Treasurer Felicia Drummey told the Northridge Board of Education Sept. 21 that the five-year forecast she'll be presenting next month is getting tougher and tougher to predict.

Treasurer Felicia Drummey told the Northridge Board of Education Sept. 21 that the five-year forecast she'll be presenting next month is getting tougher and tougher to predict.

During Monday's board meeting, Drummey said that while the district can control expenses, funding has become a volatile component.

"Looking three to four years from now is very challenging," Drummey said. "It's pretty challenging with a two-year budget. We're losing 1 percent of state funding (this year) because of reducing the guarantee. We're losing 2 percent next year."

In this fiscal year, the state will provide $4,691,981 to Northridge. That will drop to $4,575,781 in fiscal year 2010 and $4,482,306 the following year.

"In year 2012, we need to absorb expenses itself if the state can't provide support and there's no federal stimulus dollars," Drummey said. "In our finance committee, we'll model several possibilities."

During the superintendent's report, John Shepard noted the reinstatement of reduction in force positions, including a classified contract for a high school custodian and secretarial position.

An agreement was also approved with the Northridge Youth Athletic Association, reaffirming a $5 participation fee for each student. A fee will also be charged if lights are used or if a custodian is needed.

"They have been good working with us," Shepard said. "Fees will be applied to others across the organization."

In their reports to the board, building principals provided an update on the state report card as it applies to their schools.

Northridge Primary principal Andra Kisner said she couldn't be prouder of her building's inaugural year.

The school met three of three indicators, scored 99.8 out of a possible 120 for the performance index and met adequate yearly progress for a rating of excellent.

She also noted that among third-graders, 87.5 percent of those tested were proficient or better in reading and 80.8 percent were proficient or better in math. The state standard is 75 percent.

"You should be proud of the work students and staff are doing," Kisner said.

Northridge Intermediate principal Robin Elliott said her building was rated effective, meeting six of eight indicators as well as adequate yearly progress and scoring 94.1 for the performance index.

The intermediate school scored above the value-added measure that shows the progress teachers have made with students in one year.

"So even if a test isn't passed at the 75-percent rate as was the case for math, our students are growing, so our teachers are doing their job," Elliott said. "We were at the highest distinction for this, above expected growth."

She said a future goal of the intermediate building is to secure another value added measure for another year that would boost its rating to excellent.

Northridge Middle School was rated excellent, meeting eight of 10 indicators.

Principal Amy Anderson compared the middle school to 10 others in Licking County. The school's percentages were first or second best in the county in seven of nine tested subject areas.

The percentage of Northridge seventh-graders reaching proficiency or better in writing was 93.6 percent, the best among 10 county schools. They had the second best scores in the county in the following: sixth-grade reading, 93.5 percent; sixth-grade math, 92.2 percent; seventh-grade reading, 88.2 percent; eighth-grade reading, 87.3 percent; eighth-grade science, 74.6 percent; and eighth-grade social studies, 62.7 percent.

"Our building goal is to reach excellence with distinction," Anderson said.

Northridge High School was rated excellent, meeting 12 of 12 indicators.

Principal Jim Hall said the building is achieving in most areas or remaining about the same.

About 87 percent of the high school's students passed at a level of proficiency or better, and the building scored 102.3 for its performance index, the highest in three years.

Shepard said he has received two calls from other districts to see what Northridge is doing to achieve adequate yearly progress and value added measures.

"We're being recognized, and we're proud of that," Shepard said. "Overall, we're pleased."

The next regular board of education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at the high school media center.