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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

 

January Update

Dear parents,

Happy New Year! I know that 2015 will bring great learning opportunities for our students. Please know that our teachers and staff are committed to helping each child succeed and reach their highest potential in the Kent City Schools.

Last month, I updated our Board of Education on the results of my Entry Plan Survey, which over 170 people completed. Here are quick summaries of the five questions, as well as some of the suggested changes.

  1. Please describe the culture of your school and the District. What aspects are positive and should be kept, and which components could benefit from change?

Summary: Overall, comments were positive and showed a real awareness that we care about our students. A number of respondents complimented our positive school culture and expressed pride in the District. Change: We can benefit from better communications at all levels.

  1. What are your hopes and dreams for your school and the District?

Summary: It’s clear that everyone supports the positive learning environment at our schools and wants to make sure that our students feel safe, have fun and enjoy learning. Change: Continue to focus on improving graduation rates and maintaining the financial security of the District.

  1. What is going well at your school and in the District?

Summary: Results included positive comments about each of our schools, which focused on the way each staff works as a team to serve the best interests of students. Change: Continue the commitment to address the ever-growing needs of our students.

  1. What aspects of your school or the District might benefit from change?

Summary: We received a number of very specific comments and suggestions, which will be reviewed and considered. Change: Review programs, improve communications and promote fresh ideas.

  1. What expectations do you have of me as your new superintendent?

Summary: Respondents challenged me to evaluate the Kent City Schools program and guide them to the next level by being well informed and proactive. Change: Respondents made their feelings clear—“We need a leader who believes in us and appreciates us—and puts kids first.”

            Thank you to those who participated for your time and thoughtful responses. If you have further thoughts, 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

 

 

 

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays,

As 2014 comes to a close, it is important to reflect on a very full year of activity in the Kent City Schools.

It goes without saying, 2014 brought many challenges to the students, families, administration and the Board.  Transitions are difficult and unwelcome; yet, through resilience and determination, these difficult changes provided each of us opportunities for engagement, new relationships, and learning all sides of many issues.

2014 was transformative in terms of staff, as well.  For those staff members and students we no longer see on a daily basis, we hope KCS holds a place in your heart, just as you do in ours.  We thank you for adding to the experience and knowledge of the people you touched.  We have welcomed many new faces into the Kent Schools family, including a new superintendent, Mr. Joseph, who continues to do an excellent job getting to know our families, staff and stakeholders.

There have been so many success stories – too many to articulate in a small space.  From the excitement of those first sight-reading words in our Kindergarten classes, to the recent inductions of the National Honor Society, to exceptional athletic accomplishments and musical accolades…the determination and dedication of the students and staff is outstanding.   It is a good time to be in Kent!

To ensure progress, the Board and Administration continues to respond to feedback on issues facing the district.  Your input is always welcome.  This month, we will be concentrating on planning for the future, formulating new ideas, reconsidering old ones, and preparing to meet 2015 with our very best effort.

In closing, on behalf of the Board, I send our most sincere appreciation to each of the following:

  • To the families, in your role as partners in education, as tireless volunteers, as cheerleaders for your children. Your support is invaluable!
  • To the community members, one and all, who provide the resources for the next generation.  We hope you are pleased with the investment in the future.  Come see what’s happening in our buildings!
  • To each and every staff member who fulfills their days by encouraging, challenging and nurturing this community’s youngest members.  Keep up the great work!

Very best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season to all!

Merry Christmas!   Happy Hannakuh!   Happy Kwanzaa!   Feliz Navidad!

Rebekah Kulis