District’s expenditures down
Manchester Local Schools Board of Education
By Maria Lindsay
The Manchester Local Schools District will do something many other school districts can only dream of.
According to permanent appropriations approved by the Board of Education at the Sept. 19 meeting, the school district will spend less money this year than last year.
The board approved an estimated budget of $15.24 million for the 2006-07 school year and a carryover of $81,083.
“Revenues are up 3 percent, thanks to voter approval of the 8.5-mill operating levy in November 2005, and expenditures are down 1 percent from last year,” said Superintendent Sam Reynolds.
Reynolds explained expenditures are down mainly due to the district’s efforts to reduce debt.
More money for the district means students will get more, according to Reynolds.
“These savings will be used to support student learning,” he said.
Reynolds stated areas of planned improvements include the computer lab at the high school and textbooks for a number of classes.
“We want our schools to be exceptional, and we can do this by providing materials tuned into testing,” Reynolds said.
The district’s effort to manage its money is a conscientious effort of fiscal responsibility to the community, according to Reynolds.
“By holding the line on expenditures, we can extend the levy period beyond five years,” Reynolds said. In other financial news, the board approved the nomination of district Treasurer David Osborne for the Ohio Association of School Business Officials Outstanding School Treasurer/CFO of the Year Award.
“Dave has experience as a teacher [at Sandy Valley and Tuscarawas Valley schools], a coach [with Jackson Jaycees] and as a clerk/treasurer [with Jackson Township],” Reynolds said. “He has been able to make student-centered decisions that have made Manchester Schools a better place to learn and teach.”
Reynolds detailed Osborne’s contributions to include service on the district’s Long Range Planning Committee, president of the local School Treasurers’ Association and director of the Ohio Governmental Finance Officers.
“I have been doing this for 21 years, and I am proud to be nominated,” Osborne said. “This is a career topper.”
The winner of the award will be announced sometime in spring and presented at the organization’s national convention in April in Columbus.
In other business, the board approved the salary schedule for rehires, directors and part-time assistants, for about 13 individuals in total, and also various substitutes. Osborne stated the employees received a 3.5 percent raise, effective for this school year.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Administrative Office, 6075 Manchester Road.