Good news reported on District finances by BW School Board
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During Monday evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting, district treasurer Felicia Drummey presented the December financials, a casual report of district finances as they stand halfway through the current fiscal year, and the district’s most current Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
The good news is, Drummey said, at the fiscal year halfway point Big Walnut’s revenue stream is 1 percent higher than projected, and expenses are 1 percent lower than anticipated.
“To have six months of the fiscal year under our belt and to have our projections where they are for the year, I’m very pleased,” Drummey said. “In December’s report there are a couple of fluctuations. Under Other Income we had planned on receiving $150,000, but the Build America Bond Rebate that was due in December came in October, so it’s just a timing difference.”
Drummey said because of the Fiscal Cliff resolution that received so much media attention during late 2012, there might be changes in future Build America Bond Rebate disbursements.
“We were receiving $110,000 rebates two times each year,” Drummey said. “Because of the Fiscal Cliff and tax policy changes there could be a 7.6 percent reduction in the rebate, or about $17,000 annually. We will have to watch this and make an adjustment if the tax policy change continues.”
Drummey also noted that the CAFR is the result of an administrative team effort, with district Director of Technology Wayne Thompson adding artwork, and Whitney’s Ink doing a rush print and binding job.
“There are three sections to the report,” Drummey said. “There’s an introduction with an audit report showing clean opinions, a financial section and a statistical section. The statistical section shows a 12-year history of the district, and it’s noteworthy that Big Walnut Local Schools are the seventh largest employer in Delaware County.”
Drummey said she hopes members of the community use the CAFR as an information resource. She said it’s available on the school district website and a copy will be delivered to Community Library in Sunbury.
Drummey said the report does not show school lunch financials, as the school lunch program is a separate and self-supporting operation. She did note that Food Service Director Cassie Sabatini, on her own initiative, had secured a 6 percent rebate for the lunch program by pursuing healthy food choices for students. The rebate will save the lunch program $13,000 annually.
Earlier during the meeting Sabatini was recognized for starting the Family Holiday Adoption Program. The program provided holiday assistance to 85 Big Walnut families last Christmas, and 90 families during the recent holiday season.
Assistant superintendent Gary Barber gave an FTE update, showing the number of employees serving the district on a monthly basis. Barber said he clustered everything under one umbrella that he calls Barber’s World that includes employees on the Big Walnut payroll and employees paid by the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, a.k.a. ESC.
Barber’s presentation showed that the school district currently has 331.83 employees. There are 17 administrator positions, including six principals and ESC paid positions, seven administrative support positions, and 10.5 ESC related positions like occupational and speech therapists.
A total of 178.5 teachers serve the school district, and there are 15.5 ESC paid tutors.
Under classified aides and secretaries the district has 25 teaching assistants, 17.5 secretaries, 2.25 office aides, 17.33 food service positions, 25 bus drivers, 2 mechanics, 17 custodial positions and 3 maintenance positions.
Barber said he would update the report monthly so board members could track staffing levels; board president Allison Fagan said she would also like a monthly student population report to track how student population growth impacts staff increases.
In other business, board members approved the Carlisle, Patchen and Murphy, LLC Services Agreement.
• Board members approved amending Item N (Educational Training Reimbursement) in the Administrative Fringe
• Benefits, effective the 2012–13 school year.
• Board members approved the revised High School Secretary II (General Secretary) job description; and approved a 90-day probationary classified 220-day contract for the 2012–13 school year to Laura Roberto, Big Walnut High School Secretary II (General Secretary), step 0, effective January 7, 2013.
• Board members approved a 90-day probationary classified 190–day contract for the 2012–13 school year to Linda Klamfoth, Big Walnut Intermediate School, Office Assistant (.5), step 0, effective January 10, 2013.
• Board members approved the nonrenewal of Catherine Bellows-VanHouse, 2-hour food service worker, General Rosecrans Elementary, effective January 23, 2013.
• Board members approved the following donations: $62.52 donated to Big Walnut Middle School Positive Behavior in Student program, donated by Morgan Stanley c/o Cybergrants, Inc.; and $62.52 donated to Hylen Souders Elementary, donated by Morgan Stanley c/o Cybergrants, Inc.
• Board members will hold a Special Work Session at 8 a.m., Saturday, February 2, in the Big Walnut Intermediate School, Conference Room.
The next regularly scheduled Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 11, in the Big Walnut High School Media center, a.k.a. Library.