Gadfly Bites 2/21/18 - That definition of "right sizing" sounds like a recipe for fiscal ruin

  1. In the news from Lorain, it appears to be two steps forward as five new administrative positions are filled… (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 2/19/18) …and one step backward as the board president goes fishing for information about stuff. (Elyria Chronicle, 2/21/18) Hey Lorainians! How about a charter school instead? Constellation Schools would like to have a word if for some reason you’re interested. (Northern Ohio Morning Journal, 2/20/18)
  2. Enrollment in West Muskingum Schools has been steadily declining for a decade. Open enrollment availability in the rural-ish part of Ohio is partially to blame, say officials, but so also is a declining birth rate in the area. Very perceptive of them, I must say. As a result, teacher positions will likely be eliminated and a new levy placed on the ballot soon. And yes, 7 positions eliminated will result in savings of over $600,000 per year, according to this piece. (Zanesville Times Recorder, 2/17/18)
  3. Speaking of declining enrollment, a taskforce looking at underutilization in Dayton City Schools was said to be speeding up its work—conducting the last of its formal meetings this week, and, seemingly, backing away from more than a couple of consolidations rather than mass closures. (Dayton Daily News, 2/20/18) The public comment portion of that meeting seems to have been 100 percent supportive of closing no schools at all. Two more public comment sessions are planned before a proposal will be presented. (Dayton Daily News, 2/20/18)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,