Board discusses merger ideas
by RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
The Governing Board of Sciotoville Community School met in special session on Wednesday to discuss two agenda items involving future educational opportunities at SCS.
The first item discussed was the board's approval of its contract with Montgomery County Educational Services Center. The board is asking MCESC for approval to extended its classes to include grades K-4. If approved by the MCESC, it would then still need to be approved by the state of Ohio.
The second item on the agenda was SCS's recent discussions with New Boston Schools regarding a possible unification in the near future.
Governing Board President Bill Shope read a statement to the public, denying rumors the school may be considering this option because of financial problems, or that it may be targeted for closure by the state.
“Not only are we on track as to our financial goals as they relate to spending, we also possess assets and a very positive amount in our General Fund that is larger than schools that serve K-12 students or have the blessing of far greater numbers, enrollment-wise,” Shope said.
A copy of the school's financial report was made available to anyone who wanted to see it. On it, the school reports a grand total of $955,847.95 of unencumbered bank funds.
SCS Principal Dennis DeCamp showed a presentation titled “Initial Concept for Cooperative Agreement between New Boston Local School District and Sciotoville Community Schools.” He emphasized the presentation represented only the initial and uncommitted views of the school, and did not necessarily include the views of New Boston.
The objectives identified in the presentation included:
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