How does state budget impact Little Miami district?

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

MORROW, OH (FOX19) -- The Little Miami School District is in "wait and see" mode as they sift through Gov. Kasich's education budget.

"We're going to see significant cuts, within this budget," said Superintendent Dan Bennett.
But there could be hope, the budget increases funding to the state's Solvency Assistance Fund from $18 million currently to $25 million the next two fiscal years -- that's a 38.9 percent increase for districts like Little Miami that are in fiscal emergency that would have to be divided up between the districts.
"I'm interested in learning more about that particular line item, but at any rate, whatever we get from that Solvency Assistance Fund has to be repaid," Bennett said.
And with more districts expected to join the 10 districts in the state currently in fiscal emergency, Little Miami can only be cautiously optimistic  that they'll see any of the increased funding.
"Planning for next year, we've been directed by the state commission to reduce our teaching staff by another 16 members," Bennett said.
Right now the focus is pushing for voters to pass a school levy in May, the 13.95 mills would generate $10.6 million a year and last 5 years.  Bennett says the community has to take control of their local schools.
"It just continues to reiterate that we need to solve this issue locally, and I hoping that the community can help us take that initial step by passing the May levy," Bennett said.
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