DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Governor Kasich’s new budget proposal includes an estimate of how much money will go to Ohio schools. The numbers could change, but the initial ones show some local schools could be getting a big increase over the next two years.
If this budget passes, Dayton Public Schools would see an increase of over $30-million in the next two years.
“More funding is good. We like that. We’d like that to continue,” said district treasurer Craig Jones. He knows the amount of money the district will get isn’t set in stone. Still, he’s making plans for how the money could be spent. it includes reducing class size and giving students more one on one time with faculty and staff.
“Most of our budget is in staffing. We’re a service industry,” said Jones. “So we’re looking at allocating people where we most need it. So schools that have the lowest performance have the greatest need where we’re looking at allocating the dollars.”
According to the state budget office, the new formula determining how much money school districts get from the state is based off a school district’s property value per pupil and residents’ median income.
That estimate of $30-million over two years sounds like a lot. but Jones says it still isn’t enough.
Jones said, “We would still like to see higher income from the state to meet our increasing needs of our poverty in our district.”
Jones said there are even more breakdowns from the budget that haven’t been released. Things like demographics and student populations, that could also change the amount of money schools get.