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Boardman schools face dire financial forecast

Published: Tue, June 19, 2012 @ 9:33 p.m.

Boardman schools face dire financial forecast


Like its neighboring school districts along U.S. Route 224, Boardman is looking at a financial forecast with shrinking revenues that flat line, at best.

The board of education discussed finances Tuesday during a special meeting. Treasurer Richard Santilli outlined the district’s most recent five-year forecast and told the board that during this state budget biennium — two fiscal years, with one still to go — the district will have lost $2.3 million in state aid, whether through foundation or tax reimbursement, which equates to more than 2 mills.

The district is projecting a multimillion-dollar deficit starting by the end of fiscal year 2015.

The board did not mention the word “levy” during the meeting.

After the meeting, the board was asked about the possibility of a new levy.

Board member Mark Fulks said the board does not relish asking voters for new money, but also has to prepare for the future.

“We’re looking at a $26 million deficit in 2018 and there’s not much in the way of revenue,” Fulks said.


1Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I bet they didnt mention the words pay cut either

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2southsidedave(5183 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

$26 million deficit in 2018...sounds like a major overhaul is in order

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3greene(167 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago


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4magnolia(27 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Before they try the levy, they need to look at making some cuts. Painful as it is, it is the reality. Pay freeze, increase in health insurance premiums, freeze in pension contributions or switch to a 401k. This has been done in the private sector. It is time for the school system to do what is in the best interest of the students. Hopefully, they will not have to cut services or staff. The Boardman community has usually supported levy's but they need to be careful and not depend on it. They need to try a more creative route first.

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5Old_School(39 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Boardman has already cut 26 teachers and negotiated pay freezes on the others with them paying more towards their health care. At some point every school system needs to ask for new tax dollars. It's too bad that people don't value the need for education and pass levies anymore, Remember someone paid for yours, it ,may be time for people to step up for the future of others.

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6peacelover(834 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Wake up, people. Kasich slashes state funding for local school districts, so this is what you get, schools operating with huge deficits ....eliminating busing .... pay-to-play sports..... asking property owners for more money. doesn't take a rocket scientist to connect the dots......

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7gus02(4 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's see if my math is correct, 4,713 student divided by $ 26 million equals an additional $ 5,516 per student on top of the current $ 8,766 cost per student to the new total of $ 14,282 per student. Let's say with 8,844 households with 4 person to each house, that would be like asking each household to come up with an additional $ 2,939 each. Read our lips no new taxes( most of us making less and houses valued less), major,major additional overall will be needed.
Any ideas out there?

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8youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Now I'm usually opposed to levies (such as the police one last summer) but it should be noted that unlike most school districts in the suburbs, they've at least made attempts to be careful with their finances. Look at the full length article, it describes the wage and step freezes that were implemented last year to keep the district in the black for an additional 3 years. I'm sure there's more that can be done, but at least these guys aren't rushing a levy like others have. Their performing arts center which was built 12 years ago and upcoming stadium project are/were both privately funded, as well. The district only receives 17% of its funding from the state, which is less than every other district except Canfield. And gus, I haven't seen a school levy in Boardman which would raise taxes more than $100-150 a year on a 100K house so your figure of $2939 per household is also far off the mark, as you forgot to neglect the large business population in Boardman (which is one of the reasons why state funding is so low). I'm sure they won't consider a levy for a year or two, but it's worth at least considering.

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9keepingitreal(25 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Our school buildings have not been updated and look like something out of the 1950's. The stadium is now the worst in the area and will take many years of fundraising to bring it up to our neighboring schools. Market St school should have been closed years ago and combined into Glenwood. We have a bloated township budget with overpaid and overcompensated government employees.

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