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Writer has 'confidence' taxes used wisely on open enrollment

Published: May 14, 2017 12:00 AM

A letter to the editor published in the April 23, 2017 Falls News-Press represented open enrollment in a misleading and inaccurate manner ("Says Falls School Board should'reconsider' open enrollment," Page 9).

The School District has participated in open enrollment for many years. It is not a poor fiscal decision and this will be explained.

The fundamental error in the letter was the suggestion that property taxes are attached to the student enrollment. There is no connection.

Property taxes are based on effective rates of voted millage and remain constant as enrollment fluctuates.

Separate from property taxes, state funding is set at $6,000 per student for fiscal year 2017 and is proposed to remain at that level in the next biennial budget. State funding is complicated/ way too complicated but Cuyahoga Falls receives $2,484 for each residential student and $6,000 for open enrolled students who opt to matriculate here from outside the district.

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Conversely, $6,000 is transferred out of the district for every student who open enrolls to another district or community school.

How has this worked for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District?

Currently, Cuyahoga Falls receives about $3.2 million in open enrollment revenue while approximately $1.7 million is transferred out to other districts. The positive variance of about $1.47 million is critical to the financial viability of the school district.

Out of this variance the district also transfers approximately $600,000 to Schnee which is a charter school sponsored by the district and to online options such as Ohio Virtual Academy, ECOT and Steel Academy.

District administrators monitor open enrollment very closely; I have confidence that our tax dollars are being used wisely.

Wes Johnston,Cuyahoga Falls


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