Where the money goes

Where does the Tiffin City School District spend your tax dollars?

1. Cost of employees is $14.7 million. The instructional cost for the 2013-14 school year is $4,227 per student. For the 2012-2013 school year, our expense was the 23rd-lowest cost among 24 area school districts. This means our district has a large student-teacher ratio, causing struggling traditional students to have less of a chance to be one-on-one with their teacher on a daily basis.

2. Purchase services cost is $6.4 million. This includes our expenses for technical education, post-secondary education, special education, professional services (building and school general use) and outgoing student enrollment. Yesterday, I noted our state allocation per student is $5,745. After the state goes through a reduction formula, we actually receive $3,151 per student. According to our state Bridge Report, we have several charter schools within our district. When one of our students attends a charter school, state law requires us to pay that school the full $5,745 per student. Therefore, we lose the $3,151 and we are required by law to make up the difference with your real estate tax school monies. This amounts to $2,594 per charter school student. Another large expense, under purchase services, is for our IEP preschool students. Over the past five years, this expense has cost our district $12,873 to $13,987 gross per IEP child.

3. Other costs, which include supplies and materials, capital outlay, House Bill 264 loans, interest, dues, liability and property insurance and other miscellaneous expenses, amount to $1.4 million. These expenses have remained stable over the last few years. One of the notable expenses is the fact 48 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-fee lunches. By state law, we must waive and incur all of their general school fees.

The Tiffin Board of Education has $22.6 million to invest in the following students: 2,700 who attend our schools, 66 who attend the preschool with an IEP, 17 who attend the School of Opportunity and 470 who attend other schools. In the February Journal of Ohio School Boards Association, a Battelle Institute for Kids researcher studied 350 highly effective teachers for six years and found that a teacher’s framework for success was divided into four categories: relationships, stable environment, continuous improvement and high expectations. With the money available, the Tiffin City Public Schools’ goal is to provide the best education for each and every one of our students who resides in our district.

Roland Zimmerman,

Tiffin Board of Education