Saturday, October 20, 2007

Olentangy Weekend Read

Scott Galloway -- incumbent candidate for the Olentangy Board of Education -- runs on a campaign of fiscal accountability. Yet, he voted for the proposed levies, the largest tax increases in the district's history. And, he never took the time to publicly review the State Standard Analysis report. He calls himself fiscally responsible. A pretty liberal definition wouldn't you say.

From an older post:


I am revisiting the series of posts I did on the Olentangy State Standard Analysis report - now one year old and one month old. (over a year and a half now -- Jim)

If the proposed state funding formula passes both Ohio houses, the Olentangy School District gains more than $4 million in state aid over the projections contained in the district's October Five Year Forecast. That means the district needs to find only $10 million in expenses over the next 27 months - a 4% reduction - in order to go another year before asking for another operating levy. If the district holds the line on salary increases in the upcoming teachers contract negotiations, the $10 million deficit is almost zero.

The Olentangy State Standard Analysis report identified well over $10 million in yearly savings, savings that could have been applied starting last year. But, for some reason - there are many reasons I can think of - neither the board nor the administration want to discuss this report in public. I imagine that time flies when you're spending someone else's money.

This report should be serving as the basis for understanding rising costs and requisite soon-to-be-proposed property tax increases. But the report is obviously being kept from the sunshine of public debate. The reason? I guess you will have to ask your board members why the public should not be given the opportunity to hear debate on this important report; a report funded by local tax dollars.

You'd think that with possible levies on the horizon, the board would want to get a handle on costs ... you'd think anyway ...

note: click to read installments one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven

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