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Copley-Fairlawn BOE approves five-year forecast

10/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

At the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools Board of Education (BOE) meeting Oct. 15, the board approved the district’s five-year forecast.

“The next five years are nearly impossible to predict,” according to Treasurer John Wheadon.

However, the district is required to file five-year projections with the Ohio Department of Education, in October and May each year, according to Wheadon.

Wheadon noted the forecast shows a positive balance through the five years, though negative spending is predicted for fiscal year (FY) 2016, which begins July 1, 2015.

“Expenses will exceed revenue in two years,” he said. According to the forecast, in FY 2016, the district expects to spend $1.09 million more than it will bring in. The unreserved fund balance predicted for the end of the same fiscal year is predicted at $11.8 million, according to the document.

The forecast shows actual revenues and expenditures for FY 2011 through FY 2013 and projections for FY 2014 through FY 2018 and is available on the district’s website, www.copley-fairlawn.org. Under the Administration tab, click on “Treasurer’s Office” and “Financial Information.”

In other financial business, the board authorized the treasurer to renew a contract for professional design services with architects Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment Inc. for roof repairs for multiple district buildings.

Also, the board approved a change order for a partial roof replacement at the high school, adding tapered insulation and adhesive over a 16,000-square-foot area, for $35,650, with Boak and Sons. In March, the board approved spending $925,370 with Boak and Sons to replace/renovate the school’s roof.

Also at the meeting, the board accepted the resignation of teacher Barbara Lang, effective Dec. 1.

Lang, currently a fifth-grade teacher at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School (CFMS), started as a learning disabilities tutor in the district in 1983 and began working as a full-time teacher in 1985, according to Superintendent Brian Poe.

“She’s had a tremendous impact on our students,” said Poe.

“You really have made an impact on a lot of kids,” echoed Board President Kenneth Calderone.

Other personnel items approved at the meeting included, for the current school year, hiring part-time tutor Sarah Dezso and part-time intervention specialist Jessica Fattlar, as well as home instructors Jason Collins, Ashley Kimberlin and Meghan Morris.

Ann Krautheim, a special needs assistant, was recalled from the district’s reduction in force list.

Also, Carla Zahler was hired as Copley High School (CHS) secretary, retroactive to Oct. 7, moving from CFMS, Poe said.

In other business, CHS yearbook staff, along with adviser Fiona Casida, were recognized by the board for the program being named a 2013 Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence. Of the 300 schools who received the national award, CHS was the only public high school in Ohio chosen, according to Poe. [For more on the award, see “Copley High School’s yearbook program wins national award,” in the Oct. 3, 2013, edition.]

In other honors, the board recognized students of the month chosen for September, including: Lauren Anello for Arrowhead Primary School, Aidan Eck for Fort Island Primary School, Hannah Byerly for Herberich Primary School, Brittany Riffle for CFMS and Peyton Flasco for CHS.

Rachel Haumesser, from CHS, was athlete of the month for September.

The next board meeting is set for Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at CHS, 3797 Ridgewood Road.

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