PIQUA — The impact of Gov. John Kasich’s two-year budget and vetoed items will affect the Upper Valley Career Center’s campus was discussed during the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday.
One of the items vetoed from the budget was a tangible personal reimbursement, which states no district will receive less funding. The act was approved for fiscal year 2016, but not fiscal year 2017. Weighted funding from the base guarantee was taken out also.
“How (guarantee) is going to impact us is based on student enrollment, and what programs and where they’re weighted,” Treasurer Paul Carpenter said. “It should help all career centers, but again, until you see how the formula is put together … it’s still somewhat preliminary and hard to determine.”
The 75/25 rule for weighted funding for career technical schools will stay in place. “The reason they passed (the rule) is because everything we do is career tech in nature,” Carpenter said. “So by giving us that additional funding … that should go towards any expense, because that’s all you do is career tech.”
“Overall, we’re trying to figure out how everything is going to play and what the impact is,” Carpenter said about the budget affecting the Career Center.
Carpenter stated in his financial report some positive remarks about the general year-end funds, with the adult program finishing the year in the black. “We did really well compared to what we thought,” he said. “We finished ahead of where we thought we would be.”
Credit for fiscal success was given to marketing retention, structure in programs and staff, and grants.
Superintendent Dr. Nancy Luce made a proposal to the board to increase the support for career tech instructors who are new and come directly from business and industry careers into teaching, by giving those individuals 100 percent reimbursement to obtain a teaching license.
“The issue is basically when someone in a business or industry leaves that position, then there is often a gap between when one job ends and school year pay begins,” Luce said. “Added to that, and is the reason for this proposal, is those individuals who do not have a teaching license, and then are required to immediately begin university course work.”
Individuals who take advantage of this opportunity are required to have two to three years of schooling, meet a grade requirement, present transcripts to the school, and would be required to work at UVCC after training. Finalization and board approval of the proposal is to come at a future board meeting.
Pat Gibson, administration director of business operations, said the Career Center had experienced a drop of subsidies from the state last year for reduced meals — a decrease of 692 reduced meals. Gibson said the subsidies are directly tied to the reimbursement for those meals.
“We get actually close to a full meal reimbursement when we serve a free meal and turn it in,” Gibson said. “When we see those numbers drop, our subsidies will follow suit.”
Other items discussed during the meeting was hiring an SRO through the Miami County Sheriff to be on campus a few days a week and placing bids for resurfacing the adult tech parking lot.
The following agenda items were approved by the board:
• The repayment of the following advances: $10,000 from the Adult Ed Logistics Grant back to the general fund and $5,000 from ABLE back to the general fund.
• The purchase order in the amount of $24,000 to the treasurer of the state of Ohio for the financial audit.
• The purchase order in the amount of $22,000 to Western Ohio Computer Organization for ISP fees.
• The purchase order in the amount of $916,075 to Bank of New York Mellon for bond retirement.
• The purchase order in the amount of $120,000 to Gordon Food Service for 2015-16 cafeteria operations.
• The purchase order in the amount of $75,000 to RT Industries for Discovery program job coaching.
• Change order authority to the director of business operations specific to the ATC asphalt project in an amount not to exceed $24,999.