If Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal goes forward, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools wouldn’t gain or lose any money in the next two years.
The governor revealed his school funding reform plan last week, promising that no districts would lose money in the next two years under his proposal. The proposal aims to close the gap between high- and low-income districts and, Kasich said, it would be fully funded from the start. The state supreme court has repeatedly found Ohio's school funding system to be unconstitutional. A plan proposed by former Gov. Ted Strickland also aimed to address this, but was not fully funded when passed.
According to figures released by the state’s Office of Budget and Management, the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District would receive an estimated $3,874,755 in fiscal years 2014 and 2015—the same as it is receiving in fiscal year 2013. The fiscal year 2013 figure does not include transportation funds or funds related to career technical education, the state's information notes.
Superintendent Scot Prebles said in an email that he was “cautiously optimistic” after hearing that no school districts would lose funding in Kasich’s initial announcement. He said that he and the treasurer were still analyzing the funding model, so he had no other comments at this time.