July 14, 2012
Olentangy school district administrators presented a budget for Fiscal Year 2012 to the school board Wednesday night, showing differences between FY 2012 and FY 2011 expenditures.
Overall, the budget for FY 2012 is about $373,000 less than what the five-year forecast projected, according to treasurer Rebecca Jenkins. She said the difference was largely due to the cuts in professional development.
Assistant treasurer Todd Johnson said the elementary, middle and high school buildings’ per pupil costs had been cut by 10 percent from last year.
The FY 2012 budget presented did show increases from the FY 2011 budget, however, one of the greatest anticipated variances entailed the certified staff medical insurance, showing nearly a $3 million (28 percent) increase from FY 2011 to FY 2012.
The projected costs of open enrollment for FY 2012 showed the greatest percent increase of 175 percent, which was a $175,000 variance.
Other areas with budget increases included coaches’ and advisors’ supplemental pay (a 79 percent increase from last year), bus drivers and other classified staff salaries (51 percent), electricity (47 percent), Educational Service Center (43 percent), retirement plans for teachers and administrators (a 46 percent increase), and gas (26 percent).
Johnson attributed many of the budget increases to the district’s two middle school additions.
Board member Kevin O’Brien requested more information to explain the increases in certain areas of the budget, questioning how much the two new buildings would affect FY 2012.
Areas showing a budget decrease from FY 2011 to FY 2012 included health services (a 78 percent decrease from last year), lease-purchase agreements (38 percent), and travel and professional development (38 percent).
The decrease in health services was due to eliminating drug testing, Johnson said.
The board is scheduled to vote on the FY 2012 budget at its next meeting, June 22.