MOUNT VERNON — Coming on the heels of major cost containment measures, the finances of the Knox County Educational Service Center are healthy — sort of. At the board meeting on Wednesday, Treasurer Heather Darnold reported the ESC is in the black, but due to a funding quirk as a result of the new state budget, about $500,000 won’t be spent.
Darnold said the Ohio Department of Education had previously said ESCs would no longer be receiving funding for supervision and instructional services provided to the local school districts; the funds instead would go directly to the school districts which would then have to pay the ESC. However, the ESC has been getting some of those funds and might have to reimburse the school districts and/or ODE. Therefore, said Darnold, the ESC will continue to be frugal and not spend the “windfall” unless absolutely necessary. The ESC will still end the year in the black, but not by as much as current figures would indicate.
The rest of the meeting was routine and brief.
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