As the 2018 election season is underway, the Kenston Citizens Advisory Committee encourages all of our constituents to reach out to their elected officials to advocate for increased state funding for our local district.
From 2011 to 2017, the state of Ohio has increased the amount of state funding for public school districts by approximately $2 billion dollars. Unfortunately, these increases have not been equally shared among the 600+ Ohio school districts. In fact, the Kenston Local School District is one of only 58 (less than 10%) districts in the entire state that has suffered declines in the average state funding it received per pupil during this time. These decreases have impacted our district’s finances – our annual state funding has declined 24% during this period of time – which has amounted to a loss of over $1.7 million dollars.
It is important to note that the cost of educating our students has not declined during this period of time. Kenston Local School District has absorbed cost increases related to wages, healthcare benefits and other operating costs. We will continue to make these necessary investments to provide a high-quality education to the children of our community, while balancing the need to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.
We need to push for our local elected officials to become champions for public school funding in Northeast Ohio. We must ensure these politicians do not allow Kenston to be forgotten when these funding decisions are being made at the state level.
If you would like to send a message to your elected officials to make them aware of your concerns, we would encourage you to use the attached sample letter or any other style of communication that you prefer to let them know that you expect more for our local district than we’ve received over the past several years.
This is a Kenston Citizens Advisory Committee initiative