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Youngstown School District finances look brighter after cuts



Published: Wed, September 25, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

City school-district finances should realize relative stability for the next few years because of reductions made by the district, and provisions in the state budget.

In fact, a projected 2017 deficit has been reduced by about $47 million.

But the district’s declining enrollment and high per- pupil cost continue to present challenges, according to a report from Treasurer James Reinhard presented at Tuesday’s regular school board meeting.

Appropriations for fiscal year 2014 total $86.6 million compared with fiscal year 2013 expenditures of $89.5 million.

The district’s per-pupil cost is more than $17,000 for both years, an amount that Reinhard said is high compared with even other urban school districts.

“That’s not necessarily bad,” he said. “We just have to make sure the dollars are being spent in the classroom.”

The district used to have more than 20,000 students, but over time that’s shrunk to about 5,300. The district has worked to right size itself, but the loss of more students drives up the per-pupil cost, he said.

Between this school year and last, the district closed three buildings and repurposed others and eliminated three administrator and 30 teacher positions to trim costs.

Although the district pays about $38 million from its general fund to charter or open-enrollment schools or to private schools through vouchers, that money doesn’t figure into the per- pupil calculation.

The current five-year projection shows the district remaining in the black until 2017, when it would be about $1 million. Previously, district officials forecast a $48 million deficit by that same year. Reinhard said that was before the reductions.

The district also expects to receive $81.5 million in state money in FY 2013 and $89 million in FY 2014, although some of that will go to open-enrollment and charter schools and for vouchers. Reinhard, though, wants to see the money before he counts on it.

“I still won’t feel comfortable until I get a check that has an amount on it,” he said.


Comments

1SAVEOURCOUNTRY(464 comments)posted 7 months ago

wow, everything I have said is true!!!!!!!!
THERE WAS NEVER ANY DEFICIT!!!!!!!!
You can trust a central office that;
1 has no treasurer
2 has an assist superintendent that tells the public she knows times are tough while she makes over a hundred thousand dollars a year (KAREN GREENE)
3 another assist superintendent also making over a hundred thousand a year who the district fired once....Oooh didn't the same happen in Canfield with him? (DOUG HISCOX)
4 a retired/ rehires superintendent making well over a hundred thousand on retirement and again a salary (Nearly 250,000 a year)
CUT THE FAT AT 20 WEST WOOD ST!!!!!!!!
plus they get a CONGRESS like healthcare package!

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2keugene(21 comments)posted 7 months ago

first off our moron governor keeps chopping at public education ....these idiots in Ohio need to understand that charter schools are failures in the state...and the money used to keep these failures open effect every district , not just the ones who have charter schools....secondly,,,,,the Board of Education for the last 10 yrs. or so, has worked hard internally to destroy certain areas of Youngstown as far as schools go...they took for ever to build these new schools....dragged their feet on everything and now they wasted millions of taxpayer dollars closing the new schools.....what losers......

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3123goz(456 comments)posted 7 months ago

"...charter schools are failures in the state...and the money used to keep these failures open effect every district...."
Exactly, and the money goes to 'private industry' under new names every other year because all they are doing is stealing.
"Board of Education for the last 10 yrs. or so, has worked hard internally to destroy certain areas of Youngstown...."
My theory on that is that was a plan of Wendy. No one could be that inept, it had to be on purpose. She destroyed the system. She eliminated all discipline. I heard rumors that her plan was to do what it took to take down Chaney as we knew it. You see the results.

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