March Update

Dear parents and community members,

School funding issues are back in the headlines as Ohio’s governor and legislature begin discussions of the next biennium budget. This complex—and sometimes confusing—process will continue over the next six months.   Here are a couple important points to keep in mind.

Under the Governor’s current proposal, two different components of Kent Schools’ state funding would be impacted.

  • Our Core Aid is proposed to increase by about $715,000 in 2016, but then decrease in 2017. Under the current proposal for FY 2016 and 2017, our Core Aid would increase approximately $1,421,000. That’s positive.
  • However, the Governor’s budget proposes to resume the phase-out of state reimbursements to schools for the loss of tangible personal property taxes. Ohio businesses no longer pay this tax on the value of their machinery, inventory and equipment. Initially, school districts were reimbursed for the loss of this tax income, but this is coming to an end. The Governor’s proposed drop in tangible personal property reimbursements produces a net loss for the Kent Schools of approximately $1,578,000. This is a loss of funding for us.

Treasurer Debbie Krutz explains it this way. “When viewed together, the increase in Core Aid would be more than offset by our reduction in tangible personal property reimbursements over the next two years.” And, she cautions, “Under this proposal, it appears that any reimbursements for loss of this tax income would be essentially eliminated in the future.”

Although it is early in the budget process, please know that we will be monitoring our funding situation as the budget bill makes its way through the legislature. Thank you for your support of the Kent City Schools.

Sincerely,

George Joseph
Superintendent

 

All-Day Kindergarten

Change for 2015-16:
ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN WILL BE OFFERED TO EVERY KENT CITY SCHOOL CHILD AT NO ADDITIONAL COST STARTING 2015-2016.

Early learning experiences and targeted intervention play a large role in a student’s academic success at the primary level. This change will enhance our student’s experiences by allowing EVERY Kindergarten student the opportunity to extend their learning all day every day and be better prepared for entering first grade and beyond.

Please click here for more information about All- Day Kindergarten for 2015-2016

February Update

Dear parents,

Our Kent Board of Education adopted a new calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. I want to draw your attention to some of the important dates.

  • School starts earlier this fall—Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences continue to be scheduled before Thanksgiving. School is not in session for students from November 24 through November 27, 2015.
  • First semester concludes on Friday, December 18, before Winter Break.
  • Winter Break is December 21, 2015 through January 1, 2016. School resumes on Monday, January 4, 2016, which is the start of second semester.
  • Spring Break is March 21 through March 25, which is Good Friday.
  • School ends earlier in the spring—Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

School calendars are adopted after a great deal of thought and consultation with teachers, staff and administrators.

Please know that the new starting and ending dates align more closely with the other districts in the Six District Educational Compact, as well as other Portage County schools. In addition, this calendar increases student instructional time prior to the state-mandated assessments.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at ke_gjoseph@kentschools.net or call me at 330-676-7610.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools