Local school districts looking for funding help from the state are seeing zeros instead of dollar signs.
Gov. Ted Strickland’s proposed school funding plan for the next two years includes little or no funding increases for schools in Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Seneca and Sandusky counties.
With the exception of Danbury and Kelleys Island schools, most schools in the area will get between a zero and 10-percent increase in funding.
Sandusky City Schools Treasurer Troy Bouts expected as much.
“I predicted that we would see very little change,” Bouts said. “I would be surprised and very pleased to see a big change.”
He said the funding budget proposal isn’t written in stone and can still change.
“He’s only been in office a few months, let’s give him some time,” Bouts said. “We need to challenge the government to accomplish this goal at the earliest possible date.”
While campaigning, Strickland said Ohio’s educational system is “unfair and unconstitutionally funded” and burdens property owners with high property taxes. He promised to make changes.
For the current fiscal year, Sandusky City Schools received $15.5 million in state funding. It will receive the same amount for fiscal year 2008 and $16.3 million for 2009