Eastwood looks to online program to help revenues
Eastwood school superintendent Brent Welker is giving a “heads up” to residents of the Wood County district about a looming loss of revenues as the district receives its last semi-annual payment of $240,000 from a property tax abatement agreement with Troy Energy.
In his community newsletter, Welker says district had been receiving $480,000 annually from the agreement.
“Starting in fiscal year 2014, we will fully feel the loss of the $480,000 payment per year,” he writes. “This is like losing a 2.3-mill levy.”
To bolster revenues, the district is entering into an agreement with VLN, an online educational content provider for a program Eastwood officials call “School in a Box.” The program will allow Eastwood students, or students in the district enrolled in another online school, to receive their education virtually through their classes.
Eastwood loses $5,800 in basic state aid for every student attending an online virtual school and Welker estimates about 20 Eastwood students attend some type of online school.
“Under this program, a student could be an Eastwood student and still take their classes virtually. The school provides a computer and all the materials and courses,” he said. “We will have some monitoring and paperwork on our end. In return, our cost for having them in the program will be $4,500.
“We will be looking to recover some of these students and help the bottom line.”
Police Academy starts
The Wood County Sheriff’s Citizen Police Academy will hold weekly classes starting Sept. 6 and continue through Nov. 1.
Classes will be held Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.
The academy will cover the operations of the sheriff’s department and other county and state agencies that partner with the sheriff’s office in crime prevention.
Registration deadline is Aug. 31.