BCS Board Learns Five-Year Forecast – Peak of Ohio

Submitted by Bill Tipple

The Bellefontaine School Board learned more about the district’s financial outlook at its monthly meeting Monday evening.

BCS Treasurer Josh Wasson presented the five-year forecast.

Wasson reported that the district is currently in a spending deficit. This trend is expected to continue through FY27.

Wasson gave a similar perspective when the five-year forecast was detailed at the May board meeting.

He said salaries and benefits remain the district’s biggest expense.

Salaries and benefits represent 82% of district expenditures.

In fiscal 2023, deficit spending is expected to reach $891,528.

However, BCS is expected to maintain a positive cash balance throughout fiscal 2026.

Finally, Wasson is optimistic that the council can limit health care cost increases to around five percent a year.

Council heard two brief presentations.

Mental health therapist Beth Ramsey gave an overview of the student health and wellness services provided at BCS.

Ramsey said there have been 81 student expulsions this school year.

Jordan Reser, teacher at Bellefontaine Middle School, presented the details of the annual trip to Washington DC.

Reser, who is the trip coordinator, said more than 70 eighth graders have already signed up to visit our nation’s capital May 22-25, 2023.

Students will visit the White House, nearby landmarks, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Reser said the trip provides students with unforgettable memories.

The cost is $749 per student (if registered before the end of November).

A spring fundraiser is planned to help offset the costs.

The board will vote on whether to approve the trip at the December board meeting.

On the staff side, the board accepted the retirement of longtime teachers Linda McQuinley and Rob Rogan.

Rosalind Brown was hired as a substitute teacher.

Kylie Croston has been approved to be a home tutor/instructor for the ’22-’23 school year.

Susan German quit as a restaurant worker.

The following employees have been hired:

Svetlana Clark – Food Service Worker

Joyce Fogan – Bus Driver

Ashley McBeth – Goalie

Jodi England – Teaching Aid

Destiny Henry – Teaching Aid

Zachary Johnson – Teaching Aid

Rhonda Judd – Teaching Aid

The following alternate appointments were approved:

Rosalind Brown – Teaching Aid

Tonya Finch – Van Driver

Jordan Hensley – Goalie

Makayla Murphy – Food Service Worker

Among other staff, Katie Cornell was hired as a secretary at Bellefontaine Primary School. Previously, she was a caretaker.

Beth Overs and Kourtney Walker have been hired as substitute teachers.

Chelsea Johnson has been hired as an assistant swimming coach at BHS.

The board approved the indoor track program.

Jeanie Tipple and Rick Reed received stipends for additional teaching assignments.

The board reappointed Anne Reames to continue serving as the Bellefontaine City Schools Representative on the Ohio Hi-Point School Board.

Finally, the board recognized November Seniors Olivia Ullom and Sullivan Ashcraft.

The next board meeting will be on December 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Distance Learning.

Carol N. Valencia