents the ability of the district in tax effort. The Cardington per pupil amount is $99,987 multiplied by the number of students and that represents the total assessed valuation of the district. This is how to measure tax effort, he noted. Another way to look at it, he said, is the ‘higher this number is the lower the individual burden is on the tax payer to create money in a district.’ It was also noted the Cardington district is right around the bottom fifth in the state.
Petrie said the budget process goes from the governor to the House, Senate — back and forth and by July, it is hoped to have the final budget.
Giving his report was district treasurer Scott Osborn, who said the actuals this year compared to his forecast last year show that, “we are right on pace with our revenue — what I projected last October. We’re at 59.46 per cent — our expenditures are a little bit ahead and that is typical because our supplies and purchase services are paid at the beginning of the year. I’m not real worried at this point.”
He said the district’s revenue second half tax payments are bigger than the first half tax payments, so the 59 percent is looking good for revenue.
“We’re right on target — and our expenditures aren’t too far out of whack, he added. “I’m comfortable with that considering we’re 59 percent through the year. It’s always good to monitor each month from here on to the end of June.”
The board approved payment of January bills totaling $905,578.08 on warrant checks 82355–82525.
Commenting on bullying in the district from July 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013 the Petrie said there were no reports of bullying. Petrie credited the proactive nature of the administrators. “We do a very good job of dealing with incidents the first time they come around.” There are several ways to report bullying, he said. A call can be made by a parent or individual to the building principal or assistant or by going on the school’s web site.
The board approved the bullying report.
Also approved was the creation of donations from the Cardington High School Class of 1963 and the creation account fund for resident Educator Program Race to the Top Grant Money. Petrie explained that every new teacher in the district who is newly licensed needs to attend a four-year Resident Educator Program and has a mentor appointed to them. The is grant money from Race to the Top that the state comes in with to pay a stipend to those mentors.
Also approved was:
(1) The elimination of Bus Route #15 (a vacated position) 3.5 hours per day;
(2) Creation of an aide position (Paraprofessional Aide, eight hours per day, 185 day
(3) Job description of custodian
(4) Home tutoring for Home Instruction for a student By Todd Jolliff, up to five hours per week for FY 13 at the tutor rate of pay.
The approved consent agenda included the following: the resignation of Dan Bowers, bus driver, effective January 25, 2013; the employment of Yvonne Eastep, inventory clerk (7–12), effective January 24, 2013; Nicole Hiett, (inventory clerk (K-6), effective January 24, 2013 and Anita Foos, secretary (intermediate), effective January 28, 2013
Employed as classified substitutes were Michelle Davidson, aide; and Cynthia Mc-Curdy, aide, both effective February 6, 2013; Kelly Evans, aide and Carl Hardwick, Sr., custodian, effective February 2, 2013.
The superintendent said the school calendar for 2013–2014 will be considered at the next meeting. A two year calendar may be proposed.
Supt Petrie noted the pending board meeting at Tri-Rivers Career Center on April 8 with a tour and dinner at 6 pm and the meeting at 7 pm.
The superintendent and 7–12 Principal Joe Mills congratulated the spelling bee winner, Nadia Kerman, an eighth grade student, runner up Cade Ruehrmund and the eight others who will be competing in the county bee at Highland High School on March 5.
This meeting, which began at 7:07 pm, adjourned at 7:55 pm and members entered executive session based on employment of public employee or official and reviewing with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.
The ten minute session concluded at 8:07 pm and the board adjourned at 8:08 pm with no further business transacted.
The next meeting of the board will be held March 11 at 7 pm.