Fostoria gets state budget answers

FOSTORIA – Members of the Fostoria Board of Education announced Monday evening they were able to contact Ohio senators regarding Gov. John Kasich’s proposed state budget, House Bill 59.

Senators wrote in a letter to Fostoria that the numbers and figures are proposals and subject to change. These numbers were used as starting points, and are likely to change when it comes to public school expenditures over the next several months before the bill becomes law, as it is expected to pass through the House in the next two months. This comes after Fostoria announced last month that it would be trying to reduce the budget $600,000-$700,000.

The school board also announced the Ohio Department of Education is going to be sending a diagnostic team to Fostoria to check on if it is staying up to standards as Ohio prepares to move forward with new testing for students. The new plan is for all Ohio students to spend more time taking standardized testing in the coming school years.

In other news, the board:

Approved the purchase of two blanket bonds.

Approved the employment of 10 personnel.

Approved non-renewal of contracts and personnel.

Approved the 2013-2014 Fostoria junior/senior high school course selection guide.

Approved an agreement between the Northern Ohio Education Computer Association and the Fostoria City School District for Internet access services, communications and other technology services through June 2018.

Approved the 2013-2014 service agreement between the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Fostoria City School District.

Adopted new and revised board of education policies.