Parent Update – September 30, 2009
Congratulations to Bulldog Golf Team
Congratulations to our High School boy’s golf team who yesterday laid claim to the S.W.C. championship. Congratulations to Coach John Holzworth (5th grade teacher at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School) and the team for this fine accomplishment.
Falls Day in the Park
A reminder that Falls Day in the Park, sponsored by the Olmsted Falls Park and Recreation Department will be held this Sunday (October 4th) afternoon at the East River Park (Lewis Road). The Olmsted Falls Marching Band will be making an appearance at this event
Powder Puff Football Game
Just a reminder that our Junior and Senior girls will be squaring off in their annual Powder Puff football game this Saturday, October 3rd at 5 PM at Charles Harding stadium. Proceeds from this event go to the Olmsted Falls After-Prom Committee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Over the past few weeks, a set of common questions about the District’s 6.4 mill operating levy request have been repeatedly asked. In an attempt to distribute the answers to these commonly asked questions, the District has put out the following document (click here).
Updated Information on Transportation
Many have recently asked me what the impact on transportation services would be should the community not support the 6.4 mill operating levy in November. As per the Educational Reduction Plan (announced in January 2009 during the February Levy Campaign) and the Levy Choice Points document (click here to view), the District would default to State minimum busing services effective January 2010.
State minimum busing would eliminate bus service for any family whose son or daughter lives within two miles of the building for which the child attends. In order to give perspective of the impact of this change on our community, the District’s transportation department has developed maps to show the two mile cut-off for each of our school facilities. Copies of these maps can be seen by clicking here.
For those families utilizing the Alternative Transportation service, as noted on the bus card you received in August and as noted in the Spring 2009 School Report (click here for copy), this service will be eliminated in January 2010 should the community not support the November operating levy.
Finally, while it certainly is not pleasant for me to deliver this information to you, it is important that our community clearly understands the ramifications of the November levy vote.
Will State funding to Olmsted Falls City Schools be cut?
As you may be aware, about a week ago, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Governor Strickland’s proposal to install video lottery terminals (VLT) at horseracing tracks was unconstitutional. This was a major blow to Governor Strickland as the State budget, over the next two years, assumed around $851 million would be generated from VLTs.
According to information released yesterday from the Ohio Department of Education, this VLT dilemma has created an even larger issue as the Federal Stimulus programs required a “maintenance of financial effort” from participating state governments. This means that whatever financial amount a state had previously been allocating had to be continued to be allocated in their upcoming biennial budget.
Now that this anticipated $851 million will not be coming from the VLTs, the State is out of compliance with the Federal Stimulus rules and could lose up to $2 billion in Federal Stimulus dollars. (See Plain Dealer article for additional information by clicking here)
As you may be aware, of all the governmental departments around Ohio, public K-12 education was largely spared the axe in HB1. Now with this new loss of anticipated revenue, cuts will be coming to K-12 public education.
Yesterday afternoon, the Ohio Department of Education emailed a simulation to all Ohio public K-12 schools showing what reduced funding could occur if Ohio loses the Federal Stimulus Funding. For Olmsted Falls Schools, our loss in State revenue would be $1,149,034.21 in FY 10 and $1,719,346.74 in FY 11 for a total loss over the biennium of $2,868,380.95.
Now the likelihood that Ohio will lose $2 Billion in Federal stimulus funding is rather unlikely. (From a political standpoint only, Ohio plays a major part in any presidential election campaign). However, it appears to be a certainty that a reduction in state funding for Olmsted Falls City Schools will likely occur sometime in the near future.
Reminder – Community Meetings
As a reminder, members of the Board of Education will be participating in a series of information meetings so as to answer community members’ questions about the operations of the Olmsted Falls City School System. The meetings, which will all be held in the High School Auditorium, will occur on the following dates and times:
Wednesday September 30th 7:15 PM
Thursday October 8th 7:15 PM
Monday October 19th 7:15 PM
Sunday October 25th 4:30 PM
School Board meeting Information
School Board meetings occur on a monthly basis. While attendance is usually light, I want to make you aware that our District’s website contains a written briefing of every monthly meeting. A copy of the briefing from the September 17th meeting can be found by clicking here.
PTA Meetings for October
The Olmsted Falls School district is blessed to have a very supportive PTA. I would highly encourage you to become involved in the PTA for the building your son or daughter attends. Here are the meeting times and dates for the October PTA meetings:
Early Childhood PTA Thursday, October 8th at 7 PM
Falls-Lenox PTA Tuesday, October 27th at 7PM
Olmsted Falls Intermediate School PTA Tuesday, October 20th at 7PM
Olmsted Falls Middle School PTA Tuesday, October 13th at 7 PM
Olmsted Falls High School PTA Monday, October 26th at 7 PM
Kiwanis Homecoming Breakfast
As a part of the Olmsted Falls Homecoming festivities, the Olmsted Kiwanis will be hosting a Free pancake breakfast (donations are accepted) from 8 AM – 1 PM on Sunday, October 11th. The location of this event will be the High School cafeteria.