DELPHOS — The Delphos school board approved an updated five-year plan, Monday night at a special board meeting at Delphos Jefferson High School as well as a plan with the Ohio Department of Education to address their Fiscal Caution situation.
“We worked our tails off to get it in the black from the fall, and about 30 minutes after we achieve that, this governor comes out and said he was cutting us by $239,000. So, we are back in the red potentially,” said Brad Rostorfer, Delphos district treasurer. “Obviously, there are things up in the air that we can do and we’ll try to do in these last two months to get back in the black, but we’ll probably submit it as is so we can show them the damage they have done to us.”
The cuts appear to hurt Delphos schools more than most school districts in the state.
“When the state came out and said there was a 3.7% reduction to education, that actually means 6.22% to Delphos City Schools. So instead of what could have been about $140,000 at 3.7%, we ended up at $239,000,” said Rostorfer.
For 2021, the district is eliminating the curriculum service from their ESC contract and attempting to combine their pre-school intervention and their alternative school services between Van Wert and Allen counties.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to Delphos voters passing a 0.50% traditional income tax last month.
“It shows us in the red at the end of this year. Then with the tax anticipation note that went along with our successful levy puts us into the black next year and then we’re basically break even in 2022. Because we have to pay that note back, the forecast will probably show us in the red a couple of thousand dollars. But again, that’s including the current language on Ed Choice. So we’ll find out if the state is going to cut public education twice and not go back on funding private education as they have on the books as of right now,” Rostorfer said.
As it stands now, the district is in the red by $100,000 and that won’t be able to be made up in a month and a half, when the fiscal year ends.
“We’ve had five teachers resign, two of which we’re going to have to replace,” Rostorfer said. “The three that we won’t be replacing this year, helps us get through get a lot of that.”
Since the district decided to be a member of Vantage Career Center as a cost-saving measure. Vantage will not begin collecting taxes until January of next year. Vantage has agreed to spread the payment over a five year period.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.