Ovid-Elsie Area Schools
Board of Education
Monday, February 25, 2013 – 7 P.M.
Ovid-Elsie High School Community Room
Archives for February 2013
State Board President Kathleen Staus noted, “School principals are a critical link for understanding between the community, school district leaders, parents, and classroom teachers they supervise. Teaching and learning in the 21st Century is faced with many new and unique challenges that will require the creative, effective leadership of school principals.”
I concur with this statement. Ovid-Elsie Area Schools has undergone many challenges and changes over the past few years. Since November, over 400 new bills have been introduced into legislation – many of them educationally focused. Leadership today is critical and it is only through a concerted, team effort that we will be successful.
Please join me in thanking our principals for a job well done and to encourage them on future endeavors!
Voters in the Ovid-Elsie School District will be asked whether or not they want to renew the district’s operating millage on February 26, 2013.
The 17.9694-mill, eleven-year millage, if passed, will collect an estimated $640,000 in its first year (2014).
The millage provides basic funding for the school district. When the state calculates its per-pupil funding, it assumes it receives its full millage revenue, whether it does so or not. The taxes are levied against non-homestead properties, such as business and industrial properties, second homes and some non-exempt agricultural property.
It specifically does not affect the taxes levied against a taxpayer’s primary home (which has a homestead exemption).
This proposal differs from recent years in that it has typically been put up for restoration. The renewal would allow the district to extend its current tax levy, however it is not a new tax.
The operating millage provides critical revenue for the district.
The nearly $640,000 it brings in equates to approximately 5% percent of the district’s revenue in its annual budget. It’s especially important in light of the cuts the district had made for the past two years. Even with the cuts, the district still used more than $1 million of its fund balance last year and is projected to use more than a half million dollars this year.
If the District loses another $640,000 on top of the current deficit, the District will really be in trouble.
The Board has a finance committee in place to review the budget and to make further recommendations to the Board.