November Board of Education & 5-Year Forecast

November Board of Education & 5-Year Forecast
Posted on 11/19/2019
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Indian Lake Schools treasurer Coleen Reprogle presented the district's five-year forecast during the November regular Board of Education Meeting. Overall, she explains the district is sound financially. Recent property reevaluations led to an increase in collections. In addition, the district is set to receive $1.2 million in student wellness funds from the state over a two-year period. That money was a last minute addition to the two-year state budget and must be spent on student wellness and success initiatives. However, as we near the end of the five-year forecast, Reprogle explains, expenses exceed revenues. Superintendent Rob Underwood says the district continues to adjust the number of staff members needed to keep our student to staff ratios in check. 

Click here to see Reprogle's forecast. 

In addition, Superintendent Underwood gave board members an update on the status of the wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the district by former superintendent Pat O'Donnell. 

In August 2018, the Logan County Common Pleas Court affirmed the Board’s decision to terminate O’Donnell’s contract of employment.  Mr. O’Donnell’s attorney appealed to the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals.  On November 4, 2019, the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of the Logan County Common Pleas Court, approving the termination with all three judges on the panel in agreement.  While Mr. O’Donnell’s attorney filed a motion asking the Court of Appeals to re-consider its decision, there is no reason to believe that the Court of Appeals will change its decision.  O'Donnell could also appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, however only a small percentage of cases are considered by the high court. Finally, Underwood says the cost of the district's legal battle with O'Donnell has been covered by insurance.