The topics of operating levy and school district reconfiguration continue to be on the minds of many in our school district. This is an update on several key activities in our district in order to help you better understand where we are and what will be happening in the next few weeks/months in relation to these two important issues.
The Board of Education held a work session (seen here on GTV) on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 to discuss the need for a levy on the May 2018 ballot. This was the first formal step in determining if the district will pursue another levy attempt.
The Board directed the Treasurer/CFO and Superintendent to prepare the initial resolution necessary for a 3.9 mill operating levy request to appear on the May 2018 ballot.
The final resolution needed to place the issue on the ballot would likely be considered at the January 2018 regular Board meeting.
We are in the process of identifying budget reductions that will help address the shortfall caused by the actions of the Ohio Legislature. We are continuing to discuss possible areas for reduction and looking to carve an estimated one million dollars from the 2018-19 operating budget. There is some thought in our community that if the Board moves forward in May with an operating levy, and that request is approved by the community, that the cuts will not occur. That is unlikely as we are now not collecting an estimated 2.5 million dollars during 2018 due to the failure of Issue 26. That shortfall, in addition to the state cuts, will need to be addressed moving forward.
Chardon Local Schools
DRAFT - Budget Reduction Considerations - DRAFT
December 12, 2017 Board Work Session
The following is a draft of potential areas identified for reduction. Inclusion on this listing does not indicate a decision to move forward with a specific budget reduction, only that it is under review. Areas currently under consideration for budget reductions include, but are not limited to:
Across-the-Board 5% Reduction in School Discretionary Budgets (supplies & materials)
Increase in Pay to Participate Fee for Athletics/Extracurricular Activities
$500 each sport at high school level.
$375 each sport at middle school level.
Reduction of one Administrative Position Due to Retirement
This reduction is conditioned upon the implementation of district reconfiguration plan.
Includes salary, benefits and other related costs.
City of Chardon Recreation Program Overtime Elimination
Reduction of Lake Academy Participation
CLSD has created a stand-alone credit recovery program at CHS.
Reduction of General Fund Equipment Budget
Maintenance Salary Shift to Permanent Improvement Fund
Elimination of Department Chair Supplementals
* Riverside is closing elementary buildings and is engaged in a capital building plan to restructure district school facilities and long-term plans include reconfiguration of grade structure.
Reconfiguration planning is not a retaliatory action for the levy failure.
Reconfiguration planning is not a threat so that the community will pass a levy in May.
Most important, work on reconfiguration planning is ongoing at this time. We cannot say with any certainty that everything will fall into place to make this plan a reality for 2018-19. At the present time, it is fair to say that there are as many questions as answers related to the proposal. However, we owe it to our students and community to explore options for more cost-effective operation of the district that may also bring additional benefit to our instructional program.
Our district team has scheduled presentations on the status of the reconfiguration planning at each elementary school over the next several weeks (See schedule below). This presentation will provide general information concerning reconfiguration, as well as discussion of how the plan may affect each specific school. There will likely be more detail in the later presentations as our administrative team continues to work on the planning effort.
RECONFIGURATION UPDATE MEETING SCHEDULE
December 19 - Maple PTO - 5:30 PM
December 19 - Munson PTO - 7:00 PM
January 16 - Park PTO - 6:30 PM
January 17 - Hambden PTO - 6:00 PM
A page has been created on the district website concerning district reconfiguration planning. Please visit here for updates over the next several months.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions in this regard.
Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D.