To all voters and
taxpayers and folks who care
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
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!!
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 ½%) 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 ½%) 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
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
Motion carried 4-0.
Resolution No. 011-034
Motion to adjourn the meeting by Mrs. Cynthia Scott, seconded by Mr.
Bowman Payne Scott Sommer Studabaker
President Ben Studabaker
Treasurer Carla Surber