Question: I heard that the school borrowed money from the NSA to cover this year and next year.
Answer: Midview Schools have not borrowed any money to pay for current expenses at this time. Due to the cycle of how the district receives its money (also known as “cash flow”), the need may arise to borrow in the future. Who and where those funds are secured have not been determined.
Question:Why haven't the old school properties been auctioned off?
Answer: Currently, Midview only owns one of those buildings. The Belden, Carlisle, Eaton, and Grafton properties were all sold. Brush is being leased to Positive Education Program.
Question: Why does the admin lease or whatever case is space on Vivian drive when they could easily utilize space at one of the current buildings in the district such as brush bldg?
Answer: The district does plan to move the administrative office on to campus although space is extremely limited. In addition to space concerns, the Board office will need to be handicap and public accessible. The Brush building is currently being leased to Positive Education Program.
Question: According to the ODE your revenue per pupil for 2011 was $8,019 and your expenditure per pupil was $7,890. So with revenue higher then expenditure how can the district be in trouble?
Answer: Expenditures have exceeded revenue in both fiscal years 2011 and 2012. This trend is expected to continue for fiscal years 2013 without new additional revenue. In FY2011, the district received $26,965,418 for general operations and spent $27,110,885. This resulted in deficit spending of -$145,467 even with $1.2 million dollars in one time stimulus money. In FY2012, total operating revenue was $26,815,419 (including one-time Education Jobs grant of over $600,000) and expenses were $27,938,749 for a deficit of -$1,123,330.
Question: How is it Avon can have a strong system on a lower expenditure?
Answer: With our current funding system in Ohio, Midview, Avon, and other school districts have learned to be frugal with their revenue. Avon is unique due to their overwhelming growth in enrollment. Since 2006, their enrollment has grown by over 1000 students (500 arriving since 2009).
Question: Within Lorain County and surrounding counties, where does Midview rank in relation to property taxes? (Rumor: LOWEST TAXES in the area BY FAR).
Answer :This information is available on the Lorain County Auditor’s website (click here for link):
Question Our local tax dollars are helping to educate students from outlying communities through open enrollment something you don't see in some of the stronger suburban districts. What percent of Midview students are a result of open enrollment?
Answer :346 out of 3,204 are open enrolled to Midview. That means about 90% of the students served in Midview are residents.
Question What is the cost to educate those students and how much money does the district receive from their parent's taxes?
Answer : Midview does not add services for open enrollment. Students are admitted when seats are available and no additional services need to be added to serve them. Midview does receives more than $5,700 per student who open enrollment. Midview students benefit from this revenue. This figure includes both state and local money (taxes) for the student’s home district. The percentage of local money varies by the student’s home school district
Question: Are those students bussed?
Answer: Some students ride a bus, but are required to find transportation to a Midview bus stop.
Question: Why should we continue to extend open enrollment and has that been considered as a cut?
Answer: This year, open enrollment is projected to bring in an additional $1,276,050 or 2.9 mills of revenue. Cutting open enrollment would result in a substantial loss ($1.2 million dollars) in revenue without creating opportunities for reducing services.
Question: How can you offer Spanish and French 3 and 4 when you are cutting a teacher in each area?
As a district, we knew that we needed to cut staff due to funding.
Answer :These cuts would impact the choices our students have for electives. Our goal was to continue to offer as many electives as possible within the cuts that were being made. To determine a schedule, students need to request courses. We are allowing our students to request Spanish 3 and 4. We will offer as many sections of these courses as possible, but cannot confirm all of our electives until we process all of the requests and get a better understanding of our enrollment.
Question: Why are you offering music at the high school when you are cutting Marching Band?
Answer: Music courses are being offered at the high school level to fulfill the "Fine Arts" graduation requirement and offered to all students.
Q: Hey, Tim: My son's school is considering doing away with all sports due to levy failures and lack of funding. If they cancel all sports, can he still attend his school for scholastics, but compete on the sports teams of a different school? Thank you. -- Steve Kozel, Elyria
A: Hey, Steve: He cannot.
Even if a school cancels all sports, state rules prohibit students from attending one school while competing for another. Students who transfer to another school in that situation will be eligible immediately at their new school. That applies only if the school cancels all sports for a season. Should someone step up to fund, for example, the football team, then soccer players who transfer out would not be eligible at their new school.
In addition, if their original school resumes sports, students can transfer back home and also be eligible.
It hasn't happened often in Ohio. The largest school district to cancel sports for a season was South-Western Schools in suburban Columbus in 2009. The district that includes Grove City and Central Crossing high schools resumed sports later that school year.
Locally, Midview administrators have said if a 9.75-mill levy does not pass Feb. 5, sports will be canceled in 2013-14. Elyria officials have discussed eliminating sports, but have not announced a decision.
Question: Why did you not put in Geo-thermal heating and cooling? From my personal experience it is almost maintenance free. I put it in my own home to replace an oil furnace and it will pay for itself in 8 years at the current rate. All I do is change filter once a year. Several other school systems have either put it in new or replaced their older systems with Geo-thermal.
Answer: Geothermal was investigated at the time of construction. The initial cost of geothermal was $485,000 more expensive and would take 15 to 20 years to pay back the district. This does not include replacing the compressors required to run geothermal which have a shorter life span or the extra training and certification for staff to maintain the system. Another factor was noise. Typically compressors are inside the building space, generally located in the ceiling. When an overall comparison of products was completed, the current system was selected.
Question: JROTC does not cost the district any funds, so why cut it?
Answer: The Midview Schools contibute over 60% of the cost of salaries for JROTC.
Question: I have heard that only about 30% of Midview families are actually registered voters and that’s one of the contributing factors in the levy not being able to be passed. Is that a true statement and if so how can we reach those families that are not registered and get them registered?
Answer: There are still some unregistered voters in the district. The number has been estimated at ⅓, but there is some room for error. Our Compass Committee has worked hard to register people and have registered over 40 voters. While it may not seem like a lot, this is the most significant registration campaign yet.
Question: The community was told that the district would go to a brown bag lunch once they go to a State minimum day?
Answer: Midview, from the district level, has not communicated that we would move to a brown bag lunch. Other districts have discussed implementing this, but we will not be going this direction. Students will receive the same lunch they have been receiving all year. The only difference would likely be a reduced amount of time in the cafeteria.
Question: The Board of Education has said that they will move Administration Offices as a cost savings measure. Is it true that they still have 2 years left on their lease?
Answer: No. Midview is on a month to month lease. The district intends to move the offices to the campus over summer.
Question: According to the information that was just sent home to parents the buildings are suppose to close 40 minutes after students leave. How will they do this if you are having Spring sports that utilize the buildings!!!
Answer: Spring sports and extracurricular activities will be honored this year. Buildings that do not host events will be closed after the day is complete.
Question: I am hearing that even though they are cutting the library and computer services that they are still expecting the Media Specialist to go to every school and provide services? How could they allow this to happen when they are eliminating the Library Paraprofessionals because the need is not there for them?
Answer: Media specialists will rotate between the buildings to provide as much service as possible. Media Centers / Libraries will be open when the Media Specialist is present in that building.
Question: Which classes will be eliminated? What grade will be received for the classes that are dropped in the middle of the school year?
Answer: No classes will be dropped mid-year.
Question: Will the children still have lunch? If not, they will need to be allowed to bring a snack because that's a long time without food/drink.
Answer: Lunch will be provided, but periods may be shorter.
Question: Will all other classes be shortened?
Answer: Yes. It will vary per building.
Question: How was the new football turf project funded?
Answer: The football turf project was made possible by donations by the following people / organizations:
The Ross Foundation - $350,000
Bill Carmel -$150,000
The Cleveland Browns (through a LISC / NFL grant) -$200,000
Todd Tomasheski (Precision Sports Group / Plas Brother Paving) -$40,000 plus in labor and product.
Question: Did administrators receive raises in 2009 with the arrival of the new superintendent?
Answer: No. In fact, in the first year of the negotiated agreements there were no employees who received a c.o.l.a. (cost of living adjustment). Administrators do not have a step increases. Commonly, building and district leaders only receive a c.o.l.a. when that is extended to teaching staff and classified staff.
However, employees within the district were moved as a reorganization occurred. The truth is that the district saved money in this administrative reorganization during the 2009-2010 school year.
How did that happen? Here are seven good reasons.
The Director of Education left the district for another job. She was replaced by Mr. Goggin, the Middle School Principal on January 1, 2010. From September to December, the district contracted for these services with an Interim Director of Education. Savings #1.
When Mr. Goggin moved, he was replaced by High School Assistant Principal John Brown. Mr. Brown began at an entry level Principals salary, less than Mr. Goggin’s salary. Savings #2.
Mr. Brown was replaced from January 1, 2010 to the end of the school year. The interim was paid significantly less. Savings #3.
Mr. Howard Dulmage served as the Interim Director of Facilities at a reduced salary until January 1, 2010. He was replaced by High School Principal Susan Bobola at her exact same Principal’s salary.
The Director of Facilities position was essential to our function as we embarked on the new Middle School construction project which is now a wonderful reality for the Midview Schools.
Assistant High School Principal Mr. Thomas Faska filled the role beginning January 1, 2010 at an entry level Principal’s salary. Savings #4.
Athletic Director Bob Maver assumed one Assistant Principal’s role at an entry level salary. Savings #5.
The Athletic Director’s role was fulfilled by an interim who was paid less than the full time Athletic Director from January 1 to the end of the school year. Savings #6.
The following year, one Assistant Principal was hired to replace the interim. That position was hired at the entry level. Savings #7.
At the end of the school year, long time Director Bob Maxwell retired and he was not replaced.
Question: How can Midview build a new Middle School when they need a levy?
Answer: The new middle school was built entirely with state credits.
- These credits were earned from the construction of Midview’s 3 elementary schools.
- The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission released $17.2 million to Midview for new building construction.
- This money could only be used for new construction.
Question: What funds were used to purchase properties off Rt. 57, adjacent to elementary and middle school buildings?
Answer: In the year 2000, that property was purchased by using the district’s general fund.
Question: What happened 10 years ago or longer that has the community so angry with the Board?
Answer: Community members were upset due to the moving of “inside millage” to fund the construction of the elementary schools. This increased taxes without a vote.
Question: How much is the School Board compensated?
Answer: Midview School Board Members receive $80 per meeting with a maximum of two meetings per month. This is one of the lowest amounts in the Ohio.
Question: Is it true that even with the passage of the levy, we will still need to put another one on the ballot in 4 years?
Answer: It is not likely that we will have to put a levy on the ballot that soon. It is difficult to factor all variables with Ohio’s school funding. With 5-year forecasting, the most reliable years in the forecasts are those at the beginning of the plan. Click here for an educational document about how levies millage diminishes over time.
Question: We have received many questions regarding the cuts to school offerings. Below is a summary of our response to them.
Answer: We believe that there is a difference between providing "schooling" or an "education" to our students. Our programs such as the electives that extend learning, physical education courses, arts and music, JROTC, sports / extracurriculars, etc. are crucial components to educating our students. Removing them would be devastating. To view a list of cuts, please click here.
Question: What are the reasons levies do not pass in Midview?
Answer: There are many factors pertaining to why levies are not passing and this is not isolated to the Midview Schools. Our levy committee has been working hard to identify the most important messages for our community as well as the best way to communicate these messages. For more information, please visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
Question: We have received many questions regarding teachers' salaries. Such as pay freezes, Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA), etc. For example - Have teachers received any pay increases?
Answer: For 2 of the past 4 years the teaching staff has not received the COLA. Teachers receive increases as they achieve new levels of additional education such as a Master's degree and additional experience in years. This is the common pay structure for every public school in the State of Ohio.