Superintendent Guy Parmigian with OHHS student Matt Harris following his presentation to the B-C-S Board of Education on his Eagle Scout project.
At its October 22nd regular meeting, the B-C-S School District Board of Education approved an updated five year financial forecast that shows the district remains on the fiscally responsible track. The updated forecast showed, for example, that B-C-S Schools ended Fiscal Year 2013 (that ended on June 30, 2013) in the black for the first time in five years. Salaries and benefits for employees were reduced by $2 million dollars from Fiscal Year 2012 to Fiscal Year 2013. In addition, all other district expenses were reduced by approximately $450,000 during the same time period.
Further, the updated forecast projects that the district will end Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, and 2016 in the black. The updated forecast, prepared by Treasurer Tim Coffman, is based on staffing, enrollment and funding information as of October 15th, and is subject to change. Mr. Coffman stated: “To go from four straight years of deficit spending to a projected four years without deficit spending is a momentous occasion. It is great to see that the changes implemented in 2012 were not just a short term fix.”
The B-C-S Board highlighted student Matthew Harris who proposed a project to beautify, with benches and landscaping, the entrance to Oak Harbor High School as part of his Eagle Scout project. The project would be funded with private donations. Next, the Board awarded commendations to 2013 State Track Meet Qualifiers including Allie Donbrosky, Andrea Cecil, Sidney Allen, Karis Dewalt, Allie Jett and Athena Eli.
The Board also extended commendations to Mrs. Karen Gruber, Principal, and the staff of R.C. Waters Elementary School for earning the honor of being named a “School of Promise” by the Ohio Department of Education. With more than 4,100 schools eligible across the state, R.C. Waters Elementary is one of 141 “Schools of Promise’ named in the State of Ohio, and the only school in Ottawa County that earned this distinction. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard Ross commented that, “Schools of Promise are examples of what can happen when principals, teachers, parents, and community members all believe that children can learn…These schools overcome challenges, sometimes significant challenges, to provide high-quality education to Ohio children.”
In other business, the Board acted on a number of personnel recommendations from the superintendent, approved volunteer coaches, and renewed the American Red Cross Shelter Agreement. Board members also approved a proclamation proclaiming October 21—25, 2013 as Nation School Bus Safety Week noting that school buses are the safest means of transportation in the nation as verified by the National Highway Safety Administration; and asking all citizens to recognize the hard work and dedication of pupil transportation professionals. The Board also proclaimed November 18—22 as “American Public Education Week,” to honor the contributions of all school employees and to recognize that public schools are “community linchpins, bringing together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in common enterprise.”
Finally, the B-C-S Board set the dates for its next two regular meetings: Tuesday, November 19th at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, December 17th at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held at the Board of Education Office.