Officials at Perrysburg schools have a drafted a strategic plan for the district that would reallocate $805,000 annually and budget $1.67 million in new spending each year for the next four years.
The draft says that the district should aim to have all students reading at or above grade level by the beginning of third grade, mastering basic algebra by the end of eighth grade, and able to successfully participate in post-secondary education.
The strategic plan also says the district should use technology more effectively, coordinate yearly staff development programs, and recruit community volunteers.
The draft, which will be voted on by the school board at its Aug. 16 meeting, is based on recommendations from volunteer committees.
The committees suggested goals for the district in the areas of curriculum, facilities, finances, technology, staff development, and communications.
"I hope the committees that we have will continue in some form and sort of hold our feet to the fire to make sure we implement the strategic plan," superintendent Michael Cline told the school board last week at a meeting to discuss the draft.
The draft estimates costs to achieve specific goals and breaks down which items would be paid for by shifting money in the existing budget and which would be new expenses.
The major new annual expenses include:
●$500,000 to upgrade the district's outdoor facilities.
●$250,000 to implement a plan for technology support.
●$200,000 to hire more teachers in case enrollment increases.
●$150,000 to organize staff development programs.
●$100,000 to hire a technology director.
The draft also states that the district will hire a consultant for $25,000 to determine how to redraw district lines to equitably distribute population between different school buildings.
Goals for the district that would not require funding include yearly financial analyses to make sure it spent money to further strategic plan goals and see how its spending compares with other Ohio schools.
The spending that is called for in the strategic plan draft will help the school board determine what levies it should place on the November ballot.
The board has scheduled a meeting for Aug. 10 at noon in the Commodore Building to have a discussion about the levies.
The district's two-year, 5.9-mill emergency operating levy approved by voters in 2002 is set to expire at the end of this year.
If the district does not pass another levy, even without increasing spending, the district would face a $809,000 debt in 2005 and a $14.7 million debt by 2009.
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