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Brecksville-Broadview Heights Schools Treasurer 'At a Loss' For Governor’s Comments

Governor’s office recently released information highlighting that schools funding has increased each year he’s been in office. School officials disagree with the figures.

The treasurer for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District says he’s “at a loss” to explain recent statements made by Gov. John Kasich that school funding has increased each year he’s been in office.

“I have no idea how the statement about increased school funding could be made, so I am at a loss as to the basis for this,” said Rick Berdine, who took over the treasurer post last year. “I can assure you that this district, as well as my former district, lost state funding during the current biennium.”

Kasich says that his proposed state budget, if passed, would boost the education funding above 2011 levels. 

In a bold statement, Kasich also noted that state funding for schools has gone up each year he’s been in office, according to a press release.

However, that’s a claim that didn’t satisfy some local school officials.

State budget and school officials told Patch that there would be no additional cuts moving forward, despite the loss of federal stimulus money.

(See the attached press release at the right)

“The governor was insistent that no district receive less dollars than they do today,” said Jim Lynch, the special advisor to the director of the office of budget and management. 

In a press release, Kasich notes that the state general revenue fund (without property tax relief), is headed from $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2011 to an estimated $6.5 billion in 2013.

If the proposed budget passes, state revenue funds would hit $7 billion in 2015, according to the news release.

Berdine’s recent five-year-forecast highlights a decrease in school funding — mostly because of cuts to federal stimulus money and stagnant property tax collection.

“I know I presented similar information in my former district as well prior to my departure,” he added. “I don't think these are the only two districts in Ohio who experienced these funding losses.”

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