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Funding Would Double for Avon, Avon Lake Schools Under Governor’s Budget Proposal

Both school districts would see large increases during the next two fiscal years.

If Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal goes forward, the Avon and Avon Lake schools would see their funding more than double during the next two years. 

The governor revealed his school funding reform plan last week, promising that no districts would lose money in the next two years under his proposal. The proposal aims to close the gap between high- and low-income districts and, Kasich said, it would be fully funded from the start. The state supreme court has repeatedly found Ohio's school funding system to be unconstitutional. A plan proposed by former Gov. Ted Strickland also aimed to address this, but was not fully funded when passed.

Kasich's overall budget proposal was announced on Monday.

According to figures released by the state’s Office of Budget and Management, the Avon Lake City Schools would receive an estimated $2,515,895 in fiscal year 2014—almost 85 percent more than the $1,360,168 it is receiving in fiscal year 2013. The district would receive an estimated $3,144,869 in fiscal year 2015, another 25 percent increase. The fiscal year 2013 figure does not include transportation funds or funds related to career technical education, the state's information notes.

Avon Lake Superintendent Bob Scott said the proposed budget looks good for the district, especially when administrators were just hoping to maintain funding. 

“We’re being very cautious right now,” he said. 

There are still a lot of questions about how the money would be able to be used—Scott said he wanted to know if the money could be used to supplement some salaries and avoid layoffs—and the district hasn’t seen the formula behind the figures yet. 

Still, the increase wouldn’t make that big of a difference in the district’s budget, Scott said. 

“Eighty-four percent of very little is very little,” he said.

And he added that the state budget wouldn’t lessen the district’s need for a levy, since the schools have already been making cuts.

The Avon Local School District would receive an even bigger boost—an estimated $4,938,162 in fiscal year 2014, about 99.5 percent more than the $2,475,913 it is receiving in fiscal year 2013, and an estimated $6,170,972 in fiscal year 2015. That's close to another 25 percent increase.

Superintendent Mike Laub could not be reached as of publication.

M Johnson February 07, 2013 at 10:49 PM
It is important to know… if the proposed plan passes, the state will provide a little over $2.5 million in funding to Avon Lake schools to educate our 3500+ students. The annual budget for AL schools is currently $36 million. The state sends very little money to our system and expects local taxpayers to make up the difference. The governor’s plan will not take away the need for the May levy. (data on funding proposal from Plain Dealer report 2/7/13 pA6)
Unknown February 07, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Kasich is one of the reasons why the district has a levy on the ballot. He claimed he wouldn't raise taxes in Ohio, yet cut money from all school districts. Taxpayers in those districts (like Avon Lake) have to make up the difference now. So, he most definitely raised taxes in Ohio through his sneaky, little plan. I wish he'd take a long walk off a short pier. VOTERS, the passage of this levy is a MUST in order to keep education great for Avon Lake City Schools. Please vote FOR ISSUE #29 in May!
Myron Thomas February 08, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Great. Now they will just keep on spending. Looks like the $250k in tables is back on board.... Scott says,"There are still a lot of questions about how the money would be able to be used....." Already making excuses. If history proves it will not be used for educating kids. I can guarantee it.
MZ February 08, 2013 at 01:26 AM
You do realize that the funding from the state also comes from taxes right? Would it make you feel better to pay higher state taxes then have them inefficiently passed back to the local community? The only thing that would be better would be to send the tax money to Washington first...oh wait...
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake February 08, 2013 at 02:12 AM
The fact is people are taxed out.... period! If residents were able to allocate what their taxes were spent on, I am sure most people would be in favor of supporting local school levies above spending on other government activities. Unlike the federal government, we have to be responsible with our money and live on a finite budget. I am always intrigued by how schools and other government entities can find ways to cut costs when they are pressured to do so, but not until taxpayers demand accountability through the failure of a levy. Teacher's unions have supported candidates at the national level which have recently increased the majority of Avon Lake resident's, and all U.S. citizen's taxes....and then they ask us for more? Our taxes, which go to the schools, pay teacher's salaries, from which union dues (our tax money) is used to support candidates who continue to increase income taxes. There is a limit to the taxes we can bear, and unfortunately schools across this country, which rely on our taxes, will be negatively impacted. The purpose of any school system is to prepare their students to be productive in today's changing labor market. Classes like French, Art and Photography, while they may be interesting, do little to prepare our kid's to compete in today's workplace. If there is interest in pursuing these type of activities, do it as a hobby or a club, not as a tax payer supported program.
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake February 08, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Continued...........Avon Lake schools need to narrow their curriculum and focus of those academic areas which provide the greatest return for the majority of their students. There is plenty in the curriculum which can be cut ,without compromising the competitiveness of our students, as they prepare for today's changing workplace. Focus on what they need, not what they want, and get rid of the rest!
ZM February 08, 2013 at 06:34 AM
MZ. Do you realize that you forgot to mention the proportions involved in your analysis of our state v.s local taxes. While local taxes may seem favorable to you compared to the state handling the money, the amount of money is grossly differnet. While kasich prevented our state contributions from increasing $15.00 annualy per resident our levy might cost you $1500.00 annualy. So yes. I would rather pay the state. State taxes are are much more diffuse. We should break it down to neighborhoods, or maybe only people with kids in the system? I would hate to seen that bill. P.s. your kids were educated for free right? Do you realize that I paid for that? Go drink some more tea, the crazy is wearing off. Its funny to me how all you patriots refer to our nations capital like it a second hell. Something tells me you never had the guts to wear a uniform and serve your country.
Doing Some Math February 08, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Teachers Union wage and step freeze = $ 446,500 savings per year (next two yrs) No new books = $ 850,000 savings New Health Care Consortium = $ 700,000 savings per year Tables and Chairs = $ 250,000 savings Building Maintenance = $ 96,000 savings per year Pay to Participate = $ 59,000 savings per year Athletics / Field Trip Buses = $ 35,000 savings per year Close community weight room = $ 16,000 savings per year Non renewing Study Island = $ 6,000 savings per year Electric-Gas-H2O = $ ??,??? savings per year Additional Money from the state = $ 1,155,727 additional revenue (2014) = $ 1,784,701 additional revenue (2015) Total Savings from cuts/income = $ 3,614,227 (for 2014) = $ 4,243,201 (f0r 2015) Additional Possible Savings:
Doing Some Math February 08, 2013 at 08:43 AM
Additional Possible Savings: Administrators pay 10% into retirement like teachers do = $125,000 per year Eliminate Superintendents Bonus Pay = $ 15,000 per year Eliminate Treasure Bonus Pay = $ 5,000 per year Cut / Reduce Supplemental Pay (Coach/Advisor) = $ 100,000 per year Cut / Reduce Principal Building Funds = $ 55,000 per year Opt Out H.S. Physical Ed. (Athletes/Band) = $ 100,000 per year One or No parking lot attendants instead of two = $ 30,000 per year? Excess support staff = $ ???,??? per year High School Curriculum Director ???????? = $ ???,??? per year Industrial Tech classes ? Art classes ? Home economics classes ? OWA ? Music history classes ? Photography ? Number of guidance personnel ? In School Suspension monitor ? Study hall monitors ? Teachers without a full class load ? Elective classes ? Yes, some additional tax money but 9.04 mill (5 years) and 8.28 mill (10 years)? Yes, some additional tax money with: Fiscal Responsibility Shared Sacrifice Demonstration of Common Sense
M Johnson February 08, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Today’s changing labor market includes many jobs that require knowledge about art and photography. Just look at the Internet, it is a very visual medium. There are thousands of local jobs related to visual communication in news media, advertising, and the entertainment industry. American Greetings and Sherwin Williams surely need employees who understand color and design. According to Wikipedia, French is the official language of 29 countries in the world. In a global marketplace, it is important that students have foreign language skills. While these might not be fields of work or study that interest you, there are jobs that need these skills. These courses are not simply to develop hobbies.
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake February 08, 2013 at 05:18 PM
M Johnson French speaking nations may be an official language in 29 countries, but these include the likes of Comoros, Senegal, Seychelles and about 20 others which most French teachers could not even locate on a map. They are irrelevant when it comes to the global economy and hardly a reason to put scarce resources toward teaching French to our children. Perhaps Japanese or Chinese would be more critical to developing the skills needed to compete in today's environment. The comment there are "thousands of local jobs" related to art an based curriculum is a stretch. There are not thousands of jobs in any field locally right now! In fact, your reference to American Greeting was very timely, as they just laid off more employees this week. So, following your logic, if my daughter, along with dozens like her in the A.L. school system likes to dance, an art by any definition, the system should offer this as an option, so I do not have to pay hundreds of dollars per month for her to take private classes. Educating students is about providing experiences for the masses, not for an individual student. We can no longer afford to offer classes where very few will benefit. It is about providing what the kids need, not what they want!
M Johnson February 08, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Lifetime Resident, to answer your specific points...we can argue whether or not we should teach French or Mandarin but either language will require a teacher and I don't see where there would be any savings to the district. Eliminating the teaching of foreign language would be short sighted. When I say there are thousands of jobs, I mean just that. I did not write there are thousands of current openings in the Cleveland area. Visual communication is an important skill in today's marketplace. Regarding layoffs at local companies, I would expect my schools to prepare students to go where the jobs are. I hope it is local but I can't assume that will be the case.
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake February 08, 2013 at 06:43 PM
So your solution is to continue funding the schools at whatever level they request? Don't demand accountability? Don't question expenditures? Don't ask for a review of the curriculum and put the limited dollars in programs which benefit the most students? As I state initially, we are taxed out! Federal, state, local, property, gasoline, medicare, social security and sales taxes to name just a few. I have cut back, I expect our educators to do the same.
Jim Brady February 08, 2013 at 07:04 PM
With all your cuts, why don't we just merge with Brookside and be done with it?
Kristen LePrevost February 08, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I have to disagree sorry..there are many wonderful careers in those fields that are children may have a great talent for and can benefit from an education on....we are not educators so it's not our job to dictate what classes should and should not be offered...French or other languages might seem useless to some but in a time where there is so much competition for jobs something like a second language is a huge advantage..I'm sure there are plenty of other cuts or compromises that can be made before we start taking away classes.
Kristen LePrevost February 08, 2013 at 09:23 PM
I don't agree with cutting certain classes..that should be a last ditch thing...and it seems as though they've cut a lot of teachers already..some support staff are needed by law...like TA's in special needs classes, etc...
Kristen LePrevost February 08, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Yes..we are taxed out..but mostly from a federal and state level...Lorain County and AL are lower then a lot of communities in the area so to act as though the CITY is draining you isn't a fair statement..we moved here from Cleveland and our taxes dropped significantly...you act as though the educators have done nothing and are simply asking you for more money..they've already eliminated teachers and staff and the teachers have agreed to a pay freeze...
Nino M February 08, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Before you get all worked up about voting for the school levy your governor has just proposed an increase of the sales tax on a total of 160 items and services. Here is an example of a few:Pet Grooming, Landscaping, services as plumping, carpentry, painting. Mini storage, Boat storage, Insurance services, carpet and upholstery cleaning, cutting-coloring and stylind hair, laundry and dry cleaning, funeral services, diaper services, debt counseling, altering and repairing of clothes, legal services, mailbox rentals, massage services, shoe repairs, swimming pool services. (Entertainment activities, ranging from admissions to cultural and sporting events to bowling alleys to billiard parlors all wll be taxes). Staying at home to watch TV the tax would hit cable television services. Also taxed Books, Movies, Digital videos, music and other electronic goods downloaded. Auto service and repairs, automotive road services and towing, automotive washing and waxing. Parking lots and garages. The list goes on and on. All of the above and many more will be paid for by everyone in this city. So think twice before you buy the bill of goods the Board of Eduction is trying to sell.
Nino M February 08, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Before you go off the deep end and vote for the levy you have to see what your Gov. just proposed today. He would increase the sales tax to 160 items. Example of some of the items: Pet Grooming, Landscaping, plumping,carpentry, painting services, Mini storages, Boat Storage, Insurance services, Property sales on commisions, carpet and upholstery cleaning, funeral services, diaper service. Debt counseling, altering and repairing clothes, legal services, mailbox rentals, massage services, shoe reapairs, swimming pool services, tanning parlors, tax return prepartions, travel agent services.(ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES- ranging from admission to cultural and sporting events (Pros, College, High School) to bowling alleys, billiard parlors, all will be taxed. (STAYING AT HOME WATCHING TV- would be hit cable television services. Books, Movies, Digital video, music and other electronic goods downloaded. Auto service and repairs, automotive road services and towing, automotive washing and waxing. Parking lots and garages. JUST A SMALL LIST SO BEFORE YOU VOTE SEE IF YOU CAN AFFORD BOTH.
Myron Thomas February 08, 2013 at 10:54 PM
And lest we forget there are even MORE taxes coming at I believe the end of this year. National health care will be starting and there will be even more taxes. Plus the increases in practically all that we buy because of the extra cost passed on to the consumer because of those effects on employers.... So why are we a called every name in the book because some of us are just trying to keep our head above water on stuff we can vote on? Just because I choose to not carry debt, and or over extend like some people do should not make some of us considered bitter citizens. I truly wish I didn't have to care about how much cash goes out the door like it appears some here have the privilege to do.. But some of us can't.
Jim Harley February 09, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Cuts are needed, and no one likes taxes, and yes we need accountability. What needs to be remembered is that we have a superior school system and we have superior educators and this doesn't come cheap-nor should it. Cutting the budget is great, but let's not sacrifice our children's future ability to survive in the high tech world we are living in. Everybody should step back, go to a school board meeting, and take a harder look at what we are throwing away in order to save some cash. Jim Brady's comment on looking west to see what our system could sink to is all too real. Let's try a little harder to hold up our current level of excellence!
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake February 10, 2013 at 04:10 PM
A couple of years ago I learned my salary was going to experience a huge decrease. Despite this, I went out and built a very large, brand new garage (for my buses), a huge playground ( a football stadium) and many other improvements to my "home." In retrospect, I would have been wise have saved this money to be able to maintain and operate what I already had. If I had planned a little more efficiently, I would have anticipated the position I was putting myself in, but I really did not care, as I was sure someone (taxpayers) would simply foot the bill for me again. I thought I could simply put my poor decision-making onto to backs of someone else. In the past, they have always bailed me out, why would they not do so again? I will simply appeal to their emotions and tell them my kids (the students) will suffer irreparable damage if they do not help me again. I mean, why not continuing playing the "kid card", it has always worked in the past. It trumps any logical solutions, if I can only make people feel bad, they will pay for my mistakes. So I go back to my employer, neighbors, friends and tell them I need their emergency (10 year levy) help[ once more. This time they say no! Their living expenses have gone up, price of gas has doubled, food is higher, taxes are going through the roof and they are also struggling. This makes me realize I need to be more accountable in the future and put the blame squarely on myself. Sound familiar?? Where does responsibility lie?

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