State Warns Tipp Schools “Fiscal Caution” Due to Projected FY 2013 Deficit

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Open Letter to Tipp Residents from School Superintendent, John Kronour

Dear Tipp City Residents:

RE: FISCAL CAUTION and AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD!

 Recently the Ohio Department of Education sent the Tipp City Exempted Village School District a letter stating the District could be placed in Fiscal Caution if the October five-year forecast still shows a deficit in fiscal year 2013.

In the same month the Tipp City Exempted Village Schools District was awarded the Auditor of State Award for the second year in a row. The Auditor of State, Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report and said, “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”

Tipp City Exempted Village Schools’ Treasurer, Joe Smith says, “The two letters seem to conflict, but in a nut shell, the Auditor of State Award means the Tipp City School finance department is doing a great job of managing the District’s money.  And the FY 13 Deficit Notification means if revenues stay the same the District will not have enough money to pay the bills.”

Mr. Smith also explains, “If Tipp City Schools is placed under Fiscal Caution, the law allows the Ohio Department of Education to visit and monitor the District’s financial situation monthly. District administrators and the Board of Education know the budget needs to be balanced.  The current plan is to make cuts and go to the voters.”

Tipp City Schools has already cut $1.3 million out of the expenses to help the District get through school year FY2012 and will be cutting another $1,348,363.

With the additional funding cuts coming at the end of FY2012 and rising costs, the District has put together a three-fold plan;

  1. Make more cuts.
  2. Implement other cost-recovery initiatives.
  3. Go back to the public for more funding.

This is to continue the level of education the community has come to expect.

Respectfully,

Dr. John P. Kronour
Superintendent, Tipp City Exempted Village Schools

 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. recycle the binders and seat sacks and stop laminating art projects and classroom binders! use recyclable materials!!! Think outside of the box!

  2. I don’t think the School leadership made a good case with data distributed in neighborhoods.
    In reality the majority of home owners will be paying $1000 more a year with this levy that will never end.
    Looking at the downside costs to homeowners with kids in sports, its cheaper to pay more to play than approve the levy.
    Right now have you considered that 3 schools are close enough to have them managed by 1 Principle vs. 3?
    As a business we use re-cycled material. Can you say your saving dollars on re-manufactured ink cartridges?
    All bidding on large projects (over $2500) should be sealed bids and opened in public venue for lowest award.Tell us how your saving, not what your spending.

    • Hey there Kevin! Mike McDermott here..

      The number being passed around regarding the levy is $243/year on every $100,000 of home valuation. The average home value in Tipp is right around $175k, which equates to $304/year. Anyone paying $1,000/year would be living in a home valued over $420,000.

      The levy is an emergency levy with a 5 year duration, commencing in 2013 and ending in 2018. At that time, the District would have to come back to voters.

      For families with kids in organized athletics, with only one child playing one sport, you are correct, all things being the same it would be cheaper for that family to just suck up the pay to play increases. An additional child or additional sport for that family would make more sense to just pass it.

      Savings numbers and details of things that have been cut can be found on the levy website http://tippschoollevy.com

      I can’t really weigh in on any of the other items as I am not an educator in the district and would have no idea if our schools could function without a principal for a day or two each week.

      I am in support of the levy because I have had the opportunity to see a bunch of the cost savings measures implemented by the school district in the past few years. (use of variable speed motors, more efficient building controls, more efficient lighting, de-lamping, etc.)

      Have a great day!

  3. Thanks for the correction. Still a good percent will be paying 500 bucks a year.
    If the school were to outline some of the costs saving they have implemented in some of there campaign drops, it may make some feel they are working to control costs.
    Maybe they should seek out your services?

    • No problem buddy. You are right though, some folks who own multiple properties, rentals, etc. will take a hit like you originally stated and more. My hope is that Kasich will eventually tackle school funding, making the funding of schools much more equitable. Until that time however, we have what we have.
      I agree with telling more in the printed materials. The focus has been on the reasons for the levy, the cost of the levy and the “what happens if the levy fails”. I’ll see if I can make a recommendation to the District to add the prior cuts to their next flyer. 🙂
      As always, appreciate your take on things!

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