STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Strongsville City Schools has received $3.2 million in unanticipated funds, and officials plan to use it to reduce pay to participate and general education fees, district officials announced Sunday.
In a release, school board president David Frazee said the funds include $1.5 million in delinquent tax collections, $1.2 million in tax increment financing and $500,000 more than the county fiscal office estimated for the first half 2013 tax collection.
Frazee released the following statement regarding the announcement:
"These were certainly unanticipated funds, and we want the community to know. 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."
Sunday, the Strongsville Board of Education and Strongsville Education Association spent more than nine hours meeting with a federal mediator.
If they fail to reach an agreement, the Strongsville teachers strike will enter its seventh week on Monday.
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