At this point it’s just a proposal. The new school funding plan set out by Ohio Governor John Kasich this week, however, would be a boon for Galion Schools.
While most school districts across Ohio would see formula funding remain stagnant under the concept, districts where real property values have plummeted would experience an increase in amounts received from Columbus. This additional funding for poorer communities and areas would appear to be consistent with rulings of the Ohio Supreme Court finding Ohio’s school funding system to be unfair and in violation of the Ohio Constitution.
Four of Crawford County’s six school districts are slated to see increases in funding under Kasich’s plan. While Buckeye Central and Wynford would see no change, Galion City Schools would not only see the county’s second-highest funding hike percentage– a bit over 12% — but it would also receive the largest dollar increase. Galion’s new state aid would grow by over $1.1 million, over twice the next largest dollar boost (that for Colonel Crawford schools, which would receive over $420,000 more).
This new funding represents approximately 65% of the 1.7 million dollars which would be generated by the District’s dual 9.4 mill levy on the May ballot. The proposed budget is subject to change during the legislative process, however this would seem to herald possible lessening of need for such a hefty local tax increase.