TWINSBURG – The Twinsburg City Schools could see a nearly $875,000 reduction in its budget over the next two months due to ordered cuts from the state.
On May 5, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered announced $775 million in reductions to Ohio's General Revenue Fund for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 which ends on June 30.
At the end of February and prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, state revenues for the fiscal year were ahead of estimates by more than $200 million, according to information provided by the governor’s office. As of the end of April, Ohio's revenues were below the budgeted estimates by $776.9 million.
The governor stated that the following budget reductions will be made for the next two months:
• Medicaid: $210 million
• K12 Foundation Payment Reduction: $300 million
• Other Education Budget Line Items: $55 million
• Higher Education: $110 million
• All Other Agencies: $100 million
The budget reductions are in addition to DeWine's March 23 directive to freeze hiring, new contracts, pay increases, and promotions at all state agencies, boards, and commissions.
For Twinsburg, this means "a possible reduction in our District’s appropriation of $874,259," said Superintendent Kathryn Powers.
"K through 12 foundation is essentially 39% of the overall cuts," said Board President Mark Curtis. "When you add all of the cuts to primary and secondary education, K through 12 education accounts for 46% of the cuts."
Curtis said the announcement was "certainly unwelcome news."
"As legislative liaison, I have been in contact with both state representative Casey Weinstein and state senator Christina Roegner in recognizing the need for the state to address budget shortfalls," Curtis said. "I've asked that they convey our concerns of how these cuts may impact our district. As we have just learned of these cuts, we will work with administration to assess and determine their impact on our operations moving forward. It is no secret that these are indeed tough times for our community. I know that we will get through this. We are a resilient community. We come together in times of adversity, and there's a reason to believe that we will be stronger when all of this is over."
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC