School funding discussed at JVS board meeting

BLOOMINGDALE – Future state funding for the school was discussed during Tuesday’s Jefferson County Joint Vocational school board meeting.

Superintendent Dale Edwards told board members the vocational school will receive little additional funding under Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s new school funding plan.

“I shared with the board the assimilation printout of the (new school funding plan) from Columbus,” said Edwards, adding the plan is just a preliminary report. “I showed them what the JVS is scheduled to receive in 2014 and 2015. We’re getting a zero increase for 2015.”

Edwards said the district is slated to receive an additional $26,000 from the state for school operations in 2014, but “that barely pays the electric bill for one month.” Edwards added he expects the preliminary report to change because the state report overstated the number of students actually attending the school.

In other business:

The district once again will place a 1-mill operating levy before voters, according to Edwards.

“The levy will be on the ballot again in May,” said Edwards, adding after getting feedback from district voters, the board changed the renewal period from 10 years to seven years. “A lot of (voters) said they would vote for it if we reduced the (renewal period) so they could see we’re spending the money on what we said we would.”

Voters have rejected the levy proposal three times before, as recently as November. However, Edwards said he was hoping voters would reconsider the proposal now that the duration has been reduced. He added a new roof for the building is a high priority.

Edwards said he along with two JVS instructors, Todd Parker, welding instructor, and Ron Snyder, carpentry instructor, recently met with representatives from the Ohio Construction Craft Labor group to discuss a partnership between the school and the Ohio Laborer’s Apprenticeship Program, which is affiliated with the labor group.

“The JVS will provide quality candidates (for the apprenticeship program), and that way the workers are coming from the local community,” said Edwards.

The board approved Richard Angelica and Kara Purviance as substitute teachers.

The board voted to join the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance, a 16-county economic development advocacy agency, according to Edwards.

“We believe it is important for JVS to join (the alliance) to be a part of (local economic development),” Edwards said.