Perrysburg school forecast predicts budget surplus
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:02
PERRYSBURG - The school district is expected to run a budget surplus for the next four years.
At Monday's school board meeting, Treasurer and CFO Matt Feasel presented a state-mandated five-year financial forecast to the board.
"We continue to trend upward," he said. "We need to have $3.5 to $4 million in a reserve. We're getting there."
With the passage of an incremental levy last year, the district is expected to see increased ending balances in its budget through fiscal year 2015-2016, with more than $3.7 million left over at the end of that year. A $2.4 million positive balance is expected at the end of this year.
If the levy is not renewed at the end of the 2016-2017 year, Perrysburg could run a deficit of nearly $3.2 million.
"But you can see we'd definitely need to replace that levy."
The board also approved the execution and delivery of a school energy conservation finance program with ABM Building Solutions under House Bill 264. The matter had received lengthy discussion at a previous board meeting. The board will later vote on a resolution to finally approve the project.
In other business, the board:
• Heard from Kadee Anstadt that Perrysburg has partnered with the Islamic School of Greater Toledo and Maumee City Schools to receive a one-time $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education to fund the schools' Third Grade Guarantee Early Literacy and Reading Readiness program. The program is mandated by the state. Only 91 schools out of 248 applicants were awarded these funds.
"We wrote this grant together as a consortium," said Anstadt.
• Approved Brook Price as principal at Woodland Elementary. She had been with the district since 2008 and currently serves in the position of interim director of pupil services.
• Accepted a $4,145.91 donation from J.D. Justus and Mark Hreban for the Photography and CAD/Architecture classes at the high school, in memory of teacher Scott Hreban.
"It's a donation from the community. We just set things up," said Justus.
Among the items to be purchased with the donation will be a 3-D printer.
• Approved Kellie Johnson as assistant principal at the high school.
• Heard from Gary Nordahl, commander of Perrysburg American Legion Post 28, which began a series of Teacher of the Year awards for each of the district schools. The American Legion and the VFW also distributed $200 to the elementary schools to help pay for students who can't afford their snack at snack time.
• Approved retirements for Toth art teacher Judith Lake, junior high social studies teacher John Hodak, Toth fourth grade teacher Kathryn Agoston, Toth first grade teacher Christina Bishop, Woodland physical education teacher Steven Neff, and Toth reading teacher Christine Geise. All retirements are effective July 1.
• Heard three people speak in support of Allen Lecours, a junior high custodian whose contract was reportedly non-renewed without cause. They asked that the decision be reversed or, failing that, that Lecours be given a reason. Beverly McCracken, a food service employee at the junior high, as well as resident and former school board member Ken Wittle spoke, as did Lecours himself. Wittle stated that he was "totally disappointed in the school system at the current time" due to the decision.
• Passed 3-1 a slate of school fees. Walter Edinger provided the lone "no" vote, expressing displeasure that some of the fees pertained to required courses. Board President Gretchen Downs was absent from the vote.
• Went into executive session for the purpose of discussing a personnel matter.