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Ohio School Funding Picture Uncertain, Deskins Tells Board




Ongoing funding concerns still plague the Archbold Area School District, and the district staff is working on ways to deal with the problem.

David Deskins, Archbold Area School District superintendent, told board members at the Monday night, Jan. 12, meeting, he is in discussions with officials of the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center about cutting costs.

With a potential 5% reduction in state revenue coming, Deskins told board members he had to look where the district spends its dollars.

“We turned our attention to the service agencies, and have begun a dialogue with the educational service center,” he said.

Deskins said one of his goals for the talks is to reduce the amount paid to the service center, possibly this school year, as opposed to continued cost increases Archbold schools have paid.

He said the district staff continues to monitor cost reductions within the district, including staff levels, energy costs, and expenditures.

Christine Ziegler, the district treasurer, told board members she received notification from the Ohio Department of Education that the district’s foundation funding, or state subsidy money, will be exempt from funding cuts.

“I sat back in my chair and said, ‘Rah! Rah!'”

But then she said she found six other line items in school funding that will be cut. At this point, she did not know how the cuts would affect Archbold schools.

Library Tax

Board members also approved a measure from the Archbold Community Library Board that puts a four-tenths (.4) of a mill levy renewal on the ballot, plus asks for an additional threetenths (.3) of a mill. The total effective millage, which is the total millage minus reduction factors, is 66 one-hundredths (.66) of a mill.

Tony Warncke attended his first board meeting after replacing David Yoder, who resigned from the board. Warncke said if he was being asked to justify the library board’s need for additional revenue, he could not vote for the measure.

“If I’m being asked to sanction something into which I have no insight as to whether its appropriate or not, that’s a problem for me,” Warncke said.

Deskins told Warncke that Ohio law states library levies must be submitted through school boards, and under the law, the school board is required to approve the levy.

In a related matter, the board also approved a resolution setting out the process for filling Yoder’s seat.

The person appointed to the board (Warncke) will serve one year. He will then have to stand for reelection during a special election.

The special election date will be the same day as the 2009 Fall General Election, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Others interested in the post may place their names on the ballot for the special election, following the usual Ohio election procedures.

The person who wins the special election will then serve the remainder of Yoder’s term, and stand for reelection again in the fall of 2011.

Deskins told board members that at the February board meeting, set for Monday, Feb. 16, at 7 pm, the board could expect a visit from representatives of the Archbold High School boys soccer club, who are planning to ask that boys soccer become a varsity sport.

Deskins said the group will meet with Allan Gladieux, AHS athletic director. Warncke requested a report on the meeting.

Grant, Donation

Dorothy Lambert, Archbold elementary school principal, said the school has received a grant from Target stores to take the first grade to Lourdes College to see the theater presentation of If You Give a Pig A Pancake.

The youngsters read the story as part of their reading studies.

The elementary school will hold its annual 100th Day celebration at the Archbold Knights of Columbus Rebeau Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 28.

As part of their consensus agenda, board members accepted a donation of $250 from Bently Systems. The money will be used for technology enhancement in the classroom of Jessica Badenhop, Archbold elementary teacher.

All board members were present, all votes were unanimous.- David Pugh


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