District seeks renewal of levies

Huron Schools aiming for long-term security.
Alissa Widman Neese
Oct 18, 2013
Huron Schools can get through the next two years without additional funding from any tax levies.

Nonetheless, officials are hopeful voters will approve two renewal levies in the next two years. Doing so would secure enough funding to keep the district from asking voters for new money as long as possible, likely until 2016.

At a board meeting this week, treasurer Mike Weis reviewed Huron Schools finances with board members and about 30 others. A few questioned the district’s financial status before the presentation even began.

Huron Schools is projecting deficits every year, ranging from almost $2 million in the current school year and $5.6 million in the 2017-18 school year, according to its most recent fiveyear financial forecast, updated this month.

It is set to spend all its reserve cash by 2016. Its annual budget is about $14.6 million.

The forecast does not account for renewal levies, however, which significantly alter the picture.

The district is seeking its first renewal of a five-year, 5.9-mill operating levy voters approved in 2008. That levy will appear on the November ballot, while another, smaller levy renewal will likely appear on a ballot next year.

This year’s proposed levy generates about $1.2 million annually for the district. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $181 each year.

If voters approve both renewal levies and district officials enact a few cuts, Huron Schools will possibly have enough reserve cash to end the 2015-16 school year without a deficit, Weis said.

Voters have never rejected a renewal levy for the district, so that’s likely a more accurate portrayal of the district’s current finances, as well as the best possible scenario, he said.

“All our numbers on the forecast are very conservative, with the lowest possible revenue and the highest possible expenses,” Weis said. “I’m positive, even without the levies, we’ll end the 2014-15 school year in the black. It’s not a lot of black, but it’s still black.”

Comments

whazup

How can this be? Asher, Bulea and Muelhauser have sent out several mailers and wrote a letter to the ReaderForum stating the district is in a financial crisis and we would have to ask for NEW money in 2014. Certainly they wouldn't lie, would they? Mr. Caporini (who is currently being investigated by the OEC) states in a letter to the Hometown News that the current board majority has let the district budget spiral out of control. I heard the treasurer's presentation this past Tuesday was positive and up beat. Wonder why the ABM group would have a different story than Alissa? Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmm. No agenda there. LOL Let's hope the voters ask these same questions before casting their ballot!

Justme...

Vote "YES" for this renewal!!

Princess87

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whazup

What information do they have wrong about the Fremont situation? I have seen the report which is public record. I'm not following what you mean.

Princess87

Yes

whazup

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Princess87

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Princess87

BTW

BAM272

I would like some clear, unbiased facts about each candidate, including their history with the Huron board. I am having difficulty sorting through the continual barrage of information which I am receiving from each individual candidate. Watching the debate left things as clear as mud. Also, how many seats are available? A detail that I can't seem to find out. I would like a factual, unbiased refresher in each board member's specific role in the Kalahari/ Fox debacle so I can make an informed choice. Also, I am interested in each candidate's vision, goals, and plans to move this district forward serving the best interest of the future of our children as well as being good stewards of the tax dollars of the people of Huron. Sandusky Register, can you run an article in this please?

whazup

There are 3 seats open and 7 candidates. Every voter may vote for 3 candidates. The so called block is 3 individuals who are campaigning together. Kevin Asher is currently on the board and has a friendship with Fox that goes back to high school (class of '74). Nancy Bulea is a former board member of around 15 years who was voted out of her position in Nov. 2011 (replaced by Tim Sowecke). She was one of the board members who allowed and approved expenses for Fox that came into question during this mess. Eric Muelhauser is a friend of Asher and Fox who does not have children, is not a volunteer in any of the school programs, and does not attend board meetings. Green and Slocum are current board members finishing their 8th year on the board. Green is the member who two administrators approached with their concerns regarding the lack of leadership by Fox that started the investigation. Slocum agreed that the allegations warranted an investigation. Catri is a teacher with another district who has been a regular at the board meetings for the last 18 months and has addressed specific board members about their actions. She bases her statements on records obtained through the district and Ohio revised codes. Catri does not have children. Kleist is the parent of two children in the district who has had to fight for her child to receive the services he needs. I believe her biggest obstacle was Fox. The previous board majority (Asher, Bulea,and Caporini) are huge Fox supporters and personal friends.

Kleist For Kids

The school administrators, not teachers, were the biggest obstacle. So much so that I was asked to testify in October 2011 for the dyslexia legislation in Ohio by one of the leaders of the Ohio Board of Regents Dyslexia Task Force. I also had to send a letter stating they were in violation of federal IDEA and that I was told by ODE to file a complaint several times. I also had the Upper Arlington School District report where ODE found them in violation, which was very similar to what I was going through. And this was because I asked for accommodations and was denied. A parent should not have so much difficulty when advocating for their child. And this is not unique to Huron, this happens in most school districts.

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whazup

With your experience advocating for your child and Mrs. Catri's experience as a special education teacher, we have two great choices for the board. Too many people, including teachers and administrators, don't understand the laws and their personal responsibilities. This type of experience is a valuable resource to any district's board.

Kleist For Kids

Thank you. I also have experience on the finance/business side with an MBA concentrated in Operations Management and a BS in accounting. Paid for by Kleist for kids.

Kleist For Kids

Please go to my website for more information, http://kleistforkids.com/. About 20% of the population is dyslexic. Between 2005 to 2012, Huron has been averaging at least 15% of its 3rd grade students were not proficient in reading. Ohio now has the 3rd grade guarantee that mandates retaining any 3rd grader that is not proficient on the Ohio Achievement Test (very few exceptions to this, and if the child has an IEP for a reading disability, the IEP must state not to hold the child back). Many of the struggles with learning to read can be avoided with early identification and appropriate intervention. Also, if schools have an explicit, systematic, structured language reading program starting in kindergarten, about 95% of non-cognitively impaired students will be proficient readers by 3rd grade, this reduces the need for special education services for struggling readers. The other 5% of students will need more intensive intervention than what a gen Ed class could provide. About 20% of the population will learn to read regardless how it is taught, about half the population struggles to learn to read to some extent, and about 20% of the population will NOT learn to read unless it is taught systematically and explicitly. This method makes ALL students better readers. For more information about dyslexia, please see my other website http://decodingdyslexiaoh.org/, which I created to help parents more effectively advocate for their children and to help spread awareness about dyslexia. Dyslexia is highly hereditary and runs in my family. I did not know this, and my son is the first to be formally diagnosed. The ability to read and spell does not equate to intelligence.

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BAM272

thank you, exactly what I was looking for and unable to weed out of all of the muck.

UgtaBkdnMe

I am tired of the negative postcards and letters in the Register and the Huron paper from the A-B-M group about the financial state of the district. They have spread lies and cite the district five year forecast as their source. The treasurer's explanation on the website and this article by Alissa shows a different picture, a true picture. The recent letters in the Forum and the Huron Hometown News from organizations and employees debunk their claims that the PTO and local businesses no longer support the schools. Huron has performed better academically during the past year earning 24/24 indicators on the state report card. The district has moved forward since the April 2nd termination vote, despite the actions and votes of Asher and Caporini. A-B-M has spread so many lies in their mailers and for what purpose? There is only one person who benefits if the district fails and that person is the former superintendent.

BAM272

like I said I am seeking unbiased fact. Ms Kleist you have my support. You put children first, do not have any allegiance to the current board, and handled yourself professionally and with grace during the debate. I have a child with special needs myself and advocating for him is one of my biggest challenges as a parent. I commend you for that and your running for the board, something which can be a thankless job!

Tsu Dho Nimh

No matter who you plan to vote for, please support this renewal levy!