MOUNT VERNON — The state Office of Budget and Management has released preliminary estimates of the amount of state funding schools will receive under Gov. Kasich’s “Achievement Everywhere” proposal.
Except for the Knox County Career Center and Mount Vernon City Schools, local school districts will receive no increase in state funds in fiscal year 2014. The Knox County Career Center should see 8.6 percent more in state funds and Mount Vernon City’s projected amount shows a 5.35 percent increase. New Albany-Plain Local will get a 181.04 percent increase; Dublin and Delaware City districts are each slated to receive a 25 percent increase and Newark will get a 10.89 percent increase.
“It’s frustrating,” said Centerburg treasurer Ellen Scott. “There’s more than one problem. There is no increase, which is not what we were led to believe would happen. The other problem is that what they are basing the funding on for 2013 doesn’t come anywhere near what I have from the Ohio Department of Education. We could actually be getting a decrease.”
Mary Payne, treasurer of Danville Local Schools, said the best thing about the proposal is that it is not yet law.
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