|ESC hears budget numbers for year|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Saturday, 28 September 2013 08:16|
The Wood County Education Service Center has put its budget together for 2013-14, showing a decrease in revenues and an accompanying decrease in expenses.
Gina Fernbaugh, ESC treasurer, presented her budget at Tuesday's board meeting, indicating $17.585 million in total revenue and $16.970 million in expenses.
Those numbers are down by 3.6 percent and 6.75 percent from 2012-13, respectively.
Within revenues, the center's operating budget is $11.424 million, up 6.2 percent from last year, but its grants income is down 25 percent from 2012-13, to $5.491 million, mainly through the loss of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant, Fernbaugh indicated.
The operating revenue number is inflated because of the mandated inclusion of the ESC's substitute teacher network expenses. Without that additional line item, the true operating budget would be $10.910 million.
The substitute teacher money is a flow throw in the budget, Fernbaugh explained.
The operating money comes from the state, paid at a per pupil rate for every student served in Wood County.
But that amount is set to decrease next year.
Fernbaugh said House Bill 59, the state budget bill, has allocated $28.85 per student served this year, but that will drop to $26.52 per student next year.
That decrease will amount to an estimated $25,000 drop in state funding.
"We're happy the way the budget bill came out. At least this year we got an increase," she stated.
She'll provide a five-year budget forecast at the October meeting.
The substitute network for teachers is an agreement the ESC has with Eastwood, Lake, Northwood and Bowling Green school districts.
The new initiative will give substitute teachers a one-stop spot to fill out paperwork to substitute in the county.
Before, a substitute had to travel to each district to fill out paperwork to work there.
With the new program, the ESC will hire the substitute, process the payroll, and then bill the district.
"It's a win for the districts because it takes that off their plates," Fernbaugh said.
The plan is also a win for the teachers because it saves them from going to each district.
And it's a win for the ESC because it increases revenue by charging districts a small administrative fee to perform the task.
The board on Tuesday signed on 52 teachers to the substitute list.
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