Residents of the Eastwood School District – at least those who took time to respond to a survey conducted by the district’s administration – appear to have positive comments about the Wood County district on how it manages taxpayer money, being kept informed about the schools, their children’s safety while in schools, and other related issues.
Teachers, the central office personnel, and the transportation program also received good responses from the public.
On a scale of one to four, respondents averaged 3.54 to the statement “I feel welcome when I enter the schools..”
“I feel I am informed about Eastwood schools.” received a 3.53 response and “I feel Eastwood Local Schools is doing a good job of managing its money.” received a response of 3.43.
The highest response, 3.62, was to the question: “What grade would you give the Eastwood School District overall?”
The district has been conducting surveys of residents since 2007.
Superintendent Brent Welker said the participation rate was down compared to the last couple of years but wasn’t sure why.”
Compared to 2007, the responses this year were all higher on average.
Welker said food service received many comments from parents – portion sizes and what was in the meals in particular.
He noted that food service is heavily regulated by the government and the increase in obesity rates among children is prompting schools to make healthier lunches.
To date this year, the district’s expenses are up about 4 percent compared to this time last year but the school board and administration project a balanced budget for the fiscal year, which ends June 30 of next year.
According to figures from the administration, the district’s total revenue so far this fiscal year is about $6.32 million, about $153,685 less than the same time last year.
Total expenses are about $5.91 million, about $235,349 more than last year at this time.
Expenses this year include retirement incentive packages of $40,000 each for six staff members, said Dave Michel, district treasurer.
“A majority of those taking the incentive decided to take the cash payments,” Michel said, adding the savings will be realized in the next fiscal year.