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The following information is presented to start a process of keeping Greenville voters and taxpayers informed about the Darke County and Greenville School Systems with emphasis on financial elements and consistant review and comment regarding the performance of the team that constitutes the Board of Education, Why, well the seven Boards of Education and eight superintendents in Darke County control more money than the County Commissioners and are directly responsible for the future of our county and country through the education of our youth. It has been suggested that a comment made by a Board of Education Member in Darke County that indicated his real job kept him from spending much time preparing for the Board Meeting, is easily justification to replace the Board Member promptly.

The Greenville School District Five year plan/forecast dated 10/30/2010 stated the total revenue for the year 2012 would be $25,495,000 and the total expenditures as $27,907,000 which yields a shortfall of -$2,412,000 for the year. Yet according to the Board of Education Meeting Minutes for February 17, 2011 – two and a half months later – immediately after an executive session, the Board voted to increase the largest expenditure category for the next two years with a retroactive feature. Does this mean that the amount in the red from the October document will be greater than forecast?? It should be noted that one member of the school board abstained.

With the shortfall identified for 2012, the timing for a new school seems a little suspect. But, the Greenville taxpayers only have to pay 60% of the cost of a new school compared to lower percentages for all other schools in Darke County.

Various other School District Boards of Education have achieved some taxpayer savings by negotiating with their teachers’ association/union while considering the impact of SB 5 if and when it goes into effect. At the same time, simply as a reminder, the Board of Education is elected by the voters/taxpayers to manage the school district to achieve the best education possible for the district youth and not just to satisfy the demands of the teachers’ association/union. The Greenville Board of Education is elected to manage the largest amount of the $75 plus million dollars allocated to the Darke County School systems. Based on the number of children in the seven schools, a voter/taxpayer just might ask the elected or appointed members of the Boards of Education what are YOU actively doing to improve the financial situation.

Chart 1 (above)

The table above and the meeting minutes below are included for your information. The source of the information in the table is from each school’s required twice yearly five year forecast with the exception of the rating by the Ohio State Board of Education and the final TOTAL LINE AND CALCULATIONS.

As you can see from the minutes below, this states the approval is retroactive to the 2010-2011 school year and remains in effect through June 30, 2012. The record of previous agreement that is readily available is for the period July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008. This document was signed on 12/11/06 (the 6 has been written over and barely ledge able). It is interesting to note that the first three signatures for the Board of Education are recipients of the retirement and benefits included in the agreement. On the last page of the document, is a signature by a legal firm acknowledging receipt on February 5, 2007, signed by Richard Ross and this page also acknowledges in addition to the Greenville Education Association, the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association are participants. [This may mean both organizations are very interested because they are destinations for a significant amount of the funds in the form of dues from each teacher.]

The education of the youth in Greenville/Darke County is vital to the future here and throughout the country. If you care, get involved! If you think that everything is just peachy keen in our school system, stay at home and see what happens.

PLEASE GET INVOLVED!!

Al Bliss

Board of Education Meeting Minutes February 17. 2011
The Board moved out of Executive Session at 8:30 A.M.

VII. Recommended that the Board of Education approve a retroactive increase for the main contracts attributed to the classified staff of Greenville City School District in the amount of 1.25% the first year (2010-2011 school year) and 1.25% the second year (2011-2012 school year). Additionally, a step will be added to all classified salary schedules for the 2011-2012 school year creating an additional 1% increase at step 19 beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. (all extensions of main contracts will be included)

Further, the Board will contribute eighty-seven and one-half percent (87 %) of the premium cost for the hospitalization and surgical plan for each classified employee and each full-time employee will contribute twelve and one-half percent (12 %) of the premium cost beginning September 1, 2011.

Any employee who chooses to withdraw his/her enrollment from the school district’s health insurance policy or to change enrollment from a family plan or employee with children plan to a single employee plan will receive $1000 for the first year (from the date of ratification to June 30, 2011) of withdrawal and $750 for the second year (from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) on this Contract. In order to receive the incentive, the employee must have had coverage for the preceding 12 month period.

If the employee opts out of coverage and wishes to re-enter later in the year, the incentive will be returned to the district on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of months effected.

*This applies to all employees who are not part-time or were not under the policy set up on June 17, 2003, Resolution #03-096.

Motion to approve by Mrs. Cynthia Scott, seconded by Mr. Jim Sommer.

Bowman Payne Scott Sommer Studabaker

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Motion carried 4-0.

Resolution No. 011-034

VII. ADJOURNMENT

Motion to adjourn the meeting by Mrs. Cynthia Scott, seconded by Mr. Jim Sommer.

Bowman Payne Scott Sommer Studabaker

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Motion carried 5-0.                         

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President Ben Studabaker

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Treasurer Carla Surber



 
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