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Poland schools face loss of up to $1.3M in state aid



Published: Fri, March 11, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.

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Poland Superintendent Dr. Robert Zorn

LEVY FACTS

The basics on the May school levies, including salary figures and benefits:

4.9-mill emergency levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $149.65 a year and generate $1.875 million annually for five years. November’s 3.9-mill levy failed 3,943 to 3,198.

3.6-mill renewal emergency levy to generate $1,369,748 annually for five years. Originally passed in 2003.

Average teacher salary: $57,705

Average administrator salary: $75,244

Health-care contributions: employee pays 5 percent of premium, and employer pays 95 percent.

Retirement contributions: employee pays 10 percent of salary, and employer pays

14 percent.

Town Hall Meetings

All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Union Elementary

March 23, Poland Middle School/McKinley

April 6, Dobbins Elementary

April 13, Poland Seminary High School

Source: Poland Local Schools,

Mahoning County Board of Elections

By Karl Henkel

khenkel@vindy.com

POLAND

Poland School District could lose $900,000 to $1.3 million in state aid, schools Superintendent Robert Zorn says.

Zorn told those at the district’s first town-hall meeting Thursday night at North Elementary that those figures are based on information provided in a meeting of Mahoning County superintendents earlier Thursday.

He and Treasurer Donald Stanovcak detailed how the anticipated cuts would affect the district’s budget beginning next year.

Gov. John Kasich is set to reveal his budget Tuesday.

If the state cuts are closer to $1.3 million, more cuts, outside those outlined previously in The Vindicator, could be on the way for the district. The cuts already revealed included eliminating most busing, losing 16 tutors and implementing pay-to-play athletics.

On the May ballot is a 4.9-mill emergency school levy, which would generate $1.875 million annually for five years, as well as a 3.6-mill emergency renewal levy, which would generate $1.36 million annually for five years.

Zorn said more drastic cuts, including loss of 10 teachers, could be necessary. The school board would have to approve the cuts.

Board member Robert Shovlin said the board wasn’t informed in advance of Zorn’s additional proposed cuts, but said after the meeting that they were “very premature.” Shovlin, the lone board member to vote against putting the 4.9-mill levy on the ballot, said he is still waiting to see Kasich’s state budget.

As for teacher cuts, Zorn said he anticipates three high school teachers will retire at the end of the year, of which board member Larry Dinopoulos described as advance-placement, “quality teachers.”

“We’re going to take a hit there as far as education,” Dinopoulos said.

Zorn also reiterated the necessity of a wage freeze. “I can assure you there will be a wage freeze, and it will be for more than one year,” he said.

The superintendent and the board fielded questions from a crowd of about 40, ranging from how much district employees pay for health-insurance premiums to the possibility of open enrollment in the district.

Zorn said open enrollment isn’t on the table.

The next town-hall meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Union Elementary, 30 Riverside Drive.


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