Grove City Record

District on Jan. 22 will unveil new elementary boundaries


The South-Western City School District will unveil a draft map of proposed new elementary school attendance boundaries at a community meeting Jan. 22.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road, Grove City.

Deputy Superintendent David Stewart presented an update on the boundary planning process at the school board meeting Monday, Dec. 9.

Officials say a revision of the boundaries is needed because of the relocation of North Franklin Elementary School, the combining of East Franklin and Finland elementary schools and space in the new school buildings that are part of the district's Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project, Stewart said.

In October, three draft boundary maps were presented at four community meetings, he said.

The draft proposals were created by following board decision-making and boundary planning parameters with input from parents and employees, reviewing current and projected building enrollment and building capacities, Stewart said.

Areas of school district growth also were researched, he said.

The feedback from community members gathered in October is being taken into account as the final draft proposal is being drawn, Stewart said.

Parents and other residents again will have the opportunity to offer their feedback at the Jan. 22 meeting, he said.

A final plan is expected to be presented in February to the school board for its approval, Stewart said.

The new attendance boundaries would be in place in the fall, for the 2014-15 school year.


Financial review

In other business at the school board meeting Dec. 9, Treasurer Hugh Garside presented a financial review for fiscal year 2012-2013.

The financial review is presented each December, he said.

Most of the district's general fund revenue comes from state funding (45 percent) and real estate taxes (42 percent), Garside said.

Sixty-eight percent of the real estate taxes come from residential and agricultural properties, he said. The rest comes from commercial and industrial properties.

Next year, as revenue from the new Hollywood Casino rolls in, the commercial-industrial percentage likely will rise, Garside said.

"With the increase in state funding, we may also see (its percentage) hop up a bit next year," he said.

As for expenditures, 72 cents of every dollar the district spends goes to instruction or instructional support, Garside said.

Sixty-three cents of every dollar goes directly to instruction, which includes salaries and benefits, supplies and other costs related to the direct instruction of students.

South-Western compares favorably to other Franklin County school districts, ranking 11th among 16 in its effective millage, including permanent improvement and bond levies, Garside said.

If only operating millage is considered, the district ranks 12th, he said. South-Western ranks 13th in per-pupil expenditures.