Changes to Perrysburg schools cash flow

"We may have to reroute teachers in different grades, and they may have to flop positions," said Board President Valerie Hovland.
"We may have to reroute teachers in different grades, and they may have to flop positions," said Board President Valerie Hovland.

By Justin Michaels - bio | email

PERRYSBURG (WTOL) - Despite millions in lost revenues, the president of the Perrysburg School Board says no teacher or staffing layoffs are coming.

Justin Michaels sits down with the board president to discuss how the district will move forward.

"Our mission statement doesn't change, and the mission of the Perrysburg School District is we ensure all students achieve their greatest potential," said Board President Valerie Hovland.

She says that mission is feeling the strain of fewer tax dollars, more unfunded mandates from the state and a promise to the taxpayers that the district would cut 2% of it's budget.

If there's less money and more mandates, then how is it that you don't make staffing cuts?

"We may have to reroute teachers in different grades, and they may have to flop positions. They may have to exchange positions and help in another building," Hovland said.

Though no staff cuts are planned, Hovland said attrition and retirements will lessen the salary load on the district.  "We're going to monitor class sizes a lot more closely than we ever have in the past. Make sure our student teacher ratios are where they should be and not go over what we've established as a district."

Some estimates show the district will have to work with nearly $3 million less than the district's typical $40 million budget.

All this will having to abide by state mandates with no more funding. "We did not expect to have mandates unfunded by the state of Ohio and it seems, right now, we have a lot of mandates that are unfunded in addition to the governor's new plan. It appears that the first year we will receive zero."

The good news is Perrysburg Schools will be getting just shy of $900,000 from the feds in stimulus money, but the use of that money is very narrow. Only certain programs will have access.

Like many districts and the rest of us, Perrysburg School District too is having to make due with less.