YS School Board – Deficit delayed by one year

The financial situation of Yellow Springs schools looks a little more optimistic at the end of the school year than it was last fall, according to District Treasurer Tammy Emrick.

Reporting to the school board at its last regular meeting on Thursday, May 13, Emrick said income for the past 10 months was about $ 500,000 ahead of budgeted forecast, while expenses were about $ 500,000. $ below budget.

“Together we are about $ 1 million ahead of schedule,” Emrick said, highlighting an increase in property tax revenue and the re-establishment of some public funding that was cut last year as the main ones. causes of increased income.

According to Greene County Auditor David Graham, last fall’s real estate reassessments, which took effect in January, will bring the district about $ 450,000 in additional tax revenue each year.

Emrick added the caveat, however, that “this is the time of year when we have some of our biggest spending” and “we still have two months to complete” this fiscal year, so the numbers could change. Each fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

Nonetheless, she viewed the current financial situation as good news for local public schools.

Applying the new numbers to the district’s five-year forecast, which is revised annually in May before being submitted to the county auditor, Emrick concluded that the deficit forecast last fall for fiscal 2024 had been pushed back by one. year in fiscal year 2025.

She said she believed that with continued care, “we can push this [deficit] further and further.

As the News reported, the district incurred deficit spending in fiscal 2019, after a high cash balance of nearly $ 5.5 million the year before. But while the $ 5 million balance in 2019 remained stable in FY2020 – after some belt tightening and spending cuts due to pandemic-linked school closures – Emrick predicted. that the new spending deficit would continue to undermine the balance.

At this month’s board meeting, Emrick called the forecast a “planning document.”

“It’s a roadmap for us to make decisions… so we have time to plan,” she added.

Board chairman Steve Conn said he found the treasurer’s latest report encouraging.

“Six months ago we were looking at 2024,” Conn said of the deficit now forecast for the following year. “As you say, it is a living document.”

In other board business on May 13—

Staff changes

As expected, the board approved the hiring of Megan Winston as the new principal of Mills Lawn Elementary School effective August 1. Currently deputy principal of Xenia High School, Winston got a two-year contract with a starting salary of $ 101,934. The board also approved an additional 10 days on a daily basis, from June 1 through July 31, to allow the new principal “to get off to a good start in the work ahead for the 2021-2022 school year. As recommended by Superintendent Terri Holden.

Further administrative contracts have been approved for longtime Intervention Specialist Jody Chick as the new full-time Special Education Supervisor – replacing the former part-time Special Education Coordinator position – at a salary of $ 107,412; and Cheryl Lowe, a grade 5 teacher as the K-12 summer program administrator, will be paid $ 5,500 for 21 days from June 1 to July 6.

School board and district administrators also took the time to honor four faculty members who will be retiring at the end of the school year: Grade 4 teacher Vickie Hitchcock, Grade 3 teacher Peg Morgan, high school English teacher Desiree Nickell and grade six teacher. Jodi Pettiford.

Council president Conn noted that collectively the four educators have contributed more than 100 years of service to the district. (The News will feature longtime teachers in an upcoming issue.)

In addition to the announced retirements, Council has accepted the resignations of the following staff: District Special Education Coordinator Jennifer Clark; Mills Lawn Intervention Specialists Olivia Dishmon, Chasity Miller and Jarrod Smith; sixth grade teacher Ryan Montross; Mills Lawn’s Special Education / Paraprofessional Assistance Katrina Wellman; and Sherry Harding District Bus Driver. In addition, custodian Roy Johnson plans to retire effective August 1.

A list of new recruits has also been approved. Erykah Andrews, to teach middle school / high school English; Granville Bastin, as a college / high school intervention specialist; Richard Gillett, as the new college / high school health and physical education teacher; and Julie Anspach, Alexa Goodridge, Alexis Hobbs and Kineta Sanford, as teachers at Mills Lawn Elementary School.

In addition, the board approved a 1% salary increase for administrative and teaching staff for the 2021-2022 school year.

Student services

District Student Services Director Donna First said the 100% online learning alternative offered this school year to families who have chosen not to send their children to in-person classes in the middle of the school year. pandemic, will not be extended until 2021-2022. school year.

She said due to COVID-19 considerations this year, the state had allowed districts to offer alternative online programming, but had yet to approve the continuation of the option for the next academic year. .

According to First, the district will notify participating local families of the shutdown. First reported in early spring that 46 students were pursuing the online option.

She noted that home schooling services “are always available” for local students who cannot come to school for an extended period due to illness. Requests for services are available at the district office.

First also announced that the district is working with the Ohio State University College of Dentistry to offer an academic program, through its OHIO Outreach Project, in which students can receive a dentist exam, dental cleaning , fluoride treatment and sealant. on their posterior molars, free of charge. Services will take place in each school building for a designated week, and parents of participating students will receive written documentation if follow-up is required. She said parents can follow their own dentist or seek treatment at the Outreach OHIO Project Center in Clark County, “which will not turn any child away due to inability to pay.”

Summer programs

The Board of Directors has approved the programming for the summer of 2021. Classes will be offered on the college / high school campus from June 1 to July 6. Offers will include academic tutoring in reading and math for grades 4-6, and weeklong camps in tennis (grades 1-12), art (grades 1-12) and music (grades 6- 12). High school credit recovery and math classes will also be offered, but by invitation only due to limited space. Additional options, such as yoga, outdoor education and leadership training, are also under discussion, according to Superintendent Holden.

School calendar 2021-2022

Board members approved a revised schedule for the next school year, which includes a change in students’ first day, now set for Monday, August 23. The change reflects the addition of several professional development days for teachers at the start of the year. Kindergartens will have a staggered start on Monday August 23 and Tuesday August 24. Other highlights include the identification of parent-teacher conferences: the evening of October 28 and all day of October 29; and the evening of March 16, 2022, and all day of March 17, 2022. Exhibition evenings are scheduled for April 27 and 28, 2022.

Teacher recognition

Superintendent Holden reported that three senior graduates, chosen by their GPAs, each nominated a teacher for the Howard L. Post Award for Excellence in Education from the Greene County Educational Service Center. Finn Bledsoe appointed Tamara Morrison, professor of mathematics, Natalie Galarza, professor of biology, Iyabo Eguaroje, and Liam Patrick-Hackett, professor of chemistry and physics, Brandon Lowry.

The next regular council meeting will be on Thursday, June 10, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Mills Lawn gymnasium.

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