Nichole Hannahs

Superintendents Headed to the State House

by Nichole Hannahs on March 11, 2013 at 2:34 am

Tuesday is a big day for superintendents in our area.

Three school leaders will travel to Columbus and speak to the Ohio House Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee.

These superintendents are concerned over aspects of the school funding proposal that could lead to them losing millions of dollars. One concern is over flat funding.

"It’s not additional money. I want to make that very clear," explained Morgan Local Superintendent Lori Snyder-Lowe. "We’re not getting additional money and then that’s being taken away. We are flat funded, so what they anticipate doing from what I understand is that in 2 years that flat funding will be cut even further."

Those cuts could mean $1.6 in lost funding for Morgan Local, a school district that spends $2 million a year on transportation and whose buses travel over 5,000 miles a day.

"I’m not too optimistic and I don’t live with rose colored glasses on," said Snyder-Lowe. "I just hope that they can fix this model to try and equalize the resources in Ohio so all children get adequate educational experiences."

Snyder-Lowe has spoken with some state legislatures about the school funding issues, but encourages local residents to contact them as well. Others from our area speaking Tuesday include Northern Local Superintendent Tom Perkins and Tri-Valley Superintendent Mark Neal.

A press conference is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.