Goshen Local School District

Quality Profile » Fiscal Stewardship

Fiscal Stewardship

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Financial responsibility ensures that the majority of funding is spent on instruction.

Goshen provides a great education in a fiscally responsible manner 

Per pupil spending: Goshen vs the State of Ohio

Goshen Local Schools produces excellent results at below average costs. The average cost per pupil is significantly lower than the state average. GLSD cost per pupil for FY 2015 is $ $9,949 while the state of Ohio average is $10,985.

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Goshen’s FY2015 operating revenue
 
In Ohio, the funding of schools is shared by the state and local school districts. The Ohio General Assembly determines the cost of an adequate education. The chart below, which represents Goshen’s FY2015 funding sources, demonstrates the low burden on our local taxpayers.
 
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Proactive planning, efficient operations make effective use of taxpayer dollars

Approximately 1% of tax revenue comes from commercial/industrial means. Due to strong, proactive planning and operating inside our means, GLSD has not received an increase in property tax dollars by the means of an operating levy since 1976, in large part because taxpayers approved a 1% income tax issue in 1989.
 
In 1999 the district was fortunate to couple with the State of Ohio on a 80% - 20% construction project that cost taxpayers $6,891,000 and the state paid $26,352,360.   These approved bond dollars allowed us to build a new high school, renovate Spaulding Elementary School, Marr/Cook and Goshen Middle School. Due to timely refinancing and wise financial decisions, this debt issue should be paid off early, saving tax payers dollars.

With the addition of energy efficient initiatives funded through low interest loans, Goshen has saved more than $200,000 yearly since 2008. Over the past 8 years the district has saved more than $1,686,370 through proactive planning, which include new initiatives and cost saving measures such as LED lighting, installing high efficiency boilers/chillers and electronically controlling our energy use through technology innovations.  
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