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REMARKS TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Dr. Camille Nasbe

09-22-08

Members of the Board of Education: Mr. Golinar and I wish to give you an update of the district’s financial outlook this evening so staff and parents are alerted as to our fiscal realities, what we have done to date to curtail costs, and what we will cut should the November levy fail.

Mr. Golinar. (see Power Point presentation)

Golinar Power Point Presentation CLICK HERE

What Mr. Golinar just demonstrated is, based on our financial outlook for the next few years, we need to pass a levy in 2008 in order to make ends meet. I want to remind our public that we have postponed a levy until 2008 and reduced expenditures significantly every year for the last 3 years. The bulk of our cuts have come from reducing staff.

• In 2006-2007, we cut nearly $1 million from the budget.

• In 2007-2008, we cut an additional $2.1 million with the bulk of that coming from reconfiguring our K-6 buildings and closing the Cameron Park building.

• This year we have cut over $1 million. This included freezing administrative salary increases while hiring a science lab teacher at grades 5 & 6 to help improve student achievement in science.

While we have been fiscally responsible in cutting over $4 million during a three-year period, other costs continue to escalate in areas over which we have no control. For example, we have seen tuition for underperforming charter schools rise an average of $180,000 annually. We have seen tuition for special needs and other out-of-district placements increase an average of $136,000 annually. And all of us know how fuel costs have impacted our budgets in the last several months.

In each of the above series of cuts, we are speaking of the General Fund which is used to pay for day-to-day operations. General Fund dollars, as you know, come from two primary sources: voted property taxes and state aid, in that order.

Our General Fund revenues from voted property taxes have not risen in 4 years and our General Fund revenues from state aid have not increased in the last 3 years, as Mr. Golinar pointed out. Last week, we received notice from the Governor that state revenues have decreased dramatically. While the effect on school districts is not known at this time, estimates range from a decrease of from 5 – 10% of our transitional guarantee aid from the state. This is not good news.

If the 2008 levy fails in November, we will recommend that the following be eliminated. These may be amended as new information becomes available, but the bottom line is this: The administration must reduce General Fund expenditures by another $1 million in 2009-2010 to remain solvent. Those positions and staff to be eliminated include:

• Busing for K-8 students who live less than 2 miles from school

(In addition to the elimination of high school busing, this would include Winton Woods students as well as private and charter school students residing in our district).

• 18 staff positions

• a portion of the athletics program

Previous reductions have resulted in larger class sizes at the primary, elementary, and intermediate buildings. The next round will target middle and high school class size and impact advanced courses and intervention services, security, instructional support, and our secondary sports programs.

Previous reductions have also forced us to put off necessary maintenance at some of our school buildings. For example, if you’ve been to concerts at our middle school lately, you know the acoustics in the auditorium are sorely lacking. What you may not know is that a new internal communications system between the principals’ office and the classroom has been postponed due to the $30,000 price tag. Our textbook adoption cycle has been postponed, as have roof repairs at 3 buildings and paving at various parking lots. Just last week, storm damage to the Community Building and middle school resulted in unexpected losses involving time and money.

In conclusion, the future of the district is in the hands of the November 4 voters. If the levy fails, it will reduce our ability to offer advanced courses and intervention services at the middle and high school levels; severely hamper our ability to conform to state and federal mandates; and impede our ability to improve our report card status. Most importantly, it will not permit us to move forward, to provide a world-class education for our students and to recruit and retain high-quality staff. We have already lost good teachers and administrators to other districts that offer more job stability. We want to provide the kind of public school system that invites families to buy homes in our communities.

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Ok WWW, If your General Fund revenue from voted property taxes HAVE NOT risen in 4 years, but my taxes paid to the school district HAS, where is that money going????? ohmy.gif

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cool.gif WWW - what are secondary sports programs?

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WWW- just curious what's this year's enrollment numbers as compared to last years?

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Ok WWW, If your General Fund revenue from voted property taxes HAVE NOT risen in 4 years, but my taxes paid to the school district HAS, where is that money going?????        ohmy.gif

Grandma,

The dollar amount PORTION of your tax bill going to the schools in 2005 is the same as it is now. 2004 was the last levy, you didn't start paying the higher amount until 2005 and the dollar amount going to schools has not changed since.

The 14 or 15 other things on your tax bill all get adjusted each year. Taxes for schools do not unless there is a voted increase. That has been the law since the 1970's.

If you have not already done so, fill out the paperwork for the Homestead Exemption for folks over 65. You'll probably save $500 a year.

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cool.gif  WWW - what are secondary sports programs?

Secondary sports, as she mentions in her statement, refers to athletics at both the Middle and High School.

Tim Cleary will be leading an analysis of the athletic programs in the near future.

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WWW- just curious what's this year's enrollment numbers as compared to last years?

Good question....

The 2006-2007 Report Card states 3,749

The 2007-2008 Report Card states 3,801 (+51)

However, as you know the October count is the official one but has not happened yet. The expectation is for continued trend down, 3,725 +/- is an educated guess at this point. It has dropped almost every year since 1977, usually 50-100/year.

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Surely there was insurance on the Community Building??

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Surely there was insurance on the Community Building??

It's my understanding that the District property insurance policy carries a $5,000 per occurrence deductible. While $5,000 isn't the end of the world, it's not chump change either. The other side of the coin was if there was a special limitation on the Spoilage of Food coverage, which is not uncommon, as the expectation you would not lose power to ALL of your schools at the same time.....Again, hurricanes in Ohio???? huh.gif

The real cost, the cost that the Village, Township, and FP can hardly absorb, is the extra labor in clean up. While "some" of that is within normal salaries, a bunch of it isn't.

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In each of the above series of cuts, we are speaking of the General Fund which is used to pay for day-to-day operations. General Fund dollars, as you know, come from two primary sources: voted property taxes and state aid, in that order.

So here we go. I feel we have done and are still doing our part as tax payers. The state is a different story. If I felt the state was truly doing what they say they are I would not be fighting this levy at all. The tax payer always ends up the goat! rolleyes.gif

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Now hear this...

I asked some Hoosiers about the casinos, and they say that the schools have dough up the ying yang, their taxes have gone down, and you can't find a hooker or a mobster with a search warrant.

So, vote YES on Issue 6.

That is all.

Carry on.

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Agreed D-Hue. I also ain't much into regulating adult behavior until they cross the line and hurt someone else. Until then, IMHO, it's up to them and their conscience.

So, hey, if it gets more money into the schools, so be it.

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I don't know. There's something sort of creepy about educating our kids on gambling money. I know it's legal, well mostly, but it just seems like ill-gotten gain. It's almost like we're saying..."feed your addiction to educate the kids." Not everyone who gambles is addicted but the problem is increasing exponentially.

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I don't know. There's something sort of creepy about educating our kids on gambling money. I know it's legal, well mostly, but it just seems like ill-gotten gain. It's almost like we're saying..."feed your addiction to educate the kids." Not everyone who gambles is addicted but the problem is increasing exponentially.

I see no difference in casiono's and or horse racing and the lottery!

Gambling is gambling!

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I agree. And educating our kids with any kind of gambling money just seems tainted. Besides, we were sold a bill of goods on the lottery windfall and, in a practical sense, it doesn't really contribute very much. I saw an ad predicting that there would be $200 million in taxes to be distributed equitably between all of the counties in Ohio. $200 million, in the aggregate sounds like a lot. But divide it up and you're really not left with much. Let's say through some accounting quirk, Hamilton County got $50 million. Divide that by the number of students in the entire county and what does each district get? Not a whole heck of a lot.

It's all smoke and mirrors. There is no there there.

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People who are hooked on gambling drive over to IN to gamble. So if there is gambling in Ohio, they may gamble in Oh, whats the difference, if they want to gamble, they will gamble.

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I'm not trying to legislate people's behavior, I'm just saying that I would prefer that the money used to educate our kids was a little "cleaner".

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I have no problem with legalizing casino gambling in Ohio. We should do it, and we should have done it yesterday. I say this purely on the grounds that I am an adult, I should have free will to spend my money as I chose. This crap about "Where will the casino money go" is beside the point.

By the way, and this is to all the moral leaders out there....

Why don't these people (who oppose Casinos) go out there and shut down the state lottery? Why is it okay for Ohio to operate a lottery, send me "buy one get one free" coupons, advertise on TV, and then say that casinos are evil. And here I am talking about guys like Phil Burress from the Community Values Coalition, and most Republicans.

Spare me the cliches about how it destroys families. As long as the State of Ohio runs a lottery, they have no moral legs to stand on. And as long as the State of Ohio runs a lottery, the moralists are hypocrites.

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But let's go on to state funding for a minute.

People are clearly tapped out on taxes. If Obama is elected, your taxes are going to go up. No question about it. You might get a "middle class tax cut", but the "taxes on the evil corporations" will, in fact, be paid for by....

you. At the pump, At the register, at the dealership.

Since you can't control Washington or Columbus, you are more likely to target your local school to stem the tide of out of control taxes. I'd rather have a few dollars coming in from a casino than to say that this is simply not an option. Casino taxes the stupid ( mainly). It is a voluntary tax.

I have no problem with casinos being part of the solution. But knowing the state of Ohio, they will simply reduce their already meager contribution dollar for dollar from revenue from the casinos... just like the lottery.

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I don't know.  There's something sort of creepy about educating our kids on gambling money.  I know it's legal, well mostly, but it just seems like ill-gotten gain.  It's almost like we're saying..."feed your addiction to educate the kids."  Not everyone who gambles is addicted but the problem is increasing exponentially.

By the way GOBUCKS, we have that now...

Take a chance for Education, odds are you'll have fun is the Ohio Lottery's motto.

I hate it. It annoys me on so many levels.

Not to mention the gravely voice announcer reminding people that their RUBY 7 lottery ticket helps Ohio school kids.

Yeah, that's why people buy scratch offs.

Ill-gotten gains have been part of the mix for a long,long time. Apparently, they have the blessing of State government.

Bring on the casinos!

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I have no problem with legalizing casino gambling in Ohio. We should do it, and we should have done it yesterday. I say this purely on the grounds that I am an adult, I should have free will to spend my money as I chose. This crap about "Where will the casino money go" is beside the point.

By the way, and this is to all the moral leaders out there....

Why don't these people (who oppose Casinos) go out there and shut down the state lottery? Why is it okay for Ohio to operate a lottery, send me "buy one get one free" coupons, advertise on TV, and then say that casinos are evil. And here I am talking about guys like Phil Burress from the Community Values Coalition, and most Republicans.

Spare me the cliches about how it destroys families. As long as the State of Ohio runs a lottery, they have no moral legs to stand on. And as long as the State of Ohio runs a lottery, the moralists are hypocrites.

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But let's go on to state funding for a minute.

People are clearly tapped out on taxes. If Obama is elected, your taxes are going to go up. No question about it. You might get a "middle class tax cut", but the "taxes on the evil corporations" will, in fact, be paid for by....

you. At the pump, At the register, at the dealership.

Since you can't control Washington or Columbus, you are more likely to target your local school to stem the tide of out of control taxes. I'd rather have a few dollars coming in from a casino than to say that this is simply not an option. Casino taxes the stupid ( mainly). It is a voluntary tax.

I have no problem with casinos being part of the solution. But knowing the state of Ohio, they will simply reduce their already meager contribution dollar for dollar from revenue from the casinos... just like the lottery.

Equalizer-

If you love these kids so much, why are you not at the football game? Why are you posting inane remarks on a web site and not supporting your students in one of the biggest games of the year.

Credibility????????????

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Hey Joker. I was at the game and stayed until the last gun. WW got out to a 23-0 lead but Anderson came back in 4th Q. You are a real fool. You run your mouth and you have no idea what you are talking about. The timer on the "post stamp" is wrong. For example, it is 11:52 as I type this and the clock says 10:52 on the computer. Duh! Off by an hour. It has been true for sometime now. I might work for Winton Woods, but that isn't going to stop me from calling you out. It was a great game. I was also at Kings last week... where you?

But I digress.....

Hey Bigdog, I did see one thing at the game.

I did notice all the VOTE YES signs going out the door tonight. A ton of them going out. Voter registration drives. I felt pretty good. Not that the levy will pass by a wide margin, but the fact that a lot of the folks in the YES camp live in GH. In fact, I was suprised. The key now is to get all of these people unified.

Ohhh. and that's coming too. You better believe it.

I feel good that your petty little clique is about to be met with some real force.. by your own neighbors. That is what was funny. It wasn't just the folks from FP. There was real unity tonight. Real support. Real coming together. Does this mean that a levy will pass in November? No. Not necessarily. But I can tell you this.

The tide is turning. Things are happening. Frustration is yielding to hope.

I was actually going to bring that up in another thread, but now that you mention it.

That has got to bother you more than anything. How can that dream that "Greenhills will rise again" fly if half of the village is looking to actually save WW? Yeah, we know who the complainers are in Winton Woods. Tonight, I met the workers.

Bigdog. More like yapping dog. Yep, credibilty is intact. If you remember, I was the one that asked people to pack the house in the first place.

Before you jack your jaw on here, pay attention to every aspect of things. The clock time that you see is ONE HOUR off.

Gee, you thought you had me though, didn't you? Bummer.

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Good question....

The 2006-2007 Report Card states 3,749

The 2007-2008 Report Card states 3,801 (+51)

However, as you know the October count is the official one but has not happened yet. The expectation is for continued trend down, 3,725 +/- is an educated guess at this point. It has dropped almost every year since 1977, usually 50-100/year.

• Enrollment for the 5th week of school in 2008-2009 is as follows:

School/Grades 2008-2009

PS (K-2) 390

PN (PK-2) 408

ES (3-4) 554

IS (5-6) 529

MS (7-8) 617

HS (9-12 incl. JVS) 1,202

TOTAL 3,700

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What's JVS and how does that break down from the total 1,202? Also, can we get a breakdown of each school from the 45218 zip code?

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What's JVS and how does that break down from the total 1,202? Also, can we get a breakdown of each school from the 45218 zip code?

My guess is Joint Vocational Schools ( Diamond & Scarlet Oaks)

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Also, can we get a breakdown of each school from the 45218 zip code?

Additionally, can we get a breakdown of students in each grade at St. James who live in the 45218 zip code?

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