Superintendent's Message

Brent Welker

Brent Welker
Superintendent

12.10.18

Dear Community Members:

 

I hope this email finds you well! I have a number of items for you this week. We have the November Financial Report and other pieces of information.

 

EASTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL WINS PURPLE STAR DESIGNATION

 

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Last Friday, we were pleased to host the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mr. Paolo DeMaria, as well as multiple other dignitaries and political officials for the presentation of the Purple Star award from the Ohio Department of Education. Eastwood was selected to host Mr. DeMaria for a student assembly where the banner was presented to Mr. Jim Kieper, HS principal, and our students. The ceremony was streamed via Facebook and Twitter and is now on You Tube at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=wWkyDMaNX9U

 

The Purple Star is awarded for schools that are friendly to military families. There is a process for applying for the designation, and thanks to Mr. Kieper’s exemplary application, Eastwood was selected to host the announcement this year. There are several highlights to the presentation including comments from Lt. Colonel John Cupp, Supt DeMaria, and in particular Mr. Howard’s thoughts at the end.

 

Congrats to all those who had a hand in making the day possible. There is always a little stress in pulling something like this together, but again, Mr. Kieper’s excellent organization was key. A hat tip to our students who were fantastic to say the least!

 

One final note, we also want to thank Supt. DeMaria for stopping it to see Mr. Sabo’s Leadership  class to share his thoughts with students. Great stuff!!!

 

 

WINTER IS NOW HERE

 

We have had the earliest onset of winter that I can remember in many, many years. With the winter weather, we have the most significant challenges when it comes to delaying and closing school. As I mentioned in a previous email, the final decision rests in your hands when it comes to your child attending school on days that are questionable. This has been our policy for the last decade, and we have yet to have this abused. Simply put, if we decide to go to school on a day where you feel the roads are not safe for your son or daughter, please contact the office and let them know your child will come in when you feel comfortable or not at all. We want parents to know that they are empowered to act in their child’s best interests without fearing negative consequences at school. Kids will still need to make up work, but you will have peace of mind knowing they are safe.

 

AFTER PROM INFORMATION

 

The After Prom Committee is soliciting donations to help support this year’s program. After Prom has a single mission and that is to provide a safe post prom experience for students. It is a very expensive evening, and they do numerous fundraisers throughout the year to help raise funds. Please see the attached documents for more information and how you can help.

 

INTERNATIONAL CLUB FUNDRAISER

 

Please see the attached form for information about how you can use ebates to help support the Eastwood International Club!

 

NOVEMBER FINANCIAL REPORT

 

November is the 5th month in the fiscal year which means we are nearing the halfway point in the year. The trends we have seen in previous months are still carrying forward. I am using the spreadsheet comparing the current fiscal year (FY 2019) to last year (FY 2018.)

 

Eastwood Schools Financials

Monday, December 10, 2018

REVENUE

FY 2018

FY 2019

$$ change

% change

General Property Tax

$2,815,308.96

$2,929,330.22

$114,021.26

4.05%

Tangible Personal Property Tax

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

0.00%

Income Tax

$1,148,217.62

$1,185,620.46

$37,402.84

3.26%

Unrestricted Grants-In-Aid

$2,625,297.87

$2,616,888.34

-$8,409.53

-0.32%

Restricted Grants-In-Aid

$20,530.39

$20,755.11

$224.72

1.09%

Property Tax Allocation

$300,666.97

$301,384.88

$717.91

0.24%

All Other

$536,428.99

$501,606.31

-$34,822.68

-6.49%

Advances / Other

$130,048.54

$44,070.70

-$85,977.84

-66.11%

TOTAL REVENUE

$7,576,499.34

$7,599,656.02

$23,156.68

0.31%

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

FY 2018

FY 2019

$$ change

% change

Personnel Services

$3,464,226.62

$3,600,655.78

$136,429.16

3.94%

Retirement / Insurance

$1,500,892.83

$1,571,436.66

$70,543.83

4.70%

Purchased Services

$640,070.72

$662,252.40

$22,181.68

3.47%

Supplies / Materials

$237,608.34

$270,392.06

$32,783.72

13.80%

Capital Outlay

$215,426.29

$369,929.64

$154,503.35

71.72%

Other Objects

$569,393.22

$504,518.48

-$64,874.74

-11.39%

Advances / Transfers

$1,337,905.50

$1,336,260.50

-$1,645.00

-0.12%

TOTAL EXPENSES

$7,965,523.52

$8,315,445.52

$349,922.00

4.39%

 

REVENUES vs. EXPENSES

-$389,024.18

-$715,789.50

-$326,765.32

84.00%

 

REVENUES

 

1.      Property Taxes – They are still up by $114,021 as compared to last year. We will see how tax valuation changes to Troy Energy, new home construction, and other adjustments impact the second collection.  However, we will likely see this positive balance as compared to last year evaporate by March.

2.      Income Taxes – Up $37,402 year-to-date as compared to last year at this time. We mentioned in previous months that low unemployment in Wood County has the biggest impact on this number. We are anticipating that future quarters will still be positive helping this throughout the year.

 

EXPENSES

 

1.      Salaries – We are up $136,429 as compared to last year at this time. In previous months we have mentioned that the addition of a teacher to work with students with disabilities plus moving our preschool teachers from being employees of the Wood County ESC into the district have impacted this line more than anything else. There has been some decrease in “OTHER OBJECTS” to compensate for the addition of the preschool teachers to our payroll. Other Objects is where our Wood County ESC bill is recorded.

2.      Insurance – This reflects the 4% increase in insurance premiums plus there are a couple of staff members who have added insurance.

3.      Capital Outlay – We invested heavily in our facilities over the summer with a number of projects including the LED light replacement at the MS and HS along with the replacement of the ceiling grid and tile at the MS. This will always be an outlier number for the year.

 

There are no real surprises in this month’s numbers. Over the next couple of months we will see how income taxes and property valuations will impact overall revenues.  

 

Have a great rest of the week! 

 

Brent Welker, Superintendent
Eastwood Local Schools
120 E. College St.
PO Box 837
Pemberville, Ohio 43450
419-833-6411
 

"Leaders create Culture, Culture drives Behavior, Behavior produces Results." - Tim Kight

 



12/10/2018


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