Both the Cuyahoga Falls and Woodridge school districts would receive more state money under Gov. John Kasich’s proposed “Achievement Everywhere” school funding plan.
According to preliminary estimates released by state officials Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Cuyahoga Falls City School District would be awarded about $11.97 million in Fiscal Year 2014, a 9.48 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2013. The district would also be in line to receive about $12.66 million in Fiscal Year 2015, a 5.74 percent increase over the previous year.
Meanwhile, the Woodridge Local School District is projected to receive $1.080 million in Fiscal Year 2014, a 128.9 percent increase from the $472,000 it is receiving in Fiscal Year 2013, according to figures from the state. Despite what the figures say on the state’s spreadsheet, however, Woodridge officials said the district will not see any increase in its state funding from Fiscal Year 2013 to Fiscal Year 2014 because the district is guaranteed a certain amount of state funding.
“The … district currently receives $1,082,000 in state funding,” said District Treasurer Deanna Levenger in an email to the Falls News-Press Wednesday. “We are currently a ‘guarantee district’ because the current state funding formula does not work for us. We are guaranteed the same amount that we received the previous year.”
Levenger added that the $472,000 listed on the state’s spreadsheet under Fiscal Year 2013 for the district “is the amount the district would receive based on the current state funding without the ‘guarantee.’ The district has been a guarantee district since at least 2000. The guarantee simply guarantees that the district does not receive less state funding than the previous year.”
This means that the district will not see any increase in its state funding from Fiscal Year 2013 to Fiscal Year 2014. However, the district would, under the proposal, receive about $1.35 million in state funding in Fiscal Year 2015, a 25 percent increase from the previous year.
This school funding plan is part of Kasich’s proposed biennium budget bill.