Financial Forecast Remains Stable Despite Economic Challenges
By Beth Collier, CPA
Treasurer/CFO, Grandview Heights Schools
May 13, 2020
On May 13, 2020, the Grandview Heights Board of Education approved an updated five-year financial forecast for the school district. Overall, the forecast remains stable and the district will have a positive cash balance at the end of five years.
Here are some highlights:
- In May, Governor Mike DeWine announced a $300 million reduction in state funding to K-12 schools for the last two months of this fiscal year, which ends in June. For Grandview Heights Schools, these reductions amount to $320,495, or 21.6% of its annual state funding, but the district will make up for some of that with $54,934 in federal funding through the CARES Act.
- The district has set into motion a plan of action that will take place immediately, including:
- Cancelation of non-critical purchasing
- Layoff of Kids Club hourly employees, due to the cancellation of the Kids Club summer program, effective May 15
- Reduction of spring supplemental contracts by 50%
- Keeping staffing levels flat for 2020-2021
- The board will also discuss a 5-10% building/department supply budget reduction for 2020-21 and will evaluate staffing for the 2021-22 school year to determine whether reductions may be needed.
- The facility project budget has not been impacted by the state funding cuts. That project is funded by the bond proceeds issued last year and will continue as planned.
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