Income tax ‘Blip’ offsets revenue improvement for BW schools
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
In her report to members of the Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education Monday evening, district treasurer Felicia Drummey said there were no revenue estimates for fiscal 2013 yet, not until the budget is finalized in September. Without firm revenue estimates Drummey said she was working from trends – comparing last year’s actual revenue with this year’s revenue — and she found what she called a blip.
“One puzzling thing is I noticed is an income tax decline of $430,000,” Drummey said. “I discovered that one taxpayer paid $703,000 in taxes last year, a one-time tax payment that apparently was not lottery money, that caused this blip.”
Drummey said she would have to make a one-time adjustment to income tax revenue projections to account for the discrepancy — money that came in last year that will not come in this year.
“Based on the previous figures I projected a 2 percent increase in income tax revenue, but that included the blip,” Drummey said. “I’ll have to reevaluate our revenue projections. There has been an improvement in income tax revenue, but it’s offset by the blip.”
Drummey also said there is a misconception of how Ohio Lottery money supports schools.
“The state has indicated that $740 million of state lottery money would be used for education, but that was combined with general school funding,” Drummey said. “What we experienced is a decline in school funding. We’re on the state guarantee, and they continue to reduce that.”
Drummey said the State of Ohio has removed all traces of lottery funding to education from their website; that now there is no way to determine how much money comes to school districts from the Ohio Lottery.
District Director of Academic Achievement Angie Pollock teamed up with Big Walnut Education Association Co-President Erin Barr, who is also a Big Walnut Middle School Intervention Specialist, to present a Race to the Top (RttT) update.
Pollock and Barr focused on the Ohio Teachers Evaluation System (OTES) that the school district began piloting last year as part of its RttT initiative. The OTES has been mandated by the Ohio Legislature and goes live statewide next year.
The OTES is a self-assessment process. Barr said that as part of the pilot program school district evaluators went through a three-day state training and will be certified by the state.
“The evaluation is a two-part process, 50 percent based on teacher performance and 50 percent student growth measurement,” Barr said.
Barr said the OTES student learning objectives lend very well to the Big Walnut culture.
“This year, the school district is opening the pilot program to any teacher in the district that wants to participate,” Pollock added. “These evaluations are in place to make certain students are growing.”
District Superintendent Steve Mazzi thanked members of the Big Walnut Education Association for working collaboratively with the school district on the OTES Pilot Program.
“They know this thing is coming down the road,” Mazzi said.
Assistant Superintendent Gary Barber talked about distribution of material, a.k.a. private business and nonprofit organization advertising materials brought to school, given to teachers, and then sent home with students.
“We’ll go through those materials unrelated to any school activity this year and look at the amount of materials that goes home with students,” Barber said. “We could possibly put a link online for for-profit businesses, but we want to keep strong partnerships with local businesses and organizations.”
In other business:
• Board members approved bus routes for the 2012–13 school year. Those bus routes should be posted online on the school district website today, Thursday, August 16. Parent access to the bus routes is password protected.
• Board members approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the school district and Delaware County Probate and Juvenile Court. The school district will pay $8,500 for trained social workers to deal with attendance problems and bullying.
•Board members approved the following resolution: Resolution Authorizing Big Walnut Board of Education Enter into a Lockbox Mail Deposit Agreement with The Delaware County Bank & Trust Company.
• Board members approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the Big Walnut Board of Education and the Delaware County Probate and Juvenile Court.
• Board members approved bus stops for the 2012–13 school year and authorizes the superintendent or designee to make changes in bus stops as needed.
• Board members approved the revised Activities Clerk job description.
• Board members accepted the resignation of the following classified employees: Christy Webster, bus driver, effective June 30, 2012, due to retirement; Art Dunkle, bus driver, effective August 15, 2012, due to retirement; Janice Schubert, bus aide, effective July 30, 2012.
• Board members accepted the resignation of the following certified employees: Melanie House, Reading Tutor, General Rosecrans Elementary, effective June 6, 2012; Stephanie Mayer, Reading Tutor, General Rosecrans Elementary, effective July 17, 2012; Ashley Lang, Reading Tutor, General Rosecrans Elementary, effective August 8, 2012.
• Board members approved a 90-day probationary contract for the following classified employees for the 2012–13 school year: Janice Schubert, bus driver, step 0; Mauria Rader, bus driver, step 5; Sally Lehman, 2 hour Food Service Worker, Big Walnut Elementary, step 1; Tammy Totten, 2 hour Food Service Worker, Big Walnut Intermediate School, step 1; Catherine Bellows-VanHouse, 2 hour Food Service Worker, General Rosecrans Elementary, step 1; Annie Funk, 3 hour Food Service Worker, Big Walnut High School, step 1.
• Board members approved a 90-day probationary contract for Dale Wolfe, 1.5 hours/day Mail Carrier, custodial step 1, effective June 6, 2012.
• Board members approved a one-year limited contract to the following certified staff for the 2012–13 school year: Virginia Crawford, Third Grade Teacher, General Rosecrans Elementary, MA step 2; Laura McLoughlin, Intervention Specialist, Big Walnut Middle School, MA step 0.
• Board members rescind Motion 12–83 approved at the June 11, 2012 Regular meeting.
• Board members approved a 90-day probationary contract for the following classified employees, effective the 2012–13 school year: Mary Ann Heiden, Hylen Souders Elementary, step 12; Alice Huffer, Big Walnut Intermediate School, step 10; Pam Johnson, Big Walnut Elementary, step 9.
• Board members approved a recommendation that Dale Springer move from a .5 maintenance and .5 custodian to full-time maintenance classified employee, effective August 14, 2012.
• Board members approved the following athletic supplemental contracts for the 2012–13 school year:
Joe Weaver, Head Coach
Mike Adams, Varsity Assistant
Mike DeLaney, Varsity Assistant
Brian Mackey, Varsity Assistant
Scott Wetzel, Varsity Assistant
Charlie Rowley, Varsity Assistant
Todd Dawson, Assistant
Luke Moore, Assistant
Jake Williams, MS Assistant
Jason Crawford, MS Assistant
Scott McKenzie, MS Assistant
Chip Klinedinst, Assistant
Zach Walker, Volunteer
Jeff Tutorow, Volunteer
Nick Kuhn, Volunteer
Jack Daniels, Volunteer
Brett Weiss, Head Coach
Jason McLead, Assistant
Archie Foor, Volunteer
Milan Orr, Volunteer
Jim Reardon, Head Coach
Melissa Maxson, Assistant
Drew Pitzer, Volunteer
Sarah Uhlenbrock, Volunteer
Chuck Workman, Head Coach
Jim Rinella, Assistant
Rich Smith, Assistant
Ryan Balaz, Head Coach
Sarah Cline, Assistant
Kim White, MS Assistant
Sara Wytzka, 1/3 High School
Ron Lehman, Head Coach
Summer Hale, Assistant
Eleni Lourgos, MS Assistant
Jamie Zak, MS Assistant
Chris Podraza, Volunteer
Sarah Kildow, Head Coach
Stacey Hamilton, Assistant
Savannah Brown, MS Assistant
Brittany Moser, MS Assistant
Megan Everitt, Volunteer
Gary Brandon, Head Coach
Dora Riggs, Assistant
Kelly Robinson, MS Assistant
Gary Miller, Volunteer
Red Edwards, Volunteer
Kevin Jones, Volunteer
• Board members approved the following Extended Service contracts for the 2012–13 school year:
EXTENDED DAYS: Cassy Sabatini, Director of Food Service 10 days; Ric Cavicchia, Guidance Counselor, Big Walnut Middle School 10 days; Corry Schull, Guidance Counselor, Big Walnut Middle School 10 days; Blanda Lynam, Media Specialist, Big Walnut Middle School 5 days.
• Board members approved the following certified staff as Home Instruction Tutor, at an hourly rate of $18, for the summer of 2012 and 2012–13 school year: Jessica Shelton.
• Board members approved and ratified the authority of the Superintendent to determine and award salary increases to the Administration I and II positions based on each individual’s evaluation in accordance with the performance salary range approved by the Board on June 11, 2012 in Resolution No. 12–81. The Board reserves the right to make any salary adjustments as it may determine.
• Board members approved Michele Steitz as a .75 General Secretary at Big Walnut Middle School, 210-day contract, effective August 13, 2012, step 14 and continuing contract will remain in effect.
• Board members approved a one year limited contract for Kaitlin Frey, Intervention Specialist, Big Walnut High School, BA step 0, for the 2012–13 school year.
The next regularly scheduled Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, September 10, in the Big Walnut Middle School Library.