Ayersville School Board Discusses Its Financial Situation | Local News

AYERSVILLE — The Ayersville Local Schools Board discussed possible ways to save on expenses and increase revenue at its monthly meeting on Monday.

The board has accepted the resignation of Grade 7-12 principal Rob Luderman, effective July 31. He accepted the position of high school principal from the local Patrick Henry Schools.

According to the monthly financial report submitted by Treasurer Abby Sharp, local tax revenue (real estate and revenue) is up $711,000.

However, Sharp noted that last year the district lost $628,000. State revenue increased by $1.3 million, but all other revenue decreased by $994,000, she added.

According to Sharp, this is primarily due to the passage of the state’s Fair Schools Funding Plan, which changed the way open enrollment is funded.

On the expense side, salaries and benefits are down $96,000 from last year. Purchasing Services decreased by $415,000 primarily due to the Fair Trade Schools Funding Plan.

All other expenses are down $25,000. Overall, the total decrease for the year is $727,000, Sharp said.

Superintendent Beth Hench said using the GovDeals online marketplace helped the school raise more than $4,000 after completing a second online auction. Hench has listed items such as old lawn mowers, desks and computer carts for sale on the website.

She is looking to auction off unused devices in the future to continue to help increase revenue in a variety of ways.

Hench also mentioned two new positions that will be posted that could save the school thousands of dollars.

Currently, the district uses gifted services through the Educational Services Center which costs $10,000. By installing an in-house coordinator, the district would no longer need to source services from outside, she said.

The second position is for a Bus Mechanic/Bus Driver. The district has an ongoing contract with Jewell Garage that is due to expire on June 30.

Hench said having an in-house employee rather than an outside vendor would provide “substantial cost savings” to the district.

For the next board meeting in May, Sharp has invited Bonefish Systems to make a presentation to the board on its software.

Regarding the old business debate about adding accent colors to the official school colors, feedback will be gathered from the student body and community at large and presented in May.

The board also handled contract renewals for the following employees for the 2022-23 school year:

• Ariel Stehura on a one-year contract.

• Rafael Manriquez on a two-year deal and approved as GMC Competition Director for the 2021-22 season.

• Jason Luthy, Courtney Reiner and Katherine Schubert for three-year contracts.

• Heather Anderson, Janelle Lymanstall and Audra Manriquez for current contracts.

• Melissa Kern, Colin Mengerink and Caitlin Fritz on two-year classified personnel contracts.

• Jeff Strata for a one-year certified employee contract.

• Eileen Ramus on a one-year classified contract.

• Troy Merillat for a two-year classified EMIS coordinator contract.

In other cases counsel:

• Approved financial reports including investments, cash balances, cash reconciliation, check register, credit report.

• Accepted $7,701.17 from Ayersville PTO to the Elementary Principal’s Fund for the purchase of a ride.

• Accepted $395 from the Defiance Lions Club for the Hugh O’Bryan Youth Leadership Conference.

• Accepted $25.40 from Coca-Cola Give to the Elementary Principal’s Fund.

• Student-approved commendations for winter activities.

• approved the kindergarten field trip to the Fort Wayne Zoo on May 9.

• approved an agreement with the parents of four students for the reimbursement of transportation costs for these students to Hilltop schools for the 2021-22 school year.

• approved updates to policies recommended by NEOLA and previously reviewed by the Board’s Policy Committee.

• approved the recognition of Griffin Insurance as agent for optional student accident insurance for the 2022-2023 school year.

• approved participation in the OHI Worker’s Compensation group assessment program for policy year 2023.

• 2022 graduates approved.

• Approved Jennifer Ziegler as a classified substitute for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, to be paid at the rate approved by the Board.

• approved non-renewals of all additional contracts for the 2021-22 school year, effective June 30.

• Approved Jason Luthy as an online summer school tutor. The salary will be at the rate of $15 per hour.