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BOE approves 5-year forecast

October 29, 2012
Morning Journal News

LEETONIA- The Leetonia school district continues to stave off an operating deficit.

The board Thursday night approved the five-year financial forecast submitted by Treasurer Jennifer Coldsnow which does not show a cash balance deficit until the 2014-2015 school year. The forecast projects a cash balance deficit of $2,339 in July 2015, $380,835 in 2016 and just over $1 million in 2017.

"This is probably the best the forecast has looked since I've been here (three years)," said schools Superintendent Rob Mehno. "It's something that can only be done with the sacrifice of the staff and support of the community."

Excellent rating: Mehno congratulated students, staff and community for achieving an Excellent rating on the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)'s local report card preliminary results, just the second excellent rating in school history. The district's performance index of 96.7 is its highest ever and over three points higher than last year, and the district met 22 of 26 indicators, the second highest percentage in school history.

The elementary achieved an Excellent rating and was above expected growth for the third consecutive year while the middle school was one of only five buildings in the county to achieve a rating of Excellent with Distinction. The high school achieved an Effective rating.

Personnel: The board approved as OGT tutors Kim Saculla for math and Laura Markovitch for reading and writing. The board also approved as substitutes for the 2012-2013 school year teachers Kerri O'Donnell and Kathleen McCartney and nurse Mary Wolfgang.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Room 20 of the K-12 campus.

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