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Give Ohio districts equal funds

June 24, 2013

Attend a board of education meeting in Ohio, and there’s an excellent chance you will hear school officials worrying about how to pay the bills....

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Citizen1

Jun-25-13 1:40 AM

We currently have 69 schools in Trumbull County. If we reduce that # to 7 high schools and 14-21 K-8 schools, we would save millions more. We already have the new facilities to support most of the K-8 schools.

Savings: 1) Larger class sizes equate to fewer # of teachers required (salary, pension, health benefits)- Millions/year in savings

2) Maintenance and utility costs of these buildings (Landscaping, electricity, gas, water, repairs) - Millions/year in savings

3) Fewer superintendents required. Again, millions/year in savings.

4) Combined athletic facilities and the savings on the maintenance that goes into them.

The savings would be well worth it.

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Citizen1

Jun-25-13 1:40 AM

Could combine:

!) Lakeview, Maplewood, Badger 2) Girard, Hubbard, Half of Brookfield 3) Lordstown, Newton Falls, Labrae 4) McDonald, Ridge, Niles 5) Bloomfield, Bristol, Chalker, Champion 6) Howland, Matthews, Part of Brookfield 7) Warren Harding

Utilize the current buildings and expand onto them when necessary. Sell the unused buildings/property. Cut 16 superintendants, instantly saving $3 million annually ( and that's not even counting their staff and other expenses related to their jobs).

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Citizen1

Jun-25-13 1:38 AM

Also, I agree that we should consolidate schools. We have all of these new buildings, but the savings would be so enormous that we would still benefit to walk away from (or sell) some of those buildings.

There are 22 high schools in Trumbull County with 9610 students. Why not house them in four to five facilities with ~1900-2400 students each.

Four districts and the school you attend is determined by district lines that are drawn every 5 years or so, to ensure there are roughly equal number of students in each school.

For the people who care about sports, it would create 5 division one football teams in the county.

The proposition would save millions per year just on facility costs/maintenance.

I agree that schools should be funded in a different manner as the current manner puts property owners at a huge burden. Maybe increase the sales tax in the county?

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WarrenProud

Jun-24-13 6:06 AM

Ohio funding is very discriminatory and property taxes should not be the major way to fund schools. It's so unfair.

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