South-Western City Schools should stay in the Win-Win agreement to protect its property taxes, district treasurer Hugh Garside told the school board April 26.

South-Western City Schools should stay in the Win-Win agreement to protect its property taxes, district treasurer Hugh Garside told the school board April 26.

School board president Randy Reisling asked if South-Western school district's administration has decided on a stance pertaining to the Columbus school board's recent cost-benefit analysis of Win-Win.

Win-Win is a legal agreement that set school district boundaries for Columbus schools and nine suburban school districts in Franklin County.

If the city of Columbus annexes an area, suburban districts keep the developed property in that area; such land doesn't go to Columbus schools.

Suburban school districts, in exchange, share some tax revenue with Columbus schools.

Collectively, nine school districts in Franklin County pay $6.3-million a year to Columbus schools.

The six-year agreement will be renewed automatically, unless school districts vote before May 31 to pull out of it.

Garside said he has spoken with other suburban school district treasurers and they seem to have reached a consensus.

"It's in everybody's best interest to stay in," he said.

Parts of the West Side of Columbus are in the South-Western school district, including the Delphi site.

The site is a possible location for a $250-million casino run by Penn National Gaming Inc. if voters approve Issue 2 May 4.

The South-Western school district would receive property taxes from the casino, Garside said.

He added that Win-Win is a "good planning tool" that protects the school district's property tax base.

Garside downplayed the fact the Columbus school board is divided about Win-Win, which he called "some ruffling of feathers" by a few board members.

"It's my opinion that the agreement will stay in place," he said.

Also at the meeting, district administrators told school board members they intend by next school year to launch a new student information service called Parent Assist Module.

The module allows parents to access a Web site containing information on their children.

Parents will be able to find information on their children's attendance, disciplinary incidents, busing, grades and assignments.

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