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        With the stroke of a pen at the Ohio Department of Taxation, the Benton-Carroll-Salem school district finds itself at a financial crossroads, Guy Parmigian, district superintendent, says in his State of the School District for 2019.

        The pen stroke came when the taxation department de-valued the property at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station that had been a major revenue source for the school district.

        “The journey this school district has been on has been one of superior academic performance while operating in a fiscally conservative manner, respecting the hardworking taxpayers of our district,” he writes, emphasizing that salaries and wages of B-C-S staffers haven’t risen for six years.

        Students are achieving in the classroom and finding opportunities outside the classroom – from the wrestling mat to the concert stage – and the district’s school buildings remain centers of the community’s social life, Parmigian notes.

        Data compiled by Arlyn Bensch, a member of the district’s finance committee, compares B-C-S to 17 other school districts: Danbury, Genoa, Port Clinton, Woodmore, Fremont, Oregon, Eastwood, Lake, Rossford, Clyde, Edison, Huron, Margaretta, Perkins, Shelby, Vermilion and Willard.

        For the 2017-18 fiscal year, B-C-S spent about $10,022 per pupil; slightly more than the average of the group, which was $9,880. The average teacher salary at B-C-S was $63,827 and the group average was $62,493.

        The state’s overall grade for B-C-S was a B. Only Danbury, Genoa, Eastwood, Edison and Perkins also received Bs and no district in the group received an A.

        B-C-S had an overall performance index of 100.92. Eastwood was the only other district to have an index above 100.

        With property tax collections down by about $2.1 million at B-C-S and the district losing about $300,000 annually from the state in reimbursements for lost public utility taxes, the 1 percent tax on earned income on the May ballot is basically maintaining the status quo.

        “So, do our young people deserve the educational opportunities that they have today – or do they deserve much less? These are the stakes,” Parmigian said.

        B-C-S voters twice last year rejected a 1 percent income.

       In November, it fell by more than 300 votes. However, in May it was defeated by only about 50 votes and voters approved a 3.89-mill property tax in that election.

       

 

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