No New Money for Strongsville Schools

Governor's plan doesn't cut funding here, but it doesn't increase it, either


Gov. John Kasich's new plan for school funding won't send any extra money to the Strongsville district, according to newly released budget figures.

Strongsville is slated to receive $7,271,965 in 2014 and 2015, the same amount it received this year.

Other districts, like Berea and Solon, will get 25 percent more money next year and another 25 percent more in 2015.

Strongsville Superintendent John Krupinski said last week that while he was "cautiously optimistic" Strongsville could see a state funding increase, he was relieved to find out it would not be cut.

"He (Kasich) did quell the fear that for districts like ours, that are property-rich, there would be no additional (funding) cuts," Krupinski said. "That was huge."

Kasich's plan, which includes $1.2 billion in new money for schools during the next two years, is raising eyebrows because some of the area's poorer districts, like Cleveland and East Cleveland, won't get any additional money, while others with high property values like Twinsburg, Avon, Avon Lake and Orange, will see increases. 

Ohio’s school funding formula, which is based on property taxes, was repeatedly ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. Former Gov. Ted Strickland proposed a plan to address this, as well, but it was not fully funded when passed.

Kasich’s plan creates a base funding level for all but the wealthiest districts, based on a per-student property tax base. 

That could mean districts would get more money to educate students with special education needs, English language learners and children whose families live in poverty. 

The proposal also includes plans for a grant program, the “Straight A Fund,” designed to encourage districts to try new approaches to increase student achievement and lessen costs.

The proposal also mentions that some mandates could be waived at the district level, but does not clarify which mandates that would be.

James Murphy February 07, 2013 at 07:43 PM
ICU Joined patch 2:18 pm February 7, 2013 <first post> and that's all you can add to the topic
Mel February 08, 2013 at 12:14 PM
So we are a districts with money?? Ha ha ha so where is all the money going? So far not to the buildings they are falling apart, have one at the high school and there is a trash can to catch water lol rich district. Then there's the eye sore Center, open concept Drake and Albion oh and Albion uses locker rooms for storage since there is no real space. Zellers is old Chapman is not new, lets face it how many ban aids can we put on these buildings? We can't even pay for all day kindergarten, wealthy district hahah so where is all the money Govenor? I know the answer but you can't fire the bad ones and keep only the good ones to save money that way cause the union won't allow it.
Donna February 08, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Fire all of them Mr. Krupinski. A teacher working for the Strongsville School System makes a more than adequate salary and should be thankful that he/she is working. The idea of entitlement has taken over common sense and simple gratitude.
James Murphy February 08, 2013 at 10:05 PM
85 cents of every dollar that is meant for the strongsville schools is used to pay salaries and retirement benefits for the teachers
T Jefferson February 17, 2013 at 03:36 PM
People – can I make a suggestion here? Time and time again we hear someone say that all of the postings (reply trails to a specific posting) from so-and-so have been deleted when she/he pulled their original post. Unfortunately, there was a lot of good discussion associated with that “train of thought” but, because the person pulled it, all of the trails that were attached to that posting are deleted as well. The other problem is that these posting trails are becoming so long, in order to keep up with what is current; one has to review/scan the entire listing to see what is new off of the original posts. My proposal – everybody post every post in the reply box at the end of the article so that none of the postings will be deleted, and, it will be easier to follow. All you have to do is look up where you left off from before. If somebody wants to delete their post, let them. It will not disrupt or delete the train of discussions that will be in chronological order. I can see where someone could set up a posting hoping that everyone replies to it, just so that they can delete their posting and effectively remove the content of the other postings. (Good tactic to remove the anti-union or pro-union posting information).


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