The London City School Board of Education met on Tuesday, November 19th for its regular monthly meeting. The Board began the meeting by recognizing the Pride of London High School Marching Band for its recent achievement of a State Superior Rating. London High School was also the school spotlight, which highlighted the school’s Biomedical Program. Two students in Mr. Wallin’s class shared their experiences during the first two years of the Project Lead the Way Program.
During her Treasurer discussion, Ms. Blind presented her annual five (5) year forecast. A few highlights of the presentation included the positive impact of the recent levy renewal and the fact that due to flat state funding the district is becoming more and more reliant on local funding. The local percentage of funding has now grown to over 56% of the district’s budget. From an expense standpoint, the district’s reductions taken during the 2018-2019 school year have allowed the district to balance its budget for one more additional year. The district is now projected to enter deficit spending during FY21. Its was noted that the last new money levy to support the district was passed in 2005. It is anticipated that LCS will need to make an additional levy request in FY21 in order to provide additional operating funds and to possibly add instructional space to support a growing student population.
During his Superintendent’s remarks, Dr. Kramer, presented his annual report on district enrollment. Kramer noted that district enrollment has grown by just over 8% during the last five years. Based on current trends, enrollment is predicted to continue growing by at least 6.4% during the next five years. Kramer noted that this estimate is based on grade progression ratios over the last three years and is likely conservative based on the projected increase in housing in and around London. Dr. Kramer also noted that the Board will need to reappoint a member to the Tolles Career and Technical Center during its December meeting and a member to the LCS Board in January 2020.
Highlights of other Board action taken during the meeting:
Minutes of each meeting are approved the following month and then posted here. The next meeting of the Board of Education will be on December 10th beginning at 6:30 pm in room 311 of London High School.
Approved a 22+ diploma according to HB64; and,
Approved a contract with Naviance to provide College and Career Readiness curriculum and resources.