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Hi everyone!  I had tried to start a discussion group on facebook, but for some reason only registered facebook users could post.  Therefore, I’m starting this blog as a way to try to generate more back-and-forth with people regarding the Milford School District and public schools in general.

So, our first topic … if you haven’t seen today’s front page article, Ohio schools could face huge budget cuts due to the state’s Supreme Court ruling that slot machines must be voted on before being implemented.  Gov. Strickland had counted on almost $1 billion for schools, which now may not materialize – and which is delayed at least 6 months no matter what.  In addition, a budget decrease could mean a loss in federal stimulus matching funds, resulting in a cut of about $1.7 billion across the state – 10.31% this fiscal year (through June 30, 2010) and 15.74% next fiscal.

I just heard from Randy Seymour, Milford’s treasurer.  The ODE & the governor are stressing no cuts will be made yet.  However, if they are made, they will start next fiscal year (school year 2010-11).  One scenario would cut only in FY11, the other in both FY11 and FY12.

There has also been a report that the governor may delay the promised tax break, which could generate quite a bit.  Will it be used for the schools?  If so, that could prevent the current deficit.

Even if the governor finds the funds to balance the budget in the short term, this is a wake-up call for all of us:  we must prepare now before state cuts and a weak local economy put us right back into financial distress.  We need to work diligently & quickly to find efficiencies and new ways to deliver strong education to our students.

** The views expressed in this blog are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of MEVSD and/or other Milford School Board members.**

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