Ross Schools facing financial shortfall
The district has projected an operating budget deficit of more than $1.1 million beginning in the 2023-24 school year.
The district’s annual operating budget is approximately $27 million.
In December, the Ohio Department of Education alerted Ross officials that, based on its five-year forecast, “shortfall potential exists.”
“The department considers your district to be in a precautionary fiscal position,” ODE officials wrote.
There have been inaccurate reports on social media” regarding his financial situation.
“We are not removing all of our security guards. For the 2022-23 school year, we will have four experienced School Security Officers covering five buildings with three buildings on one campus.
Ross Superintendent Chad Konkle said that despite the budget cuts, “we strive to continue our academic excellence.”
The 2,600-student district, which was once a rural district and is now a largely suburban district, has historically been one of the top performing academically in Butler County. And Ross High School has been consistently cited in national publications as one of the best in Southwestern Ohio and among those in the entire state.
“Like many school districts in Ohio, we have challenges ahead. I ask that you partner with us to learn the facts about our finances. We have set up various venues to help with this,” Konkle said. , referring to more information about Ross’ budget available to the public on the district’s website.
“Ohio’s new education funding formula provides less money than the previous formula. Ross will receive approximately $1 million less over the next two years than we would have under the previous formula,” school officials said.