Strongsville City School District discovers extra $3.2 million

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - The Strongsville City Schools received unanticipated funds from delinquent tax collections ($1.5 million), tax increment financing (TIF) ($1.2 million) and $500,000 more than the county fiscal office estimated for the first half 2013 tax collection to add $3.2 million to the school district's budget, according to David Frazee, board president.

"These were certainly unanticipated funds and we want the community to know," said Frazee. "We remain committed to being good stewards for our school district. From the start, we have been dedicated to staying within the budget that we have at our disposal and remaining conservative. We learned about these funds within the past week."

"That doesn't mean that we will not consider ways to apply these new funds wisely to meet student, parent and district needs," said Frazee. "We will now consider a reduction in the general education fee and pay-to-participate. As we look into the future, these funds will allow us to stretch out the number of years that we will be able to keep our district in the black. We have shared this information with the Strongsville Education Association negotiation team."

After a dinner break around 5 p.m. Sunday, Strongsville teachers and board of education members returned to the meeting scheduled by a federal mediator as the strike enters week seven.

Teachers have been on strike in Strongsville since March 4. There was hope that the two sides were close to a deal after several days of marathon meetings with a mediator last week, but they failed to reach an agreement.

Since the start of the strike, there have been eight meetings with the federal mediator.

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