Superintendent's Message

Brent Welker

Brent Welker
Superintendent

4.13.17
Dear Community Members:

 

Spring Break is finally here, and for many it is desperately needed. It has been a long haul and everyone needs to get refreshed before the final testing blitz and the sprint to the finish line.

 

I have several community items as well as the March Financial Update.

 

KEY CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT

 

This Saturday the Key Club will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Basic Park in Luckey at 11:00 AM. They will have over 800 filled Easter Eggs for kids to find. This has become an excellent Easter tradition. This will go off rain or shine, so they are hoping for shine!

 

AFTER PROM FUNDRAISER

 

The deadline for the Greenhouse Gift Certificates is tomorrow. Attached is the order form. After Prom is committed to providing a safe post prom experience for our students!

 

2017-18 TRANSPORTATION

 

Coming home today will be the transportation information requests for 2017-18. If you recall a couple of weeks ago we sent out information on the changes to the Transportation Policy starting next year. We must now begin the planning process especially since we will be all on one campus. Please make sure to look it over and get it in by May 5th.

 

LEGACY WALL UPDATE

 

Thanks to so many who have reached out to help us with artifacts for the Legacy Wall in the new school. We have varsity letters from Troy-Luckey, Webster, Pemberville and are working on Troy-North (Lemoyne). We have seen a number of items that we can use for displays as well.

 

What we need are pictures of any of the old school houses in Webster and Freedom Townships. We have a number of great pictures of the 1880 Pemberville School which sat on the same site as the current building, but that is really it. We found a couple of pictures from old news stories of the school in New Rochester as well as a picture of Brown School in Webster. We need more of those!

 

We have a number of excellent pictures from Troy Twp., Luckey, Stony Ridge, Lemoyne and some of the very old one room buildings. We also have several of buildings that served Dowling and Dunbridge.

 

If you know of anyone who has pictures of the older schools, please let me know so we can reach out to them. We have so many outstanding items that we will not be able to display all of them. During this search it is humbling to realize that we are just the latest stop in an educational journey that began back in 1833. You also realize that there have been triumphs and tragedies, celebrations and controversies going back 180 years. When our kids walk past this wall on a daily basis, we want them to understand that they follow in the steps of pioneers, farmers, entrepreneurs, and dedicated men and women who have lived and learned in what we now call Eastwood Local Schools.

 

LUCKEY SCHOOL COMMEMORATION – APRIL 30

 

There will be a Commemoration for Luckey School on Sunday April 30 from 2:00-4:00PM. Last weekend the Pemberville PTO and Staff opened the school for an Open House and we had a number of visitors. We hope to have a similar turnout at Luckey.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 

We have two community service opportunities for students in need of hours

 

1.      Webster Township will be holding a clean-up day on April 22nd from 8-4:30. Students can report to the Webster Township Hall at the corner of Sugar Ridge and SR 199 at 8:00.

 

2.      Any youth who needs community service and would like to assist a local family with a moving project can email me at travisfo76@yahoo.com or 419-262-6234. We will meet at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday April 22, at 8:00 and hopefully finish by 12:00 p.m.

 

MARCH FINANCIAL REPORT

 

The fiscal year is nearing a close and with just three months left in the cycle, things are rounding into shape. The best way to look at our finances is to say that this year will be ok, but we are facing significant potential headwinds over the next couple of years. When the State House gets back from break, they will introduce their changes to the governor’s budget proposal. We will have a much greater idea of the issues we will be facing. In the meantime, here is a look at where we stand year-to-date.

 

 

Eastwood Schools Financials

Thursday, April 13, 2017

REVENUE

Projections

FY 2017

$$ change

% change

General Property Tax

$6,357,501

$6,633,935

$276,434

4.35%

Tangible Personal Property Tax

$0

$0

$0

0.00%

Income Tax

$1,500,866

$1,537,598

$36,732

2.45%

Unrestricted Grants-In-Aid* Includes SFSF

$4,644,305

$4,692,035

$47,730

1.03%

Restricted Grants-In-Aid

$36,914

$39,685

$2,771

7.51%

Property Tax Allocation

$299,351

$302,048

$2,697

0.90%

All Other

$1,356,407

$1,453,623

$97,216

7.17%

Advances / Other

$2,244

$13,604

$11,360

506.24%

TOTAL REVENUE

$14,197,588

$14,672,528

$474,940

3.35%

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

Projections

FY 2017

$$ change

% change

Personnel Services

$6,434,919

$6,255,349

-$179,570

-2.79%

Retirement / Insurance

$2,828,097

$2,645,781

-$182,316

-6.45%

Purchased Services

$1,179,846

$1,056,750

-$123,096

-10.43%

Supplies / Materials

$449,363

$411,107

-$38,256

-8.51%

Capital Outlay

$23,438

$32,726

$9,288

39.63%

Other Objects

$1,013,242

$1,110,514

$97,272

9.60%

Advances / Transfers

$2,233,798

$2,233,798

$0

0.00%

TOTAL EXPENSES

$14,162,703

$13,746,025

-$416,678

-2.94%

 

REVENUES vs. EXPENSES

$34,885

$926,503

$891,618

2555.88%

 

SUMMARY

 

For the year we are well above our projected bottom line.  Our expenses continue to com in well below projections, and if you take out the advance for Locally Funded Initiatives for the building, we have spent $130,000 less this year than last. That is a very good number considering all of the other funded areas carry over from year-to-year while the LFIs were a one time expense.

 

On the revenue side, we did see a slight uptick in residential home values, but our property taxes went up mainly due to an increase in the valuation of the Troy Energy Plant as well as some tax benefit for the additional power lines that were installed just south of Dowling Road. Looking ahead we see some positives and challenges with property taxes. We are anticipating a sharp decline in Agricultural Property Values next year which will partially impact next fiscal year, but will hit fully in FY 2019. We are also seeing some new home construction. While not enough to cover the decline we are likely to see in Ag Values, it may help soften the blow. The overall impact will be negative.

 

The good news is that this year will be better than anticipated which is critical, because next year may well be worse than what we were thinking.

 

Brent

Brent Welker, Superintendent
Eastwood Local Schools
4800 Sugar Ridge Road
Pemberville, Ohio 43450
 

 

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