AYERSVILLE – An overview of the equitable school funding plan was presented to the local Ayersville school board at its regular meeting on Monday evening.
In addition, the board heard presentations from the Ayersville Athletic Boosters and two junior class officers, and heard from Superintendent Beth Hench about COVID and the two revisions of the November polling levy.
Abby Sharp, CFO / Treasurer, provided an overview of the Fair Trade Schools Funding Plan, sharing the changes the district could expect under the new plan.
âWhile our district is used to having open registrations, we won’t see this source of revenue in the future,â said Sharp. âOverall, the district’s revenue is expected to increase by approximately $ 124,167 from fiscal year 2021 to fiscal year 2022. Tuition fees have also been impacted by the new plan.
âTuition fees for community schools, open enrollment, STEM, scholarships, and EdChoice are no longer incurred as an expense in fiscal year 2022,â continued Sharp. âMany districts will see a decrease in overall tuition fees from FY2021 to FY2022. Currently, the district expects total tuition fees for FY2022 to decrease by $ 649,510. Tuition may not decrease exactly as it was spent in FY 2022, as the district may assume an expected growth / decrease in tuition spending unrelated to the equitable school funding plan.
Although Sharp pointed out an increase in revenue of $ 124,167 and a decrease in expenses of $ 649,510 (a favorable net impact of $ 773,677), she still explained that things could change before the presentation of the five-year forecast. .
âIt’s important to note that these numbers may still change as forecasts are updated ahead of the November board meeting,â Sharp said. âI just wanted to prepare you (the board) for what will be seen next month. It’s not as easy as adding income.
John Wolfrum, Dean Schlachter, Joe Ewers, Kyle Brown and Brad Schlachter of the Ayersville Athletic Boosters were on hand to share how they would like to partner with the school on its long-term vision for the district’s athletic facilities. At the August meeting, sporting director Rafael Manriquez presented information on the district’s long-term vision.
On Monday, Wolfrum explained that the Boosters were looking to fully fund the addition of two new utility ball fields on the property next to the solar fields, and presented plans for those fields. The fields will be suitable for softball players of all ages, as well as 12U baseball.
The board of directors accepted the booster’s offer to build the new fields, with construction scheduled to begin in April.
âWe are delighted to be working in partnership with Boosters to help develop this land, this is the first step in a long term vision on how to use this land,â Hench said. “We are grateful that the boosters are prepared to fully fund this project for the district.”
In his report, Hench discussed information shared by surrounding counties regarding changing COVID-19 guidelines.
âDefiance County superintendents meet weekly with Health Commissioner Jamie Gerken, and we are continuing conversations about quarantine guidelines for Defiance County,â Hench said. âWe will be moving forward in conjunction with the Department of Health guidelines, and at this time, there are no new changes in quarantine guidelines to report. “
Hench then discussed the two renewal levies in the November ballot for the district – the 1.6 million natatorium levy and the 1% income tax levy.
âI would like to thank the Pickup Campaign Committee for their hard work in promoting our two renewal picks,â Hench said. “I would like to remind the community that there is no new money involved in these levies – these are direct debit renewals that have been part of the budget for over a decade.”
Junior Class Officers Tristen Frederick (Secretary) and Kaylee Dockery (Treasurer) attended as liaison students and presented a PowerPoint on â10 Things We Love About Ayersvilleâ.
This is part of a program implemented last year in which student council representatives attend meetings as liaison officers to find out more about what is going on and to share with members what is happening. going to school from the perspective of the student.
In new business, board member Char Ondrus discussed shutting down activities in the district for a week over the summer, as requested by community member Nelson Okuley at the September meeting. . Ondrus shared information from the Defiance City Board of Education which recently voted in favor.
Frederick and Dockery have been asked to take the case to the student body for comment to be presented in November.
In other matters, counsel:
â¢ approved the insurance rates set by the Northern Buckeye Health Plan for 2022.
â¢ OK creation of the fund for cross-country ski camps and the fund for golf camps.
â¢ voted the following adjustments to estimated revenues and permanent appropriations: revenues – increase of $ 2,800 for athletics; credits – increase of $ 1,328 for athletics.
â¢ Approved recognition of the indoor track and field program from November 2021 to March 2022 to allow students to compete in the state indoor track competition as district members. All costs, travel and liability will be the responsibility of the individual.
â¢ OK for the variety show and the price of the $ 6 music tickets for 2021-2022.
â¢ approved Randi Rios as a classified replacement for 2021-2022; and Linda Zachrich, category I, and Jon Michel, category II as volunteers for 2021-2022.
â¢ accepted the resignation of Kevin Baxter as the eighth grade boys’ basketball coach for 2021-2022; and endorsed Bill Zartman as the eighth-grade boys’ basketball coach for 2021-2022.
â¢ OK for Jennifer Noaker as a bus driver for 2021-2022, starting November 8; and Dana Phipps as a backup bus driver for 2021-2022, effective November 8.
â¢ voted for Beth Hench, Laura Inkrott and Kelly Wagner as members of the Professional Development Committee for 2021-2022. The salary is $ 25 an hour.
â¢ approved the following Certificates for 2021-2022: Nathan Hey, college wrestling; Dennis Potts, junior varsity baseball assistant; Jason Luthy, junior high boys track; and Audra Manriquez, elementary / middle school art exhibition.
â¢ Accepted the following uncertified individuals for 2021-22: Durwood Hibbard, co-junior high girls track; Beau Hahn, co-junior girls track; Alan Maag, co-college baseball; Eric Sprague, baseball co-university; Bill Zartman, varsity softball; and Isella Cook, junior varsity softball assistant.
â¢ voted to move Alicia Kalik to BA, step 0 on the certified salary scale.
â¢ approved a five-year lease with Pitney Bowes for the postage meter billed quarterly at the rate of $ 687.69.
â¢ accepted the following donations: $ 1,000 from MW Solutions to the Boys’ Basketball Camp Fund; $ 180 from Kerr’s Crazy Cones to the sports fund; $ 250 from Sons of the American Legion 541 and $ 250 from Elmwood Music Boosters to the group’s performance fund; $ 500 each of Eagles Aerie 372 funds at 2023 Class and 2024 Class.