Dublin Board of Education
State Rep. Duffey says he supports voucher amendment
The Dublin City School District has at least one friend in the state house.
State Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) Monday, June 10, addressed the Dublin Board of Education on the two-year state budget and a proposal to expand the voucher program.
Last month the school board formally opposed a part of the two-year state budget currently in the works that would expand the state voucher program and take more money from a student's home district to pay for the voucher.
Treasurer Stephen Osborne told board members the district could lose $5,500 per student even though they only receive about $1,000 per student in state funding.
The opposition was heard by Duffey, who said he's heard similar sentiments from other districts.
"I stand with each of you and the schools in Worthington," Duffey told the board.
Duffey said he supports an amendment to the budget's voucher proposal that would limit the amount of money a voucher can take from the student's home district to no more than what the school receives in state funding.
Duffey said he's also working to improve things for high-performing school districts such as Dublin in the state budget.
"(Tangible Personal Property Tax reimbursement) was not touched," he said.
The state has been phasing out reimbursements for the eliminated TPP tax over the past few years, but under the current budget Dublin City Schools will not lose that funding over the next two years, Duffey said.
In fact, Duffey said, as the budget currently stands it has $720 million more for public education than the previous two-year budget.
The House of Representatives put a 6-percent cap on the increase in funding for schools, but Duffey does not support that.
"I'm advocating ... for lifting the 6-percent cap," he said.
Duffey expects to see an increase in the state budget surplus and he told board members he believes schools should see some of that money. If the cap on increases for school funding were taken away, the surplus could get to schools, he said.
The state budget has gone through both the house and senate, and is currently poised to go through conference committee where house and senate members will work through disagreements.
The state budget must be approved by the end of the month.
In other district news, board members this week honored retiring teachers Brian Warning of Grizzell Middle School and Wyandot Elementary Special Education Teacher Jane Mitchell in addition to retiring principals Lorraine Rubadue and Karen Szymusiak.
Rubadue, who will retire from Deer Run Elementary, has been in education for 29 years and spent 15 of them in Dublin.
Jill Abraham, director of elementary education, called Rubadue an advocate who loved her staff and took great pride in leading Deer Run.
Szymusiak spent 37 years in education and 25 in Dublin, opening Glacier Ridge Elementary.
"Educators have the best job in the world," Szymusiak said.