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District’s five-year forecast examined

Deficit spending concerns addressed

Bellefontaine City Schools Treasurer Keith Krieger presented some good news and also some concerns regarding the district’s five-year financial forecast during Monday evening’s board of education meeting.

For the next four years, BCS is predicted to conclude with positive year-end balances, beginning with a forecasted fund balance of $6.703 million for fiscal year 2013. Then during fiscal years 2014 and 2015, year-end balances of approximately $5.454 million and $3.828 million are predicted for these respective years.

In addition, the last year of the forecast, fiscal year 2017, shows a deficit balance of $451,281.

“We are in the black for four out of five years in the forecast,” Mr. Krieger said. “I don’t know of many schools who can say that.”

“We appreciate your devoted efforts,” President Joan Haushalter said.

The treasurer cautioned that this financial forecast is always subject to change at any moment because of a variety of factors. He noted that the district will receive additional information about the state’s funding of schools when the biennial budget is released next year.

“This is a snapshot in time of what we know right now.”

Mr. Krieger also related his concerns that although the district will conclude the next four years with positive balances, the forecast shows a pattern of deficit spending, or an excess of expenditures over revenues.

On the revenue side, BCS has been receiving state fiscal stabilization funds and Education Jobs funding during the last several years, but soon these funds will no longer be available.

As far as expenditures, district officials already have cut $4.85 million from the budget since the 2005-06 school year through retirement and attrition. Administrators are uncertain where additional reductions can be made.

“I don’t know what else we can cut,” Mr. Krieger said. “This is something that we’ll continue to examine.”

Also during the treasurer’s report, Mr. Krieger noted that families in the district now can take advantage of an online payment system, EZ Pay, to pay student fees and for meal programs. 

An “EZ Pay” link is available on the main page of the district’s Web site, www.bellefontaine.k12.oh.us. There is no cost to sign up for the service, and a $2 convenience fee per transaction will be assessed by EZ Pay to cover the cost of processing a credit card or debit card.

During the committee reports, member Dr. Todd Heydinger noted that the enclosure date for the new elementary school is scheduled for Nov. 22, while Dec. 1 is the enclosure date for the new middle school at the construction site on Ludlow Road.

Also, during the student liaison report, it was noted that Bellefontaine Middle School hosts a Family Appreciation Night from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Free food will be served from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by entertainment and raffle prizes. Participants also have the opportunity to see their child’s school and meet their teachers, while also gaining information from community organizations such as the Western Outreach Center, the Hilliker YMCA and Mary Rutan Hospital.

In addition, Western Intermediate School students are working on a musical called Science Rocks that will be presented Oct. 30 at the Bellefontaine High School auditorium.

In other action, the board:

• approved salary adjustments for additional training to Stacy Calton, bachelor’s plus nine; Jill Cronkleton, Garth McLoed and Abigail Monnin, bachelor’s plus 18; Jean Minnick and Tracey Minnick, bachelor’s plus 30; Sharon Gase, Lauren Burkhardt, Catherine Davis, Brian Hogan, Caribeth Noah, Heather Wechta and Christopher Schmidt, master’s; Adrienne Dearwester, Lori Horn, Lindsey Maus and Richard Prine, master’s plus nine; Marlene Ashbaugh and Denise Johnson, master’s plus 18; Julie Kurtz, Carol Engelhaupt Fultz, Christy Garver, Christa Hammond, Cindy Jenkins and Desnee Wolters, master’s plus 30; Ann Anderson, Tracy Brady, Aaron Garver, Linda Peters, Jennifer Salyer and Paula Wood, master’s plus 45;

• approved the payment of stipends to mentor teachers Cathy Dinovo, Denise Johnson, Caribeth Noah, Jennifer Salyer and Karen Scott;

• approved Julie Kurtz as an Intervention Assistance Coordinator at Bellefontaine Middle School for a stipend of $750;

• accepted the resignation of Transformation Team member Mike Hassel and extended the position to Jennifer Purton;

• approved the following marketing cooperative education/vocational advisory members: Jessyca Peake, Angel King, Lisa Huber, Ty Lenhart, Keith Thompson, Deb Atkins, Jenny Richardson, Nathan Sickmiller, Dal McDonald and Brandy Hunter; and

• approved a funding agreement with the Logan County Family and Children First Council for the annual amount of $1,500.

The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the board office.

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