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A Message From Superintendent Chris Keylor

We are about to turn the page on March and head into the straight stretch for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. It sure is nice to see the sunshine and warmer temperatures throughout winter, and look forward to an even nicer spring. Please remember that your students will be just as excited to see spring arrive, and some of them will want to test the edges of your tolerance. It is important as the school year winds down, to keep to your routines. I realize it is very tempting to have additional recess time or other special activities as the weather improves, but keeping to your schedule will reduce the chances of unintended consequences occurring. Don’t put yourself in a position that could jeopardize all of the really good work that you and your students have accomplished this year.

House Bill 49 (Budget Bill) is with the House of Representatives. It is still very early in the process. Representatives will consider amendments to the bill and plan to send it to the Senate sometime around mid-April. There are many pieces in the Governor’s proposed budget that would have negative impact on many of our school districts. The school districts served by Ohio Valley ESC would lose approximately $3.8 million in state funding, and Ohio Valley ESC would see a 25% reduction in its state funding. Therefore, many superintendents have been in contact with their locally elected officials to discuss these particular components of the bill. It is also important to remember that “the Governor proposes, and the legislature disposes”. The budget process is a marathon, not a sprint. There will be multiple amendments and changes before it is approved prior to July 1, 2017.

We are very fortunate to have elected officials in our region who support their local school districts, and understand the vital role ESCs play in support of the school districts we serve. If you have time, please send a letter to your elected officials thanking them for their continued support for a better budget. Let them know how much we appreciate their support.

Thank you for all you do, and have a great SPRING!!!

Chris Keylor, Superintendent