Belpre would see a 25 percent in fiscal year 2014 with
an additional 6 percent the following year, for a total increase of
$752,000. Marietta would get a 12 percent increase the first year and a less than one percent bump the next year, totaling $876,000.
The county's four rural districts - Warren, Wolf Creek, Fort Frye and cash-strapped Frontier - are zeroed out for more state funding the next two fiscal years.
The Dispatch reports that a week ago, Wolf Creek Local
Schools superintendent Bob Caldwell was among more than a dozen school
superintendents praising Kasich’s education plan, as he outlined it to them; that Caldwell was so impressed
after hearing the governor outline his plan that he agreed with the Kasich
administration’s request to provide a public statement of support.
But yesterday, Caldwell told the Dispatch he feels duped by Kasich.
Caldwell said, “We got told all the right things, but he didn’t follow through. This is not
what we were told.”
Kasich had told the
superintendents last week, “This
is not hard to figure out: If you are poor, you’re going to get more. If you
are rich, you’re going to get less.”
But the figures released by
Kasich’s office this week show that the majority of school districts,
including many of the least wealthy, would get no additional funding over the next two years.
The largest proposed increase
in state school funding is a 331 percent hike in the Olentangy school district
in booming southern Delaware County. Other suburbs of Columbus
and Cleveland, including Dublin, New Albany, Avon Lake and Maple Heights will
get more state funding.
No school districts in twelve Appalachian counties - including Athens, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan or Noble - will receive any additional state funding under the Kasich proposal.
The proposed spending levels are searchable by county and district here