Thomas L. Taylor, Superintendent
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You may contact me at (419) 274-4853 or at TTaylor@phpatriots.org
PH is once again inviting district residents age 60 and over to eat lunch in the high school cafeteria during the school year with the superintendent. The next lunch of the school year will be Thursday, February 1st at noon. The cost is $2.00 and includes a beverage. Please come and bring a friend!
In this article I would like to discuss three areas of school revenue, namely Rover pipeline money, the district’s Emergency levy, and property tax revenue. First let’s look at the Rover pipeline money, while local landowners have received payments for easement agreements, the school district has not received any money for the pipeline. I have been told that the pipeline needs to be fully functional before a value will be assigned to it, and that a value probably won’t be assessed on the pipeline any earlier than 2019. Since property taxes are paid a year behind, it would appear that no pipeline tax money would be paid to the school district until at least calendar year 2020.
Estimates are that our district could receive between $1.8 million and $3 million in tax revenue in the first year that Rover has to pay property taxes. We have been forewarned that whatever dollar amount is paid in taxes in the first year will be the highest we ever receive, as the company will take measures to lower their future taxes paid. In other counties, the pipeline tax revenues have dropped by as much as 50% after the first year of collections.
On the surface it looks like the district will have a very generous revenue stream from the pipeline. So some individuals are questioning with the pipeline revenue coming in the future, why is the district trying to renew the Emergency Levy. I would use a scenario that if you knew you were going to be inheriting money in the future, and you wanted to make a major purchase with that money, but there was uncertainty over the amount you might receive and when you would receive it, wouldn’t you wait to make your major purchase until you actually received the money and know the amount? That is the similar scenario our district is faced with except it is about receiving property tax money. We know we are going to get the pipeline money, but we don’t know for sure when or how much. Therefore, we are not going to consider letting a tax levy expire until we really know what finances we will be receiving for the pipeline.
Our district is currently receiving $746,765 a year from an Emergency Levy that will expire at the end of 2018. If the levy is not renewed and we don’t receive pipeline tax money until 2020, our district will have lost $1.1 million dollars in revenue, which is a year and a half of collections, before we receive any money from the pipeline taxes. In addition, Henry County just went through a reappraisal. The net results of the reappraisal have our school district’s assessed valuation (the value of the property in our school district) decreasing by $16 million dollars. Due to this decrease in value, our district will lose $65,000 in property tax revenue starting in calendar year 2018. Prior to receiving any tax money from the pipeline, our district would lose $97,500, which is a year and a half of collections. If you add the lost revenue from not renewing the Emergency Levy with the lost revenue from our district’s reduction in value, our school district could lose a total of $1.2 million dollars in revenue prior to receiving any money from pipeline taxes. The pipeline money could just be replacing revenue that our district has lost.
There will be more articles about the amount of pipeline tax revenue coming to Henry County once it gets closer to Rover having to pay taxes. I would like the residents of the Patrick Henry School District to remember that when there are revenue numbers mentioned for Henry County, that the pipeline does go through areas that are not in our school district, so please don’t think that the Henry County pipeline revenue total is the amount of money that will be going to our school district. Furthermore, even with the pipeline that does go through our district, there will be other entities getting pipeline revenue. In addition to Patrick Henry receiving money, the following will also be getting money: Monroe and Richfield Townships, Henry County, Henry County Health Department, Henry County Senior Center, Henry County Board of DD/Hope Services, Henry County South Joint Ambulance District, Four County ADAMhs Board and the Four County Career Center.
The school board and administration have been good stewards of our tax money. The last tax levy approved for operating expenses was the Emergency Levy in 2012. This levy was needed to stabilize our district financially. After receiving the money and becoming financially stable, our district let a 2.45 mill operating levy expire at the end of 2015. It is rare that a school district lets an operating levy expire. I would point to this action as proof that our school board will make a fiscally responsible decision for our school district residents about maintaining current levies once we know for sure the pipeline tax situation.
If you have questions about the potential pipeline revenue or our school district in general, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.
In today’s article I would like to inform readers about an $850,000 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that our elementary school successfully obtained. The money from this federal grant will be dispersed over five years and will facilitate before and after school programming. The rules of the grant are that the money may be used for new educational opportunities, but not to fund our current operations. Locally, it is referred to as PALS (Patriots Achieving Learning Success), and will serve a targeted group of students in grades K-4 with academic enrichment, along with a broad range of additional services, programs, and activities.
The vision of PALS is that all children regardless of ethnicity, income, or disability will achieve academic success, positive youth development, family engagement opportunities, and community involvement. Patrick Henry Elementary is committed to providing positive, integrated instruction and helping every child achieve on-track status in each grade level K-4. PALS will provide a safe and supportive before and after school environment where the academic, nonacademic, health, and social service needs of children and families are met so children are better able to achieve academic success.
If this grant sounds familiar, it is because the HS/MS received this same grant four years ago. The HS/MS grant, which we locally call Project Revolution, is in the last year of their five-year grant cycle. I look forward to the engaging and enriching events that these grants will offer to our students and families throughout the year. Kudos to the Northwest Ohio Education Service Center for their collaboration in our district obtaining this grant, and congratulations to Elementary Principal Bryan Hieber and his staff on this great accomplishment.
Our district is receiving other grants this school year also. In addition to the two 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, we are receiving various federal Title grants, a “High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work” grant, and a Wellness grant. Patrick Henry is currently scheduled to receive over $750,000 in grant money this school year. I commend the efforts of our staff members in pursuing grant money to enhance the education being provided to the students of our school district.
If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.
Good communication is vital for a successful school year. Patrick Henry Schools will be involved in many events and activities throughout the school year. I would like to share with you the various methods that we will utilize to communicate with district residents. All district voters should have received their annual calendar. This publication not only provides a listing of school events, but also has very important data such as phone numbers, school start and end times, and calamity day information. Our district is also using our website, Facebook, Twitter, and a text alert system called Remind to provide information. A complete listing of the addresses for the Facebook and Twitter accounts and directions to sign up for the Remind text alert system are on the district website. Go to the Parent tab on the homepage, and then select the Social Media Information link in the pull-down menu.
The middle school Facebook, Twitter and Remind accounts have all changed this year, so if you have not updated to the new sites, please do so.
Please remember that the district Facebook page will only be used to distribute information to our district residents. We do not use Facebook for two-way communication. Some posts are scheduled in advance and the page is not being monitored for questions that are asked in response to a post. If you have a question regarding a post, please contact the building that your child attends.
The district website has been revised and updated. The new site has been streamlined so that any information useful to a parent has been placed under the parent tab. Below is a partial listing of what can be found under the parent tab of the district website:
-Registration information, FinalForms and PowerSchool
-School supplies lists and school fees
-Information regarding online payments
-Calendars, newsletters and HS daily announcements
-Athletic handbook, physical forms and season pass order form
-Social media information
We encourage you to explore our new website as there is much more that what is listed above.
In addition to the sources listed above, there will also be articles put in the Deshler Flag and the Northwest Signal. We will again be participating in WNDH’s School Report, so make sure you listen to WNDH on Monday mornings around 7:15 a.m.
There are numerous positive things happening in our school district, and we want you to be able to follow all our success, so please utilize the sources above and I hope to see you at school activities.
If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.
The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
State law now requires districts to report incidents of bullying semi-annually on our website. A copy of Board Policy 5517.01 - Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior may be found in the district’s board policy by clicking here.
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