2017-08-09 / News

Pettisville Schools Lose More Than $140,000 In State Aid

Figures for state support of the Pettisville School District “are not positive, (but) we feel that it is something we can weather,” said Steve Switzer, superintendent.

State officials approved the two-year budget for the state of Ohio covering the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.

Switzer said the previous state budget, covering the fiscal years of 2016 and 2017, “was very good to us and resulted in a positive cash flow for last year (FY 2017) of $306,035.

In his notes to the school board for its Monday, July 24 meeting, Switzer put the losses to the district at $140,361 over two years.

The district is projected to lose $67,758 in 2017-18, and $72,674 in 2018-19.

Switzer said the losses “are primarily due to residential enrollment loss.

“In fiscal years 2015 through 2016, we lost 8.8% of our residential school enrollment.”

Residential student enrollment is students who live in the district.

“Open enrollment increases have offset the losses both in number and in income, but the way the state foundation system operates may create additional challenges if the enrollment decline continues,” Switzer said.

In the past, state officials measured the local wealth of a district by a formula that took a per-pupil funding amount, and multiplies that number by the number of students in the district, minus what 20 mills charged to district taxpayers would generate.

Under the current system, the state bases its calculation on the per-pupil tax valuation.

“This means as we lose (resident) students, we appear more wealthy to the state and are funded as such, which means that we receive less funding,” said Switzer.

In his presentation, Switzer said the district valuation averaged $174,535 over the last three fiscals years, behind the valuation of more than $199,000 for Evergreen.

Archbold is third in the county, at $174,353.

Switzer said Pettisville is the only district in Fulton County to lose money in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

It is one of two districts in Fulton County to lose money in 2018-19. Archbold is the other district.

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