East Palestine schools clean up financial situation

EAST PALESTINE — The village school district has made enough cuts to bring it out of the hole for next year.

Treasurer Rick Ellis gave the board of education a brief rundown of the financial state of the district during the regular meeting on Monday in which he presented the five-year financial forecast for their approval.

Ellis said the original forecast showed a projected deficit of $790,000 for 2020 and that the district has since been able to make $613,000 worth of cuts.

The cuts were the result of retirements and resignations and not filling those vacant positions.

With the cuts factored into the new forecast, the district is expected to end 2020 not only without a deficit, but by $14,000 in the black, he explained.

The change is significant considering the district has within the last month publicly discussed its dire financial situation and the possible need for a levy of some sort this November.

The district was originally looking at a roughly $4.5 million deficit by 2023 and that has now been pared down to $1.1 million by 2023, according to the new forecast presented by Ellis.

The forecast was approved by the board.

In other business, the board approved:

— Administrative contracts for Cindy Dunn, assistant athletic director, and Rachele Constarella, school psychologist.

— Supplemental contracts for 26 people.

— Additional supplemental contracts for Will Ginder, high school junior varsity boys basketball assistant coach; Jill Baird, high school junior varsity girls basketball assistant coach; Luci Patterson, pep club adviser; Amy Moore, sophomore class co-adviser; Elizabeth McTrustry, sophomore class co-adviser; Hailey Smith, assistant junior varsity cheer adviser; and LouAnn Bashor, middle school cheer adviser.

— Maternity leave for Jennifer Neider, starting Sept. 16, and Mallory Jones Thompson, starting Sept. 3, and both ending on Jan. 2, 2020.

— Charisse Munyon as certified substitute.

— The resignation of Bonnie Riggs, elementary secretary, last day July 31.

— Extended service days for guidance counselors Richard Cyrus, Liz Sherry and Samantha Kerns.

— Adia Achtzehn, Hailee Hamilton and Linda Murphy as band chaperones.

— Participation in the OMERESA consortium purchasing program for various supplies for the 2019-20 school year.

— Open enrollment for 18 students.

— An agreement with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center for the 2019-20 school year.

— The high school, middle school, and elementary schools faculty and student handbooks, and the preschool handbook.

— An executive session to discuss matters required to be kept confidential by state or federal law or statutes. No action was taken.

The next meeting was set for 6 p.m. July 1.