By Alex Woodring
OTTAWA- Ottawa-Glandorf Board of Education went into a 90 minute executive session to discuss staffing and personnel in a special meeting held at O-G High School on April 30. No decisions resulted from the session.
Preceding the executive session the board passed a resolution opposing House Bill 59. The bill, which is Governor Kasich's biennial budget, proposes to expand the EdChoice Scholarship Program. The expansions will significantly increase the number of publicly-funded vouchers for students to attend private or parochial schools.
Th e first option will provide parochial school tuition vouchers to any kindergarten students of a family with a household income that falls within less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The voucher can be used at the parent's choice of a participating private or parochial school. This would expand to include first grade students as well as kindergartners. The vouchers would be granted without regard to the academic performance.
The second voucher expansion increases eligibility for the program to kindergarten through third grade students enrolled in buildings that received a "D" or "F" in regards to the K-3 Literacy component in two of the three most recent New Report Cards.
The board's concern is that the proposal would reduce funds from local public school districts. O-G Board feels the schools, already considered to be financially beleaguered, would then have fewer financial resources for educating public school students.
Therefore, the board unanimously passed a resolution that officially expresses the the board's opposition to "any legislation that seeks to transfer public dollars to to support private education."
The resolution will be forwarded to Governor Kasich and members of the Ohio General Assembly.
In other business the board approved the purchase of Dell computers in the amount of $53,795.25 as well as textbooks from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the amount of $40,784.15.
The next Ottawa-Glandorf Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at the O-G high school at 7:30 p.m.