Ottoville Big Green
Ottoville Big Green
OTTOVILLE — Ottoville Local Schools Board of Education members approved the district’s 5-Year Forecast Wednesday as presented by Treasurer Bob Weber.

While each of the five years ends in the black, deficit spending is noted each year. The ending cash balance for each year, with deficit spending in parentheses are: 2021 — $4,383,825 (331,785); 2022 — $3,933,935 (449,890); 2023 — $3,354,760 ($579,175); 2024 — $2,638,085 ($716,675); and 2025 — $1,8218,425 ($819,660).

Mangas told school board members he is keeping an eye on the progress of House Bill 305, which calls for a fair school funding plan to address shortcomings of the current formula. Some of the pieces of the proposed legislation include:

– Establishes $7,200 as the base cost for providing a general education of high quality to a typical student (a student without special needs). The base cost was defined through a thorough assessment of the components and actual cost of operating a school district and educating children.

— Uses both the property wealth of a community and the median income of its residents to define the local capacity to fund education. This more accurately and fairly defines the local contribution to the base cost.

— Ends deduction funding for open enrollment, community schools and vouchers, removing this expense from local school districts and making it part of the state budget.

“Looking at the first simulation of what the bill would mean to Ottoville if it passes, we would receive an additional $900,000 more than we do currently,” Mangas said. “That will make our forecast look much better. I would be thrilled with half that amount.”

It has been 15 years since the school has had to ask district residents for new money and in that time, the district allowed a Permanent Improvement and an Emergency Levy to fall off the taxpayers’ bill.

Friday was the last day for students until Nov. 30. Monday will be a professional development day for staff and everyone is off the remainder of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Teachers will spend time watching videos or attending virtual training sessions and after lunch, Chad Ostrowski, who developed the Grid Method as a way to create personalized, blended learning environments will present to the staff.

Students in grades 6-12 who have been remote learning due to high COVID-19 numbers in the high school will return to in-person classes on Dec. 7.

“Remote learning has been going well so far,” Superintendent Scott Mangas said. “We’ve also been able to get our special needs students in here from those grades three days a week and they have enjoyed lunch with some of our teachers who they wouldn’t normally spend time with, so that’s been beneficial to those students.”

Donations were accepted and include: $1,800 from the Ottoville Music Boosters to paint the band trailer and an additional donation of $875.98; $7,434.56 from the BWC for dividend check; $4,130 from community members for the Athletic Fund; $1,700 from the Big Green Athletic Boosters for the HUDL program for volleyball, soccer and basketball; $3,060 from the Northwest District Athletic Department for Girls District and Sectional soccer and boys Sectional soccer; $452.60 from Southwest Ohio EPC for rebates; $73.37 for OTEC Capital Credits; $60 from the Edelbrock, Herman and Knotts families for the library; and $30 from Dean and Eva VonSossan to the library.

In other business, the board:

— Set the January 2021 Organizational/Board of Education meeting for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the high school auditeria; and

— Approved the payment of students custodians at the new minimum wage of $8.80 beginning Jan. 1.