Superintendent's Message

Brent Welker

Brent Welker


Dear Community Members!


I hope this email finds you well!


I have a couple of notes for you including the November Financial Report. I also have some VERY important information on the Nexus pipeline after the November Report.


Also, please remember that we have a scheduled 2 Hour Delay for Professional Development on Thursday December 12th.


There is a flyer attached with information on a very important visit from Santa to the Luckey Legion next Monday! 



The Eastwood Alumni Association is proud to announce the Eagle Way Hall of Fame Class of 2020!!


George Brinker - WWII vet and Purple Heart recipient; Board of Education President when Eastwood MS was built; Designed and built over 100 'Brinker Bridges' in Wood County; Class President two years at Troy-Luckey


Dr. Bob Brueggemeier - Former Dean, professor, and researcher in the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University; major breast cancer researcher; holder of four patents; Eastwood Class of 1968


Linda Dunmyer - Outstanding Eastwood educator for 30 years; Major force behind the formation of the Quilting Eagles; Active supporter for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; Eastwood Class of 1965 


Mike Gardner - Holds most varsity letters in Eastwood history with 13; Eastwood boys' golf coach for 48 years; Eastwood educator for 41 years; 34 years as Eastwood basketball scorekeeper; Eastwood class of 1968


Dr. Lisa Lattanza - Chair of Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehab at Yale School of Medicine; World renowned leader in 3D surgical planning and technology for deformity correction; Co-founder of Perry Institute; Eastwood Class of 1981


Tickets to the Feb. 22, 2020 Hall of Fame banquet to be held at the Pemberville American Legion can be purchased at the Pemberville Library, Eastwood HS, or from Betty Kahlenberg, Marcia Cousino, Mike Godfrey, Joyce Brinker, and Janell Vickers. Tickets are just $25 and includes the induction ceremonies, a steak or chicken dinner with potato, veggie, salad, cake, and soft drinks. 


This is a very distinguished group of alumni!




Every year in December I share a similar message on student driving in inclement weather. Simply stated, within reason, you as a parent will make the final call on whether or not your child attends school on a day where there are weather concerns. If you feel that the roads are not in an acceptable condition for your child to travel to school, we ask that you contact your child’s building and let us know.


Winter provides significant challenges because there are days when we will have school, and the roads will not be clean and dry. It just is not practical to close school every day during the winter months. While the roads may not be 100% clean, they may be ok for travel if individuals drive with caution and care. This means driving more slowly, leaving more space between you and the car in front of you, and generally being careful. GETTING KIDS TO TAKE THEIR TIME IS CRITICAL!


Another challenge is that roads may be clean in spots but snow covered in others. We see that particularly on windy days. These can be very tricky for young drivers who hit drifts going too fast. It is not uncommon for roads to be in good shape in the morning but challenging in the afternoon if the winds pick up during the day. We know the north/south and east/west roads that have a tendency to drift, and we pass that along to kids. We will make announcements for our drivers if we know that there has been drifting during the day.


We work to be very cautious, but there are times when students will have to take their time and drive for the conditions. You will probably not agree with every decision, which is why we give you this discretion.




There is a letter attached to this email that will be coming home soon reminding parents about the need to sign up for Ohio Alerts before March 1, 2020.




The Village of Luckey is hosting its 3rd Annual Christmas in the Village. The event is taking place on Saturday, December 14th from 5:45 pm-8:00 pm. 


Anyone wishing to participate in the lighted parade is asked to gather in the parking lot of Zion Lutheran Church (303 Park Drive. Luckey, Ohio 43443) by 5:15 pm to assemble. Those participating are encouraged to get creative and decorate vehicles, floats, wagons, bikes and more! The parade will travel down Main Street, ending at the corner of Main and Oak, where you will see nearly 200 milk jug luminaries lighting the street. At 6:00 pm, there will be a tree lighting located at the Gazebo next the State Bank (235 Main St). Events will include horse drawn carriage rides, a live nativity (including a camel, donkey, and sheep) with guided storytelling and Eastwood band and choir, located at Grace Lutheran Church (216 Main St). Also found on Main St will be live ice carving demonstrations, holiday music, s'more, cookie, coffee, and hot cocoa stations, bonfires, face painting, balloon creations, kid’s crafts, the reading of the Night Before Christmas under the Christmas tree and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, while all of the events listed are complementary, the village will be collecting unwrapped gifts for Toys-for-Tots at the municipal building as well as non-perishable food donation boxes throughout Main St, which will be donated to the Luckey Food Pantry. This year we have challenged the villages of Pemberville and Wayne to see who can collect the most toys! There will also be a $5 soup and sandwich dinner served at Faith United Methodist Church from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm.  We hope to see you there!   




Believe it or not we are nearly 50% of the way through the fiscal year. Here are the numbers as compared to last year. 


Eastwood Schools Financials

Monday, December 2, 2019


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Honestly, there is not much to this month’s numbers save two expense items.


1.      Salaries – Up $182,535.02 over last year. This is up 5% over last year and it is the largest single expense item in the budget. This is a product again of a couple of things. We have added positions in the upper grades at the elementary school, and we had many staff members receive their Master’s Degree or a new educational level.

2.      Insurance – Only up $23,279 from last year or 1.48%. This is our second biggest expense item and keeping those costs contained are extremely important.


Our revenues are slightly above where they were last year at this time and our expenses are just under last year’s totals. Will not stay this way all year, but not a bad place to be as we near the midpoint of the fiscal year.




We learned last week that Nexus has appealed their valuation to the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT). Originally, it was projected that Eastwood may receive as much as $2.2 million in new funding from this project. Nexus has appealed that valuation, and their proposed value is roughly 60% of the original value assigned by ODT. We are now projecting that for TY 2019 Pay 2020 Eastwood will receive $1.27 million.


So what happens next? Nexus and ODT will go through a process to determine whether or not there is merit to Nexus’s claim that the value assigned by the Department of Taxation was too high. Sometimes these appeals can take a couple of years, but given the dollar amount and the impact to many governmental organizations, there may be an effort to move the process along briskly.


If the appeal stands, that is the number we work with moving forward. If ODT rules that their value is higher, we will receive the difference plus any interest that would have been earned. We have been through this one other time with Troy Energy, so we are familiar with the process.




No matter what Eastwood will receive new revenue from a source outside of the local taxpayers. This is very good news. However, we have had to drastically alter our Five Year Forecast downward since the Department of Taxation put out their information in October. It increases the likelihood that we may need some kind of operating levy in 3-4 years to bridge the gap until the Elementary School is paid off. There are still unknowns that will have an even greater impact such as state funding. We will still be seen as having a windfall albeit not as large. Hard to know what will happen.


That is it for this evening! Have a great week!


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

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


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